“Lose Some To Win Some…Story of a Champion” – Jay Z

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

A champion. Someone to be admired. Usually a master at their craft and usually, that’s when we notice them – when they have mastered their craft.

We do not see the trial and errors. We do not see the failures. We do not see the 1000 times they fell and the 1001 times they got back up.

And before that 1001 times they got back up? Still a Champion. Because a Champion earns their badge by failing and trying again. They earn their badge by moving forward, using what happened yesterday as a PUSH towards their goal.  They do not sit idle waiting, they sit to REST when they need to.

A champion. In every struggle, in every failure. We get back up. Earn our badge. And still a Champion.

“To Define Is to Limit.” -Oscar Wilde

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I am, you are, we are, they are. What follows the beginning of those sentences sets the tone for the rest of the story. It paints the picture before the picture is complete and invites our imagination to play in the shallow ends of creativity.  

But what if the word that followed I am was, LIMITLESS? What if the word that followed you was, FREE? What if the word that followed we are was, ONE? What if the word that followed they are was, ABLE?

To what place does our imagination take us to when we use these words of potential? When we don’t classify ourselves into the micro level classifications?

How we define ourselves and others can be a view into the ever expanding universe or a glimpse into a chest deep pool.  We can see ourselves, and each other, as capable of immeasurable potential or of limited capabilities. It is the words followed by those first two powerful words… I am, you are, we are, they are…that sends our imagination to play with creativity and into all of the possibilities that await us.

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To those of you who saw the IM POSSIBLE in impossible.
To those of you who were dealt cards and played your hand.
To those of you who were told, “You can’t do it,” and DID.
To those of you who wake up every single day and continue.
To those of you with broken hearts but love regardless.
To those of you who continue to dream.
To those of you who believe in magic.
To those of you who embody your philosophy.
To those of you who rise after each fall.
To those of you who continue to be the change you wish to see in the world.

This is for you.
Thank you!
Thank you for growing.
Thank you for showing up.
Thank you for setting the example.
Thank you for inspiring.

“Where Your Mind Goes, Energy Flows”– Ernest Holmes

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“Where Your Mind Goes, Energy Flows”– Ernest Holmes

How many mountains began as mole hills? Remember what made them grow so big? Were you focusing on the problem or the solution?

How many opportunities began as an exciting adventure, then was lost in the abyss of fear? Remember what sent it into the black hole to never be entertained again? Were you focusing on the excitement of the adventure or everything that may go wrong on the journey?

How many people have you pushed out of your life? Remember what made you push them away? Were you focusing on all the reasons why you were deserving of the love or all the reasons why you were undeserving of the love?

Answering these questions for ourselves may help us understand that our focus dictates the attitude of our journey and the state of our destination. We can let our mind wander to its darkest corners where it tells us the sad and scary stories, paralyzing and convincing us that those corners are the safest space to live in. We can let our mind wander to its open fields, where the horizon is inviting us on a journey to discover self, people, love, and the miracles of the unknown.

If to dark corners or open fields, our mind’s wandering will take our energy right along. Our approach to life is the beginning of this mind walking. Approach life focusing on the dark corners and the mind will take you there dragging your energy with it – depleted, afraid, hopeless, and sad. Approach life focusing on the open fields and the mind will take you there skipping along with energy – excited, amazed, and grateful in adoration.

Every morning when we open our eyes, we can take an inspiring stroll or lock ourselves away. I hope, for energy’s sake, we all choose an inspiring stroll. Happy wandering, friends.

“If an Egg Is Broken by an outside Force, Life Ends. If Broken by an inside Force, Life Begins. Great Things Always Begin from the inside”-Jim Kwik

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How many of us bear emotional scars? Scars from a cracked shell, seeping out our hope and faith in healing. How many of us have given in to anger and resentment, making us victims and prisoners of these hard felt emotions?

The burden of emotional scars, and the victimized imprisonment we occupy ourselves, lacks one important action; the antidote of self-reflection.

As we stare at our emotional scars and feel the shell continue to crack, we ignore the aspects of our being which is there to help us understand why we have allowed these scars to get to the point of escaping faith. We forget we have control to let go. We forget we hold the key to free ourselves from this prison we ourselves create. We forget, when things on the outside do not make sense, to go inward and understand our perspective, so we may understand our perception of the outside. We forget to close our eyes and to be our own friend.

There is magic in getting to know ourselves, getting to know the why’s of our emotional scars, and getting to know the key which liberates us from victimization. The magic transcends into the way we see others as well. We may no longer see others as the ones who created these scars and were the culprit of the emotions, but see them as our guides who came to guide us inward to find our magic. In this realization, we may find forgiveness and the love for self again.

When we allow the great things to begin from the inside, our example will inspire others to do the same. The most beautiful thing about magic is that when others see it, they believe as well.