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Mission Impossible

How They Beat The Odds - Every Time

"We bring you joy."
Neville DeAngelou

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Fascinating people boldly transforming their lives before us. Discussion for your group:

What is your soul song?

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as much as you have the deepest abiding respect for the courage, character and conviction of an icon who assailed insurmountable odds to place an enduring mark on this universe, that icon is not you.

You are different.

Your journey is different.

Your space is different.

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Your odds will never be the same as anyone else's even if both of you are bent on the same achievement.

_ Neville
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How much more powerful are the stories you share about the ways in which your lives have been touched and changed by your faith and your church?

How much more powerful are the stories of I-Care and hope and of those who came hungry and left full, those who came cold and left just a little bit warmer?

How powerful are the stories of doors thrown open for trans-youth looking for more than just a shelter, for immigrants looking for a safe place to pause before a long road ahead, for those who are rejected by the church in the past and are looking and finding a faith community that will love them for all that they are?

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When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.



Mission Impossible

How They Beat The Odds - Everytime


Let your light shine.


A mote of dust


. . . a soul song . . .


What is in there, that a singled eye can spot a block of marble and see in it an iconic David, a porcelain beauty (Queen Semiramis), divine mercy - The Pieta; spot a blank canvas and see the Mona Lisa; a sheet of metal and see wings to our stars; a slop of mud and see the great pyramids; a loaf of bread and see souls freed; then pivot to breathe such visions into being? What's in there, lacking which, eyes have no power to reveal, and breath cannot seal?


Welcome to 'how they beat the odds - every time,' Episode 6, curated by your host Neville DeAngelou. We are exploring some of the world's most incredible events, achievements, individuals, schemes, and stories for actionable discoveries to test if we also can beat those odds.



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What else?


Along our remarkable journey of life and learning on Mission Impossible we share what we find. We challenge ourselves (and you) toward the reaches of our highest ideals: to be our best, do our utmost, achieve our finest wherever necessary and practicable, redesigning the contours of possibility, reshaping human capability. Join our posse. Share your finding. We welcome your perspective. BOOKS !!! have the power to change lives, and READING, the fortunes of countless all through time as demonstrated throughout the Great American Read, the quest for America's best loved novels. Topped without wavering, Harper Lee's heart-wrenching truth, To Kill A Mockingbird, garnered America's vote for best of our 100 best loved novels / series, the top five of which includes Outlander, Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and Pride and Prejudice. There is a heaving barrel of reality within these masterpeices. It goes directly to the crux of stacked and shuffling odds humans face pursuing a life worth living and speaks eloquently of keys to beating all odds - every time. Our antennae are drawn to the lynchpin of this latter revelation. Let's check out what might well prove to be a revolutionary discovery - the odd-beater's triple thrust. What about you? What did you find? Share your story.


is the traffic jam in place to prove your patience
- should you pivot to the green light path -

an enormously enriched life

Revelation + Mystery. During previous episodes we used storytelling features (heores, villains, romance, adventure) to explore, exercise, experiment, and engage with actionable discoveries from selections of phenomenal achievements and events in our world. It is a marvel, the mastery of these creative geniuses who get us to listen to our own heartbeats and to rummage through closets in our own lives. Truly, reading is a potent personal act. Reading is so powerful, across time it has been (and is) forbidden to certain groups and select individuals, forbidden by oppressive, brutish, totalitarian, dictatorial forces, and cultish bullies. Reading is so powerful, books are banned, access restricted, schooling limited, reading privileged. Those of us duly equipped with its facility do inflict grave personal injury limiting ourselves from the free exercise of it, narrowing our exposure, miscalculating its potency, its capacity to let us listen to ourselves and empathize with others. Yes, that's what reading does: it connects. It is a personal power. It is a social power. It is a revolutionary act. Therein lies its emancipation and its danger. We read to comprehend. That's what good reading does. We listen to understand. That's what good listening does. Ah, but there is a green light, an amber light, and a red light up ahead. You see, listening is a shared gift, but it is also a weighted gift of sorts; there is no guarantee of balance or equanimity at its delivery. We connect to each other through stories. There is an informational component and there is an emotional component to each delivery. Every time we open the conduit to deliver or recieve - reading or listening - inscribed or spoken - silent or scribbled - there exists a risk. Huge. Huge. We are vulnerable. That's life. Makes us wonder, doesn't it, whether Someone up there has got a fantastic sense of humor at our expense. For odds-beaters - grand achievers - this risk is worth it.

