Taking the Big Leap

As I am pre­par­ing to give a work­shop on tak­ing the Big Leap, I came across this beau­ti­ful and timely quo­ta­tion online.

It’s easy to stay in one place, repeat life day after day.
It is com­fort­able, famil­iar and pre­dict­able.
But, is life meant to be lived in status quo with everything you desire at bay?

Take this spe­cial year to step out­side of your com­fort zone.
Take life by the horns and make that big leap into the unknown.
For as soon as you make the com­mit­ment, you will never be alone.

~ by Jean M. DiGiovanna

I even dis­covered a fas­cin­at­ing fact about a leap year tra­di­tion that in 5th cen­tury. In Ire­land, St. Brid­get com­plained about St. Patrick about women hav­ing to wait so long for a man to pro­pose to mar­riage, they allowed women to pro­pose on this one day in Feb­ru­ary dur­ing leap year. For the law to take that leap given the strict rules of court­ship at the time, that is a kind of Big Leap I want to talk about here today.

I remem­ber how I was puzzled when I read first time Ein­stein defin­i­tion of insan­ity “Doing the same thing and expect­ing dif­fer­ent res­ult.”

So the ques­tion to you is “when was the last time you too a big leap in your life?” Again am talk­ing about a kind of leap that scared and excited you at the same time. The big leap could mean mov­ing out of your com­fort zone, phys­ic­ally, men­tally, emo­tion­ally and spir­itu­ally. It means learn­ing to say NO to every­one else and YES to what you truly want. Tak­ing the leap toward what ful­fills you is an incred­ible cour­ageous step.

Now is a good time to think of all the things you enjoy but no longer doing, or the things you been want­ing to do but wait­ing for that per­fect time, per­fect loc­a­tion, per­fect fin­an­cial security, …

Take that leap today/ this year toward who you truly want. Leap into the life you desire, the life you deserve, the life that has been wait­ing for you. Don’t wait for another year, now is a good time to start.

For info. on the work­shop~ http://www.facebook.com/events/373997819341175/

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My Bucket List — The 100 things I want to do before I die

  1. Attend at least one Sum­mer Olympic Games
  2. Attend Aus­tralian Open  — Done
  3. Swim with a dol­phin – Done
  4. Swim with whale Sharks
  5. Sky­dive – Done
  6. Scuba dive off Australia’s Great Bar­rier Reef — Done
  7. Learn to speak a for­eign language  -
  8. Go skinny-dipping at mid­night –Done
  9. Tell a stranger the story of your life, spar­ing no details – Done
  10. Mas­ter yoga head stand —  On going
  11. Travel around the world – Done
  12. Send a mes­sage in a bottle
  13. Ride a camel into the desert — Done
  14. Write a let­ter to someone in Prison
  15. Fall deeply in love — help­lessly and unconditionally
  16. Write and pub­lish my travel log
  17. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia
  18. Go on a canoe trip and camp in a wild – Done
  19. Learn to play at least one musical instrument
  20. Do trans– Africa (Cape to Cairo)  – Done
  21. Spend New Year’s eve in Times Square -
  22. Get pas­sion­ate about a cause and spend time help­ing it – doing now AWIB
  23. Sleep under the stars – Done
  24. Go wild in Rio – Done
  25. Do some­thing I love as a job – One going
  26. Ride a roller­coaster — Done
  27. White­wa­ter Raft– Done
  28. Grow a garden
  29. Go up in a hot-air bal­loon — Done
  30. Visit at least 5 National parks in Africa – Done
  31. Attend at least one Salif Keita’s con­cert – Done
  32. Montreal Jazz fest­ival – Done
  33. Par­ti­cip­ate at  Burring Man
  34. Kiss total stranger in a bar –Done
  35. Learn to cook Thai food -
  36. Meet a total stranger trav­el­ing and end-up stay­ing in their house – Done
  37. Bun­gee Jump — Done
  38. Have my own TV Show
  39. Walk the great wall of China
  40. Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show — Done
  41. Learn to live with detach­ment – On going
  42. Prac­tice my Medi­ation twice a day – On going
  43. Write my autobiography
  44. Teach someone some­thing new
  45. Float around the Dead Sea — Done
  46. Spend a month in Ashram Med­it­at­ing and learn­ing – Done
  47. Spend New year’s eve in Sydney – Done
  48. Take a group of dis­ad­vant­age kids on round the world tour
  49. Travel from Tur­key to Pakistan over land
  50. At least Visit 100 coun­tries before I turn 50
  51. Organ­ize a big reunion with all my friends from around the world
  52. Learn to make art and give it to people -
  53. Learn to read Tarot cards
  54. Run a God­dess circle with more than 100 women
  55. Reach at least one mil­lion people through my work around the world
  56. Start a lib­rary in Ethiopia with den­ted books I get from around the world
  57. Tell stor­ies to kids as part of my com­munity work
  58. Take part on the 45 days silent Medi­ation (Vipassana)
  59. Live on island for a month
  60. Attend big travel con­fer­ence (where all won­derer souls come together)
  61. Visit Iguasu Falls – Argentina/Brazil — Done
  62. Vic­toria Falls – Zambia/ Zim­b­abwe — Done
  63. Uluru – Aus­tralia – Done
  64. Robin Island – South Africa – Done
  65. Swim with Pen­guins – Done
  66. Petra – Jordan – Done
  67. Mac­chu Pichu – Peru – Done
  68. Abu Sim­bel – Egypt – Done
  69. Wit­ness the North­ern Light – Done
  70. Dance under thou­sands stars with Hum­mer people in South­ern Ethiopia — Done
  71. Eat at one of the best Res­taur­ants in the world
  72. Set foot on all Seven con­tin­ent – One more to go
  73. Volun­teer Abroad  - Done
  74. See gla­cier up-close and per­sonal – Done
  75. Clime act­ive volcano
  76. Get a com­plete makeover once
  77. Live through four sea­son of the year – spring, sum­mer, autumn, winter – Done
  78. Watch cheery blos­som in Japan
  79. Visit Jer­u­s­alem old city — Done
  80. Go on cruise ( If I ever retire from my work:-))
  81. Wild life migra­tion – Masi Mera – Done
  82. Spend some times in Amazon Jungle
  83. Visit Norway’s Fjords
  84. Plant trees
  85. Attend Reed Dance in South Africa – Done
  86. Spread ran­dom act of kind­ness ( Get involve on smile cards pro­ject)
  87. See the sun­rise and sun­set often – On going
  88. Make my blog the biggest resource for young people
  89. Sell everything I own and travel — Done
  90. Travel India by train – Done
  91. Bathe in the Ganges (India) – Done
  92. Fly first class – Done
  93. See Mona lisa in Louvre – Done
  94. Go on romantic getaway -
  95. Learn to Astral Travel – Done
  96. Go on walk­ing Safari – Done
  97. Visit the lean­ing tower of Pisa – Done
  98. Speak to an inter­na­tional audi­ence of thou­sands of people
  99. Golden Gate bridge – Done
  100. Meet Nel­son Man­dela – (the closest I got was meet­ing his wife so far) +
  101. Live in a tree house (I had to add the last one, it’s been on my mind for a while now)

