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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the experts mind there are few.”

–Shunryu Suzuki
In life’s journey we need to see with the beginner’s eye. Allow for many possibilities to exist within you. Do not limit yourself to be what you were taught to be – just be.
“People only see what they are prepared to see.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
See not with your eyes, but with your mind’s eye – for it will not deceive you…
Notice that deception is only what we allow it to be. So why allow it to be.
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Finding Strength

“Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.” [6:24]

– Sun Tzu’s Art of War

This quote is very appropriate today. Business is always very exciting and challenging, but on days where clients start to challenge me (price, schedules) it almost feels like we are at war. They tend to belief that my work is a click-of-the-mouse away. They say “doesn’t AutoCad do that automatically for you anyway? So this change should be a piece of cake!”

I have to analyze the situation & see where its coming from. I know that when money is involved, nobody wants to let it go – that’s the reason they are well-off and can afford to have me design a multi-million dollar house for them. But the challenges need to be met not with confrontation but with strength and valor.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying its easy & that the challenges will go away. I’m just saying “deal with it as it comes.” It is what it is. Don’t make it personal but take it as Sun Tzu’s quote says: analyze the situation for what it is, & act so that it does not become what it is not.

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Hi, my name is – what, my name is – who??

Original Date : August 12, 1997)

Usually I cannot recall any of my dreams, except last night I remembered one.

I dreamt that I was confined to a wheelchair and I remember the feeling of helplessness. It was the most pitiful situation, but I do remember being too self-consumed with my situation. All I think about and all I talk about is my pain and my anger for being in this chair. I am soooo wrapped in self-pity that I could not focus of the face of the woman who was doing everything for me. She was helping me around and felt to be very familiar, but I could not make out a face because of my inability to see beyond my problems. She was very warm, helpful, and most of all I got the feeling that she cared more about helping me than her own needs. Lots like Mercy, but I could not feel her presence. I took her for granted and never cared how she was doing – and all she would do or say were words of support and concern for me. Such a selfless person in sharp contrast to a self-involved me.

Ok, now how do I interprete this one! My son is due to be born in 2 months; my job is doing ok, but I cannot wait till I get out of work to get on with my life; I want this I want that… where’s my wife?? I guess I should see how she is doing, bye.

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Thank You Lord!

(Original Date: Oct 8, 1997)
Thank you Lord for allowing us to
Experience the true meaning of life.

By bringing forth our first born, you have sent
An angel from heaven to usher in happiness
A newborn life is truly a gift from heaven

We praise you Lord for this momentary glimpse
Of heaven on earth, for he is truly an angel
Heaven-sent to guide us in our journey through life.

This dream was a vivid glimpse at the birth of my son (actually my son is not born yet). In this dream I see a child birth & am rejoicing at the miricle that it is

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