"Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long they have departed." - Jim Rohn
There's something to be said about surrounding yourself with people who inspire and motivate you. Everytime I have a reunion with my college girlfriends, I leave feeling rejuvenated, motivated, and ambitious for whatever is coming next in my life. They are inspiring and accomplished women who real and supportive of my dreams. It's something I miss in my everyday life and I'm openly seeking... can you put out a want ad for challenging and stimulating girlfriends? Without seeming like a weirdo?
So I try to surround myself with motivated and interesting women, a little more difficult when you live in Mayberry... but slowly and surely, I'm meeting new people and making friends. And I appreciate it when they share their challenges and inspirations. Here's one passed along from an artist I really admore called "The Magic Moment" from Paul Coelho's Blog... hopefully it will touch you the way it got me.
We have to take risks. We can only truly understand the miracle of life when we let the unexpected manifest itself.
Every day – together with the sun – God gives us a moment in which it is possible to change everything that makes us unhappy.
Every day we try to pretend that we don’t realize that moment, that it doesn’t exist, that today is just the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if you pay attention, you can discover the magic instant.It may be hiding at the moment when we put the key in the door in the morning, in the silence right after dinner, in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.
This moment exists – a moment when all the strength of the stars passes through us and lets us work miracles.
Happiness is at times a blessing – but usually it’s a conquest. The magic instant helps us to change, drives us forward to seek our dreams. We shall suffer and go through quite a few difficult moments and face many a disappointment – but this is all transitory and inevitable, and eventually we shall feel proud of the marks left behind by the obstacles. In the future we will be able to look back with pride and faith.
Poor are those who are afraid of running risks. Because maybe they are never disappointed, never disillusioned, never suffer like those who have a dream to pursue. But when they look back – for we always look back – they will hear their heart saying: “What did you do with the miracles that God sowed for your days? What did you do with the talent that your Master entrusted to you? You buried it deep in a grave because you were afraid to lose it.
So this is your inheritance: the certainty that you have wasted your life.”Poor are those who hear these words. For then they will believe in miracles, but the magic instants of life will have already passed.
in “By the river Piedra I sat down and wept”