Once you know your purpose and reason for being, you mold your MIND to serve your spirit.

Your thoughts, dreams, beliefs, actions, and habits are tools in your tool-belt to create the life of your dreams. They’re all exchangeable to serve the purpose you desire.

The sprouting seed is a symbol for the thought that needs nurturing to achieve change.

Annual Review of 2013: It’s All About Feeling Good

by Dr. Christopher on December 31, 2013

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~Elwyn Brooks

I didn’t do an annual review for 2012.heartonmirror

Life, it seems, has its own course, whether I’m at the wheel, or not.

Although I did do one for 2010 and 2011, following Chris Guillebeau’s lead.  I found that reading other people’s annual reviews helped me do mine.

My sincere hope is that you wear my annual review shoes in order to walk the path you want for your life in 2014.

The transparent reason for not doing an annual review (or even writing much) is that I’ve had no energy for the process over the past couple of years.  A large part of me wants to crawl in a hole and just be in it.  Or run to nature like Christopher McCandless did (true story).

Sign posts along life’s path (like the picture above) point me in the right direction again.  I’ll explain more below.

Serving others has been my life purpose for as long as I can remember.  The problem is that I’ve never served myself.  As the constant teacher time always reminds me, you can only love others as big as you love yourself.

Nonetheless, I seem to have a mid-life crisis every year.  It’s common enough that I’m now calling it my mid-month crisis.

Without it, how would I ever know whether I’m ever on the right road or path?

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“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” ~Simone Weil

ball and chain

Allow me to set the scene.

I’d just spent a gut-wrenching, soul-liberating, ego-dropping weekend in Mexico where the fifteen or so other good-life seekers were looking to experience the same.

Phoenix-life transformation not only in our business lives, but in our whole selves.

And then it happened.

“You’re an addict.  And if you don’t stop, you’re going to die” she told me, gazing into my soul with tears in her eyes.   I like to refer to this woman as Guardian Angel #1.

Wow!  I thought to myself.  A ton of sh**-covered bricks just landed on me.  I’ve been labeled an “addict”?  Wow!!

I mean, I have been known to be the person who abuses alcohol for the wrong reasons.  If I was going to a party and I knew girls would be there, I’d drink 5 beers beforehand to remove social awkwardness.  If I was hating reality and crying so much that I didn’t want to experience life at the moment because of a lack in coping skills, I’d finish that bottle of vodka.

But an addict of alcohol?  At the ripe, mature age of 28?  She was selling it, but I wasn’t sure if I was buying it.

Before leaving Mexico in Cancun International Airport, I asked Guardian Angel #2 who witnessed the sh**-brick dropping …

“Why do I have to stop drinking alcohol? I don’t abuse it anymore like I used to.  Am I really an addict?”

“Whether you’re an addict or not is probably irrelevant.  Even if you don’t abuse it, most people don’t realize the attachments they have to things in their life.  Your soul thrives the most when it is free of all attachments” responded GA#2 with gentleness.  “In order to let your light shine the most, you need to be free of attachment.”

“Touche GA#2.”

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What Will You Do With Today? [Let Seneca Help You]

January 26, 2013

If perspective is one of our most powerful tools for Aristotle’s the good life, then how can we mold it to create our ideal reality today? By following the path of the greats. Here is one of them.  Seneca’s prose is meant to be ruminated on, savoring each phrase for the power in his well thought […]

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The Physiological Basis of Bliss: 5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain Circuits [Part 2]

December 5, 2012

Question. Do you crave bliss, ecstasy, or the passion of life? Maybe even heaven on earth? If not, do you at least want to be a little happier? When neurologist Jill Taylor had a stroke[Part 1], little did she realize that she would help us figure out how we could live a happier existence by […]

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Why I’m Sorry for Jesus’s Crucificion, 9/11, and the Death of Santa Claus … And You Should Be Too. Any Good Butterfly Would!

September 10, 2012

Guess what? Whoever you think crucified Jesus, crashed those planes into the World Trade Center Buildings, and killed Santa Claus and maybe even the Easter Bunny … Didn’t do it alone. I did it too. Santa and the Easter Bunny aren’t really dead.  But if they were and somebody was responsible, it would be me. […]

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Enjoy Your Shoes: Happy “Freedom” Day 2012

July 3, 2012

Perspective is a powerful tool for change and a better life. Some ignore their health for decades.  They witness a loved one die prematurely from lifestyle choices (a sugar-laden diet or a 2-pack-a-day cigarette habit).  Next thing you know, they’re working out 7x/week and eating like a perfectionist. Others are complacent living the life that […]

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