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Passion Party #579 - Purpose Vs. Passion

Posted: 23 March 2017, 9:12 am - Passion Party

There is a lot of fear going around.  I feel it.
I see it in the news. I hear it from my friends.
At times like this I feel a need to rise above, to filter out the noise.

I am lucky.  I found a job that I love, a job that lets me help people get to their goals, a job that relates to my purpose in life. 
I love to use my talents to inspire others and help them build a better life, whether it is through banking or music or education.

Some people are not so lucky.  They struggle to find their purpose in life.  They may feel lost, or on a treadmill, not really living - just existing day to day.

"Finding Your Purpose In Life" can be a drag.  It can feel like another chore.  Why bother?

Better to find the passion in your life.  What lights your fire? What makes you want to wake up in the morning?  If money were no object, what would you do today?
Even here the answer may not be so obvious.  It might not be the first thought that comes to mind. But do it, take action, see how it feels.  Can you wear this comfortably?

When you find your Passion, your Purpose will follow close behind.


Passion Party #578 - Context Vs. Content

Posted: 7 March 2017, 7:34 am - Passion Party

Most people want the short answer, the quick fix.  "Just tell me what to do and I'll do it".
They think if you give them the answer, they will know the question. But just like Carnac The Magnificent (OK kids - Google it) the answer might lead to the wrong question.

There are hundreds, probably thousands of books and articles about how to be a positive person - the power of positive thinking, etc.  The steps of "How  to" are easy and simple, virtually anyone can really do them.  The "What to do" is a short list, nothing to it.

But before we get to the content of any discussion, it is important to set the context.  The "Why" is the key.  The "what's important about being a positive person, to you?" must be explored.  Otherwise it is just another feel-good pamphlet sitting in that stack at the edge of your desk; another book of affirmations that you never open.

Context is set by asking probing questions, giving examples, analyzing what actually changed in people's lives and what triggered the change.  Change is the one constant in life, and change is hard.  It is so much easier to stay in the status quo, to accept that, maybe, life sucks a large percentage of the time.

Or maybe - when we have established the context of Positivity, the How and What will become not only easy, but will make sense and be worth pursuing.



Passion Party #577 - The Land Of Distraction

Posted: 7 February 2017, 7:05 am - Passion Party

The world is a distraction
from what's important.
Infuriating, frustrating and confusing.

Time to get back to what I love,
what is important to me.
Time to get back to
why I get up every day.

To share my love
to share my knowledge
to share my joy
to share my abumdance
to PLAY BIG.

To show the world that this is not a zero-sum game.
We do continue to grow
We do continue to learn
We do continue to prosper
when we place ourselves in the stream of abundance
and live in faith instead of fear.


Do What You Love, and then Do More of What You Love

Posted: 2 February 2017, 9:46 am - Passion Party

I am so excited to start 2017 with a new project.  This trio will bring the schwing, for sure.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, I hope you can join me in Studio City later this month

George Kahn - Piano
Alex Acuna - drums
Lyman Medeiros - Bass

One night only, Sunday 2/26
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Vitellos E Spot Lounge in Studio City
$15 cover, plus minimum
MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE!


George Kahn "Secrets" Trio, Feb. 26 featuring Alex Acuna

Posted: 2 February 2017, 9:39 am - SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO

I am so excited to start 2017 with a new project.  This trio will bring the schwing, for sure

George Kahn - Piano
Alex Acuna - drums
Lyman Medeiros - Bass

One night only, Sunday 2/26
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Vitellos E Spot Lounge in Studio City
$15 cover, plus minimum
MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE!
 


Passion Party #576 - Seek Your Light

Posted: 26 January 2017, 6:58 pm - Passion Party

Seek Your Light 
Moths are known to be attracted to light, but one young moth took it to extremes and fell completely in love with a bright star high up in the sky.
Other moths tried to reason with him, telling him that he’d never reach the object of his desire and that he should pick a closer, more attainable goal – like a porch lamp or a candle or a campfire. But the moth wouldn’t be deterred.
So one by one all the other moths went off in search of “practical” targets, and one by one they burned out in pursuit of the goals they chose. But the moth sailed up into the sky, never reaching his star, but living a long and happy life in pursuit of his dream.
Sometimes a goal that’s seemingly out of reach can give more than you hoped for.


Passion Party #575 - When I Grow Up

Posted: 19 January 2017, 10:07 pm - Passion Party

When I grow up I want to be...
to be a channel
to be a spokesperson
to be the host
to be the guest
to be the leader
to be the servant
to be in the flow
to be charitable
to be giving
to be free
to be in nature
to be authentic
to be caring
to be compassionate
to be beyond fear
to be faith-full
to be a speck of dust
to be the universe


Passion Party #574 - The Word of the Year

Posted: 22 December 2016, 6:56 am - Passion Party

Merriam Webster announced today
the word most looked up on their website this year.
It may come as a shock to know
That people with intelligence still want to grow.
For education they use their gear
allowing the computer to enter the fray.

Shock, dismay, lack of belief,
fantastic change, anguish and surprise,
the news often hit us between the eyes.
What I, for one, thought to be true
was merely "truthiness" in disguise.

The year has gone and left us here
to carry on in hope and fear
So now with all that we've had to deal
We're left with the word of the year: "Surreal"
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/woty2016-top-looked-up-words-surreal


Passion Party #573 - Commitment

Posted: 19 December 2016, 7:53 am - Passion Party

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
 
It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions, which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through - time after time, year after year.
 
Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.


Passion Party #572 - The Biggest Surprise

Posted: 9 December 2016, 8:51 am - Passion Party

--> The Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him the most: "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. 
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. 

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; 

he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”


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