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Notes from Steve

July 16, 2015

This guy named Vijali said “We need to give ourselves permission to act out our dreams and visions, not look for more sensations, more phenomena, but live our strongest dreams – even if it takes a lifetime.”  Yes, he’s right.  I think the problem, and my dilemma, is to decipher the difference between my strongest dream and something that catches my attention at the moment.  

Organized religion for me is about the ceremony of church - the music, teachings, services … etc.  My definition of true spirituality (or Christianity or whatever religion you choose) is about living the example.  The example in my church (Methodist) would be to embody the example of Jesus and live his example daily – love your neighbor and do good stuff all the time.  More often than not, we church folk get caught up in the flashy teaching of the moment (sensations and phenomena),and forget the love part.  


I ask myself all the time “What is my strongest dream?”  When I started working with my coach years ago she asked the same thing.  I couldn’t for the life of me give one goal or specific thing, but I did say that I want the journey to be great.   Perhaps the “strongest dream” doesn’t have to pertain to a certain goal, but the dream is the journey.  An awesome, fun, and love- filled journey, where you do lots of stuff, and see lots of things, and everyone is laughing … that sounds pretty good to me.


So if my strongest dream is a great journey, then my journey should be about doing good stuff all the time.  Not about telling others they are doing things wrong, or trying to decipher what their journey should be, but being good for a lifetime and in that – being the example of a good person – that is enough.  Flashy stuff, sensations, phenomena … this stuff will come and go … if your strongest dream is to lead an awesome life, full of adventure and love, start by being the best person possible.  You won’t regret it.


-Steve Simonin, President & CEO

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