Passion or Obsession?

“What’s your

F***ING Passion?”

Another intense yet honest quote from Warrior. No, it wasn’t part of that interview above and don’t be swayed by this title. You could be thinking I am referencing something else here but that is not the case. Does a passion lead to an obsession? If Warrior not had passions that led to obsessions, he never would’ve achieved success in the way he wanted. These can overlap in some areas and an obsession doesn’t have to be all bad. Being extreme isn’t the healthy way to be but let’s explore this a little more..

Passions should be those things in your life that truly interest you like I’ve mentioned before being hobbies, activities, or anything outside your livelihood. These lead to benefits not necessarily linked to money and may serve you well in the future. We need them to keep our creative energies flowing throughout life.

Obsessions tend to be a little more tricky addressing. A brief interesting story was when I was around 11 or 12. My best friend lived across the street and she was a year older. Obviously, this involved a teen girl’s emotions as you guys can never relate directly but go with me on this. Well, my friend had a HUGE “crush”( I have always disliked that word) on John Stamos when he was on the soap “General Hospital.” Her entire bedroom door was full with photos of him. Not one piece of wood was showing. Big centerfolds, little pics, color shots, black and white– you name it and she added it on.

I remember just staring at that in awe not knowing what to make of it. Was it creepy or a masterpiece? Did any of you guys do this back in the day? So much time and effort but something I could never do. Ironically, I “liked” him years later when he starred on “Full House” but just hung up a few photos on my closet door. No photos ever of Warrior as I’ve said that before…Was my friend passionate about her collection? You bet. Was it obsessive? Kinda for me but not hurting anyone and it was just a teen girl expressing her feelings. I know there are those extreme collectors out there as I have blogged about in the past. It is too much for me but it’s a passion and it’s yours. No judging as that is not what we should do.

From my perspective, obsessions can also be like those crazy people on shows or in the movies. You know what I mean with the magazine cut outs and putting an X on their significant other while placing their own photo in that spot. These are adult situations and not teens but those obsessions can become a reality outside of shows or movies.

Obsessions can turn into addictions if we aren’t careful. Passions we can possibly walk away from and try something new but obsessions aren’t that easy to move out of our lives or at least make them healthy. It’s all your own viewpoints as some may highly disagree with what is regarded as passions versus obsessions. Some may even attack me with my relationship to Warrior in spirit. My passion with sharing stories and the book Spirit and Belief led to a greater purpose. Am I obsessed with it to the point of isolation or extreme thinking? No. Could some be? Sure.

Warrior’s passions led to obsessions that some viewed as destructive however, they never interfered with his family or life obligations at all. He knew how to schedule his time well and once again, we should not judge but respect. It was his destiny and he followed it. His passion truly was self-belief and getting others to believe that as well. He ultimately embodied that discipline of the mind over the body throughout his life and wanted people to fight for that passion.

Am sure you will know the difference when something gets out of control and others need to interfere for your well-being. I do hope nothing gets like that for you where a passion that is an obsession becomes an addiction affecting your overall life.

O.K, warriors I bet you have some passions in your life but are they obsessions? I guess it truly depends on what you classify as those and how you manage them. Just know they can lead to greatness ( remember my genius post?) or they can lead to destruction. It’s your choice and you have free will to decide.

Take that f***ing passion and make it work. Go for the good since only you can choose how to best succeed. That obsession can be healthy if you allow it to be.

P.S. I recently made a new YouTube video on my celebrity connection with Warrior in spirit. You can find it here:https://youtu.be/TDAqhBLld48

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Change is Acceptance 🎨

We can change our physical appearance like the Ultimate Warrior did to his face with war paint but I’m talking deeper changes that need acceptance. Also- to all you ultimate fans out there, I’m not referencing the title belts that would switch waists with a win or loss. Nope, not that either. Although- WMVI did have its share of changes that defied tradition but let’s move on.

Do you handle change well warriors with acceptance or do you fight it? All of us are dealing with extreme change as a result of this worldly virus but the acceptance part is the hardest. So very frustrating indeed… We love our routines and schedules but hate when they get interrupted or changed beyond our control. It’s easy when things are going our way but then something makes us detour. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad or maybe it’s just different.

Transitions make up our lives from family, careers, life choices, and all that with some being our choosing. It’s when we don’t or can’t choose which causes us to deny or accept. Warrior’s passing created change in all us fans with acceptance not even an option then. We all am sure have lost loved ones but when death is unexpected at the time, the change creates shock. That shock eventually turns into the reality of acceptance over time but never completely vanishes from our memory. Warrior himself had to accept change from his physical body to an energetically spiritual one. 🙏🏻💙

I have evolved spiritually these last six years with ways I never fully accepted because of change. Sure, I always did have little things but as with any type of growth, the ripples turn into waves. 🌊 Those littles became bigger and manifested for me in such a beautiful way. My emotions initially were so out of control and I fought that change constantly. Once I surrendered, the acceptance came easier.

