Archive for September, 2008

Business Is No Exception

Success – Goal or Destination? – by Lauren Kennedy

Many people justify the ideas that their values and principle need not apply in business dealings.

Our behavior in business cannot be separate from who we are. If we are selfish in business, we are selfish. If we are dishonest and manipulative to get ahead, then we are dishonest and manipulative. Values and principles do not change to fit the circumstance or one’s present goal. We create ourselves with each action.

But it is our true intention and motivation behind our actions that is most important.

If we promote a bogus product unintentionally, that is very different from knowingly promoting a bogus product. However, we cannot continue to claim ignorance after we realize that it is necessary to research the product before we decide to promote it.

If we achieve our goals at the expense of our character and integrity, then perhaps we must reevaluate our goals. Or perhaps we never really developed our character in the first place.

If we have walked on the backs of others to achieve success, we may get the social prestige, outward respect and control that we crave, but we won’t experience inner peace. Inner peace is impossible when we don’t respect ourselves, no matter how much we try to deny or justify.

We can try  to silence that voice by focusing on our next incredible accomplishment, just like the alcoholic reaching for the next drink to ease the pain. And we can bask in the praise of our entourage and try to convince ourselves that we did nothing wrong. But we cannot not run away from ourselves.

True character and courage is living according to our principles regardless of the outcome. True success is measured by how we live, not by what we accomplish.

The most spiritual prophets, no matter their religious background, had the same message, once one eliminates the cultural dogma,

Love others as yourself. The Golden Rule.

It doesn’t say except in business.


September 29, 2008 at 6:05 am Leave a comment


Freedom! – by Lauren Kennedy

Freedom is one of life’s most precious gifts. But even gifts require maintenance, appreciation, and responsibility. And freedom, like all gifts, come with inherent responsibility.

By it’s nature,  freedom includes transformation, risk, and  revelation. You cannot have freedom and at the same time expect total protection, compliance and safety.

The freedom to drive a vehicle, comes with the possibility of being involved in a car accident. The freedom to make our own decisions includes accepting the consequences that result from our choices. And a citizen in a free country cannot expect that the police, the armed forces, secret government agencies and the government itself, will insure protection from everyone at all times.

In the aftermath of 911, we have closed our eyes while the government has slowly chipped away at our rights. We have condoned, by our silence, the use of torture. We would have condemned another country if they had behaved likewise. We have looked the other way as individuals in our country have been whisked off the street, imprisoned and denied outside communication, based solely on vague suspicions, ethnic background, personal beliefs or reading preferences.

We have been so intent on revenge that we have stood by while the executive branch over reached their their position, made their own rules and led us into a war, through propaganda and false information, in order to pursue their personal agenda.

I realize that certain precautions are necessary. Airline security, background checks for violent affiliations before foreigners enter the country, cooperation between the various government organizations so pertinent information can be assimilated to implement precautions to prevent violence against US citizens.
But the gift of freedom will only survive if we are diligent in our responsibilities. We cannot give up our rights because of fear, righteous indignation, or apathy. Freedom requires that we value human rights, civil rights and demand the truth from our officials even when it is inconvenient. It requires that we honor justice but not revenge. It means that we demonstrate the integrity to admit our mistakes and the virtue to make the appropriate changes. Freedom means that we refuse to join in on a witch hunt. We can not tolerate using  force as a shortcut to diplomacy, compromising human rights, relinquishing personal liberties and being feed misinformation. They are not compatible with freedom. And we must become wise enough to realize that  control and life without risks is not only the antithesis of freedom but also quite impossible.

To remain truly free, we must upload the principles of honesty, integrity, respect for all humans, tolerance for everyone’s personal beliefs and an allowance to various lifestyles.

War, torture, disregard for human rights, discounting the facts because they interfere with an agenda, looking the other way while our rights are being dismantled, and blindly accepting false justifications for questionable decisions are not about making ourselves and our country safer. They are about eradicating our own  uncomfortable feelings of powerlessness through force and invincibility. They are about justifying our hunger for revenge. They are about our mistaken belief that we can somehow make life completely safe, fully under our control in every situation or circumstance and convincing ourselves that we are totally blameless, totally noble and always right.

Perhaps we have decided that freedom is too great a responsibility. Perhaps we would rather give in to our fears, pain and out rage. Perhaps we think that revenge and blame are the easiest, quickest way to silence our painful emotions. Perhaps we lack the courage to stand up for the principles of freedom when the going gets tough.

