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Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words

 

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  • “It’s the private victories that matter most and are felt the deepest and last the longest. It’s the internal triumphs that aren’t recorded on scoreboards or broadcast on the eleven o’clock news that define who we are. Ollin is what determines success in our lives, instead of the conventional measure of winning and losing. With that as a definition of success, it is possible for everyone to win all the time.”

  • “Despite his circumstances, he chose meaning, responsibility, and contribution. By choosing to be “worthy of his suffering,” he proved that we each have the capacity to rise above our outward fate by walking the dignified path.”

  • “I’m on a quest to uncover the secrets of words and what they meant originally when they first surfaced,” I explained. “It’s like peeling an onion. By breaking down words layer by layer, by uncovering their pure meaning, you tap into a force that will help you find your purpose and better lead your life.”

  • “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

  • “Those who become the leaders see the sign of the game and stop to listen. They pause to catch their breath and get on their hands and knees to recognize the clues. They see the hoof marks. They are the ones with the best hearing who put their ears to the ground and listen to where the game is. They are the ones who touch the ground and can tell which direction the animal is traveling. In olden times, finding the true path of the game was life sustaining.”

  • “It is a journey. We are all on a journey. And when we follow our path, we find those who show us the way. It is not just some mystical, abstract concept, a metaphor, a figure of speech, a mathematical impossibility. It can be, and usually is, a very real, very physical experience.”

  • “By setting aside regular reflection time, I find joy in the journey. I will take just one percent of each day—approximately fifteen minutes—and use it to reflect on the past twenty-four hours and contemplate on the possibilities that lie ahead.”

  • “The world can and will hide our identity if we are not careful. Conformity, pigeonholing, focusing on flaws instead of greatness, conspires to disguise our God-given gifts, our Namasté, and distract and take us away from our true path and purpose. Instead of “To thine own self be true,” we become a character playing a part prescribed by others. We futilely try to be all things to all people and satisfy no one.”

  • “Talents and gifts do not reduce or diminish when shared; they expand and increase like the widening ripples from a pebble dropped in still water.”

  • “I stay on path and purpose by recording in my journal those times when my heart’s deep gladness is calling to me, when I’m experiencing joy and inner peace, when I’m overflowing with fulfillment and abundance.”

  • “Gene described Namasté at its elemental level: before we can salute the greatness within others, we need to salute the greatness within ourselves.”

  • “To be true to myself, to really shine, I need to create, explore, write, and constantly search for what is just beyond the edge.”

  • “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’

  • “We are the ones who determine our vision. We decide what we want, what we dream about, what we set our sights on. Gandhi saw a free India. It didn’t matter that no one else did. He did. We are free to choose our dreams. There are no limits. Personal prosperity, professional mastery, athletic perfection, family fulfillment, enriching relationships, peace and tranquility, health and wellness, selfless service, leaving a legacy: if we can envision it, we can achieve it.”

  • “Humility is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied words in all of language. Humility is not being passive and submissive, nor is it distinguished by slumping shoulders, bowed heads, and subservient, downward glances. It is about being teachable and coachable. It implies a continual commitment to learning and growing and expanding. It is living life in crescendo, with shoulders back and heads up as we reach and stretch to become our very best, then extend ourselves to help others do the same. And then, we start again!”

  • “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Practitioners of shoshin pledge to bring no preconceptions when studying a subject. Even at an advanced level they approach the subject as a beginner would.

    Developing shoshin requires time and patience and a willingness to listen, observe, and learn from those who appear on our path. In Vienna, where Pravin Cherkoori taught me the word “Genshai,” he proclaimed, “Isn’t life magical! Look at what happens when you view yourself as an empty bucket and every person you meet as a well— and you put your bucket under the tap that draws from that well. All the nutrients that sustain life and produce growth flow right into your bucket.”

  • “Acting with purpose loosens the shackles of procrastination. “Procrastination” comes from the Latin “pro,” meaning forward, and “crastinus,” signifying tomorrow. This corrosive form of inactivity deceives many into believing that they will somehow move forward tomorrow.

    Progress is made one step at a time. “Pro” means forward, and “gress” is to move. When we make “progress” in life, we move forward on our journey.”