Personally, I should be used to change. With living in Ohio, sometimes we have all four seasons in one day!!! Seriously though, how have changes in your life created a better acceptance? Some decisions are excruciatingly hard to accept but there comes a time when we need to. People may live their lives very different from us and change may be worth the risk for them. We need to accept that whether or not in agreement. Remember, respect goes a long way.

As parents, it’s all about change and acceptance. Kids grow and change and us grownups need to accept their growth as part of life. This applies to everyone really and it’s all in the way you handle it. Do I get mad over changes in my life which I can’t control? Absolutely. It’s o.k. to vent and shout and cry and scream. Just don’t live there very long. It’s a challenge letting go of how things used to be, the good ol’ days, or yesteryear. We will always have those close to our hearts but life is worth moving on to see the next chapter. You and your spirit deserve more. Others may not get that chance.

Even businesses don’t keep things the same always. You fans of WWE probably know what I’m talking about here. If any of you are part of a business or run one, am sure you’ve encountered changes that others need to accept. We even change things in our homes, yards, hairstyles, workouts, and all those other minor things. Those of course like the Ultimate Warrior’s many changes over the years are a little easier to accept. It’s the big huge life altering ones that truly test our mental resolve.

Change can also be about compromise which still keeps our hand somewhat in control. Then, there are times when it’s all or nothing. Lately, I’ve been meditating on how to best handle the word acceptance. It’s everywhere just like energy. We do need to see the positive thru the negative but our fighting spirit will resist only for so long. Acceptance brings new change ever so slowly at first. Us humans have a hard time with the negative part of that word and even Warrior did.

My wish today is for all of you to find that good acceptance beyond the change that seems bad. Without it, we will never fully find out what we are truly made of. ~~~ All ultimate GRIT!

P.S. I recently found out more about Lebron James wearing the Ultimate Warrior t-shirt. If anyone had watched some of the news conferences, he’d sport the likes of Sting, Ric Flair, and the Undertaker. His wife packed bags with wrestling shirts. The U.W. shirt was the only one left in his bag. He did say he would’ve worn it even if the Cavs lost! ~~~ So glad I found that out (: 💪🏻🏀

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Who Would You Meet? 🙏🏻

I decided to have some fun with this question or at least I hope you think so. 🤔 The last few posts have been kinda intense yet funny but this thought kept coming to me. I would read or see something similar on social media “quizzes” with surveys people answer. We all have our own fascinations with celebrities or famous people. Come on, you know who you are or were a fan of! Most will know mine by now as is part of my journey but I do have others.

Who would you want to meet and what would you say or do? Maybe you’d be relaxed or super cool but I bet most of you would have that OMG moment mentioned a lot here. Those questions can be asked of people on Earth or that have passed. If you could hang out with them for a day, wouldn’t that be awesome? I should say ultimate! 😉

This can be for anyone at all you consider famous but really think about it. Would your list be people that are current or maybe even way back in time? It can be quite easy for some but then difficult for others. Religious folks might say Jesus, Buddha, or even Mother Teresa who is a Saint now. Your list can be historical, inventors, or explorers. T.V. or movie stars– it’s all endless. No one is off limits and no celebrity is too silly. It’s your people so have fun with it (:

I keep thinking of who mine would be. Warrior is separate from this but let’s see who is on my list. Probably not who you could or would be thinking… First, I would have Marie Curie. I did a report on her in 4th grade, have a book, and always admired the endurance she undertook in a male dominated field. Harriet Tubman is is another woman whose bravery and sacrifices enabled African Americans the beginnings of abolishing slavery. I have always been fascinated by her story. Our town is known for its Underground Railroad Passageways!

A few different people in the mix are Shari Lewis and John Ritter. Shari was a little ahead of my time but her contagious energy with puppetry inspired so many generations. I loved Lamb Chop and always wanted her for my own. I settled for “Fleecie” which was a beany baby my Mom bought after my car accident. Our kids were even familiar with Shari’s later shows and loved all the puppets.

