Family begins with blood, but builds with love.
And trust. And turmoil. And tears. And shared values. Shared passion and compassion. Shared purpose…
It’s amazing how synchronized our souls become when we work together to create the same dream, while becoming our best selves in the process.
When strangers become colleagues, and colleagues become teammates, and teammates become brothers.
And you lift and push and punch and pull each other along the way. The memories made and the moments created are priceless. And the shared understanding lasts a lifetime. It’s a beautiful thing.
It’s a lifestyle, not a destination…
You have to see different things.
You’ve gotta walk unfamiliar streets.
You have to hear strange sounds and witness uncommon cultures.
You have to fumble through foreign languages and fall into unexpected conversations.
You have to explore.
The more differences you see, the more you realize we’re all same.
Gratefulness is the key to happiness.
In a life full of lessons, that’s one of the biggest I’ve learned.
Things don’t always go as we planned. Actually, most of the time they don’t. Things take longer, cut deeper and are just plain harder than we imagine. More people leave than stay. We lose time and we lose trust. The picture gets fuzzy and the canvas gets frayed. And no matter what we paint on our face or put on our feeds, we lose a whole lot more than we win.
But through it all – the good, the bad and the awful; the silent victories and the screaming failures; the hidden strides and the public setbacks; the best of times and the worst of timing…. through it ALL – if we remain grateful for every part of it, we’re able to live our best life.
If we‘re grateful for each opportunity, more chances seem to come our way. If we’re thankful for our darkest moments, life begins to become a little lighter. When we nod in appreciation, fate smiles back.
Because it’s the whole thing, every soft corner and every sharp edge, that builds us into who we are. And when we’re aware of that, and grateful for that, then – no matter what – we build something beautiful. No matter what, we’re truly happy.
Sometimes we need a reset.
And I believe that letting yourself loose into the wild, falling into the welcoming arms of nature, is the most poignantly powerful reset button you can push.
Whatever you’re going through, you can get out of it if you get outside. The pain and the problems may not disappear, but your perspective will dilate. It will stretch and expand as you seek and explore. Your state of mind will be silently seduced by the scents and signals and signs that decorate your path.
Nature has an amazing ability to inject an unfiltered, unfettered, unmistakable surge of gratefulness, gratitude and humility straight into our soul… Clear your head in the clearing. Face your fears on the mountain. Confess your sins to the ocean. Bandage your broken heart off the beaten path…
If you need to feel what you’re feeling, or heal where you’re hurting, step outside…
And then, as you’re searching for everything and nothing, soaking in the sentiments of all that’s around you, the wind will whisper its most precious secret: that the answers are all INSIDE you.
We often get our “passion” and our “purpose” confused.
I used to think about this a lot, especially as I got older and started to advance in my career. I wanted my decisions to be more linked to passion and purpose, but I wasn’t clear on either.
Were they the same thing? How do you define them? What’s the difference?…
It took me a lot of learning and exploring and failing and finding to discover the simple answer to that confusing question:
Your passion is about YOU. It’s about what you love.
Your purpose has NOTHING to do with you. It’s about what you do for OTHERS.
And when you’re able to sync them seamlessly together – pouring your time and energy and effort into what you love in order to create something meaningful for others – that’s when you become your greatest self. That’s when you give your greatest gift.