Gotham (September 2009)
Visionaries eschew stifling boundaries, ultimately refuting their ability to imprison them. Picasso once said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” If one is to ever grapple with fear and ultimately evolve whole, subscribing to the thought and language of possibility is crucial. Still, many of us remain mired in mediocrity, convinced that dreams exist during childhood or, as we grow older, for a chosen few.
David J. Schwartz, author of The Magic of Thinking Big, writes: “Every bit of human progress-our inventions big and little, our medical discoveries, our engineering triumphs, our business successes-were first visualized before they became reality.” As I work on this piece, I occasionally break away, looking above my desk at a compact black frame. The word believe is spelled out and encompasses other affirming texts such as “focus, imagine, confidence, eyes on the prize,” etc. This serves as my daily inspiration; a reminder whose ancient wisdom has biblical roots. Proverbs 23:7 of the King James Version says: “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Belief in me remains a constant struggle. Am I good enough? Can I really do this? You want me to do what? I have no experience! Yet each time these voices are first silenced and finally banished, amazing breakthroughs occur such as enrolling in graduate school, buying a house or work being published. None of which would be possible without belief in God first, self second, and long-lasting courage. Limits are often self-imposed. If only we would see ourselves as the Creator does, daily attacks of doubt, fear and anxiety would dissolve. Imagine the possibilities when elements which once oppressed us become the impetus for greatness.
Getting on the Path (further inspiration)P.S. – I don’t know it all. Feel free to add more!
“And Jesus said unto them … “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to younder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear … ”
I John 4:18
James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
Dr. Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise” (video clip)
Julia Cameron, “Weathering Challenges to our Creativity” (2007 interview /lecture at Wisdom House)
Wayne Dyer, The Awakened Life (video clip – Part I)
Wayne Dyer, The Awakened Life (video clip – Part II)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDC71IGQgyw&feature=related
Michael Franti, Hey World (Don’t Give Up) (music video)
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living in the Present Moment (video clip)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mKJGOiOQBE
David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big
Ilyana Vanzant, Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
Most of us give little thought to the motion of our daily lives; walking is a means to an end – heading to work or rushing between appointments. Well, we are all missing the point. It’s time to move beyond the pragmatic and often limited notion of destination, and embrace a journey of the possible.
On a recent walk with Foxy, our cuddly beagle, I let go of myself. For the first time in years, I walked. Trees once blindly passed appeared ethereal, their branches conducted by a symphony of wind. An azure sky welcomed me. My breath, usually quick and hurried, became placid. The ubiquitous noise of city life faded. I came alive.
I call it pet pedagogy. Foxy teaches me to pause, admire, but most importantly, to reflect upon the beauty I often ignore while consumed by my anxiousness to go. She sniffs incessantly, each blade of grass a new discovery, or wriggles her body with glee when finding a suitable patch for rolling. Gandhi once said: “One can measure the moral greatness of a nation by how it treats its animals.” I also submit that one cannot fully recognize their own inherent greatness unless one remains open to the lessons animals teach us daily. They are there, quietly whispering; we must sit still long enough to listen.