I know it is hard to believe, but I am a
little bit skeptical about organized religion. I have been a member of the Catholic Church for the last number of years but I always find a way to maintain my skepticism about the formation of the events I am supposed to participate in and why the church prospers when many of its congregants do not…anyhoo…
This morning i happened to pass CNBC and there was a young looking guy on there in a huge arena telling people that they did not have to be in despair and wallow in their misery. He said that the reason a car has a large windshield and a small rearview mirror is because what has happened in our past is no where near as important as where we are going. Why do we continue to harbor hard feelings and regret over decisions we have made in the past when it actually may be a blessing in disguise? The man’s name is Joel Osteen. I had seen him once before in America when I had jet lag and could not sleep and I thought ” this guy’s awfully smart to be so young”…not at all flashy, preachy or holier than thou to be a televangelist. I only stopped because The McLaughlin Group was on and I am a closet nerd. I like to see who is going to defend their postion and what the current buzz is in politics.
Joel talked about how he had a dream of his church and ministry for a while. One of the consultants kept saying that the dream was unachievable and out of reach. After listening to the man for a few meetings he finally decided to part ways with him because he realized that because he did not share his vision, he could not support the vision. The consultants negativity was impacting the team and swaying their focus from the goal: the vision of their church and center.
There are often negative people and or friends in our lives that literally suck the life out of us. He talked about siblings that have to love each other from afar (amen, to that!);
so-called friends that we allow to drain our spirits and dreams simply because we are used to having them in our lives.; spouses that we are content with, just because it is what we are comfortable with…
Man, this guy is talking to me…! I sit here everyday and wonder what would have been if I had stayed on the corporate wheel in America. Would I be well over 6 figures or managing my own operation?…WHAT IF? The whole premise of the lecture was never to lament what if because that means you are stuck in the past…, but going forward and making it happen. We change our environment and we change our outcome! He wasn’t saying go get divorced; wuit your job and run off half cocked with a dream, but he said don’t let the events of the past dictate your future…Which is exactly what I have been doing: running on auto-pilot.
No he did not make me want to roll down the aisle, froth at the mouth or handle snakes…
But he did make me question my closure on the past and what I am planning to do for the future.
THAT was a good thing!