Why Death REMINDS You! (PERSONAL)

🙌 I CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF PEACE! 🙌

My emotions were so close to overwhelming me as it happened! But I had to express them! 😊

Perhaps I get “too emotional” these days! But then again, I remember the days when I was younger when I use to downplay my emotions. It wasn’t pleasant to say the least. But now, all I can think about is how great it feels to simply express myself. Now even the smallest gestures of kindness I will allow myself to get all teary-eyed. 💦

Remember when I told you all about Kieran? He was the friend I helped get to UPW last month in London. 🤔 If you didn’t read about it, you can read it HERE! 👍

What I’m referring to happened one evening after I finished talking with Kieran, after we had parted ways for the night, when my emotions started getting to me. 😢

It must have been a late evening, because as I walked into the Crew Break Room it was completely empty apart from 2 other Crew members: Jamie and Aaron. 👣

I didn’t plan on telling either of them what was going on. A part of me just simply wanted to leave the venue and get some shut eye. On Crew we have some long days! 😂 But I would be lying if I didn’t say I also felt the need to share my feelings with another.

As a Floor Captain that event, I wanted to set the leadership example. But even the best of leaders should also not be afraid to reveal their vulnerabilities at times. 🌟

I can only remember fragments of our group conversation, but I ended up sharing what had happened. I told them about Kieran, how grateful he was for my gesture, and how touched I felt by his many thanks. ❤️ I held back additional tears as Jamie and Aaron simply listened. 👥

What was initially a single moment of gratitude turned into me recounting many more: grateful for the opportunity to be in London again, grateful to impact thousands of people’s lives again, grateful to see the impact of my actions first-hand, etc. ❤️

And then came the final exclamation mark in our conversation when I told them the thought that’s been crossing my mind the past year…😲

It’s one I’ve been very hesitant to share with people, let alone on social media, because I was afraid it would be taken the wrong way. But I promise what I’m about to share with you is by no means meant to be “depressing” or “morbid”. 🙂

It’s a thought that’s crossed my mind , whether it was when I was falling sleep or when I took a moment to deeply reflect on my life. It’s the thought that gets me crying faster than any others. 🙌

It’s the thought of Death. But not in the way you might be thinking. Let me quickly assure everyone my mental health is fine; it has nothing to do with that. 😊 Allow me to explain…✍

I told them this thought I’ve had, this unconditional acceptance that I’ve lived a full life. I told them that if I were to die that night, in a decade, or even in a full lifetime, I can always be rest assured to take my last breath at peace. ❤️

I can always be grateful enough to say: “I’ve lived a full life, one I deemed worth living, and should I have the pleasure of experiencing another tomorrow I’ll keep living fully.” 🙏

Some of you might be like: “Donald! You’re only 27! You’ve got plenty of time!” 🗣

But let me ask you: what if tomorrow wasn’t 100% guaranteed? What if we lived each day of our lives with a reminder that tomorrow is never promised? Would you be living the same way you are today? I don’t mean to ask this like some cliché motivational quote. I mean if you REALLY thought about that DEEPLY, how different would you be living your life? 🤔

The philosopher Seneca said: “Life is long, if you know how to use it.” A person could live a hundred years and feel like they hadn’t lived a full life. But another person could live a mere 10 years yet feel like they lived a full life. How so? 🤔

Because it’s not about the number of years you’re alive, but about the years you’ve actually lived. It’s about quality over quantity. 👍

So some may see the idea of Death as “depressing” and “morbid”, but I see Death as the most powerful motivator you have at your disposal in this game called Life. This very acknowledgement of Death is what’s helped pull me forward the past few years:

👊 To do things I wouldn’t normally do

👊 To travel to places I wouldn’t typically think of going

👊 To take risks my fears would normally dissuade me from doing

Perhaps there is much more to the term “You Only Live Once” than we all have given it credit for! 😉

I took this photo while I was at the Glasgow Necropolis in Scotland last month. Walking among the tombstones, I was reminded again of all these ideas: You can surely see Death as a negative, something which creeps into all our lives at some point. 😨

But you can also see Death as the greatest tool you have while you’re alive: to transform your negatives into positives, to remind you of the things which truly matter, to push you in ways you could only describe as “a life worth living”. ❤️

🌟 WHEN YOU ACCEPT THE INEVITABILITY OF DEATH, YOU ALSO ACCEPT YOURSELF TO LIVE. 🌟

Here’s to hoping many more heartfelt moments to share with you all in the future! I love you, and thank you for reading! ❤️ #EudaimonicLife

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How a Roller Coaster is Your LIFE!

What if every problem was a gift? 🎁

Think about it:

🌟 Problems stem from the person who says there is a problem. 🌟

But what is a problem to one person may in fact not be to another:

📌 You feel too cold in a room, but another person says the room temperature is just fine.

📌 You’re driving and worried about being somewhere late, but your friend assures you will be there plenty early.

📌 A person is blasting music you hate, but the other person says you just need to just loosen up.

Ask yourself:

👍 What does this problem say about me? How am I feeling? What is the story I’m telling myself that is making this problem?

👍 What are the potential solutions to this problem? How would solving this problem fast make me feel?

👍 Is this problem really worth lingering over? Is it really worth sacrificing my internal happiness for this problem?