PS* Some of the picture’s can be found on the travel page

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Being Inspired from within

Allo Beau­ti­ful souls!

Someone recently asked me

Why my web­site doesn’t have any more new content?

Why I am not blog­ging as I prom­ised to do?

And

my true hon­est answer came out from my heart

and  said,  I am not inspired.

Later on that even­ing I said to myself, is it true?

Is it true I am not inspired at all?

What is it I need to be inspired?

Am I wait­ing for the inspir­a­tion to come from outside?

So I sat to med­it­ate with the ques­tion and answer,

(the only and best thing I ever know to do)

And that my friends,

Brought out lots of why’s.

Why I decided to come back to Ethiopia?

Why do I have a website?

Why do I want to share my life?

The truth is, it’s all about me.

Yes I want to make the world a bet­ter place, Trans­form lives, Be light to human­ity all those goodness…

But deep down I know, doing what I love to do has always lead me to be a con­scious, lov­ing, stronger, trust­ing, happy, non-judgmental, funny, spon­tan­eous, groun­ded creature that I am, and I love that!!  How could I not want more of that:-)

So I went back to my bucket list, to do my invent­or­ies and revi­sion.
Because  for me it’s those things that keep me inspired, give me the fuel that I need to get through my day, keep me focused (sane :-)) when everything around me tells me oth­er­wise. So there you have it. Hope you all have that inspir­a­tion within.

Will post my Bucket List on the next post. If you do get inspired, share yours too.

If you don’t know about Bucket List or you want to cre­ate your own –

http://www.lifed.com/bucket-list-225-things-to-do-before-you-die

http://www.wakeuplist.com/

http://www.43things.com/

“The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown

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Gambella

Hello Gor­geous People,

I want to share with you about my recent trips to Gam­bella (West part of Ethiopia almost close to South Sudan). For those of you who are won­der­ing if this was one of my small travel fix, happy to tell you NO!! It was WORK:-) this time though truth be told, I was dying to go that part of Ethiopia for a very long time.

My first visit went like this. I am so excited to go to Gam­bella fol­lowed by OMG… this is so depress­ing, lots of poverty, HIV/AIDS, refugee camps, ten­sion in the com­munity. I felt con­fused and miser­able for days, feel­ing guilty and help­less­ness as I have never known it before. Extreme heartache and emo­tion­ally shattered!

So next time around, I asked myself what am I cap­able of doing? If I keep doing what I am doing or feel­ing, I real­ized I wasn’t serving any­one else or myself. I needed a drastic men­tal shift!