And if that is so, perhaps we lack the character, honesty, integrity and wisdom to retain the precious gift of freedom that we have had the good fortune to enjoy.

September 26, 2008 at 4:31 am Leave a comment


Blackout – Lauren Kennedy

For the third time in four months my computer would not let me log in.  Cajoling my computer was not on my to do list for Sunday.

However, I needed access to a large portion of my life that is in its memory. So I began backing up files and programs in preparation for performing the recovery process that would take it back to factory settings. And possibly wipe out a large portion of my memories in the process.

I am not technically inclined and always loose some information, programs, and registration numbers in this lengthy process. Then I must frantically search my paper files for the information that I reorganized so I could easily find it when I needed it.  But I can’t remember what organizational logic or strategy I decided upon for filing the multiplying mounds of information, emails,  courses, opportunities, strategies and ideas.

The computer is busily copying and moving files. At least it appears to be. Then zap, the electric goes out. Just for a brief moment, but for long enough that I must restart the entire process.

Once again the computer appears to be cooperating. I’m on a roll. Except I still have no clue where I filed the information that I know I will inevitably require. And then it happens again. Out goes the electric for a minute or two.

Again I start the process from the beginning. And again – blackout. After the fourth time, I decided to wait until the electric stopped getting lost in route to my home.

About this time I noticed the wind slapping tree branches against my window. I went outside to see if the sky was considering whipping up a tornado. But the sky was just over cast to the south and sunny to the north. The wind, however,  was becoming a bit vicious.

Okay, the electric has remain on consistently for ten minutes. Time to try again. The monitor came on. The printers can on. The scanner can on. The phones were still on. But my computer tower would not come to life.

This was a disaster. I had been patiently contending with its growing number of issues; crashing,  reinstalling the factory settings, error messages,  missing files and lost emails. I have tried to  demonstrate  patience and restraint.

But now it won’t work at all!

I informed my husband that I had to get a new computer now. I mean, how could I run an internet business without the internet or a computer?

Then the electric went out and stayed out. It never occurred to me that the problem wouldn’t be remedied by later that day. It always had been

.And I needed a computer. Now. I had work to do. So I jumped in the van and braved the 40 mph winds to go to get a computer.

As I drove past a open field, a gust of wind nearly sent the van sliding sideways into oncoming traffic . But I would not be deterred. The first store was dark. I surmised that the electric was having trouble in a rather larger area than I had anticipated.

But the doors were open. And I found a computer that was perfect. They didn’t have it in stock.

Not in stock!

I made the rounds to other stores in the vicinity but they had all closed until the lights returned.  What whimps! Although I could see the logic in their decision, I still felt frustrated. Oh well.

I returned to the first store dejectedly,  hoping I that there might be another perfect computer that I had overlooked. But none materialized; too big, too small, not enough memory or much money.

I plopped down in one of their comfortable display chairs, trying to come up with a solution to my dilemma. Finally, they offered me the display computer. And I jumped at it!  But I was anticipating the incredulous look and the long critique my husband would thoughtfully convey about the folly of purchasing the display for full price. But hey, I got a 4 year warranty for 150 dollars.

The best laid plans -albeit  minus objectivity,  was superseded by circumstances beyond my control. I could not even use the computer for several days. The blackout was huge.

It did however, provide some interesting insights. The first was the realization of just how dependent our lives have become on our electrical devices. And the extent to which being connected  to the rest of the world and privy to worldwide information, provides a sense of comfort and security.  I felt very isolated with no TV, radio, or internet.

I taped the refrigerator shut so the kids couldn’t keep opening it and let out the cold air.  I realized that I couldn’t even use the phone. We have cable phones (they don’t work without electric) and my mobile phone happened to be out of minutes and the stores were closed. If I wanted to speak to anyone, I had to physically go there. As a result of the internet,  many of my relationships are spread worldwide. Physically going to speak to those individuals  presented a dilemma.

The biggest effect was on the neighborhood. Usually very quiet, people were outside up and down the street and around the block.They were sitting on the porch talking and laughing with family and friends. They were gathered on lawns, interacting and laughing with neighbors that they has barely seen much less spoken to for months.They were in the yard playing games with their kids and giggling right along with them.

Where did they all come from? They cam from the TV, computer, video games.

After a few days of candles, isolation, and relaxation,  finally the electric returned. Everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief. My old computer came back to life. Curious.

