Living by the Sword
Sunday night I watched a 60 Minutes segment about the story of Stephen Greenspan, the guy who literally wrote the book on gullibility.
Two days after publishing his book, the author learned he was a victim of Bernie Madoff.
The expert on gullibility lost over $400,000 in an investment scam.
At first that just sounds ironic – the expert on gullibility being taken in by a shyster.
But then yesterday someone at Good Vibe U reminded me of the brilliant Jill Bolte Taylor talk at the TED conference.
Jill is the neuroanatomist who spoke about how fascinating it was to have a stroke as a person who had studied the internal workings of the brain for years.
Then I was thinking about my boyfriend’s cousin, Sheldon. He’s a politician (or rather, was) here in my home state whose father was killed by a drunk driver when Sheldon was just a teenager. During Sheldon’s lengthy political service, he was a strong advocate against driving under the influence.
Last month he resigned from the state senate two days after being arrested for drunk driving.
My first thought was, “What the hell?!”
But this is no secret, and it’s not ironic or coincidence. It’s just vibrational alignment at work.
Does it kinda though make you think twice about what you might be lining up with, that maybe you didn’t necessarily mean to?
It did me.
I listened to Abraham counsel a person (the Toronto 2009 workshop) who believed that because she spent her days working with poverty clients she was impeding her own financial abundance by doing so.
I personally spend a lot of time talking with and writing about people who experience struggle in exercising their deliberate creation skills. Should I get more spotlight on success stories?! lol
In my former work I used to preach to employees that whatever you do, do NOT spend your retirement money! Do not, do not, do NOT spend your retirement money on anything other than retirement!
(Because everyone who quits their job cashes out. Bad idea in financial planning world.)
And then I quit my job and started liquidating my 401k to cover expenses while I built a coaching practice. ha
We get what we think about, right?
I’m curious about your take on the subject.
What about the woman who is passionate about children’s vaccinations reform? Or the guy who actor who immerses himself in the new role to the point of “becoming” the character?
(Or for that matter, the pilot who trains for emergency landings?)
How do we do what we love and feel passion for without experiencing the dark side of it?
(Although Jill’s experience could hardly be called dark! Quite the opposite, it sounds.)
I guess my question is, is it possible to live by the sword without also dying by it? In fact, maybe the question to ask is how we live by the sword and also thrive by it.
Maybe it’s as simple as holding that intention in mind.
What’s your take?
PS to Kim – I had to use your gorgeous photo for this post since I couldn’t imagine a better looking one with a sword in it nor a better example of someone who flows the good vibe no matter what she’s involved in!