One of my favorite stories that I heard a long time ago: A husband is watching his wife preparing to put a beef roast in the oven for the family’s Sunday dinner. She cuts a piece off the small end of the roast, throws that piece in the garbage and puts the roast in the pan and into the oven.
Her husband says, “Honey, why did you throw the end of the roast away?” She thinks for a minute and says, “Well, that’s what mother always did.”
But now his wife starts to wonder. She picks up the phone and dials mother. “Mother when
you fixed a beef roast for Sunday dinner, you always cut the small end off and threw that part away. Why did you do that?” There is silence as Mother thinks for a second or two and then she says, “Oh, I guess because my mother always did it that way.”
This is getting a bit strange so now his wife calls grandma. “Grandma can you tell me something please.” “Of course, what is it honey?” “Mother said that when you fixed a beef roast for Sunday dinner, you always cut part of the small end off and threw that piece away before you put the rest in the pan. Why did you do that?”
Now Grandma is laughing so hard she can hardly speak. When she finally catches her breath she says: “I cut the small end of the roast off and threw it away because I had a very little pan.”
Every once in a while when you catch yourself in a repetitive action or a repeated thought, in an habitual way or method of performing daily or weekly chores or simply making assumptions about what is the “right” way, perhaps it is a good idea to ask yourself that one big important question: “Why?” You may discover that what used to make sense yesterday or last year or when you were a child, may not make any sense now in your grownup world.
How are you doing? How is your life moving? Are you flowing along with each new now moment, moving joyously, freely into your future, making whatever changes seem called for? Or could it be that you are stuck just a little bit, held back by the tentacles of the past, some ideas that have out grown their usefulness?
Life is meant to be an adventure. We are all lifelong explorers. We always have the choice and the ability to make each successive moment brand new or a well worn repeat of the last one.
When I was growing up I lived with my mother and grandmother. Mother worked a five day week, while my grandmother took care of the household chores. One morning when I was a teenager, my grandmother was complaining loudly about how much clothes washing she had to do for the family every Monday morning. It was a valid complaint especially since she was using an old fashioned wringer washer and two rinse tubs.
Feeling that I knew how to fix any problem I just suggested she wash clothes more than once a week, maybe on Wednesday as well as every Monday. That rather flippantly offered solution from the teenage me did not set well. Her response? A very terse,“I will think about that at the first of next month.” Which, of course, she never did.
You have to understand that I loved my Grandmother but I tell the story because I think that is the same sort of tensely fixed attitude all of us hold from time to time. We do not like to have to change our habitual behavior, our accustomed patterns, even when such a change might be beneficial. Somehow we feel it just isn’t worth the effort. We don’t want to bother with setting a different course, thinking a new thought.
My mother on the other hand was concerned about keeping her mind and imagination active. One of her methods to obtain the flexibility she desired was to find and use as many different driving routes to work as she could. She would be the first to tell you that she was “just a secretary” from the time she was 16 years old. Yet after her retirement from the business world, she was instrumental in creating the very first library for a small town in central Florida.
Far exceeding any of her past work experience she organized fund raisers for the land and the building. She wrote a grant and received approval for still more funding. Library science was all new to her but through studying and much preparation she became that small town library’s first head librarian after her 70th birthday.
I know each one of you can do anything you can imagine or believe. Do not let your life become boring or humdrum. Your life is much too valuable to allow it to drift from one day to the next. Take your dreams down off the shelf. Those exciting dreams were not meant to gather dust. Acknowledge the fact that you and I came into this incarnation to seek, to learn and to create.
In order to fulfill the mission of our life we need to embrace as much flexibility as we can. Because each one of us is full of our own unique creativity, nothing should be off limits as far as investigating, examining and understanding.
Those of us who are adults and still studying instructional courses on any subject have the right idea. It is also equally valid to look for additional information and wisdom through various kinds of meditation which offer access to our personal guides, teachers and masters plus our own intuitive skills.
Any educational pursuit that provides a step up to learning and understanding yourself and your world is important and valuable. Begin today to keep a journal of your precious ideas, record your dreams and their imbedded messages. Writing gives even more energy to your desires. Be proactive!
The more we allow our thirst for knowledge to take hold of us, the more benefit we can be to our world and each other. It is when we become satisfied with keeping the status quo that stagnation sets in. We begin the move backward allowing that downhill slide. Decide right now to release any ideas of your past lack or failure so that the positive future can arrive clean and vibrant.
Keep your desires, your heart filled dreams alive. Just because you are this age or that, just because you do not think you have the right education, push forward anyway. It is never too late or too soon to begin living you dream. Start now. Pursue it with all your energy. Tweak it, adjust it for today and then love it, believe in it. That dream should be nurtured like your own beloved child.
The more you work toward your goal, the more help you will attract. People will come forward with suggestions, financial support, creative solutions. Merely taking one small step at a time every day will light up your path, move you in the direction of more and more success. Action always magnetizes help and ideas.
Working at any activity that comes from your heart will propel you into a state of nearly continuous joy. Yes, there will be challenges, problems, an occasional set back, but when you love what you are working toward, when your goal excites you, joy will activate every part of your life.
Joy is an amazing tonic. Without any warning your physical health will be greater than ever. Your intuition becomes clear as a bell. Your life will be filled with sincere friends. When you live in a state of continuing joy everything begins to flow and glow with love and light.
All the success that will rush to meet you is because you have been brave enough to fully actuate your life by developing your special inborn talents and gifts. With a loving heart you have offered your creations to the world. I believe in you. I know you were born with tremendous ability and power.
Once you decide to trust your instincts and move forward on your inner guidance, all the energy in heaven and earth will be there to support you.
It would be my joy to help you with your own intuitive development. I offer individual, private lessons, a series of four one hour-sessions over a period of four weeks. The lessons are created specifically for your desired accomplishments. The results you experience can be quite phenomenal!