"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!" …Helen Keller …Saving the world, one life-changing, consciousness raising, wonderful adventure at a time.

Step off the edge of the world today!!…


…and float right into new life!!

Be Christopher Columbus!  Don’t be afraid to sail into unknown territory.  Is life in your own self-imposed prison a life worth living?  Don’t be afraid of death because maybe an un-lived life is a dead life…maybe you’re already dead and when you step out of your fear you finally find life.   Nothing was ever the same because CC had the courage to set forth into the unknown.  The whole world changed instantly from a flat pancake to a round sphere and new possibilities opened up for all human beings as we began to realize that maybe nothing in life is as it appears to be.

“One cannot discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”  Andre Gide

What will you do today to step off the edge of the world and start living?

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Before I die I will…

I recently saw this sign just off 118 Ave, and it made me stop and think for a while…a long while…and it made me realize how amazing people are and how talented.  I love driving down the street and seeing the sides of buildings covered with huge murals or painted boxes and posts…amazing art work.

This sign brought my mind to a sudden stop.  So big a message in such a few words.  Before I die I will… And instead of going off on another track as it usually does, this time my mind just hovered there for a while, feeling the depth of these five words.

Before I die I will… leave a significant positive mark upon the earth.

How about you?

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Baby striped skunk

Baby striped skunk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many years ago we loved going camping and more often than not, weekends would find us out in our tent in the trees somewhere.  We slept on mats on the floor…no fancy stuff for these hardy tenters.  Being in nature always renews and energizes.

One morning I woke at earliest dawn as it was just starting to get light outside and I lazily rolled over and opened my eyes.  Yikes!!! there right in front of my eyes, so close I was afraid a blink might scare him, was a black and white striped tail!!!  you guessed it!!  a skunk!!!  Help!! Panic!!  What to do?  If I moved a muscle I might regret it for the rest of my life… or at least for many weeks.  Screaming was definitely not an option.  My brain was on overdrive but my body was paralyzed.. barely even breathing. I suddenly realized that I was powerless in this situation.  Even though this little skunk was just a mere fraction of my size he definitely held the upper hand.  No amount of anything I could do would save me if Sir Skunk decided to pull a power trip.

So I just relaxed into the realization that he either does his thing or not and I can either just enjoy the moment or not.  Enjoyment seemed the better option.  Sir Skunk was such a beautiful little creature, and moved so gracefully about, almost elegantly, kind of like he knew he was royalty.  He sniffed around and after a few minutes he was at the doorway.  Oh please, Sir Skunk, you managed to get in so please find your way out.  The door flap was zipped shut so he must have somehow got under. Ooops, I had to move my head to be able to keep him in my eyesight.  No, here he was coming over toward me again.  Another close up view of a skunk tail.  That skunk tail is like the opposite of a white flag.  White means surrender, peace, but black and white stripes…this is like a warning flag signalling danger!!  Have you ever experienced the intensest fear at the same time as deepest relaxation?!  For five minutes which seemed like five hours I watched and alternated between paralytic panic and enormous enjoyment and actually it was more like both were there at the same time…and then there he was by the door and suddenly his tail just disappeared under the door flap and he was gone.

WOW!!!  What an experience!!  This was for a few minutes an experience of life lived!!  And that aliveness shaped the rest of my day and days to come.

Moral of the story: Enjoy the moment no matter what it brings.

Pinch of Spice:  This week just notice your automatic reaction to things and instead of acting upon that reaction just enjoy the moment, the experience and the reaction…and no you don’t need to find a skunk!!  Each day at the end of the day take a few minutes to review the day to recall any emotions, even slight ones and see how you can bring enjoyment to that experience.

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I’m flying!!

What is it about the “I’m flying” scene from the Titanic movie that we all love? Yes, it was a magical moment of love.  But isn’t it so much more than that?  Maybe it’s because it brings us to aliveness…we feel it. As we watch that scene we feel like we are flying. We feel like we are alive…. alive like we’ve never been before. Standing there at the bow of the ship as it moves forward into unknown territory, feeling totally vulnerable.  Any moment, any wrong move and our life could be over….this is what aliveness feels like. Being right there at the very forefront of the ship, the frontmost of the frontmost of life, heading ever forward into newness, into the unknown, and creating life right there in the moment, not knowing but creating as we go. Life and death are both an option.  This is being fully alive in the moment. This is living life as a daring adventure! Wheeeee!!  Can you feel it? I’m flying! We are flying!!

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