Jim Henson was a similar performer. I remember being so sad hearing about “Kermit.” He is my favorite Muppet and The Muppet Show was a big staple in our house as kids along with Sesame Street. Puppets were such a part of my teaching career too. I must also add how Grover was second to Kermit for me. For my students, I did a great Grover impression and even received a special Grover book on my birthday once from a co-worker. Of course I kept it… It’s kinda funny how he did “Super Grover” ( ya know– a superhero.) Warrior embodied that too only with face paint and no cape. 💙💪🏻

John Ritter was a comedic genius to me and “Three’s Company” was one of my favorite shows. It ended when I was 12 but reruns are always in syndication. He had so many other numerous roles that contributed to his icon status. I even saw his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and touched it. Ironically, he passed of a serious heart condition and was 54 like Warrior but always made me laugh.

Am sure there are way more popular public figures the world would want to meet in spirit like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Princess Diana, and many others. Even people alive and well that are known for fame would be a thrill to actually talk or sit with. Could you even fathom a question? I got tongue-tied even talking to Dana Warrior on her podcast but made it through!! There was my Q and A for Warrior post but truly do enjoy just listening to his speeches.

Let’s see if I can come up with a list for him… Well, that’s tough considering how influenced he was by so many but I’ll try. It would definitely be some founding fathers of our country, philosophers, thinkers, authors, presidents, and war heroes. Am thinking specifically Ronald Reagan, Mark Twain, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and perhaps Joseph Campbell whom he mentions as a great influencer. Also, am sure some Native Chiefs would be on his list as many paintings and statues adorned Casa de Warrior over the years.

So, do you have a list warriors? Maybe yours might change over time once people pass on. Maybe it will stay the same since your admiration never wavers. Who knows once we’re in spirit who we will or can meet besides seeing relatives. I believe there is no separation and no egos so why not?

Am sure many of you fans would want to meet Warrior and maybe someday you will or even other favorite passed WWE Superstars. I can only imagine my reaction as yours will be somewhat different. Who would you meet? Enjoy your list and quite possibly those in “Parts Unknown” will honor it. We are all the same in spirit– celebrity or not… ❤️

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30 Years of Time…🕰

How about this date warriors? April 1st is a Wednesday this year which also means Happy 30th Anniversary to Wrestlemania VI on blog day! When I look back, that was more than half my lifetime ago. This post isn’t about “The Ultimate Challenge” but more about that number of 30. Here are some interesting facts about these years of time connecting to me, Warrior, and possibly all of you old enough to relate…

First, Warrior (Jim Hellwig) won Mr. Georgia back in 1984. That Junior Level Bodybuilding Competition was held in New Orleans. Flash forward 30 years later to 2014 in New Orleans AGAIN for his WWE HOF induction during WMXXX weekend. Wow… 30 connects once more. This man had so many dates in alignment, I can’t even keep up sometimes. But, yes I guess I can… Second, let’s look at some dates of mine. I BREATHE this one out a little more. Back in April of 1990, I was the same age as Mattigan Warrior is now (Warrior’s younger daughter). Technically, not in the same grade and minus a few months because of our birthdays but both 17(going on 18.) Her Daddy won that title when I was her age and it is very surreal to me. Am sure some of you are my age but for me, it’s a little more. 😊

That also means she and I are 30 years apart as I believe her mother Dana and I are the same age as well. So synchronistic on this journey. I don’t go looking for comparisons really warriors. My stories just seem to come and then line up in ways I never thought about– until now. I do have many connections with numbers and dates as numerology does play a significant role in my life. Does it for you too?

In another post of last year, I mentioned time with references to my kids. For those without kids, it can be other frames of time you reflect on. I’ve said how a memory can come back in a second and then sometimes we may have to recall a little more. Is it yesterday in your mind or does time really seem to be that long? However it is for you, make it count which I’ve also said many times. We can’t make time stop but it can slow down some. Just look at our global world right now. Maybe we do need that downtime despite setbacks temporarily.

Let’s not constantly run to that ring of life always anticipating the next and next. Sometimes, professionally we need to do that like WWE performers but get that relaxed time too. I realize we all have life choices, careers, families, and such but if your time doesn’t slow just a little, you’ll miss out on those moments that matter most. I know some who will say it won’t make a difference or we’ll rest when we retire but it doesn’t have to be like that. Just enjoy the present since those with kids understand how fast they do indeed grow up.

I’m not saying don’t socialize ever ( well, this time is different right now…) but become more mindful with your actions. Don’t be so rushed that your memories become a blur. You’ll get so burned out that important milestones or even everyday life will be hard to remember. Your thoughts will be centered among the next best thing around the corner. Take that downtime you need everyday and just be. That’s it. Of course not all day but some time for you enjoying the moment and memories it will bring.

