“You lose your grip — and then you fall into the masterpiece.” ~ Leonard Cohen, A Thousand Kisses Deep #RebelleSociety
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh,in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
Jonah did the deal, but did he become the kind of person that god wanted him to be?
Napoleon Hill said desire is the starting point of all achievement. Not a hope, not a wish — but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything, especially when committed to habit.
Whatever the one thing is for you, just do a little of it today. Just do a little today and a little tomorrow and make a decision that for one week you are going to do a little of this transformational practice.
Deep down you know it can completely transform, improve and better your life.
To Your Highest Good,
Are you afraid of failure?
I don’t know any successful person who isn’t. But I also do not know any successful person who has not failed more times than they can count. Failure is not the eternal damnation it is made out to be, it happens to everyone again and again.
When you work on a worthy project, it can seem that the key piece is its eventual success, however you may define it. It has been my experience that this is not true. The key piece to any project is the authentic evolution that occurs for the contributors along the way.
Who you and I become in the process of solving problems and completing projects is more important than if the work is completed successfully this time around or not. Every project is followed by yet another. Every problem is followed by yet another. That is how this world is designed.
The purpose of this design cannot be the successful completion of projects or the flawless execution of your fine tuned plans. Its purpose is the ripening and maturation of people; the awakening of true wisdom, compassion, and skill in leaders like you who dare to take on the responsibility for worthy projects and problems. Even though you know that failure will likely occur again and again until you succeed. Even though you know there will always be new problems and projects to conquer after this one.
When you experience true failure, the kind of failure that derails your self-image and destroys your pride, it let’s you realize that a successful life cannot be measured by how many projects you’ve successfully completed or by how many problems you’ve already solved. That is when you can realize what the late Leonard Cohen called falling into your masterpiece; the realization that who you are becoming in the process of your struggles, and your deep engagement with life, love and creativity, is in fact your only real work. Your legacy is not your completed projects or problems solved, your legacy is the person you’ve become along the way.
I wish you the confidence to fall into your masterpiece, no matter what your track record in terms of projects and problems might currently look like, because if you do you are a success.
Consider letting yourself be shaped by life in the way that let’s the rest of us rejoice in the human being and the mindful leader you’ve become along the way.
Because that “you” is someone we’d all love to meet.
Soon, I will be offering you a unique opportunity to join me on an exciting new adventure toward leadership mastery and success. As our community of mindful leaders expands, we’d love to get to know you and grow in this work together. Stay tuned!
To your mindful leadership,
I also read Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah anyways this morning. Maps; to places, to childhoods, to your dreams and artistic expression. to you!