What an Awesome Day – Choice & Chance
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Since I’m keeping busy doing videos for the Sonnet Challenge (going well!) three times per week, I haven’t gone too crazy with this journal, but I just felt compelled to do another entry.
I’m all about being positive & optimistic right now – knowing that I have control over my life and what I do. So, I’m really trying to choose to do things that are awesome, and oftentimes, that will put me in situations where awesome things happen just by chance. This is very much an idea that I’m borrowing from one of my hereos, Kristine Oller, who explains this concept as it relates to meeting people: some by choice, and others by chance – to move your career forward faster, you want to focus on the former group. But again, I think if you position yourself consciously in certain situations to meet certain people, and are open to the flow of the moment, some other cool things just might happen.
So why was Thursday, July 22nd so cool? It was one of those days where any one of the things that I did, saw, or that happened would have made the day “awesome,” but in fact a TON of things kept happening where it almost became silly – like, is this really going to keep going? In a word: awesome.
I explain some of what happened during the video, so as not to repeat myself, I’ll add in a couple extra things, as well as some stuff that came up afterward (yes, there was more).
I’ve committed to a number of daily fundamentals and for that day, I knocked them all out in the early part of the day: meditating, journaling, expressing gratitude (via Gratitude Log), exercising, reading (sat by the pool under a lemon tree reading 2 different books), and learning (listened to part of The Four-Hour Workweek via audiobook – read by an actor I’ve worked with and one of the smartest and coolest dudes I know, Ray Porter).
|Ray Porter – one awesome, badass reader|
But no Johnny, that’s not all – I got a Paypal notice of money sent by a new client (sweet), my secret parking was available downtown, checked out the Cathedral, went into MOCA, had a great walk downtown, ate my yummy homemade (fresh, organic & vegan!) dinner in the Music Center plaza, ran into about 6 friends at the theatre, enjoyed the play, saw an old client from one of my former jobs (who is also a celeb and a huge crush when I was younger – she’s still pretty hot), and went backstage.
Now THAT was a pretty awesome day. Some of these things happened by choice, some by chance. Just gotta figure out what’s important to you and pursue that. As I say in the video, I had the feeling that I should get downtown early – I had a couple ideas, but nothing specific. Then the Universe said, “ok, good – now that you’re here, let’s have some fun.” It’s really interesting to me that this day came on the heels of feeling a bit stressed out and overcommitted – I really need to focus on what is important to me, and let the other stuff fade away. Pull out the filter and get to work.
One of the thoughts that hit me on my way to the theatre after shooting this vid (below) was that “wouldn’t it be cool to have a place where people can share how their day was awesome?” – to celebrate how many cool things are going on in this world – whether it’s something big or small, something you did or said or saw, someone you met or had a conversation with – anything. There are TONS of ways we can have awesome days. I began brainstorming how this might best work and I think it’s something I want to just dive into. Just feels right. So, keep an eye out for that. :-)
This is definitely the longest post I’ve ever written, so I hope you’re still enjoying it. There’s still a quick video, and some pictures below – a few cool shots of the downtown architecture. It really is a beautiful place if you have the time to check it out.
As always, thanks for reading & watching. I can’t wait to hear how awesome your life is!