A REASON FOR OUR EXISTENCE?
Written and © Copyright 2012
By Andrew Paul Smith 04-01-12
For life to have a meaning
For faith to have no doubts
For you and I to love this world
To know what it’s about
First we must be open
To thinking that there may
Be a reason for our existence
And why we came (here) to play
What would make sense about it
This thing called human life
Is if somewhere, sometime, somehow
A God and maybe his wife
Decided to have children
To send them unawares
Into the unknown, but willing
A human life to share
Then God could understand
This life that he (and she) had made
Because they would experience
Infinite potential and then see it fade
Feel passion love and kindness
In flesh and human form
And return then back to spirit
To once more be reborn
For life to have no meaning
For sadness to endure
It’s contemplations madness
And it could only end in war
A fight to the finish
A sickening destiny
Where we all end six feet under
That includes you and me
A fools paradise
You can get away with anything
If morals aren’t part of life
And yet in human society
All our lives are linked
What I do has an effect
And emptiness is kinked
We all feel the desire
To believe in something more
Than a life that has no meaning
A purpose that’s a bore
So what if God did make
A playground for the soul
What if we are all
Part of one great whole
BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR CALLING!
“We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.” – Marcel Proust
How do you know when you’ve gone too far? Maybe it’s when you step “outside your comfort zone?” Or maybe it’s when you feel you’ve “stepped out on a limb?” It could be when you feel totally “out of your depth” and you a “flying by the seat of your pants!” There are so many expressions for the experiences of “going too far!”
Back in bible school I remember our principal saying “Man’s extremities are god’s opportunities!” He explained that in
this life god expects us to do all we can do, to be faithful to our calling and that when we reach our limits that god will often step in and miraculously completes that which we set out to do. Another way of saying this is that god responds to our faith.
This isn’t an encouragement to do the most reckless of things in the hope that god will step in and help us. On the contrary, it is when we believe we are working out our purpose, when we believe we are in the right place at the right time and we have come to the end of ourselves that the miracle can appear.
Our successes will be worthy of mention and be an encouragement
to those who hear about them when we step out in faith and seek to fulfill the calling that we have on our lives. I believe part of the work of a Life Coach is to help discover what might be the long term purpose of their clients life is, if their client doesn’t already know.
PLAYING TO WIN
“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” – Vincent Lombardi
When our four children were growing up my wife Anne and I got into many heated discussions. As I played games with them, first Snakes and Ladders, then Ludo, eventually Monopoly I always played to win. Anne said “Why don’t you let them win once in a while?” My reply was “You never let me win at Othello!”
Anne pointed out that in her opinion playing a board game with an
adult and a child were two different things. I disagreed, I said they must learn that life is difficult and that every time things don’t work out for them they have to learn what went wrong and how to get things better next time round.
“You just like to win!” she said and smiled. Well I do like to win and so do my kids, who have learned from me all my tricks and some more besides and they can beat me fair and square. Anne even let me beat her at Othello the other day, or so she says! 😉
Who wants to lose? Who doesn’t want to learn and grow from the
experiences life gives them? Think of it you are the one who won the race to the egg, you were born a winner! So it’s a fact that if you weren’t a winner you wouldn’t be here!
ON BEING A DREAMER
“All men who have achieved great things have been great
dreamers.” – Orison Swett Marden
You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great! Maybe you don’t have a sense of destiny about your life, maybe you do? I believe we all have a purpose in being here, that there is a reason that you and I showed up in this life!
Others have said that ‘to follow your bliss’ is the most fulfilling life that a person can lead; so what is it that you think about all the time, what is it you would love to achieve? There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love, there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen!
First you have to dream it, to be able to live it! That is what Orison Swett Marden is telling us! Without using our imagination the human race could not have made the advancements in engineering and technology that it has done. Wherever we go in our ‘Western World’ each day we are confronted with the advancements society has made.
Whether we agree that all the people who have achieved great things were originally dreamers, the fact remains that every labour saving device in the home, every street and building, the automobile, the passenger plane, space travel, the personal
computer originated as a thought in someone’s imagination.
What can you make happen in your life and in the lives of those around you by using your imagination? Even if it is just a well thought out birthday surprise for a friend or a member of your family, don’t neglect to use your imagination.
“Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is
the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale
Does success frequently evade you? Here’s the recipe that Dale Carnegie came up with, for making your success and mine a certainty. He says employing enthusiasm, common-sense and persistence will result in our success! Dale was the author of the famous book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” a 1936 personal development classic, that sold over 15 million copies!
Enthusiasm, flaming enthusiasm at that, is a joy to behold! I love to watch people when they display enthusiasm for what they are doing; when you can see that their heart and soul is totally involved! The word enthusiasm literally means “god within” so the way I understand it, enthusiasm is doing whatever god intended us to do.
I can’t say that I’d ever heard of ‘horse-sense’ before I read this quotation, so I Googled it. The free dictionary.com reads: Noun horse sense – sound practical judgement and then it uses it in context: “Common sense is not so common”; “he hasn’t got the sense God gave little green apples”; “fortunately she had the good sense to run away.”
In my coaching conversations, my clients sometimes like me and you “can’t see the wood for the trees” and all they need to get them back on track, is a little common sense. It is a quality that can escape us when our attention is on other things. It’s always worth asking the question “What is the advice I would give to someone else to help them, if they were in the same set of circumstances that I find myself in right now?”
