In the 1990 film, Joe vs. the Volcano, Joe is asked, “What happened to you that you are so alive?” He tells us that the doctor gave him 6 months to live and “I am just so appreciative of my life.” He quits his dead-end job in the basement and tells his boss, “Why have I put up with you? It’s fear; I’ve been afraid to live my life.”
I hope that you do not work underground, in a job you hate, sitting next to the love of your life, who you are afraid to ask to dinner. Most of our lives are not this black and white. But few of us would tell our dinner partner, “I bribed the (musicians) to sing us a song that would drive us insane and make our hearts swell and burst,” as Joe tells his date for the evening.
For many people, February is the month of cupid and love or the month of wishing for what they want to have in their lives. I have a few suggestions to move you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
First of all, check out Ann Bradney and her work at Radical Aliveness. Peter Bregman has written Why Leaders Must Feel Pain and Why Leaders Should Try to be Overwhelmed about how Ann’s workshops can help leaders, businesses and all of us be less exhausted, more present and lead the happy lives we desire.
Five years ago, if asked, would I quit my job, rent my condo and travel with my new boyfriend for a year in Asia, I would have laughed and called you crazy, but I did I chose the dream and it has been amazing.
Join me to get inspired about travel in the Maghreb of North Africa. Let your senses linger over Sephardic music sung in Ladino and Spanish by Vanessa Paloma, a Fulbright scholar in Morocco, learn new tales of Jewish roots in Morocco and how the people followed in the footsteps of Maimonides from Spain through Morocco and finally returned to Israel.
This travel talk, March 24, 2011 will include photography of Marrakech and the Mellah in Fes el-Jdid . You will soon yearn for the mouth-watering treats in the city’s Jemaa el Fna Square and you will hear ideas about where to travel, what to bring and why you should go. You will experience the highlights of our own three-week journey and also will receive samples of your own possible future visit, including maps.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear about wandering the deserts past to present. Travel stories help us find a unique side to ourselves and our ancestors; our mission is to bring travelers together. Remember, to travel with joy and spontaneity you have to take risks, and above all take the first step!
I hope that you are the one Patricia is talking about when she says to Joe, in the movie, Joe vs. the Volcano: “My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.” I wish you a wonderful month of February full of radical aliveness, total amazement and wonderful adventures.
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