The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
How’s that for a comprehensive and insightful reflection of our collective insanity? This quote was really a wake-up call for me, and because it has been so impactful, I felt inspired to explore it further with you.
I was supporting a friend in my mastermind group today, helping her take the next steps to launch her new program. “Linda” (not her real name) is smart, competent, charismatic, and very well prepared for this endeavor. She has everything in place with her tech-support and launch team all lined up. The unique service she is offering is both her gift and her passion. And yet she’s holding back, putting on the brakes, and wanting to play small. “What could possibly be missing,”
Most often when we hear of or think about being self-reliant, we take it to mean that we must rely upon our own powers and abilities. You know, those human characteristics based solely upon our sometimes limited education and knowledge.
However, what may not be considered when we see or understand “self” to mean the individual; is that there’s always an ever-expanding and eternally wiser “self” that we have access to.
I came up with the idea for this article while reading another article about finances in the holiday season. I remember growing up there were certain Christmas shows that I had to watch every year. It was part of the tradition. I always watched Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. Occasionally I watched Scrooge and as an adult I learned about It’s a Wonderful Life. Then Hollywood came out with the new Christmas movies like The Santa Claus and Elf. From the beginning these shows/movies were watched for their entertainment value but even as a child I could see that there were lessons to be learned and they had a greater purpose.
An Art, A Science, A Passion
My interest and curiosity with home design and architecture started when I was very young. My bedroom, which was my personal space, always was organized had to be matching with color and a sense of individuality.
When friends would suggest going to the mall to go shopping, I could be found in home decor stores or in the bookshop engrossed in, “Architectural Digest”. Perhaps growing up with parents as realtors, my awareness of homes and variety was heightened.
I did pursue a post-secondary education in Interior Design or a flavor of it. I then followed my second greatest interest, Health, and explored that career for several years.
However, where and when it all came to be, it was a snowy December morning in Norway. I was hours away from boarding a plane to return to Canada. I was sitting in a friends’ living room staring at a bookshelf full of books all various shapes sizes and languages.
There it was, Feng Shui. At this point I didn’t know if it was in Norwegian, Thai or English. I do know that I was drawn to it, I opened it and a whole new (or ancient!) world was now mine to discover, which I did. I jumped, with both feet in, and put everything I read into practice.