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This BLOG is the result of me facing my fears, and living openly, honestly, and authentically.

I have my anxiety and depression under control.

I have regained my health.

I have recovered from addictive behaviors.

Everyone finds their path through life by different means.

If everyone was helped and found peace in the same way….everyone would read the same books, go to the same therapist, follow the same religion, read the same blogs, like the same shows, listen to the same music, and be moved by the same spiritual leaders and motivational speakers.

But We Aren’t.

Do not read this BLOG for any definitive answers.

Read this BLOG if:

  1. You are curious enough to question everything
  2. You are courageous enough to start exploring the answers
  3. You are spirited enough to not take anything I say at face value
  4. And you are audacious enough to question what I or anyone else claims as truth. Find your own truth, for yourself, in your own way.

This BLOG is me, asking questions, and finding my own answers.

It is my hope that we can do this together.

It will never be perfect but it will always be me.

I hope you take comfort in that. May it give you and me the courage to live openly and without fear.

NOT as products of Perfection.

But as examples of people with enormous amounts of COURAGE and AUDACITY claiming our rights to Progress.

Thank you for reading and welcome to my BLOG.

Sincerely,

TheDreamHustler

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The Spirit of Sidney Falbo

Samples of Art, created by the incredible Sidney Falbo herself

https://www.facebook.com/SidneyFalbo

Visit Sidney Falbo’s Facebook Page which is dedicated to Sidney Falbo and her story which is so beautifully told in her gift of art.

This letter was inspired by a true story. And I am honored and blessed to have been lucky enough to become acquainted with a wonderful, beautiful, and inspiring mother that lost her only child a few years back.

The point of this writing is to offer an alternative point of view. And to invite all of us to look at life and it’s meaning through a different lens.

And so, here friend, is my letter to you…

Dear Mother,

You have lost a child. A tragic loss. I heard once that there is an order to the pain felt with the death of loved ones.

A child loses a parent…heartbreaking.

A partner lost in death…Heart wrenching.

A parent loses a child…a cruelty against the natural order.

Where did these rules come from? I wonder…are they the truth?

I too have experienced the loss of a loved one. When I was 13 years old, I lost my mother. Her death tore my life apart. And everything I knew, everything I believed in, and everything that surrounded me was suddenly at risk of being swept out from under me.

It was my awakening to what lies beyond our physical lives. Who was I without my mother? Was I still my mother’s son?

What would it mean to live without her? Would living, succeeding, and thriving be an affront and an abomination to her memory?

But the only way that her life could having meaning…is if I lived life for all it is worth.

You must do the same. I imagine it is different when a parent loses a child. It is a direct violation of the natural order of things.

But this is not the real truth. You may think that your daughter only learned from you. That your life’s work was to create, to raise, to teach, to influence a child and watch them develop into an adult with purpose.

But do not be disillusioned. You are still a mother. And you, will always be a mother. Your child taught you as well. What will you do with what she taught you?

It does not matter who came first or who leaves first. It does not matter the length of our stay.

There is a spirit inside you that begs for you to not be disillusioned by the limitations of your physical perception.

When we realize who we really are. Nothing that matters is of the physical realm.

It is spirit. Is it not?

We struggle with this concept. Being trapped in the physical body as we are.

It is easy to miss the power of the unseen. But the unseen is most definitely felt.

That moment when you are alone.

And you question what it is, who you are, what you are that looks out of these two eyes within this body that will betray you one day with it’s death.

You recognize that you are at odds with the limitation of this thing, this body you are in.

So, what is death? Is it the end?

When your child’s body ended it’s existence…did the spirit within it die too?

What will you choose to believe?

The choice is yours. And what you choose to believe, is what will be true.

I know you can feel your child’s presence.

I know you sense her spirit.

You are not mad. Her memory is her spirit.

Do not overthink this. And most definitely do not try to understand it.

