Take advantage of the fact that you are alive and see if you can find even just a moment to feel the fun of play in your daily life.
As you do this, I'm hoping that you'll find that place more and more accessible and be able to enjoy the process of learning!
I want to address doubt.
For me this often comes in waves of insecurity and indecision.
The thing about doubt is that it often has a close friend in fear + it can be crippling. Worry and anxiety have a way of locking you down. You can’t make any decision for fear of being “wrong,” feeling judged, or perhaps the most terrifying for me, the fear of failure.
1. Semi-Supine Lay Down
I recently watched Frozen 2 on Disney+ because:
What I want to talk about today pretty strongly relates to two of the movie’s biggest songs, “Into the Unknown” and “The Next Right Thing.” If you haven’t seen the movie, then you might not know the story and how these songs fit into the mix, and I won’t spoil it for you. But what I want to touch on is what to do when things aren’t going according to plan.
Let’s talk trivia. Do you know what the primary colors are? How about the names of the actors in your favorite television shows or movies? But tell me, do you know what your intercostal muscles are? Do you know where your atlanto occipital joint is?
We spend a lot of time learning. In school we learn how to write, how to read, how to count, and so many other things. In our jobs we learn about computers, filing, and all sorts of job specific functions. Many people struggle with “common sense” tasks, say changing a tire on the car that you drive every day. What we rarely ever think about is something that we use absolutely every day and cannot function without. It’s our body.
JK Rowling, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison… these people have done incredible things. They’ve advanced science + technology, invented something that seemed impossible, told stories that have captivated generations. Why do some people overcome insurmountable challenges? How come some people recover from illness and disease and others don’t? What’s stopping you?
No really, is there something these people have that you do not? Are they better educated than you? Einstein and Franklin had little formal education. Did they have more money than you? Gates first company failed; Rowling was a single parent living on welfare. Were they lucky? Edison tried hundreds of ways to make a lightbulb, before finally being successful.
Listen, the pathway to success is not education, or wealth, or luck. It’s hope.
So okay, let’s define our terms here. What exactly is hope?