Welcome to 2011, our brand New Year... As I prepare this message it is the middle of the week between Christmas and the New Year. I see myself on a bridge during this time, with reflections on the year coming to an end, and wonderment about the one emerging.
Movies, books, and people continue to inspire me, each bringing its own Life Lesson. I'd like to share two of those significant experiences - one, from the early eighties, and a more recent one, from last night:
The former was in a speech given by a Toastmaster colleague, aptly named, 'The Head is a Lousy Hunter', which he gave me permission to share. He had pursued a restless quest - a bit like me - looking for something indefinably precious, his golden grail. He had sought it in places, things, books, religion, philosophy, literature, causes. With no enlightenment! Eventually he cocooned for a time. One day, sometime later, he said he 'woke up' to realize that "...his golden grail was located twelve inches from his busy, self-occupied head, right beneath his blind eyes and deaf ears". It was his heart, "a vast continent within himself that he had neglected." Do you relate to that?
The other, last night: I watched one of my classic black and white movies of 1943. Madame Curie, with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Marie Curie (1867 - 1934), a scientist, working with her husband, Pierre, discovered radium. Some years later, now a widow, she gave a stirring speech to the University of Paris, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the discovery. It moved me to tears, and I was inspired beyond words by her reminder that, "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves... we must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
So may your metamorphosis into 2011 bring you many blessings, an unshakeable belief in yourself, and may you take time each day to cocoon and go into the silence. In the messages above that inspired me, may you emerge from the peace in the silence to know without a doubt in your heart, that you have absolute confidence in yourself to attain the gift that is uniquely yours.
Until next time... this is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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