I think at times, we must accept that we are limited in our understanding while deceived by the physical illusion we exist in.

Can you comprehend the infinite realm of space or time?

Do we think we have the right to define spirit and to limit something unseen and intangible?

It is time to have faith in what you feel.

Do not discredit what you feel. We have been deceived.

What we feel. The unseen. The intangible. The spirit and essence of who we are.

That is all that matters. After the physical dies and decays. What is left of us?

What is left of you? What is left of your child?

What is left is the truth. A spirit. Powerful and Unstoppable.

But beware. These powerful truths are easily forgotten in the earthly realm. For this power is unseen.

And only those that have faith. Only those that know the real truth will know of it’s existence.

Your child lives on. She is not done here. All that is required is that you remember.

Sincerely,

Kurt Petersen aka TheDreamHustler

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A Response to the Events of Our Nation’s Capital

What is an Appropriate Response to the events at our Nation’s Capital?

I spoke by phone yesterday with a contact of mine about our views of the recent events that have unfolded this past week at the U.S. Capital Building.

          Collectively we wanted to find a place in our minds that offered peace and hope so that we could reside there for a brief moment in time. Admittedly, I do not think my responses gave either of us quite what we were looking for. But it did act as the driving force for this next entry.

          I have not been able to drop the subject from my mind and I am sure many of you are wondering what this means for us, and what the future holds.

The Key to our Future Exists in the Present

First, for us to be able to imagine and realize a future that is worthy of our dreams and aspirations, we must practice viewing those same dreams and aspirations in the now.

          If we wish for heaven to be realized, we must find heaven now, in the present moment.

          Gratitude, faith, hope, and a positive mindset are practiced ways of thinking. In order for a future of peace, acceptance, love, and prosperity to be obtained, we must practice the art of seeing them even now.

The Solution Exists in all of Us

And it starts with aligning our mindsets, our hearts, our spirit, and our perspectives with those forces that will ensure a safe landing in our future.

          Those forces exist as hope, faith, determination, and trust…both in ourselves and our fellow humans.

Our Emotions – Friend or Foe

So, what are we to do with how we feel about the events that have transpired? So much of what has happened, and so much of our reactions continue to be emotionally driven.

          This is a huge risk. We are standing at the edge of a cliff. The world we choose to paint, depends on what we choose to make true in our lives.

          Will we believe in love or hate? Will we believe ourselves to be courageous or fearful? Which animal will you feed? Will we soar like an eagle? Or will we retreat to the corner in the shadows, like a wounded beast blindly lashing out at friend and foe.

What is to be Done With Our Anger?

First, anger is not the problem. Anger is a valid emotion. But like any emotion, it is a loaded gun. So, before you pull that trigger, consider what you are aiming at.

          It is easy to fall into the trap of placing anger and blame on people. We do this all the time. But I ask you, has this ever resulted in the peace we seek?

          The problem is never our fellow man. Not really. But it often presents this way. It is akin to thinking that a heart attack is the fault of the heart. When what is really to blame is the nourishment and treatment of the heart.

          We as people, are the beating heart. We live, breathe, create, and effect the world we live in. This happens in every moment like the beating of our hearts. The events of this past week? This was our collective heart attack.

How do We Remedy the Broken Heart?

Ready for it?

We do something that is counterintuitive to everything we think must be done. We forgive. Please listen to me. Please. Here is why.

          We must own our part in it. We are not silos. We are a part of the collective human experience. We shape and affect each other. We are a result of this collective experience.

When we forgive others. We forgive ourselves.

And when we crucify others, we crucify ourselves.

          Whatever we want to see in the future, we need to see now. Those that acted the way they did. Those that took up arms against something so sacred. Make sure you forgive the person and direct anger at the action. And when we decide how to heal the atrocity…make sure you consider what led to the atrocity in the first place.

          Here in the United States, we are blessed with the right to believe in more than one idea. This is a fundamental part of what freedom is. But these ideas need to stem from truth.

