“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner
“Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed. Live now what others will only live in the future.” – Paulo Coelho
Loving Now is when you no longer wait for a raise, but raise the level of your giving. Give way more than you are required to. Be excellent. Add outrageous value. Look for unique ways to serve those around you. Sometimes the payback may not come from the source that you gave it to or thought it would come from. But rest assured, when you give your gifts, people around you will see it and you will always be in rewarded. Life sees everything.
If you currently happen to be in a job that you do not like, then you can do something each day that is an expression of your bliss, even if it is only one small thing. This keeps you connected to your true passion, so that in the meanwhile you aren’t waiting until some moment in the future when life aligns itself perfectly for you to begin. Do a little bit everyday in the direction of your true purpose, whether you get paid or not. If you feel passionate about music but you are working another job, then at least play and create for 10 minutes each day. Do not wait, but move forward in the directions of your dreams each day, even if it is a small step. Then you might gradually find yourself doing the very thing that, at one point in your life, you only dreamt about. It is as though it gradually crept up on you. Ultimately your true purpose reveals itself in and through the process of life itself.
None of us get out of life alive, so what we must remember is that it is the loving risks, adventure and our contributions to the world that count. Everything else is secondary.
The people who change the world and who truly have happiness live consciously or unconsciously like this every day. They choose to expand outside their comfort zone, instead of retreat into it. They choose to let Love win and focus on being kind instead of being right. They value scars over perfection. They add more value to life than they take from it. They let The Uni-verse guide them through their heart, instead of letting the fears of their head run their life. And when they come to the end, they rejoice, for they have been used up completely, given everything and extracted every bit of love, joy and adventure from life.
Don’t shut down. Let’s us not retreat into our comfort zones. Let’s step out. Let’s stand up. Let’s make a stand that today and everyday forward to let our faith be stronger than our fear. We prove this to ourselves through action, not just words. We back up our faith through taking constant and persistent action towards the things we say we believe and have faith in.
We set an intention to not be one of those people who gets to the end of life and wonders “what if ?”, but instead we say, “I stood for something and I made a difference”.
The promise of Life is that you are taken care of, you are supported and dreams are real. We have been given a life not to live in fear, but to step forward and live out of gifts and our dreams. This cannot happen if you do not make the choice in every moment to be ALL IN when it comes to your dreams.
There is a mysterious force that helps us when we risk on behalf of our dreams. This is The Uni-verse silently guiding our paths, opening the perfect doors for us and closing the dead ends.
Roll with the punches, go with the flow, let go and consciously design your life to be lived on behalf of your dreams instead of your fear. And remember, how long must you try? That’s right. Until.
Who do you want to be when you look back on your life? Do you want to wonder “what if”? Or smile knowing you gave it your all. Right now, you have a choice to change the outcome of that moment.