Today, I was blessed to attend the Celebration of Life for someone in my extended family. The man in question died a couple weeks ago after living a good, long life well into his 80’s.
He was a man who definitely answered the Call that was made of him. Yet, based on what I know about him, I’m not sure he would have seen it that way. He didn’t overtly answer the Call – he just lived as if he had.
He focused on living and giving, and that defined him in his life. And, more importantly, it defined him with the people he surrounded himself with each and every day: his family and friends.
Laurie was a fun and unique character. He was known for his “groaner” jokes, oblique sense of humour and general sense of living a fun life.
In my mind, he was a master. He got this living thing. He fell into it, and he was a Hero – in his own life, but more importantly, he was a Hero to his family and friends. I heard his grandchildren talk about the great times they spent with him – Poppa to them. Rides in the wheelbarrow, Mac & Cheese after school, and flinging elastic bands around the house when they least expected it.
He did big things and little things with those he loved. It all added up to a large, wonderful life. He will be missed. And, he has left a legacy that will live long beyond his own years.
A true Hero!
Today, while walking my dog in a beautiful wooded park, I found my thoughts drifting to doubt and fear. What a shame!
There I was in a quiet, wonderful place, with one of my pals – Scout, our 15-month Yellow Lab. But, I wasn’t there with her. I was off worrying about my future.
I have worked hard to stay present, and shape my thoughts into those that serve me. And, it’s work. Some of the hardest I’ve ever done.
I don’t wish for a quick fix here because that would not serve me either. This work is the work that matters most. It’s what helps us to become who we really are in this life. Heroes! On the Quest that matters, in answer to the Call.
I do feel I’m on the path to my best self – it’s just not a straight line.
Today was another off-Quest day. I worked around the house, and took care of things not related to my opportunity search.
So, what did I learn today that is relative to myth in my life?
I learned that I too easily forget the power I have – that we all have – to live an amazing life. To be my own Hero. I so quickly get bogged down in the small stuff of life, and lose sight of my vision – the very thing that drives Hope and Abundance.
Tomorrow, my goal is to stay as fixed as I can be in that vision. To make it a habit.
Well, I got back on the horse, so to speak. Today, I was the master of my thoughts and desires, and I feel that I’ve come back.
What I learned today is that we can’t let one day throw us off our Quest for a full life. Stuff will happen, but it does not have to define us – short- or long-term.
There’s much to be done, and I’m looking forward to getting to it this coming week. Tally-Ho!
This will be a short post. I was not a strong Hero today.
I allowed myself to get stuck in the past – my fears, doubts and mistakes.
I did my best to get beyond, but it was a struggle today, and my shadow self won.
Tomorrow is another day; I have not given up. Just lost this battle in a much bigger Quest.
We have a family friend in hospital and his sister is friends with our daughter.
There’s some anxiety around our hospitalized friend, and as such, our daughter has been keen to show support. She felt the best way to deliver that support was to spend some time with his sister.
It’s not a big deal, but I was able to lend a hand by acting as chauffeur for the two of them.
On a day when my own quest is once again in a holding pattern, I found joy in helping my daughter with her mini-Quest.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m doing it again. We can be Heroes in small ways, by helping others on their journey. My daughter may not remember what I did today, but I’ll always remember the big hug they gave each other upon meeting. Mission accomplished.
As I mentally prepared myself for the week ahead, I found myself thinking back to prior times, and past decisions I’ve made in my life.
There was no real regret, nor doubt, but a bit of thought around what I might have done differently.
I would have been braver, and acted more the Hero. Two little words, but they have power to make all the difference in our lives.
So, as I continue on this search for a great opportunity I’ll keep that in mind: Be brave, take a risk.
Progress on a couple fronts today. I now have a second meeting planned with the company I met yesterday. And, next week I have a day of meetings planned with the other folks, at their head office.
This Quest, I think, will be resolved in the next two or three weeks, if we can jointly keep the momentum going.
So, what’s the experience been like these past few days?
Well, some anxiety due to my commitment to ensure I perform this Quest as a Hero. It’s about being brave, and making this decision based on what’s right, true and authentic for me.
I’ve committed myself to finding a great opportunity to be my best, versus just getting a job or chasing money. I’ve played that game far too often in the past, and it is not a very rewarding way to live life.
The more I learn about life and myself through this process, the more I realize that small moments in time are the stuff of life. Yes, big events and changes are, too. But, most lives, I think, are made of small moments and they are what add meaning to our lives.
Today was a case in point. I was my wife’s Hero today, and it was for a small job that I completed around the house. I fixed up our back deck. It has been in need of repair for a while, but this weekend I completed the job – 100% from start to finish.
It truly was not a grand adventure, nor was it a life-changing task. But, I’ve been thanked numerous times for doing this job and finishing it, too. I did the job in service to my wife, and that’s heroic, too.
Small moments are the stuff of life. Now, where’s that job list?
I have been writing about Myth, Hope and Life for more than 45 consecutive days. The experience has been humbling to say the least. I’ve noticed changes in my thinking, my behaviour and I’ve seen life patterns start to emerge. By no means do I believe that I’ve arrived as an enlightened, fully engaged hero of my own life. However, signals or nuances are playing out in my life, and I’d like to share them with you now.
There are some things I’ve learned about myself, and others that I’m starting to perceive; the nuances I mentioned above. Over the past few days, I’ve pulled together a list of changes. I’ve summarized them here in the hopes that they will continue to help me focus on becoming all I can be, and to also, hopefully, offer some useful info to other heroes seeking to find their way in the world.