A New Journey

It is a well know Taoist proverb that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I don’t know about you, but such a long journey is not something I would undertake lightly. Before I take that first step, I want to be certain that the destination is worth it. Don’t you? So how do we do know our goal is a worthy one?

There was a time when you were fresh. The old masters call this the state of the “uncarved block”. What we have become was shaped by forces outside of ourselves. If we can remember who we were before we changed, then we may discover our true purpose in life. I don’t know about you but that is a goal I can get excited about.

So, how do we remember who we were before outside forces carved us into our present form? My favorite method is meditation. Fortunately, it’s very easy to learn

Choose a quiet comfortable place. Sit with your back straight. Drop your chin slightly. Stretch your spine by lifting the crown and simultaneously sinking your tail bone. Take long deep breaths, in your nose and out your mouth. Release your tension. Continue until your breath settles into its natural state. You will know when it happens. Trust yourself. Now, let your mind begin to wander through your unfulfilled desires, hopes, and dreams. Don’t judge yourself. Just remember.

Pay attention to anything you keep returning to. How would it feel to fulfill this dream? What would it take to realize it? Is it worth the effort? You will know when you have found a goal that is worthy of a thousand mile journey. Congratulations! Now take that first step.


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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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