Purpose

Your Future’s Path Encourages The Appearance Of Your Purpose

Your purpose is making its appearance in small continuous forms right at this moment and in moments to come.

Japanese Poet, Mitsuo Aida, has a saying, “Jinsei ni oite mottomo taisetsu na toki sore wa itsu demo ima desu” this means the most crucial time in life is always the present. Focusing on your present life shapes your future. In short, the current moments are where your purpose is evolving, happening, and taking shape. These very moments are the best time to fortify outcomes to pave the path to your future. You will have the most impact on your future today.

The Known and Undiscovered Parts Of Your Purpose

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Your purpose is not something that springs itself on you at an unexpected time.

Every encounter you have with a person or participation in activities leads you toward your future state or self. Your purpose is alive and well, and it is unraveling at this moment with every decision you make. Jokes, actions, introductions, lunches, dinners, friendships, travels, and encounters shape and feed your purpose. Moreover, you hone and sharpen your intentions through rejections you invoke through actions and words you conjure out of speaking.

James Baldwin once said, “People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.” Don’t forget to be deliberate with your actions and pristine with your choices. Make your movements count because unknown tides will rear up in your life that you will not be able to manipulate and influence. Those will an impact on your future’s path too.

The Future You Want

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Mother Theresa once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

The future you want may be harder to obtain than you know, and that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try what’s necessary today to receive it. Here is the thing, today’s inputs are a vital part of your life because they influence outputs that structure tomorrow. Unexpected forces will challenge your purpose and may cause delays in your life’s objectives, and even temporarily knock you off your path. There are life occurrences that happen in changes and transformations, and these fall into two categories, predictable and unforeseeable.

Give it your all in the present, don’t be anxious, and hopefully, you’ll fall somewhere toward the future you want. There is no substitute for putting in the work today to experience some of the pieces of the future you dream of.

Deepak Chopra once said, “When you make a choice, you change the future.” Last, learn from past mistakes and move onward and create.

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Stop What You’re Doing And Gain More Time To De-stress

If the constant need to prove yourself is exhausting, you are not alone. As much as you try to limit technology, sometimes it is impossible – time is of the essence.

Technology rules a sizable portion of your life– on some small scale, you can’t function without it. We read online, research online communicates, order food online, and so much more. To break this current type of behavior, and you can only do it short-term, you must purposely check out activities for a period. It is essential to free yourself from the technostress that may seep in and work on you in the background.

Unbury Your Head To Have More Personal Time

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It is true you bury your head in the phone, laptop, and any other gadget. And attempting to lessen this type of activity probably feels impossible. Here is the good part, you are not alone. The flow of time waits on one, so do not forget to grab some of that for yourself.

The quickest way to gain more time in your favor is to note the amount of time you spend online. The best app creators collect data regarding the amount of time you spend online.  Some app creators reissue this information to you in analytical stats – take advantage of it and use it in your favor. Look, try to regain as much passive online time as possible and put it toward some form of self-care activity. You will not regret it.

No Guarantees And No Regrets

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No regrets are easier said than done. There is no guarantee that time will work itself out if you do not grab at it.

Making time means shifting it from one place to another. You hear all the time that time waits on no man or woman. Not giving two f*k*s is not the focus here. It is not about caring less what someone else thinks. It is not about knowing you did your own thing on a whim. There is no guarantee that at some point, you will not go through a conscious break. Notably, no regrets mean you had rationally assessed the situation that stands before you and made the best possible outcome for your mental self. You give so much time to the things this modern world throws at you on the mainstream front.

“Go ahead and live with your head held high. No matter how devastated you may be by your own weakness or uselessness, set your heart ablaze. Grit your teeth and look straight ahead. Even if you stop and crouch down, time won’t wait for you or snuggle you and grieve along with you.” – Kyojuro Rengoku, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Remember To Appreciate What You Already Have

Now is the time to appreciate everything that is in your hand. Everything else is a possibility.

At best, a definite holds more value than unknowns. A near opportunity is nothing to sneeze at or forego. A not-so-close chance is a risk at the moment. The question is, what are you willing to give up to gain boundless possibilities and far fetch opportunities? Appreciating what you have coupled with the desire to be destined for more is an emotional tug of war that occupies your conscious.

You need to know if you do not reach for that opportunity, will you be ok. Moreover, you may become mentally bombarded with reckless thoughts. Uncertainty may creep in and attempt to occupy a space in your well-being if things feel out of reach. The lines between what you have and what you want may blur. This may create a sense of impatience and anxiety.

