Friday, September 17, 2010

Reality is Thought

"Everything you need for your venture is, in actuality, already there, waiting for you; you only need to draw in what is needed." 
--from Zen and The Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss

Often we want to do something and we think, How can I? I don't have the talent or the opportunity or the connections or the resources or the know how.  The truth of the matter is that we do.  If we want to do something, then the desire is our impetus, the desire is the action that pushes us forward.

Remember that all reality was once a thought.  Take a chair, for example. We think it's a chair and it is a chair, but what was it before it was a chair?  It was wood.  And what was it before it was wood? It was a thought. Someone thought I am going to design a chair and make a chair (or have a factory make a chair) and then it became a chair.  A book.  What was a book before it was a book? It was a thought in some one's head.  A pro skateboarder wasn't always a pro skateboarder.  He became a pro skateboarder. He thought about it all the time. He practiced. He met other people. He studied skateboarding. He practiced more.  He made it happen. 

So it is with us. If we want something to happen in our lives, if we want to accomplish something, then everything thing we need to accomplish it is there. It is first within us and then without of us.  You just have to look for the opportunities and take them.  Sometimes you have to make them.  Whatever you want to do, then do it.  Pursue it until you reach it.  Success comes to those who continue to pursue their dreams. Sometimes it takes a long time, longer than we expect; sometimes it is more difficult than we expect, but if we view those obstacles as opportunities, then our path is lined with interesting terrain. 

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