One of the greatest benefits of writing and teaching the things I do is that the insights I try to share, which I hope are helpful and useful, are often reflected back at me tenfold, with readers adding their own observations and insights that end up reinforcing my own beliefs. I have lectured to and corresponded with people from all over the world, but recently, one of the greatest bits of wisdom I've received came from a longtime friend, who, with his wife, owns a furniture store (Hudson's Furniture, almost in the middle of the towns of Taylor and Snowflake) barely more than a mile from where I'm sitting. I grew up with his older brother, and I can almost see the house he was raised in from my Studio. An excerpt from[...]
To truly be defeated, you have to consent to it — to agree that you have lost. You can't always control your circumstances; you can't always influence the choices of others in ways that might benefit — or at least, not harm — you. Things won't always go according to plan, and often don't. You can't always avoid losing things you want, having roadblocks placed in your way, or dealing with people who don't believe they can win unless they can make you lose, and convince you that you have. Your choices determine your path — and someone trying to shift you off of your path might impede your progress, maybe for a long time. But they can't make you step off of it. Only you can choose that. They can take everything you have e[...]
For myself, and for others close to me, I went looking for a quote to help us all press through the resistance of the day. This is the one I found: "The default state of the world is doubt; your destiny is to believe. The default state of the world is fear; your destiny is to be brave. The default state of the world is mediocrity; your destiny is excellence. And everything can be chosen—it is always, always entirely up to you." — James A. Owen, from the forthcoming book, THE GRAND DESIGN[...]
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