Sunday, October 24, 2010

Accentuate the Positive

We make our world out of seeing what we want to see.

The parable of The Town Up Ahead illustrates my point.

A woman pulls up to the Gate Keeper and asks, "What are the people like in the next town up ahead?" The Gate Keeper said, "What were the people like in the town you just came from?" 

"Awful people," the woman responded. "Rude, cold, hostile, abrupt, unfriendly." 

"Well," said the Gate Keeper, "I'm sorry to say it, but you're going to find exactly the same sort of people in the next town up ahead." 

A bit later, a Man pulls up, heading in the same direction as the first. "What are the people like in the next town up ahead?" 

The Gate Keeper said, "What were the people like in the town you just came from?"

"Wonderful people," the man responded. "Friendly, warm, helpful, patient, kind." 

"Well," said the Gate Keeper, "I'm happy to tell you that you're going to find exactly the same kind of people in the next town up ahead."

Der Bingle with Bette Midler...

Who would you consider to be the best leader using the following profile of three world leaders who lived in the same period of history?

Candidate A was associated with witchdoctors and often consulted astrologists. He had two mistresses. His wife was a Lesbian. He smoked a lot. He drank eight to ten martinis a day.

Candidate B never managed to hold down a job because of his arrogance. He slept the whole morning. He used opium at school, and was always considered a bad student. He drank a glass of brandy every morning.

Candidate C was decorated a hero. A vegetarian, he did not smoke. His discipline was exemplary. He occasionally drank a beer. He stayed with the same woman during his moments of glory and defeat.

A] Franklin Delano Roosevelt. B] Winston Churchill. C] Adolf Hitler. -- pulled from Paulo Coehelo's blog --

Food for thought as things begin to shift and you are making connections.

For me Johnny Mercer's lyrics to Harold Arlen's music for the song Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive is luscious and as always with these standards totally profound published in 1944 capturing the mood of a world looking toward the end of the second World War...

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

In filtering life in love accentuating the positive everything shifts... giving you the gift of the truth which never changes.

Day Twenty Four of a 40 day honoring cycle that started 10-1-10 for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month... it is a Mel movement of the heart, a cycle of gratitude in the light of remembrance.

May you feel connected, comforted and full of peace
Today. Now. Always.
May you see life in its full beauty
unencumbered by the weight of judgment
May you let go of your defenses
allowing the true nature of peace to enter your heart.

In Grace and appreciation,

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