The World Is But A Canvas to The Imagination – Henry David Thoreau


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“Life is difficult.”  That’s how psychologist M. Scott Peck opened his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled . If so, life carry-alongs should include comfy shoes, light luggage and anti-venom to thrive despite life’s setbacks and survive the roadblocks that arise from disappointments, betrayals, heartbreak and grief.  Recommended travel tools include –

  • Distractions – activities that keep thoughts from replaying whatever rudeness or meanness cause stress. The upset antidotes can include soothing music, strolling through nature or near running water, needlework, even dishwashing or changing a tire.
  • Affirmations – phrases that defuse the mind-messers when repeated with conviction.   See Louise Hay’s daily detoxers.
  • Visuals – pictures that present our highest desires and intentions for ourselves.

All of these tools belong in our knapsacks.  My current favorites are the images from Architecture Digest and a nice Mercedes dealer that sit on small easels throughout my home.  Every time I see one, I smile.  Mainly because Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” with:

  1. Specific descriptions of the outcomes expected and
  2. Clear commitments to the goals.

Whenever I consider buying a ticket for a hundred-million dollar lottery, I wonder if the winners worked the two steps more diligently and trustingly than me.  (Not possible.)

If that kind of fortune has more to do with luck and chance, the rest of us might have to collaborate with what Deepak Chopra calls the infinite organizing power of the universe.  Sounds like a grand and fun experiment:  Envisioning a great future and painting possibilities while crossing the river from what was to what can be.

Next week is the last of this five-part series about journeys.  The next series will explore Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements.

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