Think About it – Steps to your bliss
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The theme song to the movie Wild, starring Reece Witherspoon about the steps Cheryl Strayed took to finding her happiness – better self.
For those of you following me, or reading my blog for the first time, I am part of a Master Key Master Mind alliance course which teaches us to reach for our dharma. Think about it – have you actually thought about what your major purpose in life is? Do you know how to achieve it? Do you realize that you can think your way to success? Think about it – your thoughts will bring you the life you desire. If you think about illness and fear and loss, you will bring about more loss.
I have always liked to watch movies and my husband has always made fun of me, because if a movie says it is based on a true story, I want to see it – and I have always particularly liked ones that showed ‘A hero’s journey’, someone who wanted something, strived for it, and you feel good at the end of the movie that they have succeeded. So this week’s homework was a real treat for me because we got to pick from several movies, most of which I had already seen several times, but looking forward to watching again.
With the holiday break, I got to watch two already. “A Good Lie” about an unbelievable journey made by orphaned children of Sudan that had to escape death and find a new way of life.
But, my husband and I, also watched ‘Wild’ a true story of a woman who walked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada to find herself and repair her life. Reese Witherspoon did a great job of portraying, Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl was a young woman with an alcoholic, abusive father, but a great mother who tells her along the way to enjoy each day no matter what, and to find her best self, despite the circumstances. But, when her mother dies very quickly from cancer, Cheryl cannot handle the loss and turns to drugs and other men, sabatoging her marriage and losing all that she has.
Cheryl’s way back to the daughter her mother would want her to be is travelling the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest trail, through desert, hills, meadows and even snow. It is an approximate 5 month walk when it is snow free.
Her mother had told her to enjoy each sunrise and sunset and start each new day afresh. In scroll 3 of ‘The Greatest Salesmen’ which I have been reading 3 times a day for the last month – it reads, “I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life”. Good advice – we should all have this note pasted where we can see it each morning as we rise! How many miss the blessings of the day because their thoughts of the past are draining their lives of the gifts of the day – the PRESENT. Think about it…..
As we journey down the trail with Reece we see each bend in the road and she has no idea what will be on the other side. She comes across rocks in her way and rivers in her path, but she finds a way over and around each obstacle. She is hot, she hurts from the bruises caused by her backpack and she smells. Her food runs out and she struggles with equipment that does not work. But she keeps finding a way and each morning despite her pain and the fears she encounters, she keeps putting one foot in front of the other. She meets others along the way that help her and scare her, but she keeps pushing on. Her definite major purpose is to find the bliss that her mother told her to strive for.
The first thing we did in our MKMMA course was to try and figure out what our definite major purpose was in life – do you think about it? We manage to go week to week paying the bills we can and worrying about the ones we can’t , but do we stop and really ask ourselves what we truly want from life? Most don’t. We have listened to others tell us what we should do in life – get material things, but is that who we really are??
I just watched the Kennedy Centre awards for excellence, and those people thought of different ways of filming, imagined their lives differently and they helped people along the way to their greatness. I couldn’t help but compare with what I am learning and doing on my journey.
We imagined our journey to our definite major purpose in life as going across a long bridge to get to our dharma. And that is where Reece ultimately ends her journey on a “Bridge to the Gods” and she has figured it out, she has forgiven herself and has found the joy in her soul that her mother wanted her to strive for. Others are not the solutions to our problems, what we think about is – what we think about ourselves and thinking about what we truly want builds our lives of bliss.
Like driving a car in the dark, you can only see as far as the headlights shine, but if you keep going that little distance, if you keep taking another step, and in the case of network marketing , if you keep talking to one more person you will succeed. Davene J. in our course coined a phrase – It take GUTS to succeed. We need to
Strive to learn more about your thoughts, strive to keep learning more each day, and then go use those skills to help others and on the way you will find you have helped yourself. Cheryl Strayed took the steps in life, turned each corner and persisted until she succeeded and found her true happiness.
Scroll 3 of The Greatest Salesmen says “I will persist until I succeed. The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning ; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth. One step at a time is not too difficult. I will persist until I succeed!”
LOL -Laugh out Loud – in last’s week’s blog I said my best ideas come in the shower. I took a break from writing this blog and thought I better get showered for the day. And yes, ideas came to me which put a different ending to this blog. I see week after week people opening up about their lives and decided to take one step forward and be a little more open about mine.
Thinking about it – many of my thoughts over the years did come true. If a couple of good things happened to me, I would start to think so now what is going to go wrong – and something wrong always happened. So I am working very hard with the MKMMA course to get that self-destructive thinking out of my subconscious. As young children our subconscious mind gets filled with lots of comments which affect us whether we know it or not. If my mother thought someone was succeeding and doing better than others – she would comment “So you/they think they are a big shot now.” So in life I would go 2 steps forward and then this subby comment would take me one step back again. If I travelled for business – I was told I was running the roads – not a good thing. So, I think I was always nervous about travelling and heading out on new endeavours. Plus more… but that is in the past so now I take 2 steps forward and one step back to change ‘what I think about it’ so I can take one step in front of the other until I get to true health and happiness. Helping others on my journey will make this world a better place for you and for me! All of us working together on this course, in this alliance, together we will make this world a little better!