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New Year, New Everything: You are the Renewable Energy

At the beginning of each new year I’ve always held the belief the coming year would be the best yet. Fortunately this mindset has come true time and time again. It’s inspiring to feel whats next will be your greatest work.

As I revel in the beauty of the moment, I remember the words of my good man Dan “Weekday Berg” Steinfeld on experiencing life. Remember not to always anticipate and plot what comes next, but enjoy and embrace each moment as you go through it. Sounds very familiar to concepts my brother had touched on numerous times over the years.

Even some time ago when I first heard Dan mention this approach to living, I can remember the subject of washing dishes. If you rush through it thinking about what you need to do next, you really aren’t doing what you’re doing very well. Your mind is constantly considering whats next and ignores the present.

Taking a step back to ponder where I am in the present led me back to my old pal bnapoli.com.  This website has always helped me understand where my head is at. Later I can come back and read how I was feeling, understand where I was and make note of my progress (or lack thereof) since.

Though its intimidating that people I know and some I’ve never even met will read my innermost thoughts and ideas, it’s also an inspirational artistic release that brings me freedom.

Seems you’ll never completely know everything there is to know about many people in your life. With certain people you might never get into a conversation about existence and what goes on when you question elements of your reality.  There isn’t always a favorable environment to share these things, so your thoughts are left inside your mind to kick around.  In this case I do my best to document them for anyone to see, which ultimately leads me into those conversations down the line.

I write to learn, and sometimes when you discover something new you just want to yell it from the rooftops. This is my rooftop and it broadcasts on all vibrations, I can yell much louder from here.

2012: Embrace the present, progress every day, prepare for what’s next but enjoy the now.

The cumulative effect of moving an inch a day for 30 years is far greater than moving several feet at a time once in a while. – Dad

 

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Learning Through Change

Fort Myers, Florida - August 2011

Knowledge is everywhere.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

Every experience is a new opportunity to learn.  Everything moves rapidly and constantly, evolving faster now than ever before.

I once believed learning had an endpoint.  Once you’d reached your greatest achievement there was nothing left to learn. Now I see learning is endless for any and all subjects.  We can’t be too educated, aware or conscious.  Expanding the mind and depth of experience prepares us for our toughest decisions.

The questions that arise in our immediate future will be dire and of the greatest importance. How we react as individuals, communities, societies and organisms will be crucial to the direction of our existence.

Faith in ourselves and each other is our salvation.  Seek and broadcast truth, maintain a strong desire to grow and expect strong opposition.  Say what you believe and believe what you say.  Appreciate being wrong and value all opinions.

Watch this TED Talk video

Kathryn Shulz, “On being wrong”

The more and more I uncover new truths about life, the more I see the parallels in business, learning, progress and the sport of existence. New understanding in any area pays interest on all accounts.

Knowledge is the sum of information acquired through experience.  Wisdom is applying the quality of that knowledge to decisions in the present. Knowledge we seek is of equal importance to comprehension of whats presented to us.

For me, the key to enlightenment is to stop thinking I know everything and listen to the guidance of others who’s lives and accomplishments embody things I revere.

Things to ask yourself

What is your purpose? Given your present library of knowledge and wisdom, what is the greatest aspiration you could ever seek?

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

If one truly believes we can do anything we put our mind to, why aren’t we setting seemingly impossible goals for ourselves? Especially if we’ve been so efficient at reaching them in the past.

They can do all because they think they can.
Virgil

Take a look at the sum of your life. Not rewards or traditional achievements, but how you’ve positively affected the lives of others. What is your impact? What could it be? What are you/we capable of? What we do next is the answer.

I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead.
Winnie the Pooh

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