Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ruby Slippers - Just Over The Rainbow

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
       ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

(This post is not new material, however, per request, I have posted it again.)

One of my favorite movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. The story encapsulates all the principle elements of what I call Positive Adaptation.

You probably know the story line; a girl named Dorothy finds herself in a situation she neither knows how she got into nor how to get out from. She is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz where she will find the "all knowing, all powerful Wizard of Oz". Once there, he will provide the solution to her problem. Sound familiar?

Dorothy heads out on a fantastic journey where she meets three guides. They want to help her find her way home and hope the Wizard can help them too. The Scarecrow wants a brain, (think), Tin Man wants a heart, (feel), and the Lion wants courage, (do). 

The Wicked Witch of the West wants what Dorothy has, the Ruby Slippers. She does everything within her power to get the Ruby Slippers from Dorothy before she can reach the Wizard.  The wicked witch fails and the group returns victorious to Oz, feeling empowered and worthy of the Wizard's help.

Once there, they discover the Wizard is not really a wizard at all, but merely a human being.  Still, he is able to help the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. He points out, as shown by their own actions, they already possess within them, what is they were searching for. 

And then there is Dorothy; happy for her friends but still not sure how she will get what she wants, to find her way home.

Poof! Glinda, the Good Witch of the North appears and explains to Dorothy that she has also had the ability with her the entire time, represented by the Ruby Slippers. She needed only to know it and to learn how to use them. Remember....click your heals together three times?

Dorothy and her Ruby Slippers remind us that other people can help us but we must not rely solely upon them to 'fix' us or to 'make us' happy.  We need to continue on our own paths using our guides of thinking, feeling and doing.  We must maintain the self  assurance that we already possess within us what it takes to get 'better' and be 'happier' and the willingness to seek it. 

Try living Positive Adaptation and you too will discover you have your own pair of 'Ruby Slippers'. You can learn how to use them and achieve your own 'hearts desire'.

Just go over the rainbow and follow the yellow brick road to reach yours! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Remember: "Faith Is Believing..."

"Faith is believing in things even when common sense
 tells you not to."

  • Check these two clips form the movie:


This definition of faith from the movie "Miracle on 34th St." still remains one of the most practical and simple to understand I have yet to hear. However, the concept that with faith all things are possible is simple but not easy to keep believing all of the time.

We may not have gotten the house we dreamt of from Santa Claus, the job we so wanted or have the "perfect" relationship, yet. However, we must not lose faith, belief and our sense of wonderment of all that can become realty. Much of the work to do is ours.

Positive Adaptation states we "Think, Feel and Do" our way into becoming the best we can be and thus, become capable of living and enjoying life to the fullest. This, as with any other endeavor, requires faith and belief, especially in ourselves.

Below is a list of some of my favorite quotes regarding faith, (non religious in nature):

Michelangelo: "Achieving anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Faith in oneself… is the best and safest course."

Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Eleanor Roosevelt: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all."

Richard M. Devos: "The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "If you desire faith, then you have faith enough."

Of course, having faith alone is not enough as "Faith without works is dead" is also a truism. We must learn to be our own Santas; active participants in the process of our lives.

Utilizing Positive Adaptation and believing in ourselves, we can "Think, Feel and Do" better and enjoy our lives more fully.

Faith comes from your heart. May you keep yours near and dear in all endeavors. Keep believing and doing the work required and you too will find the happiness and success you desire.

There is no doubt that 2012 has been a difficult year for many us, however, if you really take a look back, I believe you will see many positives.

Remember, "Faith is believing when common sense tell us not to." So, try to follow your common sense and keep the faith this Holiday Season.

This year, let us be grateful for all we do have and have the faith, belief and willingness to make next year better in all areas of our lives.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving - Gratitude Is Both An Attitude And Action

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
~ John F. Kennedy

"....There is so much to be grateful for."
~ Josh Grobin  (listen to - on the right)

No matter what has happened this year, I am certain, if you really think about it, you can find much to be grateful for.

May we show our gratitude, in word and deed, all year long.

And then maybe, just maybe, there will be even more to feel grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, from me and mine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Love Is Like A Flower

Photo by: Renee Rendler-Kaplan

“Love is like a flower, and, like the body, 
it needs constant feeding. 
The mortal body would soon be emaciated
and die if there were not frequent feedings.
The tender flower would wither and die
without food and water. 
And so love, also, cannot be expected
to last forever unless it is continually
fed with portions of love, 
the manifestation of esteem and admiration,
the expressions of gratitude
and the consideration of unselfishness.” 
    ~ Spencer W. Kimball

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

When was the last time, (if ever), you laughed like this?
Laughter brings light where there is darkness.
Watch this video and tell me how you could help yourself from not laughing!