The Airport

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As I sit here on the plane to Hawaii writing this I’m engulfed with a sense of wonder, appreciation, and gratitude.

Wonder at that fact that humans created these “flying machines” that started within someones imagination. Appreciation for the oppertunity to live in a time where all these things that would feel like magic to an off worlder are simply common place. Gratitude for being alive on this blue marble we call earth, for my friends, my family whom I love from the bottom of my heart.

When I’m at an aiport I get a feeling of love, excitement, and reunion. Standing at the gate of the T2 international depature gate in Melbourne you see hordes of families saying goodbye to loved ones leaving for their first around the world adventure, solo travellers looking to find themselves in India or in the depths of the Amazon, and dreamers seeking to make a life for themselves in London, Dubai, and the U.S just to name a few.

Then there’s the arrival gates at Melbourne Airport. The loved ones you said goodbye to come back, greeted with hugs, kisses, in that moment hate is shoved aside and all that remains is love. In my experience that’s what the aiport is best in bringing out of us. Love for each other.

This is why I go to the aiport when a family member is leaving the country, I know within those 20 minutes of waiting to be checked in, those 5 minutes getting a goodbye coffee, those last 30 seconds before they stroll through the departure gate. I’m going to give them all the love I have to give.

Years ago I read an article on the mind living in the future, the past, and the present. I felt the esscence of the article was ‘we must have a balance between these three realities’. I’ve been a person whose mind lived much in the past or the future and not enough in the present. Slowly and slowly I’m refining this skill.

One line in the article that allowed me to see the world and my loved ones within it, with a new set of lenses. “There is no guarantee you’ll see someone again”. I’ve read few lines that made me take a step back and reacess my life. This was one of them. People have often commented how I give out-of-this-world hugs.

When I hug someone I give all the love I can give to that person, even if they don’t realise it. Why? The reality is that may be the last time I see them. If it is the last time I want to leave them knowing I gave all the love I could give. In that moment, a hug locks the door behind hate, jealousy, and anger. With a sign on the door reading “do not disturb”.

The airport is where for some earthians, dreams begin. Whether your dream is to travel the world, start a new life in a foreign land, or broadening the mind by experiencing different cultures. They can start at the aiport. For me it’s traveling overseas, getting out of the comfort zone of Melbourne and exploring who I am.

I’m aware I have dreams that don’t seem realistic. I dream of the world becoming the healthiest it can be, I dream of seeing the world converge and making change on a universal scale. I dream of every earthian cooperating through our obstacles and endevours. These may be crazy dreams but their mine. And fullfilling these dreams starts with a single step. Maybe onto an airoplane.

Whatever your dreams are never feel they are out of reach. Some humans never thought we would reach the moon, Walt Disney was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas, Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”
Like a baby learning to walk, it starts with a single step.

Love you all!
Michael

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Day 30 of 30

You know that feeling when you complete a challenge?

Today is the final day of the 30 day blog challenge. When Peter came to me and asked if I wanted to participate in a 30 day blog challenge, I said yes in a heartbeat. Not because I was excited, because I knew it was going to be uncomfortable. 30 days of writing? “I can’t do that!” I told myself. When I was younger I never felt I could write.

I saw this as an opportunity to shift that. To gain experience, to fail fast and learn, and hopefully share some content which brought value to peoples lives.

Here are some tips if you want to start your own 30 day blog challenge:

Prime Yourself for Success

In a recent post I wrote about The Power of Decision. When you wake up in the morning make the decision that you are going to write today. Feel this decision with every fiber of your being. It helped by priming me to look for topics and experiences I had within a given day to blog about.

Once you’ve made that decision, it doesn’t matter what time it is, it doesn’t matter if it’s 11:55 pm you will write your blog post by 11:59 pm. Just make the decision.

Don’t Go it Alone

I had Peter as an accountability partner. We would check in every few days on each others progress. Soon after we started posting our blogs, a few other friends started participating. This was fantastic, it kept everyone motivated to stick with it. Find your school of fish. Don’t go it alone!

