Keep Calm Life It’s a Wonderful

“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

When I first got into a program of recovery to treat my addiction, I was told to find a sponsor (someone who will help me through the twelve step program) who has what I want.  Not long after being in the program and I found the person who helped save my life.  She had what I wanted.  She would share in meetings some pretty heavy issues she was working through, however she shared her struggle with a sense of peace and calm that I found inspiring.  More than anything, I know what I want in my daily pursuit of the vision for my life, I’m looking for peace and serenity.

Before I started my personal transformation, I had wild emotional swings.  I would blow up and unleash anger at anyone around me.  It caused me to sabotage job opportunities, friendships, and relationships with people I loved.  I couldn’t manage my emotions.  I could not keep calm to save my life.

For the last five years I’ve worked toward the goal of emotional serenity.  My emotions have never been so consistently even.  I’ve developed a practice to keep calm and to be mindful of how wonderful  my GREAT LIFE is.  I don’t swing from extreme joy to the depths of depression.  I feel a sense of peace and serenity I didn’t know was possible.

The greatest shift in my emotions is the result of starting my day in gratitude.  I am so blessed for the life I have.  Sure there is struggle but that’s no reason to lose my cool.  I learned to keep calm.  I’ve recently adopted a spiritual practice outside of my 12 step program which has amplified my level of calmness.  In fact, most of the time I’m happy.  I walk around with a constant smirk on my face… you know the kind of smirk when you know something nobody else knows.  I do know something most people don’t know… There is nothing you can pursue outside of the pursuit of peace and tranquility that will give you the peace you are looking for.

The best things in life can be accessed at any moment.  A shift in perspective, a sense of gratitude and thanks, the ability to reject negativity and the focus toward living a life filled with purpose can create a GREAT LIFE.  As you create a vision for your life and fill it with “cash and prizes,” start with the pursuit of peace, serenity, calmness, joy, and connection to something greater than you.  Every pursuit that follows will be taken with calmness because your life will be wonderful as it is.

GREAT Day leads to a GREAT LIFE

 “Every day should pass as if it were to be our last.” – Publilius Syrus

My Commitment to living a GREAT LIFE starts with living a GREAT day every day.  I thought I’d share with you the writing I did today as I follow the GREAT day framework.  This is the short version I do when getting present for the day.

Gratitude: I am grateful for my life. I’m so grateful for the willingness to take responsibility to getting the life I want. I’m grateful that I have an education and that I’m talented and gifted in the work that I do.  I’m grateful for the clients that I have and the hundreds of people that I’ve been blessed to help. I’m grateful for the willingness to be seen.

Recognize Negativity:  I struggle with the fear that I will not be able to make ends meet if I don’t pick up business.  The negative thought is, I’m a financial failure.  I know that the thought is not true.  It is true that financially I need to earn more, and I will.  My financial situation is temporary.  Financially, spiritually, physically, and emotionally I am taken care of.  For today, that thought will not stop me.  I am financially responsible and I’m willing and doing whatever it takes to build my practice.

Excitement: I am living a GREAT LIFE.  A year from now I will be stronger, healthier, and happier moving toward the vision of my LIFE.  In time I will build my client list or find a job because I’m more willing than I’ve ever been to take responsibility for my life.  I love the man I’m becoming.

Action: It’s late in the day, and I’ve done a lot so far.  I spoke to clients and friends and have been of service to people struggling.  Later I will write a blog to post in the morning.  I will go to a meeting and get connected to where I was and where I know my life is headed.  I will go to my Mastering Relationships class with Mastin Kipp (Coach & Founder of

Thanks:  I’m thankful for my clean meals and my workout.  I’m thankful for my air mattress that manages to hold most of its air as I sleep through the night. I’m thankful for the phone calls I had today. For friends like Greg and Olivia… I’m thankful for my beautiful office. I’m thankful for my meetings. I’m thankful that I wasn’t alone. I’m thankful for the courage to show up and be open to learning about love at the workshop with Mastin Kipp.  God I’m thankful for the abundance and love and GREAT LIFE you have waiting for me.