The other day I was watching an episode of Star Trek Next Generation.
O’Brien had just beamed up a captain from a foreign vessel onto the Enterprise and I watched as William Riker casually leaned forward and gave the man a nice, firm handshake to welcome him aboard.
Sitting on my couch in California, a few days into San Francisco’s shelter-in-place mandate and a month into this freak show of our current media-induced panic shit storm — I saw that handshake and sat up straight,
“Whoa, they shook hands.”
Never in my wildest dreams would I have assumed that a simple gesture like shaking hands would seem so rebellious and foreign. …
Have you ever met someone who is so tapped into their unique thumbprint of power that it almost feels palpable?
You feel it in the way they hold themselves, in how they talk, and in the things they are dedicating their life to. Something about them feels as though they hold a directed purpose. They know who they are and it is expressed with a type self-authority, ease, and inner-resonance behind it.
Now, imagine a world where all leaders led from this space.
This internal sourcing of power is available to us all.
With intention and inner cultivation, we can all live our lives tapped into our Leader Within. Your leader within is always available to you, at all times, and stands for your highest possibility as a being. …
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.” — Annie Dillard
In moments when I’m straying from “what’s important” and “my commitments,” I remind myself that one day feeds into another. If I’m procrastinating writing today (or not actualizing whatever is most important) then that day may very well spread throughout my entire life.
But recently, I’ve begun viewing this quote through a new lens and asking myself a very different…