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Another Trip Around the Sun
Written By: Mark Smith

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Somehow I seem to miss things that most people know about. To say that science is not my strong suit is an understatement. I was surprised, intrigued and a little embarrassed to learn this week that our 365 day year is based on the earth's 584,066,873 mile voyage around the sun which takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 1.20 seconds at the rate of 66,611 miles per hour. Who knew? How cool is that! I guess most people knew it already. It really made me think though. I encourage you to sit down and think just for a bit too.

What are you going to do with your next precious trip around the sun? Today is October 9, 2011. You may or may not be blessed with 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 1.20 seconds on your trip around the sun. IF you get that time what are you going to do with it?

Steve Jobs said "Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." This great man lived up to his potential and he changed the world because he knew that every minute he had on earth was not a given. I am challenging myself and I want to challenge you. What needs fixed? What do you yearning for? Anything? I sincerely hope that you are yearning for something. How can you make your life better? Get your computer or your IPad out or even an old fashioned piece of paper.

Reflect. Search your heart and soul. What do you need? What do you want? How bad do you want it? Picture it. See your life that way. Make a list of what you need to change in order for you to stay in integrity with yourself. Why not dream big? In fact, why not dream huge? Steve Jobs certainly did. Don't limit yourself due to a lack of faith in yourself or by an under developed sense of entitlement.

The main thing that limits and sabotages most of us is that darn person staring at us in the mirror every morning. The truth is that there are major pieces in our lives that are broken because we ourselves are broken. We all have deep wounds from childhood that we are trying desperately to keep covered up. That is very difficult to do since we all pick partners who wound us over and over again in very similar ways that our parents did. Marriage and relationships are the big truth tellers about who we really are and how healthy our childhoods really were. If your next trip around the sun is going to revolutionize your life then high on your list needs to be engaging very seriously in the process of insightfully healing your wounded inner child. That isn't irrelevant psychobabble! Your life and marital troubles are trying to tell you things about yourself. Are you paying attention? What is the truth about you? Your spouse is your teacher. The ways that they hurt you are meant for you to learn more about how you were wounded as a child. They are one and the same. Don't waste a lot of time and energy pointing fingers of accusation at your spouse. You brought them on board so that they could give you exactly what they are delivering. It is all fair and it is all good.

I made my list of what I must change during this trip around the sun. It is saved as 'October 9, 2012'. I won't share it with you because it is personal but it isn't unique. We all want the same things. We want to love well and be loved well, we want to fulfill our potential and our destiny and we want our loved ones and ourselves to be both safe and prosperous. What does that look like for you at this point in your life? What steps do you need to take this week to make the right things start happening for you? If you are hungry enough to make healthy changes now you can re-write your future. I am committed to making this 584,066,873 mile trip around the sun on spaceship earth the most risky, the most productive and ultimately the most fulfilling such trip of my life. I wish you the same journey. Take some risks. Want more for yourself. You deserve more.

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