The suspense is terrible… I hope it’ll last.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014

It would be so nice to be the person who “makes it look easy?”  The one who never sweats because problems are the “small stuff”? We want to survive, therefore we work to secure income to live.  We care for our children, we tend to our families and we devote time to our work.  There is very little extra time in the day to devote to creativity or finding a new path … we succumb to life’s pressures. Pressure is the stress created in our minds and bodies when we are confronted with a situation that requires action or response and there is none.  The absence of a response or solution when faced with adversity can cause a total mental meltdown: panic caused by the lack of prior solutions to solve the immediate dilemma or fear that we do not have the skills to address the situation with the requisite speed.  It is at that moment where we need the ability to find a solution through creativity. We would have no pressure if every day was the same as yesterday and foretold the events of tomorrow.  We would simply go through life like a goldfish — swimming from day to day repeating each behavior over again and again assuring our survival until the script runs out.  But we have pressure and we must always be ready to solve the mystery that the next minute holds.  We must learn to adapt and create solutions to problems as they arise.  Creativity is not a natural process. Creativity takes time. It is a function of patience and a summoning of all that we know to find a new way of doing something old, or a way of doing something different in our lives.  For most of us it is a forced process.  We need something to motivate us to be new and different.  We need something to knock down the walls of consistency and normality. We are creative when it comes to things like talking our children through school troubles.  We use our ability to find solutions when we are confronted with tasks that threaten our existence, but when it comes to improving our lives or creating a better tomorrow, we seem to draw a blank.  We simply move into a place of comfort.  We shut down and trap ourselves in the proverbial box.  It is much easier than allowing ourselves to feel the pressure that comes with the new. In the movie, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder, as Willie Wonka says,  “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” I love the above quote.  Nonsense is the seed from which thinking blossoms.  It is not only a great tool to call what we know in to question – if we allow it to do so – but it is also the start of a new vision.  Flip...

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With each bend in the road, enjoy the journey.

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014

Sometimes life takes twists and turns.  Sometimes it just bends out of shape due to forces that are not within our control. When we look at people who have achieved fame, we sometimes marvel at the way they seem to climb the ladder with ease.  We forget, or never see the obstacles in their lives or what they did to overcome.  (Okay, wait, I am not talking about the problem children in the tabloids, I am talking about the good people.) When we get to know someone who has reached for the stars and succeeded,   we have the opportunity to appreciate their humanity.  Thus, that is when the super-human becomes human.  Then, and only then, can we appreciate the individual and not just the star status.  When we are able to see someone as being “just like us,” then we understand their real journey; we see them as dwelling alongside each of us as inhabitants on this third planet from the sun.  Once what was famous deescalates to real, we can see his/her incredible ability to endure and fight on against life’s obstacles. We return now to the beginning of the cycle: the star is – once again – super human. But, this time, veneration and blind reverence are replaced with healthy respect and admiration.. In the past few years, I have come to appreciate one such person in ways I could not – even during my most intuitive moment – have predicted.  That man is Uri Geller. People who meet with me in my office have the opportunity to see the bent sterling silver spoon from the Savoy Hotel hanging on the wall behind me.  It is framed with an 8×10 glossy of Uri wearing his trademark smile. Clients invariably ask: Is that Uri Geller the Spoon Bender? He is readily recognized for a single ability that captured the world; he magically bends spoons.  I can assure you he is responsible for so much more.  His controversial and stellar career virtually made the phrase “psychic ability” and “mind power” household terms.  He is a loving husband, and is the father of two successful children who share their father’s charm and intellect.  He is an entertainer and motivational speaker of the highest order.  He achieved rock star status by challenging society’s definition of possible. Is Uri superhuman?  I would say, no. Is he someone who has pushed the boundaries of what is means to be human? Absolutely. He is driven to succeed in ways many of us can only imagine.  He forged a path for himself that had never been travelled in this world.  He knew where he was going and he remained true to his course.  For the one singular “power” of absolute focus and direction, Uri Geller is an inspiration and a personality worthy of appreciation. With respect, I am proud to call Uri Geller a friend....

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What a clear night.

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013

Unfortunately, the 24 hours in a day are never enough to get done all that I hope to do.  Then, when I am thoroughly exhausted, I pause to catch my breath.   In that moment of calm, I always think of something I forgot to appreciate in my daily whirlwind of activity. Tonight is was the stars.  The thought that I had was simple.  The stars in Orions belt mark the northern night sky when the sun is at its lowest point.  They are among the easiest stars to identify, and for some odd reason, they are part of my favorite constellation, Orion the Hunter.  The belt has been used for thousands of years as a distinct and clear marker for ancient timekeeping. But someday, probably not in our lifetime, the three stars in his belt will die and Orion will cease to be the exact constellation we see today.  When stars die, I think I remember that it is the helium that burns up and iron forms.  The core cools and that is where the black and white dwarfs come in.  The black dwarf results when the star is of smaller mass and it collapses in on itself.  The white dwarf is when the star explodes into a super nova. Either way, the star goes away.  And no, I am not really sure of any of this detail.  I am tired and thinking about things I once knew and possibly still remember in my subconscious. Right or wrong, I am writing this blog to make a point and cannot allow fact to interfere with my midnight philosophical rant.  Oh yes, I was going somewhere with this…  I need a moment to remember…. Oh yeah, I know.  The stars will not always be as they are now.  Things in life change; whether that is in our lifetime or within the lifetime of the universe.    Tomorrow will be different that today, and the next will be different than tomorrow. What have you failed to appreciate today that may change...

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