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November 22, 2020

Broken Record – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 3:06 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 11-23-20

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November 19, 2020

Borrowed Time

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 1:34 am

Pie in the skyI’m sure someone has said it before: that we all live on borrowed time.

When we borrow money, we do so for a purpose, not so much so with borrowed time.

Many of us use our time waiting for something fortuitous to happen, and, for just about everybody, that’s a long wait. Usually time runs out and that gift from “out of the blue” never comes through, but our bill eventually comes due.

Quoting The Grasshopper: “You came from nothing; you’re returning to nothing. So while you’re here, do something!”

This old adage is also spot on: “Tomorrow is promised to no one.” You can’t borrow time in a tomorrow that may not be there for you.

This isn’t meant to be morose. It’s more of a reminder that our debt will one day be collected, and if all we’ll have to show for it is an unchecked list of wishes, we’ll have cheated ourselves out of a purposeful existence.

If you haven’t already done so, find your purpose. It’s your life’s fulfilling mission. You’ve already spent too much borrowed time hoping’ and wishin’.

Chances are, your purpose is not some fanciful, pie in the sky dream, but more likely it’s something that makes you sing. What’s the thing in your life that always has you croon a happy tune? That’s your purpose – the thing worth borrowing for.

All the best,

John

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November 15, 2020

How To Lose Your Position – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:17 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 11-16-20.

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November 12, 2020

The Direction is Between the Words

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:35 am

Puzzle 75659 1920Words have different meanings to different people. Sometimes people argue about words, thinking that their version of the word is the gospel truth. And the other person has equal conviction about their version of the word.

Words are fluffy. Many of them, especially adjectives and adverbs, don’t lend themselves to having concrete meaning.

Words are the currency we use to consciously communicate, but they are a poor substitute when we’re searching for a deeper meaning.

I first read that words are pointers towards meaning, not actual meaning when I read THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle. Meaning that they point you in a direction without giving you directions. That does sound like a conundrum, doesn’t it? It’s not.

I read the aforementioned book 23 times. Each time I read it, I was pointed in a different direction when reading the same words that lead me in another direction on a previous read.

“The direction is between the words” means that the direction you receive comes out of the spaces between your thoughts. When your mind is jam packed with words, nothing new comes through. It’s when spaces show up between your words that you open yourself up to your depth – a place where words don’t exist, allowing inspiration to fill in the spaces.

Many speakers use the utterance “uhm” to fill up the space in their speech. If they would train themselves to pause there rather than say “uhm,” the next words out of their mouths are quite likely to point you towards meaning. That’s because all creative direction comes from within that pause.

This is not “reading between the lines.” That’s just applying logic to what’s being said. It’s what is not being said that gets us into a creative mode. That means the space gets us out of our head.

Read anything you consider to be a spiritual or inspirational writing and notice that it’s not the concept being written about that brings you the “aha.” The writing points you inward where it’s pin drop quiet, and that’s where you receive direction.

Here’s a little exercise you can do to cultivate spaces in your thinking. Just start noticing the spaces in your environment. You can simply look at the space between pieces of furniture, spaces between household noises, and the space between the words when someone’s speaking. Just by noticing the spaces will get you in the habit of creating spaces between your thoughts.

Looking for direction? Look between the words.

All the best,

John

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November 8, 2020

Shorten The Storm – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:25 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 11-9-20.

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November 6, 2020

Losing

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:33 pm

112910 1147 losing1Seeing as it’s “Flashback Friday,” I found this blog post I wrote 10 years ago.

Ask any gambler, professional or casual, about the mindset they enter when they start to lose. The progression goes something like this:

“My luck is just about to turn,” “I still have a chance to win big,” “I hope I can win back just enough to get even.”

Then they recognize they’ve lost.

Losing in life follows the same progression; some people just move through the steps more quickly than others.

Watch any football player who just lost a hard fought game and you’ll witness that loss has a progression and takes some time to set in. Those who process it more quickly are the ones who are ready to play again; the others go into a slump, sometimes a career ending one.

Denial allows a losing feeling to hang around much longer than is productive.

Even though it’s clearly evident to anyone watching our game that we’ve lost, it’s not so clear to us. That’s because our emotion isn’t matching our reality and the illusion that we’re still in the game remains.

Hanging on to a loss never gets less painful. Time may pass but the loss remains in the present.

The popular prescription is: Just let go. If it were that simple, anyone wearing Nike’s would be in shape.

So is there a way to end your losing streak?

My sense is the first step is recognizing the game is over. I remember writing years ago, “The projectionist has gone home but my heart remains in the theatre.” That was me recognizing the facts and knowing that I had to process the pain.

Processing the pain is not rehashing the game. It’s sitting with the unsettled sensations and feeling your own pain. By doing so, you are taking action on what your body has been attempting to get you to do – deal with your loss.

The more you think about it, the more it hurts. Denying that it happened is just more thinking. Talking to yourself about acceptance is just more thinking. Thinking is like the friend you have who is always talking about what they’re going to do, but never doing it.

Feeling your own pain is the only way to process your loss. That’s the shortcut that’s always available at every turn.

I wish I could tell you that processing your pain isn’t painful; it is.

It really comes down to this: How long do you want your pain to last?

If you want to keep it around for a lifetime, keep talking about it. If not, feel your pain and watch it go down the drain.

All The best,

John

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November 4, 2020

What Direction Are You Headed?

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:09 am

Sign post 5655110 1280Common theory is that there are three directions we can head in: forward, backward, and standing still.

Upon closer inspection, it appears to me there really are only two directions: forward and backward.

Standing still really doesn’t exist. The universe only moves forward, never backward. As humans, when we deny reality, we move backward, and standing still is a middle ground mirage – something we’ve made up. Status quo is really moving backwards because the universe is always moving on.

So the one question we want to ask ourselves is: Am I moving forward or backward?

It’s productive to assess our direction from time to time, to get a glimpse of what our future holds for us if we remain on our current path.

The old axiom comes to mind: “If you don’t know where you are, you can’t get to where you want to go.”

Too often, we use fuzzy logic and assess ourselves as being somewhere where we’re not. This magical thinking labels our direction as forward, rather than looking at the facts on the ground, that when ignored, tether us to the past, not the future.

Just like an investor reviews their portfolio from time to time, it’s productive for us to have an un-fogged “look-in-the-mirror” moment with ourselves, to get an accurate reflection of our current reality.

Final question: Are you evolving or devolving? To move forward, knowing your current location needs solving.

All the best,

John

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November 1, 2020

Decisions Make You – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:57 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 11-2-20.

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Make sure to download a FREE digital copy of my book: INTER RUPTION: The Magic Key To Lasting Change here.

 



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