Monday, April 5, 2010

I got this in an email that has surely gone viral by now, but it's been on my mind a lot lately.

The Two Wolves and A Wise Old Indian

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all..

One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego..

The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute.... And then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'

So I'm thinking that I have a WHOLE PACK of evil wolves that I've been feeding. Oh, sure, I have a decent amount of Good wolves that I feed too. But on a moment by moment basis, I give out a lot of food to the Evil ones.

Well, even the longest journey has to start somewhere . . . .

Time to start paying MUCH more attention to the Good Pack.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Oh, the Places We Go

Last night’s Greatness event by Dan Ralphs FELT STRANGE.

I loved these thoughts from him: Mediocrity & laziness have the same symptoms. AND American Democracy is a believe in absoluteness of God along with a belief we can all have an opinion and we must battle through differences to find absolutes.

The meat of this presentation, however, I just didn’t feel like I could apply to myself. I felt dead. Four ways to begin: 1. living life on purpose 'I'm not happy with . . . (and being intentional) ' 2. "How you do anything is how you do everything." (1 improvement improves everything) 3. Come face to face with greatness.

Then he got me on the last one: 4. Get caught up in a higher purpose, excellence will follow. That one I did almost without thinking last night as I ignored some serious distractions and focused on Connecting with Others. With a capital C and O, I got caught up in a higher purpose. Now I feel excellence following as I keep my priorities in order and move forward with my goals.

Today I’ve been reviewing “The Path of All Success”[1] . Wow, it sure feels strange to recognize the recent Steps along this path in my life as I progress in my personal mission with Mentoring. Today has been a good review and time to evaluate. I also see many of the same steps taken by my husband in his career mission. I’ve ached for him and myself as we have faced "Roadblocks", "vital choices" and an onslaught of "anxiety, fear, doubt, hesitancy, and concern". I have seen us both overcome at times with so many of these challenges.

So today, as I enjoy a relaxing Easter and General Conference weekend, I wanted to journal a few thoughts to help both my dear husband, Rob, and myself. I wanted to “focus on how exciting it is to be on The Path of All Success”. Somehow we will rise through the ashes as we seek to follow Him who rose on the third day, and we will overcome our challenges as we get caught up in a higher purpose.

The seeds are there, planted with personal intention, inspiration, and Divine intervention.
We’ve chosen our path and we will succeed!
“So . . .” in the words of the great philosopher Dr Seuss[2],
“be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So . . . get on your way!

[1] Handout. Face to Face with Greatness Seminar 2: The Power of Mentoring the Classics, Mesa, AZ. February 24-25, 2006.
[2] Oh, the Places You’ll Go!