We're told to aspire to an Extraordinary life, but what we really desire is an Exceptional one. Start here.
Great post Kevin. To create an exceptional life, we need to ask exceptional questions. Definitely begins with Know Thyself! In that space of transformation, we can hear our soul. That first mountain is all about the goal line, and that second mountain is more so soul line. Its an odyssey. Beyond Ithaca. Once we get to that awareness of being instead of doing the door opens up. To the inside. It’s a journey from me to we. Ego to Soul. Nostos. Home. 🙏❤️
Come on...how are you this wise? This is excellent writing that has been formed by an exceptional mind.
I LOVED this concept, thank you. Extraordinary is just ordinary with some 'extra' thrown in. Brilliant :)
Thanks, Kevin. We speak the same language. We've narrowed the definition of extraordinary to a materialistic context. But I fear how we see the world is becoming as polarising as US politics. It's either we buy a Bentley or meditate in a monastery. Not enough people know what they really really want.
"An Exceptional Life is the truest expression of your Self. It is your life lived as a kind of performance art." Love this. Thank you for the inspiration to keep performing as, and BEing, my true self. 🙏
After listening to you and Jeff this past week, I thought I'd go check out your blog. I like your thinking (although on the zoom call, I found myself wanting to dig deeper about the difference between a spiritual perspective and a religious one), about what matters.
What I hear in that young man's desire to live an extraordinary life is "I don't feel secure in my current identity, but if I had the artifacts of a financially successful life, I would feel better about myself." Rohr diagnoses that as "false self" - the imposter posing as someone meeting requirements acquired in navigating pain, but unable to address the actual source of the pain.
Many years ago I asked myself who am I in this game of life. Of course my visual interpration of life was linked to what my father hosted at home. Poker game parties. Who in the deck of cards do I interprest myself with?
The Queen. The Joker. The King?!! The A's!!!!!!?To me it's obvious it's none of the last two!!! It has to be in betweek the first two. The queen or Joker. Regardless of my opinions, there is truth to your thoughts.
We all believe we seek and want more. At one point we discover that's not the answer and we them look for spirit or soul.
However what if playing the joker, queen, king and A's is what true balance. Our Ying and Yang.
Thank you for sharing this! I think this is well put.
Years ago, I started writing a novella with some similar philosophies about how to live your most fulfilling life. I agree that it's important to know what you want; I wrote about learning about what you want and what your values are, and aligning your actions with what's in your heart.
I think you put this well. Thank you for sharing!