To set the stage, Calvin and Hobbes are sliding down a snowy slope on a toboggan.
Calvin: Let’s try this path over here!
Hobbes: I don’t see a path.
Calvin: We’ll make a path!
Hobbes: Huh boy!
Calvin: Change is invigorating! If you don’t accept new challenges, you become complacent and lazy! Your life atrophies!
Falling off a cliff…
Calvin: Whoops… well, here’s a fresh challenge.
Hobbes: I’ll admit it’s opened up new horizons.
Both buried in the snow…
Hobbes: The problem with new experiences is that they’re so rarely the ones you choose.
Calvin: I feel smarter already.
These 2 characters always crack me up! Right from the beginning, Hobbes doesn’t see a path and Calvin says, “let’s make a path!”
Can you relate? I know you’ve experienced times when you don’t “see the path” out of your concerns or even into your success and happiness. The truth is whatever you are experiencing IS the path you are on! Whatever challenges you are having IS part of your path and the more you resist them, the more suffering and less growth you will experience. Just think if you were never challenged, how else would you have learned to say “No!” or state your worth, or think outside-of-the-box, or take better care of yourself, or let go of negative beliefs, to name a few?
The next time you “fall off the cliff”, say to yourself “well, here’s a fresh challenge” and look at what has “opened up” for you to discover. Remember challenges only teach you more about your potential. Breakdowns show you how to become your highest self.
And finally, because I know you are not hearing the cheerleaders in the background (frankly, neither do I!) most often these “new experiences” occur when we least expect it. That’s just the reality of being in life like author and mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn says, it’s “full catastrophe living”.
Remember, we are human beings, not human doings. There is a portion of faith that we must connect to and nurture. There is more than just our intelligence that is at play in life. Thinking that we can control everything is hogwash. But understanding how we create and respond to life is more real and empowering.
There, do you feel smarter already?!
In this first message to you for 2013, I really want to let you know that you don’t have to have big plans, new plans, or big goals, new goals. What’s most important is that you feel connected to what you are being in life. Then you can create most anything you desire.
So don’t let another day go by without owning who you are, or even being just a little bit curious. My passion is to teach you how to navigate yourself through challenges and get you acquainted with your power and happiness. I have some great programs for you to get you saying “Bring it on!”
Come with me. It’s an awesome ride!