Monday, January 16, 2012

Unplugged From the Matrix

Let me introduce to you a lovely friend I met on Twitter - Raelinn Doty - or better know as @raelinn_wine. Sometimes when you start conversing on twitter, or any other social media account for that matter, you hit it off and just know that you will be life long friends.  Raelinn is a wonderful friend and has been so kind to share her passion with all of us.

Living My Passion
"...Unplugged From the Matrix"

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” 

Henry David Thoreau - Walden (American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher,1817-1862) 

I first read Walden in the early 1990's. I was transformed in many ways through reading it. It was the beginning of a new journey. Thoreau's words resonated strongly with me. I could not deny that I was now living a new life---a more expansive one and more compassionate. My eyes were open now. Everything seemed like a small miracle. I felt as if I had awakened from a dreamless sleep or just got unplugged from the Matrix. I was like a kid in a candy store. I guess I still am. But from that time onward, I have lived my life in a way that constantly, however slowly it may appear at times, advances in the direction of my dreams.

I tend to dream big. I mean what's the point of dreaming, really, if it isn't HUGE?  The way I see it is very similar to the Thoreau quotation. If I dream big, aim for the stars, build castles in the air, and I really aim for it... I mean REALLY start behaving as if I can make it all happen---that I AM making it all happen---I find that it just happens, almost of its own volition, almost as if I have done nothing. There is hard work involved, to be sure (building the foundation under the castle in the air). And no one can do it but YOU. But the thing is, it doesn't FEEL like work. It is an incredible pleasure to wake up and do everything I love to do and call it work. There is a big caveat. It sometimes doesn't pay as well as you might like---Not at first. There will be tradeoffs. But eventually success will arrive. The important thing is to never give up on your dreams or yourself. If something doesn't work, scrap it. Learn from it. Start again smarter. Just don't give up.

For the past nearly 3 years, I have been working hard to bring my dreams into reality, traveling all over, uprooting myself time and again. I recently took a huge leap in the direction of my dreams with a new brand •r. I've pooled all my resources and poured them into one business... ME. Ask me if that is scary... go ahead. The answer is, it is TERRIFYING---terrifying, yet exhilarating! But behind it all is the massive, driving force that I MUST, that there is no other way. THIS is what I dream. THIS is what I will do, what I AM doing. And you know what... the success is already arriving. Almost before I even began. I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

What's the takeaway? GO FOR IT! Whatever “IT” is for you. I bet you know what it is. Start advancing now. Does it mean drop everything, quit your job and take off? Not necessarily. Just begin advancing. Every day do something that inspires you, moves you ever closer to whatever “IT” is for you. And DON'T GIVE UP.

Need a little inspiration? I recommend you follow my dear friend Cynthia (Sin-Yi) Cheng on Twitter at @boldmsbond for her wonderful daily encouragement to be bold. If you happen to live in NYC, she holds breakfast meetings.

If you enjoyed what I have to say and you are interested in what I'm doing now, you can find it HERE.

Follow Your Passion

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