We ALL deal with problems. They’re not exclusive to a select few. 👥

Most problems are not even that important! 👍

We’ll create problems that aren’t there. We’ll magnify problems and make them bigger than they need to be. We’ll make them seem more life-or-death in our minds than they actually are

🌟 Focus far less on the problem and far more on the solutions. 🌟

I’m not saying having a problem is “bad”. I’m saying let’s change our relationship with problems. Problems will always happen, but it’s how we work work with them, these hindrances, that will make all the difference. 😊 #TranscendLabels

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How Giving Back is An ANTIDOTE!

🌟 Find ways to give back to others. 🌟
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Now this may sound a bit cheesy or common sense, but common sense isn’t common. Otherwise more of us would be using it. 😉
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And not only is giving back “common sense”, it’s a powerful antidote for suffering. Yes, an antidote for suffering! 😲
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How so, Donald? 🗣️
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📍 We gather new perspectives on our own suffering through other people’s. We see how our hopes and fears are similar to each others. We continue to realize we’re not alone in our pain.
📍 When we focus on our problems, they magnify in our minds. The less we focus on our problems, the greater they shrink.
📍 We forget that problems are a necessary part of life. Because without problems, we wouldn’t grow as people.
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I challenge you to give more back to others, even when you think you can’t. One thing I can assure you on…👂
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❤️ There’s never going to be a “perfect time” to do it. ❤️
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This past weekend I had the privilege to give back and serve at another one of Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within event for 15,000 participants! Add to that, I’ll also be serving at London’s event too next month! 😄
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The progress I’ve made the past few years I give a lot of credit to his work! The least I can do is give back and pay it forward. ❤️ #UPWLA2019

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Remember Your Worth

(PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 22nd on FACEBOOK)
I look for my social media page to be a very positive and inspiring place to visit. The posts I make are always with intention; there’s so much negativity, gossip, and unnecessary drama online so I do the opposite. Like how Mr. Rogers looked to change what television offered I look to do with social media. That may sound like a bold statement, but I’m still doing it my own way. 🙌

But there is something I haven’t mentioned. And I’m ready to share it now…

Right after I graduated college 2 years ago I got a job in the corporate world. I was excited for a new step in my future career. Whatever that future career was I wasn’t really sure, but for the time being I had plenty of security: good pay, benefits, a great manager, and a very supportive environment. Some may say: “What more could you ask for?”…💬

Well I actually parted ways with the company a few months ago. I “took the leap” without a safety net. In my idealism I was going to pursue: entrepreneurship! There’s the quote: “Say ‘yes’ and figure it out later”, and I said I was never going back to my corporate job, not out of spite but holding myself accountable to my word. 👍

In doing so a lot of realizations have come to me since I left. To say I’ve had A LOT more to learn than what I expected is an understatement. Trust me when I say when you’re in uncharted territory, you’re going to learn more about yourself and what you’ll need to do to survive. Because you’re living on the edge, your mind is in resourceful mode. It doesn’t have much of a choice if you want to survive. While this may sound negative, I’m in fact grateful I’m learning it all now so I don’t have to later! 😁

Fear is a great motivator to push you forward, but fear can also overtake you if you let it. It was a few weeks ago I got really anxious with how my bank accounts were looking, and I let fear control my thinking to settle for a nearby job as a Dishwasher. It’s not a passion, it’s not what I’m gifted at doing, and it’s certainly not the best value I can provide to the world, but I said in this case: “Money is what matters”. 🤷‍♂️

For a week or so it felt fine. I learned what needed to be done, and I got it done. But a few days ago I had a moment that is still sticking out in my mind this evening.

I was washing dishes during a very hectic meal time, one dish after another pouring into my area ready to be washed. Wipe Off Dish, Spray, Wash, Dry, Repeat. By the time I had finished all the dishes I looked at the clock. 4 hours. 4 hours I had been washing dishes, and I didn’t understand how… 😐

The obvious answer would be “I was keeping busy”, but I mean it in a different way. Where had my mind been the past 4 hours?! I was on autopilot, and I wasn’t conscious of it being so until afterwards. Can you relate to that feeling?!

Throughout the rest of my shift my thoughts reflected on what the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre referred to as “bad faith”: this awareness I had taken on the role of a Dishwasher. There was no identity of Donald washing dishes for 4 hours; for 4 hours I was the identity of a Dishwasher. I didn’t know where the time went by…and I didn’t know where “I” went by either! 🤔

I had experienced these existential feelings before. And it was because I had experienced them before that another realization hit me too: it’s no wonder why so many people don’t have a sense of purpose and meaning in their life. So many people are not given the time to explore or develop them. So we are instead settling for what everyone else tells us is the case: “This is what you’re suppose to do”, “You have to make money somehow”, “That’s just how the world works”. Where’s the personal empowerment in these beliefs? Are you your own identity, or are you a job description? 😟

It’s honestly pained me before when I’ve asked people what their passions are and their answer is they really don’t know or if they do know they don’t believe it’s something they can do more often. It probably pains me too because it reminds me of myself a few years ago. As I said earlier I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do with my life a few years ago too. But if we really only have one life to live on this earth, I don’t believe we “have to” spend it lifelessly. It’s what my mission is all about! 👊

This evening I put in my two weeks notice as a Dishwasher. I have a renewed sense of purpose, and I have a set plan on where I’m going again. You can call it: “irresponsible”, “reckless”, “dangerous”, I’ve heard them all. It’s not changing my mind on the world I want to positively impact for the long-term. 🌎

I’m going to continue building my business/mission because that’s where my true calling is at: helping people and showing others what they’re capable of achieving. Life Coaching, Wellness, Social Media, and there’s plenty more branches on my tree in the future! “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”#TranscendLabels ❤️

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