I Accept the Challenge

Always the opposite of brave, the world was an enemy and a threat. I feared pain and death and was tormented by nightmares of disaster.

I didn’t know there was a choice:

  • cringe and rage at the world for being so difficult or
  • give the world a cold stare and accept its challenge

After decades of mediocrity, avoiding risk, whining my way through difficulties, and giving up easily, I tried the “new” approach.

And the Universe gave a sigh of relief.

Mission accomplished.

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I like the feeling of being able to confront an experience and resolve it as art. -Eudora Welty

Permanent or Temporary?

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Permanent or temporary?

That is the question that must be answered

Because every pain feels permanent

Whatever people may say

And try as I may

I cannot see past this sunken place

Its chains and aches

And binding indictments

Just keep going./No feeling is final. – Rilke

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Permanent or Temporary?

Rainer Maria Rilke: Just keep going - no feeling is final. | QuoteTab

 

Permanent or temporary?

That is the question that must be answered

Because every pain feels permanent

Whatever people may say

And try as I may

I cannot see past this sunken place

Its chains and aches

And binding indictments

 

Just keep going./No feeling is final. – Rilke

There Is an Antidote: Claim Our Power.

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To answer the question, “Why is ___________________ (the world, that person, my family, this relationship, or this situation, etc.) so screwed up? we only have to remember a time when we felt powerless.

The feeling of powerlessness drives living things to depression, aggression, power struggles, lies, mental illness, despair, and a plethora of other inexplicable and harmful behaviors.

Maybe 2020 has been your first experience there.  Some of us have been in frustrating mazes of anger, self-doubt, and confusion for years–before accepting the antidote reflected in this Rilke poem: acknowledge our birthright.

Look to the night sky or to the universe of our own body, and welcome mystery: that the real story of who we are has always been much more profound than the story we have always believed.

Surrender to it.

Challenge the Norm. It Still Works.

Quotes image of Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Or–

Decide to be angry about whatever is false

Decide to be disgusted by whatever is ignoble

Chose to dwell on what is going wrong

And what is ugly about people and the world

Elect to spend your words and brain power

On what is disgraceful, sub-par, and disappointing

But don’t be surprised when “whatever” becomes who you are

And being heroic is the farthest thing from your mind

I’ll Start Here Today

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This quote from British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is quite profound: even more so when considering the output and scope of Disraeli’s productive life.

Yet, it explains why he made such a positive impact on his country and on millions of individuals, including me.

Identifying with “We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end” today will keep my frustration, despair, anger, and fear in check when my objectives and plans are thwarted, and save me from words and actions I may later regret.

“The Only ‘No’ in My Vocabulary Begins with K”

“The only ‘no’ in my vocabulary begins with k.”

A friend got this response when she asked for help. Wow! The person she asked for help, went on to say, “Just let me know what you need.”

Great philosophy…

Okay, well, I admit it is not a good philosophy for those of us who have a problem setting boundaries, or for those of us who hang out with sociopaths, or, for those of us who are already in trouble with authorities for saying yes too much, but for those of us who tend to say “No!” too quickly, or need to learn generosity, what a concept!

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We will never really know until we try going a day without saying no.
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You’re Not Listening

I’ve been told that before (blah, blah, blah)

I ignore your message

And justify myself because

“You are not listening to me!”

 

I’ve said the same to many hard-headed people

And I’ve thought it about countless others

But they deserved it

Not me

 

I can fake hearing you long enough

Until you will hand over the floor and finally let me speak

Or I might even hold my tongue

But none of that will work

 

Because you want more than that

You want me to stand by

And genuinely care about you

Long enough to hear your why

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You’re Not Listening is a quick read, well worth the time.

New York Times journalist, Kate Murphy speaks from her years of interviewing experience, straight past the “listening rhetoric,” to the heart of the matter.

Hiding Failure Scars?

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Formerly, I thought my failures were terribly embarrassing and went to great lengths to hide them from public view.

Now I find liberation, transform the pain, and make a living telling the stories.

Formerly, I thought I would lose respect if it was known I had been fired or dumped or ignored.

That was before I noticed the pain many others were also trying to hide.

Vulnerability can be deadly or it can be an asset. The difference is whether we confidently face and use it–or craftily hide and deny it.

Authenticity.

Power is being who we are.

Forget with Generosity?

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Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us.

 

Or don’t see or appreciate us

Or who have left us with casual or intentional wounds

 

Wounds that may be used for noble purpose

To stand in another’s place on some full-moon

 

Or

 

Let us choose to curse their memory

And perpetually revive and recite the pains

 

And allow that choice to waste away vitality

And burn ugly grooves on face and brain