DIMINISHED NOISE

A lot of noise in my head today.


Why didn’t you?

Why don’t you?

No one is listening.

No one cares.

You’re a fake.

What good does it do?


And just like being in a crowded

room means you can barely hear

the person standing right

in front of you,

this noise means I cannot

hear what is most important.


Breathe deeply. (now do it again)

Fix what you can.

Focus on your chosen priorities.

Let go of imagined perceptions.

Breathe deeply. (now do it again)


And the noise diminishes.


FIRST THIS, THEN THAT

Everything,

all at once.


Life seems to happen this way.


So many things to do,

so much information to process,

so many expectations to engage,

and

so many

lose

their sense of

agency.


We are told this is how we

ought to want to live our lives

because who doesn’t want to

experience

absolutely everything

and not miss

anything?


(No wonder everyone is

“busy”.)


What no one tells you:

Everything all at once

is a recipe

for

missing what matters.


Because if

everything matters

nothing does.


Living your

uncommon life

means reclaiming

your agency.


Agency equals the

ability to say

“First this. Then that.”


And it’s the most powerful

tool

we have.


So what’s first?


TOO-MUCHNESS

“You can’t have too much

of a good thing.”


Wrong.


Too much is too much,

no matter if good or ill.


Our human tendency is not to

realize it is

too much

until it is

too late.


Even when we finally feel the

too-muchness,

there is the difficulty

of extricating ourselves,

of saying no,

of walking away,

of letting go.


We fear

losing face,

social standing,

and

injured pride.


We stay with too much

by letting our ego decide.


So if you’re living with

too-muchness

it might be time

to give it a rest.


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU LOOK FOR

What you see

usually matches

what you are looking for.


So if you’re looking for trouble,

you’ll find it.


If you’re looking for ways

people have let you down,

you’ll have them.


If you are looking for ways

you have failed…


I’m not saying you shouldn’t

be prudent

or

analytical

or

cautious about the potential danger.


I am saying,

be careful what you look for.


HERE’S WHAT YOU’VE WON

Everyone wants to be a winner.


We buy lottery tickets.

We play fantasy sports.

We enter raffles.


All hoping for that great surprise

of our name being called,

our number being pulled.


Being a winner by that strategy

may not work out.


But today?

You’re already a winner.


Here’s what you’ve won:

another opportunity

to become the person

you’ve always wanted to be.


What are you going to do with

your

prize?


WHY WE LOVE HALLOWEEN

Halloween is one big game of

dress up

where

people are encouraged to

express their creativity

and

get to become

something else,

someone else

for just a few hours.


It’s why we love Halloween.


Too bad we can’t

find a way

to encourage

people to

be creative

and

really

become who they want to be

every day of the year.