But I really did need a new one.  I was finally able to get my files backed up. Most of them anyway. I am still looking for some paperwork. Why didn’t I just file it under important, easy to find, or critical information?

And once again the neighborhood is quiet and empty. I wonder if they are laughing as much now.

September 24, 2008 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

What Is Creative?

Artwork by Lauren Kennedy –

I have added a Gallery Page to my blog. There are several drawings and paintings that I have done. And I will be adding more periodically. Take a look. What do they mean to you?

Creativity is that unquantifiable aspect that makes us human.

Creative activities tap into a source of knowledge deeper than our intellect.  It comes from our heart and soul and speaks to the hearts and souls of the observers. Even viewing a creative work is a creative process, since each person takes away something slightly different from the same piece of creative work.

Creativity is not the sole domain of artist, writers, musicians or theater. A creative work is identified by how something is done rather than what is done.

What do you think it means to be creative? What is creativity?

Please post your thoughts on creativity or the artwork.

September 21, 2008 at 4:54 am Leave a comment

The Cheese Stands Alone

Will Your Payoff Be Ripe or Rotten? – Lauren Kennedy –

What are your goals?

Not the goals that you grudgingly set because you think you should. And not the ones that you give lip service to setting in order to get someone off your back.

What are the goals or dreams that you have a burning desire to achieve?  What stirs your passion and ignites your enthusiasm? Have you given up on your dreams because they seem implausible. Have you resigned yourself to your status quo because your record at goal achievement has been less than stellar?

Perhaps it isn’t the goal that must change or forsake but the way we have been taught to to achieve it.

Does this look familiar?

We have  a desire for a particular achievement or acquisition. We do some research and repeatedly hear about the importance of setting specific goals.

So we write down our goal in specific, Technicolor detail. We develop a list options, obstacles and pre-requisites. We detail a step by step plan of action. We resolve to be disciplined, positive, determined and focused. Our priorities are clear. We allow nothing to divert our attention from our vision. Nothing will come between us and the outcome we deserve. This time we will succeed. Mission accomplished. Done deal. Satisfaction guaranteed.

So we struggle to get to our destination. We become irritable when our schedule is interrupted. Obstacles are eliminated expediently. We are completely engrossed in reaching our destination. Our absolute absorption in our success comes before our personal relationships. The time and space in between are endured in anticipation of the end payoff.

If we run out of steam, confidence or passion, we give up. We beat ourselves up, blame ourselves, others, or circumstances, tell ourselves it wasn’t that important and endure the life we have.
Or, if we reach our goals, we pat ourselves on the back, revel in the adoration of others, and quickly set a loftier goal to absorb our attention and quiet the new rising craving inside.

Reaching a Goal Does not Guarantee Satisfaction
Our passions, our desires, our purpose and our actions are the tools we use to create our life experience. If we believe our satisfaction depends solely on realizing a goal, we have missed the point. Lasting pleasure and satisfaction can only be found  when we focus on what we are doing and who we are being, instead of just the outcome. Our awareness must be on the moment we are experiencing. Our focus must be on the quality of the decisions we make on the journey. Our priority must be focused on the response we choose in each situation.

It Is Experiencing and Learning from the Journey That Changes Our Lives

When we develop this perspective, interruptions will become opportunities and obstacles will provide information, direction and experience. We don’t become so obsessed with achieving our goal that we begin to compromise our values, neglect our relationships discount our feelings, needs and principles or rationalize that the ends justify the means. We must begin to take pleasure in the journey rather than enduring it to get the payoff .
After all, life doesn’t consist of just  the few moments in time when we feel the rush of reaching our goals. Life is in the journey. It is the journey and how we make it that is important. It is who we become and the direction in which we are headed that are the aspects that create a successful, fulfilling life.

Our desires are the stimulus that move us in the direction that can provide the experiences necessary for us to develop, to gain something we lack, to heal some open wound, to resolve some repressed issue, to instill understanding and compassion, to dissolve our fears,  to express our true essence  and to fulfill our purpose. Our passions are the fuel that moves us in the direction that will benefit our evolving spirit.

If the Achieving the Goal Becomes More Important than Than Our Choices, Satisfaction Eludes Us

But we cannot reach our potential when the goal becomes all important. Reaching our greatest potential depends on the choices we make during our journey toward our goal. It depends on  the awareness and sensitivity we demonstrate along the way; our honest intentions, our interactions, and our focus. When we live with our attention in the present moment, when we make choices that reflect the person we want to become, when we focus on aligning our emotional energy with the essence (the feeling or need that it will fulfill) of our desires, we are already taking steps to fulfill our potential. After all, it is the essence (the feeling or need) we believe  our goal will provide that we are truly seeking.

