When it comes to deciding to be open to possibilities and new destinies for your life, you will without fail come across and be completely eaten alive by the challenges of this path. There are many books, blog posts, and videos that give advice on how to think and establish routines for success. However, being along this path myself, I’ve tasted much of these things that imitate a successful lifestyle and found one thing true among all of the information you can receive.
Something changes, you get a taste of your ability and potential when you start to recognize one thing; improvement. Improvement is a skill. Its crazy right, you have to practice improving. Practice with simple things like learning to type with all your fingers or learning a better way to play an instrument you already are familiar with, small improvements that don’t require a lot of discipline and investment. You can find any number of small things in your day that you can improve upon and practice with that.
After some time, you have a new understanding of your ability to become better at something that taking on something completely new does not seem so impossible anymore. Now you can start focusing on main changes you want to make and invest your time on gaining the skills to make the changes HAPPEN, whether it be losing weight, making more money, overcoming a fear, or simply getting up earlier… you got it.
We need a big, relevant change in sight in order to stay on path. Change is what captures attention and then keeps it intrigued. However, to change, you’ll need to constantly be on top of habits and mediocrity.
Story is the unfolding of events from change occurring, without this moment of change your story will never begin, always stuck in the beginning stage. Without that initial leap into the world, you will never uncover your own medicines for the world and even scarier you will experience only a small piece of your destiny.
“Every great life has had in it a great renunciation. You have to renounce what isn’t working. You have to renounce the things, the people you are with. It will take everything you got and more.”
We had just finished a tour of the contemporary art museum in the central Sydney when an all too common torrential downpour of rain came through the city. We had planned to meet on a grassy lawn outside the building but after a few soaking moments and some really close lightning strikes, we calmly waited beneath the train stations large roof for our guide to come.
Our guide was an aboriginal women, who knew the Sydney landscape well. However, she knew not the streets nor the shops but the colors and blueprints in the natural life scattered throughout the city. Reminding me of the teachers and mentors I had across the ocean, she embodied a very dominant character when speaking of her laws and cultural ways.
Firmly leading the group through an interesting journey she identified the ancient world beneath the modern infrastructure. The plants, the rocks, the wind, the skin, the voice; they all told stories. The rain that came through was a later explained to us to be a great interaction of colors that represented something more but the details of which, I cannot recall.
A world of color and a blueprint of patterns is what I remember most of her time with our group. How the shape of our hand mirrors the tree and the color of our skin is important beyond just an indicator of nationality.
New understandings come from simple listening and awareness.