(Yang) Things I’m thankful for…

So this post is intended to balance out that last post where I talk about the struggle, about what freaks me out day-to-day.

Remembering what I’m thankful for helps me deal with the stuff that’s freaking me out. And that’s what I want to talk about here.

It’s also important for me to remember why I’m doing all this, to remember that I’m creating a life built around my passion, built around what I was put here to so.

To quote Scott Dinsmore once again–the man behind Live Your Legend, “…we so easily forget that the reality we’re living in now is probably not one we could have dreamed up only a few years ago.” And this is so true for me.

Now that I’ve laid out for you everything that I’m freaked out about, here are all the things that I’m thankful for:

  • Compared to my corporate life, I’m making huge progress–I’m spending a significant amount of my time doing the teaching and performing that I love
  • That my family is behind this idea of me pursuing my passion instead of a typical career
  • That my wife shoulders the burden of helping my daughter with her school work, and extra-curricular activities (with my schedule, I’m out teaching most evenings)
  • That people actually read my blog–it’s a wonderful outlet for me, and it’s been a great way for me to learn about myself and why I do the things I do.
  • That practicing drums is no longer a nice-to-have but something that needs to happen to develop my career (there’s a whole book to write about drum practice guilt–the opening line would be, “Drums are the only musical instrument where your parents will ask you to NOT practice.”)

Without darkness there is no light. Without the stuff I freak out about, there would be nothing to be thankful for (or a lot less of it).

If I were a more enlightened person, I could deal with the stuff that freaks me out in a more balanced way–with equanimity. But for now, the important thing is to get into the arena and act. For me it’s important to do something–anything–that gets me moving in the direction that lights me up, and makes me come alive.

So  the big lesson for me is to not let the things I freak out about (the little gremlins) stop me from taking action that moves me in the direction I’m trying to steer my life.

So, what are the things in your life to be thankful for–things that will help you stay positive and take the action that your life needs?

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