The mouse that navigates a complex maze amazes us, not because it got the cheese, but because of the journey it made to find it. The mouse may only care about the cheese, but we pride ourselves on a higher level of perception that includes valuing personal growth rather than mere acquisition.

Are we just fooling ourselves?

No, we do have unlimited potential beyond our imagination. We just have to envision ourselves moving into it, give our attention to the moment, pay attention to our feelings and inner guidance and act like the person that we image we will be once our goal is achieved.

You may acquire wealth and success if you race through the journey and bolt across the  finish line of your destination. But you will not necessarily reach your highest potential, achieve greatness of character, or acquire wisdom and  meaning in your life. Your goal and desires direct your course to inspire the necessary changes in your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that will result in  inner transformation. The inner changes are the key to experiencing the freedom, satisfaction and peace that we sought to feel by achieving our goals.

You may reach the cheese by racing through the maze of life. But whether it ripens or rots, depends on who you have become by the choices you have made to get there.

September 21, 2008 at 4:52 am Leave a comment

Rich Man, Poor Man

Rich Man, Poor Man – Lauren Kennedy

Joe had a promising future in a large corporation where he had been employed for several years. He was married with two children. He spent more time at work than at home. But once he got his promotion into the executive branch of the corporation, then he could spend plenty of quality time with his family.

It was dark, as usual when he got home. He was typically preoccupied with a presentation that was due in the morning.  Reading his notes as he walked to the door, he didn’t notice the new bike parked next to it. He crashed into the new bike, knocking it onto his tools he had left strewn on the floor. Damn, the bike was broken. More money out of his pocket to get it fixed.

He fumbled to get the door unlocked. He strode quickly through the house and suddenly found himself flying through the air in a forward flip. He landed on his sore tailbone, papers flying. Crap, his wife rearranged the furniture. Doesn’t she have anything better to do?

Suddenly, Joe’s mind flashed to a recent memory of his son’s disappointment that Dad hadn’t noticed a special drawing he had done and placed on Joe’s dresser. He shook his head to erase the memory. Once again Joe’s mind flashed to a recent scene. This time he saw his daughter, becoming teary eyed after gleefully announcing that she had won a writing contest. Isn’t that great, Dad? Finally her insistent pleading brought him back from his preoccupation with a pressing business concern. Joe heard her imploring him to come to the ceremony. Wasn’t he proud of her?  He tried to placate her with trite phrases. You know I am proud of you. I just can’t make it this time. I have to work to support the family and our lifestyle. You understand, don’t you?

He shook his head one again to eradicate the scene in his mind. Once he got done with these major deals, he’d try to be more aware, pay more attention to his kids and take time to enjoy his family.

His wife wanted to go to their ten year high school reunion. She had been looking forward to this event for several months. But Joe had gained some weight and developed a receding hair line. Not this year, dear. I just can’t get away. When he lost the weight and had a hair replacement, then he could go without feeling uncomfortable.

One day Joe returned from work very upset. He told his wife that one of his co workers got his promotion. But he knew how to put things right. Joe would see to it that the company president discovered that his rival had left early on several occasions and rushed home because one or another of his children were ill (he was a single parent). Being a conscientious employee, Joe had diligently done double duty  in his rival’s absence. In addition, Joe could let it slip to the company gossip that he closed a deal for the same co worker when he suddenly departed for the hospital where his sister was in intensive care after a heart attack.

When his wife raised her eyebrows he retorted, “It’s his own fault. He should have made the marriage work so he would have someone to watch his kids and his sister should have stayed on her diet and exercise routine.”

He quickly silenced the persistent voice questioning his choices. He was just trying to provide security for his family. And he was the one that deserved that promotion. He was just setting things right.

The inner voice was insistent however. He couldn’t afford the luxury of worrying about principles now. Nice guys finish last. Joe had no intention of ever finishing last, or even second for that matter. Once he secured an executive position in the company, complete with lucrative salary, retirement benefits, power and respect, then he would turn his attention to principles and matters of conscious. But now he had a family to support.

