“Stop Getting Distracted by Things That Have Nothing to Do With Your Goals” – Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We set our sights and off we go to meet our goals. We focus on our destination, until the focus shifts to the odd noise coming from the motor, the bugs splattered on the windshield, and the static coming from the radio station. To shift our focus further, the gas light just came on to tell us it’s empty.

Our focus shift distracts us into attending to matters we have prioritized over the path toward our goal. That odd noise from the motor is the doubt we’ve allowed to creep into our head. It’s the people in our lives telling us we can’t do it. It’s the excuses we have started to makes as to why our goal is unattainable.

The bugs splattered on the windshield are the minor inconveniences we focus on and convince ourselves is blocking our view to the destination. It’s the rainy day without an umbrella or the missing the bus and foregoing waiting for the next one. 

The static from the radio is the things we do on a daily basis that moves us no closer to our goal than yesterday. It is the unproductive habits. The sleeping in late, the habitual scrolling through social media, the watching too much television, the procrastination of what can be done today and telling ourselves “I’ll do that tomorrow.”

And with these distractions, comes wasted energy. Wasting so much energy, we sputter along to our goals on empty. Often times, breaking down in the middle of the road wondering where the time went. Fortunately, for many of us, it is during this breakdown we get out of the car and notice the motor is quiet, the radio static is off, and the bugs on the windshield no longer block our view. 

It is then we realize, in the horizon, our goal is still there waiting for us. Distractions are loud, but our ambition will roar if we take the focus away from the things that beg for our attention but have nothing to do with our goals. So let’s get back in the car, turn the key, and focus shift.

“The Trees Know That You Can Be Still and Grow at the Same Time” – Chris McGeown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Growth does not always need to be loud. It does not always need to enter the room and scream at the top of its lungs “I am changed!” – It does not always need to shake things up like an earthquake exposing new lands above water. It does not always need to roll in like a hurricane, creating a path of destruction to be rebuilt. Growth can be still.

Admire the Oak tree and remember, it began in darkness as a tiny seed. It embraced the silence and nourished itself with the soil it was immersed in. Silently, it broke through to find the light and continued to reach up to it through wind, through cold, through rain, through heat. It grew through the years, but every day it was still.

Growth is for ourselves, and how we welcome the world. It does not need an announcement. It is for us to experience and to witness. It is for us to recognize and to accept. It is for us to continue, even in stillness.

“Do the Earth a Favor, Don’t Hide Your Magic.” – Yung Pueblo

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We are magic. Don’t believe me? Notice the breath you are taking right now. Without direction, our lungs expand. Place your hand in the middle of your chest and feel the beating of your heart muscle, pumping life through your body. We are alive.

The magic of being alive allows us the opportunity to create, to feel, to follow our passions. It gives us each day to follow our bliss and to learn about the magic we all are.

The illusion, however, lives in how we see ourselves. As ordinary or as extraordinary. 

As a grain in the sand or as part of the universe. As a product of chance or as a creation of magic. 

Close your eyes, feel your breath, touch your heart. We are an extraordinary part of this universe. We are magic.

“We Often Are the Clouds That Block the Sun From Shining on Our Day.” -Uknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

The dawn is breaking; the sunrise begins to greet us through our window curtains. A new day has begun. Are we jumping out of bed, whispering “THANK YOU,” or are we pulling the covers over our heads cursing the daylight’s greeting?

The sun is above us now, shining bright. It is flirting with lakes and oceans, gifting them with glistening reflections of the sky. Are we allowing the sun to embrace us with its warmth? Or are we running from our shadow?

Dusk is creeping in and twilight will soon color the horizon. As the sun kisses the trees good night, are we in gratitude for the day or are we already living in tomorrow?

For the rest of our lifetime, the sun will rise, will play across the sky, and make its way to set. It will be the constant company to our day; behind storm clouds or in clear blue skies. Look up from time to time and be in gratitude for this daily visit.

“I Am Mine. Before I Am Ever Anyone Else’s” – Nayyirah Waheed

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We are born into this world and are predetermined to need love and affection. We crave inclusivity and dread rejection. We are tribal by nature and as introverted as some of us may be, we do need the interaction with other human beings. Human nature is a beautiful creation.

We are to celebrate this beautiful creation with giving all that we are born predetermined with, all we crave, and all we need, to ourselves first. Celebrate this creation by loving ourselves, being kind with our self-talk, taking time to rest and to recharge, pursue our passions, and nurture our growth with what feeds it. Be comfortable in our own skin and live unapologetically as who we are.

Be yours, first. None of us are a half of something. We are a whole on our own. As messy or as put together as we may be; we are complete and belong to the heart we see reflecting back when we look in the mirror. Love that heart. It’s the only one we will ever have and the only one we will ever share. Be yours, first.

“Speak Only If It Improves Upon the Silence” – Gandhi

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

In silence, some of our minds are loud. Many of us are rummaging through all the clutter that pollutes our train of thought and often times, we reveal through oral dictation, the very polluted thoughts we have; from biased opinions, to judgments, and uneducated guesses, to rotten remarks. Silence has had no choice but to be invaded by the unfiltered thinking cap of our brain and the lack of consideration of our ego; an off-key composition.

Our words are our responsibility. It is our music. What we say and what we write, shapes our ability to impact our world. The way we speak to people, the way we speak to ourselves impacts the energy we are sharing with one another. We are directly accountable for how we make a person, a discussion, and a room full of people feel after we have disrupted the silence living there before we shared our thoughts.

A polluted mind cannot speak well into the silence. It needs to sit with it, allowing the silence to aid it in clearing the air. To introduce notes to complete a lovely tune. Once the air is clear, silence will welcome the words that will fill the air with the melody of our song. Please make it one worth singing, followed by a standing ovation.

Allow

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Allow yourself to float away
to go explore, get lost for days
Allow yourself to chase a dream
to look at stars and bathe in streams
Allow yourself to love a heart
to seek a home and create some art
Allow yourself to be alive
to feel the sun and be revived.