With another year almost ending, many of us start reflecting on the year that is coming on to a close and maybe start planning our “New Years Resolutions”
Perhaps if there have been some major changes in your life this past year ~ like a serious illness, the death of close family member, a marriage break-up or an empty nest.
You are probably trying to make a change in your life, by finding something else to fill your time, to have a new start, or find your lives passion.
If you were to ask some people, when they felt most passionate about their lifestyle, most of them would without a doubt say it was when they were consumed by great joy and happiness. It would be a time when they had met the love of their life, the birth of a child or had followed a chosen career path. Others would answer who can be passionate about life in these times, referring to ill health, wars, drugs and the environment there is so much uncertainty; why bother, nothing goes right for me anyway.
However, there are a huge number who can truthfully say they live each day with passion. These people live their lives this way because they really do believe in themselves and have the ability to visualize the life and things they want.
Ask any famous actor/actress or sports hero why they are so successful they would say because, they live for their sport or career with deep passion and believe in themselves.
I had a great role model in my father, who left school at the age of fifteen. Through positive thinking and visualizing what he truly wanted out of life, for both himself and his family; he accomplished those dreams. Without a university education, he was able to work for the British Air Ministry building the first jet engine during the Second World War as well as work as a senior engineer for several prestigious companies in England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada.
Every achievement was like an engineer’s blue print, every step was written down, visualized and followed with great care until the desired dream was accomplished. He also excelled at every sport he played all using the same visualization techniques.
As children, things were not always easy for my sister and me. We moved a lot and went to several schools however; we did as a family get more out of life than most children. We learned that one has to live each day to its fullest and things do not happen; one has to embrace life with passion and really believe that those dreams can come true. Our father however did not live to be fifty years old, but he got more out of life than most people who live to be a hundred.
My sister and I were both close to our Dad and at an early age we tried his way of visualizing for what we wanted and it really did work whether it was at school, the meeting of our husbands’, desired employment or the home of our dreams. I cannot say things always turn out the way we wanted.
We have however, learnt that everything happens for a reason, for me it has always turned out for the best and there is nothing in my life that I would change. My sister has not had it easy, for several years she has cared for her husband who had a stroke; she does still try to keep positive thoughts about the outcome of her life and accomplishes everything she sets out to do with a smile and believes that there is nothing she can’t do. A few months ago she lost her husband, she is now in a position where she must start a new live and passion for herself.
She is now in her mid sixties and I turned seventy this past year, there is no way we will give up on life because we are getting older, we still have some dreams to follow, and our visualizations will continue for many years to come.
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
— Louisa May Alcott