An Angel recently sent me an awesome quote…
"Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about." Dr. John Damaetini
I instantly loved it! I have to admit, I was flattered when she said she thought of me when she read it. I have given it a lot of thought since receiving it. It really is so true. It is part of the wonder of the "abundance" or "gratitude" mentality. The more we are thankful, the more we realize we have to be thankful for. The opposite is also true. When we are "not-so-thankful", the things we dwell on and think about, we also bring about.
I remember reading an address that comedian Bill Cosby made to The Julliard School a few years ago. He talked about when he was first starting out and had his first opportunity to play a club that was "IT." There was an 8:00 p.m. show and a midnight show. When he got into his dressing room he started talking to himself about whether he should really be there or not. Was he funny enough? All of a sudden, he didn’t think so. He argued (with himself) about why he accepted the job. He told himself he had a lot of nerve going in there. For four hours he ran himself into a mental situation where he really knew he was not funny.
Needless to say, he failed miserably at his 8:00 o’clock show. The owner came back to his dressing room, told him to pack up and go home and send Bill Cosby back for the midnight show. He said, "I don’t know why he sent you, because you stink. I hired Bill Cosby, and I don’t know who you are, but you get out. Go tell Bill Cosby if he’s not back here by the twelve o’clock show, I’m suing him." To make a long story short, the midnight performance went beautifully. The part that he told his Julliard audience is the part I wrote down…
"It is my pleasure to stand here and tell you that, each and every time you go for it, make sure you take yourself – because that is who they asked to see."
So, what is it you’re thinking about… even dreaming about? Are you being true to yourself…how you’re wired…how God made you? To be honest, I tend to think anybody can do anything better than I can. In the last couple years, I have begun to see that I just need to stay true to being who I was made to be, to do what comes naturally and not strive to do what doesn’t. It doesn’t mean I can’t learn new things, or change and grow. It just means that there is not the searching for where I fit in. Doors seem to open when we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.
So, what opportunities are you thankful for? What gifts and abilities do you have that you can be thankful for? What aspects of your life can you give thanks for? You may have to pause and think awhile but it is worth the time and effort. I encourage you to think about and thank about what you want to bring about. When opportunities arise, don’t underestimate the power of "showing up," of being who you are, believing in yourself and your dreams. Or, as Bill Cosby, so beautifully put it, "each and every time you go for it, make sure you take yourself!"
Thinking and Thanking with you,