Quick thought. My faith is like God's love. Permanent. Unconditional. That means, regardless of the events on Earth, I will always have faith that there is a reason I cannot see from my little ant hill. More than a reason yet, a hidden opportunity - A GEM - that is hiding inside each moment and event. This is the most useful way for me to look out at the world and try to make any sense of it.
Another quick thought: Wouldn't it be a shame is Mozart, Shakespeare, or Einstein never bothered to share their world with us because "plenty of others were already doing "it," whatever "it" was? Don't worry. You're not the first and you won't be the last to share themselves with the world. But, you are the ONLY ONE who can share YOUR self... your unique ability, your unique experience, your unique perspective...
... so share it share it share it share it SHARE IT. As Jane says (to paraphrase), SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS. You never know when your message will fall on the fertile fields of possibility in another's mind.
When I was in Phoenix at the EB Gathering, my good, good friend, Joe Polish attended. I told Joe, "I have a powerful story and a message, but I need help getting it out there." That's when Joe invited me to his 25K Group. I shared my story there, and James Malinchak invited me to his event in LA, which I am attending these next 4 days. This morning, I learned/was reminded of some very powerful points when giving a talk of any length by James. James is a MASTER speaker. Tonight, I was a speaker at the UC Irvine Cancer Survivor Holiday Dinner. I took some of what James taught this morning and retooled my presentation. I rehearsed it over and over in the car in rush hour traffic from LAX to The Doubletree in Orange.
I don't think I have EVER hit a presentation out of the park like I did tonight. Within 1 minute, I had 300 people STOP eating their desserts, stop talking, even the hotel staff got extra quiet. You could hear a PIN DROP, the ballroom was so quiet.
Long story short, the director of development who manages MAJOR GIFTS (it actually reads that on her card!) came up to me like a freight train after the event and told me," My mom was a concert pianist who played in old folks' homes once a week. Tim, YOU are my passion! We are going to GET you funding for this (music therapy) program!" For those of you that don't know, my funding for my music therapy program runs out at the end of this month.
Whatever your message is, folks, keep preaching it. Keep sharing it, KEEP SHOUTING IT, keep whispering it. You never know in what set of ears your message is going to land and take root.
I just got up from being PASSED OUT in bed from a l-o-n-g day, but I KNEW I couldn't let the night come and go without being with you. Your messages of support keep me reaching for the stars every day, and my messages on here seem to be of value to you as well. Thank you ALL for ALL the great comments of support! They literally re-energized me and gave me the focus and drive to be pumping out this entry at 1:34 am when I have to be up in 3.5 hours. Don't worry. I'll be okay. I have you in my heart, and coffee in my mug! LOL.
Everywhere I turn, I see blessings. Bella's blessings. I don't know what we did to deserve her, but we continue to be humbled, flattered, and complimented that she chose us to share her story of FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE. It's such a good story, it just needs to get told again and again and again.
And it will be.