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In the Comfort of Our Creations
The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!
In the Comfort of Our Own Creations
In the comfort of our creations
we often find ourselves at rest
Content to laze away our lives
without the urge to do what's best
In circumstances of our choosing
or as they say “the bed we've made”
We dread the days and damn the drama
and often wonder why we've stayed
In teapot tempests of our own stirring
we spin and ask, "when will it all end?
And long for days of inner calm
or seek saviors 'round the bend
This life we live is like a picture
with scenes we brush from head and heart
When once you recognize the painter
your days become like works of art!
The world you live in is like a picture. A canvas upon which you have held the creator's brush all these years. Despite appearances to the contrary, it's not a tacky “B” movie into which you've been cast against your will. Who you are and the scenes that unfold are a direct outcome of decisions you've made given who you were at those moments.
Denying your part in the drama that unfolds and refusing to move to safer more nurturing quarters is the recipe for continued heartache.
Here's how it usually works: You choose from a place of awareness and then move forward to another scene. Soon, the choices you made in Act 1 no longer serve you in Act 2. Since life won’t allow you to go back and re-shoot the first act. Your only option is to make new decisions based on who you are NOW in Act 2. However, many of us get trapped forever living out our Act 1 choices fearing to make new decisions simply because of the comfort factor. We hate the place we are, but are fearful of change simply because we've gotten comfortable.
Even if we're in pain, it's such a familiar pain that we often choose to remain in the “comfort of our own creations” even when it ceases to support us in our growth.
The trick, therefore, is first to acknowledge your part in the drama, see yourself as the painter/director, forgive yourself for our earlier choices, then make new decisions from a now (hopefully) healthier mental space. Don't get trapped in the comfort.
Note: Where will YOUR passion take you? What sort of life would you live if you could? Find out what's possible. Check out my new adventures on jamaicaninchina.com.
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Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!--Walt
Send article suggestions, entrepreneur nominations and feedback about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of 16 books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several successful businesses in the US, and now lives a nomadpreneur lifestyle. To learn more, visit www.passionprofit.com
WHERE IS SAIPAN?
Located in the western pacific, a short flight from Guam and 3 hours from Japan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a popular tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural resources. Saipan, just 5 miles wide by 12 miles long, is the largest and most populated of the 14 islands making up an archipelago that stretches 400 miles (north to south) along the edge of the Marianas Trench.
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