The other day I found myself frustrated with the slow progress on my new project. Other people involved, subcontractors, just 'weren't getting it'. Why couldn't they just see what needed to be done and do it? Why was everything taking so long?
I decided that the best thing for me to do was take a breather, so I went with my dog, Sultain, for a hike up the mountainside. As I am huffing and puffing up a 1000 feet of climb, even the dog is panting, I am mentally reviewing the 'to do' list I have to get through for the launch of seLFTech. It is clear to me that I am not going to make the self-imposed deadline of the end of January because of delays caused by other people.
Then suddenly, it occurs to me that I am falling into the trap of assessing blame instead of accepting responsibility. I am also allowing anger and resentment to prevent me from enjoying this moment.
Here I am, with my dog, going for our favorite walk up the side of a mountain to a spectacular vista and I am not even mentally present. What a waste! So, I make the effort and clear my mind to focus on just enjoying the moment.
Suddenly, a little ditty starts playing in my mind. Usually this kind of thing is an annoyance; some stupid ad jingle or meaningless song lyric that won't go away. This time, this is what I have going on in that tape loop?
"Climb every mountain, search high and lowFollow every byway, every path you know.Climb every mountain, ford every stream,Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!"
Now, I recognize that tune, but I cannot place it. It is kind of funny that it shows up just now and I appreciate the irony. It makes me smile and I wonder if my subconscious has a sense of humor. I am still attempting to place the song when we get to the top of our climb.
I stop and take in the incredible vista; gazing across the two mile wide valley to admire the 4,500 foot peak across the valley. Suddenly it clicks and I start to laugh. Yes, my subconscious does have a sense of humor.
There is the picture, clear as this day, of Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music, singing atop a hill in the Alps with vast peaks across the valley,
"Climb every mountain, search high and lowFollow every byway, every path you know.Climb every mountain, ford every stream,Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!
"A dream that will needall the love you can give,Every day of your lifefor as long as you live.
"Climb every mountain, ford every stream,Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!"
It has been at least 35 years since I watched that movie. It is surely odd that those Rogers and Hammerstein lyrics should show up just now as I am climbing my mountain and also struggling uphill to get done what needs doing in my business world. Serendipity, to be sure.
Now, there is the perspective, the vista I made this climb to enjoy. It is breathtaking. The view from the top of this peak to an even greater peak I may someday also climb.
I had almost forgotten to enjoy this climb. Silly, silly me. Half the pleasure is in getting there. The struggle is often what makes the accomplishment all the more enjoyable.
This regular climb is what helps keep me physically fit. The continuous climb to the peaks of accomplishment helps keep me mentally and emotionally fit. Each step along the way is a victorious moment. Each moment is a fulfillment of my date with destiny.
As fellow contributor to this newsletter, Zig Ziglar, often says, "See you at the top!"
Purpose plus Passion plus Persistence equals Prosperity.
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Generosity Is The Seed Of Wealth
Generosity, which includes the free, no strings-attached sharing of resources, money, and information among people, is the seed of prosperity. What was the initial seed planted that caused the "Silicon Valley Miracle" No, it was not the invention of the oscilloscope by David Hewlett and William Packard, but, rather, an act of no-strings attached generosity, the founding of Stanford University by Leland Stanford. (See the "Founding of Leland Jr. University" below.)
Trust the Lord and Go to The Hole
This is my new favorite quote. Now to understand it you must know what "go to the hole" means. Go to the hole is a basketball term for going forcefully to the basket to score a goal. It in essence means "Take it to 'em!"
Psychic Sponge Syndrome: The Easy Inner-Centrifuge Remedy
Here's a nifty trick to use to clear yourself of any psychic "stuff" you may pick up as you move through the world. I learned the basic format for it from a woman who had the booth space adjacent to mine at a tradeshow. Being someone who had not yet mastered the art of being open-hearted without sponging up the energy of others, I was walking around like a zombie on day two of the show, after having been immersed in the circus of conflicting energies the day before . My booth neighbor asked me what was going on with me, as I was obviously not as radiant as I had been on day one. When I explained that I had soaked up too much chaotic energy and didn't know how to rid myself of it, she said, "Oh. You just need to spin it off." And I said, "Cool! HOW?!"
Most people like movies. Some, like me, are enthralled by them. I am sure that making a movie is a lot of work; but to me, it seems like it must be the most fun in the world. I especially love movies that I can get so caught up in that they become real; so real that I forget that I am watching a movie. I fantasize about becoming an actor/director in a movie that I have scripted.
Get Your Guidance and Get to Know Your True Self
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Direct Answers - Column for the week of October 13, 2003
Leaving The Child Behind. Recovery From Child Abuse
I looked at my father for the last time before he was finally laid to rest. And I said to myself, "I forgive you father".
Inside Secrets On How To Stay Afloat During Tough Times
Do you find yourself asking questions when tough times come like, 'Why has this come my way?' or 'What did I do to deserve it?' It has sometimes crossed my mind, 'Why me?' when I'm faced with what seemed like an insurmountable problem.
Win Your Own Lotto
When people talk about enrichment, they are usually thinking of financial enrichment. (Show me the money!) But, we can enrich many other aspects of our lives too such as: spiritual, mental, physical, and social, as examples. Winning the multi-dollar lotto is not impossible, but are you spending your life waiting for your fortune to come to you? For those of you that feel powerless at work, you have more control over your destiny than you think you do.
Worship and Football: Lets Take Another Look
At a recent seminar we were asked to imagine if some football commentators were giving advice to churches about how to increase their attendance. They might suggest the following:
Have You Lost Focus?
Your Self-Image - How Is It Working for You?
"All that you desire or require is already on your pathway, but you must be wide awake to your good to bring it into manifestation." - Florence Scovel Shinn
Starting A New Disaster Relief Program
I believe that it is an amazing time in our history. Mankind is truly showing his/her capabilities, they are observable because all thoughts are brought into physical being as symbols of thought. War and peace are physical demonstrations of thought. Disasters are also symbols of society's thinking.
A Plan Of Attack
Direct Answers - Column for the week of October 28, 2002
?you are, he is, she is, they are? But you knew that already, didn't you? Or have you really stopped to think about it recently ? or ever for that matter?
Wisdom of the Worlds Proverbs
You don't have to excavate diamond mines or oil fields to find one of the world's greatest treasures. All you need to do is look at the world's proverbs--the "people's wisdom." Legendary Spanish writer Miguel De Cervantes described proverbs as "short sentences drawn from long experiences," and Scottish Historian Thomas Carlyle once wrote, "There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems."
We have all grown up in an age where exploration into dramatic new territory has become routine. We have had people travel into space to live for short periods of time. We have sent people to explore the moon. We have built machines to take people under the ocean to live and work. And we have even built machines, as extensions of ourselves, to go to places where we could not go physically and send back pictures and other data.
Charge Your Imagination (3)
As we progress into the year, it is necessary for professionals to really put their Imagination to work as they plot strategies for business excellence this year. To help them do a good job, IMAGINATION (as a person) started an inspirational message on Vision 2030. Here is the conclusion of the message.
Have You Voted Today
Huh? You're probably wondering when this article was written, and probably thinking that this article is about a recent election. Well, it is and, it isn't.
Direct Answers - Column for the week of September 30, 2002
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