What Lies Ahead?

We made it through 2010, and here we are today on 1-1-11! What happened last year is now in the past and today we get a brand new beginning, a fresh start and the future can be whatever we "choose" it to be! I subscribe to "Simple Truths" online and they send you little things here and there that are inspirational. Below is what was in my emails this morning. I wanted to share it will all of you. And if you have time, read it a couple of times, it's worth it!

An Excerpt from
The Strangest Secret
by Earl Nightingale

"George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."

"Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant".

Above is a picture Brande sent me last night. It is the last sunset of 2010 in Seal Beach. I wish you all a wonderful 2011, and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at Country Roads today! I like to work, that is just the way I'm wired. So what better way than to spend the first day of the year doing what I love, working with my family. Happy New Year to you all!!


Vintage Market Place said...

Whoa, heavy!
Great food for thought though.
Perfect to refocus and get on track for the New Year.
Wishing you much happiness and health
for you and yours Sue!

Malisa said...

I am copying these words and hang the copy where I can read it every day! Those are the exact words I needed to read today, girl! Thanks for the inspiration...thanks for the friendship...thanks for being there throughout another year!


Faded Charm said...

I enjoyed reading your story and believe it to be true. Wishing you the very best in the new year, Sue. May it be everything you desire.

I'm still hoping a trip down to Cali is in my cards and if so, you know exactly where I will stop to shop.

Take care,


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Amazing, Just what My Heart & Soul Needed! Happy New Year to You & Thank You for sharing such Inspirations...