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Following The Call

I spend a lot time examining myself and my beliefs, often questioning my own perspective to become a better, more tolerant individual. There are a lot of self-limiting beliefs out there, living inside you and festering, creating a sort of paralysis in life. Breaking free of these limits is really all there is. Once free, you can quite literally do anything. ANYTHING.

On a number of social media outlets, I often post what I call “Pep Talks”, little thoughts that provide a some hope, an alternative perspective or some inspiration. I realize that I do this all the time, when speaking with people, when talking to colleagues at work, when interacting with those I love and care about. Perhaps my calling in life is just that — to help others see the inspiration that they are. I often refer to myself an “enabler” (the positive connotation, mind you): I help people get where they need or want to be. We are all capable of great things; we are the only things that hold ourselves back from realizing them.

It’s like me and my now-epic trial to learn how to swim. I’ve been at this thing at least 8 times now to learn, each time taking steps toward overcoming that fear of water. I’m going to keep at it until I reach that goal. It sounds simple, but think of something that absolutely terrifies you. Maybe you got out of a relationship recently and are afraid of getting hurt again… or maybe you just got laid off and the amount of uncertainty for your livelihood is eating at you. Yet, we only have this one life. Even if you believe in reincarnation, this life is yours and yours alone to do with as you please, to accomplish things that make living that life a good thing.

When life is this short, when it can be cut short in a moment, why do we spend so much valuable time over the minutiae? Do what you enjoy. And if you don’t necessarily enjoy it but have to do it, find some measure of joy in that. Many things are a means to an end, as long as your end result is something you enjoy, that’s all that matters.

Stop beating yourself up about what you don’t have and love what you do have. Just as I said in today’s Pep Talk, don’t hole yourself up and withdraw from others; reach out and let positive people into your circle.

Be yourself. Be your genuine, beautiful, awesome and loving self. And everything else will fall into place.

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar WIlde