a game in perception

I woke to a beautiful spring morning

But it prompted a reflection that has been in my brain since I was a young boy

The quote is “perception is reality ”

But are we looking through similar lenses?

What if what I call green differs from what you call green?

What if we are not really all that connected?

What if left to me and left to you in reality are completely different

What if we see only fixed to our perceptions

What if we hear only fixed to our understandings

What if what we hold as reality is only perception?

I know it’s exaggerated but doesn’t this illustrate what we need to realize when we do this work we set out to do?

When we seek to truly empathize would it be best to go to edges and then settle back to reality

I don’t know but what would you do , say and how would you act if the assumed could no longer be assumed?

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the Connection Paradox

the Connection Paradox

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noun
a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.


Please allow me to set the stage

We have Never in the history of mankind had available greater opprotunity

We have Never in the history of mankind had more opportunity to matter more

Yes we Hustle, Grind, Hack, we interrupt, over and over and oh yes over again

Sigh 😦

“With great power, comes great responsibility.”​ – Voltaire

I understand that being true, being generous and being empathetic isn’t as appealing in a video on facebook as Hustle and grind but I will place my bets on the long arc and the end game and that truly seeking to show up every day contributing something of value “for others” will win out.

I am a eternal optimist so I have no choice

I guess it all starts with a decision we need to make that will dictate all steps, turns and decisions to arrive- Where do we want this to go?

Business- Do we want to be a major player in major market? Someplace in between? or are we totally happy with a fingerprint personal relationship with everyone we create our change for?

* and there is no wrong answer – only being untruthful to yourself

Personal- Do we want the possessions? Riches? or do we simply desire “enough”?  Enough to be free of spirit? There is no wrong answer just not being Truthful to yourself.

I do believe we waste on what matters little most of our lives. The great Stoics spoke at length on this very topic.

I realize more and more how much we shine spotlights on ourselves all for nothing but to torment ourselves.

The greatest advice I can provide my daughter as she grows is take action in life, do your best to get comfortable trying! Ask questions and listen- Listen and never seek to be the authority- embrace being the student.

In my career spanning almost 25 years I see so much choice it paralyzes

I see at the core what has always worked best

Genuine Caring

Genuine Emapthy

Genuine Generosity

simply a genuine desire to develop relationships with those we seek to serve

simply to create “Friends” and in creating a friend we create someone who would as Seth Godin says “would miss you if you were gone” – IF you didn’t show up tomorrow or the next day, No matter if on Facebook, Instagram, a weekly podcast or the local deli- would I miss you- would I look at my phone and be upset, would I grab the door and be sad it was closed- That is why we are doing this isn’t it after all?

To be for someone we cannot be for everyone

guess what- I get it- That is scary

scary because we might fail

scary because people will realize we don’t have all the answers- the map

but here is the thing- no one does!

All we can do is choose and show up

and when we fail (and we will)

we get to do it again

It is what we signed up for

so STOP seeking a magic bullet

and STOP worrying you will fail

Instead strive to Matter…..to someone …you have a choice …we always do

 

 

 

 

Laser Focus on Impact

Simplicity not organization

 

Simplicity.

Focus.

Most of all Impact.

I have been on a quest for something that spans back now to 2014. In my quest I embrace the role of lifelong student. I have attempted to achieve maximum impact, maximum results through massive self inventory, massive attempts to organize. They each have fallen short. Actually, even worse they have in many instances added stress, anxiety and second guessing.

I believe the following TED talk truly strikes a relevant cord

“>The Paradox of choice

So that brings me to today. Simplicity.

For the next 40 days;

4:45am UP everyday

15 minutes and then Start!

No Gym

No Fancy equipment

No variation

Simplicity- Real Focus on Impact

1 Hour

15 minutes- Mobility work

15 minutes of (4) KB Swing, Goblet Squat, Ring Chinups, Pushups

15 minutes GPP

15 minutes Meditative practice

Everyday

Everyday

Yes Everyday

Followed by 30 minutes of creative writing

Shower and Start, NO- Sieze the day- everyday!

Diet?

Intermittent Fasting/ Fasting/ Keto and Sunday refeeds all to be detailed in coming posts!

Time for some sleep for now!

 

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