The Inspiration Nation

April 30, 2007

Lemon Margaritas on a Monday Morning

Filed under: Abundance, Fear Busting, Humor, Motivation — tshombe @ 4:15 pm

It’s Monday morning, the sun is out, and I feel GREAT! I’m hoping that at whatever time of day it is in your neck of the woods, you’re feeling absolutely fabulous, too.

So, I’m sitting here (feeling great!) wondering what inspirational thought I might offer to you today, and what do you know? I take a peak over at Curt Rosengren’s really cool blog, and find a HUGE chunk of inspirational joy right there.

The title of the post is Making Lemon Margaritas. Since I regularly keep an eye on when Curt offers a new post via my Google Reader on my home page, I had already noticed the title a couple of days ago.

(I made a specific mental note to check it out later because, frankly, lemon margaritas sound pretty yummy and if Curt was offering a special recipe, I’m there!)

Would it surprise you if I told you that Lemon Margaritas have nothing to do with sipping a refreshingly tangy, alcoholic libation with a long straw and fruity mini umbrella on a warm sandy beach somewhere overlooking the magical Ecuadorian Galapagos archipelago?

In fact, Lemon Margaritas is the title of Susan Metters new blog, and instead of being about anything remotely related to alcoholic beverages, it chronicles Susan’s diagnosis and subsequent experience with breast cancer last year at the ripe old age of 39.

Right now, you may wonder how in the world I found a "HUGE chunk of inspirational joy" from the story of a cancer survivor.

Sounds strange, I know, but it because refreshingly (just like real margaritas!) clear when you read the description of Susan’s blog:

"Cancer? Fun? Absolutely! Who says you can’t enjoy life in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges? Regardless of the catastrophe, when life hands you the proverbial lemon don’t settle for lemonade. Grab yourself some tequila, salt and a blender – then savor your lemon margarita with a smile on your face."

This is beyond mere positive thinking. No one can ‘think positively’ all day long. And I don’t think the point to abandon all restraint, kick back and throw back a few yummy margaritas.

Instead, Susan turns something that is often associated with great sadness, overwhelming helplessness and anguish, and massive feelings of defeat into a grand cause for celebration.  The diagnosis also became the impetus for Susan to share her experience with the world by becoming a Seattle PI blogger, thus kickstarting the writing career she’s always wanted.

Curt Rosengren commented that receiving the news that Susan had taken a step toward building a writing career was something of a mixed blessing because she had to go through cancer to get there.

(Curt didn’t actually use the words "mixed blessing," but now that it’s come up, I wonder whether a blessing truly can be ‘mixed.’ It is either a blessing or it isn’t, right? What do you think?)

After reading Susan Metters blog (you can read her bio here), I think I have to slightly disagree with Curt’s initial assessment. I think Susan would say that the cancer is the blessing. In it, through it, and because of it, she is now discarding who she thought she was and progressively becoming more of who she really is.

Susan explains it this way:

"Some will tell you that something this monumental will change you; I tend to think it just brings out more of the person you already are. Facing my own mortality caused me to face myself. What I found was that the person who began emerging during cancer was more of the "me" I always knew was in there, but a lot of insecurities, fears, and self-expectations had been holding me back. So I decided to stop living my life by what I thought I should be doing and started living more authentically than I ever have before."

That doesn’t mean we all have to go and get cancer in order to begin to live our life authentically. Some say that we have to experience the bad in order to appreciate the good.

"No pain, No gain," right?

I’m reminded of Dr. Robert Anthony’s answer to this: "No pain, No pain." Why do people tend to struggle on purpose? I guess, we just think that’s the way we’re supposed to behave.

So, let me ask you:  what "insecurities, fears, and self-expectations" are holding you back from being more of who you really are?  What dreams super-excite you that you are putting on hold until just the right circumstances come along?

Take a lesson from Susan.  Don’t wait around for the lemons.

Why not order your margarita pre-made?


April 29, 2007

Tim Ferriss reveals how anyone can be among the new rich (NR)

Filed under: Abundance, Motivation, Personal Development, Power of Focus — tshombe @ 9:12 pm

I’ve begun to read Tim Ferriss’ new bestseller (his first book AND already at #10 on Amazon just 5 days after its release) The 4-Hour Workweek.

Get it.

It’s pheonomenal.  It will blow your mind and take with it all former thinking attached to the old paradigm about how to make money and live your best life.

Want more life and less work?  Want to have your cake and eat it, too?

Get The Book, and take back your life.

The book retails for $19.95 US, I got it on Amazon for $13.57 US, and it’s just been recently reduced to a whopping $11.97.

Get it now, while you’re thinking about it.  Better yet, don’t think! 

Just get it

And while you’re waiting for your book to arrive, hop on over to Tim Ferriss blog.  You’ll absolutely love it.


January 2 is National Motivation and Inspiration Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — tshombe @ 6:01 am

I guess you could say I’m a tad bit behind on things, but better late than never, right?

I just learned that in December 2001, the US Congress passed House Resolution 308, declaring January 2 of every year thereafter "National Motivation & Inspiration Day."

Kevin L. McCrudden, founder of National Motivation & Inspiration Day, says that the goal of January 2 is that we become "better tomorrow than (we) are today… one minute at a time….one day at a time."

I dare say that becoming better tomorrow means being better today. since tomorrow is a fiction anyway; all we really have is today in this moment.

Though "Motivation" and "Inspiration" are not explicitly defined, the resolution is a wonderful gesture.  Indeed, being inspired and inspiring others is our raison d’être, don’t you agree?

Here is the summary text of this historic resolution:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the establishment of a National Motivation and Inspiration Day.

Whereas motivation and inspiration have played important roles in the greatest achievements of civilized society and are characteristics common to all great leaders;

Whereas both children and adults need motivation and inspiration in order to achieve success and happiness in their lives;

Whereas the inspiration to define goals at school, home, and work and the motivation to achieve those goals is critical to achieving success and happiness;

Whereas all children and young adults need mentors to inspire them to achieve their goals and to motivate them to direct their energies toward positive and constructive activities and goals;

Whereas adults who mentor children and young adults become inspired and motivated themselves;

Whereas a renewed focus on motivation and inspiration is particularly important in the wake of the tragedies of September 11, 2001;

Whereas the beginning of the year is often a time of reflection, planning, and goal setting;

Whereas the establishment of a National Motivation and Inspiration Day would provide an opportunity for the people of the United States to focus on the importance of maintaining motivation and inspiration in their lives; and

Whereas January 2 would be an appropriate day to establish as National Motivation and Inspiration Day: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that–
(1) a National Motivation and Inspiration Day should be established; and
(2) the President should issue a proclamation each year calling on the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate programs and activities.


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