😇 Is the hard way your only option?
Ed 97: In-Pulse TL;DR When you are stuck in a two-way crossroad, the only option for you to choose is the hard way, because the easy way will bring you right back to where you started.
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☄️ What’s Vibing This Week
Imagine you're on your favorite hiking vacation!
You are walking on a dirt road in the hills, with green fields as far you can see. The sky is shining blue, the air is electric, and every breath you take is exhilarating.
After walking for a few hours, lost in thought, and blended with Nature, you arrive at a two-way crossroad. A big sign pointing right says 'The Hard Way,' and another sign pointing left says 'The Easy Way.'
When you look right, you see that the road winds its way up a mountain so tall the peak is obscured by clouds. The road is dirt and gravel, washed out in several places, and littered with rocks and debris.
No thanks, you think to yourself. No wonder the sign says 'The Hard Way.'
Looking left, you see that the road is freshly paved, winding gently down a hill, around a corner, and into the valley below.
Which way do you choose?
Easy, you think. Why would anyone in their right mind go right instead of left. Even the signs are clear — one way is easy, the other is hard.
As you begin to walk down the left-hand path, a voice stops you in your way.
"You sure you want to go down that path, friend?"
Startled, you look around but don't see anyone. "Over here," says the voice again. Sitting in the cool shadows of a neem tree, you see an old woman with a black cat. The light meows are carried away quickly with the blowing breeze.
"Who are you?" you ask.
"Me?" the old woman says, patting her cat. "People call me The Empress. You can call me that too if you like."
"The Empress?" You look around suspiciously. "Is that some kind of a game?"
The Empress laughs, gently patting her cat, and shakes her head.
"What did you mean when you asked if I'm sure I want to go down that path?"
"The paths are not what they seem," says the Empress. "Look closely and you'll see it's an illusion."
"An illusion?" you ask.
"Yes. What you think you see isn't real. You see the world through a lens that doesn't always serve you well. Someday you'll understand, and when you do, the illusion will disappear and everything will change."
"Help me understand, then," you say, less defensively than before. "I want to see what you see because the choice seems so obvious to me."
"I help only those who help themselves," the Empress says. "It's your journey. Your path. No one can walk that path for you."
"What's wrong with The Easy Way?" you ask, exasperated. "I'm willing to help myself. I want to learn. Please."
"OK," the Empress takes a long time to hug her cat, "if you promise to listen with an open mind, I'll help you see your options for what they really are..."
Sensing your confusion, the Empress points a long, skinny finger towards the crossroads, pauses for a moment, and then says, "look closely..."
First, you stare at the path labeled The Hard Way.
You see the mountain again, but this time there are no clouds obscuring the peak. Behind the first mountain, you notice another, slightly taller mountain, and behind that, an even taller mountain.
"I see a mountain...and behind it are...more mountains. They continue as far as I can see."
The Empress says nothing more. She just stares back at you with eyes that seem to sparkle with wisdom and life.
Next, you turn your gaze back to the crossroads, this time looking at The Easy Way.
That, too, looks like the way you first saw it. The smooth road descends gradually away from the two-way crossroad and eventually disappears around a corner.
You feel calm and content imagining walking that beautiful country road all the way to the valley below.
But, as you stare at the scene a little longer, you realize something's not quite right.
"I don't understand," you say. "I can see the road all the way to the corner, and I can see the valley below. But I can't see how to get to the valley — what happens to the road after it turns the corner and disappears out of sight?"
The Empress smiles and shakes her head. "Perhaps you should walk down that road for a while and see... that this is the illusion," says the Empress. "The Easy Way is captivating, and there's so much to see along the way. But, when you take The Easy Way, you don't actually get anywhere."
"What do you mean?" you stammer, fearful that you might be losing your mind. "I just walked for miles — how did I get back... here?"
"The promise of The Easy Way is excitement. But that excitement is at the expense of real progress. There's always something new, bright, and shiny to pursue, but eventually, no matter how far you think you travel, you always end up right back here where you started."
"But...if that's true, is my only option the hard way?" you ask, already knowing the answer.
"Correct," the Empress says.
Then, leaning in, she whispers just loud enough for you to hear: "The Hard Way doesn't have to be so hard if you're willing to learn how to climb mountains..."
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“I am so happy that I joined this workshop…. It was short, easy, and quick to the point.. Practicing live with you helped me stay accountable and also reflect on how I would like my day to go. There are so many things that have come out that I can now implement differently and just make my day so much better! Just a small reflection with an actual human being at this time is really helpful. Thank you, Ricky, high vibes to you, and looking forward to joining the next sessions.” ~ Shefalika
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💯 A good plan will involve a long-term vision backed by short-term goals. One of the biggest advantages that I realize while on my 100 Days Life Project is to create planning habits. Let me explain, when you have a plan to create something substantial, it’s all about building consistency in taking action. You will need to break down your big goal into smaller pieces. You will then assign these smaller pieces as milestones for 30 days. To achieve these milestones, you will need to break your milestone goals further. Long story short, you will need to take action daily, weekly, and monthly. That’s how all of it will add up. That’s when you will achieve your big goal. My 100 Days Life Project is helping me create my planning habits that are planning my month, my week, and my days. That’s how good results pile up.
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⚡ What’s Vibing: Elsewhere
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