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I hope you're off to having an awesome weekend.
In this edition, I have the usual curated insights but I also wanted to share an important message about something we all struggle with at times as human beings—and that's worthiness.
I've heard author and therapist Marisa Peer say:
If you were to dig deep into every struggle or unpleasant experience, you'll likely find there is a fundamental belief you are falling short in some way.
I've seen this in my own experience and with many friends and colleagues who are hesitant to start a new project or endeavor because they are worried about not being good enough.
Recently, I've been helping several writers and creators build their websites, and you'd be surprised how many of them worry about not having anything worthwhile to share with the world.
Mind you, these are some really talented and smart people who are doing incredible work.
The point is, we all struggle with "enoughness." When you experience it, know you are not alone.
Remember this message which I published online earlier this week:
Have a great weekend!
The Right Kind of Ambition
There is a big but subtle difference between ambition driven by insecurity and ambition driven by the desire to self-actualize.
The former is born out of not feeling enough — its source is either self-hate, or self-disrespect, or a combination.
The latter, however, is simply an affirmation of life — an attempt to do the most that one can do with the body one has been given. It doesn’t compete with others but with itself. It doesn’t project its own hate and moralizing onto the world because it has already dealt with them internally.
The Hero's Path
Source: "Hero with a Thousand Faces"
50 Questions Of A Highly-Evolved Being
What if you could experience your life like this?
#6: What if I could peel away the beliefs and descriptions I’ve taken on about myself based on what my parents, friends, the media, religion, and even science have told me?
#14: What if I was completely unattached to the outcome of my goals and achievements? My income? My career? The success of this blog post?
On Weirdness and Finding An Elder
Michael Meade | (adapted for space)
"In old traditions, those who acted as elders were considered to be more in touch with the otherworld, but not out of touch with the struggles in this world. Elders have one foot firmly in the ground of survival and another in the realm of great imagination. "
"They acted as a bridge between the visible world and the unseen realms of spirit and soul…."
"This double-minded stance serves to help the living community and even helps the species survive."
"The old word for having a foot in each world is ‘weird.’ "
"Those seeking for an elder should look for someone weird enough to be wise. For just as there can be no general wisdom, there are no ‘normal’ elders. Normal bespeaks the ‘norms’ that society uses to regulate people, whereas an awakened destiny always involves connections to the weird and the warp of life."
“Those who would become truly wise must become weird enough to be in touch with timeless things and abnormal enough to follow the guidance of the unseen.
Source: “Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul”
And finally, a line from 14th-century Persian lyric poet, Hafiz:
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As Always, Keep Consciously Creating.
Anthony V. Lombardo
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