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Make Your Life Extraordinary!

I watched Dead Poets Society yesterday.  It’s a movie I absolutely *love*, but haven’t seen in many years.  I used to have a copy, but I loaned it out to a woman I worked with, only to have the office shut down a short time later and of course, I never got my movie back.  That was a good 6 or so years ago.  I know what you will say, and honestly I don’t generally loan things out to people, for that very reason!  I don’t know what compelled me to that time, but now I have come across a second hand copy (VHS, but it’s fine, I still have my old clunky VCR), which I bought a few weeks ago and yesterday I finally sat down and watched it.

I had forgotten the impact that movie has on me.  And why I love to say that everyone should be required to watch that movie once a month.  It inspires you.

To share some quotes from the movie, as example, if you have never seen it.

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

 “Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, [imitating a goat] “thats baaaaad”.  Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  

Amazing, beautiful inspiration from the movie (Robin Williams plays John Keating, the teacher). However,  this is the quote that particularly inspired me yesterday, this is why this website was created.

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

This is my verse.  I’ve always wanted to write things that inspired people, that uplifted them.  That had a positive impact on the world.  Yes, I’ve done it a bit, here and there.  I’m writing now from my inner bliss.  It took me… nearly 40 years to find my inner bliss.  But I found it!  If I found it, you can find it, anyone can find it.  And I nearly gave up just before I found it.  I am *so* glad I didn’t give up.  If you feel like you want to give up, don’t!  Bookmark this page and keep coming back!  I am also a certified life and spiritual coach, and not only do I stand behind everything I say here, I will stand next to you as we travel this path, and support you and cheer you on, and hold your hand if need be!  I am your personal coach, mentor, cheerleader, guardian angel.  That doesn’t make me more special or better than you, I’ve just been there, and I *know*.  It just allows me the ability to shine my light into your darkness, because I have traveled through that darkness, alone.  I know the way through it, and I will walk with you through it, because there is bliss on the other side of that darkness.  There is an inner bliss and an amazing inner strength that you somehow collect while traveling through that darkness.  Only, you can’t realize that you collected it, until you step out of the darkness back into thie light, and see that you have gone from the caterpillar into the butterfly.  That darkness is only the cocoon, and YES!  You do have the strength to get through the darkness and break out into your beautiful light.  We all do.  Thats why this site exists.  I hope you will join me on this journey.  You will see, once you have made it through your darkness, you too will be able to usher others through, you too will know the way.  What will *your* verse be?  Are you brave enough to stand up, share the light, the bliss inside, with the world?  That’s what it is there for!  Now answer this:  What is your verse, your bliss?

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