I have frequently thought about what I want my children to know about life. Since we all have an inner child, this is my message to all of us.
Things change. You have to prepare yourself so that you can flow with these changes. The average person today has six or seven careers. The divorce rate is high. Friendships change. You might have a falling out, someone might move away, or pass on. And of course there are health challenges along the way.
The currents on the river of life are constantly changing; they are affected by many unforeseen forces. You can’t live your life being afraid of these changes, because by avoiding them you are not really living. You’re also not living when you waste your time complaining about others.
What worked at one period in your life might not work at another time. Rather than developing career skills, you need to develop life skills that will enable you to thrive in any situation.
Living a successful and fulfilling life is not an accident. Successful people have goals and dreams. They have faith. They know that at the darkest moment there will be a light that illuminates their path. They know that they are not alone and that there is a power greater than they are. When they live from their center, they have access to this power.
Life happens. No one gets a free pass. Although life might not seem fair at times, it is still good. We have a choice. The meaning we give to what happens is a choice. Saying, “Yes” to life and dancing on the river is also a choice. Enjoy the dance.
There is only one you. You are unique and special, maybe a little eccentric at times but that’s a good thing because it means that you question things and know that there’s more inside to explore. Although its hard to resist doing, don’t compare your life to others; who knows what’s going on with them. And by the way, it’s also hard to resist chocolate so go for it.
Keep exploring the river. The nature of rivers is to flow but when you stay stuck in the mud of your past, your flow will be blocked. You’ll never make it downstream where you’re able to explore the part of the river that is full of infinite possibilities.
The river has always been and always will be. Where it takes you can be an exciting adventure of discovery if you flow with it. But there still might be one thing in the way that can get in the way of that flow.
Which is taking ourselves so seriously. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at how hard you try and laugh at how out there you can be at times. Yes that even means believing in miracles. Ok, I’m not talking about the Red Sea stuff, but I am talking about exceeding your expectations of yourself. Imagine your life becoming an exciting journey of discovery. What if you declared that to be true for yourself. Ah, what then?
The best is yet to come! As we become elders, or move in that direction, and we all are, we’ve learned how to enjoy life more. We appreciate the little things and accept the things we can’t change. Although by now we’ve all experienced our share of pain and heartache, our capacity to experience joy keeps expanding.
With that in mind, I would like to remind you that for the past year I have been cohosting with Ralph Marston the JourneyON radio show. Almost every week we have been privileged to have various thought leaders, many of whom are authors, bless our show. All the shows are archived if you wish to listen to them.
Enjoy the Journey
“What a worthy adventure we are on. Our job is to enjoy it, to live ethically and to live life fully.”
Please join me with my cohost Ralph Marston on the Journey On radio show. blogtalkradio.com/journeyon
Mark Susnow knows change. He is an executive-life coach, life-discovery guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. A former trial attorney for 30 years, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. In his prior career, he was covered by the NY Times, Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the author of Dancing on the River:Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.