When we allow externals to influence us, to drive our lives, we crack. Living at effect instead of living at cause equals death. The body might hang around for decades, but the soul will have been buried deeply by The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, and Captain Hindsight!!!!
A life of quiet despair …..unless……until……a knawing hunger for that something more, that calling long ignored, that desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves…..and lo and behold, we find ourselves embarking upon The Hero’s Journey. First Discovery: Just who the heck are we? Where am I going? Where do I want to go? Who do I want to take with me? Why do I want to do this? It’s too late for me….too late….but no.
The Soul fights for life, whispering that YOU are the gift….that your life is the only gift you give, and to live, you must give it. To give it, you must live it. But how? If there is enough love left in us to answer that call, we are compelled by an inner pressure that drives us toward life, towards living, and we embark upon the adventure of a lifetime.
If we are blessed and highly favored, we quickly find mentors and guides to assist us in our journey! Those of us on the Great MKMMA Adventure have such guides in Mark and the Fabulous Davene, not to mention the rest of their team who dedicate themselves to drawing out of us the light we have so carefully hidden under a basket.
Can’t you just hear them talking two months ago?
Mark J: ” Whaddaya think, Davene? Will this chick ever fly? I’d hate to see her become a Condor Cookie, but if we can’t push her out of the nest, that’s what she’s destined to be!”
Davene: “She’ll fly! She’ll Fly! With support, love, and training, those new peptides and pathways will overcome all that resistance we’re seeing. Let’s give her the scholarship. You know, that last group looked a little shaky as well, but they totally astounded us! Maybe this one will as well!”
Mark J: “Yeah, you’re absolutely right! That’s why I call you The FABULOUS Davene! You’ve got enough love in you to hatch 3000 of these eaglets!”
And so I began the hard mental work of learning to THINK: Discipline. Habit. Love. Forgiveness. Concentration. Visualization. Becoming an architect of words. Emulating Tesla’s great ability to conceive, construct, modify, improve, and perfect in the MIND before bringing it into the physical realm….Defining who I am. Defining what I want. Giving myself permission to even WANT something! Defining where I want to go. The Old Blue Print has been Kicking and Screaming the entire way…….I simply say “Thank you for sharing.” and continue the Journey.
First, I mistook a flock of blue birds as an invading army, then quickly realized that they were tweeting on over to the Eagle’s Nest to celebrate my arrival and the arrival of this entire cohort of Heroic Adventurers! They wanted to announce us to the world! Inside, I whined., bitched, moaned, and complained. I had so successfully idealized isolation that the entire concept of TWEETING was simply beneath my dignity! Cats eat birds, after all. Who wants to actually BE dinner! What!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT? OK. I’ll do it!
Face Book? WHAT!!! The Gateway to All Things EVIL in Cyberspace? You’ve GOT to be KIDDING! WHAT!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT? OK. I’ll do it!! I am still unsuccessful at uploading contacts…….need a baby bird to come along and give me a hand with that!
Then there was BLOG BIRD! What the heck is a blog, anyway! Why do I want to even READ one, let alone WRITE one. WHAT!! It’s a REQUIREMENT? OK. I’ll do it!!
LORDIE!!! I thought I was learning to be an EAGLE!!! THAT Thing looks like it’s mama bird kicked it out of the nest for being just tooo STRANGE!!!
[Oh……that was the OPINIONATOR again…… not much love in HIS World!!!! YIKES!!!]
No One Succeeds Without a MASTERMIND!!! MAJOR CONFRONTATION TIME!!!! In my wonderfully English -German-Irish Family, you either figured it out on your own, or your died trying. Just might have something to do with arriving at this juncture at 61 instead of 21. ALAS. ENGAGE THE WORLD???
WHAT!!!! It’s a REQUIREMENT!! OK!!! I’ll do it! And the Mastermind Alliance has been a source of wonderful encouragement, fun, joy, laughter, engagement, interaction, and adventure, and has made the journey lighter.
HMMMMMMMM. There must be a method to their madness!
Then came The Return of the READING BIRD!!! Movie Posters! Shapes! Functional Book Marks! Recordings! Writing. Reading Cards. Reading The Master Keys. Reading The Greatest Salesman. Reading The Seven Laws of Mind. Reading Emerson. Reading The Law of Giving. Reading The Gal in the Glass. Good thing I LOVE reading!!! WHAT!! I get to DO WHAT I LOVE!!! Hmmmmmmm. Could part of the method of their madness be connecting actions to passion and purpose….the NEW BLUE PRINT RISES like a Phoenix from the Ashes! THINKING mixed with FEELING leads to BELIEFS which result in ACTIONS which bring about RESULTS…and DIFFERENT RESULTS than would otherwise have been possible! OH YEAH!!!!! They TOLD us about that at the very beginning! I just didn’t have a frame for the reality of it until now.
Wonder what Mark J and The Fabulous Davene are saying now……….
Mark J: “Well, Davene, look at how these baby birds have grown! They are AMAZING!!! Think it’s time to teach them to fly?”
Davene: “OH YES!!! Spreading their wings and taking flight is the first step towards SOARING!!! They’ve GOT TO FLY! Let’s give them the Pre-Flight Pep Talk!”
Mark J: “GREAT! That’ll be the Week Seven Webinar….of course, if they don’t jump, we’ll have to push them outta the nest.”
Davene: “Funny how that seems to work, Mark. The ones we have to push end up being the strongest. They soar the highest, fly the farthest. Sorta makes me hope we have to push them all!”
Mark J: ” I just love these guys!”
Davene: “Yea. So do I. Let’s go see who’s ready to SOAR!”