Month: October 2011

Thoughts Are Things…

Have you ever had days where everything seems to magically fall into place? Like the time when a series of traffic lights turned green as you whisked down a busy street on your way to that all important meeting?  Or when that one, elusive parking space appeared just as you arrived at your destination?  How about the day when someone you know, who never shows up for anything on time, happened to be there waiting for you to arrive? 

Some might simply dismiss these occurrences as being nothing more than mere coincidence or chance; the luck of the draw.  I, however, do not subscribe to that line of thinking.  Experience has shown me that the train of thought I choose to employ directly or indirectly influences my life in many ways.  I have found that positive thoughts beget positive results (most of the time), and negative thoughts result in not-so-pleasant outcomes (some of the time).

It’s not really that difficult to see a glass as being half-full as opposed to being half-empty, or to approach things—particularly those over which you have no control—with a bit of optimistic indifference.  By that I mean to highlight the importance of not overly-worrying about the inevitable.  All things happen for a reason, and they usually work out in the end.  

I believe that thoughts are indeed things…every tangible item in the world that was created by man started out as a thought, a fleeting idea, or perhaps a simple, what if?  What separates those things that become tangible from those that do not is simply that their creators knew they were on to something and refused to accept failure; they used positive thinking and force of will to bring their idea into existence.  Great innovators effectively use what each of us is born with…a positive attitude, imagination, and free will.  They are the people who have the resolve to make things happen; to manifest their ideas into physical form. 

It doesn’t require an unreasonable amount of effort to develop a positive mindset.  Go ahead and smile; say something nice to another person and make their day.  I have found that it comes back to you many-fold.  Do you see the beauty that surrounds you?  What you are observing is the mirror-image of the beauty that each of us has within…it is there, just waiting to be discovered and shared with others.   

Oh, and that glass that appears to be half-full?  If you make an effort to fill it with positive thoughts each day, it will soon be overflowing with more opportunities and benefits than you could ever imagine.

Positively yours,




Being a 57 year-old author, musician, administrator, and businessman, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a loving wife, a wonderful daughter, family, and friends who are genuinely supportive of my endeavors and are engaged in my continued success and well-being.

At this stage of my life, one might assume that I’ve seen and done it all, and in many respects, this is true. I do, however, remain intrigued by things that are highly complex, such as how the human body functions or by something as incomprehensible as the meaning of life. Conversely, I am just as capable of being inquisitive about something as mundane as deciding what to have for dinner.

My point here is to convey the fact that no matter how old you become, and regardless of the number of challenges you are called upon to endure throughout life, you can be certain of this truth:

-There will always be more to learn; There will always be more to see and do; This life is a finite journey, one whose outcome is dictated by your thoughts and actions; In other words, one that is dictated by you.-

In the spirit of achieving harmony within and in service to humanity, I pose the following question: What can you do today that will make a difference in someone else’s life, which in turn, can make all the difference in your own?