Our one short life

"I love you guys"

An unexpected message shot across my phone screen from a close friend. What sparked the random expression of a deep emotion, I wondered.

"A close relative just got cancer. Brain. Stage 4"

My heart sank.

Feelings of injustice and sadness overwhelmed me. What else can you feel, when a 45 year old is handed a card like this.

2020 has been a year of many such reminders.

Kobe, 41. Chadwick, 43.

Some would make a case for living unabashedly and with no regrets - the YOLO movement.

Others would remind us of the importance of thoughtful, measured planning.

Is there a way to walk the tightrope of life holding both of these in perfect balance?

Would we find ourselves content living our one short life without an episode 2 lingering at the end of the white light?

Perhaps we've gotten our spirituality wrong.

Perhaps our beliefs were never meant to give us all the answers.

Perhaps they were always meant to simply help us walk each step confidently and with abandon, even as we wrestle with these impossible questions in our one short life.


The misunderstood story of the Hare vs Tortoise

We all know the classic story.

Hare vs Tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.

But that's not what really happens here.

The emphasis on slowness and steadiness camouflages the true lesson within: focus.

I love how this video shows the hare getting distracted by the spotlight and its surroundings while the tortoise zeroes in on its goal.

How often do we find ourselves distracted in our pursuits only to find that the one who wins simply didn't give up on that one thing.

It's not about how fast or slow or steady or unsteady.

It's really about a relentless pursuit of one thing that gets us across the finish line.


Knowing your season

Competitive gamers know that winning a game requires us to understand the seasons and match our actions accordingly.

In most games, it's as simple as the early, mid and late phases.

Each of these phases would require a different playbook - a set of rules and principles which help you build an advantage over your opponents.

By applying the right mindset and executing according to the season, you eventually build enough of an advantage to drive forward a victory.

In business, or life, this same principle works.

But one big difference is that it's much harder to tell the season outside of the simpler confines of a game. There's no timer. No hero levelling system. No bounties and towers and objectives to reference.

But the signs are there. When we see the leaves turn yellow. When the wind starts to feel that slight bit colder. When the sun sets that little bit earlier.

It's probably why listening is one of our most valuable skills. Or simply our ability to observe and process little details in our surroundings. But for those of us that master even portions of this, we find success comes somewhat predictably in those portions of life.


Winning and patience

We often believe that winning
Requires us to take immediate action
And a follow up with many steps
We think by doing more
The needle moves faster and further
Until we hit the mark

But perhaps sometimes
Winning is simply waiting
For when the shot's been taken
And all we need is a little patience


Why believing matters

We dream bigger
We act bolder
We work harder
We get out of bed easier
We speak with more conviction
We can't help but share with everyone
We are more patient

For the most important things in life, believing really matters.

Because what we believe is what we'll be living.

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