Winds of Change

by Lance Ekum on September 29, 2008 · 44 comments

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“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” ~ August Hare

Wind.  It blows, sometimes in our favor, sometimes against us.

I  remember one particular day when I went out for an afternoon run.  The wind was blowing, at my back.  My run started so easy.  I felt like running was effortless (and it’s usually not).  It felt so good.  Cruising along.  And that all was fine and good, until I had to turn around and come home.  All of the sudden, running became much harder.  It was no longer easy, my pace much slower.  The wind, not at my back, was now a force to deal with instead of a push in the direction I was going.

And don’t we have these “winds” in our life.  Sometimes they blow in our favor, and sometimes they blow against us.  And both can be beneficial, if we allow them to be.

When we have winds blowing in our favor, the wind at our back, per se – everything is flowing very well.  Things in our life are clicking along.  At times, it feels effortless to get done whatever activity we’re working on.

And then, at other times, we face a strong headwind in our daily lives.  Those days when things just don’t go as planned.  The days when we stub our toe getting out of bed.  Burn our tongue drinking coffee.  Get a speeding ticket on our way to work.  And that’s all before 8 A.M in the morning.  You know what I’m talking about.  Those days when we just seem to know, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.

And I say we embrace both of these “days” – the good, and the bad.  These are the winds that can bring lasting change into our lives.  If we choose to allow ourselves to accept these winds as opportunities to embrace them.

In the good, we can embrace the fact that we are able to cruise along and really enjoy the ride.  Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to savor the moments in life.  These are them.  We can ride these winds, steering our lives in the direction we desire.

In the bad, we can embrace the opportunities we have to learn and grow.  We may not learn much from stubbing our toe.  Or do we?  We learn where “not” to step.  To maybe turn on a light.  And more importantly, when we face the bigger challenges in our daily lives – when projects fail, when a meeting goes south, when a customer just won’t budge…these are times when we have great opportunity to learn and grow.  If we choose to.  The choice is ours, to embrace these moments – or not.  If we embrace these moments, these winds that are leading us to change our course, we have an awesome opportunity to really change our projects, our work, our lives.

The next time the winds of change blow in your life, how are you going to handle them?

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on September 28, 2008 · 40 comments

Reach Out!
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“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” ~ William A. Ward

Spread Your Wings and Fly

by Lance Ekum on September 24, 2008 · 62 comments

Airborne Muse
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“Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.” ~ Victor Hugo

In a post over at Loving Pulse, Davina wrote Look Ma, I Can Fly.  A story about a baby pigeon and his days leading up to the moment he spread his wings and flew.

This got me thinking about how the life of a bird is like our life.

The nest is our safety zone.  A place of comfort.  This could be our home, a familiar face, a routine we follow, or whatever else it is that makes us feel safe.  Our comfort zone.  But sometimes we have to leave the nest.  Sometimes we have to head out into areas we are not familiar with, doing things we haven’t done before.  Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone.  Especially if we want to grow and really live our life.

And that’s when we need to spread our wings, like a majestic bird high in the sky, spread our wings and soar!  Maybe we’ll crash the first few times, but the more we keep at it, the sooner we WILL be soaring.  Soaring to new heights in our life.

What nest are you in right now?  What’s your comfort zone?  Is it time to step out of it, and fly to new heights?

Think about it.  Maybe your good where you’re at right now.  That’s ok.  Sometimes your comfort zone is the right place to be.  But maybe, your comfort zone has become a little too comfortable.

Spread your wings and fly!

Don’t Ever Give Up

by Lance Ekum on September 23, 2008 · 46 comments

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is there something that you want very much, but have not achieved in getting?  I’ve been there, you’ve been there.  The things that are worth fighting for, the things that matter most to you – those are the things you shouldn’t give up on.

Watching the video above, the ball looks to be one that can’t be caught.  The player gives up on it.  However, the ball girl see this as an opportunity to make a spectacular catch.  At the risk of getting hurt or being embarrassed.  And she does it anyway.  Sure, she could have missed the ball.  Sure, she could have crashed into the wall.  If she never tries, though, she’ll never know.  She could have given up on the ball too.  Reason said that this was not a ball that could be caught.  Reason said that it should not be chased after.  And this would have been just another play in the game.  One that really didn’t mean much.  But reason doesn’t always win games.  Baseball games.  Or the game of our life.

When we aim high, sometimes that means taking risks.  And it’s in taking risks that we have the greatest opportunity to succeed and reach the next level, whatever that is.  Sometimes we’ll fail, especially if we’re aiming high.  That’s ok.  It’s in failing that we are presented with a real opportunity to learn and grow.  And if we really want that something, then we shouldn’t give up.  We should try again.  Success may be just around the next corner.

What’s holding you back from making that “great catch” in your life?  Dare wildly, act courageously, and live the life you desire!  Don’t ever give up on yourself!

UPDATE: I have just found out that the video above was staged.  Still, the idea behind it, that we shouldn’t give up, is one worth pursuing in all endeavors that hold special meaning to us.

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: ms4jah “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a […]

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Cheerful Wins!

by Lance Ekum

“I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal.” ~ Dalai Lama We have a winner!  Cheerful, come on up! What do you choose – cheerful or depressing?  OK, are you portraying that?  With […]

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The Impact We Have On Others

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Cheekybikerboy “When you love people and have the desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then will you have accomplished the meaning to live.” ~ Sasha Azevedo How do our actions (or inactions) affect other people?  Sometimes we know right away.  Sometimes we never know.  The thing is, though, that […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Travelling Pooh “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh” ~ A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh

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I’m Famous!

by Lance Ekum

fam photo credit: Jule_Berlin ““Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Bill Keane Ok, maybe famous is a bit “over the top”…but I have the great honor of having the one and only MizFit from profile me over at her site today!  She […]

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Fog: Does It Slow You Down?

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: sektordua “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates Tuesday.  A beautiful, sunny day.  A brisk, late summer morning.  I head out the door, and hit the road.  Less than a mile out – fog.  Quickly, I had went from bright and sunny to dark, damp, and foggy.  From seeing forever, to […]

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