Posted by: craigsblogs72 | May 2, 2014

Belief and purpose overcomes all

 

Who else has faced challenges on the way to big things? You know, the type of challenges that almost make you walk away from what you’re trying to achieve?

Good, you’re not alone.

To quickly cover off, the last few weeks have been crazy with challenges in my universe. Stuff that once upon a time would have railroaded me to a lesser man. Stuff that has made me question every breath and every next step. Why continue the journey when there are bigger things in life to focus on?

Yet something down deep kept nudging at me to continue. To continually improve. To continually take the next steps when all I wanted to do was retreat. That nudging – it’s the belief and purpose in my mission to do as I set out to do.

There is no greater reward than setting yourself a task and completing it. Even when your universe is throwing curve balls, putting smelly socks in your wardrobe or dishing out plain ol’ dirt, completing a task you have set yourself is one of the most rewarding things you can for yourself.

Never give in. Never let challenges knock you out.

It’s merely the universe testing our resolve to do as we say we are going to do. To reach new vocation levels, we will continually be tested to see if we are ready to take on the next level.

I am here to say that if you stick to your guns, take each challenge one step at a time, no matter how long nor how hard, belief and purpose in your mission will always see you through.

The last few weeks have been the wildest of rides both in my personal life and career. And for the first time in the last few weeks, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. The dark has been lifted and it’s my turn to shine again.

I’m about to turn the lights on so brightly in my universe, you’ll see them shine in yours!

Peace.

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 30, 2014

Finding time to smile

If you let the constant barrage of negativity that continues to knock on your soul’s door every time you turn on the news, flick through social media or whatever form of communication you’re attuned to, it’s easy to let a frown lay upon your crown.

All too often there’ll be some snippet of shit (yep, that just happened) that will cause you to stop, reflect and then get bummed by that particular piece of information. Then that usually cascades into further negative thoughts because that’s just what we’ve become accustomed to.

For the last few weeks, my universe has tried to deliver as many possible challenges as it could. From two family members passing away, another family member getting some horrid news regarding their health and work continually being the biggest career challenge for everyone at work, life has been trying to knock me on my ass.

Yet, upon reflection, it ain’t all that bad. Death is part of the cycle of life. Work is a mere blip on the ass of what the world has to offer. The current challenges aren’t over yet.

If this is the worst that I have to endure, then I’m pretty happy with things overall. I get to wake up and breathe. That’s always a winning start to the day. Perhaps it’s come down to trying to smile more often. A smile is contagious. Try it.

Finding time to smile is where it’s at for me right now. The more I can smile and genuinely feel better about all that is said and done, then hot diggity dog, my universe will smile along with me. Oh yes… it will!

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 27, 2014

It’s time for a new level

It’s been a testing few weeks. But that’s history. Tomorrow is a new day. It’s time for a new level.

 

Just like Pantera’s “New Level”.

There’s only so much a person can take before something breaks. Then that something heals. Then that something finds a new level strength.

Life will knock us down. And I know that I’ll go through this again in the future. What provides solace is I’m stronger now. Mentally. The next time I get knocked down, I’ll be ready.

It’s what makes life vibrant. The beautiful shades that colour life when riding the highs. The dismal grey that cloud the skies during the lows. I wouldn’t want it any other way for it would never allow the new levels to continue…

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 25, 2014

Trying to find happiness amid turmoil

Not even sure where to start tonight. Sitting in a living room in Denliquin trying to make sense of it all. There’s been too many weeks in a row lately of life less than positive.

Never have I question what “it all means” so much at this juncture in life. I’ve been into the details before in previous posts so there’s no need to venture into them again. The cursor is blinking at me and waiting for more words to occupy the screen. It’s funny, there’s been an assortment of conversations in my head lately that maybe my mind is slowly becoming blank.

I want to withdraw but then that just makes everything harder. Surrounding ourselves with the beauty of life is harder than withdrawing yet it provides, with amazing clarity, that almost all our answers will be shown if we immerse ourselves in the universe that relies on us to be there for it as much as it is there for us.

