Happy Monday Night! You made it past the seemingly worst day of the week. I hope that your weekend was full of joy, peace, rest, passion, fun, and any other verb that makes you smile, reminisce, dream, or hope. I’m going to jump right into it tonight. I want to tell you that there is no bad in this thing that we call life, for there is only good. Again, for those who missed it the first time, there is no bad in this thing that we call life, for there is only good. From my experiences, bad is based in one of two places; inexperience or discomfort. The discomfort caused by inexperienced experiences can be perceived as, well, bad. It is only until we lean into the inexperience and discomfort that we begin to know, grow, show, and glow. You should know and understand that sometimes, the Universe gives us exactly what we ask for. Sadly, some of the things that we ask for, we ask from a place of dreaming rather than expectation. With that being said, when you get what you asked for, if you’re not equipped to handle it, the end result won’t meet your expectations. Why? As huemans, we often times base our expectations on our experiences. Basing your expectations on your experiences will always give you what you have always gotten. Therefore, in order to change your experiences, you must defy your expectations. When you’re hurting from a broken relationship, take a deep breath. Your soul is undergoing cosmetic surgery that will make you bionic. When people leave, as I’ve said before, they were only renters. Every renter knows that every lease has an end date. Owners build equity. Renters live on borrowed time. When people die, they teach us the value of time. When babies are born, they remind us that purity, hope, and love exists. When we fall in love, we learn that God is real because we are simultaneously experiencing something greater than us at the same time together. When money is low or no, we learn who are true friends are. The person that answers the phone each time you call loves you. Inversely, the person who often sends you to voicemail also lets you know your position in their lives. Don’t carry more than you need. Love more than you should. Laugh more than you cry. Live more than you dream. Dance more than you pace. Be more than what you believe because more exists inside of you. It is the more inside of you that keeps you dissatisfied when you feel as though you’ve arrived. Nothing purchased has real value, and nothing intrinsically felt can every be measured. Death isn’t real, and neither is life. The only things that are real are the experiences that we can touch, see, feel, hear, and smell. May your nows be greater than your experiences and expectations. Lean in…..Patrick
As always, this week, please do something for someone other than yourself for no reason at all other than to make their lives better. Also, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us. Always Choose Love Because Love Changes Everything.