Finally, persistence is not a hallmark of our 21st Century society, that wants instant gratification, and yet those who are successful in life will tell you that in diligently persisting in following their dreams, they arrived at the moment when their dreams became their reality. So, if you want to succeed, make use of enthusiasm, common-sense and persistence, like Dale Carnegie suggested.
Written and © Copyright 2012
By Andrew Paul Smith 02-01-12
I want to step beyond
The confines of the id
The idea which says it’s me
Behind which I am hid
I want to know the essence
Of the spirit from on high
The part that is eternal
And is never meant to die
The me that is imprisoned
By the bars of false belief
That has so far constrained me
And been the source of all my grief
The one that I am really
Is gentle pure and kind
And doesn’t want its own way
And to the truth it isn’t blind
Understands and knows and feels
The pitiable egos plight
And yet realizes that only in letting go
That the spirit can take to flight
IS YOUR WORK VOCATIONAL IN NATURE?
“The highest reward for one’s toil is not what one gets for it, but what one becomes by it.” – John Ruskin
Most people go to work each day, so that they can get the money they need to pay their bills. In a majority of cases people dream of what their lives would be like if they no longer needed to work; that is unless of course their work is their passion, their vocation, their calling. Work is not only what you do, it is also part of who you are! Most people when asked to describe themselves start by telling the questioner about the work that they do.
However, it’s possible to look at work in a different way. Money isn’t all that we get from our work; our work can help make us a better person! Whatever you do over and over again either gets easier for you or you will start to make your own improvements and shortcuts and as a result you will get better results in a smaller amount of time! In this life we are always growing and learning, in fact it is one of our basic human needs to grow.
By doing our work each day, our actions are most surely having their effect on who we are becoming. Do you like the person your work is moulding you into becoming? If not maybe it’s time to think of a change of career; maybe now would be a good time to start looking at finding work doing something that you are passionate about, and to find your vocation or calling?
HARVEST IS ON THE WAY!
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly
According to the freedictionary.com “striving is to either: “exert much effort or energy; endeavour” or “to struggle or fight forcefully; contend” both sound like hard work? It seems to me that if you are striving, then you are working hard towards success? Maybe David Bly meant to say “Wishing for success without doing any hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted?
There’s another quote I keep seeing doing the rounds on Facebook which says something like “Don’t define how successful today was on what you harvested, but on what you planted!” The bible tells us “As you sow, so also shall you reap!” In Jesus parable of the sower not all the seed bears fruit; but please be aware that the fruitless seed had to be planted for the fruitful seed to grow!
So here’s the challenge, what are you and I going to do today to make sure there is a harvest coming to us? Whatever we plant is what we will receive, and I believe it is not only what we plant, but the method and manner in which we plant that decides the harvest. So never plant with the negative attitude “This is a waste of time, this will never work” always plant with faith for a bumper harvest.
Do you wish for success? Then, plant with faith in your own success! Let all your actions, be motivated in and completed with faith! As soon as you plant the ideas you have, the actions you take, or begin the change of direction in your life, be excited! Yes you will need to be consistent and full of faith on your journey to success, but if you do your bountiful harvest is assured!
IF IT’S GOING TO BE IT’S UP TO ME!
“Always bear in mind that our own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing!” – Abraham Lincoln
Determination is the key! Dedication to the task; as the old song goes “If you want to be the best, if you want to beat the rest, dedication’s what you need!” If you want your life to change you have to take total responsibility for that change to take place. “If it’s going to be it’s up to me!”
Those who abdicate their personal power by blaming others for their mis-fortunes, who see the fault for things going wrong in their lives haven’t really understood what Abraham Lincoln is saying in the above quotation. Yes it’s true that we are not necessarily at fault when things go wrong in our lives, but …
Though we are not responsible for the misfortunes and problems that life throws at us, we are able to respond in any way we chose to these events with positivity or negativity, and depending on our response we will get different outcomes!
It is my belief that any desire that you have held in your heart and mind for a reasonable length of time is a likely outcome for you to reach in your life. The reason I say this is that: why would such an idea or goal be given to you if you are incapable of fulfilling it? That would be just plain cruel.
The only question to ask is how much resolve have you got to gain access to the goal you have in mind. You need a tenacious spirit to be like Jacob in the bible story where he was given the name Israel, where he wrestled with god and prevailed (Genesis 32) demanding “I will not let you go, unless you bless me!”
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington
Here’s another take on success, today we are looking at it in terms of what have you done in life to get you where you are? What trials have you had to face, what problems have you had to defeat? Did you just get lucky or are you someone who ‘fought the good fight’ to arrive in the place you are.
Every culture on earth has stories about heroes who vanquished their enemies to win the adulation of the on looking crowds of friends, family and peers. Hollywood tells these stories and today makes heroes out of the unlikeliest of people. We all have it in us to be heroes. Yes your life and mine are meant to be no different.
We may not go out to defeat a giant, or to challenge the unscrupulous nature of a massive corporation, but within our lives we are meant to be overcomers. The challenges and problems we face are never sent by life to defeat us but so that we grow in the people we were meant to be.
So here’s the question we all need to ask ourselves, do we shy away from our problems or face them? Here lies the path to success according to Booker T Washington. Be a hero in your own life, face your fears and though sometimes you may taste defeat, you will also know the joy of victory and success will be yours.