Can you remember what your life was like 30 years ago warriors? I am soo jealous of anyone present in that Toronto Skydome!! Hopefully, most who are reading are older than that number to remember but if not, try just 10 years ago. How old were you and are you doing things you set out to do? NEVER could I have predicted this future for myself back at the age of 17. I know 30 is a big chunk of time for some but truly try with any number that has a special meaning to you. What you remember most is what counts, even if it’s a bad experience. It’s yours and hopefully you’re stronger for it. You may not have numbers and dates like me and Warrior but yours play such a big part in this life, live them well.

Sure, we can reflect easier with movies, books, videos, and photographs but it’s your heart that brings those memories to the surface. When I look back fondly on WMVI, it isn’t always the DVD or pictures I gravitate toward. It’s my mind and heart together as I hope that never ends. Last year brought many milestones and now this year brings others. It does go on. Next year, WMVII will be 30 and that will bring another. Look at what needed to happen for WM36 this year! Another milestone indeed although unexpected.

So, spend that time needed reflecting warriors and slow down sometimes. We do need to. I imagine Warrior is too in some ways as a spirit although remember– ENERGY never goes away! Believe me on this. 😉💙 All Wrestlemania’s will have their own significant milestone memories with time just like your own lives with moments lived. Warrior says a similar statement during his Aug. 1998 WCW Nitro speech to “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.

Would I want to be 17 again? Nah, too emotional plus there’s a movie title for that! ~~ Happy 30th Anniversary to WMVI and all the performers. Thanks for the memories of time… The Ultimate Challenge of WMVI becoming 30 this year like Warrior as a spirit now for almost 6… 30 and 6 once again…… 🙏🏻❤️👏🏻

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Exuberance of Energy 💪🏻

Energy. This word is everything. It is everywhere and makes up all beings including things. Such a powerful word and yet I ignored it. What I mean is when coming up with my book title a few years ago, I was kinda “forced” to find words. You see, I was part of the ALC or Author Learning Center and back then, it was great education for me. They had a possible timeline or outline of sorts for your book. You HAD to include certain info in order to move forward hypothetically but required for the ALC process. A few items were: possible date of release and of course a working title. No way could I even begin comprehending that!

So many words popped in my head and for those that know, yes there is a subtitle. When I finally came up with some choices, energy was included. After all, this is energy and Warrior’s was all over the place. I wrote it down in order to not forget once the real title naming days came. Again, if you know– the word energy isn’t even in my book title! 😬🤣

How is that possible? I still look back at that time and laugh. I even kept the original paper with all my word choices. Energy is right there staring at me as a reminder. It was left off the book but never left out of me. Vince McMahon has been quoted as saying about the Ultimate Warrior:” This man has energy to spare.” He also talked about his exuberance as I can’t leave out that word from this post. Such another powerful word.

When my kids learn about energy in school, it’s all those literal science definitions with kinetic, chemical, mechanical, and electrical. You can study that if you want but it’s tricky though. I’d like to talk more about the inner energies we all have. Ya know– physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Which is most dominant for you warriors? My post The Emotional Mental Connection has been blogged, in my book Spirit and Belief, and even though they are psychic types– energy types apply as well. It’s about gee~~ I dunno~~ me and Warrior (:

Energy is basically the “capacity to do work.” It’s about an object getting and staying in motion. Just like us. Just like Coming Full Circle of last week. You learn all kinds and use all kinds with anything in life. ANYTHING. It takes me energy to write this just like it takes you energy to read it. It’s really about how much though. We include energy with those other “to-do’s” like time, resources, patience, and many others. Your energy inside is what truly matters and not so much the book smarts of learning all the types. Warrior did and STILL does have so much energy. That doesn’t go away when you pass. If you didn’t have too much, perhaps you may not as a spirit. It’s part of your personality and is still with you, even without a body.

Some of you might be wondering how energy works without a body in spirit form. Well, it’s different for everybody but always remember how our feelings matter most. A spirit’s energy can be felt in so many ways and I have mentioned several “main events” with me. What works for some may not resonate with others. Energy can be seen, heard, felt, and even just known. It’s all connected to your beliefs.

How do you use energy the most warriors? It’s so hard giving an equal amount to all of our daily activities. Some days, we are stretched like a rubber band and yet keep going. The truth is you– yes YOU have more energy than actually realized. I know this now more than ever about myself but we all do. It’s how we spend it remember? I for one can’t even imagine the energy required to do so many tasks and in reality we do them. We do them because it’s in our blood. Those professional wrestlers have that exuberance of energy needed to perform but you can have it in many other ways pertinent to your life.