When Obsession Battles Gratitude

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Dealing with the battle between obsession and gratitude in your life may mean appreciation is on the verge of taking the proverbial setback. When you can stop thinking about the possibility of obtaining something of value or notoriety, your thinking goes beyond a normal mode. Your mood allows intrusive thoughts to overtake you. Those thoughts are more fierce and may be persistent than usual. You lose sight of what is in front of you. You may even begin to have a critical appreciation for the things around you. An obsession may be about physical, material, or position situations.

In some cases, you may feel like you fail. A call to action may be the thing that drives you to depths beyond your usual behavior. The descendent into an attitude spiral is almost inevitable. Do not lose sight of what is essential – do not forget to appreciate how you arrived at what you have already obtained.

The Chance To Have More

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You are not alone in wanting more than you already have in your life. The chance to have more is tempting. And, when you feel like you deserve it, there is only one thing to do – go for it! Having more is the epic desire common among young adults, adults, and those reinventing their lives.

Before you go for it, there is something to consider because risks are real! There is no perfect situation to obtain more and keep what you already have. Indeed you may end up having to give something up to gain something more. And you might say, “how is that having more if I must give something up. More means it is essential to a career, valuable to health, or key to a goal. More does not always mean quantitative it can also mean qualitative in terms of value. In the end, there is always a chance to have more and appreicate what you gain and may lose.

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10 Mid-Spring Quotes To Carry You Through The Season

It’s mid-spring, and the outdoor is alive, loud, and vibrant. If you throw open the windows and spring outward the doors, you hear birds singing, feel the warm sun, and smell the fresh air moving. Here are ten spring quotes that will add upbeat to your day and put a pep in your step!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain

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“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.” ― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

“Yes, I deserve a spring–I owe nobody nothing.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII) ― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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“From the end spring new beginnings.” ― Pliny the Elder

“Spring is far more than just a changing of seasons; it’s a rebirth of the spirit.” ― Toni Sorenson

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” ― Victor Hugo, Writer

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“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” ― Gustav Mahler

“Half an hour in a spring evening is worth a thousand gold pieces.” ― Japanese Proverb

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Remember Who You Are In This World

         Remember who you are because the power to create and destroy pieces of yourself strengthens when you gain or lose sight of yourself. Notably, the world and its constant demands and requests can strip you of your true self. Likewise, remembering who you are is merely embracing who you are. This may be tricky because you are evolving with every experience, every win, and every failure.

         Surely you have heard someone say, “there’s just something about you,” which is the unique feature that makes you, you. Besides, the real magic is never forgetting your value and significance. Moreover, as you grow, your character’s foundation or footing should be unchanging, uncompromising, and unwavering- it’s your more real self.  Also, it’s those treasure trues that you can retreat to when you need the reminder of who you are. Even as you continue to build on that foundation, give yourself permission to be fine with who you are.

You fortify your character and personality’s foundation where it may be weak. What you learn and experience assist with sealing your foundational cracks and splits – therefore, the personal self you create and cultivate ought to fit your life.

What Makes You Different Makes You Who You Are

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         Remember who you are; therefore, don’t let criticism and chaos divert you and confuse your character base. You belong to yourself; you are the highest creature on the food chain and the most valuable creature in your life. Therefore, humble yourself and don’t let anxiety control your decisions or moves. Don’t be easily convinced that you should be the raging stereotypes forced on you through the litany of ads, public service announcements, and videos. Besides, ‘whose you are’ means protecting your core and innermost self from that of the adversary, nemesis, or foe.

You May Have To Fight To Preserve Hallmarks Of Yourself

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         This world’s denizens will try to convince you that absolute change is required to survive. Alan Cohen once wrote, “Every choice before you represent the universe inviting you to remember who you are and what you want.” In 2020 and beyond, it’ll be an no easy task reminding yourself that improvement and growth don’t mean forgetting who you are.

         Unquestionable, some moments invite you to question if this is you and indeed the person you want to become. Some pressures are designed to suit mass appeal prototypes and therefore are indirectly forced. These periods of your life may precede eventful situations and life decisions intended to turn the course of your life. Afterward, how you navigate these currents of life has everything to do with how you managed the choices that set you afloat.

Remember To Crave Your Own Path More Than You Crave Others

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         Caught up as you may be, still not as caught up as you could be. Your path is the path that must matter most if you are to be useful to those who will rely on you. Sara Teasdale once wrote, “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

         You can’t be in service to anything or anyone until you construct the layout of your life. It must be durable enough to withstand you sharing yourself, though you may not have fully mastered yourself. Keeping in mind who you are doesn’t mean that you don’t care about others. It means not relinquishing your character and demeanor’s valuable traits – for something superficial and fleeting that makes you detest yourself. Last, the world is many things and interjects more on you than you realize, at the least know yourself.

