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They ask: "Hey, what's up? How's it going?"
For years now, I respond:
"You know, just surfing the chaos."
Surfing the chaos has meant an acceptance that life is messy.
There are the big tempests: unforeseen illnesses. Natural disasters. The usual suspects on the list of "top ten most stressful life events."
IS THE IDEAL, ART AND PRACTICE OF LEARNING NOT ONLY TO ACCEPT, BUT EXPECT LIFE TO BE MESSY...LEARNING NOT ONLY TO SURVIVE - BUT THRIVE AMIDST CHALLENGE.
And then there's the daily flood threatening to exhaust and overwhelm.
But if you expect the unexpected - even welcome it - then you have something else. Something valuable.
Surfing the chaos is about rising above the turbulence, deftly riding it into new places, and transforming it into a catalyst.
Not just surviving challenge, but thriving in challenge.
Some live life thrashed around, feeling drained by an endless barrage of crushing waves.
Others live a life of flourishing, feeling energized by the endless sea of opportunities.
This is how we got here:
I began writing a private blog just for my children, intending to share it all when they were old enough. I'd post stories about the most challenging times in my life and the lessons I learned.
While coaching my clients, I realized I was sharing many of the same lessons. Why not offer these ideas more broadly? And the concept evolved from blog to book.
Yet I was learning not just from my life, but by a continual study of the lives of others. A voracious consumption of memoirs, documentaries, interviews. So many other full lives, rich in challenge and triumph.
And thus came the idea of seeking the stories and lessons of those we've heard quite a lot about and from...just not in this way. And that idea moved from a book to a podcast - where their voices could be heard...literally.
What great things could come from sitting down with those known for their success, confidence, and buoyance to hear them discuss how they made it through crushing blows, insecurity, and secret struggles?
How great would it be to feel the vulnerability of the invulnerable, and to be taught by that vulnerability?
If reminded that our heroes are as human as we are, would we be rededicated to living the heroic lives we forfeit in small ways every day?
The purpose of this podcast is to give the powerful an opportunity to be vulnerable,
and to give the vulnerable a reminder to be powerful.
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