I love the writings of Paulo Coelho.
He tweeted this today and I just wanted to share it.
(This is called the HOLSTEE Manifesto* -see bottom of post.)
(Paulo wrote “The Alchemist” and other thought provoking stories done in a magical way. )
The message here
is not new,
But do we not risk dreaming big or
Really striving for our dreams
Because of fears or self doubt?
This really gave me some good reflections for this morning.
How many times have I told myself that I wasn’t good enough?
I don’t measure up to the heroes and legends I have seen or heard stories about.
We aren’t promised tomorrow.
To love big.
To get out.
Paulo suggested going up to the next person you see and asking
“What is your passion?”
And then sharing yours.
Am I confident enough,
To not care if someone thinks I am crazy?
To share with a perfect stranger?
To listen with sincerity to the possible stories or excuses from a person I probably won’t know?
Would I have excuses or would my eyes light up with joy when sharing my own dreams?
That is living boldly.
That is taking risks.
That is scary!
This provokes questions about how I live.
Am I what I want to be?
Am I where I want to be?
Can I push myself out of the comfort zone?
Am I moving towards my dreams?
I can’t get back yesterday
And I am not promised tomorrow
So I am left with today.
What will I do with my today?
What will you do with yours?
Will you boldly go?
Will I ?!
*In the months leading up to the summer of 2009, Holstee was just a small side project. We had sold a hundred or so shirts, mostly to family and close friends looking to support us. Having just quit our jobs without a plan or idea of how we would spend our days, we were filled with a ton of raw energy, emotion, and ideas – a feeling that we never wanted to forget. So the first thing Holstee’s three founders – Mike, Fabian and Dave – did was sit together on the steps of Union Square and write down exactly what was on their minds and the tips of their tongues. It wasn’t about shirts and it wasn’t about their old jobs. It was about what they wanted from life and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday. It was a reminder of what we live for. The result became known as the Holstee Manifesto.