There are times will want to hide from life and that’s possibly part of the “flight or fight” theory. I’ve been hiding a lot lately. Maybe it’s time I took a run along a pier similar to this one and jump like a child into the water. Let the water cleanse my soul and let the universe envelope me in it’s wonderment again.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time I jumped…

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 21, 2014

Optimism versus realism

Erring on the side of optimism can be a good thing. Erring on the side of realism is as equally as good. It all depends on what’s happening at the time.

Lately, I’ve come to realise that to have an ability to cross both paths is part of the mastery of life. Once upon a time, the glasses I wore were always rose coloured. Life has taught me the rose tint eventually loses it’s shine. Like any pair glasses, you eventually have to replace them.

Realism used to be a thing that I scoffed at. I used to believe that I was a wizard that could control the entire universe. The landscape, the people and the outcomes. Now I understand that I can only control the universe I create. There’s no controlling someone else’s created universe.

Optimism is still high in my belief system. It’s just more so that I accept that there’s a realism approach to life that can no longer be ignored.

It’s tough accepting reality sometimes. Yet that’s the universe of someone else’s journey that we have to accept, not our own.

Peace to your optimistic or realistic journey.

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 20, 2014

Family is where it’s at…

Here’s where it’s at as of the 20th of April 2o14.

Two weeks ago, an uncle died of Motor Neuron Disease. One week ago, my girl went to hospital with a couple of infections. A few days ago, her grandfather was put into intensive care with medical conditions. The same day, another uncle of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

If you’re not aware of how important your family is, then… then you don’t know how important your family is.

Since hooking up with my girl five years ago, her family has taught me that the most important people in this world are your family. Your friends are far and few between. Your family is massive.

I’ve grown up with a family that is unattached to each other. That’s not a conducive way of living.

Family, when all else fails, comes together to provide a beautiful unity that cannot be described.

Reach out to someone that is close to you today for you never know when you or they might not be around.

 

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 17, 2014

Trams make me smile

In life there are always challenges. Big. Small. Hard. Easy. Heart-breaking. Life changing.

Among it all we have to find the little things that we can be grateful for. You will have your choice. And as I live in Melbourne, my choice is trams.

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This post comes to you from a troubled heart, yet knowing you are there is comforting enough. We are more connected than you think.

Find the little things in life to be grateful for. It makes the big things wildly unbelievable and amazing when they happen.

Peace.

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 16, 2014

Life is beautiful

Even through the corporate haze of uncertainty, the one thing we have control of is our thoughts.

That’s why life around me is beautiful. Sometimes chaotic, but mostly beautiful. I learn from every win and every loss.

It’s a ride that I wouldn’t change for the world.

Yes, life is beautiful.

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Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 14, 2014

Challenging times require paradigm shifts

Just like the title says, challenging times require paradigm shifts.

That’s the real deal above. Right now, my vessel (that’s me) is traveling through “facilitating environment”. Dude, it’s a bumpy ride when paradigms shifts occur.

This current shift started three weeks ago and only now am I starting to understand why I’m going through it. It’s unsettling and amazing at the same time. This shift is career related and my thoughts and actions impact a large audience so I’m trying to understand and shift with it as best as possible. There have been so many changes in thoughts and actions in the last three weeks that my head is still spinning and looks like it will continue to do so for a couple of more weeks.

As life around us continues to change, we need to change and adapt with it. Trying to live the same way to get through new challenges… well, that statement says it all. Being closed off to new things because we’re trapped in old school ways of thinking can be very limiting. Opening your mind to new thought patterns can be exhilarating and enchanting. Remember when you were at school learning new things? It’s just like that.

So, as this challenge at work is far from over, I’m sure I’ll continue further paradigm shifts to improve my station in life. I’m up for it. Are you?

 

 

 

Posted by: craigsblogs72 | April 3, 2014

Even the Dalai Lama gets frustrated

Business life is full of highs and lows. It made me think about an interview I read on the Dalai Lama once. Even that dude gets frustrated.

It’s how we deal with each frustration that matters.

Every now and then there has to be some sour with the sweet. That’s why life is exciting.

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