Delegates at our latest Super Thinking + seminar during a relaxed concentration session.
Missions can help bring better health and more fulfilled wealth if they truly are YOUR mission.
A historical novel I recently read, “Vengence: Hatred and Honor” by Brett Ashton, has a thought worth sharing about purpose, paths and missions. This is a WWII war story but the tale begins in current times with a junior news reporter interviewing a 100 year old man who is still active… healthy… strong and mentally clear.
This centurion was in his den surrounded with photos of him with Bob and Delores Hope, Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Glenn Miller, Admiral Halsey and General Doolittle and a plethora of awards, trophies and war medals including… Purple Heart, Navy Cross, Bronze and Silver Star… plus numerous diplomas including PhDs in history and philosophy.
An interesting man. The reporter asked the obvious question, “What do you attribute your longevity to?“
The man replied, “Most of it, I think has a lot to do with having a good sound purpose for living to begin with, whatever that purpose may be. A good hard honest days work to back that purpose helps keep you going more than you would think.“
The reporter then asks “Do you think there are a lot of people in society without a purpose?”
The reply: “Far be it for me to tell others how to live their lives, but I can tell you that what I did with mine worked for me”.
Though this is a work of fiction, this paragraph has two points of reality I believe the author wanted to sneak though into the psyche of the reader.
Point #1: Have a purpose.
Point #2: Make sure that this is YOUR purpose… not a path others have persuaded you is yours but is really theirs.
Because Merri’s and my path of the past 30 years has been so bizarre in the eyes of many societies, I want to reinforce these two points. Our experience may better prepare you whatever you do, wherever you go.
Looking for a purpose led us from this million dollar (plus), 5,650 + square foot home just a few steps from the beach in Naples, Florida with…
this big upstairs study and…
this large downstairs living area plus huge dining room, front and back porches, kitchen and nine bedrooms, four baths to…
this Coleman tent in the Blue Ridge and…
this tin roofed shack in the Andes.
Neither had electricity or running water.
Let me be clear, we had millions in the bank and other assets. We did not have to live like this. We chose to live like this because we felt we were led to do so.
I was explaining this story to an investment manager over lunch one day and he seem truly astounded. “What’s wrong,” I asked. Plenty of people live in tents.
“Yeah,” he said, “but never when they had millions in the bank“.
There you have it… the social misdirection. The adviser was trying to define Merri’s and my paths based around how people should act based on how much money they have. Society tends to tell us our missions based on our outer accoutrements rather than our inner convictions and feelings.
This clash between what others expect and what nature suggests for us can create stress… even destroy lives.
The puzzle is separating your real mission from all the social noise that has bombarded us from the day we were born.
How can we see what our unique path should be? Here are three tips.
Tip #1: Follow your dreams rather than escape your nightmares.
Tip #2: Look for subtle clues and coincidences. Pay attention to intuition.
Tip #3: Stay in touch with how you feel… rather than think. If a mission seems too bizarre with what others expect of you remember the great poem by the Sufi poet, Rumi… “Start a large, foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.“
Merri and I hope that these tips will help you clarify your unique mission and that your spark burns pure, long and bright.
Learn how to integrate thinking and feeling to make intuition more useful in our “Writing to Sell Camp” this December 1-2-3, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 2012.