Every Moment…

We live in a universe of change. That can be painful at times for beings such as us.

However, it can also work to our immense advantage. Nothing is set in stone. Anything can be changed by the next gust of wind or the next shift in the sand.

Every moment literally has within it the power to completely rewrite your script, our script.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Division is a Decision

Division is a decision not an inevitability. It occurs when people are conditioned day after day to focus on what separates us rather than what unshakably unites us.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your significant other, you’d have no relationship.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your boss, you’d have no job.

Is it any wonder that when we focus only on what we disagree on, we cannot have a country that works?

You may be tempted to point the finger at “them.” After all, that’s what our media and our so-called leaders do. They tell you to point and to blame and to focus on the separation.

We can do better than that and WE MUST.

We came here to aspire to something higher than the next argument or even the next election. We have forgotten who we truly are and as long as we remain in that state of forgetting, we’re easily manipulated. The moment we remember nothing will be able to stop the transformation.

Until that day comes for the world, we will have to discover that remembering one person at a time. When enough of us have changed what’s inside, the outside will follow.

Be who you came here to be. See your greatness and help those around you to see theirs too.

Ray

15 #RayQuotes on Comfort Zones

Happy Saturday! I was pondering the subject of comfort zones today and how easily they can capture us and steal our dreams.

Some of you know I love coining new motivational quotes. Over the years Twitter became my repository of quotes that came to me in a moment. Here are meanderings over the years on the topic of a comfort zone.

Some of these wound up in published quote books and websites or on t-shirts. Others fell into Twitterverse oblivion.

I hope you find one or two that encourage you to abandon your comfort zone a pursue your bliss.

1) A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
2) A comfort zone is a starting place, not a staying place.
3) You’ve got nothing to lose except your comfort zone!
4) A comfort zone is where dreams go to die.
5) Your desire to get better must have enough escape velocity to break free from the gravity of your comfort zone.
6) End your comfort zone before it ends your dreams.
7) There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.

8) Comfort zones are expensive. They are rented at the cost of lost dreams.
9) No life was ever transformed from the safety of a comfort zone.
10) Your comfort zone is your prison until you step beyond it.
11) We cannot sit in our comfort zones and demand answers. Answers are for those who dare, who risk, who challenge.
12) Negativity is a comfort zone for many; a hiding place for our smallness.
13) Your best friends are the ones who challenge your comfort zones, not the ones who share them with you.
14) For many people, negative thinking is a comfort zone and a protection against disappointment.
15) There are millions just existing in their comfort zones and convincing themselves they’re happy. Don’t let it be you!

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

The Water, the Rock, and the Maginot Line

After World War I, France built a massive line of fixed fortified concrete bunkers and walls. It was called the Maginot Line and it’s gone down as one of history’s great blunders. The goal was to prevent future invasions by Germany like the one in 1914.

The problem was the French were fighting the previous war and the Germans were preparing themselves to fight the next one. In a World War I framework, an adversary would have been crazy to conduct a frontal assault against the Maginot Line.

By 1940, when the Germans quickly overran France, the Germans simply flew their planes over it and drove their tanks around it. The massive fortification did nothing to defend France and their reliance upon it caused them not to otherwise prepare.

The stark imagery of this example has gone down in history as a metaphor of stolid, dogmatic thinking in the face of change.

Wisdom is adaptation to the moment. Fixed thinking, like the Maginot Line, is not up to facing new challenges.

A similar metaphor is that of the a rock and water. A rock is solid, strong, immovable. Water is soft and pliant. It goes over and around the rock. Watched for a day or a week, the rock appears to be winning the battle. It’s holding its ground and standing firm. However, come back in a year or five or fifty. Over time, the water will wear the rock into nothing.

New challenges require us to be agile and adaptive. We live in a world, especially now, that is not only experiencing massive change in this moment, but is nearing the birth of a very different world where many old paradigms are going to be tested.

If we don’t adapt, we can look forward to the fate of the rock and the Maginot Line.

If we work to understand the difference between immutable principles and merely habitual thinking, a very important distinction, we will find ways to navigate and thrive in this new world.

Better days are ahead for humanity, if we’re smart, flexible, and principled.

My grandmother lived from 1904 to 1988. When she was five, her family got into a horse-drawn wagon and rode outside of town to observe the 1910 passing of Halley’s Comet. When she was 64, she witnessed a man walking on the moon.

Wagon thinking would never have gotten us to the moon in six decades. New thinking was required.

It’s very likely that in two or three decades our world will be more advanced and changed relative to today than 1969 was to 1910.

That kind of change holds both peril and opportunity. Who will we be? Will our technology run us or will we use our technology to benefit humanity in ways never before imagined? Will power and wealth be held in fewer a fewer hands or will we finally create an egalitarian society where our genius meets our basic needs and we have the freedom to explore our highest aspirations?

I don’t and I won’t let this moment get me down. We’re going through the growing pains of massive transformation. Whether it is to the benefit or detriment of most human beings is being decided, as tomorrow always is, by our thoughts, words, and actions today.

Stay safe. Stay well. Amazing things are on the way! Oh, and by the way, just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!


Ray

Paradigm-Shifting #RayQuotes

Words have power. They have been influencing you all your life. Some words push incremental change. Others splash cold water on your face with their truth and clarity. Here are some #Rayquotes that I hope will inspire you to think more deeply and see another perspective.

I’d love to hear if any of them resonated with you below in the comments.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray