To Endure

There are paths when each step is not getting easier. There are times when we will not seem like progress.

Two steps forward. 1 step back. This is and will always be the only path. How do any of us endure?

For me, it’s a kind act or the words of those that came before…


β€œIt is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself for difficult times; while fortune is bestowing favors on it is then is the time for it to be strengthened against her rebuffs.” ~ Seneca


“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” ~ Bruce Lee


First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win. ~ Gandhi


I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their walk. ~ Tony Robbins


The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with ~ Tony Robbins


Take care of the minutes, the hours will take care of themselves ~ Anonymous


Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl

How to suffer?

Sometimes moments are tough. Sometimes you don't know how to do, what you have to do. There is no way around it…only through it.

Arduous struggle. Whether it is the woman I used to see on the side of Whole Foods in Chelsea wrapped in garbage bags, during the middle of winter, and smelling like urine. Or, whether it is your loved one that is in extreme pain, and you have no control. Or, when you have to do something you don't want to do, but you must for whatever reason.

I am not going to say: prioritize. I am not going to say: be mindful. I am going to say: suffer.

Choose to let the thoughts run wild; choose to suffer; and, then choose to feel the pain.

And, then choose something else.

And, then watch this:

Today, I awoke a King

I woke up sluggish. My shoulders were hunched over. I felt like vomiting. My mind was moving at the pace of a slug.

I took a slow shower …the one where you stand under the water for an extended period of time, knowing that any longer and your skin will become all wrinkled up.

I clenched my fist and said in my mind, “Yes!” The day before I woke up and turned on this Anthony Robbins video, “Now I am the Voice.”

I yelled and screamed and jumped and got my body moving, and began the day with energy and intensity.

NOW I AM THE VOICE
NOW I AM THE VOICE
NOW I AM THE VOICE
NOW I AM THE VOICE
NOW I AM THE VOICE
I WILL LEAD NOT FOLLOW
I WILL BELIEVE, NOT DOUBT.
I WILL CREATE, NOT DESTROY
I AM A FORCE FOR GOOD
I AM A LEADER
DEFY THE ODDS
SET A NEW STANDARD
STEP UP
STEP UP
STEP UP
NOW I AM THE VOICE
NOW I AM THE VOICE
I WILL LEAD NOT FOLLOW
I WILL BELIEVE, NOT DOUBT.
I WILL CREATE, NOT DESTROY
I AM A FORCE FOR GOOD
I AM A LEADER
DEFY THE ODDS
SET A NEW STANDARD
STEP UP!
STEP UP!
STEP UP!


I finished up showering and a thought entered my mind: Why I don’t take the ferry to work today? With this seemingly insignificant thought. I had an extra skip in my step. A new sense of purpose on my quest.

I went to the local 7-Eleven, picked up a delicious coffee and begin walking to the ferry — not knowing anything of the schedule or the exact location.

I had to make a run for it, but I made the 7:45AM boat…
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I took a shot of myself on the boat…
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Reveled in the awesomness of the moment and recorded this youtube video…

I sat facing the bow, the wind blowing on my body, and I FELT LIKE A KING. I felt free. My heart felt open. And, I was able to see each person entering the boat and leaving with so much joy.

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I arrived in DUMBO, sat in the park and got to work early. #livelikeaking