a journey toward your true peak

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

What is it?

What does it mean?

What changes?

What stays the same?

(all questions I HAD!)

More seriously, though, what does it all mean?  And why should you care?

Jungle 2.0: Why Should You Care?

Life IS a journey.  It’s a magnificent and amazing journey for me, for you, for EVERYONE!  What is this journey, though?

A journey toward your TRUE PEAK.  True peak, a place of YOUR BRILLIANCE!
You.  You are here for a purpose.  Here on this earth to LIVE your life.
Perhaps that all sounds great and wonderful, except…

Except you just lost your job, or you are in a challenging relationship, or you are living paycheck to paycheck, or you’ve just lost a dear friend, or {an endless list of “excepts”}.
Wherever you are on this continuum, whether life is wonderful or challenging at this very moment…this is YOUR LIFE

Yours.  Yours, and you have a choice.  You have a choice, right now.  Will you choose to step more fully into your brilliance?  (and you ARE brilliant….so, so brilliant and amazing!)

Jungle 2.0: What Does This Mean?

Today I am choosing to step more fully into that brilliance that is ME.  Wow, and just saying this is challenging.  How about for you?  Is that  difficult for you to say?


Say that out loud.  Say that out loud, and with conviction!  Because YOU ARE!

And such is born Jungle of Life 2.0.  If you have been here before, perhaps you notice a new look and feel to this space.
This is your life, whatever kind of “jungle” that is…it is your life jungle.  And when you choose to live in deeper harmony with your heart, you connect more fully to life’s meaning…for YOU.  This place, the Jungle of Life, is for you…for you to connect more deeply with who you are.  Choose that brilliance that IS YOU!!!
Back to that look and feel…

Jungle of Life 2.0 – heart-centered creation of YOU, on the journey toward your true peak.

Do you see the heart?  Do you see the heart here in this space?  Do you see the heart within you?  Heart connections…and that journey toward your true peak…

Where are you at on this journey?  Are you ready to take more conscious steps toward you own very personal true peak?  Are you ready to listen to that voice which speaks directly from your heart, from a deeper part of you?

Work with me, and we’ll explore these paths together as you take steps more fully into that journey of you.

I shine!

You shine!

Continue to let your own beauty and amazing brilliance radiate outward!!

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on January 30, 2011

Sunlight over Mountain
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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

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Splish Splash!

by Lance Ekum on January 27, 2011

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Earlier this month I wrote about my word of the year for 2011 (SHINE).  This has become a very meaningful practice, as I really focus on one word, at a deeper level.  As meaningful as this has been, it is also a wonderful experience for me to reflect back on the previous year, and really "see" how that chosen word manifested itself in my life.

Today I'm doing exactly that, as I review 2010, and my word that I chose last January:  SPLASH!.

It's an honor to be sharing these thoughts with Stacey Curnow, someone who really embraces the idea of living life from a place of deep meaning.  So, today I invite you to join me over at Stacey's site, Midwife For Your Life, as I review 2010 and the word SPLASH in my life. 

Hint:  I don't think any of my splashes looked exactly like that up above (although I certainly have some crazy kids around here who find that this is a great way to greet the water!)

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Success: Eleven in 2011

by Lance Ekum on January 24, 2011 · 62 comments

Electric Kool Aid
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"There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way." ~ Christopher Morley

What is success anyway? 

How do YOU define it?

Perhaps we'll hear of someone who has "hit it big", who has all the toys, who lives in the biggest house, who…

Perhaps that is you.  Your neighbor.  The guy driving down the street.  The woman commuting an hour to work everyday.  The kid volunteering at the food pantry.  The retiree who just won the lottery. 

Is there something deeper, though, that makes this life we are living more meaningful?  Is there something else there, adding depth to our years?

I believe, very much, that this concept of a deeper success is way more than what we can see on the outside looking in.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … to leave the world a better place … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.”

Success and meaning in life, something really much deeper than what we see in terms of things, accomplishments, and position. Success, true success, is something that comes from within. 

Comes from HOW we are living are lives.  Comes from WHY we do what we do.  When we connect more deeply with these how's and why's, we reach success at a much more meaningful level.


Success and Deeper Meaning in this Life:

With that, I give you eleven individuals who I believe exemplify what success is truly all about.  Read below as they share their pearls of wisdom on success and meaning on this life journey.

