William James, the philosopher, wrote about how he viewed the world as having two kinds of people:
James described Once-Born people as never wandering too far from the safety of who they thought they were.
When a crisis arrives, it pushes Once Born people into a dark place – where if they looked around, they might find hidden parts of themselves.
However, Once Born people never bother to flip those self-illumination switches.
They choose instead to remain sitting in the dark.
In contrast, Twice-Born people are folks who use a shake up in their outer world as an opportunity to wake up their inner world.
Twice Born people seek a more profound view on life — and their purpose and potential in it.
Twice-Born people view crisis as an initiation by fire – to enter into a more conscious, more fulfilling way of living.
I’ve strived to be a member of the Twice Born tribe.
Actually, I think by now I’m a member in the 20th Born Tribe!
After every challenge, I have always tried to use it as an opportunity to be re-born into someone wiser, stronger, happier.
After one particularly challenging time, I bought a journal.
I created pages for the next 12 months – describing how I envisioned each month unfolding in a joyful, peaceful way.
I made the absolute choice:
Neither bitterness nor cynicism were gonna be options.
If you’re going through a challenging time right now, buy yourself a journal.
Write in it how you envision the unexpected path you’re now on as leading you to a new, better life path.
Keep your eyes focused on finding this better future.
Soon you will discover yourself on a path to finding it!
You gotta faith it till you make it!
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