The wind of positive change swirls green around me.
In circling ribbons of warmth and awareness.
Green gets it. Green believes even when you refuse to. Green is faith undetected but always present. Green knows you’ll find your way out. To the green.
Green shoots live in the actions you remain steadfast to pursue, even when they feel tiny and worthless. In the small daily rituals to find a clearer path the genesis of a spark appears in the spring of green.
Green is tenacious. It never gives up.
Every action was (is) progress.
It moves to its own rhythm. It pulls you forward. A big strength in the small. Every move is important. Counted. Your mind pulsates to the beat. A ribbon from heart to mind. In a flowing cadence of green.
When green arrives or returns, outcomes don’t matter anymore. Finally, it hits you: You can’t control the uncontrollable. The ego has fooled you all along, laid a trap.
You’ve been duped.
And green knows it.
Green doesn’t laugh at you.
Green is a teacher.
Not an emerald temptress.
A warm entrance to a moment.
In shiny-bright green shades of now.
Green – the late arrival of calm.
Green – physical and mental reward for finding methods to slay fear and anxiety.
Green guides thoughts.
Green uncovers methods designed to turn the tables.
Gain control over enemies.
And now – an inner peace I haven’t experienced in years has returned.
I’ve turned back to the green page.
After so long. Years.
The next chapter of me has arrived.
New & improved (beaten lightly).
A wiser presence standing. Sharper around the edges than the shadow of who I was.
Broken free from those who mastered over me.
Green is robust. Thick. A fighter.
I am no longer the reflection in a mirror.
I’m me. In deep-green three dimensional color.
Green is a complete acceptance of what is.
How things are now.
It’s not the path that got me to the place.
It is the place.
Although I’m tempted by the past, which is yellow.
I won’t go back.
To the stain.
I’m armed with silk ribbons of Chartreuse.
Encircling. Ever engaging me in the present.
Green prevents me, guards me from the mistakes of the past.
And I don’t want green to leave again.
I still remember when it disappeared. Bled to white in 2011. Gone forever.
I was sure.
It was all over.
And after the fall.
A white winter never arrived.
A shade of green emerged.
What an interesting trip back to now.
Floating on a color.
And green is happiness in many forms. Self-defined.
Find your green.
Here’s the wrap.
1). Green Is Not A Destination. It’s an arrival. As you focus on your daily actions, green grows. Friend and mentor James Altucher found his green, created a Daily Practice. Start a daily practice of your own. Whatever it is. Pick your battles. Then do the work, do the work, do the work to succeed. Train your mind. Every day. Repetitive, positive actions ignite green. Choose the words to yourself carefully, they will set the pace of the day. The words you hear inside will prevent green from leaking out.
2). Green Assures. You are finally back on the right path. New growth seals your progress. You start to recognize who you are, not who others expect you to be. The rules created are your own and if they’re true, honorable, then nobody can take the green away. It will be sealed inside so deep others won’t penetrate. Those who say you can’t succeed, I don’t love you, your rules are unusual fold into the shadow of who you were. Not who you are. They are hidden entities now. Camouflaged in blends of green. And gone from the path. And you’re now grateful.
3). Happy money is green. Clean green. Let’s face it: What is money? Dirty paper steeped in salmonella. The authors of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending outline the robust green of money. Spending doesn’t lead to happiness, at least not long term. Short term spending is designed to stroke your ego; when the excitement fades you’re back at it. A slave to the high. The art of smarter spending is based on the authors’ research into what I call “green-satisfaction” spending.
Five principles that can lead to monetary bliss:
Buy experiences, not stuff: Spend on memories that will enhance your life colors.
Make it a treat: Keep buying junk you don’t need and the novelty wears off. Research reflects that the category in which people spend the least becomes a greater source of happiness. Track your discretionary spending (fun stuff) for a month. Determine where you spend the most. Do you still derive as much happiness from the spending activity? If not, cut it back. Make it special.
Buy time: Sure, buy that nice house in the suburbs. Get a better bang for your buck. Now sit for four hours a day commuting. See how much you care about all the money you saved. It’s not worth it. Time is worth more than money.
Pay now, consumer later: Studies show paying for an item, service now but consuming later creates happier, greener money than doing the opposite. For example, I love being able to purchase music immediately through ITunes. However, when I pre-order a movie, album selections and receive an e-mail a week later from Apple notifying me that my “pre-order is ready for downloading,” I get more excited over the purchase. Yes, we want everything now, we’re Americans; purchasing and waiting may be a greener way to go.
Invest in others: I love purchasing gifts, giving more than I enjoy receiving. It’s is the basis for research into this principle. According to the authors, a Starbucks gift card provided the most happiness when people used it to buy coffee for someone else.
Happy money is green. Unhappy money is well, bacteria-filled fiber.
4). Never Force Green. It will arrive when you’re ready to arrive. Not before. You’ll be driving. At the mall. Wherever. And boom. It’ll hit. I can remember day, time and where I was when green re-engaged. Focus on your daily practices and before you know it – Green. Don’t rush it.
5). Green is victory. You reached a goal, lost the weight, made the bonus, fought the enemy. And you won. All the hard work has paid off.
As I fight a corporate giant seeking to strip me of everything including my career, I see with each move, my green is growing deeper. And I will spend the rest of my life making sure they know it. Others will know it, too. Many others.
I will fight a terrorist, lying organization.
For as long as it takes.
In private. In public, eventually.
And humble them to the green of honesty.
For as long as it takes.
No matter how many organs I sacrifice.
For the right.
For the truth.
For the green light.
To keep on rolling.