“Says the guy who has all the money he needs, right?”
“Give it all away then!”
Yeah, we could respond that way. We could choose to alienate Jim Carrey by choosing not to try to understand him and judge instead. But where will that get us? Perhaps there is another option:
“Maybe I should listen to what he has to say. After all, he does know what it is like to have all that money. Maybe money isn’t the ultimate goal after all?”
All of these reactions represent different stories. Its up to each of us to choose which story to empower for us. Which one makes you feel better?
People You Should Know
I had an interesting discussion on Twitter with @JWWalls a week ago regarding this tweet:
I have never been comfortable taking pictures with or getting autographs of “celebrities”. For proof, ask Chris Gandy how awkward I behaved when meeting all the guys from Toad the Wet Sprocket. For lack of a better term I am socially retarded when it comes to knowing what to say or simply how to behave. The burden of “knowing” them collides with them not “knowing” me and it is all down hill from there.
This sentiment comes from a place through which the person is seen not by what they do but who they are at ground level: another pilgrim.
For years I have preached that everyone has a story that deserves to be told. Over the past few months I have spoken with three people who I feel have lives which are inspirational and deserving of recognition. They are not soldiers returning from battle, civil servants risking their lives on a daily basis nor are they performing on a stage both grand and bright. Rather they are people who fail to allow fear to impose its will upon them. My hope is that through you will see a simple strength to Be.
I have complete faith there will be more stories to tell beyond these three, but until then look for pieces on Philip Hughes, Chris Gandy and Neil Griffin.
A Step on your Pilgrimage: 08\17\2011
While this might be a cheap and easy tactic to generate interest in the site (i.e. traffic) I have decided to post a link to an article or group which serves to offer inspirational advice on how to continue your pilgrimage through life. Today’s link is brought to you by Outside magazine.
Have you ever thought your present career choice was a far fall from anything that resembled your dream job? Some people long to escape the cube and\or office. This piece offers some examples of people who refused to let fear and uncertainty block their path. Let me know where you see yourself going and if anything within the piece was a catalyst for change.