Rise to the occasion

Everyone has problems.

For some people fighting over the remote is a problem because if they lose they don’t get to watch their favourite TV show. Others have more basic problems around food, water and shelter.

Sometimes our problems can be overwhelming – to the point that they consume a large part of our lives. Sometimes they can go on for years without a break.

It’s understandable that in such trying circumstances these problems become almost a part of our identity. They’re so much a part of our daily lives that we live and breathe them. They slowly consume us to the point that one day they define us. And when we reach that ponit we’re in a very sad place indeed.

Don’t let your problems define you.

Let your response to your problems define you, yes most certainly. That’s a wonderful way to define yourself. Rise above the problem. Meet it head on and triumph.

It might take years. It might take lifetimes. But if you can keep your cool and perservere then you’ve more than won. You’ve achieved what the problem was trying to teach you in the first place.

You see nothing ever happens without a reason. There is always a reason for why we have to go through every single one of life’s experiences. Whether that is an experience we enjoy, or one we don’t, there’s always something to learn. Experiences are life’s way of helping us.

Don’t let a person, a thing, or any amount of money make you miserable.  Don’t allow your problems to overcome you, they can only do that if you allow them to.

Plenty of ordinary people get through extraordinarily difficult circumstances all the time. You can do that too.

You can rise above the problems you’re facing.

Nothing is ever put in front of you that you aren’t able to handle – despite all appearances to the contrary.

Rise to the occasion.

Be brave.

Be bold.




Sow a habit, reap a destiny

Swami SivanandaYou are the architect of your own fate. You are the master of your own destiny. You can do and undo things. You sow an action and reap a tendency. You sow a tendency and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap your character. You sow your character and reap your destiny. Therefore, destiny is your own creation. You can undo it if you like – destiny is a bundle of habits.

– Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)

There’s not really anything I can add to this that isn’t already there. These words are well worth dwelling upon.


Everything is a present

You’d think being imprisoned in a concentration camp would break your spirit wouldn’t you?

It certainly would do for most people. But not for the incredible Alice Herz Sommer. Her eternal, unflinching optimism enabled her to see the experience as a gift. Imagine that – a gift!

You know what? It turns out – adversity is good for you.

As Bruce Lee said – “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to overcome a hard life”.

When you can look back on the most difficult experiences of your life and see them as a gift, you know you’re really evolving. You’re really understanding what the whole point of existence is – to learn and evolve!

Adversity can bring out the best in us, there’s no doubt about it. It’s up to us to choose how to respond to the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Alice Herz Sommer chose to see her experiences in a concentration camp in a certain way. It was an active decision she made. She took control of her life and chose to see it as a gift rather than to feel victimised and miserable. This was a mental choice she made herself and it determined the quality of her life.

Don’t let your experiences define you – but instead define yourself by how you respond to them!

Your life is yours to enjoy, or be miserable about!

It’s entirely up to you. If Alice can do it in the midst of a concentration camp – can you do it in your life?

You have troubles, we all do. Your problems are real and valid, but you can still choose to rise above them. You can choose to enjoy your life regardless of the challenges it serves you.

Next time you’re challenged and up against it, don’t quibble, don’t cry and retreat. Recognise the experience as the the learning opportunity that it is. Easier said than done? Yes, but it’s also easier than you think.

According to Alice Herz Sommer in the video below it is spirituality that gives her the strength to maintain her optimism. Watch and be inspired by her remarkable approach to life. How much better would your life be if you adopted her attitude? I know I can certainly learn from it!

“I know about the bad, but I look at the good thing.” – Alice Herz Sommer

Video from KarmaTube

You’re dreaming!

That’s not how you do it.

You’ll never make it.

No chance mate.

Not likely.

It’ll never happen.

I won’t hold my breath.

Fat chance.

Don’t give up your day job.

Don’t let the nay-sayers define what you can do!

Do it anyway.

Do it anyway.

Do it anyway.

Are you moving or standing still?

Even if you think you’re standing still, you’re not really.

  • The wonderful Planet you are standing on is spinning,
  • The incredible Solar System in which the beautiful Mother Earth resides is rotating,
  • The vast Galaxy in which our Solar System and countless other Solar Systems reside is also rotating,
  • Our magnificent Galaxy, one of many Galaxies, is also in a state of motion.

So as you read this, you’re not actually sitting still in a chair at all. You are hurtling through space! You just appear to be sitting still relative to the things around you, but they are also hurtling through space.

Even if we put the Cosmic aspect aside, you’re still moving. The atomic structure of your body is in a constant state of motion. Nothing about you is still. Every aspect of your physical structure is constantly moving, constantly changing.

