Thursday, January 26, 2012
You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 26, 2012
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“Your life becomes all the more wonderful the
moment you realize just how beautiful it already is.”-Douglas Holzmeier
Gratitude and appreciation: Two things that you cannot express too much of.
There really are two kinds of people in the world: The Optimist and the Pessimist. Opt - means to select; pick; elect; prefer and choose. Pessimism comes from the Latin to expect the worst! An Idealist is a person who cherishes or pursues nobility and high principles in all things; a Visionary. Actually – we are all Visionaries who choose what we see. The Realist chooses to see things as they are while ignoring the possibilities. Let’s take a look.
The Optimist sees what is – appreciates it for what it is – and dreams of more and better. The Pessimist sees what is - wishing it were different – and often wanting to go back to a time when they were complaining just as much. Optimists have an appreciation for the Process. They know that even in what appears to be a rotten situation – they can use the Power and Laws of the Universe to make a change. An Optimist knows that the paper cut heals. The Pessimist curses the paper; the cut; the blood and the pain – as if this inconsequential slice of life is a permanent perpetuation. We have all fallen under the spell of pessimism at one or more times in our lives. It is up to us to see our way out of it!
Some of the greatest stories of all time highlight the enlightenment of the Pessimist who realizes – just before the closing credits – that this really is a Wonderful Life: Classic characters such as - The Grinch – Scrooge - Phil Conners (Groundhog Day); and, of course, George Bailey. Many of us are like Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey.
George Bailey is a good man enjoying a good life in a good town - which is better than he consciously acknowledges. His life doesn’t always go the way he wills – yet it does create a wave of divine will that is seen clearly only after it has been erased in the third act. Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey does serve the small-town of Bedford Falls loyally, if not begrudgingly, for many years. He believes there is a pay-off in the form of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - not realizing until the bells ring - that the rainbow of life and all of its breathtaking colors - is the Gold! All we have to do is breathe it in – deeply and with appreciation.
I have been excused of having a Pollyannaish attitude. This was almost always offered up in a terse tone. Recently I rented the movie Pollyanna. How anyone could turn such a wonderful and divine character like Pollyanna into an insult is beyond me. Must have been a Pessimist! It’s kind of like when people say “Way to go Einstein”- after someone has made a mistake. Only a Pessimist could take the name of one of the most intelligent persons to ever live on this planet and use it as an axiom for stupidity. Someone needs to go back to school!
I have worn corrective glasses since I was in seventh grade. Every once in a while I think about my eyesight and wish it were different. The sentiment is perfectly normal – even though my optics are not. I am so grateful that I have a means to seeing clearly with and through my corrective lenses. It is a very minor inconvenience for the gift of glorious sight. Raising your Consciousness could be reasonably described as receiving the gift of corrective vision.
What minor inconvenience do you fret over that clouds your vision of living the Undeniable Life? What simple corrective action could you take that would allow you to see beyond the splinter - and behold the Forest? The answer to these questions is the gap between the trivial and the consequential – what will be forgotten and remembered. Your clarity is powered by gratitude and appreciation for what is now; understanding that the power which was used to create this temporary fuzzy appearance – will be used to clear things up.
Live Ideally! Realists get what they’ve got – and lose it. Idealists get what they want – and multiply it - with appreciation.
Life is Beautiful. Isn’t it Wonderful? Opt in.
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)