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HUMBLE

 

Edition 132

As soon as I truly accept my shortcomings I can then take that first step to grow past them. I’m a firm believer that all of my greatest victories have been built from the rubble of my failures.

As much as I wish that I could live forever, the humble truth is that each day could be my last. Just as my life was instantly given to me it can be instantly taken away.

I find I am happiest when I can simply take a breath and enjoy the incredible gift of being alive.

We’re taught that the pursuit of material wealth and “perfection” leads to the greatest source of happiness… but this is completely false. The greatest source of wealth is actually love, connection, and acceptance.

This is why I try my best each day to do everything in my power to make others smile. I understand that not everyone will accept me… but I accept myself and with every step will continue to open my heart to the world. I encourage you to do the same and wish you a lifetime of humble happiness.

 

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STARDUST

 

STARDUST - Edition 131

The older I get the more I realize how eternal life is. Although each moment is temporary, it all stems from the same universal energy. Our world is a grain of sand in this cosmic ocean of abundance. You and I are made of stardust. 🔮

 

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HEART

EDITION 130

I thank god for every heartbeat I have. For every breath I take. For every opportunity I have to make someone else smile.

Even the stormiest days will never stop my heart from carrying me forward. I know that my heart will always lead me to sunshine and help me to unlock my full potential.

There is 100% of my heart behind everything I do. Because if you’re gonna do something, why not put your whole heart into it? ❤️

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ATTENTION

It’s very simple: whatever we put our attention on will grow. Still reading? Let’s go.

The odds that you are alive and also are reading these words are so incredibly rare that I don’t think it’s a coincidence you are reading them right now. Your attention is the most valuable thing in the world and I am very grateful that it has brought you here right now.

It can be hard to put your attention on what we really want when there are many outside forces demanding our attention at once. Here’s an example, an email inbox that no matter how many times reaches inbox 0 just never quite seems to stay empty? Every single morning I face this battle too.


We hang out in this reactionary state many hours a day because you have to do so in order to survive - no matter what century you live in. But it doesn’t have to be 24/7. It is possible to know exactly what you want, have the full desire to succeed, and the courage to move beyond previous failures. This photo is proof of that.

If the attention is towards the negative, you are simply feeding that. 

If the attention is towards the positive, you are simply feeding that. 

 

The question becomes, which side will you feed?

 

In my personal experience the more I put my attention towards the good things in life the better my life feels. Trust me, I still have bad days where nothing seems to go right, but I know that because my outlook is always positive no matter the outcome, things will always be alright. I’ll still be able to get back up after I fall.

Consistent positive attention is one of the hardest things to master, but it is also one of the most rewarding.


The next time you feel negative attention pulling you away and all of a sudden you’re Darth Vader reigning anger throughout the cosmos here’s a little trick I use to flip back to becoming Skywalker... 

 

Take 3 deep breaths and think about 1 good thing that is happening in your life in this moment. Wait, did you just read these words? or did you actually take 3 nice…. deep… breaths! I can definitely think of one awesome thing happening to you right now… if you can read this you still have your life - now go do some powerful things with it :)



MOTION

Everything in the universe is in a constant state of motion…

The more we resist motion the greater our struggle will be. The more we embrace motion the greater our reward will be. 

The key is to find the balance of exactly the right pace to make your dreams a reality… this pace constantly changes - but the motion is always there.

Move too slowly and someone else will overtake you. Move too quickly and you’ll burn yourself out.

However, the secret isn’t black and white. It’s not about choosing between the turtle or the rabbit… it’s about choosing both at the same time. So how do you do that? By adjusting… by learning… by growing from every experience.

When you discover how to properly go with the flow in and adjust to each new moment… your greatness becomes unlocked.



LIMITS

Limits are defined by the question: “what if?”

Hmm… what if things go wrong? What if I fail? What if I can’t find the balance? What if someone comes along the beach and steals my camera? What if no one cares about the final photo? What if all this was a huge waste of time?

Every time I catch myself in these negative patterns of thought, I just say the complete opposite. The key is to be self-aware enough to hear the negative self-talk in order to flip the script! 

From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, there is a voice in our head that is constantly telling us what we can or can’t do. But this voice is not the true soul. Your true soul is as strong and powerful as the sun and moon. As deep as the ocean. More powerful than the most important world leader. More capable than the strongest olympian.

Let’s look at “what if” a bit differently. What if things go right? What if I meet a new friend along the hiking trail? What if I create a balance I have never done before? What if these words I’m writing actually resonate with you? It’s all about mindset. 

Our thoughts create our reality. Our thoughts create our limits.

We are so scared of what happens when we get to the edge that most of the time we never even get close to it. Trust me, you don’t want to be living in regret. Just take a deep breath and go for it. 

DEVELOPMENT

Created October 20, 2016 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Here is what I think are the 4 levels of development:

LEVEL 1) An idea is born. It will either become stagnant and slowly fade away, or move to the next level by getting it out into the physical world.

LEVEL 2) The idea is now a thing. Although it’s a thing, it just doesn’t seem quite like the mind had originally pictured that thing. Get ready, because as an added bonus there’s now some resistance pushing back on your idea from yourself and/or other people. What do you think of your fancy idea now?

LEVEL 3) Acquiring the ability to always get back up again is what gets you into this next level. Failure is warmly welcomed from honest attempts - it shows the fatal flaws and what is required to correct them. This is when the original idea has a head-on collision with reality.

LEVEL 4) Right before the finish, the desire to quit can be the strongest. Keep in mind that only big risks can reap big rewards. Take all that you have developed from your original idea and step into those defining moments of glory.

CONSISTENCY

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
— Bruce Lee

EDITION 119

Consistency has become one of my favorite themes over the past few years. It used to be something that I really struggled with and led to a lot of hardship, but now I find that consistency has become one of my greatest strengths. It has led to everything that is abundant in my life.

I’ll always remember that moment years ago when I first learned how to balance a rock on it’s nose. Compared to this edition, that first balance may have looked like nothing. But that first balance was so powerful as it led to the next one, and the next one - until I arrived here at this moment to create this specific balance.

Even this balance may seem like nothing compared to years from now when I create Edition 819, but the important part is that I stay grateful of each moment as it comes and acknowledge each small gift that I have given myself by continuing to put in the work.

The way the sea shapes the rough stone into a smooth form over many years of contact is a great reminder of the patience that true consistency requires. It’s not a quick fix or an instant result. Instead it’s a series of many small moments added on top of each other to create something great.

You can only balance the top rock by starting with the bottom one and slowly building the idea with each breath you take.

Travis Ruskus Edition 119 Consistency