WORLD CHANGER

The world changes in an instant.

Why not you?

 

Stop asking yourself

“What’s stopping me?”

and ask yourself,

“What step can I take today?”

 

Then take it.

 

Maybe it’s

one phone call,

one email,

one journal entry,

one meditation minute,

one something,

one anything.

 

And you’ve become a world changer.

YOUR EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. LIFE

When

your Every. Single. Day. life,

your habits and commitments

begin to flow

one to another,

one from another,

you feel the shift.

 

Incrementally

you move

from where you were

to where you want to be,

from who you were,

to who you want to become.

 

Savor this moment.

 

Because feeling the shift

happens only once in a while,

which makes it seem magical.

 

But you know where the magic is.

 

It’s in your

Every. Single. Day. life.

THIS KINGDOM

This kingdom you’re building,

who is it for?

 

This kingdom you’re building,

who will

live in its castle,

defend the ramparts,

marshall the armies

when you are no longer?

 

This kingdom you’re building,

how will you want it remembered?

 

For,

despite our awe at the castles left behind,

the greatest kingdoms

are built

in the hearts and minds

of those we serve.  

FAIRY DUST AT DUSK

At dusk,

the lightning bugs

lit up.

 

A toddler said,

“What’s that?”

 

I said, “What do you think it is?”

 

“Fairy dust.”

 

“Maybe it is,” I replied.

“Keep watching.”

 

As the evening grew darker,

the “fairy dust” grew brighter,

sparking here and there,

showering in groups,

followed by an excited
“There!”

and

“There!”

 

Later on,

she will know

these are lightning bugs

and

can learn the amazing science

behind their luminous hind parts.

 

But today,

today,

it’s fairy dust.

 

And it’s magic and wonder is

all around us,

and in us,

if we are willing to

keep looking.  

SETTLE

It’s a dirty word.

 

Settle.

 

“Guess it’s time to settle down.”

“I settled for less than the asking price.”

“We settled the lawsuit.”

(Implying neither side got what they really wanted.)

 

But what if

settle is also

when you

“settle in”,

find your flow,

get in the groove

and

don’t look back?

 

Which settle will you choose?

WIRE CUTTERS

“Dream,” he said.

 

“Dream of the life

and

work

you know is in you.”

 

“I do” I replied.

“I do

and

when the picture starts

to become clear,

I think of

the money,

the time,

the expertise

needed

as

chain linked, barb-wired topped

fences

keeping it all out of reach.

And I cannot imagine the first step.”

 

“Ah” he smiles.

“Perhaps the first step

is to buy some wire cutters!”

 

Then, I realized.

 

The fence,

like the dream,

was my creation.

 

The only thing

really standing between

me

and

moving forward

was my own

mind.

 

My own mind,

thinking

the dream had to be completely

realized,

bought and paid for,

before I could take

a first step.

 

Excuse me

while I go buy some

industrial wire cutters.

DEMONS UPON WAKING

When I wake,

demons are ready

to start talking.

 

Demons of

to-do lists,

unfinished conversations,

body image consultations,

character assassinations.

 

Apparently, they have had

a good night’s sleep

and

two cups of espresso.

 

And when I join in,

when I join in,

my heart revs up,

my anxiety rises,

and I’m either

off to the rat races

or

pulling the covers over my head,

pouring another

shot into their cup.

 

The effort needed to quiet them

now

is tremendous.

 

Overwhelming.

 

How do I beat the demons

when I’ve set them up with their

own barista and espresso machine?

 

After long years of experimentation,

here is what I’ve found:

Morning demons love an unstructured playground.

 

So immediately upon waking,

I put my feet on the floor.

I stand up

and

head toward the bedroom door.

There is coffee to be made,

gratitudes to be said,

movement and meditation.

 

And the demons?

 

The demons get distracted

by this series of focused actions.

Their tongues get tied

as they try to speak their lies.

and they are the ones

who go back to bed.