The Trouble With Greatness

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”

       ~Frank Herbert

 

High Aspiration’s in a Labile Life.

How many of us have heard the messages throughout life that go something like – be the best you can be, dream big, don’t settle, why be mediocre when you can be great…and the list goes on.  And how many of us, myself included, have consistently bought into the cycle of striving for “greatness”.  In career, in family, in personal bests, and any endeavour we take on with full force.

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Taking Risks.

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

How many times have you taken a risk? Like a real, blind jump into uncertainty and the unknown of your life?

How many times can you remember where you wanted to take that risk? Take the leap. Quit the job. Move cities. Book that trip. Spend the day investing in your health and well-being. Tell your friend how much they mean to you.  Tell a stranger how much you adore their jacket.

Anything!  The beauty of taking a risk is that it can be completely minute or absolutely grand on a larger scale.

 

I was thinking about risks and life a fair amount the last couple of weeks. Being a person who is generally busy in life and usually on the go all of the time I started to feel that jaded feeling – you know, the one that almost all of us get?  Life has become rather routine, a bit mundane and a bit lacklustre if you will.  Now before I really dig into taking risks there is one caveat – life does ebb and flow and not everything is going to be new, thrilling and fulfilling. There are times in life when you do have to dig deep and ride out the moment of mundane living. This is a skill and an art; and it instills commitment and discipline.

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Never Ending Cycle’s

An Invitation to Look at Change.

I have been thinking, like I do most days – about patterns or cycles.  I know I am not the only one who has pondered how or why we live and perform our lives through cycles.

There has been amazing work done much before my time.  The stages of change, or more traditionally known as the trans-theoretical model of change is one theory that I commonly gravitate towards.  One of many ways you can look at behaviour, behaviour change and the typical way it unfolds for most of us.

Of course there are other models of change – numerous theories and practices. Whole paradigm’s of knowledge related to behaviour and behaviour change. This is just one that I see being rather inclusive to the process we endure in change.

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Is it taboo?

Curious thoughts and philosophical ramblings

So a heavy topic to discuss, but one that is present in every moment, every day of life.

Life and Death.

Is that taboo to bring up? Perhaps not the most popular of topics to discuss, however one that is incredibly valid and salient in the whole of existence.

I have talked previously about creativity, and flow.  Energy and movement in life. Energy as emotion.  And how this is at our very core, right down to every cell in our body.

I am still amazed by this! The fact that our human bodies are comprised mainly of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen in intricate ways. Elements comprised into compounds and into cells and so on and so on.

But back to the topic at hand! Life and Death.

Do you ever find yourself curious about the mysteries of life?  How you come in to the world as it is now, how you grow and develop. Change and evolve.

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The Creative Adult

“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”

Ursula K. Le Guin 

What is creativity?

How do you “get it”?  What one earth do you do to ‘keep’ it?

Now, I know it has been a VERY long time since any type of post or activity on Feed Your Fire. What can I say? Life is full of things to enjoy, lessons to learn, and change. My goodness is it ever full of change!

But back to creativity.  See, sitting over coffee this morning I found my mind wondering (as it usually does), about creativity.

What are your first thoughts when you think of ‘creativity’? Do you only think of the spectacular pieces of art? How far does your understanding of creativity go?

In one modality of psychology, known as positive psychology there is something called “flow”.  Now I am going to venture that many people are aware of this. “In the Flow”.  “In the zone”.  Look at any athlete and they know ‘flow’.  Or any musician who can become lost in the music.

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Missing in Action!

Don’t mind me!

Busy living life…

My my how time passes!  It has likely been a little too long since I have last posted here.

What have I been up to you may wonder? Well!  That is easy.

Living out life the best way I enjoy and know how.   This last summer has been a wonderful time.  Changes, challenges, returning to work and school.  Time with friends. Time outdoors.

Why ditch the blog during all of this amazing time in life?  Well, for many reasons but one I would like to share as I look back at these summer months.

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The Power of Connection.

I am going to state the obvious here…Albert Einstein was truly genius.

I know I know…really?  (insert laugh if you must).

Albert Einstein is very well known for many things including the theory of relativity and multiple other theories in theoretical physics.

One thing I had not paid enough attention to until now, was his writings on philosophy.  I am by no means a ‘scientific mind’ so stumbling across yet another of his quotes really struck me as profound philosophically. Let me share with you…

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Priorities in Life.

Better Late Than Never!

A post I found sitting in the draft bin….from before my adventures across the world!  How cool it is, to find these things and reflect back on the whole process, start to finish!

Without further ado…

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

Stephen R. Covey

Powerful words to think about. What is urgent in our lives versus what is truly important.  What holds value to our minds, hearts and souls.  Really, think about it for a moment.  When has ‘urgency’ overridden what is important?

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The Artistry of Nursing.

Nursing & Compassion.

An incredibly interesting thing has happened to me.  (Catchy introductory sentence huh?)

Now my story is all here on Feed your Fire, and you can catch up on the general idea of it here.

To quickly review what I am getting at in this post, is how I had a whole new perspective (yet again), on certain events of my life.

I have talked a fair amount regarding choosing your life, and not selling yourself out for what you really want.  I have talked about much of this; not taking on someone else’s concept how to live, how to be and what to do in life.

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Wanderlust

A collection of quotes all about travel, the unknown, and that sense of wanderlust…

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.”

St. Augustine

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

~Terry Prtchett

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