555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 96

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 96.
 
Time Awake: Up and down from 8 until 10. Lazyman Morning.
 
(Despite what I say in the video, the sight gag is indeed lost. The camera is on zoom! What!)
 
Today I am soaking in the sun, doing some home-based sunbathing. I’m enjoying my Time, enjoying being alive.
 
Yesterday, Chris Cornell died and this was another reminder to me of how fleeting this Life is. It reinforces my choices to soak it all in and Be.
 
Yes, I’m impetuous sometimes. I jump right in to whatever I am experiencing, immersing myself fully. I plan, but not every single step along the path. (Although, like Batman, I do consider multitudes of possible eventualities.)
 
Impetuous, but not careless. Soaking it all in.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 95

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 95.
 
Time Awake: 7:57 a.m.
 
I’m continuing with yesterday’s momentum in getting the things done that are important, and getting them done now when they need to be.
 
I’m staying smart, staying focused. Part of keeping that mindset is the support and helpful words from people in my Life. My Mom. My Brother. My Sister. My Tribe. Other people who matter dearly.
 
Unrelated, I was told today that I am awesome. My go-to was to utilize outdated mindsets of giving polite answer: “thank you.” I was thankful for the words, but standard politeness does not fit properly with every person.
 
So I’m awesome? I know. (Smile with me.)
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 94

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 94.
 
Time Awake: 7:57 a.m.
 
The past two days have been incredibly difficult, pertaining to that topic that it is still not prudent to speak about. One thing I know: it is easy to go through good, happy, Flow-y days. But it is the true measure of a person how they handle the ugly, difficult days.
 
So for two days, I did what needed to be done, even though it wasn’t enjoyable. Didn’t matter. I accomplished all that was necessary. I am proud of myself for this.
 
While I was waiting to pick up forms on one of the days, I was sitting, staying calm, soaking in my surroundings. Suddenly: I was outside of myself, looking at myself. It was odd, but I went with it.
 
In being outside of myself, I looked at Me, all of my traits, nuances, habits. I evaluated everything, noting what suited me and what was outdated or just there.
 
Little shit like having the same phone long beyond its shelf life or always having the same phone number.
 
And much bigger and deeper things. Habits, patterns, mindsets.
 
“Why?” was presented to each.
 
For much, the answer was “comfort,” “sameness” or “It’s how I’ve always done it.”
 
The last one especially is such a bullshit answer. “Always” doing something in a way doesn’t mean it has any practical application to Life as it is being Lived.
 
My foundation still exists and always will. My kindness. Empathy. The love I have for the people who matter most. These qualities will always be there.
 
But others…they just have to go. I’ve tasted better ways. Indulged in nicer food. Experienced quality people. Danced with thoughts and their application that exceeded my expectations.
 
This is a part of my growth. I’m going into it head on.

 

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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 93

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 93.
 
Time Awake: Alarm sounded at 5 a.m., out of bed at 6 a.m.
 
I am up far earlier than usual. What’s going on here?
 
First: it’s a challenge I made with myself.
 
Second: I have something to do. And when you have something to do, you will always know how important it actually is but seeing your actions.
 
If it’s important, you will do the thing. Simple.
 
If it’s not important, you will meander, make excuses and somehow it either doesn’t get done or is a partial version.
 
Extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration, of course.
 
But the general rule is, we’ll do the thing if we actually deem it to be important.
 
I’m up. Today is important.

 

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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 92

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 92.
 
Time Awake: 8:04 a.m.
 
Follow the signs.
 
I have spoken about this topic and written about it as well. The Universe provides signs for us and if we are aware enough to catch them, these signs serve as guideposts and confirmations throughout our Journey.
 
I have been aware of the signs since I wrote my “365 Days of Gratitude” project a few years ago. During that project, I wrote daily about my day and found something in each day to be grateful for. The gratitude helped me become more open to the good things that this Life has for me.
 
Everyone’s signs are different. Mine often come in the form of the number 27: a date, a quantity. Or, in the form of 927, which is my birthday, but shows up as 9:27 in the morning or evening, or as $9.27.
 
When I notice this, I’ll smile or say “Ahh” and be thankful for the sign. Sometimes I don’t catch that one of those number variations are involved in something and it will be pointed out to me. Suddenly, consternation or apprehension fades and I am able to move forward with ease.
 
Pay attention for your signs. The Universe provides.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 91

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 91.
 
Time Awake: 8:00 a.m., then snooze all the way until 8:41.
 
I’ve started reading “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. The author takes Taoist principles and applies them to Winnie the Pooh. Taoism, essentially, is living Life without preconceived notions. Why Pooh? The back cover explains:
 
“While Eeyore frets
…and Piglet hesitates
…and Rabbit calculates
…and Owl pontificates
…Pooh just is.”
 
An excerpt from “Winnie the Pooh” demonstrates this. Pooh’s first thoughts in the morning are, “What’s for breakfast?” When Piglet awakes, he wonders to himself, “I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?”
 
“It’s the same thing,” Pooh replies.
 
The author compares this to Taoism:
 
“But, through working in harmony with life’s circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into something positive. From the Taoist point of view, sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when and understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet.”
 
This is not to say that we should sit back and passively take whatever comes our way.
 
We must be diligent with our plans and goals, actively participating in our Lives. What’s important is the perspective we keep while dealing with all of it, particularly the difficult or negative things.
 
Pooh has been dealing in Taoist principles and I’ve only realized it now. My Mom read the Winnie the Pooh books to me when I was a kid, and when I was old enough I read them to her. Pooh, along with “The Little Prince” helped build foundations that I carry with me now at the age of 36.
 
It’s nice to revisit Pooh after so many years. He taught me well and far more than I’ve realized.
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555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 90

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 90.
 
Time Awake: 8:09 a.m.
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It’s the 90th day of the “555 Days…” project! Today’s intended topic becomes even more relevant:
 
Stay the course.
 
We all have projects, jobs, and other happenings that we are following towards an intended completion. We have goals in mind. And we continue on the process.
 
But the process isn’t always easy. Sometimes, that process is downright unpleasant. But we push on.
 
This is why we have people in our lives to support us, to help us through the more challenging times.
 
I am here for you. Whenever you need it.
 
Just as I have people in my Life who will be there in times when I need it.
 
We keep our eyes on the prize.
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