We are all vibrating with life!

We are all in the midst of an incredibly exhilarating experience!

If only we would but stop for a moment and realise this.

We are insignificant

You are but one person on a planet of 7 billion people.

In this sense we are all insignificant.

The Planet you live on is but one planet is a Solar System.

The Solar System is but one Solar System in a Galaxy of countless Solar Systems.

And the Galaxy is but one of countless Galaxies in an incomprehensibly vast living universe.

In this sense we are all VERY insignificant.

Think of all the grains of sand on a beach. How significant is one single grain of sand? Not very. In the grand scheme of things our whole Planet is even less than that in comparison to the Universe.

Yet despite all of this our problems, as insignificant as they are in the grand scheme of things, never the less appear significant to us.

That’s cool, we all have shit to deal with.

Just keep it in perspective.

Dean Karnazes is a bit of a freak

…or is he?

He has run over 300 miles in one hit. Take a moment to fully appreciate that – 300 miles in one go. It took several days without sleep. Think about the last time you went for a run, it was probably less than an hour. He ran for 24 hours a day!

It’s not because he has bigger lungs or stronger legs. It’s all the in the mind. They say that you can only run so far with your body. To run a really long way like this comes from your mind. It’s not a physical thing.

You too can do incredible feats like this if you choose to.

It’s easy to say that people like Dean Karnazes are some kind of freak and that’s why they are able to do the incredible things they do. But isn’t that just an excuse? Doesn’t that give us justification to not attempt the same things? We can sit back in our comfortable chair and say “well if I was Blessed with lungs like his then I would do the same, but I’m not, so I won’t”.

But we’re just kidding ourselves when we do this aren’t we?


Because Dean Karnazes isn’t a freak. He is a normal guy who has chosen to do some incredible things. He was nobody before he decided to do this. In fact, there are people with bodies far more suited to endurance running than his who haven’t done anything.

The fact is – anyone can choose to do something incredible.

And ‘anyone’ includes YOU!

Change happens

If there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’s that things will change.

Sometimes your life is going really well. You’ve got a great set of friends and a great job. The place you’re living at is great.

Then things start to change.

You fall out with someone at work. Suddenly it’s not quite so enjoyable. Then your landlord decides to sell your house so you have to find a new place to live. Then one of your good friends decides to move to Australia.

Suddenly your life isn’t what it was. And maybe you’re sad.

Things will change. Sometimes we’ll welcome this change and sometimes we’ll greet it with as much enthusiasm as we’d greet a brick through our window.

But change happens.

It always has, and it always will.

Do you know that even as you read this you are changing in many ways? At the atomic level your body is in a constant state of motion. Every aspect of your being is continually in a state of change. It’s the same for all of us. Moment to moment – we’re always becoming something new. But because of the bluntness of our senses we can’t detect these subtle changes and so we think things remain the same.

They don’t, they never have, and they never will.

As painful and unpleasant as change can be sometimes, we just have to accept it.

Change happens. So let’s enjoy it, love it, savour it!

The good times will return

You know when you’re going through a bad patch things can just seem so damn difficult…

Even the simplest of tasks is a struggle. It’s like you’re walking through thick mud. Sometimes it seems as if everything is against you. As if even ordinary things are out to get you. Bad things seem to happen to you for no reason. You almost feel like you’re a magnet for negativity. As though these experiences are being setup especially so you can experience them.

But never fear because – THE GOOD TIMES WILL RETURN.

They will.

Don’t try to doubt it.

They will!

Everything in life is cyclical and just as good things must come to and end sometime – so too must the bad times. It may take a while for them to end but they WILL end.

They will.

Life is like that. It serves you up some difficult experiences which, although painful at the time, you end up learning from to become a better and stronger person as a result.

Despite what is often said – life IS fair. It will only deal you up what you are capable of handling. Sometimes the challenges you face may make you doubt this, but there is always a way through, even if it’s not obvious at the time.

Because life is fair it will only deal you up difficult experiences for as long as you need them. Then the time will come – the time MUST come – when you will be dealt up good experiences.

This is just how it works.

Remember that statement that is true at all times?

This too shall pass.

Unfortunately it’s true in regard to good times. But thankfully it’s also true in regard to bad times!

So how to live with this?

Try not to get to attached to the bad times, but ALSO the good times. Experience both equally and know that they won’t be around forever. Savour the good times while you have them, and know that the bad times won’t be around forever – the good times will return.

Remember this statement during the bad times, during the really difficult, awful, horrible times. During the dark, depressing, excrutiating times…

This too shall pass.

It will get better. You will smile again.


Don’t forget this.

May God Bless you in your journey through these experiences.