Write From Experience

Writing from past experience carries a lot of energy with it. I found it easier to write when the story came from direct experience as opposed to just a step by step process. Don’t worry too much about a process straight off, once you come into your own style of writing then start working on a process with a predictable outcome.

Don’t be Perfect

Where is the ONLY place perfect is found? The dictionary. It doesn’t matter how much you have to write, the content, or your grammar. Just start your blog, be consistent and through experience you will find your rhythm.

When you hear that little voice in your head that says “you’re really going to write that?” or “that’s no good”. Kindly thank him for the input and say “come back in 20 minutes”. Don’t let that inner voice of judgement dictate your creativity.

Recap

Prime yourself for success.
Don’t go it alone.
Write from your own experience.
And don’t be perfect. Where is the only place perfect is found?

Thanks everyone who read my blog over the last 30 days! I hope you loved it as much as I loved writing it.

Love you all!
Michael

Blogging

29 days ago myself and Peter challenged ourselves to write one blog post every day for 30 days. Today is day 29 and I never thought I’d say this but I loved it. I never enjoyed writing when I was younger. Going through school we had to stick to a specific criteria for how we wrote. For me this made it a chore as opposed to an opportunity to express creativity.

For me writing allowed me to be vulnerable, it allowed me to express my experiences in a way I haven’t done before. I loved the recalling of stories within my memory, I loved looking back on a day and asking “what can I write about today? What did I learn?” And I loved sharing my experiences.

Tomorrow I will write my last blog post for the challenge, then I’m going to make it a weekly post as opposed to a daily.  I found myself struggling with producing content of value everyday. I also want to search for a specific topic I can bring awareness to. Maybe it will be health, traveling, comic books, who knows.

Peter I have you to thank for these past 30 days of creativity! Thank you so much!

Love you all!
Michael

 

 

Cooperation over Competition

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Who here would rather cooperate rather than compete?

I love to play sport. It’s a game of intelligence, wits, and physical prowess. This is where I draw the line when it comes to competition. Any time competition is used outside of sport doesn’t make sense to me.

Competition I feel stemmed from scarcity. That thought that there wasn’t enough to go around. This may have been true one hundred years ago. Is it true now? I don’t think so.

Technology has transcended us into having abundance. If there is abundance, why compete?

We are in the age of connectivity, everything literally at our fingertips. News travels at light speed. Making connections with like minded people could never be easier. You want to build a team to create something beautiful? You want to create something that will make an impact on the world? All we have to do is search the wide reaches of the internet for people with similar values, goals and vision.

Back to the original question. Why do we compete? I feel fundamentally humans all want the same thing. To be happy, to feel connection, to feel that they are part of something greater than themselves. Granted some of us have different methods of finding happiness, connection, and meaning. There has to be a way to make it a win-win for every earthian.

I mentioned sport above as a measure of competition. The funny thing is, even sport requires some cooperation. Standards for the sport, rules, equipment, and rewards. These things require cooperation.

What would the world be like if all of humanity cooperated? We would not only be making world change but universal change! The universe put us here for a reason, I feel it’s time we start living that reason and cooperate.

Love you all!
Michael

Mind Palace

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Have you ever wanted to develop your memory skills?

My Memory Palace Superpower was one of my first posts. Since then I’ve used the technique to memorize a poem, the titles of Shakespeare’s plays, the complete works of Charles Dickins, my shopping lists, and a deck of cards.

In this post I’m going to give you some steps to build your own memory palace.

Choosing Your Palace

Your memory palace could be your work office, your school, your home, doesn’t matter where it just has to be familiar to you. You should be able to recall and visualize it in your minds eye without hesitation. The first one I built I chose my home.

Stations

In your memory palace you should have recognizable objects known as stations, these are to “peg” certain topics you want to remember. A station could be your bookshelf in your bedroom, your dining room table, or your stove. I like to walk around my mind palace before hand familiarize myself with the stations.

Your Journey

As you go through your mind palace pegging topics to your stations you are creating a journey to walk through. I recommend drawing up your journey before you start memorizing. Go through your journey in your mind without pegging topics to your stations.

