Having A Tough Time Viewing An Unexpected Path As The Better Path?

Having A Tough Time Viewing An Unexpected Path As The Better Path?

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 have always loved James’ definition of Twice Born people.

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 titled it: “MY HAPPILY EVER AFTER FUTURE.”

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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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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