Celebrate What's Right in the World
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. He’s spent 20 years with National Geographic and has a long list of beautiful ventures and achievements. His perspective is really remarkable. I love that he’s so committed to finding the beauty and opportunity in every situation, no matter how dire. There are some great life lessons in this delightful talk, TEDx South Lake Tahoe | Celebrate What’s Right in The World from Dewitt Jones, world-renowned National Geographic Photographer and motivational speaker.
Reducing Food Waste & Feeding Those in Need
Food waste, largely from restaurants and supermarkets, is a major contributor to the creation of greenhouse gasses and the mishandling of natural resources. On top of that, it seems so absurd that we throw out 1.3Billion Metric Tons of feed worldwide each year, yet there are an estimated 795 Million people starving in the world. As you read this article about Frances new laws about food waste, you are likely to notice that what they are doing would not go over well in the US. We're too concerned about liability. I hope our priorities shift. And cheers to France for leading the way!
NASA's Juno Spacecraft recently sent some absolutely spellbinding shots of Jupiter back to us. If you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend taking a look and getting a little shot of awe. Take a moment to view them for what they are. This isn't another image from the latest Hollywood space film. This is another planet 1,300 times the volume of our planet w300-year0 year storm on it that is three times the size of Earth. She's breathtaking. It's also worth noting that we named our daughter "Teya Jupiter", and let's just say, it's fitting. Glorious (and fierce).
“When you desire apples more than you do oranges is when you will start to
choose apples instead of oranges. Life is the same way too.”
You can find my ongoing Inspiration Page on my podcast website, packed full of all the books, films, organizations and gurus that have formed my perspective and inspired me to live a more harmonious life.
Faith & Patience
Recently I wrote about my 2017 New Years Intention to become more patient. Obviously, that’s an ongoing process, and now I’m working into some deeper elements.
Ultimately, I’ve come to the conclusion that patience not only requires one to have faith, it also implies that you have faith that what you want or need is coming to you and that it will arrive in divinely orchestrated timing.
If you can truly believe that, there’s never any need to rush things or get impatient.
In each moment, we have the opportunity to imagine a harmonious outcome. That’s the first act of deliberation. To take it up a notch, then we need to work our way into actually believing that it's the most likely outcome even when there is overwhelming data that would indicate otherwise.
That’s true faith; to deny the understanding of your logical mind to follow the will of your heart.
Patience is a sort of optimism.
And faith and patience are intrinsically intertwined.
When I get into a situation that is frustrating or angering, I have to deliberately tap the breaks, take a breath, realize the opportunity, imagine the best outcome, and then put my belief into it; to really feel it as if it’s already happened.
It sounds like a lot, but it all happens in a split second. The more I do it, the more subconscious it becomes, the more it becomes my natural response.
And that feels absolutely beautiful.
(Of course, I don't always get my desired outcome. But I still believe it was the outcome I needed.)