“The world is very lovely, and it’s very horrible–and it doesn’t care about your life or mine or anything else.” ― Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed

Celebrating The End Of Summer – Summers Of Years Past

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and, like a dream, glides away.” – Sarah Helen Whitman

And just like that, summer is lifeless. Many years past I started keeping daily journals and travel journals. When my memory is no longer what it used to be, I can rely on my written words to soothe me and remind me of summers long ago.

I love reading, and naturally writing followed suit. Remembering my summer moments was not enough. Therefore, I wrote about bars, ethnic food, shopping, meeting locals, nightlife, and all the fascinating clandestine stuff of my summers.

Years Past: Minnetonka And The Twin Cities, The Summer of 2009

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Minnetonka, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas are no slacker type landscapes. The expanse of the surrounding cities – the Twin Cities, and their cityscape are fetching.  On the ground, they offer great restaurant selections, a healthy culture of sports, and ethnic mundies of all sorts. Some of my best memories were during the summer of 2009 – not scandalous at all. I practically lived in Minnetonka during that summer. It was the best of times and it was the height of my career expansion. As far as I was concerned, I was on my way to be a frequent traveler.

I was an auditor for three years. And I love the time I spent traveling from city to city. And, I was fortunate to be able to have a career that I loved and dreamed of having. With that career came living out of hotels and it often felt like I spent more time in the sky than I did on the ground. Also, I worked with someone who became one of my greatest friends. Our adventures, when we had free time, would become the top talk of weeks that following our trips. Minnesota was the start of our friendship and we would spend at least two weeks over the next three summers in this city. I wanted to remember these times. Not just with pictures and memories, but with words of my journey on written page. Therefore, it only made sense to journal.

The majority of my travel time in Minnetonka made for fascinating tête-à-têtes and stories, which I chronicled. The Ethiopian culture is alive and well in Minnetonka and the surrounding Twin Cities. After work, we would find a local mom and pop restaurant and savored the foods. An evening our weekend out would not be complete with sampling the local beer on tap. The best part about this summer is I relive the detail events when I revisit my journals. Importantly, a summer in Minnetonka and the Twin Cities is not complete without taking in a baseball game. This was the first summer in years that I spent in many cities. But Minnesota was home for a short period of time.

Years Past: San Francisco, The Summer Of 2011

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“San Francisco has only one drawback: ’tis hard to leave.” -Rudyard Kipling

In years past, I spent time in San Francisco. Particularly during summer months. Honestly, this city has the coldest summers, but that did not bother me at all. Undoubtedly, San Francisco is my weakness – the entire West Coast. And, when the chance arrives to travel to the City by the Bay, I am ready. I think of myself as a campaigner of why one should always travel to Frisco. For this reason, I typically pull out my 2011 list of all things magnificent about Frisco. My first time in the City by the Bay was the Summer of 2011. I flew in late in the evening, at the rise of twilight. I remembered how the city shimmered and sparkled. My eyes, mesmerized by the expanse of such a lovely place, stopped functioning. I had never seen a more ethereal city.

My best friend could see the childlike joy in my face. She knew once I placed my feet on the ground, getting me back on a flight out five days later would prove to be a challenge. Once I was out-and-about in Frisco, I took a deep breath and digested the air and allowed it to fill up my lungs and arteries and committed it to memory. It traveled through my body and I knew this trip would be gratifying.

Here is what you should know, one cannot go to Frisco and not find something that makes you not want to leave. I discovered long ago that food, art, and local culture is the reason to return to West Coast cities. San Francisco’s social life, street designs, and redwood forest offers so many reasons to stay. In the end, why leave, because of the pleasure one receives of come back after days past.

Years Past: Los Angeles, The Summer Of 2013

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“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” -Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After

My years past experiences in Los Angeles are pure love. I love cities, and this city did me proud. My summers are always about cities, celebrations, or summer events. The greatest city in the west is Los Angeles or LA. LA is known by a few famous names such as City of Angeles, La-La Land, Shaky Town, the Angels, or Southland.  And, whatever nickname you call it is entertaining and sensational. LA’s mountains and the seas are picturesque. Moreover, the skyline from anywhere within LA County is the backdrop on a sky canvas. My second trip to LA occurred during the Summer of 2013. In this place, outside of business, you can be whoever you want. If you want.

My partner in crime was a colleague who loves the city as much as I do – or more. If my previous post was not clear, let me restate, food is the spice of West coast life. Trips to the West Coast are often about play and some work. However, I believe I relax a little more in California than I do in any other state. Los Angeles is land and culture. I am all for taste. Moreover, it is a place where you can discover that you have multiple sides to yourself. I discovered that I like the bright lights and parties. More importantly, I like meeting new people who has something different to offer. And, Southland did that for me.

