Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today for Octoebr 14, 2011
This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today newsletter features an article by Judy Williamson about self-actualization and her new Purrmagic project.
Phil Barlow is the guest columnist this week. I have heard Judy speak VERY highly of Phil and so I know you will enjoy his article.
What does self-actualization mean? Supposedly it is the highest level of personal achievement wherein we do what it is we were put on this planet to accomplish. At different times in our lives it is different things, but sometimes there are these two or three haunting desires that do not leave us alone no matter our age. That little nudge, or that little idea that wakes us up at night could just be the one thing that the Creator wants us to accomplish while on this side of heaven.
Let me tell you something about myself that few of you know - all of my life I have had a love affair with cats. From the cradle and probably to the grave, cats have ranked in the "very important" category to me. Currently, I have one special cat named Mole, (pronounced Moley - as in Guacamole), who is one of my all time favorites. There have been others, but he is the one on this side of the rainbow as I have heard others express it. By that I mean he is older, but hasn't transitioned yet.
Recently, I traveled on a vacation to Alaska and was gone for several days. Although Mole was cat-sat at home, he still was glad to see me. Dr. Arcy, one of my traveling buddies, commented that "he actually smiled when he saw you." Not only did he do that, but he purred non-stop by my side for the entire night. What a welcome home greeting. Now, what's the point of all this? The point is - back to self-expression - I have been haunted about doing something with and for cats for years. But, what to do and how to do it?
Long story short. A few years back, I met Michael Telapary from the Netherlands and he listened to my crazy cat ideas and thought that they were interesting. He helped me combine his musical talent with my cats' "purrforming" and together we have launched a website www.purrmagic.com that is dedicated to my family of feline friends. Is my life complete because I have done this? Well, I hope not, but it sparked my creativity, it aligned me to a friend who shares my passion, and it has allowed me to scratch another item off of my Bucket List! Crazy cat lady! Maybe. But let me ask you, what have you done with your passion? Is it still inside of you? At least I have very tangible proof now that I have manifested something that I have only wished for in the past. And maybe, just maybe, it will make the world a better place, one purr at a time.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue Iniversity Calumet
The "Golden Rule" Does It Again!
Satisfying the Desire for Self-Expression and Recognition
by Phil Barlow
Certified Napoleon Hill Foundation Instructor
Not long ago I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday morning watching my five year old Granddaughter play basketball. As they say, it doesn't get a whole lot better than that! While watching, I couldn't help but notice how she appeared to be more interested in whether or not I was watching her every move than actually playing ball. My recognition of her performance was a whole lot more important than putting the ball through the hoop. On the one occasion when she did score, she immediately bolted down the court and made sure she was the first to the other end, while all along making sure my complete attention was on her.
It didn't take long to notice that every one of the kids on both teams was displaying the same behavior. And....as long as the parents and grandparents responded to their desire to be recognized, the kids kept pouring it on.
That morning I noticed something else. Each kid had their own unique way of expressing themselves. Some were neat with their appearance. Others were not. Some had special shoe laces and some wore the basic white. Shirt tails were tucked, loose and a mixture of both. Hair was pulled back, in braids and hanging loose. There were loud kids and quiet ones....mostly loud. The point is; each kid had their own personal preference in how they appeared. It was obvious: the kids had it figured out. They knew what they liked and what they didn't. Most importantly, they were not afraid to show and tell us about their likes and dislikes.
Young children have the natural ability to express themselves and not worry too much about what others think. They aren't tainted by the pressures that develop as they begin to deal with peer pressure and develop a fear of failure. So consequently, they have the tendency to be themselves, and feel good about it.
We have long realized that a lot of problems with personal development are the result of people not fulfilling themselves, not expressing themselves, as they would like to. At some point, social heredity and the pressures of life take their toll. People stop expressing themselves because they are put down for "who" they are. Self-expression is a display of individuality whether it's through words, clothing, hairstyle, or art forms such as writing and drawing. Self-expression defines your spirit and true character; the totality of who you are. People, at some point in life, are bombarded by all the reasons why self-expression isn't cool.
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