If I only had …

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My two favorite movies (It’s A Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz) have a theme in common. George Bailey and Dorothy Gale both want to go out in the world and find great adventures over the rainbow somewhere.

In the end, though, they discover that what they needed and wanted was right in front of their eyes all along: Bedford Falls. Home.

6f00e-bedfallsend1Now: You want to go somewhere. You want something to be done. You see a better world out there waiting to be found or made. You’re frustrated – why is it so hard to get there? Why is this better world not happening?

Step back and take another look. Maybe you already have the brains, the heart, and the courage you need.

Maybe what you want is right here, right now, right in front of you, looking you in the eyes in the mirror.

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You can always go back

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There I was, minding my own business, when Truth loomed its beautiful head over everything else.

“It’s OK if you get it wrong. You can always go back and change everything.”

(For the record, it was a line in the book Business for Breakfast by Leah Cutter, and it’s taken out of context but sometimes Truth pops out from the middle of nowhere, doesn’t it?)

This is something to remember when you’re sweating the small stuff and trying to get every detail just right before you let anyone else see your work.

It’s OK if you get it wrong. You can always go back and change everything.

Everyone’s depending on you to get it right? Of course. But it’s OK if you get it wrong on the first try, or the second, or the third.

It’s easy to get paralyzed with indecision – getting it wrong the first time (or even the 60th) is not the end of the world. The key is to keep trying until you get it right. And the more you work at it, the faster you’ll get it right the first time.

Don’t worry about getting it right; just get it. There’s a place in the process where you go back and tweak it.

Some people say “give yourself permission to fail.” The baseball player doesn’t hit a home run the first time, or even most of the time. Some of the greatest home run hitters also led the league in strikeouts. They became great home run hitters by stepping up to the plate and getting the work done.

It’s OK if you get it wrong. You can always go back and change everything.

This New Year of Promise feeling

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What an event is the turning of the year! A fresh new calendar, blank pages waiting to be filled.

What will exist next December that is only a gleam in your eye today? What will take you by surprise, for better or for worse, and take you for a tremendous ride? Looking back, what decisions will fill you with satisfaction and which will you regret?

Perhaps give 2016 a quick review for a moment, to learn from mistakes and bask in the triumphs, but not too long, for here is 2017 with its 12 blank pages, its 365 days each filled with 24 hours comprised of 60 minutes of 60 seconds each – so much to fill with life. This is your life, waiting to be seized.

And if only – if only –

If only we could learn to have this New Year of Promise feeling every day – if only we could learn to have this hope for a new beginning every morning – if only we could learn to have this confidence every day that life is there for the living and its a book full of blank pages to fill –

What wonders we could create in this new year and in this lifetime.

Oh, give me a home …

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… where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

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Life is a basket of blessings, and every so often – actually, no, every day – we need to run our fingers through the basket and remind ourselves of the reasons we have to be joyful, to be grateful, and to be enthusiastic.

(Not that Willow and Dejah are necessarily enthusiastic in today’s illustration, but their presence and comfort fills me with joy and peace, and it gives me a reason to go out and do my thing with enthusiasm.)