Living existentially suggests that the search for personal meaning is never-ending. We are constantly asking, experiencing and transforming ourselves as we adapt to life's circumstances and as we relate to others.
The application of "Extreme Acceptance" asks us to dig deep inside of ourselves and accept the seemingly outrageous. It is the "X Games for the Mind" because with any drastic change or abrupt shift in the familiar, there is emotional risk involved.
When I sat down with Jennifer Grey, I didn't ask about Dirty Dancing. Yet it came up because the year the movie was released (1987) coincided with the car accident that left Grey with whiplash damage and chronic pain.
Love what you do in order to be good at it. Make sure to maintain the purpose and sense of mission. That is an eternal truth, but the older I get, the more urgent it becomes. Like many I miss my hormones, but I do think being older brings the gift of wisdom.
If I say to myself, "I should have known this would happen," or "I should be more productive," I am implying that there is an invisible manual or instruction book floating out there in the ether that dictates how to be a human being.
Throughout our lives, we often inspire undue stress and anxiety by viewing our existence with a "dualistic mind." We create a world of private duality, a world that is limited to fixed or black and white thinking.
Being that we only have this one, wild and precious life as you and as me, right here and right now, striving to overcome, to lift one's spirits, to find and experience that which is good, satisfying, funny and loving is, for me, the only choice.
With a rate of unemployment for black male teenagers up near 50 percent and what we know about the correlation between joblessness/poverty and depression/suicide, this is a potentially dangerous and deadly moment.
Ideally, airlines would educate their employees about autism. But I have also learned ways to help with successful airline travel and now travel easily with my seventeen-year-old severely autistic and non-verbal son.