...it was obvious my impulsive request was a pathetic by-product of my total thoughtlessness for the man in front of me.With every good intention of being thoughtful to someone else, I had totally lacked courtesy and had been unkind to the legendary NASCAR driver.Kindness is noticing someone else and recognizing his needs, i.e. seeing value in every person we meet.
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I am extraordinarily attuned to the importance of aligning your gifts and abilities with your passions to pursue your life’s work. What saddens me these days is how many people have given up their dreams and no longer believe they can respond in a successful way to the stirrings in their souls.Life has a way of throwing up barricades, especially as we close in on success and the realization of our dreams.“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job, and it’s a depression when you lose your own.”The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed.
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Embracing chaos and discomfort is a by-product of relinquishing control of your world. "A Dreamer is a person whose life is in motion….I tell motivated Dreamers that if they’re not encountering a Comfort Zone issue regularly, something is wrong," (Bruce Wilkinson).
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Chaos makes us hungry for power and order of our lives. Being in control gives us a false sense of dominance, makes us feel important and needed. It masks our apprehensions and gives us a game plan....You likely believe this self-importance is doing everyone a favor, dictating order, maintaining status quo under the pretense and power (conscious or not) of caring for the health and well-being of your company, co-workers, family members and friends.
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It was interesting to me, that in order to go higher, we usually had to go down through a valley, and it went on and on and up and up. I was tired and wanted to sit down.... I couldn't help but think about life - mine and maybe even yours. I thought about how hard it had been for me chasing down my dream.
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