I believe that there is something new for each person that visits LA. It is for me, each time I visit I come back anew. My 2013 summer trip to the City of Angels taught me something about myself. No matter how much I love the East Coast, California alone has the same equal pull on my spirit.

Change Is Not By Accident – You Make It Happen

Change is not by accident and you’re the most essential piece. James Baldwin once said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Honestly, this quote is flexible across multiple life events, life activities, and life episodes. Think about what you’re going to face down over the next six months, year, or two. You’ve faced down what, in your past? Additionally, it is inevitable, but you will meet with those things that require your full presence.

Consequently, facing the opposition or even a great love promotes some valuable outcome. Change is always good when some type of residual qualitative or quantitative is the result. Moreover, if you alter a relationship for the better, by facing off with a person, then that is the real gift.

Not everything we face, we fear. Importantly, we often face those things we are passionate about and immovable about.

The Spark Of Change – We’re All Unshakable And Passionate About Something

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins”. We’re all unshakable and passionate about something. To those that have an unwavering stance against activities that seek to destroy humanity, you will always fight the greatest battle. You’ll always face-off with greater demons who hate change. Also, you’ll fight against sub-groups that believe that they’re more absolute than others.

There is nothing more important than positive passion. Moreover, this passion when gracious in action, makes meaningful tides of change. Also, passion is significant with inducing personal movement, political movement, or group movement. This passion sparks the change or introduces the beginning. Importantly, healthy passion is contagious and necessary.

Don’t Fear The Fire That Burns Inside You

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The fire that burns inside you, is the thing that passion is made of. Do not fear it. It’s also the same ingredient that it takes to decide to make changes in life, to your life, or this world. Positive guided fire, heavenly guided fire, and humanity guided fire looks good on you.

Without change, passion, and fire nothing worthwhile will get accomplished. You need it and often and those with lesser fire and passion, need it too.

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Let’s Talk Daily About Our Soulmate Or Soulmates

I am a firm believer in the soulmate phenomenon. Let us talk daily and take note that some connections are eminently rare, deep, and everlasting. Also, I believe the universe offers up more than one soulmate in our lifetime. Moreover, there are unique humanistic and soulful elements that attach you to specific people.

Alison G. Bailey once said “the soulmate doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. Sometimes in life, you meet people when you need them, and there is an immediate connection”.

Clearly, this is not your everyday mundane since the connection is uncommon. Surely, as you pass through pivotal points and phases in your life, the soul of the universe gifts you a unique person to connect with. They are a pulsing and undying  part of you, once the connection is set and accepted, it comes alive.

Let’s Talk Daily About Multiple Soulmates Across Life’s Stages

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Let us talk daily about having multiple soulmates that can exist in pivotal phases or stages in life. As I stated earlier, I am a strong believer and advocate of multiple soulmates. It is unimaginable that we only get one. Honestly, if that is the case, and we miss our soulmate, then we miss out on our one only person who is the epitome of love and the embodiment of everything that makes sense and fits in our world, then we will never feel whole.

I reject the notion that I, or we have only one soulmate. As I politely discuss a highly interesting topic, to do it hurriedly would not be in anyone’s favor. Why? It is a topic that I never walk away from and feel like a consensus is gain on the subject. Hear me out, please. To show or illustrate my point of view, I am going to discuss stages of life to support the discussion of multiple soulmates.

Why Multiple Soulmates Are Possible

Look, to live a long life, means to go through multiple changes or stages. I am not the person I was 20 years ago, neither are you. And, if life is about stages and we do not connect with our soulmate at a certain stage of life, does that mean we have missed such a valuable connection. No way am I buying that. It is horrible just thinking about it. I believe, depending on how much we change, that there is a soulmate for us to connect with at different points in life. Surely, if you miss that person at a significant window in your life, then another is waiting at the next.

If you decide to take that soulmate up, then you get to enjoy your experience of connecting to an everlasting source of almost divine energy that is design for you.

Your Soulmate Is Not Always A Sexual Lover Or Better Half

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First, many people believe that you marry your soulmate. I am not beholden to the belief that my soulmate will be the person I will share vows with. And, it is possible, but not truly accurate when you listen to others accounts on the subject. Soulmates are not always lovers and share a sexual relationship.

In other words, I believe the relationship is intimate, heartfelt, soulful, and absolute for the two people. If you have read any of the Mortal Instrument books by Cassandra Clare, she introduces the relationship of the Parabatai. I say, think of the soulmate connection, similar to that of a Parabatai.

If you find it, enjoy it and do not sever the connection.