Within five years, Joe was President of the corporation. He had lost 15 pounds and gotten his hair replacement. He had over a million dollars in cash saved,  millions more in investments and a retirement plan that rivaled the queen of England’s.

But he still had to work long hours to stay at the top. He was more pre occupied than ever with his business. After all, he was responsible to take it to the fortune 500 and beyond. And he had to keep the stockholders happy. Or at least spin a favorable picture, complete with statistics, which can always be manipulated to validate one’s version of the facts.

But that took a lot of time, energy and negotiations. Joe had worked hard to reach his goal and he’d sacrificed alot. He wasn’t about to let it slip through his fingers now.

His kids were teenagers now anyway. They were always with their questionable friends and never followed his advice. No wonder they were always having problems. And his wife was always taking everything too personally. Emotions were inconvenient, a waste of time and demonstrated weakness. Suck it up like he did. Go make something of yourself.

People are just too needy. He was much more comfortable competing for corporate dominance.

Joe’s single minded determination had earned him success, wealth and power. But he had avoided the more difficult business of developing an emotionally intimate and supportive relationship with his wife, children or friends.

He had achieved his goal of success beyond measure while those closest to him paid the price with deep emotional wounds that can take a lifetime to heal.

They should take responsibility for themselves. He’s not to blame.

After all, he has succeeded in becoming the ultimate role model in society’s eyes. He has achieved wealth, power and success. And he has not become complacent but continues to press on to even greater success.

He just aligned his values to match societies. Society respects and admires wealth, power and success.  It desires it. Society excuses the necessary transgressions in the pursuit of achievement and success.

And if other’s get trampled along the way, well that’s because they don’t have what it takes.

Joe happily accompanied his wife to their 15th high school reunion. After all, he was at the top of his game. He had become wealthy and powerful. Everyone would finally treat him with the respect and admiration that he deserves.

And everyone did.

Only his family knew the truth.


Society sets a template for behavior. Humans have the gift to choose the direction in which they evolve.

On a practical level, every civilization that valued power and wealth above the human condition eventually crashed, burned or drowned.

On a spiritual level, every spiritual prophet, no matter the country, nationality or religion, delivered the basic same message. Our evolution and our ultimate happiness depend on Unity and Compassion.

We have made great strides in our technical abilities and our mental fortitude, perseverance and confidence. But time and again we have ignored the message of the spiritual leaders and chose not to address our spiritual evolution.

We have a choice in our evolutionary path. It is our daily actions and our true intentions that will direct that path, not what we profess to believe, our religious affiliation, or our measure of material or social success.

What will you choose today?

Lauren Kennedy

September 9, 2008 at 5:05 am Leave a comment

Balancing Act

Balancing Act – Lauren Kennedy

Balance isn’t unusually a popular topic. I always thought it seemed like a terribly boring and restrictive goal. But that was because my perception of balance was very skewed.

I have realized emotional restraint, adhering to conservative norms, repressing spontaneity, acquiescing to expectations, practicing rigid self discipline or being a slave to responsibility not only have nothing to do with balance, but can be counter productive to achieving it.

Balance has more to do with trusting myself, being aware of my needs, feelings and boundaries, honoring my inner guidance and not letting other peoples’ expectations or judgments influence my personal choices.

Instead of producing boredom, restrictions, and monotony,  balance results in less stress, more enjoyment, more creativity, and fulfillment. It is one of the vital aspects that is necessary to develop character and reach my potential and achieve my desires.

Balance My Not Be What You Think

Balance is the practice of self awareness, self respect and self trust. It means developing awareness of my feelings and needs. It means choosing behaviors and making decisions that are congruent with my principles. Balance requires rigorous self honesty in order to identify my true intentions and motives. It requires the ability to remain focused on creating my intended desires and adjust my course in response to information I receive along the way. To maintain balance I must sharpen my power of discernment to distinguish inner guidance from an emotional reaction or a disguised ego.

I discovered that an important aspect to living a balanced life was knowing my limits.  I know “limits” has come to have a negative context. Slogans that suggest “The only limits are the ones we place on ourselves,” can be misleading. When I set expectations based on a ‘No limits” mindset, my outlook and choices were based on the motto Don’t Stop Until You Drop. I  try to match the reported schedules and impressive feats of the super successful. If I wanted to reach my potential, I thought I had to go to super human lengths. The reality that I was 51 to their 30, or that I had several chronic health conditions, one life threatening, or that I was caring for two school age children was of little consequence. Modifying my expectations did not occur to me.

