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Inner and Outer Worlds

A life explored from the inside out is a life that gives the world gifts from the heart space, offers and reveals its individual art for the greater good, and shines simply for the purpose of contribution.

On the other hand, a life navigated from the outside in that is constantly monitoring ‘enemy’ radar tends to take (typically offense or advantage) more often than it gives simple beauty and is constantly refining its consumption habits and preferences.

Starting with our own interior world changes everything. And perhaps the best news is that we get to partake in the magic in-lieu of being mis-taken.

Einstein said it best, “The greatness of an artist lies in the building of an inner world, and in the ability to reconcile this inner world with the outer.”

The outer world? Yes, it can get a little crazy with 7.4 billion of us. But you? Your center is love and good. What if we all started there?

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The Mystery of Music

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the music metaphor for success is its mysteriousness. The truth about our music, the success we pursue, is that it is a never ending and ever-changing pursuit that is always just on the horizon of our vision, reach, and hopes.

Einstein framed this very well by saying, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

Growth stops, fresh turns stale, and color fades to black and white when we lose the emotion of mystery.

I’m After It > I Got It.

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Losing Time & Finding Codes

I found an excerpt over the weekend from a letter that Albert Einstein wrote to his eleven year old son in 1915. At that time Einstein was thirty-six. He wrote…

…I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal. . . .

There’s a lot of beauty unfolding here in these words. For one, Einstein is promoting the creative. Could it be that we learn more while our imagination is decoding the world around us then we do reading what has already been decoded? Secondly, he asks his son to shelf the sheet music and get lost in and with the keys of the piano. What romance there is in the three-step waltz of work, art, and possibility. And lastly, Einstein reveres time. He’s aware of just how holy it is and how today is all that is confirmed in our stories.

Of course we can’t always accomplish such a feat, but what a worthy goal of our days to enter into moments where we fully pursue our art, our parenting, our leading, and our serving with such holiness that we lose track of time, but walk away with a vault of codes as to how things are.


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A Compass Called “Better”

The hope is that you, your widget, your idea, and your purpose gets better each day.

For some, 365 days of better gets them to being the best.

For others it’s 10,000 hours of better that gets them to being the best.

If you’re goal is to be the best, but you’re lacking a compass – just point at better. Better today coupled with compound interest tomorrow will get you to best.

Einstein struck gold with his thoughts on compound interest. “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it…he who doesn’t…pays it.”

Eventually, though, the legends of “best” start a new flow. It goes – best, better than that, best again, better than that, best again, better than that, and so forth.

How’s your game?

How’s your magic?

How’s your purpose?

How’s your hustle?

If you think it’s the best I can only hope you can see it becoming better.

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