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TK’s Two Cents: Motivation, Diversity, The Power of Words, Vulnerability, Determination, & Positive Thinking

On Motivation

A sense of purpose is the purest source of inspiration.

Give a man a job, and if he’s a good worker, he’ll remember to show up and clock in on time. Give a man a reason for existing, and even if he’s a bad worker, he’ll immerse himself in creative action so deeply that he’ll lose his sense of time and completely forget to clock out.

What is commonly mistaken for discipline and courage is often just the organic expression of self-knowledge.

When a man knows his “why”, his excuses and fears bow before him like servants.

On Diversity

What a monotonous world it would be if everyone thought like me.

And there would be nothing fun left to do if I were required to be like you.

But when you are you and I am me, there’s plenty of beauty for us both to see.

On the power of words

The first four letters of the word ‘sentence’ spell ‘sent.’

This reminds me of the fact that it is impossible to utter a sentence without the energy of the speaker being ‘sent’ out.

Words are to the human spirit what wires are to electricity–carriers of a most powerful energy that is capable of both creating and destroying.

On Vulnerability

Sometimes I feel threatened by certain conditions in my life.

I’ve learned to not regard this as a bad thing.

When this happens, I simply remind myself that it’s temporary and I quiet my mind by going for a walk, listening to music, or assuming a meditative posture.

Then, I allow the sensation of being threatened to usher me to that place within myself that needs to be healed, heard, embraced, or reminded that it is truly loved.

On Determination

No matter how many demands the world places on you, you have to be willing to fight to create space for the work you love.

Permission never comes from the outside and it’s always a “bad time” to do something different, creative, risky, or interesting.

Success will always be a stranger to you unless you make it your companion while it’s still invisible.

You have to adopt opportunity as an imaginary friend until it becomes real. 

On positive thinking

Life is like a photo you upload into instagram.

While there are certain elements in the picture you can’t change, you do have the opportunity to make edits before you save it as a final copy.

Some things you’re still going to be stuck with, but no matter how bad it is, you can always spice it up a little.

It is what it is and you are it

The possibility of flight was not achieved through the denial of gravity, but by the discovery of a principle through which the gravitational force could be superseded.

In a like manner, Faith is not the result of turning a blind eye towards the objective difficulties of the world, but it is the affirmation of a principle or power within ourselves thats enables us to transcend the suffering which often accompanies life’s challenges.

The legendary story of Jesus turning water into wine is not merely a call to worship, but an invitation to awaken to an alchemical universe in which the possibility for transformation is inherent within every particle, person, or place.

Popular culture routinely makes use of the phrase “it is what it is” in order to express the conviction of a thing’s finality. “It is what it is” implies that we cannot change it, therefore we ought to get around to accepting our present conditions as a brute fact.

There is a broader perspective, however, that recognizes a Formless Essence lying back of all things. Our recognition of this Essence, combined with an assurance of its Benevolence and Limitlessness, endows us with the capacity to conduct its energy into our lives thereby creating real miracles within and without.

Life is never a phenomenon that we are “stuck” with. It is a gift that reflects and respects the definition that each one assigns to it.

One does not need to deny that “it is what it is”, once he realizes that  “It” is simply a Something which takes the form of what he chooses it to be.

T.K. Coleman

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