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The 33 Days Newsletter Challenge – Day 14

Today is the fourteenth day of the 33 days challenge. The question for today was: “What’s the most important thing you’ve done so far?”.

Let’s see the answers.

S.C. “The most important thing I have done so far is that I have accepted Jesus as my King, Lord and Savior.

I can clearly see that you’re a very religious person, from what you’ve wrote so far. I’m glad you found your most important thing. I have to confess that I’m on a very different path. I don’t try to convince anyone and I’m happy we can enjoy our own differences. World would be such a boring place if everyone would look, do and feel the same, isn’t it?

C.G. “The most important thing I have done this far is having and raising my two children. I am raising my children to be independent, moral, compassionate thinker. Everyday situations are teachable moments (their ages are 13 and 8). Family, school, sports, politics…all important in there upbringing.

Looks like you’re still doing your most important thing. Keep doing it!

C.F. “Living for seven years in Japan changed my life fundamentally and it is the first thing that pops up in my head when you ask about the most important thing that I’ve done so far. It is important not because what I achieved during that period, but because how I was transformed and what it made me capable of achieving afterwards. The experience of coming back to Romania has been much more interesting, much more demanding, much more difficult, much more rewarding.

I can totally understand you. It’s funny how we think some parts of our lives are the most challenging, only to find ourselves later in the position of being even more challenged.

L.K. “Recently I had taken a number of energy healing courses, and these classes were life changing. Life changing not just for me, but for my family and friends too. I have learned that the body can heal itself if we just keep our energy centers clear. With this knowledge, and with practice, I have learned to help others heal themselves. Warts, sore backs, arthritis relief, headaches, restless leg and a number of other ailments. And while practicing my healing, my intuition also developed.

Since that time, I have done healing on a great number of people and also do this healing in my church. Why is this important to me? Because I can help others and make a difference in this world one person at a time.

Sounds great. Also, that entire energy thing looks very, very interesting.

A.A. “The most important thing I’ve done within the last 3 years is TuxedoConfessions.com. I see it important because is what keeps me creative and challenges me as an entrepreneur. I love this project because is setting high standards in order to succeed and I have to get myself to the next level. It keeps me alive in my profession. Other people, designers & customers, see it important also because is a fresh breath of contemporary design air … a beautiful way to make friends.

Wow, congrats! Very nicely done!

B.D. “I have done many things that were important in my life, such as getting 2 college degrees and a certificate; studying abroad; becoming the leader of an academic department; becoming a manager; learning how to build my own websites, and writing manuals and e-books. But I think MOST important was getting over stage fright so I could sing in front of people. It’s important because my talent serves me, even as I am disabled–people hire me for my voice and don’t care that I can’t walk. It’s such a joy to get paid for my talent and to have so much fun doing it!

Congrats for that! Isn’t it wonderful when we can live by spreading our true light o others? (I know it sounded cheesy, but it isn’t).

S.L. “The most important thing I’ve done so far is to start writing again. I’ve been having writer’s block for years due to shame and being a perfectionist. I had the breakthrough when I decide to pen my every thought on paper, without judging what I write. I don’t have to make public everything that I write, but it is important for me to keep writing.

Sounds like you’re feeling free tis days. That’s good.

T.L. “yes, this changes over time.

I think the most recent thing i’ve done is to volunteer and help an indigenous person establish his own business against all the odds. Well that was 3 years ago, he is still going strong. This was GIVING. To me when you give, we then forget about our own problems and issues.

The other fundamental thing was finding inner peace. That was when my mother in law stayed with us and her partner for 6 months. I have to search deeply within to survive. There were many other factors as well – work and community conflicts.”

Sorry if this sounds inappropriate, but I’ve been in a similar situation and I know mothers in law can be hard to handle at times. Happy you found a way out of it.

Heres’ my answer to this one.

I admit I have a little bit of a difficulty answering to this one myself. I did a lot of interesting and important things in my life so far. I consider myself fortunate because of this.

For instance, I was fortunate enough to serve in the army during the Romanian Revolution, in 1989, right in the city that started all, Timisoara. I didn’t sleep continuously for 5 nights and 6 days. On many levels, this was a very traumatic experience. But it was also very empowering. I wrote about it here.

I also created from scratch, managed and sold an online company. The entire process took me about 10 years.

I wrote and self-published nine books. Two of them have been translated into Korean, and sold thousands of copies. That was a big thing.

I ran two marathons. Probably two of the most important life experiences I had so far. Very empowering.

I have two kids, but, contrarily to what you may think, I don’t think that spreading my genes around is a very important thing. Being part of the process of giving life to another human being (and doing your best to stay around and care for that human being, for as long as you can) well, that is an incredible experience. Life changing, to say the least. But it’s somehow wired into our basic structure: we’re designed to do this, at the biological level. Nevertheless, I’m profoundly grateful for that and I think this is the best thing that happened to me. But it’s the best thing that happened to me, not the most important thing I did myself.

To be honest, I don’t know what’s the most important thing I did so far. I simply don’t know.

And I can safely live with that.



Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner


The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.

Running For My Life -from zero to ultramarathoner

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