This is part 1 in the “Things You Should Know” series. The intent here is to write about a few principles that we (you and I both) should already know intuitively, but sometimes forget in the humdrum of life.
Has anyone ever told you “you should always have a backup plan, just in case something happens” or something similiar? It’s just smart thinking, right? Guess again.
As you may remember from my earlier writings, I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. Lenedra Carroll (mother and manager to the beautiful singer Jewel Kilcher) is quoted as once telling Jewel in her early singing career days that “if you have a fall back plan, you will surely fall back”. I agree with her, because by putting a backup plan into place “just in case”, you are activating the Law of Attraction to bring about the “just in case” situation.
On a side note, it’s amazing where I sometimes get the inspiration to write for the blog. I was listening to my favorite musical of all time, “The Phantom of the Opera”, the other day. Incidentally, it IS the Michael Crawford/Sarah Brightman version, which is the Original 1987 Cast Recording. Anyway, one of the most powerful lyrics in the entire thing is in the song “Point of No Return” when they both sing “The bridge is crossed so stand and watch it burn”. Each time I hear this line I get the image of someone literally standing and watching the bridge they’ve just crossed over as it burns. To me, this is a beautiful symbolic image because while we bless the past and respect it by learning the lessons it teaches us, we don’t try and get back across the bridge.
Does that make sense?
Basically, I guess it really comes down to living in the moment, but not haphazardly. The ability to keep ourselves focused on the present while allowing the past to help us make better decisions.
This also reminds me of something I heard on a cd titled “Never Accept Advice From Anyone More Screwed up Than You Are”, by John Addison, the co-CEO of Primerica Services.
To paraphrase him on the CD, he says “Decide is like the words homicide and suicide. In those words, somebody dies. I believe to Decide means the death of all other options.”
To me, this is one of the most AWESOME and SAGE pieces of advice ever given. When you decide to do something, give it all your energy. Do not focus on the possibility of defeat, but rather only on the probability of success.
In the next part of this series, I will ask the question “Who’s life is it, anyway?”
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