Svaha Spirit Series ~ Keep Flying!

I was searching around for something inspiring for today’s post.  “Searching around” means I can get caught up online going from one story to another for hours on end.  I followed a link to this video not believing I’d be inspired by it but just to see what kind of crazy lady would want to be a flight attendant as long as this woman has been.  I did the job myself for the better part of one decade and was glad to step out of the uniform when I did (although I miss those free tickets to anywhere).  I was prepared to watch this and let out a big “Phht! What a crazy woman!” but I didn’t.  I actually did find inspiration in her story.  She loves her job and always has.  Despite her age she is vibrant and strong and obviously full of energy.  I wouldn’t slot her amongst those I’ve referred to as “sky hags” because those are the flight attendants that are miserable and cranky and old that make you wonder why they are still working when they so obviously hate it.  (I got out before I became one of those by the way)

So good for you Norma! Keep up the good work and keep flying! (Better you than me)

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Svaha Spirit Series ~ Walk on Water

This video made me giggle and basically delighted me entirely.   These guys are serious and are calling it a sport.  Good for them.  I like it! I may even try it myself one day (when no one else is watching).

What stood out the most for me is the fact that they have to truly believe they can do it or they fail.  Just like everything in life really isn’t it? You can almost hear the moment when they think  “Hey I’m actually walking on water.  Incredible! Unbelievable!” just as they start to sink.  Sploosh!

Here is the blurb they wrote about themselves on their Youtube page:

Liquid Mountaineering is a new sport which is attempting to achieve what man has tried to do for centuries: walk on water. Or to be more precise: running on water. We are developing the sport from scratch. By accident we found out that with the right water repellent equipment you can run across bodies of water, just like a stone skimming the surface.
Liquid mountaineering is performed by professionals under professional supervision. Accordingly I must insist that attempting to do so is dangerous.

That sent me into more fits of giggles.  This is too much fun!

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Svaha Spirit Series ~ Soldiers Returning Home

There are Heroes sprinkled amongst us, you just have to look. We are blessed if we meet one, proud if we know one. They step out into a world that many of us don’t see, trying to make a difference, and they certainly do.

This video was incredibly touching! It shows us how lucky we are to have our loved ones close. It reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a Country that has freedom, and it makes us appreciate every single moment we have. I am grateful to all the Heroes who dedicate their lives to make our world a better place!  Even if you just watch the first few moments, you will feel the incredible love! Svaha ~

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Excuses Excuses

Oh I’ve got thousands of them! I can even come up with one on the spur of the moment if I have to.  Trouble is I think I’ve become too good at coming up with excuses because I’m using them on myself.   I’m not talking about ridiculous lame excuses like “Cocaine? I thought it was chewing gum”.  Oh Paris.  Really?  I’m talking about the excuses I come up with for myself to get out of doing things.  Like working out, cleaning the house, weeding the garden, meditating, writing, etc.  I truly am my own worst enemy.  I know what I should do.  I’ve read all the books; I’ve watched all the inspiring self-help videos.   I am great at sharing all of this information to help others who may require it, but when it comes to me actually doing these things…too often I find an excuse.

We all may be mocking Paris Hilton for her “chewing gum” excuse right now but you know what I think?  I think any excuse is equally lame.  Especially those that are holding you back from being the best that you can be.

Iphone even has an excuse application.  It is just for laughs but still, it makes me nervous that we have accepted “coming up with excuses” to the point of having an app for that.

From now on I’m going to follow the advice of Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and

  1. See the positive. Excuses are usually made because we don’t feel like doing something — we’re accentuating the negative. Instead, see the fun in something, the joy in it. And maintain a positive attitude, or you’ll never beat the excuses.
  2. Take responsibility. Excuses are ways to get out of owning up to something. If we don’t have the time, money, equipment, etc., then it’s not our fault, right? Wrong. Take responsibility, and own the solution.
  3. Find a solution. Just about every problem has a solution. Don’t have time? Start with just 5-10 minutes. Make the time. Wake earlier. Do it during lunch. Don’t have a gym membership? Workout at home or in the office. Don’t have the energy? Do it when you have higher levels of energy. You’re smart. Figure out the solution.
  4. See your goal. This is your motivation — your reason for doing it. Sure, you could just lay on the couch, but if you think about why you really want to pursue a goal, you’ll be motivated. Visualize that goal and just get started.
  5. Be accountable. Have a workout partner, a project partner, a team, someone to report to. If you have to meet a coach or partner, you’re more likely to do something.
  6. Go ahead and make your excuses. Then do it anyway.
  7. Watch the video below. Then go and do it.

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