Holly Latty-Mann:
As I evolve on this journey, so does my definition of success.  Success is no longer creating a life void of misfortune or pain, as those are the very elements that create the fiber from which deep, meaningful success is spawned.  Success is therefore managing with grace and dignity whatever misfortune befalls me. And the other half of what gives deep meaning to my sense of success is that feeling of peaceful joy as I celebrate daily the hundreds of things that do go right in my world.  With gratitude and grace, everything else falls into place.


Scott Stratten:
Success to me is being able to support my family and myself. And when I say support, that doesn't mean just financially, but emotionally as well.  One can usually cloud the other.


Patience Salgado:
I so often want to define or attach success to big individual accomplishments, but I'm learning more and more everyday that true success lies in a million small acts that together reveal a whole life, a whole passion, a whole heart. For me, this makes the everyday so much more meaningful, knowing that each small act of kindness, love, truth, or courage really do matter. In these acts of connecting and moving with this intent through the world, we push beyond ourselves and into creating something so much bigger, success for us all.  


Daniel Pink:
Success, to me at least, is leaving the world (and your own little patch of that world) a little better than you found it. If people are somehow better off — materially, intellectually, spiritually — because of your presence, that's pretty good.


Rachel Denning:
Success is not a big home, a large income, and all the 'stuff' that's involved in the peacock pageant. Success comes from quietly and confidently living on purpose, moving toward your dreams, and living simply within your means. It's the feeling you get when you're living right.


Kerry Taylor:
Success is an organic apple in one hand, and a tool sharp enough to share the fruit with others without fear of bleeding.


Chris Guillebeau:
Success is continuous improvement of circumstances and meaningful adventure.


Maren Kate:
Success is almost an ethereal "I've arrived" feeling – not 100% how to describe it but I know I'll know it when it comes.  The deepest meaning I get from following the entrepreneur's path is the feeling of going against the grain and building something I can be proud of.


Seth Godin:
I think you're successful once you create work that matters, something that was frightening to create and powerful to behold.


Chris Brogan:
Success means improving every element of my life (family, work, fitness, wealth) a little bit every day and being able to smile more each time I see the results of my efforts.


Liz Strauss:
On this journey, I get deep meaning from connecting with people where they live — in their heads, in their hearts, and in the way they view the world. Every person brings me something I didn't know and would have learned without that particular connection. If I listen with who I am I often find they reveal truth and trust that shines brilliantly and that inspires me to live better, be better, and bring my best game to the world.

While everyone who shared here has words that are slightly different, there is one over-riding theme.  Success and meaning in this life are very personal and so much more than any physical things we might obtain.  Success is truly in living this thing called life.

To each of you:  thank you for the gifts you bring to this world, for the connection you create from a place of authenticity, and for your being here to add meaning and depth with your thoughts.


For me, I find deep personal meaning in this life from living in a place that connects my heart and soul outward.  When I do this, when I'm aligned with my own internal compass – I succeed.  When I come from this place, when I form connections at a deeper level – I succeed.  When I love…I succeed…

And you do, too.  You do, when you listen to that voice within and move more fully toward your own true peak.

What is success, anyway?

How do YOU define it?

Coming next week!  Many updates to the Jungle of Life website, and the release of the e-book with the same name as this site:  Jungle of Life | a journey toward your true peak.

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Jungle 2.0…the journey continues…

Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: chiarashine “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Note:  Changes to the Sunday Thoughts will be coming soon, with these changes beginning in February.  Enter your name and email address in the Jungle 2.0 box (to the right) to get the expanded Sunday Thoughts, be notified […]

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Not Your Typical Kelly Blue Book

by Lance Ekum

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” ~ Dr. Seuss Who is this? Do you recognize her? And what’s she doing here? It’s Kelly!  And she has blue hair!!  (and I think she might know a bunny that is blue, too!)  Today…she is asking me a whole bunch of questions…enough […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: christophandre “Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness – if you had little time left to live – you would waste precious little of it! Well, I’m telling you…you do have a terminal illness: It’s called birth. You don’t have more than a few years left. No one […]

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Your Essence

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: Mitra Mirshahidi- “If the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living, I have made my mark.” ~ Thomas L. Odem The permanent element of your being.  That which is within you. More than your name.  […]

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Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: [martin] “What if the question is not why I am so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer Note:  Changes to the Sunday Thoughts will be coming soon.  Enter your name and email address […]

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And The Word Is (2011)…

by Lance Ekum

photo credit: gnackgnackgnack “A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes One Word A new year is upon us.  A time to […]

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