9 Great TED Talks

Well, hello!

 

It’s another day to get more shiny! More alive! More glorious!

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4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

 

Rough day? Week? Month? Year? Life?

My heart goes out to you. 😦

Remember, failure doesn’t define you. The story isn’t done.

Enjoy these TED talks for some inspiration.

 

Destiny means DRIVING THROUGH WALLS

Today I read the last paragraph of my book again. It re-inspired me. Let’s apprehend our dreams with courage, shall we? YOUR dreams are important. I release to you the power, clarity, and vision needed to move forward TODAY. May today be the best day of your life thus far! You are loved!

Destiny is not a merely a rambling road thrown like ribbon over a hillside to some distant location; it is fury and passion and grace and power. It is each and every person fully fulfilling their strengths, their dreams, and their unique place in the global glory flood of love. It is knowing who you are and what makes you come alive. It is doing what makes you come alive in such a Jesus-confetti way that everything around you comes alive in response. It is not being led by confines and well-paved roads; it is driving in the direction of your dreams, no matter how many times the word “impossible” shows up. Being you, truly you, will inevitably lead to driving through walls. Beckon your heart to life today; then floor it straight through those walls. It’s going to feel really good, but more than that, it’s going to be really good. Destiny is apprehended through courage. Drive through the walls.

– Dawn Bulchandani, Driving Through Walls, 272

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It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know 
if you will risk 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are 
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
 from the book The Invitation
 published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
 1999 All rights reserved