Categories: Gettin The Mind Right

A Message Delivered To Me For You

Happy Monday!

The other night I laid awake, thinking about a message that just wouldn’t leave my head…


The message was, Play by the rules to win the game.’ 


Sure, this phrase was simple and straightforward…but I knew there was some deeper meaning. Yet I just couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the muse was trying to communicate to me.


What I know is that without rules there is no game; there is chaos. But I also know that what we define as greatness or as fulfillment in anything, comes from a unique interpretation of the rules. So how do you find the right balance?


The best way for me to unpack an idea is to journal it and so I did. I wrote freely and without judgement, not censoring a single thought or idea I could extract about that message. I reviewed my journal a few days later and I concluded, without a doubt, that this message was given to me by the muse to share with you—to provide some insights to the context of your life during this chaotic time. 


The following (in italics) is my actual journal entry. Please take just a minute to read it. 


The simplest strategy in anything is to play by the rules, but at what point are you being controlled and following the pack?

At what point do you become just another cog in the wheel?

How do you stand for what’s right, yet still play by the rules so that you can be in the game?


There is really something to Bruce Lee’s profound quote on flowing like water…

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”


Move like water. You only have so much control so you flow with what is…

Where is the value of trying to control the uncontrollable?


Krishna spoke about us having the rights to our labor but not the fruits…

The guides after all know best and they speak to us through intuition…


Where you make a move or advance something forward, something you believe in, you put forth what you perceive to be your best effort, not solely for the outcome of what that effort could bring but for the freedom to choose what is most important to you and for the opportunity to focus your energy on it.


The pursuit…

The Rise…

The War…


The FIRE you are faced with everyday…if it was not invigorating, would we have risked our effort & attention in the first place?


Since we BELIEVE…since we have FAITH in something that is bigger than ourselves, we march forward in this endless pursuit of pleasure where you face challenge after challenge yet it’s ALWAYS a valuable, worthwhile  experience in hindsight if you are open to look through the lens of objectivity…


Really, this BELIEF and ACTION forward  are the only alternatives worth choosing…


You’re designed to always find something to complain about…there is NO life without the side effects of the human condition…


The greater the challenge, the greater the growth so you might as well choose how to live this journey through life in the way you want to lead…


How would I want my character (ME) in my book of life, to act right here right now if reading this story years from now…when the end is near?



Now that you’ve read the entry, please take the time to interpret it for your own life, in your own way.

I really want you to journal for yourself about this message. Write down your thoughts and feelings about what I journaled, walk away for a few days, then come back and re-read what you wrote.


Take some time to meditate on how the message I received—and your interpretation of it—applies to any issues you are currently facing.


Joe Carabase is an Entrepreneur, Coach and Author. Check out his latest book here. You can follow @joecarabase on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiring content! 



ILLUSTRATION via: Luigi Cherubini And The Muse Of Lyric Poetry, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1842


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