Sunday, January 8, 2012
You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 8, 2012
"You'll never break through if you're afraid of going broke."-Douglas Holzmeier"
There isn’t a single person on the face of the Earth who has the first dollar they ever earned. The richest and most successful in America have made and lost money – even millions – several times. You lose what you have - if you don’t give what you’ve got.
The first bit of advice I was ever given when I began my radio career was – Be Bold. Truth be told, I really didn’t follow that advice enough. As is often the case – even when we do achieve success – we immediately go into a defensive posture in order to hold on to what we got. Regrettably – from what I have seen - a person that works their way up the corporate ladder and receives the six-figure-salary spends most of their time conspiring to keep it. They stop being the risk taking winner that catapulted their climb and commence seeing everyone and every circumstance as a potential threat to their kingdom. These rulers rarely reign for long as they imagine and multiply adversaries in their mind where Consciousness is more than obliging to show us what we think we know.
The most infamous of these kinds of personalities were Howard Hughes and Richard Nixon - but their kind of rise and fall plays out on every human level. I call it the Daffy Duck syndrome. (Mine, all mine!) As I wrote in You Are God’s Best Idea! – the superstars in the music industry that I knew were the most generous with their time and attention. I have photos with me and Celine Dion; Lionel Richie; Bob Seger; Elton John and many others – and none of them look disinterested in little ole me. The so-called Diva’s in our world reached a pinnacle and faded quickly. If they are fortunate – they will hold onto a small but faithful fan base who likes worshiping divas. These ego-centric types are the people who draw paychecks by being the butt of jokes on all those horrific celebrity reality shows. They are trading on their 15 minutes of fame from the 1970s or 1980s. Fame is fleeting – authenticity is eternal.
I guess I am mixing my messages and metaphors so bear with me. Don’t worry about what people think or say about you. Do what you love and do it often! Live your affections, not your resentments. Don’t allow time for distractions. I had to laugh when I saw the Pixar movie Up! The dog – Doug – was so easily distracted. I lived my life like that for the better part of 45 years. I was on the fast track to great success in the radio business but I offered too much precious time to triviality and frivolity. I had a ton of fun – but just a little more networking and a little less pasta would have manifested a larger salary and a smaller waistline.
It is okay to experience a little discomfort. It’s good for you. Change is almost always slightly uncomfortable. But like a new pair of shoes – you and the shoe adjust to each other. Yes – there are no guarantees that the success you manifest is going to remain the same. In fact – the guarantee is that it WILL NOT remain the same. And that is just fine. Charles Dickens gave us many great literary works that were well received and just as many that were not. And the ones that were well loved were also criticized and the ones that were hated were beloved by some. Regardless – they were the expressions of a person who was no more divine or favored than you.
Develop an abundant mind-set. Know – just like the Lilies of the Field – you are being divinely provided for. During the 16 months I have been “laid off” from what was my primary means of making a living – radio – I have received assistance in the form of a new TV; a washer and dryer; my son’s first year of tuition covered and an ever increasing number of Social Media followers which have resulted in associated book sales and speaking engagements. Just yesterday – because I was open and aware – I came across an avenue to promote my work while helping to promote the work of others that will almost certainly give rise to a large amount of exposure for my book and more importantly – its message of inherent divinity.
If I would have allowed doubt and trepidation from my employment situation to be my primary focus – I would have lain off my dreams and you would not be reading and being inspired and directed by my work. Your job is not the source of your Good! The Universe is. I call the Universe and Its Good – God, but you can call it what you want. The Universe rewards action no matter what name you give It.
Act boldly! Go for broke – and if your bank account breaks a few times along the way - it’s still okay. Like a muscle you exercise that tears a little with every lift – when you build it back up – it will be larger and stronger the next time. Be bold – be brave – the only thing you are taking with you when you die is your divinity and the enlarged and enlightened consciousness you developed here.
It’s time to break through!
“Dreams are not meant to be followed – they are meant to be followed through.”
You Are God's Best Idea!
Author of You Are God's Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House)
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