It’s 7:23am, Saturday morning. I awoke at 2:30 this morning, excited beyond measure, my passion fueling the engines of my desire to travel through the minds of my heroes; Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, John Lennon:
Steve Jobs said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
I do not wish to change the world, but I very much wish to make it a better place – ‘to make a ding in the universe’ as Jobs called it. As an artist, the purpose of my creativity is to leave my mark in life.
Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
A dream of building the first theme park with the animation of a mouse? And then inviting the world to come and enjoy it? Walt Disney tried and failed many times, but he said “There will be many failings, but failure is never an option”.
Pablo Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real”
I translated Pablo Picasso’s quote to ‘Whatever we can imagine we can do’. And then I added, ‘In the absence of fear’.
John Lennon said, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one”.
I believe in what John Lennon said. Since I first recognized as a teenager many years ago the liberal heart I wear on my sleeve I have believed that I’m not the only one dreaming of making the world a better place. Throughout my adult life I have often considered there must be enough people, perhaps a small number of us, but enough people to crack the door open and if we joined together we would have just enough muscle to push the door of world change open.
With people like Jobs, Disney, Picasso, and Lennon fueling my imagination for the last few years I have been absorbed with the passion to make the world a better place. This has been my mantra: “I believe I am one of the ones crazy enough to think I can make the world a better place. In the absence of fear I can accomplish what I can imagine. If I can dream it, I can do it. Everything happens for a reason through Synchronicity, therefore I have no expectations, they lead to disappointment. Failing and Failure are two different things. Every failing is an opportunity in disguise leading to success. Failure means you quit trying. I’m not the only one, I just have to reach out to my like-minded brothers and sisters and together we can make the world a better place.“
It’s true, I believe I am one of the ones crazy enough to think I can make the world a better place. When we place our fears on a shelf, when we do not allow doubt to enter our imagination, we discover limitless possibilities. On average, we process each day 70,000 thoughts. How many of those 70,000 thoughts, each day, are great ideas, dreams, visions that can make the world a better place? But we dismiss these great ideas out of fear. The fact is more dreams die in the name of fear than of actual failure. Before that great idea even gets off the ground it withered away because fear smothered it. But what if we place fear on a shelf for 24hours, and push doubt away during that 24 hour period to let our imagination go wild. And what if the 24 hour period turns into 48 hours? Then a week? A month? A year? Three a half years?
I have believed for the last three and a half years that in the absence of fear I can accomplish what I can imagine. From this I discovered living without fear is a magnet to others. Confidence, belief, passion for fearlessness, these are qualities others are drawn to, with a desire to help. When the qualities of fearless belief is applied to a passion the energy is contagious, attracting like-minded believers, this is when the energy of one plus one equals three. And when the energy of one plus one equals’ three, mountains can be moved.
It is true if I can dream it, I can do it. Someone once said to me you can dream placing the moon through the eye of a needle, but in reality the moon could never fit through the eye of a needle. I believe I can place the moon through the eye of a needle – I just have to build a large enough needle.
When I was in the seventh grade, junior high school, my first synchronistic even occurred. I knew, from someplace special deep down inside, I just knew that my friend and I were going to have our names drawn from a hat. I just knew it. When the teacher reached in and drew our names I tried to tell others that something unexplainable had just happened, that I knew what the outcome of the event was going to be before the event occurred, but I couldn’t explain it. At that young age I was unaware I had just experienced Carl Jung’s Synchronicity.
Everything happens for a reason through Synchronicity, therefore I have no expectations. Expectations lead to disappointment. When we are not disappointed we appreciate every occurrence for the value it provides us, even failings eventually lead to success in one form or another. And when we recognize failings lead to success we no longer look at failings as a negative. When our perspective shifts from viewing failings as a negative to instead viewing them as a positive leading to success we begin to recognize kissing the toads to get to the prince as a function of commitment. We then become truly committed to what we just know will be the outcome of the event before the event happens.
Failing and Failure are two different things. Kissing the toad and not having it turn into a prince is a failing. Deciding to quit kissing toads and giving up on finding the prince is failure. I believe every failing is an opportunity in disguise leading to success. I have been building Optimistic Vibe for years now and have had many failings, but each failing has inched me forward to revising, editing, re-shaping. Each failing has become a very important part of the process to bring my art project to life. Every failing happened for a reason, and each failing provided something of value. It is the sum of the failings that success uses as a foundation to be built upon. Failure, sadly, means we quit trying – failure is never an option when we truly believe. If we allow failure to stop our dream then we never truly believed.
Peace. Compassion. Goodwill toward others. Simplicity. Optimism versus Pessimism. Positive versus Negative. Making the world a better place through kindness. Ideals that require strength, but I believe there are enough of us in the world to unite and make the difference we dream of. And I believe through the use of today’s amazing technological tools we have access to communicate like the world has never known. So why not use the technological communication available and broadcast to the world that those who seek to make the world a better place can unite and gently push the door open? And invite others can join us? I know I am not the only one, I just have to reach out to my like-minded brothers and sisters and together we can make the world a better place.
I believe we can make the world a better place because I believe in my optimistic vibe. I just know it.
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