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An Incredible Wake Up Call, Pt. II

When I woke up this morning, it dawned on me that my previous post, An Incredible Wake Up Call really lit me up and was very exciting, but it didn’t refer to anything tangible regarding where I plan to go with it. Like, "Okay Bert, you’re clearly inspired but what the hell are you talking about? What is it specifically that you intend to “bring to the world?”

What I am talking about is a context for living my life. A commitment to viewing all that I receive in life as a gift is a way to be empowered by my experiences as opposed to being the victim of them. It’s real easy to get into the “Why me?” way of looking at life. Hell it’s a great question and I’d love to know the answer. But guess what – there’s nothing empowering about that. And as far as I can see, it’s a trap and an ugly one at that.

When I don’t feel empowered in life, I choose to stop right there and ask myself why. It’s often the context from which I’m viewing the circumstances. Is what I am doing occurring like a burden? Maybe I need to shift the context by looking at what it provides me.

So, I am committed to “bring to the world” a different conversation than the one I’m used to having. The old conversation is “Why me? Why do I have cancer? This is terrible.” Well I don’t think anybody is going to argue with me about that. But here’s the deal: that conversation has me become a victim of cancer and I’m not interested in living my life as a victim.

Now viewing all I receive in life as a gift does not mean I give up being mad, sad, heartbroken, scared, etc. These feelings will always show up. I am certain life’s circumstances are going to be pretty difficult now and again. But it’s who I am and what I do in the face of those circumstances that makes the difference.

So my commitment is to take on that conversation and forget the old one. I find the big life altering problems an exciting opportunity to take on life powerfully, once I’ve gotten through the emotions and gotten some perspective. It was a lot easier to look at cancer as a gift then it was for me to look at a particular person, who I would find myself often angry with, and view my experience with that individual as a gift. And I intend to slowly close that gap and be the change I want to see in the world.

So that’s what I’m talking about. I hope that provided the sufficient tangible example that I missed in the first entry.