Here’s what dropped into my mind yesterday as I was internally circling the drain (yep… it happens).

“Wake Up.”

I wasn’t literally asleep of course, but certainly tossing and turning in spirit. When we find ourselves lost in our story, trapped by our fears, repeating our old tapes, complaining about the life we’ve created, and generally stuck in the “doing” of what we always do versus creating what this moment is holding space for, we are asleep.

It’s often easy to justify our state as a result of what has happened “to us.” We experience trauma, loss, failure, and unexpected route changes in our life. In my 47 years of life, I have come to believe deeply that, merely because a power greater than believed my existence on this planet mattered, I am capable of digesting my life from a place of joy and resolute belief in self embracing the beauty of now and possibility of next while honoring the challenge, messiness, and pain.

When we step into this moment with enthusiasm, curiosity, and steadiness while holding ourselves gently & confidently, we are awake. When we relish in the privilege to be in this body and this mind at this pivotal time in history, we choose to ignite our spirit versus feed our demons.

When we are awake to our purpose as human and our immenseness as spirit, we dance with life.

Jim Collins tells a story in Good To Great that comes from Admiral Jim Stockdale who was the highest ranking US POW in Vietnam from 1965 – 73. He says: “Retain faith that you will prevail.”

When asked how he survived 8 years of torture, sensory deprivation, and absence from his family, he answered: “I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”