Living a few insulated miles inland, it's easy to forget the power of Lake Michigan.
I’ve recently been making the drive up the coast to the charming tourist town of St. Joseph. The road that hugs the coast to one degree or another periodically exposes a view of the wonder of this Great Lake.
While a pleasure most times of the year, experiencing the fury of sideways snow from gusts that rip off the lake with the force of a high-speed rail train is a new experience that evokes awe. Visibility permitting, seeing white cap rollers to the horizon, a byproduct of the fierce winds that make it nearly impossible to open a car door, evoke a description — ‘Edmund Fitzgeraldy.’
For those who may not know, the words refer to a rogue Great Lake storm that overtook the Edmund Fitzgerald ship and its crew, including a young man from St. Joe, while transporting iron ore. It's immortalized in a song by Gordon Lightfoot illustrated by this video from Joseph Fulton.
This raw living energy is an extension of the same power that animates you, beating your heart and breathing your body. Insulated by the details of everyday living, it’s easy to forget. When you can ‘get on top of the wave’ and begin to understand and align with this, a sense of personal worthlessness and the ego's shallow attempts at compensation begin to loosen their grip.
On a lighter note, when describing the winter weather to a fellow traveler, he quipped, 'It's a good thing you drove instead of taking the ore boat in.'
PS: If you have a question or would like to leave a comment, please click on the comment box below or social media icons to share with your snowbirding friends!
Over the first few weeks in January, I asked people about their New Year's resolutions. With the Divine Riches Project branding recently incorporating the question, 'What Do You Really Want?' (and considering the time of year), it was a natural progression.
Those who responded were genuine and candid; there was no preliminary notice. Just a simple question, 'Would you like to say what you'd like to experience for yourself in the coming year and possibly be in a YouTube video?'
Most were willing. The few that chose not to were across the board in age groups, so experience with social media (or not) didn't appear to be a factor. Most took just a brief pause, and then talked.
Working with various film clips, no matter what was said (obviously, we were having fun), I was increasingly taken by the people behind the comments that were replayed again and again during editing.
What impacted me as I felt more deeply into each response was — for lack of what's beyond words — the innate goodness of the essence of each individual.
We're all cities within ourselves with many facets and aspects that come forward at different times. What I saw is a microcosm of the beauty that's in everyone, regardless of what has or hasn't been done, perceived flaws, or a million other reasons to look upon oneself harshly.
What I truly want to say to anyone and everyone is, 'Please choose to focus on the good in yourself. There's so much there!’ And the cool thing bonus is that when you do that for yourself, it not only makes it easier to see in others — it actually makes it easier for you to have what you want.
With heartfelt appreciation to everyone who participated in the 'What Do You Really Want' YouTube video — (you know who you are) ;-) !
PS: Would love to hear your questions or comments. Please click on the blog comment link below (or YouTube comments once you launch the video) and use the social media icons to share. Thx!
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This website was started because after a whole lot of trauma and adversity (groan) and a lifetime of trial and error, I wanted to make it easier for you to empower yourself to move beyond change, stress, and fears that hold you back while discovering how to create positive change in your life!