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Go Get Your Hurricane

HurricaneDo me a favor and breath deeply.  Pull it in and then release it.  The air is incidental, isn’t it?  It’s the breathing that you noticed.  You probably gave little thought to the air itself.  That’s because air is all around and it feels pliable and weak.  It is only when air is marshaled into a formidable force, like a hurricane, that it gets the respect that it deserves.  We need the air that we breath, it a building block with the potential to give life or take it away.  It is a resource of infinite importance that is invisible because we only see it when it smacks us in the face like in a hurricane.

Air is not the only resource that we besmirch on regular basis.  Even for those that are visible, we cannot always see because we are too busy with our present lives to notice.  The world is not lacking for resources or opportunities but rather people that can see them in their dormant state.  Most of us are waiting to get picked up in a hurricane of opportunity.  The problem is that the hurricane is never coming.  You need to go get the hurricane, possibly even build it from the ground up; one molecule at a time.

The world has already gifted you the component pieces.  Are you going to complain that it has not put them together for you?  Or can you find the joy in the noticing, finding, building and creating?  If you don’t build your own hurricane, you’ll need to chase someone else’s and take the chance of being blown away.

Go find what you need today!

Pete

 

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Life of Unopened “Cans”

cansIn my parents’ cupboard when I was a kid, there were canned products that we used all the time.  Chicken noodle soup, tomato paste and green beans were in heavy rotation toward the front door.  They would come in, go out and be replaced by their can cousin at the next shopping trip.  Toward the back of the cupboard were the ancient staples like the can of cream of mushroom from 1985 or its even stranger companion, evaporated milk (no idea what that is).  These cans were born with purpose and hope.  However their lives never reached fulfillment because they were forgotten after they were crossed off of the grocery list and standing by for “someday”.  Having the can in the cupboard was enough.  We never actually had to do anything with it.

As I edge ever closer to 40 years old, I look at my unopened “cans” and I am awestruck by what I’ve left behind.  I’m no longer talking about tin and aluminum but rather the things that I left undone because I know that I can, so I don’t have to.

  • I can lose 15 lbs, so I don’t have to.
  • I can run that 10 mile race in 1:15:00 or less, so I don’t have to.
  • I can reach out to great friends and family at any time, so I don’t have to.
  • I can be a great husband, so I don’t have to be all the time.
  • I can go to the gym daily and get into great shape, so I don’t have to.
  • I can make something better of myself, so I don’t have to.

The knowledge that “I can” has kept me from doing so many things that I know that I should.  The problem with most of these cans is that I know that I can because I’ve done them before.  If these unopened cans were put into regular use, my life would be exponentially better.  Perhaps it’s time to open some of these cans and see, not what’s inside of them but what’s inside of me.  (Note: not everything that you can do falls into the “SHOULD” category.  Some cans are better left on the shelf.)

Is your cupboard full of dusty cans?  Did I just open up a “can of worms”?  Or do you now feel the need to open a “can of whoopass” on yourself and your life?  As you find the courage to do the things that you know that you can, you’ll also see the possibility of doing some things that you thought you could not!

You can!

Pete