What if your real job is to Live an Extraordinary Life?

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Today I want to remind you of your strength, resourcefulness, courage, the power of your choice, and your ability to learn and grow. I believe in you.

The intention of my blog is to stay connected and inspired as life-long learners, with a flow of information and ideas both ways: from us to you and from you to us.

This is actually ‘Take 2’ of my first blog entry. I was so nervous, when I finished I was drenched with sweat. I love the content, and think it’s perfect for beginning the new year inspired and clear. Here we go!

I want to pose a question: What if your real job is to live an extraordinary life?
I will say that again…

What if your real job is to live an extraordinary life?

Open the doors of your heart and mind to this question, ask yourself… What if my real job is to live an extraordinary life? While you are being with that thought, I want to share one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

What if your real job is to live an extraordinary life…?
Not to fulfill your parents expectations.
Not to prove anything to anyone.
Not to think small and play it safe.
Not to get a college degree or degrees.
Not to get a well paying job that withers your soul so you can pay the bills.
Not to hold yourself responsible for everyone else’s well-being.
Not to miss your children growing up because you are at work.
Not to be so exhausted because you say YES when you want to say NO!
Not to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
What if your real job is to live an extraordinary life…?

Have you ever noticed that so many people seem to be sleep-walking through life, doing the same patterns of behavior everyday, and then wondering why they are bored and unhappy, perhaps waiting for something to happen so things will change? Have you done that too?

I invite you to step out of any pattern NOW that says “I can do it later!”
We have no idea how long we will be here.

I believe the universe is always sending us information about what is working and what is not, and when we don’t listen or pay attention, the universe sends us louder messages, dramatic wakeup calls… accidents, illness, broken relationships, and mishaps, raising the intensity of the message to such a degree that we have to listen.
That is the hard way to change.

Yet, in those dramatic moments, we may begin to ask ourselves the questions we won’t listen to while we are sleep walking, going through the motions.

We may ask:
Am I living… fully?
Am I loving…? Who is going to miss me, who will I miss?
Do I matter? Is there a reason I am here?
Am I creating something I am proud of?
Does my life have meaning?
Do I feel fulfilled?

I think it is time to ask these questions NOW, because,
I am still here… you are still here.
The clock is ticking, we don’t know how much time we have here and there is no time like now to get going.

How would your life be different if you chose to believe My real job is to live an extraordinary life?

Take a moment to imagine…

I believe when each of us arrived in this life, we were given a job… it’s just that nobody told us. I believe that our job is to be a happy, healthy, vibrant human being making a contribution. If I had known that, I wouldn’t have doubted myself so much, and I would have made very different decisions along the way. How about you?

Let’s see what Random House Dictionary says about each of these pieces…

fortunate, effective, well- being, contentment, joyous… are you happy?
soundness and vigor of the body and mind, freedom from disease or ailment… are you healthy?
pulsating with energy, resonant, passionate… are you vibrantly alive?
to give in common with others, to play a significant part in bringing about a result… are you using your gifts and talents to create positive results for yourself and others?

Would you sign up for this job description? To be content and joyous, vigorous in body and mind, pulsating with passion and using your gifts a talents for the highest good!

I say, YES… Sign me up! This is the kind of job I really want to have.

Now is always the time to live an extraordinary life, no matter what the circumstances. No matter who is present.

Please remember Mary Oliver’s words…
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

What will you do right now… today… to step into the life you have always dreamed of living?

One step takes you from dreaming to reality.

Until next time, I ask you a very important question:

What if your real job is to live an extraordinary life?

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5 Responses to “What if your real job is to Live an Extraordinary Life?”

  1. Christina Lilienthal says:

    Wings — always in transition. That is how I have felt since 1987 when I wrote my personal contract. I framed my contract and all the poetic lines that describe how I was to implement that contract. It is posted in my bathroom for me to remember — the visual image of who and what I want to be. It is the vision that reminds me to be kind and loving, even in the face of adversity, to be honest and walk with integrity every day, to be forgiving of others totally (that’s a tough one) — loving all. Many times I have reflected on my failings when I could not live up to those words I wrote back in 1987 — but I keep remembering that I must forgive myself, too — and keep trying to live up to what I envisioned. I think the bottom line for me is that Wings has helped me be accountable to myself. Through many life changes, I keep coming back to that contract made over twenty years ago…and it keeps me positive, looking forward and having hope. And the last line is my inspiration…”Winning in life to me is hearing the songs in my soul.” This past year I wrote my first song and a friend put it to music. How special is that?

    All because of Wings…..

    Christina Lilienthal

  2. Beautiful message, Kris.

    I have learned so much from Wings (PES, Crossover, LifeWorks, volunteering on assist teams), lessons I live by daily. But sometimes I forget, and this message is a timely and important reminder to live well and extraordinarily.

    I continue to be awed and inspired by all that you do.

    Happy New Year!

    With love and gratitude,

  3. Oh, how I love and honor you Kris, for your extraordinary life’s contribution to the world! I continue to be inspired, reminded and encouraged by you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My life is forever changed through, and by, you and Wings.
    May you feel how precious you are! Tashi Delek.

  4. michelle bouvia-emeott says:

    When I am asked if I have always been a contented and fulfilled person, I tell people, that I was really unhappy until I was in my 30’s. I knew I wanted to change, but didn’t have the tools to make it happen. I couldn’t do it on my own; I needed help. I found it at WINGS SEMINARS.
    A friend invited me to PES, and by fully participating in the seminar, and paying attention to those who were facilitating, I discovered so many new ways of looking at life. I found the tools I needed to make the changes I wanted to make. I followed up with CrossOver, Lifeworks, Namaste, and training to join Assist teams. I have learned and continue to learn, by participating on Assist Teams, all the skills I needed to help me get the life I wanted. I am a committed lifelong learner.
    I don’t know what my life would be like if I hadn’t accepted that invitation to PES. I’m so grateful and happy that I did. Thank you to everyone who has been part of my experience at WINGS. You will never know what a difference you’ve made.

  5. Sherrie Frank says:

    I love the last line, “one step takes you from dreaming to reality”… I think about the step I took when I called Wings to register for PES. It was a gift I gave myself for my 40th birthday over eleven years ago. I was hoping for a “meaningful” experience that year, one I could look back on years later and remember. Wow. It was that and so much more. All I learned and experienced in PES helped me transform what had been my reality into the life of my dreams. I am living my extraordinary life now and I am so grateful for that first step.

    Thank you dear Kris for making it possible and for sharing the beautiful, bright, inspiring gift you are with the world and with me. Knowing you and having the opportunity to work with you has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. I think you are extraordinary!

    Namasté… Sherrie