Sharing in our Growth

You ever have one of those experiences where you stumble across something that totally changes your life? There is a quote that I really like that says, “We are here to teach what it is that we need to learn ourselves”. I would like to share with you how that quote played a part in the creation of my first book Brian’s List – 26 ½ Easy to Use Ideas on How to Live a Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life!

It was in early 2008 as I was struggling with the decision to leave the family business. Now for those that know me, I am a very driven person and this driven nature has served me well through the years (cross country bicycle ride, triathlons, etc.). And being the driven person that I was, I wanted to do a couple of things to figure out why I was feeling out of balance and not myself. After some contemplation I realized that I was burned out from my job. I wasn’t fulfilled there, nor was I growing anymore. I knew it was time for a change. The second thing that I did, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a handful of ideas that I knew would keep me balanced and centered while I was going through this potential transition in my life. So I put on my self-awareness cap and wrote down 5 things on a piece of paper. From that day forward every time I began to feel out of balance or out of center, I would refer to my list and read it.

Number #1: Make sure I was drinking enough water daily.
Number #2: Make sure that I was getting some daily exercise.
Number #3: Make sure that I was getting enough sleep each night.
Number #4: Allow some time each day to have some alone time so that I could re-energize my system.
Number #5: Allow some time each day to be creative. For me being creative means to write or play my guitar.

My little plan helped me out so much as I worked through my transition that I thought hey, why don’t I expand the list and make it into a book to help others in the same way that I helped myself. So that it was I did! And boy, am I glad that I did. I learned a lot about myself in the process, I have met some amazing people at book signings and workshops, the book won a couple of awards (which I am still pinching myself) and most importantly I know that the book has helped others in the same way that I was able to help myself. And for that I am very proud. And not only that, but as I learned how to find balance in my life I began to truly realize why It is so critical to have it in our lives for many different reasons, most importantly because it gives us a solid base from which to operate. Without a solid base, it is very difficult to stay focused and move forward toward our goals and dreams. Without balance it can also be a struggle to listen to our intuition and guidance, which is crucial as we learn how to follow our hearts and move forward on our path. Another reason it is important to have balance in our everyday life is because balance makes it possible to be fully alive and to live by making choices in the moment. In balance we have the energy, attention and space in our lives to seize new opportunities. We can live proactively, not reactively.

So I think you can see how the quote “We are here to teach what it is that we need to learn ourselves” played a part in the creation of Brian’s List. As I worked on and learned how to stay in balance, my path has led me to help others do the same thing.

Where is your growth taking you? And how will you be able to help others from what you have learned about yourself?

 

Copyright G. Brian Benson 2013

 

 

     

 

 

Come On Down

Come on down it’s time to shine

And leave your fears at bay

They aren’t real, illusions guise

It’s time you shared your say

 

Come on down it’s time to be

Present in life’s grand flow

Centered, balanced, trusting thought

Intuits guiding know

 

Come on down it’s time to share

Your gifts, your life, your core

Sublime march unique to you

Which opens faithful door

 

Come on down it’s time to trust

Spirits inspired plan

Gentle nudges of support

Firm foundation to stand

 

Come on down it’s time to feel

Free your heart, mind and soul

Release the pain, taste the joy

Of playing your true role

 

Come on down it’s time to love

Life, yourself, your story

You are truth, complete and whole

Birthing perfect glory

 

Come on down it’s time to live

It surges inside you

Your hopes and dreams need to breathe

And shine their colored hue

 

Copyright G. Brian Benson 2013

 

 

     

 

 

You Don’t Know Me But We’ve Met

I want to share a very inspiring story about my brother-in-law John. You see I had known John for about 15 years and thought I knew him pretty well. He was a friendly, hardworking, quiet kind of guy who I had always enjoyed a few laughs with and enjoyed being around, but never really had any deep conversations with. Well recently my sister sent me a text and asked if I had seen the poem John wrote and posted on Facebook. I had not I replied, but I told her I would take a look. When I got around to reading his post, what I found left me very touched, inspired and blown away. John’s authentic poem shared a lot about himself…his thoughts, his inner work and his own path of wanting to improve himself. I suppose it touched me so much because I totally felt the raw authenticity behind it and felt a kindred spirit who also was dealing with a similar issue. I myself have struggled with being totally open about and sharing my life for others to see and judge. I am at times a bit introverted just like John. I am also a pretty private person. Yet I feel like it is my life purpose to open up and share my stories in hopes of inspiring and helping others to move forward in their lives. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing another person step out boldly and sharing something they are going through. It gives the rest of us permission to do the same. Thank you John for your honesty.

 

You Don’t Know Me, But We’ve Met
 

When you walk into the room you never look shy

A spring in your step a gleam in your eye

I just can’t be like that, I don’t even know why

It’s not because I’m unwilling, or that I don’t try

 

A inherited trait, perhaps that much is true

You didn’t know my father, but he may have known you

For he was quite shy, but not at all sad

His name was Tom, but I called him dad

 

I’m trying to change, come out of my shell

Expose more to the world, but it’s tough as hell

Next time we meet, I’ll work harder to smile

Perhaps lower my defenses, even chat for a while

 

As I crawl toward the light, searching for that new lease

In the puzzle that’s called life, this is but the first piece.

 

John Andrew 2012

Copyright 2012 G. Brian Benson

 

     

 

Trust

Flowing and joyful, the way it should be

As we wander through life, trying to see

 

A life full of yearning, of goodness, of grace

Letting go of conflict, struggle, the race

 

It’s easy to see with imperfect eyes

All that is synthetic, illusion, lies

 

It holds us back, caught up in that play

Against the grain, slow moving decay

 

Life, growth and love, always hand in hand

Accept each for their worth, all so grand

 

It doesn’t have to sting, or even bite

Faith in the process, not in the fight

 

Your vision becomes clear, always to scale

Energies shifted, you blaze a new trail

 

Perfection exists, presence is key

Each moment treasure, sets you free

 

Trust in your path, step into the light

True nature soars and always takes flight

 

G. Brian Benson © 2012

 

 

     

 

“Almost Me”

Chasing a result

Left me feeling bare

Worthiness questioned

Happiness was rare

 

Incomplete body

Unnatural lull

Focused surface view

My glass was half full

 

As I searched outside

I would squint to see

Always wanting more

That I’m almost me

 

Then I stopped the chase

Listened to my heart

Set aside my fears

And played my true part

 

Using what I have

Trusting it’s enough

Letting my light shine

Clearing out old stuff

 

Being my true self

Weight began to shed

Forward moving now

No more have to tread

 

Intentions in sync

Life clearly in flow

Always been complete

I just didn’t know

 

Sun shining brighter

Gratitude in stow

No more almost me

I was always whole

 

heart

 

Copyright 2012 G. Brian Benson

 

 

     

 

Guitar Man – Award Winning Inspirational Short Film

A street musician, ‘Guitar Man’ has a gift for playing the blues on his guitar and connecting with others. His love for music and for people supercedes everything else in his life. Although on the surface he doesn’t have much, that doesn’t stop him from sharing two simple messages, ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’

 

Please enjoy this award winning inspirational short film by G. Brian Benson.

 

 

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