4-30-12 Life can kick you down. What you choose to do about it is up to you. You can lay in the dust and complain or you can get up and do something to change what’s happened. I think that’s one of the reasons I embrace discomfort. It’s not that I want to be uncomfortable, but I accept that some discomfort is a part of life and has something to offer in terms of a growing opportunity. I’d rather learn from it and get it over with, than whine about it and wish it wasn’t happening.
5-4-12 Fail. Fire burns failure away or maybe it just burns it into you. Yet every failure in my life has opened doors and forced me to look at how to change things in ways I never would have, if I didn’t fail. In failure lies the seed for success, if you can just get past yourself long enough to see it for what it is: Opportunity reminding you that always having success can be more of an obstacle than facing failure and learning how to use it to make you better.
5-9-12 Opening up to a person and letting that person in…really letting that person in. That’s been the hardest thing for me to do. My wife pointed out to me that I never really talk with her about what I’m going to write about on this blog or my other one or about my on going projects, or even about the stress I might be feeling around my professional life. And its true I don’t share it. I’m not used to sharing it or being involved with someone who seems to be genuinely interested in learning more. But lately I’ve been opening up more, trying to really allow her in. I’ve noted some interesting behaviors when I get uncomfortable such as trying to change the topic or shift focus toward something else, which tells me that on some level I do find it uncomfortable to be so open, but that’s not a surprise when you’re used to keeping things close to your chest.
5-15-12 Your choices define you. You define them first, but once you make them, those choices ripple outward and effect your actions and subsequent choices. You’ve got to make good choices you can live with, because those choices can haunt you for the rest of your life. Or they can be a celebration of your life, something that brings hope to yourself and others. I only have a few choices I regret, things I wish I could undo, but most of the choices I’ve made are ones I’m proud to stand by. I can live with them and feel no regret, because I know they are choices that have improved my life and outlook on the world. The choices where I do feel regret are lessons I never take for granted, because I don’t want to feel that way about the majority of my choices or how I’m living my life.
5-18-12 I think something the work with the element of Fire has really taught me is how to examine the movement of emotions and feelings in my life and how those movements play out in the actions I take. I can’t take for granted how much emotion factors into my life. This isn’t to say I’m ruled by emotion, but its part of my life, part of everyone’s life. and anyone who thinks they can control their emotions or put them under wraps is fooling themselves. We are moved by emotions everyday…the question is can we control the movement and the direction it takes us? I think that’s possible, but it takes a lot of internal work.
5-21-12 I think the hardest challenge of fire is the recognition that so much of what is focused on is the shadow aspects of the element. Not that dealing with shadow aspect is a bad thing, but when I look at how fire is portrayed, or at least my experience of it is, it is unchecked, wild, something that burns. This year, for me, has really been about exploring fire from a different perspective than what I’ve thought of, yet I haven’t divorced my own perspective from the process. The comparison of the two is what helps make this work useful and something that fuels genuine growth and change.