The sun shines on Washington. The sun shines on the trees and the city and the sun shines on me.
Two weeks ago, four people, two dogs, a canoe, and all of our stuff drove out west in a jeep and found ourselves in a new home. Stopping in Glacier National Park, we soaked in the natural beauty of a land inhabited by bears which we gleefully yelled away. This new world is a blank canvas. What we will do here and who we will become is up to us but one thing I have defined is the 72x44in canvas that will adorn our living room.
Life is a complex and mysterious journey we explore together. Here are a few principles I've discovered to help guide and illuminate along the way:
1. Always Take the Braver Path
Chase your fears. Dance with the things that cause your heart to tremble. You will never regret doing the braver thing.
2. Whole-Ass Everything and Try to Stay Whelmed
So often we are in excess or deficit of stimulation that the mere state of being perfectly, adequately whelmed, strikes as mildly absurd. So averse are we to admitting to trying our best that we are more comfortable (proud even) with"Half-Assing" than putting forth our full effort.
3. Never Stop Seeking Adventure
So committed I am to the exploration of unknown territory that I wrote it into my marriage vows. Adventure does not have to mean skydiving or mountain climbing. I believe in pursuing the unknown. I believe life is for discovery.
4. Continually Self-Improve
Never let yourself believe in the mistaken idea that you are a finished product. You are never done until you are dead.
5. Put Your Oxygen Mask on First
Believe in the airplane wisdom: you cannot help others until you've seen to your own health and well-being.
6. Be Your Whole Authentic Self
Live with honesty and authenticity to find your tribe.
7. Share Your Light
Cultivate your inner light and let it shine.
8. Forgive Yourself. Forgive Others
You've got to fail so you can succeed and we are all failing all the time. There is nothing to be gained from perfected stagnation.
9. Hold No Blame. Hold No Regret.
You may feel regret. You may feel blame. Do not hold them for too long. Let them pass swiftly.
10. Align with Love. Lead With Curiosity.
Let your actions be guided with love and driven by curiosity.