I have become increasingly aware of the quality of my thoughts- overall not too bad, but still a work in progress to become more accepting, less judgmental. According to the law of attraction (which I wholeheartedly accept), each of us can create whatever we choose through our thoughts and emotions. It’s all about the attention you devote to frequency of vibration you emit.
I look at those who appear to live a life of ease, enjoying abundance with apparently minimum effort of their own. Things just appear to fall into place and even more embellishes their life. They appear to be relaxed and completely confident that everything is taken care of and will always work out for their benefit. So if this works for them, then why not for me…why not for anyone who recognizes that they too can be prosperous? For me this is the strongest proof for the law of attraction and Alfred’s favorite saying, “the more you complain, the more it will gain; the more you praise the more you will raise.” Still there is a part of me that stubbornly insists, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Why does this doubter hide in the crevasses of my brain? Acknowledging that I, as well as Alfred and many others are in and out of enlightenment, I surround myself with the wisdom of many great minds- Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Esther Hicks- who all professed the opposite, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”
Today, in the midst of sorting through my thoughts, embracing the positive and disarming the negative, I went into a 7/11 convenience store. Behind the counter a tall, slim, dreadlocked young man with a Jamaican accent greeted me with a brilliant smile that lit up the store. After only a few short exchanged pleasantries about the fortunes of life, he said, “My grandmother always told me whatever you put out in the universe is what you get. And I believe her.” Beautifully and simply said. So I continue to structure my thoughts, actions and emotions to acknowledge that the glass is half full and getting fuller every day in every way. It’s an ongoing process just as growth, just as life. But after all is said and done, it feels good to feel good and that alone is a blessing.
Given the wide array of subject matter in Alfred’s paintings, it is interesting to listen to viewers’ comments and questions and equally interesting to listen to our responses. Like a dance, we flow between offering our opinions when the need arises to speak up and remaining silent when we recognize it is more productive to shut up. Either way we impact our collective destinies realizing what is said can do significant harm or positively change someone’s world.
Communication forms a daily part of our lives. Yet constantly talking is not necessarily communicating, especially when it involves interrupting or redirecting the conversation to one’s own concerns. Stephen Covey once said, “listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” Then when we do reply, we put your words in the context of adding value and purpose to the conversation. We march to the beat of our own music without steamrolling others who are doing the same. When we discover a personal truth—whether concerning an issue in science, history, spirituality or any other subject matter—we should maintain a conviction about it, all the while recognizing our own intellectual fallibility. The pursuit of knowledge requires an open-mindedness for the world is a university and everyone is a teacher. It is not important to be right or wrong; important is how we handle ourselves in either case.
Alfred A. Dolezal
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