          If truth is not spoken, then it is poison to the human spirit. The actions of the past week are not because of bad people, but because of the poison that was provided to the human spirit.

Taking Responsibility and Enacting Our Power

We cannot spin our minds and become victims of the tidal waves of our emotions. We are at risk of being consumed by our internal demons and becoming frozen in fear.

          This cannot happen. We must choose action. And more importantly we must choose the right actions. To ensure we choose what is right, we must base our actions on those beliefs that are akin to the truth of our human spirit.

          If you love yourself, then by default, you love others. This is a difficult truth. But a truth just the same. Think of your family. You love your family, but I never said you like all of them.

          Love has nothing to do with agreement, friendship, or understanding. Love is a universal truth and to ensure you are living up to the task of enacting your own power, you are by default acting within the belief of Love.

          Do those that have done wrong, deserve to be held accountable? Yes. Absolutely. But accountability is most effective when it is delivered with love and forgiveness. In this way, we make certain that mankind is not given up on but rather course corrected so that we may continue our endeavors towards infinite possibility, truth, and enlightenment.

What Actions Do I Commit to Both Now and in the Future?

I commit to love and forgiveness. I commit to speaking my truth, and to affording the same to others.

I commit to vote and I commit to affecting the world around me with truth, compassion, inclusion, and non-violence.

I understand that Love comes before understanding. Love requires nothing for it is all there is.

To show love is to try to understand. If understanding eludes me, then appreciation and non-judgement of what I do not understand is love enough.

I invite a world of many beliefs and ideas. I thrive in a world that is of many colors, textures, and patterns. It is in this diversity that the human existence expresses it’s richness and beauty.

I commit to living in love and not fear. I commit to teaching this belief in action, through leadership, daily living, the choices I make, and the words I use in writing and speech.

I promise to listen and to allow my fellow man to be heard. I will love without judgement.

Finally, I will hold myself accountable to these commitments. I ask that you also hold me accountable. And if you share my beliefs and if you share in my commitments. May we join together and hold each other accountable now and in the future.

I Will Not Run from that Which Frightens Me

I will look at what has happened, and I will find the courage to be inspired.

I will step forward, speak out, and be all that I am. Openly and authentically.

And I will pray for you to do the same.

Here is a toast and a prayer to the heaven we deserve and the peace we seek. Amen.

Sincerely, Kurt Petersen aka TheDreamHustler

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Dear Fellow Addict in Recovery

The only ones who can truly know how we feel and what we are going through are those that have been in our shoes. Often, I fear that those of us that have struggled with drug addiction or alcoholism feel like we are misunderstood or unheard. As if there is something inherently terrible in us that caused us to journey down that road.

Well…

I helped someone today or at least…I tried to.  

I am limited as to what I can do or make happen in their life. But if I were to write them a letter. And if I could enter their mind and heal their thoughts, this is what I would say. These are the truths I wish for them to know and believe:

I know your pain. You are fresh off the streets and you are clinging to what you know. But you are afraid. Your recovery is leading you to a better life. But it is a different life. It is a life you do not know. And it is the unknow that scares you.

Your old life was filled with a devil’s drug. It played tricks, lied to you, stole from you, and took from you, far more than it ever gave in return. But it was familiar. It was a game you played. And you had learned and accepted the rules. You are terrified of the unknown. And you cling to the familiar despite the whip in its’ hand.

People may wonder what holds you back. People may think that the choice is obvious. But they do not know your mind. Your mind and your ways of thinking are all you have ever known. If you let it go. You think, “what is left of me”?

But you do not know, do you? That so much of you has been left untouched, unconsidered, undiscovered. You need only step into the unknown to know that you can make the unknown become known to you. You make it yours. You make it what you wish for it to be.

I know you love the people of your past. And you hope with all your heart that they may keep up with you as you journey further in your sobriety. You take hold and take responsibility for what is next for you and you hope they do the same.