Your energy one day as a spirit will depend greatly on your life energy here. I don’t have all the answers of course but do have the knowledge of energy to know it counts. All of it every single day. Sometimes, we have more energy on one day than another. That’s o.k. and in fact how it truly is.

Warrior never stopped expanding his exuberance of energy but that was how he needed to be. Just use your energy in the way your life needs to be warriors. Also, don’t forget the word ENERGY and how important it is. Without being in my book title, it is forever present in my life and will always continue on even in spirit. 💖🙏🏻💙

P.S. Here’s my entire book title:

“Spirit and Belief~~How the Ultimate Warrior Led Me to Trust Intuition.”

~~ I wanted the word energy after Warrior. ( Warrior’s Energy…)

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The Cactus Plant Paradox

image_578415914434925          With Spring in full bloom, I’d like to share a story involving some plants of mine. They do connect with Warrior and me, of course! A few years ago, I had some beautiful pink geraniums. They were blogged about on 4/4/17 and became part of my book Spirit and Belief . Those geraniums were an integral part of my spiritual journey as they made me notice signs in nature more. They also connected with many aspects of Warrior while reading about plant vibes in Rebecca Rosen’s book Spirited. Plants will become more vibrant with spirit energy attached to them as evidenced with my geraniums.

     The reason I’m mentioning them is because I have a new cactus plant. No, it isn’t like the desert ones but a Christmas variety. I got very close to my geraniums because of their universal spirit energy and when one died out, the stronger one remained. She held on for TWO AND A HALF YEARS even though they are annual flowers. Two leaves were still holding on thru Thanksgiving and I knew she was planning on joining her sister soon.

     As Christmas neared, I attended a Holiday Party put on by my spiritual group Harmonic Journeys. It was a potluck and gift exchange which became quite the evening for me. We passed around wrapped gifts while “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was read. The narrator inserted the words “right” and “left” which meant passing those gifts. At the end of the story, you received the gift in your lap.

     The man next to me kept joking as a very heavy bag was always in my hands. I didn’t end up with that one but another cloth bag which seemed much lighter. I opened it to find a plant inside! A few feelings filled my head: “Who would bring a living thing to a game that’s kinda physical?” My next statement was: ” Oh no, not another plant to care for!” The last one was simply: “What will my cat do?” Geraniums and aloe can be dangerous to cats and I had both.

     People seemed to congregate near me in amazement as I was so confused by their fascination. They informed me it was a Christmas cactus that blooms a few times a year while not being toxic to cats. This cactus had the SAME color buds as my geraniums– hot pink! My negativity slowly changed into something else. Maybe this one plant was telling me it was o.k. to let the other one go.

     I gotta say though– I am not a replacement kind of gal, are you? Most avid readers will know. Some things we need to replace if they break, get lost, or wear out. What I mean is with things of a different state. You know, plants or even pets. We never even got another dog until years later after our first one passed. The same was true of our cat. Many reasons as to why and it is different for all. Some people replace right away because of a want, not a need.

     My pink “splash” geranium was ready to go and I knew it was time. I wasn’t holding on to her for nostalgia but just wanted to see if she’d survive another winter. I can’t physically throw out plants or flowers anymore. Guess I’m more mindful now… My daughter teased me for taking the flower girl out to our fire pit. I dug her out of the potted soil and took what was left back outside, roots and all. I placed her on top with some branches needing to be burned while reflecting. Some tears came as I thanked her for all she’d given me on this journey. This was very much the ritual for her and me. I needed to honor her, Warrior, her sister, and the Universe. Her beautiful pink blooms, the word SPLASH on one of the tags, the price being $6, everything mattered. All these things energetically tied to Warrior.

     She has gone back to nature as she came to me and now a new friend is placed in my care. I do hope C.C. as I call him blooms again with that pink color synchronistically brought to me. Caring for and nurturing anything truly does make a difference if your intentions remain genuine. Embrace what is before you since it will always lead to more adventures.

     My pink geraniums got me thinking deeper just like Warrior. My Christmas cactus got me believing how letting go is necessary in order to grow again. Memories remain as does love. It just changes form. People or plants— we all are connected to the Universe. Thank you Universe for bringing me these signs as I will ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!

 

     ~~~ P.S. I recently attended a yoga retreat and this woman had her dog in the car napping. She checked on her periodically and the dog was fine. I found out the pup’s name was “Madigan!” Not spelled like Mattigan Warrior but STILL!!! Madigan means “little dog!” We were MEANT to meet…. Dingo is Australian for “wild dog” , you know the Dingo Warrior!