Reinvent Yourself!

The last day of high school. It’s a day filled with mixed emotions. But perhaps just for me. As I sat amongst my peers, I heard very straightforward confirmations of their feelings towards being done with schooling: they were either ecstatic to be finished or already missing it all. Continue reading “Reinvent Yourself!”

There’s Nothing Extraordinary About Life

There’s nothing extraordinary about life. Nothing unusual or amazing about being alive, about existing. Billions have done it in the past, billions are doing it as I type these words, and billions more will do it long after this post is written. What’s so special about something that everyone else is doing, that they’ve been doing their whole lives? Continue reading “There’s Nothing Extraordinary About Life”

Fear Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

Franklin D. Roosevelt, upon being inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States, said this during his First Inaugural Address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Continue reading “Fear Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy”

The Young Buffalo

One day, on the plains of Africa, a young buffalo named Walter approached his dad and asked him if there was anything that he should be afraid of. “Only lions, my son,” his dad responded. “Oh yes, I’ve heard about lions,” said Walter. “If I ever see one, I’ll turn and run as fast as I can.”

“No, that’s the worst thing you can do,” said the large male.

“Why?” asked Walter. “They’re scary and will try to catch me.”

The father smiled and explained, “Walter, if you run away, the lions will chase you and they will catch you. And when they do, they’ll jump on your unprotected back and bring you down.”

“So what should I do?” asked Walter.

“If you ever see a lion,” answered his dad, “stand your ground to show him you’re not afraid. If he doesn’t go away, show him your sharp horns and stomp the ground with your hooves. If that doesn’t work, move slowly towards him. And if that doesn’t work, charge him and hit him with everything you’ve got!”

“That’s crazy!” exclaimed Walter. “I’ll be too scared to do that. What if he attacks back?”

“Look around Walter,” replied his father. “What do you see?”

Walter looked around at the rest of his herd. There were about 200 massive beasts, all armed with sharp horns and huge shoulders.

“If you’re ever afraid,” said the father, “know that we’re here. If you panic and run from your fears, we can’t save you. But if you charge towards them, we’ll be right behind you.”

The young buffalo breathed deeply and nodded. “Thanks dad. I think I understand now.”

We’ve all got lions in our lives. We also have a choice in how we deal with them. We can avoid them, and run from them if ever confronted. Or, we can charge them, and hit them with everything we’ve got. Let them know that you’re not afraid.

Story and image from betterlifecoachingblog

The Graveyard

“The graveyard is the richest place on Earth, because it is here where you will find hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, books that were never written, songs that were never sung, inventions that were never shared, cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or be determined enough to carry out their dream.” – Les Brown