Make it a Story

This is the beauty of this technique. You get to let your imagination run wild. Whatever your attempting to memorize, visualize it as something so out there, so crazy, so colorful you have to remember it. When I was memorizing the commitment poem, the first few lines read:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back

I start my journey outside my house, the story my imagination came up with was this:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy = My uncle in his pink shirt and socks with his heaven like white suit working a cash register (a till), I pay him a dollar to get into a Ted talk going on at the front of my door. A comet is giving a Ted talk (comet-ted) along with a giant ant in a suit (fancy-ant = hesitancy).

The chance to draw back = I walk through my front door into my house, to my right is The Joker from Batman with his green suit on that is covered in question marks (also the chance symbol in monopoly). He is tattooing (or drawing) question marks (chance marks) onto someones back (back).

Repeat

I went through the process of creating a story for each line of the poem until I had a full story to tell in my mind palace. This technique takes a bit of time to get used to but is fun to learn.

Go have a go!

Love you all!
Michael

“Always” – Severus Snape

Today Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69. I saw many posts on Facebook this morning hoping it was just another celebrity death hoax. I was saddened to find this wasn’t the case.

I started reading Harry Potter when I was in primary school. Harry Potter was the first book series I ever read. I remember being drawn into this fantasy world, using my imagination at what Hogwarts looked like, what diagon alley looked like, and what Professor Snape looked like.

Snap is  described in the book as, ‘a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin. Pretty much describes Alan Rickman in Harry Potter. He became the character we loved to hate, always treating Harry like a peasant who was beneath him.

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Then J.K Rowling like a magician preformed the big reveal of who Snape really was. The man willing to sit in the belly of the beast and lie right to Voldemort’s face. All to protect Harry.

Alan Rickman gave us so many heart warming performances that he will truly never be forgotten. From his breakout film role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest “By Grabthar’s hammer … what a savings“, to the Sheriff of Nottingham threatening to carve Robin Hoods heart out with a spoon, and of course my favorite, Severus Snape.

He made us laugh, he made our hearts race, and he made us cry.

RIP Alan Rickman. We love you – Always.

Michael

 

Decision

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What was the last decision you made?

This morning I woke up at 8:00 am, which for me is sleeping in. I like to get up at 6:00 am and start my day. This morning didn’t start out that way. I woke up, looked out my window and dreaded the sight I saw, clouds grey as Barack Obamas hair after serving his time in office, rain, and a breeze that made me want to stay under my cozy doona.

I stayed in bed another 20 minutes before I mustered up the will power to start my day. For the 20 minutes whilst in bed all I kept feeling was it’s going to be a lazy day, little is going to get done. The feeling of the cold weather, the 8:20 am start, priming myself, giving myself permission to be lazy. I hate being lazy.

Whilst in the shower, I made a decision. I said aloud to myself “no, fuck this. It’s going to be the most productive day I’ve ever had. I’m not letting myself be lazy because of all this.” That one shift changed my day. I got out of the shower, wrote down my top three for the day and proceeded to have day of productivity and alacrity.

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant” – Tony Robbins

Decisions hold so much power. Once we make a decision it shapes our day, our week, and the years that proceed it. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger. That one decision had a ripple effect through out the world.

She became an important symbol during the Civil Rights Movement and an international icon for racial segregation. All because she made the decision not give up her seat on a bus.

Once you make a decision. That’s it. You’ve put yourself in motion, your taking actions to achieve the decision you’ve made. Once you make the decision to stop smoking, lose weight, or become more successful, that’s it, the decision is made. Every fiber of your being, every cell within yourself will make that decision come to fruition.

Like a sculptors hammer and chisel to marble, decisions shape your reality. Shape it how YOU want it to be shaped. Decide that you’re going to work on what your passionate about for fifty minutes a day, decide you’re going to spend more time with the people you hold most dear, decide you’re going to sculpt that beach body you’ve always wanted. You hold the power to make your dreams become a reality. All it takes is a decision.

Love you all!
Michael