A man of convictions

Possibly you’ve already read the story about Daniel Norris, the baseball pitcher in the US, who definitely stands out in a crowd? I read the article some weeks ago and got very inspired by what I read. I wanted to write about it, but only got around to it now. And since it’s been a while since I read it, I just re-read it, and listened to the clip as well. It’s all there in the article. Read it. Listen to Daniel.

When I come across a person, who – like Daniel – lives according to his values, rather than according to his circumstances, I get filled with hope. Hope for the future. For humanity.

Here we have one man standing out. Refusing to conform. To the norm. To do what, according to the masses, probably should be the proper action to take after signing a multi-million dollar contract. BoldomaticPost_Research-the-things-you-love

To do what he himself thinks makes sense. Being able to hear the inner voice of wisdom, act upon it, rather than having it drown in the constant barrage of noice from outside. That voice which can sometimes whisper so silently one really has to listen very very carefully. Get knowledge. Be kind and loving. Be happy with what you’ve got. Yeah, why couldn’t it be that simple? It’s truly inspirational! 

How do we ensure we get more people into the world with this ability? To listen within? To stand for ones convictions, in the face of rags and riches alike? Do I?

Mirror mirror on the wall

A few weeks ago I had lunch at a café I’d never visited before. Before leaving I stopped by the restroom and got totally perplex, but couldn’t really figure it out… until I washed my hands. Because what I saw then was NOT myself, which is what I’ve gotten used to seeing. Why? Well, simply because there’s always a mirror above the sink in a bathroom. But not here, here I just saw red checkered wallpaper.

mirrorIt’s an insignificant observation, because I had absolutely no problem washing my hands without having a mirror to stare at. (Otherwise I’d be getting really worried about myself!). But it made me realize something which I believe to be quite significant:

When something is so common to us it is just automatic, we stop noticing it.
Not until it disappears, do we notice the void. 

Which means that I go through a lot of life running in automatic mode. And that might absolutely have its merit, but sometimes I think it can turn quite dangerous to my ability to truly live life.

With each passing day, I experience a much greater awareness to the experience of life. An ever-growing consciousness that makes me see, feel, hear, smell, touch, taste and sense more of life.

That way to experience life is there for us all. All the time. Every day. Constantly available. The only requirement to this ordinary everyday miracle is being conscious to what goes on within and beyond you. Are you?