The power of the written word is often underestimated. Why? Because the results are only appreciated in retrospect.
TRUSTING that your own words carry the weight to change your life so very powerful! Sometimes you might need someone elses help to find those words within you.
Thoughts are Things
A dozen or so years ago I met a sage, at least he was to me. A hugely successful entrepreneur, this man took the time and shared his life story with me. One of the first things he shared with me was that Thoughts are Things. At first, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I struggled with that concept. I knew it on a subconscious level, but consciously as I tried to dissect that phrase the understanding of it would evaporate as quickly as it made sense to me.
This man I am talking about was in his eighties and had just filed for a divorce. I was going through one myself, but it fascinated me to think this man wanted to change his life instead of settle. We soon became friends. The reality is; he was hugely influential in changing the course of my life.
Every morning at 6:45, he was committed to waking me with a phone call. “Good Morning, The Good Lord is with us, the sun has risen, and he has given us a new day!” Being raised Catholic, I would automatically respond, “Also with you, Amen.” His next words were, “Now get out of bed!” AUCH, I would scream in my head – all I wanted to do was sleep off my semi-depression and get some rest, after all with two kids at home, daily sports, dinner, homework, laundry, etc., I usually did not get to bed until past midnight!
I remember I asked him once, “What time do you go to bed at night?” He said, “Around nine o’clock. But that doesn’t matter I am 82, and you are almost half my age!” He outranked me there and to be honest; he had more energy than anyone I knew that age or even forty years younger. He admitted, “I kick myself in the butt every morning to get out of bed, and I am on the road by 7 am. If I can do it, you can.”
Remind Me What I Forgot?
SOLACE by A.D. Cook
He was a consummate inventor and entrepreneur. His brain never turned off. He had his goals for each day, and he had plans for the next decade. I often met him to listen as he shared his life, his family, business and his philosophies. The philosophies are what I enjoyed the most. He seemed to have a grasp on how this life works. At the time I was reading many books about self-improvement, living in the moment, agreements we make through life and how to live life without fear. (check out our book resources page) He would share his thoughts with me, and there were times I would look at him right in the eye and ask, “Are you reading the same books I am?” He would just smile and say, “Some things are just simple truths.”
He would ask me questions, lots of them, and often I would feel a massive block from understanding his words. He would often say I am the captain of my own ship. That thought in itself had me imagine being at a helm, navigating through a dense grey fog. Always giving me the benefit of the doubt, he would say I may have forgotten what I once knew. That in itself would trigger a moment of grasping a new concept, or an old one.
I started understanding what a rich life I lead just with the power of wanting to live a rich life.
The Written Word
One day, he shared with me a secret. Actually, it was by accident as a small worn folded piece of paper fell out of his wallet. He did not let me read it, but he let me know the premise of what was the purpose of this small piece of paper. The tattered piece of paper held his dreams and his goals. It was to remind him every day his mission in life. I was mesmerized that such a successful man practiced such a simple thing. Undoubtedly, there was more than just wishes and luck that created his successes in life.
He sat me down and had me write my goals and dreams. It was a private moment. I was very used to journaling, yet, to write down my dreams for the future seemed a bit unreliable. It is far more sure to write about what happened after the day was done and analyze it than to write about the next day and what you will want to happen. But the process had me remember what a powerful manifester I used to be when I was younger. I started understanding what a rich life I lead just with the power of wanting to live a rich life! So I wrote down a list of things I wanted in my life. To be honest, I still wasn’t sure about the science of it all, but it sure was worth a try. Afterall, it worked before.