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There are forks in the road in everyone’s lives. The pathway we choose when faced with at fork can sometimes dramatically alter our journey. I stood at one of those forks when I was invited to participate with The Landmark Forum. I heard about the cult rumors about this organization, but participated anyways. I was born, raised and baptized in the Church of Christ, which some people believe is a cult. I actually benefited greatly from sitting on hard wooden pews and singing without the accompany of instrumental music. So, I attended the Landmark Forum with the intent of gaining what I could from the offer and to avoid any Kool-Aid. Sadly, I completed the Landmark Forum and still found myself pondering which road I should take. I stayed stuck for months and then I was invited to attend The Advance Course for the Landmark Forum.
Luckily for me, The Advanced Course was not “The Landmark Forum Part 2″ or “The Landmark Forum, The Sequel.” Unlike the Landmark Form, in which the Forum Facilitator was driving the momentum, The Advance Course required me to do the heavy lifting. At first, I resisted and did not play full out. Then an event occurred that seemed so insignificant at the time but changed the path of my life. It all began with a simple assignment, simply at least on paper, to discover three words that would describe all that I am.
The evening I was given this assignment from The Advance Course, I actually had plans to celebrate my best friend’s birthday out on the town. The whole evening was as chaotic as the laboratory of a mad scientist. There was a limo, a bunch of people I did not know, some guy telling me that my problem was I could not be with my greatness, the limo driver pondering why I was hanging back in the limo to do homework and the Depeche Mode video “Stripped” kept coming up in the loop like a subversive message to me. The limo driver interrupted my frustration with not being able to complete this simple assignment with a question, “What are you doing?” I gave him an explanation. Suddenly, he was completely enrolled in what I had going on in my life to the point where he stopped me and asked, “How do I get a life where anything is possible?” I gave him the confused puppy head tilt and thought he misunderstood my rant. Then the “Stripped” video came on again. In my frustration, I got distracted and started singing along…..” Let me see you stripped down to the bone.” Light bulb! If I am stripped down to the bone, who am I? When all the cacophony of life is removed, what is left of me? Fun, Joy and Ease!!!! I am Fun, Joy and Ease!!!!
So, if you had to describe yourself using only three words, what would they be? When stripped off all the clutter of life, do those three words actually remain with you as the core of who you are? Would actually being these words give you access to a life where anything is possible? When standing at a fork in the road, could those three words point you down the right path? How different would your daily life be if you embraced those three words as your motto? I may have drunk the Kool-Aid, but my life is dramatically different as Ms. Fun, Joy and Ease.