“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”- Jawaharla Nehru


Too often, most of us stumble around with our eyes either half or fully closed, either unable or unwilling to see the opportunity around us. There are many reasons for this, although they usually distil down to either fear (e.g. of others) or insecurity (e.g. within oneself).

When we talk about having our eyes open, it’s as metaphorical as it is literal – our minds, hearts and souls also can open up to opportunity. This will require us to practise things like courage, humility or risk……and that’s often the challenge – because opportunity is more common than we think it is – and where it doesn’t immediately exist, we can still create it!

The eye-opening process is often aided by a shift in one’s perspective; even just a slight shift in paradigm can reveal things that you didn’t previously sense, or fully unveil a chance that you didn’t previously believe was possible or real. 

Let’s say you’re burning out in a career that offers little enjoyment, yet you’re sticking with it just because it’s a bill-payer. ‘The fear’ stops you exploring what your other skills could offer you, the adventure you could take if only you sought it with your eyes open. Then imagine what could happen if that fear wasn’t in the way – and you turn your hobby into your new bill-payer……it would bring you far more wonder, beauty and charm……

The trick here is to see not obstacles but opportunities, to put negative beliefs to one side and allow your imagination to show you a different outcome and then to have the positive belief in your ability to make it come true. 

This piece alone might be enough to motivate you – although there are plenty more over the last year you can refer to that, together, can help bring about that paradigm shift and push you to move in unexpected and wonderfully rewarding directions!

So, what can you see differently about your dreams today? What adventures have you been longing for, to which here, right now, today, you can fully commit? Life is short – live it!

Love and light,

Jim Sharman


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