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Sean Smitham
Personal Peace. Personal Power.
Personal Peace. Personal Power.

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An important perspective offered by one of my favorite intellectuals.  This talk is worth viewing.

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Brain Food

For your best brain, focus on eating 20 - 30 grams of protein in the morning along with good, healthy fats. This infographic shows you what 25 grams of protein looks like for various sources.
Four eggs, one cup of Greek yogurt, or a lobster roll. Your choice. Or, eat all three and you're set for the day! This graphic shows you what 25 grams of protein looks like.

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Yes! What lights you up?

The Tyranny of "Someday Maybe" and the Illusion of Fear

You are more. More than you are allowing yourself to be.

The truth is that you hide your radiance, your brilliance, your power. And unless you commit to doing something different, you'll go to your grave with a song still left in your heart. The gifts you meant to share with the world "someday" never being seen or received by those who could benefit most.

You hide within the tyranny of "someday maybe".

Someday, when everything is just right, or less chaotic, or you have more time, more energy, or more money. Someday, you'll pursue your passion.

Someday, you'll allow yourself to be seen - truly seen - in all your imperfect glory. Someday, you'll get the courage to share your gifts with the world without fear.

But the reality is someday will never happen. It will never come. It will never arrive.

Someday is your prison. A prison of your own creation. The warden appears friendly enough. Looking after your "best interest" but in truth the warden is an a-hole.

The warden says, "Of course, someday you'll change the world, shine your light, be seen, be heard, shake things up. Someday. But let's not worry about that today. Today you have other more pressing tasks at hand. Here's your sledgehammer. Go break some rocks."

The voice of the warden is your voice, the voice of your parents, the voice of other well meaning friends and family members who just "don't want to see you get hurt" or fall while chasing your dreams or get lost in the clouds. The warden is "the voice of reason".

But why should you be limited to living a "reasonable life". You only have one life. This is it. What life are you waiting to live?

The thing that gives the warden its power is the feeling of fear. What if . . .

What if you try and fail? What if he or she says no? What if you don't get funded or your product or service doesn't sell?

No, it is safer here in "someday maybe". Your safe haven. Your refuge.
Your comfortable, familiar, adequate, nicely decorated . . . prison.

Fear says be reasonably happy and don't rock the boat. (And then hands you a sledgehammer and points you to the nearest rock pile.)

Here is the thing about fear. It is an illusion. Most of what people fear will never happen. And even if the "worst thing" happened - it still never REALLY happened. Let me explain.

You want something (a date, a job, a raise, whatever) that you don't currently have. If you ask for it, one of two things will happen.
a) You get it. Congratulations! Things are improved or at least different than they were.
b) You don't get it. (cricket chirps) That's it. You didn't get it. Things stay the same. No better. No worse. Nothing lost.

But your mind creates the feeling that something was lost. You avoid asking or doing something different because of the mental illusion that something is at risk. You might lose something. But the something you fear losing is a mental mirage. You fear losing respect, prestige, status, face, etc.

But the reality is - nothing changed. You asked, they said no. That's it. Things are the same. Only your thinking about it is different. The suffering is created inside your head.

The thought that "This happened and it is bad" is actually two thoughts. The first is a thought grounded in description of something close to reality "this happened". The second "and it is bad" is a mental construct - a meaning -created entirely by you.

The fear that is paralyzing you is a creation of your mind. It is the by product of a deeper way of being with the world that defines your sense of self in relation to something. Fear is born in this internal "World of Comparison".

Here's the secret folks. You don't have to live in the "World of Comparison". You are choosing to live there.

The prison door is open. You can walk out at any time. The warden may raise hell, but she/he is powerless to stop you.

Seeing this. Taking action based on this way of seeing sets you free.

Freedom lies in acknowledging there is no "someday". There can be no "maybe". There is now. This moment. Either you'll step into this moment, fully present and be your authentic self sharing your gifts fearlessly with the world. Or you won't.

The choice is yours. Choose wisely. You only get one life.

What life are you waiting to live?

If this resonated with you. If you would like help in escaping your prison, please let me know. I'd be happy to assist.


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Yes! Love is about freedom, not ownership or control.

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Modern ECT can be an effective treatment for severe depression.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains one of the most effective treatments for severe depression, but new research from Australia shows ultra-brief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard ECT, with far fewer cognitive side effects. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, is the first systematic review to examine the effectiveness and cognitive effects of standard ECT treatment, brief pulse stimulation, versus the newer treatment, known as ultra-brief pulse right unilateral (RUL) ECT. Read more:

Publication: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Brief Versus Ultrabrief Right Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression.   The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2015. doi: 10.4088/JCP.14r09145

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Meditation and Productivity

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The mind is a muscle. In order to function optimally, it must be trained.
"...just as we learn to play the piano through practice, the same goes for cultivating well-being and happiness." That really speaks to me—meaningful transformation is about the long game, not quick fixes!

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+John Green is my hero.  Keen intellect and an ability to simplify complex issues.  Thanks John.  

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Love this quote by Hemingway.
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