Monthly Archives: March 2018

MKE Week 23 – Hedgehogs in Nature

I love this quote on which Mark J insists:

The meaning of life is to find your gift, your bliss. The purpose of life is to give it away.

You do this by:

 being true to your own nature.

Doing so is easier for me since my reading of Og Mandino’s scroll IV (« I am nature’s greatest miracle »), especially the following quotes: « I place my uniqueness on display in the market place. I proclaim it, yeah, I sell it. I begin now to accent my differences; hide my similarities. »

This is the process by which I can be a self directed thinker.

In fact, this idea is of course present since the beginning of the MKE course, when each one of us was to draft her or his definite major purpose, ignoring each and every limitation that we may perceive from our environment.

It is also present in this great method for being successful at work: acting as the hedgehog rather than the fox. Concentrating on what you are good at and what is a good leverage to your business results, rather than trying to cover everything and thereby being ineffective. I find this particularly difficult, perhaps because I don’t easily accept that I have limits or time constraints, and I want to believe that I could learn everything at the same time. But as Mark J  says: this is ego. Wow! Ego?! Alright then, I definitely have to concentrate on my true nature, my gift, and act there.

Being true to my own nature enables me to truly connect with others, absolutely! As it happens, I am really a social animal, and as this process favours authentic connections with others is, it is for me, a blessed process.

Week 22a – progression

One of the – many – things I love about the MKE is that we are provided with excellent methods, tips and tricks to be organised and efficient in our work and in our life at large.  More than this, these methods seem to answer quite a few of the issues I’ve been struggling with for so long. Not that they suddenly solve all the issues, but at least they give me an angle to approach them.

The teaching of these various methods has a logic, it is progressive. It is thus that we learn to do the following:

  1. Before anything, determine your definite major purpose, through the identification of your burning desire  linked to you personal pivotal needs.
  2. Then, draw a plan of action to meet your definite major purpose.
  3. Schedule your tasks, do your OATS.
  4. Be daring, get out of your comfort zone. Actually, expand it.
  5. But do not schedule tasks in an unrealistic way, the ego tries to make you do that. You need to progress while always keeping your promises.
  6. In your day, do not forget the hierarchy of priorities: world within, family and friends, keeping promises, business.

I use these methods every day and I am grateful for this…

MKE Week 22 – The Summer Day

Mark asked us: « what is your favourite season? » I answered: the summer. I will drink each minute of every summer to the full…

Like Og Mandino, « I will live this day as if it is my last… Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price… Is [this day] another opportunity for me to become the [wo]man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? »

Everything is a miracle. « Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of their creator? » .

Mandino’s readings have become like a daily prayer to me, a daily mantra.

For all these reasons, Mary Oliver‘s poem « The Summer Day » resonates in me. The MKE helps me replying to the questions asked in the poem, with confidence and happiness. Enjoy the reading.



Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean -

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down -

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver