Abandonment

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Hola amigos,

Happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the pig and I hope that it brings you lots of prosperity, joy, and love. 

This week I have been thinking a lot about my college tennis coach, Joaquin, and all the wisdom that he has shared with myself and my teammates. One of the pearls of wisdom that he has bestowed upon us is the idea of “Stretching”. What is stretching? Stretching is going beyond ourselves and our self-defined limits. Stretching is cramping in the 3rd set tie-breaker, but choosing to play your heart out and sprint for every ball even when your mind and your body are screaming “No more!” Stretching isn’t comfortable and it doesn’t feel good in the beginning. Choosing to stretch ourselves isn’t necessarily a skill that we are born with, but something we can develop over time with diligence and discipline. I miss those moments of stretching on the tennis court during grueling matches, but there is plenty of stretching to be done in the post grad life too 😉 I will say that tapping into this “Stretching” mindset is a euphoric and satisfying feeling. It shows us that we can always do and be MORE, that we are stronger than we think we are, that we are capable of transcending our own limits and the limits put upon us by others. 

Man, what I would do for one of our team circles right now! I am so grateful for Joaquin and the amazing group of women that I now call my sisters. He truly taught us how to lead and live with love & heart. 

I hope that wherever you’re at in life right now that you find peace and love amidst it all.

Love,

Manders

P.S.

Heart on Fire

Sometimes I get tired of how fiercely I live, how fiercely I feel, how fiercely I love. My goal is inner peace, but sometimes I don’t know how to find that stillness when I’m on fire for life. It’s like someone lit a fire in my heart and in my soul and I just can’t stop. I want to go, I want to explore, I want to create, I want to connect, I want to be of service, I want to experience life in its fullness. My thirst for a life of richness is what gets me out of bed in the morning and is the reason I sometimes can’t sleep at night. Can I have both? How do I rest in stillness and in peace when my insatiate heart is aflame with passion?

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa

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