unleashed - confidence in human potential

soil: there is something in a seed - life! Back when vast swaths of our world were agrarian and soil was daily in our hands the precious realities of plants and seeds, of saplings and trees, were rich reservoirs of metaphors for the lessons of our lives. We've evolved. Still evolving. Garden produce cheffly disguised arrive magically at our lips. And we chew. Speedily. Mostly we swallow. Hm? We live longer - on average - now, so why knock a good thing? Doing so smacks of biting the hand that feeds. (Couldn't resist that one!) Nevetheless, I'd wager there is remnant value from our rooted knowledge of lands not yet crumbled into our oceans, still sustaining us. Yes? Hear me then! There is something about a seed; much more than life. M-hm! (See RMD)

seed: an encode - spirit - life - a play-maker - a game-changer - a wanna-be. Yes, that's what a seed is. I have proof. Then there is evil, or whatever its new name is today. Call it what you will. Evil functions relentlessly to keep the seed sealed - imprisoned in its own self - escaping which, evil's relentlesss pursuit is enslavement - total and uncompromising subjugation of will, blandly, subtly, sweet deception, or ingenuiosly disguised - no holes barred. But not all seeds oblige! Hello! That's the beginning of wonder. Have you seen it? You also are unsealed - step one! (See Riding Moby Deck)


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sapling: i'd like to tell you a story about saplings - yummy - but I wont today. By the way, when last have you been to your farmer's market? Oooh-wee. Saplings are expensive, and hard to find - well, harder than they used to be. Is nurturing still a thing? I know - who knows how such tender babies will turn out; and why bother when full-grown is groomed and fits squarely in the Range Rover? But, oh, the joys we are missing! Aren't we? Oh, the dog? Trust me, I understand. Try owning four golden retrievers and a rottweiler - all five at the same time! Yeah, me! As my mama used to tell me, "stupid lesson good for dunce." M-hm. You're probably wondering what any of that has to do with saplings. I'll leave that to your imagination. But I've got something else to share with you. (See RMD).

An epiphany!

Back in the day, every competent farmer knew he or she needed good seeds, proper soil, good weather, and to apply appopriate care in order to have a justifiable expectation of a reasonable harvest. "The Good Lord willing."

Back in the day, a competent farmer knew he or she needed to treat a good seed the way a good seed needed to be treated in order for it to take root and grow shoots. "The Good Lord willing."

That shoot would then become a sapling.

Back in the day, a smart farmer knew he or she needed to nurture that sapling like that sapling needed to be nurtured in order for that sapling to grow sturdy and strong into the kind of tree it is encoded to be. "The Good Lord willing."

That tree would become what that tree is encoded to become.

Back in the day, any wise farmer knew not to treat a seed as a sapling, nor a sapling as a tree, nor a tree as a seed. According to sound training. For they are all at once the same - seed, sapling tree - and yet not none of them exactly the same as the other. Wisdom.

Back in the day, a farmer expecting a good harvest knew the value of time, the elements and care, to his farm. Solid millennia of passed along experience! And every wise farmer knew that each day is a new day - none like any that had gone before. Challenge.

I think I am learning something.

What about you? Do Share.


Come, let us all be friends for once, 
Let us make life easy on us, 
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one.

Yunus Emre


From In Between

reclaiming lost ground for keeps

We have during these episodes established that the odds-beaters we've come to admire seek by whatever means necessary - habits, routines, good counsel, fine company, coaching, mentorship, and the like - to achieve and sustain balance, rhythm and focus in their life and throughout their endeavors. For this episode we are revealing what we gleaned from those odds-beaters exercising triple thrust. And a few insights that warrant reflective pause. No judgment. Reflective Pause.

