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+ “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Refuse to live an ordinary life. Begin. Anytime. Understand the value of being present in the NOW.

Harness the energy from within to provide you with the light to make your life shine.

“In trees, you can hear the earth breathe” ~ Anonymous

Love yourself unconditionally. Make time for long walks - alone. Learn to reflect, retreat and receive. Nurture your inner strength. Avoid living beyond your means. Stop making excuses for being you. And surround yourself with positive people.

Recognize the simple joys in life and surrender to the beauty of the ordinary.

Remember you are responsible for your OWN happiness.

This is your moment. You decide.

+ Namaste (pron: nah-mes-tay)

My soul honours your soul.
I honour the place in you
where the entire universe resides.

I honour the light, love, truth,
beauty & peace within you,
because it is also within me.

In sharing these things
we are united, we are the same,
we are one.

- Namaste is ancient Sanskirt blessing and is often used as a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger in many South-East Asian countries.

+ One constant in my blog is sharing my travel adventures. The unbridled opportunity that comes with exploring new places, meeting new people and encountering new cultures is where my heart beats hardest. Discovery runs through my veins, it’s my core. It invigorates my soul. It enhances my efficacy as a teacher, as a leader, as a mentor and as a friend. It allows for me to remain centred and authentic and alive.

By sharing my many and varied travel journeys I hope to provide an example of the discernment that comes through movement and action. Travelling places you outside your safe, comfortable world. Through my own risk taking and vulnerability it has allowed me to enrich and broaden my knowledge, thoughts and beliefs. Experiencing life first hand affords me the privilege of perspective, and grants me a healthy dose of reality.

As Robert Fuller says, “Travel provides us with the distance required to see what it is we are habitually doing and the anonymity to risk new ways of being in the world.”

By sharing the significant moments I savour at each destination, I hope to lay bare for others the profoundness of making meaning for, and of self. So much of our learning about self is through social experiences, baring witness to every facet of humanity. Born from each adventure, each attraction, is great learning about what burns within each of us. It has for me.

Travel has allowed me to raise my eyes to the power of possibility, further enhancing a growth mindset to all aspects of life. The world is the greatest classroom teacher one could ever hope for. Travel brings with it many challenges to overcome but also brings the joy that is reflection and empowerment.

Actively participate in life for we are ultimately the sum of all our parts. Create your own story. Make it worth reading. All the world wants is your truth.

This is your moment. You decide.

+ I am often asked what is the meaning of my blog title: Permission Is Triumph.

I’m a firm believer that each individual has inherent greatness within them. Unfortunately only a minority ever procure this gift and share it with the world. Often fear of failure, issues of self worth, being a victim to circumstance, not enough time, or the judgement of others, blah blah blah, prevents people from truly pursuing their passion and purpose in life. All these excuses contribute to cultivating a fixed mindset, forever settling for what’s safe and comfortable.

For me the power in the word ‘permission’ is the granting of oneself the formal consent to do something. It’s the necessary ‘yes’ towards real movement and purposeful action.

Triumph is about prevailing over one’s fears or obstacles and rejoicing, proudly, in affirming self and all achievements, no matter how big or small. When you give yourself permission to act, you gain new mastery and are closer to being victorious in love, learning and life.

The real magic of ‘Permission Is Triumph’ is found in the word IS. You see the word ‘is’ is the singular present indicative of ‘be’. And if you accept that William Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question, then Permission Is Triumph is best defined simply as - to merely exist or live abundantly?

Each person has an obligation to attend to themselves in order to be truly alive, or they are just breathing. Saying yes to self and living this glorious life is a most liberating construct. Just try it.

It allows for the freedom of the heart to shine light on everything we do. Waiting for meaning to happen to us is tantamount to standing still. We define our existence and we have the power to create our own meaning.

I sincerely hope that my blog Permission Is Triumph furthers your journey toward a full, courageous and positive faith-filled life.

This is your moment. You decide.

+ Below are four key principles for finding your path to unleashing your our greatness, written by Ben Newman in his book titled ‘Own YOUR Success’:


• The first principle is Attain Belief in Yourself, which I break into five keys:
1. Accept the truth. Acknowledging the person you are today is the key to becoming the person you want to be and, ultimately, to attaining belief in yourself. There is a big difference between failing and not getting the results we want. Instead of seeing failure, see opportunities for growth and change.

2. Speak the truth. Be honest about your past behaviors and habits. While it may be difficult to acknowledge them, burying those parts of our lives makes us feel like victims, amplifying our fear and pain. Shedding light on the past, by talking with a trusted friend or professional, frees us.

3. Breathe through the truth. Avoid reacting from a place of pain or anger – no matter how much you believe you are right. Be open to changing your perspective. Treat yourself lovingly. Do not self-destruct.

4. Process the truth. Give yourself time and space to find your equilibrium. Developing belief in yourself means gaining confidence that will lead to a stronger foundation.

5. Create a plan based on the truth. Changing entrenched behaviors and mindsets takes time, and sometimes they return. Stay strong. Continue to believe and actively engage in this process. Define how you want to live your life from where you are right now.

• The second principle is Act with Courage and Integrity.
When you act with courage and integrity, it inspires others to do the same. A big part of that is appreciating all people and the selfless acts and sacrifices they make every day.

• The third principle is Create Your Prizefighter Day – Do Great Things!
Each day set three attainable activity goals: one personal, one professional, and one to help others. By taking action in these three areas every day, you make each day victorious. The victory is not in the results, but in the actions themselves. Even if what you do doesn’t turn out perfectly, as you may have hoped, the experience of accomplishment every day is a victory.

• The fourth principle is Create a Living Legacy.
Surrender to a cause greater than yourself. Find your passion and live it every day. Work diligently toward your goal. Fight for what you believe in despite the obstacles in your path. Don’t wait to leave a legacy after you’re gone. Live that legacy every day.

Most people never discover their talents and gifts – either because they do not believe they have any or because they underestimate their own self worth. Discovering your uniqueness is not a bonus – it’s a necessity for living a truly happy existence. Your greatness lies in the power of self.

This is your moment. Don’t delay the NOW of today.

You decide.

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher

+ There is an old Jewish phrase Mizpah - I believe it’s Hebrew for ‘watchtower’. It also refers to a deep emotional bond between two people, especially when they rarely see each other.

It’s featured in the Old Testament too - Genesis 31:49 and Mizpah, for he said, “May the Lord watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another”.

In Mizpah I finally found a word, that for me, best describes a significant friendship I currently have with a mate.

This word best clarifies this mateship I have, which is punctuated by love, hope, protection and unity, even when don’t catch up as frequently as we once did.

It’s pleasing to see my friend finally being honest with himself, which brings honesty to all your his relationships.

I just want him to shine, to one day grab hold of the realization that he can be so much more. That in life we cultivate our own meaning by being committed and authentic to self and others.

Giving up is not a feasible option, it’s a cop out. Each person shines with his or her own light.

He, like us all have a responsibility to finding our switch. And turning it on.

It’s time to find your light, it’ll illuminate the path ahead. Allow it to be the sustenance you need to shine brightly.

This is your moment. You decide.

+ “Sometimes I wonder
what more is there,
insisting within
myself that I
should forget
trying to be
everything to
someone or
something to
everyone
and just remember
perhaps the two
most beautiful string
of letters ever
married together;

be.

just be.” ~ Christopher Poindexter


Remember all the world wants is your truth. You decide.

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