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Heat Things Up with Optimism

November 22 to December 21 - Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius - Element: fire - Color: Green-Blue

Sagittarius is my birth sign and if that isn't enough, I am married to a double Sagittarius. Let me just say there is rarely a dull moment in our household. We are both artists, free thinkers and born warriors. Just tell us we can't do something and watch the fire burn in our eyes. I am the classic Sagittarian, motivated by my quest for knowledge, a desire to understand the big picture and travel along my path on a never ending quest for deep meaning in all things. I find purpose and meaning in everything. Like the archer with her feet on the ground and her bow pointing toward the heavens, Sagittarians would much rather get away from whatever is base, material, and dark. We’d rather set our sights on a distant light than accept the mundane.

I do my best to treat everyday as an opportunity to expand and grow without limitations. Just imagine, if we were to create our reality with optimism as a primary tool instead of indifference, how would that change our lives. If we were to shift our thinking just a little, we might discover that it is: impossible to waste time, impossible to make a mistake, impossible to have regrets, impossible to not love or be loved. In the words of John Lennon, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." John Lennon was a hopeless dreamer and optimist. He lived his life as a beacon of truth and peace leading a generation of optimists. Neither time nor circumstance has changed the message. There are just fewer of us listening. Sometimes it seems as though life has sucker punched us. That is a false truth, the experience of life is just doing its job, allowing us to experience. It is our learned judgements that stifle our optimism. In this new millennium be among the first to lift the veil of impossibility and reveal the new world of possibility and potential.

"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake." — George Bernard Shaw

Believe me when we are in the middle of our own personal life drama, seeing a positive outcome can be daunting if not terrifying. Long ago I worked with a young man who died by drowning in two feet of water. He was duck hunting with his brother-in-law early one Thanksgiving morning, when he slipped on a rock in a river he was crossing. His brother-inlaw was able to grab him, all that young man had to do was to stand-up. However, he was so disoriented and afraid in the cold water rushing around him that he continued to thrash, breaking free from the helping hand. He slipped away, the current carried down stream and his life was lost, but not forgotten.

That seemingly senseless tragedy has always been a metaphor for life to me. How often do we take our own personal drama so seriously that we loose perspective. If we were to just "stand-up" and reassess the experience, how different could the outcome be changed. So then, how do we turn our frown upside-down? Every time we plant a seed we are being optimistic. When we choose to buy organic we are being optimistic, or exercise, or do anything for tomorrow... all optimism at work. I think that sometimes people "pretend" they don't care, because that way if things don't turn out the way they want. The thinking is that they won't be hurt. For me that is backwards logic. Inaction is action. I am a believer. I believe in the power of one. I believe in right action today translating into a better future for our children. As a culture we have robbed our children of a happy tomorrow by our lack of optimism today.

Planting a seed is also a metaphor for that ever so slight shift in our intention. What if we awakened in the morning with the knowledge that all of our life experiences had happened to make us strong, rather than to punish us. What if we loved ourselves so much that we decided to cast off the bondage of self recrimination. So many of us give into the lie that when we become old we will also become useless, sick, weak and infirm. What if instead we thought of old age as a time when the fruits of our life can be ripe with generosity, wisdom, maturity and a sharing of knowledge. The trinity of mind, body and soul is like a beautiful garden, it requires discipline, planning, planting, weeding, pruning, sun light, watering and most importantly the knowledge that our efforts put forth in the spring and summer will be harvested in the fall to sustain us in winter. We trust that planting tulip bulbs in the fall will bring beautiful flowers in the spring. Just as that act requires optimism, so do we.

"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come." — Chinese Proverb

Where would we all be today if Thomas Jefferson and George Washington had given up and said oh well, it will be too hard to start a Republic where democracy can flourish. Let's just be unhappy and keep things the way they are, why rock the boat. Instead, Thomas Jefferson said, "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."

If you are surrounded by nay sayers "stand-up" and be the instrument of change. Never accept negativity as your guide. Negativity has a low vibrational frequency and by contrast, optimism vibrates at a high frequency. Since wellness needs high vibrational support, doesn't it make sense to be optimistic. But then, as I have already pointed out, I am a Sagittarian and I can't help myself. So if there is no one in your immediate life to support your new found optimism "stand-up" and look beyond your immediate surroundings. Once you are looking beyond your own drama, you will see that I am not the only optimist out there. Listen to good music written by an optimist, watch a sweet movie produced by an optimist, buy organic produce grown by an optimist, read a book written by an optimist, listen to the optimistic unaffected laughter of children. The point I am making is snap out of it and wake up and smell the karma.