You have hit bottom. You have no further to go in the direction you have previously chosen. You take courage, seek help, and turn to faith to show you another way. You look to those of your past life and you cannot comprehend why they do not change direction with you.

But you see, although you have reached the end of this version of your life, and although you allow faith and hope to steer you to a different path…perhaps others have not reached their end. No one has the same end. No one is brought to their knees in the same way.

No ones’ story is written the same. And the only way for the story to continue and the only way for hope to breathe new life into a dark path is to never stop living YOUR story.

Actions speak louder than words. There is a leader in all of us. There is a leader in you. And it starts with leading ourselves. It starts with you. Take lead of your own life and trust that others will witness your faith, your hope, your audacity, and your conviction. They will be drawn to what they witness, and they will follow.

But right now. In this moment. This is your time for healing. You must focus on yourself. You are no good to others if you do not value yourself. If others are to follow, they must learn to love and value themselves. If they do not know how, then teach by example. Take care of yourself. Heal yourself. Love yourself.

Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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What Success Means to Me

This Post was inspired my volunteer work with the The Beat Within.org

Our discussions and our volunteer work invited us to consider what ‘Success’ meant to us. Here is my response for what Success means to me:

For me, success is not so much a destination or something glistening in the future that is yet to be achieved. I believe success is a state of being. It can be realized and demonstrated in the individual moments and steps of the journey.

It is not something of perfection but instead is best recognized and demonstrated as a commitment to progress. To always grow, expand, and getter better day by day.

If we are always looking to the future. Thinking of success as the proverbial carrot, always just out of reach – then we risk living our lives as a split self. Never fully committing to the moment at hand.

The truth of the matter is that our lives equates to the sum of these moments. If we wish for success to be achieved. If our life is to have been lived to its’ fullest potential. Then we must make sure that 100% percent is given to each individual moment that comprises the net sum of the time we have on this earth.

Not a split self. Not a proverbial carrot. Not something of the future. Simply being present now.

For me, the secret is to focus on maintaining a growth mindset. To assert myself as a person of progress and NOT perfection. To celebrate my humanness and to live openly, honestly, and authentically. My success will be found in my commitment to growth. My determination to get better every day. To love a challenge and realize my strengths. Connect with others. Find meaning and commit to a purpose. Take responsibility for life. And finally, to give back by giving others permission to shine in the moment.

Thanks for Reading.

Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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Autonomy – The First Key Component of Motivation

Here I dive into the subject of Autonomy and what it represents.

I hope to help You and I better understand the following:

What makes Autonomy a key component of Motivation?

Why is it so important to us? What does Autonomy represent for us?

Please remember that I am approaching this subject with one goal in mind: to facilitate a way for You and I to take control of our lives and positively influence its direction.

I write this so that you and I can learn about what it takes to motivate ourselves and achieve a permanent state of effective Self-Management and Self-Reliance.

Remember, it starts with us. As we learn to master these concepts for ourselves, we are then ready to lead others to the same end.

So let’s get started…

Autonomy Defined

Autonomy – “The right or condition of self-government; freedom from external control                 or influence; independence” – Oxford Dictionary

Autonomy is a Value

The idea of Autonomy evokes an emotional response in many of us. It is a value we endeavor to protect.

Think of the occurrences past and present on an international scale that center on the fight for autonomy. It is a Value we all share and are committed to fight for and defend.

I use the example above to demonstrate the emotional connection we have to the idea of Autonomy. This emotional connection acts as a driving force and we begin to realize its power as a component in Motivation.

Autonomy is a part of our Identity  

Autonomy is just a tool to carve and preserve our identity, and the relevant question is not: “How do you want to exercise your autonomy”, but: “How do you define yourself”.       

Autonomy is a key component of our Identity.

Each of us has constructed a Mental Model of ourselves – an idea of who we are and how we fit in and relate to the world around us.

