Hello and welcome to The Roaming Scholar Podcast
My name is Derek, and I am The Roaming Scholar.
Today, I’m going to do something a little different as this is episode 6 and a special milestone in my mind. Halfway to the full year and also coming right after the New Year I thought this was perfect timing to do what I’m going to do. Dream. Instead of a traditional short story, I’ve put something together here that is still for your entertainment, but it is also an exercise in dreaming that you can all try on your own. You’ll also get to learn a lot about myself along the way.
Today’s story is called, “Inter-View.” “Inter” is a latin prefix that means “between.” And “to view” is to see or look at something. So, this story is all about an attempt to view what life might look like between what I see now and what I might see in the future. It’s a dreamed up interview with myself and some interviewer. It’s a Podcast interview, within this Podcast. Like a dream within a dream… it’s a Podcast Inception! Continue reading Inter|View (Podcast Episode 6)
Hello. I am sending you this because my friend Jin asked me to. More importantly, I am sending you this because I want to, because I feel I need to. I want you to experience what Jin has helped me to experience: an awakening. I am now aware and understand the truth of our World that is hidden in plain sight. The truth is frightening, but still, it is liberating. You must listen to the whole story, as the story itself serves as the tool for your awakening.
You see, my friend Jin approached me one night as I was leaving the restaurant where I am a Chef. As always I left out the side door to take out some trash before I would go home for the day. I heaved the two bags in my hands into the dumpster, and then I almost screamed when Jin popped out from behind it.
“It’s me, Jin,” he said in a whisper. He nearly gave me a heart attack, and I was scolding him for doing so when he put his hand up to interrupt me. That’s when I saw his face. He held an expression I had never seen on anyone before. Jin was worried, afraid, and his eyes were focused on mine very intensely. He spoke in an urgent whisper.
“Listen to me closely. We don’t have much time, and I don’t want you to be in danger too, but I also must do what is necessary.” I tried to ask a question, but he just put his hand up again to stop me, and I resigned to just listen. Continue reading Nature (Podcast Episode 5)
The biggest obstacle we will always face is fear. If there is any reason we are not living our lives the way we desire, it is because of fear. Fear stops us from taking action. Fear makes us take strange and many times self-sabotaging actions. As the title for chapter 1 of Ripples: Part 2 said, “Fear makes fools of us all.” The first important part there is, “us all.” Everyone gets afraid. Everyone. Some just know how to deal with it better than others. Some have learned how to act when they are afraid because they know this fear is all that lies between where they are and where they want to be. But the other important part, the part we will be focused on, is how fear makes us turn into fools.
Continue reading Acting a Fool
FEAR MAKES FOOLS OF US ALL
Taylor stood in the corner of the large room admiring her work. The room was simple, but elegant, which perfectly reflected the somber subject matter that brought everyone together, and the prominent nature of the guests themselves. She was in a room of World leaders, Ambassadors, and leading Scientists from around the World. Amongst all of this, for that brief moment standing in the corner of the room, she felt like she was one of them. She felt like she really fit in, dressed in her black gown with flecks of silver sprinkled throughout. Subtle jewelry accented the silver in her dress, and her hair was done up with a silver barrette to pull it all together. She felt like she could walk up to The British Prime Minister, or The President of The United States and start a conversation and it would be a normal thing. Then, the moment was over, and she was brought back to reality now acutely aware of the small headset she was wearing to communicate with her staff as the kitchen manager called to her.
Continue reading Ripples: Part 2 (Podcast Episode 4)
After some careful consideration, I determined that I couldn’t say what I said at the end of the Podcast any better, so I’m going to start this blog post with repeating those words and then adding action steps you can follow to help you create some amazing ripples this month.
From the Podcast:
The title of the story, “Ripples,” gives a little hint about the takeaway idea I was aiming for here. It’s the idea that all of our choices in life, our actions, and in-actions, big and small, create ripples in our World that extend far beyond the moment; and usually far beyond what we might be able to see or imagine right now.
I think this is an important idea when it comes to thinking about whether or not to pursue that dream or to wait a little while. Whether to do the right thing or the easy thing. Whether or not to show love and kindness, or anything else but that.
Continue reading Being Your Best