Today’s lesson is all about LOVE and FEARLESSNESS. Basically, being like a kid!
“We grow fearless by walking into our fears.” - Robin Sharma
Do you remember when you were a kid? How an opportunity would come up and you would just GO FOR IT?
Today’s lesson comes from a story about a stonecutter.
The story goes that there was a professional stonecutter standing in front of a giant rock. He lifted his pick-ax and began chipping away at the rock over and over and over again, as hard as he could. Eventually, after several days, a lone traveler came down the path.
The hero's journey, this concept that this is the most important journey that we'll take in our entire lives, a journey of self-discovery, a journey of discovering the gifts that we're born with and then bringing them back to the world. So the idea is we live in the world of ordinary and at some point in our lives we get a call to adventure or a call to action.
Trust the process. Know that you right now are exactly where you need to be. Steve Jobs talks about it in his famous commencement address at Stanford where he says you can't connect the dots looking forward you only connect them looking backward. And everything begins to make perfect sense and I love this because how many times in your life have you been going through something challenging or trying to figure out why this is happening.
Jealousy, how many of us have felt jealousy before and how many of us have actually noticed how that makes our body feel and the kind of separation it creates between us and the other person? So someone has something that I want or they're doing something that I want to be doing. There's two ways to approach it and the moment that I shifted my perspective around it everything changed.
Training our minds to be grateful. You'll probably notice that when you are shopping for a car and looking for a Prius for instance, and then all of a sudden you are driving on the highway you start to notice another Prius and another Prius and another Prius and there it is. And it's like there's more of them all of a sudden but the reality is there aren't more of them, your brain is just recognizing them now.
We are explorers. We didn't stay in the caves. We didn't stay on our planet, and we are meant as human beings to explore the world around us and the world even beyond that. Oliver Wendell Holmes says, "A mind stretched by a new experience "never returns back to its old shape." This idea of everything that we do, every time we see a new, novel experience, wherever it is, even if it's right around us, or outside of our immediate surroundings, but our mind is expanded.
The regrets of the dying. Doctor Brani Wear, an Australian palliative care nurse was studying these patients in their last eight weeks of life and wrote a book about it which got picked up by the Guardian and the Huffington Post and then it got turned into a blog piece that I read years ago. Very powerful concept that has stuck with me for a very long time