Identity is one aspect of this mental model and influences what we choose to Believe about ourselves. This mental model of identity is comprised of the following:

Self-Esteem – How much You and I like and respect ourselves

Self-Efficacy – How good You and I think we are at something

What we believe about ourselves will determine our levels of confidence and self-worth.

Perhaps, what autonomy affords us is the ability to create or re-create our own narrative. To identify our strengths and abilities.

And in order for this opportunity to not be wasted, we must find a way to build faith in our purpose and develop the courage to demonstrate this purpose in our lives.

Autonomy, Empowerment and Trust

Okay, with me so far? Good.

I want to bring the concept of Empowerment into the conversation.

Empowerment Defined:

“To increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority.”  – Wikipedia

There is shortened variation on this definition that I would like to share here:

Empowerment put simply: “to give power or authority to someone”

Now I want you to think back to the times in your life in which you were empowered. Maybe it was a parent, teacher, coach, boss, mentor…

Now, in order to empower us, they needed to extend something to us. Something that you and I must hold sacred…

Trust:

Trust is: “Reliance on the integrity and abilities of a person. Trust involves faith, confidence, and hope.”

In order for people to have empowered us, they first had to trust us. The empowerment they gave us was and is a symbol of that trust.

Bringing it all Together

In-order for us to achieve a state of motivation and thus autonomy that is worth anything at all to us, it must be internal (intrinsic).

The goal is Self-Motivation

            A key component is Autonomy

                        Empowerment grants this Autonomy

                                    Trust is extended and symbolized by Empowerment

“The trust that we put in ourselves makes us feel trust in others.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The Finale

Motivation is intrinsic and it is our responsibility.

This means that our Autonomy, as a component of Motivation, is also our responsibility.

Following that pattern of thought, we come to the realization that Empowerment and Trust become our responsibility.

Key Point: Self-Motivation requires that we grant ourselves Autonomy. To do this, we must Empower ourselves. And to do this, we must Trust ourselves.

And now we have some key questions to ask ourselves:

Are we ready to take Responsibility for our Autonomy?

Do we Believe in ourselves enough to grant us Empowerment?

Are we ready to Trust ourselves?

We need to take a good look at the Mental Models we hold of ourselves. We need to make sure that we Believe in ourselves and have confidence in our abilities. We need to begin to Trust ourselves, who we are, and what we stand for.

Do we Trust ourselves? Do we Believe in ourselves?

And if not…

How do we begin to trust ourselves?

How do we change the mental narrative to one of Confidence, Self-esteem and Self-efficacy?

How do we change what we Believe about ourselves and grant us the Autonomy we deserve?

Next Steps:

Each component of Motivation contributes to the other components. We have some important questions to answer.

Allow for these articles about motivation to come full circle. Remember, the most powerful ideas and concepts in this life transcend every corner of it.

You and I will get there. Trust me.

Let’s see if the next two components of Motivation might be able to help us.

Thanks for Reading

Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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How to Make Motivation Work For You – Introduction

I am in the process of studying about Behavior Change. Our Behaviors or Actions – are the very mechanisms that will get us from where we are now to where we want to be. And if there is one key ingredient most important to successful behavior change it would be Motivation.

The subject of motivation has become commonplace. And the term itself is somewhat overused. So much so in my opinion, the subject itself has proven to be a bit of a challenge to write about with my usual passion.

So the question is…how do you take a subject that everyone feels they know inside and out, and well, re-awaken it’s urgency, importance and power within the minds of others?

At its heart, motivation is an internal and intrinsic matter. And so, when all is said and done, our motivation is ultimately our responsibility.

“At the end of the day, all of us have to dig deep to unveil our own, unique, intrinsic motivation.” – Anne Bruce, “Manager’s Guide to Motivating Employees” 2nd edition

But motivation is not easy for many of us to sustain. Why is that? And more importantly, how do we solve this dilemma and make Motivation work for us?

