52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself – Week 10 – Go As BIG As The Taj Mahal With Recording Family History

Go Big as The Taj Mahal

An Inspirational Building

My brother is recovering from an illness, and when we met this week it was nice to have some laughs together and to see that he is feeling better. I am going to write down some of our family history this week, so it is not lost, and my brother is going to supply me with some information as he has all the records.

We had so many laughs from discussing our dad, who was quite the character, a rough around the edges seaman with amazing stories to tell. My brother dubbed him the original “Indiana Jones”. He spoke five languages and travelled the world many times, often in the grip of some danger or mystery.

He took on the riskiest missions while in The Canadian Navy during WW11, delivering sensitive intelligence to Allies on the cargo ships, with the boxes up on deck with ropes, and orders to dump it all in the ocean if they came under attack. He once captured a German prisoner in his submarine during WW11, clamping his injured artery together in his hands until they got to shore for medical help. After the war, he lived in a boat in Vancouver’s Coal Harbor for a while, and when I was young, he had some land jobs, like walking the high beams as an ironworker building bridges, and driving a gas truck and getting danger pay for it.

For this week’s optimizing yourself, I am going to write down some of his stories, so they are not lost, and I am going to find a Richard Halliburton book, as he was an important part of our childhood:

One of our dad’s heroes was travel writer and seaman Richard Halliburton, and my brother remembered the name of his book that was our family treasure. It was called “The Royal Road to Romance” and my Dad used to read it to us as kids. My favorite story was about The Taj Mahal.

Here is a write-up on Richard Halliburton. (Richard Halliburton was a great writer with columns in many newspapers, including The Toronto Star).

He had a reckless love of life and romance.

Writer, Lecturer, and World Traveler, Richard Halliburton published numerous books during his short lifetime. During his world travels, he visited exotic locales such as the Taj Mahal in India, climbed the Matterhorn, flew across the Sahara desert in a bi-winged plane, and swam the entire length of the Panama Canal. He also roamed the Mediterranean Sea retracing the route followed by Ulysses in Homer’s Odyssey and crossed the Swiss Alps on the back of an elephant in a recreation of Hannibal’s expedition. Halliburton died in March 1939 as he and his crew attempted to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to San Francisco as a publicity stunt. The vessel was unseaworthy and went down in a storm around March 23-24, 1939. His body was never recovered.

I will let you know how my family history recording goes next week.

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Review of Week 6 – Go BIG With Changing My Fear From Active to Latent

This week I went BIG with changing my fears from active to latent, and I learned that my fears cropped up when I wanted to take action.   When I heard the voice inside saying: “you shouldn’t “, or  ”you couldn’t”, “watch out for”,  I knew it was some outdated fears in my mind talking.

Fears are useful to warn you of danger, but you can’t let them get too powerful or they will stop you from enjoying life.  By changing them from ‘active’ to ‘latent’, they no longer immobilize you.

Fears are focused on outcomes in the future, but by staying present, and experimenting and having fun, you enjoy life more.

There are no certainties in life, except that the unexpected is sure to happen, whether you are fearful or not, so you might as well GO BIG and pursue your dreams.

You are never too old to start seizing the opportunities in life.  Today is the perfect time to start enjoying the rest of your life.

I love this quote on fear by Marianne Williamson:

(note – she is running for the US Congress as an Independent)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles

52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself 2014 – Week 3 – Go BIG With Gaining Patience


Gaining Patience

Gaining Patience

This week I am going to turn off my cell phone and computer for 10 minutes each day, and carve out an area for myself where I can sit and peacefully meditate on gaining patience in my life. 

Each day this week, as I breathe in and out, under the window where the sun shines down, I will connect to the big picture, and imagine a life that is not a rush, and where I have plenty of time to do everything I want to do.

As I go BIG on gaining patience, I am going to sit on soft pillows on the floor and get calm. My goal is to create a big space in my life for patience with myself and others.  I will let you know how it goes next week.

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