Today’s Positive Thought is by Florence Scovel Shinn.
“Demand definite leads, and the way will be made easy and successful.”
“One should not visualize or force a mental picture. When he demands the Divine Design to come into his conscious mind, he will recieve flashes of inspiration, and begin to see himself making great accomplishments. This is the picture, or idea, he must hold without wavering.”
“The thing man seeks is seeking him–the telephone was seeking Bell!”
I am not one who shares personal information…yet today I want to share a few details in light that it can help you or someone you know who is in a quandary about where to go in life.
Last year I had a full respiratory arrest, in a coma and there was a bit of time that oxygenwas cut off to my brain, no major damage but just a twinge, so I have had to learn to deal with that uniqueness. It has taken an abundance of determination, facing challenges, and allowing me to experience whatever it was I needed to experience to get to where I want to go. Slight as it may be it still has had a profound affect on all things in my life. From these experiences I have gained better insight and understanding of myself as me. Decisions have not been easy for me and things I used to do in a twinkling of an eye, well, took a very long time to accomplish, outside my norm.
This blog was my first step to regaining my creativity and life, literally.
Newness is in my life. As I am gaining more strength and mental determination, coming into my own so to speak, choices/decisions have been made and are now taking form. I have made a decision to follow childhood dreams and resurrect my acting and writing careers. I have had a 36 year hiatus from the stage and 20 years from television. Looking at some head and body shots from decades ago of a slimmer and full head of hair me, my wife and I just laugh and wonder where the hair went…ah, genetics.
Determination has been revived and new plans of action are taking place for the acting and writing careers. In order to get my feet wet; before I reactivate my union membership and secure talent and literary agents, community theatre is my start.
Being a motivational speaker, writer, columnist, retired minister, and host/interviewer/creator/producer for two cable television shows all have been good prep work and stepping stones back to the fields I love and enjoy.
Looking back at my past accomplishments has enlightened and also astonished me…I forgot so much of what I did way back when. How about you? Have you looked back at your past accomplishments, talents and abilities that have been in memory storage? Take a bit of time and look back by creating a resume of your accomplishments. If you are like me it will perk you up, spur you onward and forward. It was in looking back that a boost of self-confidence filled my heart, my mind and my soul to pursue this new direction and it will for you too.
Don’t be like me and wait until you have that brush/experience with death to follow your dream(s). Why not take a stab at something new and express your talents and abilities, dabble and get your feet wet, experience a new way of living and being; for that which is inside you is aching to be expressed. Take a chance on yourself and allow yourself to be the you, you really are. Know that to you all things are possible.
To all of you, thank you for being there and being part of my growth and continued growth. I can’t tell you how important your support has been and is to me. As the writing continues and new goals/ pursuits are achieved you will be one of the first to know.
Enter stage right…
Jay (I have just received a phone call informing me of a role in, The Odd Couple.)
We are but simple creatures grazing on the green fields of life. Our wants are simple; our desires not out of the ordinary. Grazing in the leas is wonderful, it is serene, a calm that permeates our very being, we are happy and content creatures ambling along enjoying the simple life for all has been provided for us, there are no challenges, problems are non-existent, illness is completely unheard of and our idyllic life lasts forever, peace and harmony exists between all the creatures it is as beautiful as The Elysian Fields. Such joy and happiness fills our hearts and minds as we meander our way from one meadow to another in a slow steady pace enjoying the view and our companions along the way. Nice dream isn’t it?
We live in a world where wants and desires can or may vary according to the day of week, the leas are not always green and fertile, if we are content our ambition to live life may be waning, challenges and problems are present, peace and harmony between and within us may be achieved and The Elysian Fields appear in our dreams. It seems the joy and happiness that should be in our heart dissipates with each sorrow we encounter. Life, what an experience. So how do we go about cleaning it up and making it better? Well, it is an individual “thing,” no one can motivate us to get up off our mental duff and go forth to prosper or anything else. We can be inspired, self-motivated, to move forward by others, by their stories, or by realizing what we have to give to the world…us. How odd we would think “us” is the most important thing we have to give to the world, yet, it is the most important thing wecangive to the world and be a beaconof inspiration to others, and as we do, we go forth to prosper ourselves and the world around us.
Life is truly simple and uncomplicated but we tend to mix it up and make it difficult. In fact, life is so simple that if anyone told us how simple it was we might just laugh in their face.
As stated in Monday’s post, Afraid Of Being Different?, this is part of the change taking place in the presentation of positive constructive attitudes. What does this mean? It is the difference in the presentation on success. It will include, at times, the spiritual aspect of living and succeeding in life. There will a bit of humor, satirical as it may be, and some asides that are a bit unusual which are meant to bring a smile or a moan and an ugh, while reading an article.