Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can
become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
I'm presently reading "What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self" by Richard Rohr and wanted to share this quote with you.
"SPIRITUALLY STARVING IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY”
“A wall-eyed pike is put into an aquarium. He is fed for some days with little minnows. Then, in the middle of the experiment, a glass partition is placed down the middle of the aquarium so that the pike is now confined to one side. Then the researchers drop the minnows on the other side. Immediately, the pike goes for the minnows, but he hits himself against the glass. He circles and hits it again. He tries a third time, but he is now hitting the glass a little less hard. After a few more times, he’s just sort of nosing up against the glass. He has a feeling he’s not going to get those minnows. Pretty soon, he just swims around in circles and ignores the minnows on the other side. At that point, those doing the experiment take out the glass. The minnows come right up against the gills of the pike and he doesn’t even try to eat them. The experiment ends when the wall-eyed pike starves to death. He’s convinced he’s not going to get those minnows, so there’s no point in wasting his time or hurting his nose again.
That is the best image of cultural blindness I have heard. I wanted to weep when I first heard it, but I realized that the experiment is about human beings, not about fish. That’s much of the human story.”
This story is very revealing for those of us who are working on living a life of abundance in all areas of our lives. One of the practices I was taught at a very young age in my first selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions was to never get discouraged when someone wasn’t interested in what you were trying to sell them. There were many more houses in the subdivision and the law of averages increased if you knocked on every one of them. It worked and I always had a great daily average of subscriptions sold.
Once I have a clear vision of what I want to achieve and have established a plan of action to make it happen I never lose my focus on the goal. To achieve that success I use many of the tools that I have I have shared with you in my blog postings.
We just returned home from a three week dream trip to Europe to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The cost of this trip far exceeded our typical yearly travel budget. I posted pictures of the trip on my Dream Board, worked out a plan in our Prosperity Budget. Yes I ran into several glass partitions as the pike did in the aquarium but the tools I had to fall back on got me to the other side and I was able to achieve my goal.
You may have faced many obstacles in achieving your dream of living a life of abundance and have given up because of obstacles that blocked your vision of success. Now is the time to once again establish a success plan and work with the tools that will support you in overcoming those obstacles.