The let­ter in the uni­ver­sal mail­box

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

What­ever we think about and thank about we bring about.

— Dr. John De­mar­tini

Do you re­al­ize how in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful the above words are? Dr. De­mar­tini’s quote is one of many in­cluded in the awe­some book by Rhonda Byrne called The Se­cret.

Of course, if you have read this book you will know that the se­cret is en­cap­su­lated in the phrase “the law of at­trac­tion.” The law of at­trac­tion has as its foun­da­tion the prin­ci­ple that like at­tracts like. In other words, what we fo­cus on cre­ates the con­di­tions of our life, ei­ther pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive.

Amer­i­can au­thor and speaker, John As­saraf, says: “Here’s the prob­lem. Most peo­ple are think­ing about what they don’t want, and they’re won­der­ing why it shows up over and over.”

Here’s my the­ory. If we ac­knowl­edge that our thoughts are pow­er­ful, we re­ally should dis­ci­pline our­selves to cor­ral them and fo­cus on what we truly want – the stuff of our dreams.

To fully ac­tu­al­ize the teach­ing of the law of at­trac­tion, it takes fo­cus. Amer­i­can artist, Mar­ion Lan­sky states: “Fo­cus is the most mag­i­cal tool we have. It’s the most pow­er­ful as­pect of our minds. It’s the let­ter in the uni­ver­sal mail­box, the ge­nie in the lamp.” Wow. That’s so true, isn’t it?

I just fin­ished read­ing a great book by Steven Press­field called Turn­ing Pro. In terms of tap­ping your in­ner power and cre­at­ing your life’s work ( as his sub- ti­tle states), Press­field makes a clear dis­tinc­tion be­tween the am­a­teur and the pro­fes­sional.

The am­a­teur is some­one who lives a shadow life. He knows in his heart of hearts he re­ally should be writ­ing that screen­play, or sculpt­ing that work of art, or giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions as an in­spi­ra­tional speaker; but in­stead he set­tles for a man­ner of liv­ing and work­ing that, while it at­tends to his daily needs, qui­etly frus­trates him. ( See Thoreau quote re the mass of men lead lives of quiet des­per­a­tion.)

The pro­fes­sional, on the other hand, is some­one who is true to her­self. She has the same fears and chal­lenges as the am­a­teur, but she has made a de­ci­sion to fo­cus her en­er­gies on what it takes to achieve her dream. And be­cause of that de­ci­sion, she has or­dered her life in such a way whereby dis­ci­pline is its hall­mark.

If you are not al­ready there, don’t you want to join the ranks of the pros? If so, what is hold­ing you back? You’ve got this!

Amer­i­can au­thor, Sara Avant Stover re­minds us “You al­ready have inside you ev­ery­thing you’ve ever wanted or looked for else­where.” All that any of us has to do is de­velop enough in­testi­nal for­ti­tude to break down the bar­ri­ers ( self- doubt, fear) and put into ac­tion the re­quired steps – the plan – to achieve our mag­nif­i­cent ob­ses­sion.

Hold it! Are you think­ing you haven’t yet fig­ured out your mag­nif­i­cent ob­ses­sion? If that’s the case, ask your­self this ques­tion. “What is the one thing I could do with my life that would not only bring me a splen­did sense of ful­fill­ment, but would also serve an en­dur­ing need for my fel­low hu­man be­ings?”

We need – the world needs – you to an­swer that ques­tion, and then pur­sue your re­sponse with pas­sion. Steven Press­field is wait­ing too. “I will gladly shell out $ 24.95 or $ 9.99 or 99 cents on iTunes to read or see or lis­ten to the 24- karat trea­sure that you have re­fined from your pain and your vi­sion and your imag­i­na­tion.”

And so will I.

The Sal­va­tion Army in Grand Bank launched its Christ­mas Ket­tle Cam­paign Nov. 30 at Food­land. Tak­ing part were (from left) Food­land owner op­er­a­tor Roger Brooks, Ma­jor Reid Col­bourne, Ma­jor Phyl­lis Blundell-Col­bourne, Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews, CCM trea­surer Win­nie Wells and CCM as­sis­tant trea­surer Jack Cum­ben.

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