Poet Walt Whitman said, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”
What satisfies one may not satisfy another. But each person must seek their own truth.
What makes your heart sing? What makes you jump out of bed and race into your day? What makes you laugh? What makes you curious and energized and excited?
That is your truth.
Walt Whitman also said, “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” Before a million opinions and options and others who see things differently. Stay composed in your truth. Forge on towards your dream.
Once you have locked on to your gift, your truth, don’t ever let it go.
As speaker and behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli once said, “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Author R.A. Salvatore said, “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.” Continue reading
Ann Dowd is a 61-year-old working actor. For thirty years she has played under the radar supporting roles in movies including Philadelphia, Marley & Me, Lorenzo’s Oil and Manchurian Candidate and television shows including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and Chicago Hope. But she never received a prestigious award for her work.
Until last night. She took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the character she plays in the screen version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She started her acceptance speech with, “Well, I think this is a dream…” Continue reading
I saw a picture the other day of all the different cell phones that have been around over the years. It made me think about Alexander Graham Bell who was experimenting with getting sound to travel across a wire because his mom and his wife were both hearing-impaired. He changed the world when that first “call” went through in 1876 and the telephone was born. Continue reading
I’m a big believer in the arts. I feel the arts stretch our thinking and no matter what our career is, we’ll always do better if we colour outside the lines. I’m also a big believer in dreams and taking action to make them come true. Continue reading
My brother, Seamus Kelleher, is an amazing high school drama teacher. He writes original plays for his students and coached the high school football team for many years. He recently shared a story with me about one of his students that was very inspiring. Continue reading
This was a very exciting week. As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story. To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts. Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading
I saw an anonymous quote the other day that said, “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
Who you think you’re not.
You might think you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, rich enough, connected enough, successful enough.
The thing is, you are. You have all you need right now to make your wildest dreams come true. You just need to take action. Ask questions. Be willing to fail.
You can spend your whole like thinking about what you want to do. Or you can spend your whole life making it happen.
And the second option makes jumping out of bed in the morning a lot more exciting.
Will people think you’re crazy? Some will. Will people say no? Many will. But you only have one life. Why not live it in a way that makes your heart sing?
As Mary Oliver once said, “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
You’re not the kind of person who can’t do anything. You’re the kind of person who can.
Do you remember when you were young and you just loved doing something? You would lose yourself in it and time would fly by. It might have been putting on plays or building things or writing or making art. You did it because you loved it and you were able to focus on it because you had no other responsibilities. Continue reading
On our recent trip to Ireland, we visited the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum. It is a replica of the ship that brought many starving Irish immigrants to North America during the Great Irish Famine. The original ship was built in Quebec and purchased by a family in County Kerry, Ireland to transport cargo for their business. Continue reading