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Transcendent Recovery

Transcendent ~ going beyond the limits of ordinary experience, far better or greater than what is usual. Recovery ~ the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty. www.atranscedentlife.com 

Let’s face it; if we’ve been on the planet long enough, we’ve all encountered some sort of difficulty. However it is not the rough patches of road that we endure that define us, but rather how we respond, or perhaps more accurately how we recovery.

So what exactly is recovery? 

 

January 1, 2016

Good Morning World…

I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions (after all why wait 365 days to make a change for the better, that could be made today), but at this special time of year I do often find myself in a reflective place; marinating on the faces and events of the past year and smiling at the bright promise of the next.

My personal design for this coming year is admittedly ambitious, but in apparent response the Universe granted me a running start with an awakening of sorts occurring not this morning, but yesterday, and a second added day by virtue of the leap year.

What happened yesterday was small but significant, at least to me. Over the holidays I found myself in a bit of a malaise; my mind wandering to what was lacking, as opposed to what is, the enthusiasm for life on which I so dearly rely waning… Interestingly what jarred me loose was not a piece of good luck, an unexpected call from someone dear, or some evocative message from music, art, nature or verse. Instead I was greeted with a small piece of “bad” news before I had even left my bed. I put the word bad in quotes because I try to stay away from the judging or labeling of events as good or bad, instead accepting it all as what simply “Is”, but in the moment the news felt “bad”. However  within moments of putting my feet on the floor and making strong coffee I realized that what I had previously labeled as “bad” was in fact a blessing in disguise (I believe they’re  all blessings, some disguises are just more beguiling than others). In that instant a spark was ignited. All my fears and wants fell away. My mind, my heart and my soul were immediately filled with a burst of promise; A Promise that we are all gifted at birth but sometimes unconsciously refuse. I raced into the day, and haven’t stopped; Cooking, cleaning, writing, working out, a powerful service at my faith community and 9 hours or beautiful blissful sleep.

So today I set about chasing the ambitious design that I’ve laid out, confident that many of my goals will be realized, equally confident that at least a few will not. I’m not at all troubled by the prospect that I will likely “fail” (another judgmental word that I try to avoid, but can’t seem to come up with a better synonym just now) in part of my quest because I’ve always believed that a life in which we never grasp for something outside our reach is likely a life less than what it might have been. Tom Peters, the quality guru form the 1990’s once wrote in his syndicated column ‘On Excellence’ that our goal in business (and I extrapolate, in life) should be to fail. His theory being that if we were to go our entire career (or life) without failure the only thing we know for sure is that we have lived our life at least 1% beneath our potential, or more tragically 10,000% beneath it.

Emerson said “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.”  So fear not, reach high, live large, create miracles.

May you all you enjoy an annus mirabilis…

Be well everybody, john


Thought for the Day

"You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."  
~ David Whyte

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