Pressure Makes Diamonds

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The Rock: Pressure Makes Diamonds, a popular album by American rapper San Quinn.

Extreme pressure is required for a diamond to emerge.

A diamond, we equate this rock emerging from nature

        with perfection   with beauty   with spark

        with distinction,  with value, worth.

It is a shiny thing — and we WANT it.

We WANT a lot of things in life.  Some change. Some remain constant.

As a babe we wailed with want to be held or to be fed, for someone to take care of us.

Our wants evolve:  I wanted to be an actress.

                                   He wanted to make money.

                                   She wanted a boyfriend.

                                   They wanted to win the game.

Apply extreme pressure.

The actress must endure rejection, a make over, judgment of her size, her voice.

The real estate mogul must persist in the quest for buyer and building, the funding, the personalities.

The girlfriend must throw herself “out there,” listen, share enough of herself to attract a fellow listener and companion.

The team must train, strategize, study the opposition, vulnerabilities, work together.

All under extreme pressure.

Our minds are capable of monitoring what is extreme.

Is it extreme or merely necessary pressure? Pressure applied to crack the back of the WANT.

What might we expect from that stress?

~A worthy goal met.

~A distinct person realized.

~The sparkle of creativity manifested.

~The beauty of a deal closed.

~The perfection of your diamond.

Go for it.

Apply pressure – now.

You Always Have A Choice

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The choices begin the minute you open your eyes in the morning. When to throw back the covers? What to wear? What’s breakfast? What will you choose to do with this day?

There are phases of our lives when it seems that we do not have a choice but indeed we always have a choice.

Stuck in a job with a nasty boss? in a job that no longer challenges and feels or is rewarding? a job that doesn’t pay enough?

Stuck in a relationship with someone who does not show respect for your time or your feelings? in a relationship you no longer trust is healthy for you?

Stuck in a rut of “overwhelm?” Your mind telling you, irregardless of reality, it is impossible to meet the deadline, impossible to break an addiction to the Internet, to alcohol, to your excuse of CHOICE.

Stuck in a situation that appears “beyond your control?” Even a literal prisoner has a choice.  Even a person born to a beginning of poverty has a choice.

In fact in many situations we may have as many as

FIVE CHOICES

for your consideration:  Choose!

  1. Remain a victim to the situation.  That is your choice.  You choose to stay in the job, stay in the relationship, stay in the mindset that you can do nothing.  You choose to be a victim.  Feel it.  What emotions come up?  Know many happy, carefree “victims?”  I know this sounds harsh, but even victims of mental and physical torture have a choice. They choose to not seek help. They choose to “give up,” or to “never give up.”
  2. Change your perspective.  Consciously view the situation differently.  What – is – the reality here? You have too much work to do in the time you now have left, okay,  you can choose,  keep plugging away, deliver the assignment late, live with the consequences and the lesson that you will feel much less stressed next time around, if you take the lesson from the situation and get some advice on time management.
  3. Change the situation.  Set a boundary with the person who is showing disrespect. Show up differently. From a place of balance and emotional control break the ineffective pattern and see what happens.
  4. Accept the situation.  That is a choice.  It is your choice to accept that you are stuck, stuck, stuck and that you are choosing to accept the toxic boss exactly as she or he is, accept that you are not going to succeed in completing work you said you wanted to do, accept that you are living in the paralysis of an addict. Tough choice.  Own that you are choosing it!
  5. Leave it.  Yes, escape.  Brainstorm, wrestle with every angle of the situation and make a choice to consciously take even the smallest action to leave the negative mindset, to find a more uplifting job, to distance yourself from the person who thinks you exist to bully or demean or blame.

History has taught us that even prisoners of war have, as they were able – made choices: to distract their minds from the brutality of their existence, to not give up on the possibility of a change, of freedom, of a better life.

What is the reality of your situation?  At some point in our lives all of us have been “victims” of something or someone we could not control.

And then we had a choice.

 

 

 

 

Wabi Sabi – A New View of Perfection

Wabisabicherry6.2016Wabi Sabi – it sounds fun. It sounds playful.

In Japan those sounds describe an appreciation for a very specific aesthetic.

Wabi-sabi: to see the beauty in the impermanent, fleeting exquisiteness of a cherry blossom.

To see the beauty in things modest and humble, things used in our day-to-day lives.

To see the beauty in things not yet complete.

To see beauty in the imperfect.

There is a gentle acceptance in the wabi sabi view of beauty, a flipped perspective that sharpens all the senses to treasure each and every moment in a day, to treasure that which is “still in process.”

How many times in our lives have we been at a standstill because of our notions of the superiority of perfection? Yes, striving to do or create something perfect is a worthy aim, but isn’t perfection by definition never fully realized?

More often than not our perception that we cannot complete the project, air the Podcast, take the website live – until – it is perfect, is just the internal block that stops us from taking the steps needed to move ahead.

“I can’t get a job, until I lose weight.”

 “I can’t teach cello, I can’t teach yoga – until I play – or know the many philosophies of teaching – perfectly.”

 “I shouldn’t enter the training program, until my scores are – perfect – even better than – perfect.”

 “I can’t cook for friends, open my home to them, until my menu and cooking skills and apartment are – perfect.”

There is no waiting in a wabi sabi view of living.

The process of creation – is – beautiful.

You have the skills to do the job? Do the job – to the best of your capability – now – that is perfection.

You know enough to share your knowledge? Share your knowledge – there are those who know less than you know.

Your heart has called you to write, to sing, to imagine a fresh possibility?

There is a perfection in the state of your inspiration – right now.

Where in your life is your hold on the notion of perfection holding you back?

What would you start, finish, share, try, if you saw the wabi sabi in your world?

Today. Now.