SuccessWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
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Finding right path or way of life is no easy task. Jean Houston’s book Jump Time has an interesting take on how one must act or how to find this enigmatic Path. I think Jean confronted me once in a bar in Lakewood, California. It was not as long a meeting as it should have been but it was (in retrospect) as important as day she met Teilhard de Chardin in New York’s Central Park. Whatever success my life may have in eyes of others I now know I have found right Path or Field for me. It was an arduous fight against what my Purpose on earth should always have been and I love hearing about others who experienced a major turning-point in their lives. Here is one such story that involves one of many people The Charmed Circle reached out to tap on shoulder.
“Her discovery of right field came in 1923 and seems to have been entirely serendipitous. The famous photographer Man Ray needed an assistant, but insisted on one without previous knowledge of craft. Young expatriates must eat, and Abbott applied. Her lack of knowledge qualified her for job. Soon she was printing for Man Ray and discovering that she immensely enjoyed doing darkroom work. Later, at his suggestion, Abbott began to take her own first photographs. Both were surprised to discover how good she was. By 1925, with aid of loans from Peggy Guggenheim and from Robert McAlmon (one of "charmed circle" surrounding Gertrude Stein), she had set up her own studio on Left Bank. There she pursued portrait photography which absorbed her at that time.” (2)
1) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, by Gertrude Stein, 1933 first publication, 1966 Penguin Edition, New York and London, pg. 133. 2) http://americanart.si.edu/search/artist_bio.cfm?StartRow=1&ID=5
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A New Conversation About Dreams - The Power of IntentionWritten by Marcia Wieder
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People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to get married or have children, to get a job or make a career change, to write a book, lose weight, or move to a foreign country. When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. I am currently rebuilding my home. I simply wanted to add on a new bathroom, but with all surprises an old (and charming) house can offer, every turn has been a shock, sometimes even a nightmare. It looks like entire building may need to be rebuilt. My intention is to live through this process with dignity and grace. I am tested daily. It’s often not easy, but this intention has helped me maintain composure, sanity, and on a good day, a sense of humor. Intention can be used for community or social issues, global events or (literally) in your own backyard. For example: • Before you get out of bed, you can intend to have a fun or productive day. • Before you leave house, you can intend to have quality time with your family or roommate. • Before you start your car, you can intend to have a safe ride to work. • Before you enter your workplace, you can intend to learn something new or be helpful. • Before meeting begins, you can intend to be brilliant or calm. First Steps: 1. Get clear about something you want and write it down. 2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action. 3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention. 4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take next step. By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.
Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach, is a best-selling author and speaker known for giving inspiring and moving talks to AT&T, The Gap and American Express. To experience a Powerful Weekend Designed to Help You Exceed Your Expectations & Achieve Your Dreams, visit http://www.dreamcoach.com/dream_weekend.htm