No Limits, is the motto of the successful, and therefore it would also be mine. “Work through the pain and fatigue“, I told myself. “Keep the house sparkling and attend to the children. Produce more and better articles. Check out all suggestions and options.” If I heard the conflicting voice of reason rising up in my consciousness, I would dismiss it. I didn’t want to come up short. If others could do it so could I. This was the formula for success, and failure was not an option for me.

I continued to follow the directive of others- to focus exclusively on my goal. I could not be distracted by activity that wasn’t profit oriented. It never occurred to me that there may be an alternative route. Or that my personal priorities and responsibilities were incompatible with this all or nothing approach.

So I persevered.

But the Payoff Wasn’t What I Expected

After suddenly being jolted awake with my head on the keyboard a few times, I did admit momentary defeat and went off to bed.  After months of my no limits strategy, the pay off was stress, disappointment and illness. I am prone to be determined or hard headed depending on one’s perspective, and it took two trips to the hospital for me to rethink my strategy.

I had to accept that I wasn’t super woman after all. It was a crippling blow to my ego. My ego still tries to argue that one with me periodically. And if I don’t stay aware and present, I will slip into the super woman role again. Ego gratification. Inevitably,  I become exhausted and overwhelmed, begin to feel unappreciated and taken for granted. That is a certain indicator for me to stop and access my behavior.

Moreover , when I judge myself by arbitrary expectations, my own or others, when I use my level of accomplishment to judge my level of effort or devotion, when I compare my self and my results to others, when I follow expert advice at the expense of my own insight and guidance and when I try to gain a sense of importance through social recognition and validation, I am setting myself up for failure and self condemnation. I am ignoring my needs, discounting my feelings and eroding my sense of self trust.

Moreover it is a flawed evaluation. Pushing oneself beyond ones physical and emotional limits is always counter productive.

I can not base my personal expectations on the resume of another. Some people may get by with four hours sleep a night. No matter how dedicated I am to my goal, when I limit myself to four hours of sleep, my productivity goes down, my work quality suffers, my relationships are neglected and I end up sick, mind, body and soul.

We are encouraged to tailor our lives around a series of goals. We measure our dedication, character and success by the amount and the impressive nature of our achievements. But character and personal growth have little to do with goal achievement. Character is the result of how we live our lives and the choices we make from moment to moment, not goal to goal.

We have been conditioned to believe that ignoring our limits, emotional and physical is somehow noble and honorable.  In fact it is self abusive. In addition, it is usually motivated by ego gratification. We want importance, power, influence and wealth. Image is king. Power is a substitute for freedom.

Are Your Choices Matching Your Priorities?

Material wealth and social success has become more important than wisdom, experience, personal growth or present moment awareness. Image, appearance and others’ opinions take precedence  over our own values, insights and dreams. And we discount our own guidance to pursue the options that bring outward favor, recognition and respect. Instead of taking responsibility for discovering our own truth, we follow the voice of authority with self righteous obedience.

To acquire character, integrity, and become the person that we want to be, we must participate in the moment that is occuring as it is happening. We can’t appreciate or understand a movie when it is on fast forward. When our focus is fast forward to the next goal achievement, we miss our life and the opportunities and experiences it contains.

We think we need to accomplish some goal to feel important, confident, free or safe. But it isn’t achieving the goal that creates the lasting changes that we seek. The goal provides the motivation to begin the journey. And the  journey provides the situations, people and insights that help us begin to shed false images and to live from our authentic essence.

Whatever we truly desire, whatever our genuine purpose may be, we have the abilities and resources to fulfill them. Our desires and goals are limitless. And they exist for us to pursue.  But our course to achieve our goals must be shaped by our personal circumstances, health, emotional makeup, mental wiring, the limitations or challenges that come with being human.

Working with these challenges can make our accomplishments greater and more impressive. But discounting or denying our present limitations, can only results in self criticism, compulsion,  inadequacy, and a condemnation of our human condition. Under these conditions, the road to success, even if achieved, can be bittersweet.

It’s The Journey

But in the end it is the journey that is important. It is our choices, intentions, and awareness along the way that can transform it from a struggle to an adventure. By acknowledging our personal limitations, and accepting them as personal challenges, we will stretch our character, walk through our fears and experience the freedom that empowerment endows.

It is the manner in which we journey through life that determines whether we fulfill our inner desires or only our goals.

September 8, 2008 at 3:48 am 5 comments

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