The wise Jim Carrey…really?

jim-carreySo, I don’t love all of Jim Carrey’s humour. For example, potty humour doesn’t do it for me. I remember a scene from “Me, Myself and Irene”, where his character took a dump on the neighbour’s lawn, just to get back at him for something. It was gross and I almost left the room. Thank God I didn’t go see it in the theatre. That was the worst Jim Carrey movie I’ve ever seen.

But he has incredible talent and dedication to his craft. My kids love “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” He was great in the “Truman Show”, even in “Bruce Almighty.” What I admire is that his is willing to try anything. He is ‘all in’ no matter what he is doing.

What does Jim Carrey have to do with My Simple Desires? Well, looking to be inspired, I had just watched an address of Oprah’s at Spelman College, when I looked to the right of the YouTube screen where more suggested videos pop up, and a commencement speech that Jim Carrey gave at Maharishi University of Management came up. It was INCREDIBLE! He was engaging and goofy, of course, but he was also extremely passionate, centred and wise. This man loves life, believes that all things are possible and exudes so much joy.

I wrote at least two pages of notes while I listened – little nuggets of inspiration and wisdom. For example, his dad could have been a comedian, but took the safe route and became an accountant. A job he later got fired from, that left his family are very hard times. At which point Carrey says “What I learned from my dad is that you can fail at something you don’t want, so why not take on chance on something you love!”

Carrey also watched his mother go through depression and always desperately tried to make her laugh. He was the clown at home just to help her feel joy. And one day, he articulated his life purpose: “to free people from concern.” That’s why he does what he does. “To free people from concern.” That is a pretty awesome life purpose. And as I have a current simple desire to articulate my own life purpose, the simplicity of his spoke to me.

As he spoke, he challenged the graduates with this question: “what do others need that your talent can provide? Because the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”

Yes. Life is about our service to each other and each of us has a unique gift that we have to offer..

I have long admired anyone who is totally clear on what their gift is, and not only know it, but then trust it and follow it with all that they are. I think of people like Craig Kielburger who knew at age 11 his calling to free the children in developing countries from child labour, build schools and inspire youth. Ellen DeGeneres who embraces her comedy and has made her show into an exact expression of who she is. Arlene Dickinson who is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur and author.

We all have similar gifts. Not that they are all grandiose and will lead to fame and riches (but they might). We just need to take the time to think about what they are and then do the work to trust them and follow them through. That is how we will lift this world to a higher plain and that is my simple desire.

This seven who started a revolution

This past weekend I met six people who are and will continue to influence the world in unbelievable ways. We came together in various stages of transition and left with not only new-found friendships and connections, but with new-found belief in our individual power. Together we fueled a fire that put into motion plans that will be bigger than we can predict and reach others in ways untold.

The fire of the revolutions was ignited by the woman who brought us together, Enette Pauze – affectionately referred to as the Master MindMesser. This is a woman with a heart, mind and vision of epic proportions who simply knows that being epic cannot be achieved by one’s self. We need each other to change the world. So, by initiating the weekend, she knew that by sending out a vibration for the need for “more”, the right people would respond to her call…and they did. My God, they did!

Over the course of three 12-13 hour days—that flew by as if a mere minute passed— Enette guided us and from time to time dropped pebbles of insight into our minds knowing she was actually starting ripples of revolution in our souls.

Water splash

The focus of the weekend was on “Master Planning” and for each of us that meant something different. For some it was about master planning businesses and taking them to the next level. For others – like me – it was about master planning life’s purpose. Despite the label of the weekend, what was at its core was shared wisdom…the wisdom we each carry with us every day, often times without realizing its depth. As such, the weekend started with physical gifts of wisdom that we gave to each other by way of introduction, but little did we know that throughout the three days we would continue to share gifts of wisdom in other ways as we questioned and challenged each other to seek higher awareness and a greater purpose in ourselves.

Between wine and peacock feathers, tears and elation, and perhaps the odd “f*ck”, we created magic and rose to our “next levels of incompetency.”

As a result, these seven are going to:

  • run billion dollar companies and change the rotational axis on which this world spins, for the greater good
  • change the state of healthcare in our country and ensure thousands of lives are saved each year
  • play golf around the world while kicking ass and taking no prisoners in organizations that are screaming for change
  • dare companies to unscript their approaches to problem solving and change through improv and innovation
  • influence and empower world leaders across the globe to inspire people and nations in new and meaningful ways through the infinite power of the spoken word
  • give power to the voices of our elders so that their wisdom and lessons learned from the past are heard and will impact generations to come
  • expose and celebrate the messy art and beautiful purpose of life through performance and the written word

The beauty is that these seven are not super heroes. We represent all of us. We represent you, your friend, your colleague, your sister, brother, mother or father. We represent the possibility for anyone to raise the vibration of the planet. And more will be called to join Enette as these sessions are only in their infancy. Her ripples of revolution will continue to circle and expand.

My simple desire is that this post exposes the beautiful purpose of life through shared wisdom. It is the “seventh” seizing her ripple. May it reach shores unknown. May it inspire you and remind you that a revolution burns in you