It’s not luck, it’s something much deeper

Hey Folks,

I found this online and thought you’d really enjoy it. A lot has been happening on my end and it’s always a pleasure when I can help someone or post something that touches the hearts of my readers. I hope this one really touches yours and you realize that it isn’t just luck, it’s your own talent that’s pushing you through. Luck is unreliable, but your talents, abilities to change and adapt, to grow and  to function are indispensable. If you’re attributing much of your life to luck, think again, you may have earned way more than you’re giving yourself credit. Every bit of the struggles you’ve endured are valid, don’t allow anyone’s opinions or social expectations to cause you to think any less of what you are…

Nick

 

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Lessons I learned in 2013

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These are but a few of the life lessons I learned this year. I’m reflecting every day of my failures, triumphs and anything in between over this past year as I look forward to a new, prosperous year in 2014.

Join me on my journey !

Nick

3:00 Am Reflection

Need a little extra to keep you on your journey? Check out this audio I posted on my tumblr. Give it a listen, and a share if it helps !

3:00 AM Reflection

Take care !

Nick

The Cake lesson

(no idea where I got this, it is beautiful though)

I was walking alone and this hit me. I just had to share it:

“Cake is funny, it’s creation is analogous to  your life journey. When you put all the ingredients on the table it doesn’t make sense. It won’t make sense until it’s being blended and created into the finished product.

We look at it backward. We see the cake and trace its roots to a bunch of ingredients that were sitting on a table or in a fridge. We rarely look at the bunch of ingredients and think “This will be a cake one day.”

We have to learn to see our successes and life path going forward, instead of waiting and focusing on attaining the finished product and then tracing it backward. Be happy with the right now, appreciate the contrast, the confusion and the creation process of your life. One day, all the ingredients you ‘struggle’ with, will come together and make a wonderful product.”

Nick

P.s. No I didn’t tell you to eat cake -__-, you can have a slice of this analogy though ;).

Please note: No cake was consumed in the making of this post. Any endorsement to eating cake is just speculation and not on the part of the writer.

It’s your heart, follow it

I can’t emphasize this enough. This week has been all about this for me. Everywhere I turn, wherever I look, it’s all about your personal journey and knowing that people will criticize you no matter what you do, so it’s best to walk away from them and do it anyway. When you fall down, instead of following their lead by saying “I told you so”, you gotta get right back up man, and make a new decision, and follow through until you’re where you want to be.

Nick

Plant something that matters

Wow, what a day it was today, I really learned the value of planting something with hopes of watching it grow. I was also able to see the fruits of my labor in a way that I hadn’t expected. My mission today was to do some gardening and to get a workout in, probably doing some jump rope and other fun activities.

That plan got sidetracked pretty fast after I finished weeding and digging up one bed in the garden; I hit a main pipe at the side of the house and water was everywhere. I was so frustrated, but I tried to remain calm and think. I’m sure at some point this has happened to you right ? You’ve tried to do something with as much good in your heart as you can muster and it turns out sour.

I managed a duct tape fix that wasn’t much of a fix but a temporary band aid to a bigger dilemma. Thankfully, the pipe was replaced and things went well, but I remember reflecting on my day and just had to share it. There’s always life lessons, lessons that I love sharing with others because it may just help them find their way. So !, lets get started on today’s lesson:

I decided to take up this mission of recreating the scene that I had growing up, and so I’ve been focused on gardening lately. I got my machete, fork, hoe and other cool gardening tools and got to work. I think of it as life being my garden and taking out the weeds is always a good way to stay clear minded. In your life right now, you may just have some weeds, clutter and unwanted dilemmas that are making the garden of you mind seem more troublesome than awesome.

After surveying my area, I got the tools needed and got to work. Every day I’m going to do something, little by little the yard and gardens will turn around. Your mind is the same way reader, bit by bit, you can beautify your mind, your life and your body with the right tools, guidance and will to do.

There will always be problems, but you have to see the good in the bad. When the pipe busted, it was because I was trying to cut a reaching branch from a plant and ended up smacking the pipe instead. Though a small wound, water shot everywhere making me more than frustrated but also a little worried. I was encouraged to sit and just let things go, but I told myself I would do this, I said I would finish it so I had too. I turned the main water off, got the hoe and started working even harder on the bed. The moment’s rest gave me time to see things different and put things into perspective.

The water going everywhere actually made the soil moist, so I took that opportunity and transferred some plants to the area. My grandmother gardened all her life and isn’t able to do it the way she was able too, so now I’m taking up the challenge, stepping my game up and learning go till my land. One day, I’m planning on having a house and building a home, and every skill I learn in helping someone else is going to pay off later.

She taught me how to remove the plant and to plant the shoots; I remember her also teaching me to use fruits, veges and egg shells for manure. It all comes from the earth and is bound to go back to it…right ?, so there I was, planting, tilling, cutting and then sheering. I got some clippers and sheered some of the larger flowering trees.

Today is Thursday (at least where I am) the weekend is coming and then next week will be upon is, we have 3 days to change an area of our life, to begin planting a new garden and to watch the fruits of our past labors work for us. When things went sour today, I sat for a few minutes, thought about it and got back to work. If I had allowed weeds to grow in my mind’s garden I wouldn’t have planted that bed, nor would I have sheered those trees. The experience doesn’t need to be all at once, take things day by day, but make your steps deliberate reader and you’ll get there.

Below is a picture of me putting one of my planted seeds to use, I’m planking as i’m doing my gardening. I switch hands, positions and maintain a good posture with whatever i’m doing because I know that my posture not only affects my body but it can have significant affects on my mood and whether I suffer pain later. I live a life of fitness, I don’t take it to the gym and leave it and I encourage you, alongside planting seeds of success, to take your fitness everywhere and make it work for you.

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All the best !, please enjoy your Friday !, and remember…Plant those seeds and they will grow at the right time