To Be Read By Those That Don’t Believe in Santa and/or Peter Pan

I had a discussion with a friend on Thursday about life and eventually our talk came around to finding passion. Many talk about finding passion and even I have suggested that in order to find passion in your life you need to try new experiences. But when we talk about someone’s true life passion we are referring to something completely different.

I can be passionate about Red Sox baseball.  I can discover some hobby that will awaken passion in me.  But when I talk about finding your true life’s passion you need to look no further than you.

Deep down inside of you is your passion.  You identified with it at some point in your life.  Maybe when you were a child you liked to draw stick pictures, which turned into drawing comic book heroes.  Maybe your passion was playing the violin or piano. Your passion could have been singing.  Painting.  Biking.  Swimming.

It’s inside of you right now lying dormant.

from the movie Hook.

from the movie Hook.

Life was simple when we were children.  We were told there was a tooth fairy and we believed because a quarter appeared under our pillow after losing a tooth.  We made a friend because we asked a simple question: “would you like to be my friend?”  We loved because that’s what came natural.  And we forgave instantly because there was more important things to do in life, like play and laugh.

You see what we forget is why we wanted to be what we wanted to be when we were children.  Doctors, astronauts, police officers, fireman, nurses,etc.  Kids want to do things when they grow up that will make a difference in this world.  Number one answer from a kid about why they want to be a fireman?  Because fireman help people. Because doctors and nurses help save lives.  And astronauts, well astronauts are just super cool.

Somewhere between being a kid and dealing with being too cool as a teenager, life changed a little.  It then changed a little more when we went to college.  And eventually we find ourselves as an individual trying to making a living in this world, instead of trying to make a difference in this world.  And that’s the point when most people forgot/forget their passion.

The good news is it is not too late.  Your true life’s passion is still inside you, waiting.  Waiting patiently like Buzz, Woody and Slinky Dog waited for Andy to play with them again.  All that is required of you is to remember.  Think back to those days when you believed as a little girl or boy.  Believed in the magic of life.

Your true life’s passion is there deep inside you.  Don’t worry even Peter Pan had to remember how to fly again.

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10 Powerful Quotes from Steve Jobs and What They Teach Us About Leadership

dream_big_superman_by_wolfaddictIt is a well-known fact that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in technology.  His vision and romantic view of the world reminds me of Walt Disney.  Both men saw life with child-like eyes.  They refused to believe in limits and disallowed people to place them in a box.  We could all learn from them.

Remember, you must get busy working toward your dreams or you will spend your life working to build someone else’s.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2013/08/16/10-powerful-quotes-from-the-steve-jobs-movie-and-what-they-teach-us-about-leadership/

I was thinking about childish things..

The happiest and most fulfilled people I know keep the inner child alive and well!

Christina de Vries

There is something so utterly magical about how the minds of children work. And being one of them who’s (hopefully) going to be a child at heart for the rest of my days I find it particularly sad whenever I meet someone who doesn’t remember what it was like to be a child. To play and use ones imagination to the fullest and not caring if it didn’t make sense to anyone else.

I believe that writers (like myself) can easily access that door into their own childlike mind. Maybe it is that we partly just refuse to grow up completely. Because who would ever want to do that?

I’m not saying that being an adult doesn’t have its advantages. But there really isn’t much that can top that adventurous bliss of childhood. I would easily trade every party for the opportunity to climb that tree that touched the sky…

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33 Ways to Be Child-Like Today

dream_big_superman_by_wolfaddictIf you have ever listened to anything I have ever said or have ever read anything I have posted, read this.  I cannot encourage you more to awaken your inner child.  There is a reason that every philosophy and religion references being child-like or uses children’s view of the world!

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/33-ways-to-be-childlike-today/

Being childlike without being childish

Possibly one of my favorite attributes of children is how quickly they forgive and move on with life. Also, they make friends easily.

Flatlander Faith

“When I became a man I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

That would be things like:

-wanting to be the centre of attention
-wanting to be entertained
-wanting what somebody else has
-wanting other people to do what I want
-feeling sorry for myself when things don’t go the way I want
-trying to get even
-boasting
-whining
-not admitting when I have done something wrong
-blaming somebody else

“And a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6)

” Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

Childlike qualities:

-willing to trust
-taking delight in unexpected beauty
-feeling happy because others are happy
-feeling sad when others are hurt
-giving without counting the cost
-forgiving
-eager to learn

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Childlike Wonder

Having child-like wonder is one thing I love about watching kids react to the world.

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Do you still have it? I hope I never, ever lose it.

I am still fascinated by ladybugs and wishing flowers. The simple things in life. And the clouds and the fog. And babies. All forms of babies.

Today I was fascinated by the baby farm animals and am thankful that in this crazy, busy Silicon Valley world we live in, that we still have open spaces preserved for us BIG kids at heart to get away from it all and to remember the simple life.

Life is good. Don’t forget your childlike wonder and go outside and play and breathe. Namaste.

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This mama had triplets! Bless her.

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Kissing lampposts …

When was the last time you used your imagination? It is one primary thing that we lose when we grow up. I remember playing outside as a kid and my imagination made the world my playground.

living and running in lala land

Children are awesome. Period. End of story. And we can learn a lot from how they view the world.

Today when I picked Reese up from school there was a little boy, about 2-3 years old walking into the school with a woman and a little girl. I’m assuming it was his mother and older sister. He was straggling behind them taking in the world around him. Curious. Playful. Care free. He came upon a traffic cone, looked at it, stopped and proceeded to kick it over. Victory overcame him. He trotted past the now tipped over cone and headed straight for a lamppost … that he hugged and kissed.

Yep. He hugged and kissed a lamppost after conquering a traffic cone.

Um … is it me, or do kids completely ROCK?!?!

I have no idea what was running through this precious peanut’s mind but I suspect it was along…

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Happiness of a child

Sometimes the shortest posts are the best. This post asks such a simple, yet such a deep question. I love it!

What The Heck is Happening?

Today as I watched my daughters happily laughing and joyfully living in the moment, I thought to myself, “I want that…”

I want to live in the moment, and not think about anything BUT the moment I am in. I want to forget about the past, not worry about what is to come, and just soak in THIS moment.

I want to live with a child-like innocence….trusting that everything will work out…

But how…

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10 Life Lessons We Learned in School

IMG_7061Today’s theme has been about the lessons we learned in school that we should be exercising in our lives as adults.  Now, some of these we wish our friend’s would adopt and some of these I wish you would adopt!  As you read these take honest inventory of yourself and take score of which you identify.

http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/25686/Life-lessons-grade-school