With success being often defined as "making it," through the acquisition of money, recognition and power, it has been difficult for me to fit the journey of my migrating interests into this definition.
Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."
There is something to be said about being a representative, an ambassador of culture, if you will, to those who don't look like you, have the access that you do or have the life experiences that you have, especially when so many "yous" don't have the opportunity to speak for themselves.
As I was pondering this reality shift -- what appeared to be good and functional yesterday looked quite silly and inept today -- I was struck by the lesson that it offers. Life emerges from a certain context.
Of course that scary remark will come sooner or later: 'You are not even my real dad.' A child that is denied something 'utterly' important, or is 'unfairly' disciplined tries to find hurting words and comes up with the ones she or he thinks are the worst.
Someone not working in that paradigm most often brings about the paradigm shift. Of course, the role of cross-disciplinary collaboration has helped reshape this a bit and promises greater potency in time.
If you propose that Truth with a capital T might return into our lives, like a speck on the horizon that gets bigger and bigger, many would prefer to swat the speck away. For one thing, Truth veers uncomfortably close to God.
In many of the recent articles on millennials, there is a critical narrative that has emerged and has lead to what I believe is the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, and that narrative is about purpose.
I know why people journey from around the globe to be in Eckhart Tolle's presence; he personifies the awareness and stillness of which he writes. Sitting with a human being who is absent of compulsive thinking, judgments and mental commenting is a remarkable and unique experience.
Today I'm reminded that one of my biggest challenges is to do first what really matters -- and to do it before I respond to the siren call of getting as much done as I possibly can. And I know in my heart I'm not alone.