Dare to…

What would you do in your life if all the risk of failure was taken away?  Imagine a world where you were always supported and encouraged and anything was possible without limits.

What would you dare to do?

There is a beautifully framed poster in my meditation room that reminds me to Dare to… written by Meiji Stewart.  I would like to share a few excerpts with you in hopes that you will be daringDare to be bold and live your life in Technicolor!  You might even find yourself creating new colors if you are courageous enough.

Dare To…

Ask for what you want

Believe in yourself

Change your mind

Follow your hearts desire

Insist on being yourself

Love and be loved

Nurture your spirit

Overcome Adversity

Question Conformity

Speak your truth

Take personal responsibility

Understand more, judge less

Volunteer your time

Walk through fear

be Zany

I Dare you to indulge in your dreams and write a few down.   Now speak your dreams out loud.   Put the words I Am in front of what you wish.  Here’s an example: I Am a runner.  I run effortlessly and continue to amaze myself weekly with my achievements.  Give yourself permission to describe it all in detail.  The details create an awareness in your senses that awakens you to the reality of, “I can hear it, see it, feel it, smell it, therefore I Am“.  I’ve found it very helpful to tape my list to my mirror and read it each morning (You can also use permanent markers.  Rubbing alcohol will take it right off).

One of my favorite philosophers is Sark.  She is a wildly eccentric writer who embraces living a juicy life.  I cannot read her books without grinning.  If you are exceptionally daring give some of her ideas a try.  However if you choose to lick a mango naked, please be sure to do it in the privacy of your home.  I cannot be held responsible for the consequences.

Be Delicious

Eat mangoes naked – lick them off your arms

Be rare, eccentric and original

Describe yourself as marvelous

Tell the truth faster

Make more mistakes (that’s how you finally succeed!)

Investigate your dark places with a flashlight

Discover your own goodness

Let the Daring begin!!!  I Triple Dog Dare you to share an experience with me in Blogworld!  Send me a comment and encourage those around you.  I don’t know about you but I simply cannot pass up a Triple Dog Dare.  It goes against my code of living colorfully :).

The word Dare or a variation thereof was used 12 times in this article (including the one in this sentence).  I hope you got the message 🙂

 

Are Your Eyes Smiling Too?

Dina and Grandaughter Carson - Smiling

As I cleaned out my closet this week (metaphorically and literally) I came across large plastic bins of pictures that have not been touched in five years.  I decided that now IS the time to clean out the past and move on.  As I took a trip down memory lane I noticed something hauntingly familiar in the pictures from my past – my mouth was smiling but it seemed that the smile got lost somewhere between my mouth and my eyes.

“Some people wear their smile like a disguise.  Those people who smile a lot, watch their eyes.  I know ’cause I’m like that a lot.  You think everything’s ok, and it is…till it’s not.”  ~Ani Difranco

True joy came to me far and few between in my previous life.  Some of it due to my circumstances but I know that most of it was due to how I perceived my life.  Again, the powerlessness that I felt about my situation created a space of hopelessness.  I could easily point a finger and say it was someone elses fault for making me miserable but the truth of the matter is, I did it to myself!  I allowed the situations to continue and I gave my personal power away.

“When we blame, we give away our power”.  ~ Greg Anderson

Now that’s a big wake up call!  My ego fought that one for a while for a while because I was at the Master Level in the Blame Game.  When I went through a divorce the first thing I wanted to do is point a finger and say, “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo it’s YOUR fault!”.   That was not the first situation where I have pointed fingers nor will it be the last because everyday I am evolving into a better human being.  Each and every day I have an opportunity to create joy in my life.  It is MY choice.

A part of me grieved for the time that I lost being sad.  Such a tragedy.  Yet it was part of my journey that brought me to where I Am now which is thankful for each new day, for the awareness that I Am the creator in my journey.  I cannot change some of the things that can or will happen to me but I can certainly choose my attitude.

Awareness does not mean that I Am enlightened but it gives me the chance to be different and make changes, break old cycles, move forward and be present for each moment of my life.

What I noticed in the more recent pictures are crow’s feet around my eyes and I am okay with that.  I cherish the lines that hold the beautiful smile on my face for they tell a story and when I smile, my eyes smile too.  The lines may be on my face but I can’t but think it makes me brighter and prettier when I smile.

“A smile is an instant way to improve your looks”.  ~ Charles Gordy