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Wow! This gets all the most basic Chandler Goodness in one blog post, because it drills right down into the most basic context of our life-living. Einstein put it this way -- "The most important decision we can make is whether this is a friendly or hostile universe. From that one decision all others spring." This is the definitive answer -- the universe is a generous, giving, abundant place, filled with magnificent opportunities. We don't need to "do anything" to trust it, allow it, empower it, or realize it. We just need to heed the caution of Auntie Mame -- "Yes! Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Steve says it all -- "Sit down. Enjoy the banquet."
Outstanding post. Steve Chandler is a hero, on a hero's quest. He always reminds me to stay focussed on the opportunity. I graduated from college in mid-70's. America was consumed by Watergate. The Rust Belt industries were starting to die. My father's company -- a place where I planned to work -- was starting to fail, and would be bankrupt in 3 years. I was despondent -- where would I find a job? How would I survive? What I didn't know was that, at that exact time in history, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were busy inventing the personal computer, and other geniuses were busy creating the Internet -- two astonishing acts of creativity that literally "reinvented the world," and created millions of jobs. I often think of this when I start to mope. What can I create that will make the world a better place? As Steve so aptly points out, the opportunity is ALWAYS there, waiting for us.
My life changed after I read "The Story of You" and realized that the negative story I was telling myself about how I couldn't possibly write a book because I never had, it was too hard, I'd only fail, blah blah blah WAS JUST A STORY. I slowed down, and made writing the book a daily, do-able project...and I finished! And shipped! And my story about myself changed (and I now know its just a story anyway, and I can do amazing things if I don't scare myself to death). Thank you Steve!
Thank you Steve! I am getting Life Expectancy today. Great suggestion, keep 'em coming.
Thank you Steve! A lightning bolt of clarity. As someone who often sits around pondering when I should begin thinking about empowering myself to commence the process of trusting the universe of abundance that will provide the inspiration for me to blah blah blah, I get the message. Now. Invaluable. Thank you, as always.
Wow. Typically brilliant bit of Chandlerana. As always, he points out that the truth (Just Help People) is hiding in plain sight, and the secret to finding success is to get out of your own way, stop complicating things and just do it (or, as Steve Covey says, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." THANK YOU. Another brilliant distinction
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