For 40 years Linda Christensen has been carving heads of Princess Kay of the Milky Way and 11 finalists in butter, at the Minnesota State Fair, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press 8-28-2011. Christensen was a new art school graduate 40 years ago, when State Fair representatives called her for an interview, she has been carving in butter ever since, and she loves the fair and her job.
Some people, fall into their dream job, or almost effortlessly ride the road to success and fulfill their hearts desire/purpose. While others struggle, are beaten down, and work tirelessly to achieve their hearts desire. Others are “late bloomers,” achieving their life glory or purpose late in life. Some of these “late bloomers” include:
* Benjamin Franklin: instrumental role in drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence, at age 70
* Gandhi: 61 years-old when he and his followers marched 240 miles in 24 days to protest British colonial laws and taxes.
* Charles Darwin: authored his first book with the theory of natural selection at 50.
* Julia Childs: (famous chef) first appeared on TV at 50
* Grandma Moses: first started her rural landscape paintings at age 80.
Wanting success and direction to come easily and quickly is a natural desire. Impatience seems part of life for many; wanting the glory or the achievement of our desires to unfold naturally doesn’t seem to much to ask, when others around us seem to be the recipient of such “luck”. Robert J. Hastings wrote a famous essay entitled “The Station” (http://robertjhastings.net/ ) in it he speaks of our desire to reach our final destination, forgetting our journey of today. When we achieve “it”, however, then “it” disappears, “The station somehow hides itself at the end of an endless track.”
It is the journey that is to be our focus, the daily drive to be the best we can be. Two Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes I enjoy are:
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
May we each find the inner peace and conviction to do all in our power to work towards our goals, while appreciating today, working towards our goals of tomorrow, and knowing that is enough.
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