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Words Have Power

2:26 AM - The Gathering


Words are palpable breathing beings - celebrated instruments of the mind - moving across space and time with effortless speed. They fetch big conversations tirelessly even into little foreign places. Unabashedly. They have soul. They can frighten. They can dismay. They can comfort. They shape things. They re-shape things. They change people. They cling to human parts. Fearlessly.


"He began to cry. Something in Rufus which could not break shook him like a rag doll and splashed salt water all over his face and filled his throat and his nostrils with anguish. He knew the pain would never stop. He could never go down into the city again. He dropped his head as though someone had struck him and looked down at the water. It was cold and the water would be cold. He was black and the water was black."
Another Country _ James Baldwin


"When did you become a shivering old woman," Okonkwo asked himself, "you are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pices because he has added a boy to their number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed."
Things Fall Apart _ Chinua Achebe


"Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves."
The Seventy-Two Sent Out _ Luke, New Testament














These howling waters are continuously being plundered by the strident mercenaries of Oedipus and the roaming pirates of Narcissus, neither of which could care less about you. They are after what you brought - your gifts.

- Riding Moby Dick



Things fall apart even amongst stars and we are consumed with figuring out what to glue back together and what to leave alone, and how. Some of us turn to art and science for measures of meaningful understanding. Some fight against those who do that. Some turn to spirit, some to culture, some to tradition, some to power for their knowledge. Stilll things fall apart. There is a restlessness in the human spirit eager to keep itself in one piece and to turn that oneness into something so big it will never lose its screws or rust or evaporate. We are constantly seeking how to achieve this.

uncover your encode

choose fertile ground

be conditioned for the elements

know why you are here - in the field you are in

"It will profit us all, even when the certainties of our lives are shattered or the bliss of our victories make us giddy, not to forget that the wise one said, 'To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the sun.'" (Riding Moby Dick)




"Strength doesn't come from what you can do; it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us. 

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God. 

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us. 

It's not just in some of us; 
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we're liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson



I am that I am - interconnected.

How do changes happen - changes that multiply for the better over all?

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Smile. Live. Love. Laugh. Look. Listen. Learn. Be awesome. You are powerful beyond measure. You are not alone. You can do all things. I am you. You are me. We are one. Keep Sharing.


So, are you an odds-beater?

Not sure? What's your soul-song?

Discovery: Odds-beaters are not cheaters; they are a stacked deck, interwoven, interconnected - internally and externally. They are connected to an inner-voice they hear and see and trust and respond to. They are connected to where they are - an uncanny awareness - an undaunted curiosity. They are connected to the essentiality of those desires and dreams that feed off of their transformational capabilities.

Action Plan: Be connected to who and what you are - your internal team (body, soul, spirit, mind, voice, guide). Be an effective leader of your internal team. (LISTEN TO YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE. BUFFER YOUR INTERNAL NOISE. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. QUIET YOURSELF. UNDERSTAND YOURSELF - IT'S AN ONGOING PROCESS IN A CHANGING WORLD.) Avoid being stuck in patterns of the past - even if they may have served you well then. The present is an entirely different world. Enjoy learning to understand. Enjoy working with your internal team. Be a great lead. It makes a huge difference. (How about you?) What leadership skills do you find valuable for your internal team?

We are accompanied.
Balance - Focus - Rhythm


Dare to lead your internal team. Check this out - Be the best that you can be!

The Hunks I Dreamed by Neville DeAngelou

Every new era is marked by a challenge that reveals the true nature of its character, its soul, its heart, our very being; a challenge so pervasive, so corrosive, so corrupting, it indulges our need for respite; a challenge that demands a new breed - A Breed Beyond The Hero.




Check your Connections


We are but a mote of dust when left to abandoned senses.
And a new song in rhythm with morning's rise when connected.


Something To Consider

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You are

strong - brave - capable - valued - gifted - possessed of joy, hope, peace and love - treasured - entrusted - loved - courageous


May our light shine on sprinkled seeds along The Journey.

"Live Your Life - Live it well. You are worth it."


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