Solitude = Inner Fulfillment vs. Loneliness = Inner Emptiness
As stated by Richard Foster, author of the Celebration of Discipline, our fear of being alone drives us to noise and crowds. We keep up a constant stream of words even if they are inane. A business executive sits dejected in her office, powerful, yet alone. A college freshman yearns for his high school days when he was the center of attention: ‘Now, I’m a nobody.” A single man or woman yearning for a relationship sometimes choose their mate because they’re lonely, not because they are in love.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top.” But loneliness or clatter are not our only alternatives. We can cultivate an inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear. Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment. (more…)
There are three core things that I try to focus on each day: 1) Exercise, 2) Staying Involved and 3) Effective Communication. Do you have areas that you focus on each day? If not, you should try it! There may be one or two things that are important to you for ongoing self-improvement. You don’t need to have three. I chose three since they all just happened to be important to me. I’d love to hear about your daily focus areas.
STRESS DOES NOT =
STOP everything that you’re doing right now! It’s absolutely too much! If you want to be stress free, you have to let go of something or you will never get there. I know that everything you’re doing seems important, even the things that you’ve planned to do today that you check constantly on your schedule as if they’ll disappear. Well, you have to teach yourself to only concentrate on one thing at a time and I guarantee that it will help free your mind from the pain, worry and turmoil that you are putting yourself through!
Well, it’s the end of the year and many are transitioning out of their old jobs for various reasons…resigning, retiring, tired of their boss, becoming a full-time entrepreneur or simply looking for an empowering experience. However, the question I’ve always asked myself before deciding to make a major transition is “What have I left behind?”. (more…)
During the holidays, I just love watching great movies about transformational leaders. One of my all time favorites is Gladiator with Russell Crowe. “The general who became a slave, the slave who became gladiator, the gladiator who defied an empire.” Best part was in Rome when the insane king (Joaquin Phooenix), realized that Crowe was really the General turned Gladiator.
The story of Saving Private Ryan was absolutely unforgettable. Eight men risked their lives to save one, Private Ryan (Matt Damon) whose three brothers had been killed in combat.
Led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) they learned to deny themselves and overcame obstacles to save Private Ryan so that his mother wouldn’t lose her last son to war.