Are We There Yet?

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I could write a book about the things I’ve learned but still don’t know. Just like the little kid in the back of the car, I wonder when I will get to that indescribable place where I feel at one with myself and in a sense, complete.

A part of me says; NEVER. A part of me says; WHEN? And a part of me sometimes says; NOW. However, they are not in equal parts. The feelings resemble a bell curve with the NEVER and the NOW on the very ends and a large sweeping WHEN hovering across most of it.

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Although it does not always feel that way, WHEN at least means motion and since every single thing from the tiniest of particles to the massiveness of the universe is always in motion, I can at least feel in good company.

You express gratitude for what you already have and for all that you’d like to receive as though you have already received it…

GRATITUDE that is the key in my opinion to setting this all in motion.

May McCarthy – The Path to Wealth

Ah, that lovely word GRATITUDE. Why does that have such a hard time staying in the forefront of my consciousness, but is so comfortable lying down in the back of my mind?

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Some enlightening answers to that question comes from my conversation with May McCarthy, seen this week on Between the Lines.

May is an extremely successful entrepreneur, speaker and author who believes that we all have the power within to: “Eliminate old behaviors that have kept you from the experiences you really want.”

I have gotten to know May very well and I am certain that she is right. However, I still cannot help but wonder: “Am I there yet?”

Until I can I will keep her words in mind:

Remain calm in the face of adversity – There will always be distressing situations in life that we can’t control. But if we’re prepared, we don’t have to experience debilitating distress.

Enjoy the episode, remain calm and have a great week whether you are there or not yet,

Barry

 

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

 

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Fix Your Thoughts, Fix the World

We must give ourselves time to think and to understand who we are, for we have much to learn about ourselves. 

Dr. Peter Whybrow – The Well-Tuned Brain 

Our first primal thoughts were about immediate survival. After we secured ourselves and realized that through cooperation we had more control over our environment, we begin to think outside of ourselves and even outside our immediate communities.

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In current times we now think on a global and some even on a universal scale. However, if we do not start with our individual selves, the only thing even remotely in our control, than we really cannot reach out to all the other large scale issues. As Dr. Whybrow states: “We are living in the shadow of our achievements… We have fallen out of tune with who we really are.”

Dr. Whybrow is the Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. One of the key theories in his book, The Well-Tuned Brain, is how we must have a deeper understanding of ourselves in order to have an effect on our surroundings.

The challenge – blending reason and passion to promote individual wellbeing and a sustainable human future.

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The first step therefore is to turn inwards and examine who we are before we venture outward and fulfill our life’s purpose. To help the societies in which we live, and develop a better understanding of our world and universe we must start with a “well-tuned brain.”

However, here is the rub. Our inward selves are often filled with manifestations of our mind that block us from seeing clearly. Even if though these manifestations are in our minds does not mean we are to blame for them. We grade ourselves on these feelings without truly examining the realities of our lives.

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One little trick I learned, but still often forget, is to step outside of myself and view my actions (not my thoughts) as if they are not mine but a friend or a colleague. Would I judge them as hard and be so critical? The answer, when I can achieve this, is always a more positive view of myself then I initially had.

This form of thinking definitely requires imagination, creativity and continued self-discovery, but from my own experience I know it is within all of our reach.

We each want to believe that the crises we face are beyond individual control – But such a mindset does not do justice to our intelligence and to what we know about human behavior.

– Dr. Peter Whybrow –

Start with the self, change your mindset, then you can truly have an effect on all around you.

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We go deeper into this idea in my entire conversation with Dr. Whybrow about his book, The Well-Tuned Brain. The episode airs this week on most of our PBS stations.

Enjoy the show, know you have what it takes, and have a great Labor Day weekend,

Barry

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

YOUR INNER BRAND

Embrace the uncertainties and challenge the illusion of defeat.
Brian Smith
Since the only thing we can be certain of are the uncertainties we will face, our only option is to embrace the feeling of the unknown. Like all wisdom, the concept may be easy to grasp, but its implementation into our being is the tricky part.
My guest this week, on most of our PBS stations, is Brian Smith, the founder of the world renowned UGG boots. Through his own trials and tribulations he discovered insights that will aid in putting into practice the ability to deal with difficult challenges.   
Our conversation, about his book, The Birth of a Brand, focuses on his journey and struggles to build his business, while being filled with wisdom and insight he imbibed through the process.
The secret is to find joy every day in some part of your work that energizes and inspires you, so that what you do daily is not really working.

Of course, we all search for what we would love to do, but finding that magic within ourselves is a difficult challenge. In fact, for those who are lucky, hopefully it finds you.
However, if you are antsy like me, we cannot comfortably sit around and wait. Brian gives us something we can do even without knowing where it will take us.
When you take those first baby steps, you don’t have to know exactly where you are going to end up.

So journey forth. You may not know where you will end up, but if you take those baby steps you just might nudge yourself closer to finding YOUR INNER BRAND.
Enjoy the episode and have a great week,
Barry
EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.
TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com