Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane: November Update

Joe Bailey's New Book: "Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane" November Update-Thriving in the Unknown.

Hello, a lot has happened since my last post. In September, we did have a wonderful conference, The Principles of Addiction, that we went way beyond our wildest imagination. And if you missed it, the video will still be available for people if they want to purchase that.

There’s also been a lot happening in our world, we’ve had major hurricanes, we’ve had an election, we’ve had the build up to the election, and now there’s still uncertainty on our minds. If truth is known, we’re always living in uncertainty, we’re always living in an unknown.

When I woke up this morning, I was inspired to write a new chapter, which is in part four of the book and is going to be on implications of everything I’ve talked in the first part.

The first part of it is thriving in the unknown. So that’s what I want to talk about today.

It’s been fascinating to me, as I’ve been writing this book, how little stories from my past will just come into my mind that is tailor-made for this topic. One was almost 40 years ago now. I was fairly new to the three principles. I was doing my fellowship in Coral Gables, Florida. And there were about five of us involved in the fellowship. I was very new to the principles and just trying to understand it for myself and one of the other people who were attending this program, was a psychiatrist, Dr. George Ritchie since passed. He was one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met.

At the end of World War II he was assigned to work in the camps in Auschwitz it was beyond anyone’s imagination, but one man stood out in the crowd, and he called him Wild Bill.

Wild Bill was smiling. His complexion was vibrant. He looked like he had just walked in the camps even though he’d been there for five years. From Poland, he said:

“…in my small, little village, we were all Jewish. And when the Nazis came, they lined everyone up in the village, except me, because I spoke five languages, and they could use me. And they mowed down with their machine guns. Every person I’d ever known, every one of my family, my relatives, my friends, those shopkeepers, everyone that I had known, my whole life was dead. In my heart, filled with so much hatred, and so much revenge and vengeance, I was just, I was ready to kill anyone. And he said, and then I had an insight. And I realized that I was no different than they, I had as much hatred, as much prejudice as much venom in my veins as they did. And I vowed that day, that I would live from love.”

And that was a shift in his consciousness. It tapped him into a reservoir of feelings, hope, creative thinking, humor, joy.

image of woman facing the camera Thriving in the eye of the hurricanThe nature of resilience.

Resilience is this innate reservoir of hope. So I want to talk about hope because that’s really what we need in this time, the only way we can create a new world out of the rubble of what we’ve been through with the pandemic and are going through with the division in our country, politically, within families, within communities, with our media because we want to know what’s going to happen, which is really another way of saying we want to know the unknown before it’s known. But we can never know the unknown. So how do we thrive in that unknown, that’s what this blog is about, this feeling of hope. It’s not just pollyannish. It’s not just, “Oh, I feel so hopeful if we could just get back to normal if we can have a smoother transition to the new government if it doesn’t rain today, that’s not hope that’s wishful thinking born of the ego, born of fear, born of a sense of being separated from our true self. So true hope lay inside. It’s already there. And when our mind clears of all the thoughts, of the fears, and trying to control the unknown, the only thing that exists in this moment is our thinking in this moment, in the present moment. And when we reside in that present moment, were residing in mind, we’re residing in our innate health, or residing in our resilience, and from that feeling of the true self, there’s hope. But it’s not attached to anything. It’s just a feeling of hopefulness with no strings attached. But that’s a really powerful thing. It’s not just a nice feeling.

When you’re in a feeling of hope, your mind is open to infinite possibilities, that are always going forward, and you get to create what that is. When you create from inspiration and insight, you transform your present reality into a more perfect reality. One that’s, that’s born of truth and of inspiration.

So this is how we transform our world. This is how we cope with the unknown.

And that’s just a taste of the book.

I’m going to be expanding my Facebook page soon. And I will be doing weekly short video clips about what I’m writing about. I invite your cooperation in this process. I want to start a dialogue, a conversation with my readers, so that you share with me the stories of your how you’re dealing with this hurricane of our lives, how you’re thriving in these trying times, and how this understanding is helping you or your questions. I’m going to be there to answer your questions, for you to help co-author my book with me with your story, your questions, and your insights.

I look forward to talking to you again around the holidays. Have a great month.–Joe

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