Daily Share – Recipe For A Beyond Brilliant Life?

I’ve thought a lot recently about what I want to do with my life.

There are series after series of infinite possibilities. Some I will take, others I will glance over, and after mulling it over for a while… finally dismiss, some I will scramble to exploit and still others will be there glaring me straight in the face daunting me to leap, to risk the failure, to risk optimum success.

Why is it then that when the bigger opportunities arise it often coincides with how quickly I shoot them down? Is it the fear of failure or is it more aptly related to the Marianne Williamson quote of fearing not failure but rather my own potential success? I can easily relate this to failed attempts at love, a career, even my day to day decisions.

A lot of times it is easy to casually accept an opportunity, follow through until it has been satisfactorily completed and move on with one’s life. No extra spontaneity need be added, no additional effort need be made to close the door on that chapter in one’s story. We blame it on the fact that we haven’t found what we love yet, what we are passionate about, because it would surely be impossible to love everything we attempt to do…

So what exactly is the recipe for a beyond brilliant life? Where does the spark come from and how do people become inspired to find it? It is so easy in life to lose hope on a day to day basis and to blame bad luck, timing, the Uni-verse, others, for what big and little misfortunes fall upon us. It is so easy to shield ourselves from the world, from each other, with phones and computers and movies and books and music constantly occupying our thoughts and saying them for us.

I don’t want to hide anymore. I want to become that person who is constantly full of life, the kind that is inexhaustibly enthusiastic about everything, the kind that remembers to always be a decent human, the kind of person who actually lives and inspires others to do the same. I’ve heard that one’s ability to succeed is always proportional to one’s willingness to fail. So I hope to fail with grace, to lose with love, to fall with passion and all the while keep getting up knowing that when all is lost, all is left to gain.

I think that may be the spark. The getting back up part. It is easy to spiral downward when life hits you left and right, when nothing seems to be going your way and you forget to be thankful for all the things that are going in your favor. It isn’t about just getting up and sitting around though. I want to say yes to everything unknown, I want to look the future in the eye, give it a glare and a solemn nod that says, “I’m coming for you.”

If I never try then I’ll never know just what I’m worth. So here is to trying new things, to perfecting what we are already good at and to relentlessly (trying to) become top-notch at everything we are not. Here is to taking each day by the hand and never letting go until the city is red, smiling all the way until the sun sets, and greeting it with a high five when it rises.

Here is to living with that gorgeous ‘I love my life’ kind of swagger.

Cut free, be you, do good. Everything else will come as it should.

A TDL Reader

  • Loved this.

  • Mayralou

    Great post… 😀

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  • Amy

    I’ve been trying to write a journal entry like this for about six months as I struggled to find passion and inspiration in my life after a year where everytime I stood up after a challenge or tragedy, it felt like the universe told me to sit back down. The last two larger paragraphs were so perfectly what I needed to hear, and needed to say to myself. I am so glad that this reader wrote them for all of us to read because now I don’t feel so alone. Thank you.

  • Trayloo

    thanks i soo needed that…

  • WOAH!!…. i just had goosebumps while reading this article!..loved it!

  • Azulay81

    About a year I came upon TDL “by accident”. I was researching something completly different and somehow this site came up. I read the post, immediatly fell in love and subscribed to get daily emails. However despite my love- I hardly ever read the emails. Today I had this itch that I couldn’t ingnore to read todays post. I’m so glad I did. It’s the exact words that I needed to see. I’m not going to bother with the details. All I’m going to say is Thank YOU.

  • Renpic

    Wow, this was an incredible post.  I can relate to your yearning to ‘become that person who is constantly full of life…’ etc.  But you know, it sounds like you already ARE that person.  I guess I am too.  It’s just a matter of truly believing that we (the collective ‘we’) are.  

    I blame myself for ‘hiding’ too.  But sometimes it’s actually good to be alone, to be gentle, to just be.  Sometimes – for me – it may appear to be ‘hiding’ but really I’m just taking some time to myself.  Which is perfectly OK.  I’m also practising saying ‘yes’ but I recognize that it will take practice!  

    I really wanted to tell you that the 2nd to last line, “here’s to living with that gorgeous ‘I love my life’ kind of swagger” — I really love that and get it.  I’m going to do it! 🙂 

  • Marlene

    You must have written that some sort of other worldly passion, I could feel you’re he intensity of your emotions. So beautiful and inspiring and exactly what I have been trying to articulate in my clutters mind. Lots of love and brilliance to you!!

  • mstc

    I can relate so much to this post. Thank you so much for sharing! 

  • Lou

    Sooo true, loved this! Lick the plate of NOW clean!!!!