Bob is a business man. He’s forty-two, married, and the father of three children. He has worked for the same company in the same city for almost fifteen years. He lives in a nice bungalow in the suburbs. He pays his bills, does as others expect of him, and leads (as Henry David Thoreau so eloquently expressed) a life of quiet desperation. From Monday to Friday, week after week, he drives forty-five kilometers to his office and begins yet another day of tasks that he believes he must perform. And every day, he takes with him one piece of luggage–his mind–in which he carries the following:
- If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.
- Life is never going to get any better!
- It’s too late for me to change.
- It’s all downhill after forty.
- I’m trapped.
- Life is hard.
However, one night, after a particularly grueling day at the office, Bob goes to bed early and falls into a deep sleep. In his sleep–in a dream that’s clear, distinct, and real–a voice informs him that if he changes his thinking, his life will change! The voice also tells him that he can set aside the worn out contents of his luggage at any time–that he is free to think, believe, and act how he wishes! In his new luggage, he excitedly packs the following:
- I easily attract great health, great wealth, and great success!
- I’m surrounded by endless opportunities!
- I’m free–to think, to believe, to act!
- I have faith in the goodness of life!
- It’s never too late!
- Life is on my side!
When Bob awakens the following morning, he feels more alive than he has felt in years. The world seems new, vibrantly alive with possibilities. Something within him has changed: He feels awakened to the glorious newness of the day; to a world of opportunity just waiting to be discovered! And fortunately for Bob, that clear and inspiring dream in which he realized his own freedom stays with him for the rest of his life. In particular, he remembers this: If I change my thinking, my life will change.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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