Okay so I did a google search for a definition of Motivation. Nothing fancy but it’s something to start with. So what exactly is motivation?

“Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes you to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.”

I have no doubt that you read the definition above and thought, “yeah, I kinda knew that already”. So What?

So……clearly knowing a definition isn’t enough. You and I? We’re smart. We can figure out what motivation is. But we still struggle to capitalize on it as a tool and make it a lasting mechanism for change.

It’s time to change that tune. And it’s time to win at building lasting Motivation so that we can course correct our Behaviors and Achieve our dreams and goals.

There are 3 ingredients for building Lasting Motivation. They are:

  • Mastery
  • Autonomy
  • Purpose

Each ingredient has a BLOG post all it’s own. You can find them here:

Thanks for Reading. Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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5 Reason You and I Must Find Our Voice

I have a wish and a prayer for you. May you…

Stop thinking that only certain people need to speak. Stop thinking that only certain people should be heard. Stop thinking that you have nothing valuable to say. Stop thinking that no one needs to hear what you have to say.

1. Original Thought or the Lack of – I used to think that if a person spoke in front of others about motivation or the matter of spirit, it must be because they had an original idea. But I now know that this really isn’t true.

In fact, if you want to find an original idea, you will probably have to look into the fields of tech, or the sciences. This is where break throughs are occurring with inventions or new treatments for health.

2. To Remind each other – I think that we forget to have Hope or Faith. I think we get caught up in life’s distractions and we forget what life is really about. We forget ourselves, who we are, and why we are here.

We forget that we are powerful and born with a purpose. We forget that is our right…no….not strong enough…..It is our duty to fulfill our purpose, face those challenges set before us, so that we can witness our own growth and strength.

3. The Subconscious Nod – Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you are speaking, or when you look at an audience response to a speaker, they are nodding? I call this the Subconscious Nod. Just an opinion here, but I think we often give this physical response without realizing it.

Now this part is important, and it reiterates Points 1 and 2. This nod does not come from hearing an original idea or thought. Think about it. When we nod, it is usually a physical response that symbolizes agreement.

If we are agreeing with something said, then the thought already occurred and was already present in our own mind. So then why do we nod, sometimes, so emphatically? Why then, are we often energized by this experience?

I think it’s because it reminded us of something that we had forgotten. Maybe it reminded us of who we really are. It reminded us that Love IS more powerful than hate or fear. That we DO have a purpose. That we are powerful and capable. Or something as simple but powerful as Life is worth it and we are not alone.

4. Your spin, Your Personal Perspective and Interpretation – So what does make a thought unique or special? Or….why are their things we heard 10x before, maybe even from our parents, but on the 11th time, it sunk in the way it was meant to?

Well, I thinks it’s a matter of choice in words. Or better yet, the unique experience and interpretation of the truths being told by the story-teller – that being You and Me.

5. Give Permission – We need to give each other permission. We do this in many ways. We can do this be learning, acknowledging our imperfection, and authentically seek the answers.

Each of us needs to share our story. I think we all are at risk of death by comparison. We think that the only way a person can contribute to life is through perfection.

Well, we need to take a hard look at what being a hero really is. My heroes are those that tried, failed, and tried again. We need to give each other permission to fall. Don’t you see? When we fall, we have the privilege of getting back up again. Let those around you witness you getting back up. This is the story You need to tell.

The world is waiting.

Thanks for Reading. Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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One More Year to Live

You and I need to remember that our time on this earth will not last forever.

We need not look to death as a reason to give up but as the reason to Lean In.

The purpose of this post is to acknowledge our time-limited existence and to drive us towards our achievement of Well-Being.

Here is an exercise entitled “One more year to live” that was created by Mia Leijssen and Monica Gundrum. I am finding it helpful in focusing on what really matters in my life. It is reinforcing my resolve to pursue my dreams and get things done. I hope it does the same for you:

Imagine you have just one more year to live. What effect does it have on you?

