Drive. Align. Shift. Spirit Driving Institute Blog by Leila Johnson

19Sep/10Off

Is it possible to be too driven in your career?

As an entrepreneur, I have no shortage of business ideas. I often joke with my husband that there aren't enough lifetimes for me to live out all the careers I've thought of for myself. Thankfully, I don't try to do everything at once.

I'm sure many of you feel the same way. It does make we wonder, is it possible to be too driven in your career? And what does it mean to be too driven? If you can't rein in all of your ideas and try to do them all at once, what does that mean about your Personality? Do you just always have to be busy doing something?

When I think about things like this, I find it good to come up with a celebrity example. Ryan Seacrest comes to mind. Like him or not, you have to admire his entrepreneurial streak. Even if everyone decided to boycott American Idol, Ryan would not be out of a job. I watched The Oprah Winfrey Show a few months ago and saw him on there. He basically doesn't have a minute to himself. He is building wealth and creating assets. A good thing to do to ensure a secure future. But, I can't help but wonder if he is too driven. What else is he giving up by being so busy? Hopefully he has an exit strategy so that he doesn't have to keep up this schedule forever.

How about you? Are you more like Ryan Seacrest? Are you on the opposite end of the spectrum - not wanting to fill every moment of your day with activity? Or, are you somewhere in the middle?

8Sep/10Off

What’s Wrong with Burning the Koran?

NOTE: This isn't a "polished" blog post because I wrote it late at night after seeing this story. Please pardon the ramblings, but I think you'll get my point. :)

If you haven't heard yet, check out this Nightline story about a small Christian church congregation in Florida whose pastor plans to have an International Burn a Koran Day on 9/11. I was moved to tears after seeing this.

I tend to remain neutral in my discussions about religion because I don't want to alienate anyone. This story really made me want to say something. I've been lucky, I guess you could say, to have been a part of mainstream religion most of my life. By mainstream, I, of course, mean Christian.  I haven't faced the public persecution that others have, largely because I have kept my beliefs private. There were times in my life when I wasn't so mainstream. I participated in Wiccan practices. It wasn't something that I shared with too many people because their first response was, "You're a witch?!". This tends to conjure up Halloween-ish images of cauldrons and wands. Now, my beliefs are a combination of several things with Christian, Eastern, and pagan influences, although I wouldn't classify myself as a part of any particular religion.

I can remember having a conversation with someone about the whole "Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas" thing. You know, when it's November or December and you go to the mall and an associate says "Happy Holidays" because they don't want to offend anyone that might not celebrate Christmas. Or, you get someone saying "Merry Christmas" because they assume everyone celebrates it. The person I was speaking with had the nerve to say that they were tired of hearing "Happy Holidays" and complained that it's time for Christians to have more rights.

Are you serious? If any religion has had all of the "rights", it has been Christianity. That tends to be the default religion and some Christians assume that everyone else has the same beliefs. This brings me back to the Burn a Koran day. It is pretty ballsy for a pastor to arrange something like this when I'm sure he would take issue if people from another religion started burning the Bible. He feels that he has the right to do this because he is part of the "right" religion (as in 'correct', not 'right wing'). After hearing this story, I found myself saying, "What the heck is wrong with some Christians?"

This reminds me of 9/11 when many people were fearful of anyone with Islamic heritage. There are so many times that we judge an entire race, religion, or other type of group based on the behavior of a minority from that group. I understand that 9/11 was a scary experience even for those that didn't know anyone who perished during the tragedy. However, it doesn't make sense to hate an entire group of people because of it. As an African-American, I have dealt with this on a much smaller scale. Yes, it's 2010, but I'm still cautious about the way I behave in stores for fear of someone thinking I'm trying to steal something. And again, we go back to the pastor in Florida. How many Christians would want others to think that they believe the same thing this pastor believes?

My husband and I love Persian food. I remember the week after 9/11, we noticed that a few of our favorite Persian restaurants in Denver had significantly fewer patrons than prior to that day. We decided to show a small gesture of support by dining out at some of those restaurants. I don't remember being scared or thinking that anything bad would happen. We're not heroes, by any means, but it was important for us to do that.

So, the title of this blog post, "What's wrong with burning the Koran?" is a philosophical one. I don't think anyone has the right to destroy someone else's holy book. As an author, I think about people that have burned others' non-holy books because they didn't believe what they said. I do think that we need to look deeper and discover what would drive us to participate in something like this. What are we afraid of? What are we trying to stop from happening? Or, what are we hoping to accomplish?

Although it sounds corny and is overused, I keep going back to Rodney King's statement of "...can we all get along?".

Your thoughts?