Ground rules for living

Root yourself in good soil (and if you can't find good soil actively look for it).  

Give yourself space to grow. Don't plant yourself next to a tree that is going to block your sun. If another tree moves into your space and blocks your sun, just move (free will, remember?).  And don't block someone else's sun, because: karma. There's plenty of room for everyone to grow and thrive. 

Aim for the sky, it's the only way to grow up. Stay focused on what matters: getting enough sun, drinking enough water and using both to create enough nourishment for you so that you can be a breath of fresh air in this world. Nothing more, nothing less. 

Branch out, it's the only way to stay healthy and balanced. 

Stay flexible. You were born to bend without breaking.  

Let go. You can't get stronger without shedding some leaves along the way. So don't try to hang onto anything that is ready to be released. Let your leaves fall to the ground and nourish the soil, there's always something to be gained when you willingly let go of what no longer works. 

Begin again. And again. And again. Every second, every day, every season there's an opportunity for you to live larger than before. 





Your potential is pre-programmed


I picked this acorn up in the driveway just yesterday. 

I held it between my left thumb and index finger, brought it up close to my eyes, gently rolled it back and forth, looking, examining...

Do you know what the difference is between the potential of this acorn and your very own?


The acorn is pre-programmed to open and expand wherever it lands. It doesn't know NOT to. 

You are pre-programmed to open and expand wherever you land, too. It's only that brain of yours that warns: NOT here, NOT now, NOT that direction, NOT this direction, NOT, NOT, NOT. 

You might say, "But the acorn won't grow because it landed in your driveway so that's...faulty programming." But it's not. Because after I took this photo I planted the acorn in the earth. 

You see, the Universe wouldn't go through the trouble of pre-programming growth without also pre-programming the necessary conditions for that growth to occur. 

Living life to its full potential isn't the result of a gazillion disconnected lucky breaks. It's the result of a gazillion connected loving breaks. We're all here to help each other grow, which means that if you get your brain out of the way long enough to open and expand it will happen. 

You just need to trust the process.