  • Would you continue living your life exactly as you do now?
  • What would you like to accomplish in your final year?
  • To whom do you still have something to say?
  • What do you still have to do?
  • What would you no longer do that you do currently?

As noted by the creators, Mia Leijssen and Monica Gundrum, make sure you write your answers down to each of these questions. A few final notes from the exercise quoted below as a nudge of encouragement:

“Seek encouragement or support in your efforts to follow your dreams before you die.”

Mia Leijssen & Monica Gundrum

“Don’t allow your good ideas to grow cold; keep them warm by living and being well.”

Mia Leijssen & Monica Gundrum

At some point, you and I will no longer be on this earth. We need to stop looking at this as a sad inevitable story.

Instead, it is a calling. A gift that our time here is not infinite and not to be taken for granted. It is a release. It is the permission we need to live as if each day is our last. 

We need to remember that life is precious. We have a job to do. We have things that need to get done. Life is waiting on us!

My truth and a Ramble if you have time:

I have spent the last year, unsure if I would do this BLOG. Unsure about this website. Unsure about being open about my story.

I have been free of drug use for almost 9 years. But it took standing at deaths door for me to wake and change my life. I won’t expand too much but in 2011 my Dad traveled to LA where he found me in critical care weighing 105 lbs (my healthy weight is about 195 lbs.). A few more days and I wouldn’t be here to write this. When I saw my dad walk in to that room, I thought “Oh God, what have I done”. I realized from the look on his face, that I was breaking my Dad’s heart. Call it what you will, God, Buddha, a Higher Power…a name doesn’t matter, but I felt God say to me that I was not done. That there was more living to do.

But dammit listen to me! This isn’t a story or a message about me or for me. It’s for you. It’s for you and I together. It’s for all of us!

But death, the fact that my time here is limited…it is the gift, the nudge, the urge, the drive, and the permission I need to be authentic, open, and honest every day of my life.

Compared to eternity, compared to the length of history, my time here is just a speck. The length of yours and my life is not what we bring to the story. The only thing to be done with our speck of time is to live out loud, openly, and authentically.

In this way, we increase it’s volume, and let that message lend itself to those around us.

It takes Guts! No lie. But would it help if you were to know that this is the calling for each of us?

For each of us, the message, the invitation, the calling is the same. I do not believe our existence is an accident. We have a purpose. We have a job to do. If only we had the courage…

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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The Courage to be Powerful

This quote is framed and hanging on a wall in my home.

But it wasn’t until recently that I was able to build context around it.

Only now am I beginning to be able to ‘unpack’ its application in my own life.

Achieving our freedom is linked to self-actualization.

But as we draw closer to this self-actualization, so our anxiety increases.

We often run form this feeling of anxiety.

When we do this, we deny ourselves the achievement of full potential.

And so, we give up our freedom.

Enough is enough. It’s time to take our freedom back.

Let’s help each other to find our courage!

Below is the rest of the quote from Marianne Williamson. Before I ask you to read any further. I want you to have read the quote below so that you trust my words and trust my intent.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, From ‘A Return to Love’

“The emergence of individual’s freedom is closely connected with anxiety; indeed, the possibility of freedom always arouses anxiety, and how the anxiety is met will determine whether the freedom is affirmed or sacrificed by the individual.”

“By fleeing for this anxiety, people not only limit their freedom but also their chance to grow in an authentic way. By avoiding the responsibility to grow they might be temporarily relieved from anxiety, but they risk leading a meaningless life. In fact, they might have traded the anxiety of realizing one’s potential for guilt and death anxiety in the end.”

My Hope for You and For Me:

I support you as you discover who you are, why you are here, and what you are called to be and to give in your life.

May you provide the same support to me.

May we find our peace in the doing.

Enough reading, writing and reflection for the moment.

Don’t just sit there.

Get on it!

Sincerely, TheDreamHustler

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