To most people, life is an enigma… an eternal mystery… an unsolvable puzzle. Ninety eight percent of the time, I’m one of those people. However, every now and then, God speaks to me. He seems to whisper things like, “Hey, Joel! Straighten up and fly right!” More often than not, though, I realize that I drifted off to sleep listening to my Nat King Cole station on Pandora, so it may not have been God directly talking to me.
So why, you may wonder, am I qualified to write a blog on life? Well, first of all, I’m a journalist and freelance writer — I’ve made my living as a writer since 1983 — so I that gives me some sort of literary license. It’s not exactly a document I can frame and hang on my wall, but it’s more of an “inner knowing” that, on any given day, I have the ability to construct a series of coherent sentences that almost always make sense and that don’t sound like the ramblings of a deranged madman!
The thing about writing a blog about “life” — a rather wide open topic — is that the only parameters are self imposed. The down side of that is that it’s all-too easy to go off on tangents, as if I was Robin Williams writing blog posts from that great standup stage in the sky.
However, it is my goal in life (and as a blog writer) to continually exercise my self-editing muscles. It’s not easy and it takes a lot of persistence and tenacity, but as many great philosophers, spiritual leaders, and successful entrepreneurs will tell you, “Before you can control the outer conditions of your life, you must first master your inner self.”
One of my core beliefs, which was inspired by the writings of Dr. Wayne Dyer, is that “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It sounds counter-intuitive — as does the title of one of his books, “You’ll See it When You Believe It” — but sometimes the only way to produce positive change in your life is to look at your world through a different lens, and then be ready and willing to make adjustments based on that revised perspective.
That’s the daily challenge we all face.