“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” – Suzanne Weyn

July 21, 2014 at 5:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” – Suzanne Weyn

His hand shot up enthusiastically and then quickly retreated. His face told me there was something there to be shared but the participant just wasn’t quite sure or his connection hadn’t fully been processed yet. I offered an opening within the group debrief but it was passed up, then encouraged him to consider sharing when I would check back in after a couple of others had expressed their views. Two participants verbalised their own connections and then I saw the hand fly up again. “I’m not sure if this is important but … ” is how the very important example started.

This sequence happened just the other day within one of our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program days. I am constantly inspired by and in awe of the inner wisdom, observations and understanding that the Stage 3 participants display and courageously share throughout the various challenges, experiences and activities that make up the program day. This moment, just like so many others that I could reflect on from any of our program days, was such a powerful reminder for the Year 5 cohort that I was working with and has also had me reflecting ever since.

What examples come to mind for you from your own or others lives where the hesitation was experienced but something deeper said, “I’m not exactly sure but it is worth the risk of rising to the occasion in front of me”? What inner wisdom, observations or understanding must be shared by you within your spheres of influence or what openings can you create for others in your life to express themselves as well? How does Suzanne Weyn’s quote, “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” resonate for you within your journey of potential, reflecting on its impact to the deepening of connection to self, others and the world around you and your ability to make a difference in your own and others lives?

The individual and collective journey sees us navigating many vulnerable and complex moments. Our values, beliefs and attitudes act as anchors of reassurance to rise to the occasion in front of us, giving us the courage to explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically. Below is an interesting personal manifesto from many years ago that provides some food for thought as we explore this theme this week. What is it that guides your daily thoughts, words and actions as you strive to embody “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”?

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

– Chief Tecumseh


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