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Ep. 096 | Look Up, Let Go, and Live, with Chris Ray


Do you ever feel powerless against your hurts, hang-ups, and habits? 

Chris Ray's hurts, hang-ups, and habits literally killed him. Remarkably, his encounter with Mortality wasn't permanent, and Chris returned transformed.

Chris is no longer powerless against his hurts, hang-ups, and habits because he has learned to look up and let go. 

If we have ears to hear, we can learn the same lessons from Chris’ story without a harrowing ordeal of our own. If we have the courage to add Action to our Insights, we can experience transformation, too. 

I met Chris through a mutual friend here in Steamboat. His warmth, openness, and lack of pretense were simultaneously a bit disarming and a refreshing change. Chris exudes his unique brand of warmth, openness, and lack of pretense, but I realize that it's a combination of qualities that I often encounter in those in the Recovery community. It occurs to me, too, that I belong to that community now, due to the alcohol-free Adventure I've embarked on in 2024. I certainly don't claim to embody those qualities yet like Chris does, but I hope to someday, and Chris is a wonderful role model in that respect. 

Tune in to Ep. 094 | Beyond Resolutions: A Heroic Path to Your Best Year Yet, to learn more about my recovery journey en route to considering how you can go beyond resolutions to your best year yet, too. 

I would be remiss if I didn't publicly thank Chris for his part in encouraging me to accept this new Call to Adventure. 

In this episode, discover how a brush with death led to an unexpected journey of Adventure and self-discovery. Follow Chris' path from addiction to recovery and to a life-changing retreat in Costa Rica. Hear how looking up and letting go transformed his perspective on life, and find out why he decided to drop social media altogether.

This is not just a travel story – it's a powerful lesson in embracing the unknown and finding peace through letting go.

And the best part? Chris is not done yet. This is Part 1 of 2–before and after Chris' Costa Rica Adventure. Tune in to find out what he's discovering about himself and how it could inspire your own journey. 

Some Key Moments:

  • 00:00:00 - Facing Mortality and Recovery Journey

  • 00:03:20 - Transformative Recovery Journey

  • 00:08:14 - Soboat's Growth and Impact

  • 00:12:47 - Galvanizing Near-Death Experience

  • 00:13:41 - Spiritual Awakening and Rebirth

  • 00:14:14 - Surrendering to Something Greater

  • 00:17:38 - Wrestling with Experience

  • 00:19:31 - Appreciating Life After Encountering Death

  • 00:23:02 - Dependence on a Higher Power

  • 00:27:45 - Embracing Faith and Intuition

  • 00:29:37 - The Search for Balance

  • 00:32:28 - Redemptive Effects of Suffering

  • 00:33:01 - The Call to Adventure

  • 00:39:53 - Embracing the Present and Letting Go

  • 00:42:25 - Gaining Perspective and Embracing Community

  • 00:44:11 - Embracing Involuntary and Voluntary Adventures

  • 00:45:32 - Post-Costa Rica Adventure

  • 00:46:36 - Hero's Journey and Personal Growth

  • 00:47:30 - Curiosity and Mundane Adventures

  • 00:51:27 - Disconnecting and Embracing the Unknown

Remember: You ARE going to die. But you're not dead yet. So get after it!

Do the Work, Just Don’t Try to Do It Alone

Look up, let go, and live! Only you can do the work, but you can't do the work alone. None of us can. I always offer one free coaching session. Visit my website to schedule your free session. 

Thank you for your time, attention, and trust. Don't forget to follow this show and share it with your friends. I'll see you next time on Andrew Petty is Dying--Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.

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