Here is some­thing I shared with friends in my email from there. Includ­ing pic­tures too. Enjoy!!

Few of you who have chat­ted with me after my first trip in at the end of May know little bit about the chal­lenges I faced on my first trip. This time am happy to report I’m amaz­ingly doing well. Of course noth­ing has changed, still there is so much poverty more than I could ever be able to explain, still the HIV/AIDs is higher in this region and I see more kids on the street but I also came to my senses, turn to my own inner wis­dom for guid­ance.  Instead of choos­ing to see the worst and tor­ture myself with guilt I have opened up to the won­der­ful cul­ture, beau­ti­ful green land and ami­able people that sur­roun­ded me.

Aside my work I vis­ited a local orphan­age, mar­ket and I even had a test of local food (Okra and Maize Genfo). I am always grate­ful for won­der­ful souls that show up in my life when I need them and my blessed life full of adven­ture and possibilities.”

 

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Taking Responsibility

He that is good for mak­ing excuses is sel­dom good for any­thing else.
— Ben­jamin Franklin

When we are stuck in life and noth­ing seem to move for­ward, we des­per­ately look for answer every­where. Hop­ing our prayer is answered in some form.
That form can be a sign, a phrase from a book, people we meet on the street, mes­sage though our dream, I do believe divine inter­ven­tion comes in every form and size.

Few months ago, I received an email that shocked my sys­tem. It wasn’t a bad news but it was a kind of wakeup call I needed. Why? because I was kind of get­ting com­fort­able where I was in life.

I was in that com­fort zone of not want­ing to see other pos­sib­il­it­ies. The email came from Nahu – one of the won­der­ful women I came to admire, respect and lucky to work with in tak­ing AWiB to the next level.

It read

As a great Amer­ican Com­ment­ator, Erma Bom­beck, once said “when I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of tal­ent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.

I want all of us to reflect on that say­ing and to really intern­al­ize the mean­ing of it all. We are con­cerned more about oth­ers than ourselves. Have I used my God given tal­ent? Should be our con­cern instead.  I have heard most of you shriek­ing when I said each of us needs to sell 48 tick­ets to move all 500 of them and yes since we don’t have a mean­ing­ful spon­sor, we need to do it by ourselves. But if we say we couldn’t because of zil­lions reas­ons that life is throw­ing at us, believe me we are not going to move even one. What we utter is what we act upon and get, and that is the uni­ver­sal truth.”

See I was one of those people who shrank giv­ing mil­lion reas­ons why I won’t be able to sell those tick­ets. But this email turned things around, not only that I sold more than 50 tick­ets but it also made me think where else in my life I am shrink­ing? Not doing enough or simply giv­ing excuses not to do more?

Thank you Nahu, for great wakeup call! We all need someone in our life who can hold us account­able on daily basis.

Now I invite you all to check, where in your life today are you shrink­ing? What is the story or excuse you tell to yourself?


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I Promise Myself…

To be so strong that noth­ing can dis­turb my peace of mind.
To talk health, hap­pi­ness, and prosper­ity to every per­son I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is some­thing worth­while in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optim­ism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthu­si­astic about the suc­cess of oth­ers as I am about my own.
To for­get the mis­takes of the past and press on to the greater achieve­ments of the future.
To wear a cheer­ful expres­sion at all times and give a smile to every liv­ing creature I meet.
To give so much time to improv­ing myself that I have no time to cri­ti­cize oth­ers.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to per­mit the pres­ence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to pro­claim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

By Chris­tian D. Lar­son {I Prom­ise Myself}

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Taking my Dream one step further…

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remem­ber, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the pas­sion to reach for the stars to change the world.Har­riet Tubman

Essence of Per­sonal power @ Addis Hilton

I’m big on dream and most people who know me well can attest I lit­er­ally live for my dream. It’s my dream that wakes me up every day and keeps me on my toe, It’s my dream that put me thru Uni­ver­sity and every insti­tutes I atten­ded. It’s my dream that put me on the bus, plane, train to travel the world and it’s my dream that brought me back to Ethiopia.

As a child grow­ing up here all I did was dream, I had no idea how that was going to come to real­ity someday. It didn’t cross my mind why it shouldn’t either. I wanted to two things, in short travel the world and make a dif­fer­ence in people’s life. Didn’t know how? didn’t ask why either?

Just believed whatever that voice within and fol­lowed my heart. Even though I some­times lose track of my dream, when fear gets the best of me, life always makes sure puts me back on track.

Now am wit­ness­ing one of my biggest dreams com­ing true, shar­ing my stor­ies, exper­i­ences and trans­form­ing people’s lives.

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The Invitation

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 cen­ter of your own sor­row,
If you have been opened by life’s betray­als,
Or have become shriveled 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, 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.
I want to know if you can be faith­less and there­fore be 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 on the edge of a 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 for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the cen­ter 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.

Oriah Moun­tain Dreamer

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