Week from hell. Will post more tomorrow when I’m in a better space.
We can have anything we want, but we can’t have everything we want all at the same time.
Bam! That hit me between the eyes. WHAT?
But I have a big ‘ol hairy list of everything I want to do, be and have in life and now that I’m in my 50’s I’m not sure I’ve even got the time to do, be or have it all. Who was it that said we can have it all? I must have missed the “not all at the same time” part.
The important piece that I got from this sentence is that because I have a tendency to take on lots of projects all at the same time, I am then scattered and don’t accomplish any of them well and I tend to get frantic. There’s truly only so many hours in a day, week, month…and those hours, minutes and seconds seem to be moving a lightning speed the older I get. (Truth is, we never know how much more time we have, but that’s for another blog).
Also…and this may be most important…taking on too many things at one time keeps me from becoming a Master at any one of them. I’m pretty good at many things but not excellent or masterful at any one thing. For me, I think it goes back to a ‘being responsible’ thing. If I’m scattered and frantic with lots to do, people understand if I’m flaky and don’t keep my promises, and that’s simply bull dookey!!!
So it’s time for me to focus. Time to take a stand and be committed to what I REALLY want to accomplish with whatever time I have left.
And so it is.
I’m finding that I’m a Big Idea woman. Some of them are crazy and some of them are actually kind of cool. Some of them I want to act on and some seem WAY TOO BIG! My thoughts then move to trying to figure out how I can implement my idea and that’s when I get into trouble. Trying to figure out all the details. But as we read over and over and over again in the Master Key, keep your attention on what you want and the ‘how’ will work itself out.
Back to my BIG ideas…in Part 21 paragraph 6, Haanel writes “Large ideas have a tendency to eliminate all smaller ideas so that it is well to hold ideas large enough to counteract and destroy all small or undesirable tendencies”. I must say that I have found this to be true. If my attention is on a large idea I just don’t have time for the little stuff. Who was it that said “Don’t sweat the small stuff”?
One last thing about ideas. There’s a fabulous children’s book written by Kobi Yamada called, What Do You Do With An Idea? I highly recommend it…and not just for your kids.
SPOILER ALERT…Stop here if you don’t want to know the very last page of the book.
“And then I realized what you do with an idea…
You change the world”.
Marshal James born February 19, 2016…my 7th grandchild.
What an amazingly extraordinary and emotional thing it is to be born unto this world. The beginning of life. Tears flowed at my first sight of this precious little sweetheart. So fragile and helpless. I am instantly in LOVE.
And so it begins…Day 1
We (Marshal’s family) get to protect and guide and love this little guy as long as we can. In a short time he’ll begin to experience some independence and then more and more until the time that he’s on his own. We want to protect him from the difficulties of life but we know that it’s often the hard times that build our strength and character. We also know that he’s going to make up ‘stupid crap’ in his head that just isn’t true. But maybe…just maybe, if we teach him about the power of the world within, and the power of his thinking, he can steer clear of some of that.
So I will teach him to greet each day with love in his heart, to persist until he succeeds and to live each day to the fullest. I will teach him to master his emotions, to laugh at the world, to be of value and to give value. I will teach him to be in action and to know that he is nature’s greatest miracle. I will teach him to be kind and loving to all others and that “In HIM we live and move and have our being”, so always keep God, the universal mind, first and foremost.
I will remind him that he is whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
And the most powerful way for me to do that is to live it myself. And so I shall.
As my mom got older she would read the obituaries every morning. She said she was looking for people she knew. I thought it was an awful habit and depressing too. I figured I’d hear about someone close to me passing away from a friend or family member so I wouldn’t need to look at the obituaries.
So now, part of our MKMMA homework is to read a couple of obituaries every day. Then ask myself the following question…What would that person give to change places with me and have just one more day?
Crap. I hate reading obituaries. But, I’m committed to the program and I trust the process. So I read…Ruth H., died at 104. She finished second place in a high school public speaking contest. One of the judges told her that she would have won first place but the top prize had to go to a boy.
Marilyn K. was 80. We graduated from the same high school. She founded a contact lens business, was two term president of the Sacramento Children’s home and a founding member of Los Amigos. She was on the Del Paso Country Club board of directors, a Junior League member, two ski clubs and an elite golf club.
Then Boneta J. She was only 61. Had kids, grandkids and lots of family that will miss her smile, laugh and generous heart.
Okay. So now I’m kind of interested in these people’s lives. Some have done amazing things in their lifetime. It’s pretty cool. These are individuals who left their mark on the world in many different ways. But back to the question…What would that person give to change places with me and have just one more day?
The question itself confuses me. Is it something about MY Life that they would want to have for just one more day OR is it just having one more day alive? I think the question is meant for me to look at MY Life. Am I stepping up and creating an extraordinary life that someone would want to have?
Geez, I don’t know. If I could have one more day I’d give up everything to just be with the people I love…I’m struggling with this one…what do you think?
The art of thinking.
4 habits of persistence…the Hero’s Journey…A burning desire…A definite purpose…Continuous action…Protect your mind from negative influences and suggestions…An alliance.
I’ll never to be able to watch movies the same way!
All of these were present in the movie Cool Runnings, and their ‘dream of being in the Olympics’ came true. That’s what we like to see in movies…happy endings, right? We want the Hero to win! In the past I would have chalked it up to a good story, after all it’s a movie, it’s supposed to entertain us. But if we follow the 4 habits of persistence isn’t a happy ending available to us all? We want to see the ordinary person rise to a great accomplishment because we know deep down that we are that person too. There is something you want in life, something you want to be…the question is, do you have a burning desire to achieve it? Are you willing to ‘pay the price’? Wouldn’t it be worth it? I’ve been reflecting on these questions for myself. The answers are not as easy as I would have thought.
American author, Henry David Thoreau wrote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Despair – Loss of hope, hopelessness – To lose, give up or be without hope.
Well, that’s not my future. So I choose the Hero’s journey and I’m guessing you do too.