Today, I want to say, Welcome to Season 2!
Wait, what? Derek, I didn’t even know we were doing Seasons here? Did I miss something?
No, you didn’t miss anything. Let me explain.
I’ve approached this journey with this Podcast with the attitude of “why not?” I loved the idea (and still do), so why the hell not, right? And also because I have this endless desire to create and always with the hope that what I create can inspire someone else to take that leap to bring their own ideas and dreams into reality.
So, it’s along that vein, that I decided to take this little detour and do something a bit different over the next month or so. Because, why not?
Today, I want to extend to you an invitation, to go on a little journey with me as I write my first novel.
Continue reading AN INVITATION
How can we dream bigger? The key is to leave behind any beliefs that something isn’t possible; to put aside the practical and reasonable; put aside the logical and just dream. The very nature of our dreams is to be playful and at times extremely unrealistic. That’s what dreams are. If we are cutting in with thoughts of logic and practicality we are no longer dreaming fully. So, here’s a little something you can do to dream BIG and uncover some of the things you may want in your life that you might be holding back from chasing due to fears or your beliefs that it might not be possible. Let’s do this!
Continue reading An Exercise in Dreaming
Hello. I am sending you this because my friend Jin asked me to. More importantly, I am sending you this because I want to, because I feel I need to. I want you to experience what Jin has helped me to experience: an awakening. I am now aware and understand the truth of our World that is hidden in plain sight. The truth is frightening, but still, it is liberating. You must listen to the whole story, as the story itself serves as the tool for your awakening.
You see, my friend Jin approached me one night as I was leaving the restaurant where I am a Chef. As always I left out the side door to take out some trash before I would go home for the day. I heaved the two bags in my hands into the dumpster, and then I almost screamed when Jin popped out from behind it.
“It’s me, Jin,” he said in a whisper. He nearly gave me a heart attack, and I was scolding him for doing so when he put his hand up to interrupt me. That’s when I saw his face. He held an expression I had never seen on anyone before. Jin was worried, afraid, and his eyes were focused on mine very intensely. He spoke in an urgent whisper.
“Listen to me closely. We don’t have much time, and I don’t want you to be in danger too, but I also must do what is necessary.” I tried to ask a question, but he just put his hand up again to stop me, and I resigned to just listen. Continue reading Nature (Podcast Episode 5)
The biggest obstacle we will always face is fear. If there is any reason we are not living our lives the way we desire, it is because of fear. Fear stops us from taking action. Fear makes us take strange and many times self-sabotaging actions. As the title for chapter 1 of Ripples: Part 2 said, “Fear makes fools of us all.” The first important part there is, “us all.” Everyone gets afraid. Everyone. Some just know how to deal with it better than others. Some have learned how to act when they are afraid because they know this fear is all that lies between where they are and where they want to be. But the other important part, the part we will be focused on, is how fear makes us turn into fools.
Continue reading Acting a Fool
I’m going to start by restating a few things for anyone who has listened to the full podcast episode (Episode 2: The Missing Sheriff). I just couldn’t say it any better than I did there. After that, I’ll add some more details and ideas, plus at the end, there is the downloadable worksheet to help you accomplish your task this month. Let’s get to it!
The story was written as one big analogy, with idea that the town is like your mind, or your World around you, and you are the Sheriff. You control what comes into your mind, your World, and what doesn’t. Continue reading The Sheriff of The Mind