A Lesson From Peter Pan

peter_pan_flyingI cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t wishing that I could, somehow, fly.

When I was very young, it was because I wished for adventure and travel to far away places…as an adult, most often it’s because I’m late.

I have read thousands of books in my lifetime – I feel a little sorry for those who don’t like to read – they don’t know what they’re missing.  My love affair with books began when I was very young.  I couldn’t wait to read, and when I finally could, it felt as though a great treasure had been laid at my feet.

Through the years and all the books I have learned many lessons that relate to life.  One of my favorite comes from the book, ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie.

Peter was a boy who didn’t want to grow up – he overheard his parents talking about his future as a man, so he ran away.  I can relate.  There are some days that I wish I were still a child so I didn’t have to deal with adult problems and hassles.

Since we have no choice in the matter, other than not being alive at all, we learn to grow up and still try to keep a little bit of the child we once were, within.

One of the greatest lessons we can learn from Peter is this:

Everyone can fly.

We are all capable of reaching to the stars to fulfill our dreams – we can achieve whatever we’d like as long as we work hard and keep trying.  Flying toward our dreams.  However, it’s when we DOUBT that we can fly that we cease being able to do so.

Don’t ever doubt yourself – you can do it – you can achieve those goals and dreams if you want them enough.

Never cease flying.  Your inner child will thank you.

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Focus

128556158“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rear view mirror.”

I like this quote by Colin Powell. He certainly was a person who required a lot of focus while serving our country, however – we do have to glimpse in the rear view mirror every now and again.

Progress is a forward motion – never forget that.  As you move ahead with your own challenges and changes, always keep that in mind.  You must definitely remember your missteps so that you don’t repeat them and can learn from them, but if you constantly FOCUS on them, you can’t possibly see where you are going.  You’ll trip.

Each day as we refocus our mind and our intentions on meeting our life goals, we need to figure out what we can do on THAT particular day to get closer to meeting them.  But the most important thing we can ever do is to simply keep pushing forward.  Keep moving. Keep trying.

How many times should we keep trying?  As many times as it takes.

As Thomas Edison once reportedly said, “I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Hope that puts a light bulb above your head.