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Andrew Papageorge Andrew Papageorge innovation guru. supportive dad. heart-filled husband.

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Where I experience and share the greatest love has always been with my family. My wife and I have a devotion to each other, and through that, a devotion to realize a greater oneness within ourselves. It’s the same with my son. There’s a lot of love and support there. When I think about what I couldn’t do without, they’re first on the list.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife was diagnosed with Stage 1 uterine cancer. That has put things into even more perspective. We often live life not realizing that we’re mortal. Consequently, we go about our lives taking people, situations, our health, and whatever we have in our lives as assumed. When something like this cancer gets introduced, it shocks us into a state of deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance certain people play in our lives.

I’ve questioned how much of my identity is tied up in this relationship with my wife. What would I be if she was gone? This situation really causes me to pause. It reinforces for me that this is a relationship of a lifetime. This is the center of my life.

Sometimes we have a hard time feeling the love in our hearts. For me, that means frantic activity or fear or concern. Centering myself brings me back into love. I tense then relax my whole body to move out some of that stress. I sit in a  posture with an erect spine so energy can move up and down my spine. Then I do some deep breathing, usually in sets of twelve breaths. I inhale for twelve seconds, hold it for twelve, and then exhale for twelve.

When I started my business, we had the saying “You have all the time you need.” All of us have all the time there is, and so we have all the time we need. If we live with that philosophy, then we’re all doing our best.

What are you passionate about? What do you do effortlessly? What do you gravitate towards? If time or money weren’t a concern, where would you find yourself? What would you be doing? Who would you be with? What’s the thread that flows through your whole life that says, “This is who I am. This is what I do. This brings me fulfillment.”

What is that?

– Andrew Papageorge

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