Jason

So why even try...
If something is important enough, you should try - even if the probable outcome is failure.
— Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors and SpaceX

Here's some rambling thoughts, quotes and what I'm up to that may lead to further conversation when we meet in person...  Looking forward to it, my friend. 


In junior high I played football.  I wasn't the tallest, fastest or strongest player on the team and most of the time I didn't know what I was doing. I remember playing defense and for some reason beyond me I ended up intercepting the football as a lineman, and at that moment my coach yelled out "Chronie! What can't you do?"

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we’re more powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
— Marrianne Williamson

Not a whole lot has changed since my teen years, I haven't gotten any taller, I'm not much for sprinting through life and my strength is found in my inner being of 'why I do, what I do and how I go about it.' 

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
— Rabindranath Tagore

I desire to know what inspires you? What three books would you recommend I read to better know you as a human being?

For me? I'm inspired by the people I've encounter who have challenged me to further cultivate a compassionate and courageous curiosity for myself and the other... my neighbor, a new friend.

I'm challenged and moved to greater compassion for my neighbor by these thoughts of the Dalai Lama in the introduction of his book "How to Practice."

I travel to many places around the world and whenever I speak to people, I do so with a feeling that I am a member of their own family. Although we may be meeting for the first time, I accept everyone as friend. In truth, we already know one another, profoundly, as human beings who share the basic goals: We all seek happiness and do not want suffering.
— Dalai Lama

I have a deep wanderlust for people and places with great purpose and long to reconnect with new friends down the road.  Since traveling I've been learning how to receive kindness expressed in generosity.

Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. And with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, we have done this ourselves.
— Lao-tzu

I have a poem by Kent Nerburn attached to the visor of our van.

That is why we need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we loose our sense of wonder. Our eye’s don’t lift to the horizon; Our ears to don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in routine that is both comforting and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days.
— Kent Nerburn

At some point in our travels it turned into a journey and Kent's poem became the inspiration to venturing into the unknown and Heatherlyn remixed the thoughts and made it her own. 

Offer yourself to the unknown and your senses with sharpen. Your world will enlarge, and your sense of wonder will expand.

Lift your eyes to the horizon. Open your ears to the sounds around you. Experience the edge and know, that when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable, you make yourself limitless.

Wake up! Wake up each day, knowing you are Living and living into your dreams.

Dreams you’ve never surrendered to that ever elusive and false sense of security or the notion that life id to be preserved rather than simply LIVED.
— Heatherlyn

I am most alive on the road.

My sacred space is closing my eyes and recalling my last night of sleep in the van. I yearn to wake up in a new destination that has yet to be seen because of pulling in at 2AM. 

I recall the sound of cattle hooves making their way to open pastures next to where we parked at a rest stop in Montana or purposely facing the van to the east to see the sunrise at 10,000 feet in the Rockies. I recall what it feels like to sleep in the ice cold of the night in Northern Minnesota or the humid air of Mississippi. 

I've been to the end of the road where there is no place to park for the night and then I'm reminded what hospitality feels like being welcomed home where ever I may be.

This is why I need to travel.


Spot On! There you are... here I am. Tag lines for me could be... Impresario, Cobbler, Egalitarian, Social Entrepreneur.

My Enneagram and Life Path Number are the same, a 9... Peacemaker, Philanthropist, Socially Conscious, and deeply concerned for the state of the world.

Simply, I seek to be a benefit and blessing to the world believing anything is possible if we do it together.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that has.
— Margaret Mead

June 2014, mentored by Dr. Bertrand Piccard - Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist, I began a challenge along with 1,092 participants across the globe to "Make Possible the Impossible with a Pioneering Spirit."

Along with Brian Jones, Bertrand Piccard was the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the world in 1999.

He is currently an initiator, chairman and co-pilot along with Andre Borschberg, pioneering the first attempted around-the-world solar flight to promote clean technologies in theSolar Impulse II solar airplane

In the 30 day challenge we were led through three steps designed to reach our manifesto with a Pioneering Spirit. We had 7 days to complete each step in order for the next step to be revealed.  Out of 1,071 participants to complete the challenge, I was 1 of 50 from around the world to be recognized for my manifesto.   

 

My manifesto has become the Heatherlyn Music CSA Commission manifesto: Make Possible the Impossible for an Artist: to create a livelihood by openly offering their artistry and expertise as a gift within a market driven economy.

Along with being encouraged by the other challenge participants and inspired by Bertrand Piccard, several authors over the past 6 years have stirred much of my thoughts around why we do what we do and how we go about it.


Please, feel free to message me with any thoughts, questions or three books you could recommend for me to read to better know you as a human being. Mahalo!

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