Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today Newsletter for April 15 2011
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Dear Readers, One way that a person can use creative imagination is in the purposeful planning for peace. Everywhere we are bombarded with signs and symbols of aggravation, dissension, and indicators of aggression that ultimately lead to war. What makes it so, and how can one person ultimately make a difference? Driving to work yesterday, I actively looked for the usual signs of spring that herald the season of renewal in Northwest Indiana. Returning robins, budding pussywillows, longer days, and greening grass are all present for the viewing. These harbingers come naturally and when they return almost an audible sigh of relief is heard indicating that spring is once again in the works. But, yesterday I noticed man-made beauty too. Some yards have flower beds that display yellow daffodils that add beauty to residences. Some neighbors are collecting litter that has accumulated over the winter and are tidying up their spots on the planet. Dead leaves are being raked up and bagged for disposal. As the outdoors is spruced up, evidence of interior cleaning is occurring too. This caused me to wonder what would happen if everyone did the following:
1. Construct and maintain a flower bed with seasonal blooms that passersby could enjoy - sort of like eye candy for the soul. Wouldn't some people slow down and admire the festival of colors? Friendly competition could occur as one neighbor learns from and imitates another. Growing the best morning glories, marigolds, zinnias, 4 o'clocks, roses, hollyhocks, petunias, pansies, moonflowers, etc., could replace our attraction to the gore of the daily news. Seeds can be cultivated and shared over a cup of coffee or tea. Just think of the beauty and the small cost of creating such wonder! What can you construct with a shovel, soil, seeds and self? Go for it. Make someone's day this way!
2. In Ireland, communities are recognized for being "Tidy Towns." As you enter a town, a large congratulatory sign is displayed indicating the award and the year it was received. When seen, this sends a message that the town respects the environment, and people tend not to litter because the town openly displays the value of being clean. Driving to work I can count by blocks the road kill that litters the streets in various forms of decomposition along the highways I travel. Cats, dogs, deer, raccoons, possums, skunks, fowl, rats, and even turtles are daily reminders of life's untidy consequences. Probably on my daily thirty mile one way commute, I can count without trying 30-40 carcasses along my path. Not too pleasant of a sight. Why not tidy up, or have town management offer this service for a fee? Does not this view of our environment negatively color our perception of the world?
3. If each of us took care of our allotted space on this planet by making an attempt to beautify it, wouldn't the world take on a better appearance little by little? Ralph Waldo Emerson states that the "Earth laughs in flowers." Gandhi says "Be the change that you want to see in the world." "Each one teach one" is a good way to begin. It doesn't take much creative imagination to shove a spade into the earth and plant some seeds. But it does take the Creator to manifest the outpouring of new life. Are you ready to be a harbinger of spring and beauty? Plant for today, bloom for tomorrow, and decide right now to make a positive statement for improvement, not perfection, in the here and now.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
The man with creative vision knows that he can succeed only by helping others succeed, and he knows also that it is not necessary for another man to fail in order that he may succeed. The man with creative vision produces results instead of alibis. If he makes mistakes, as all men do, he is not afraid to accept the responsibility for them, and he never tries to shift that responsibility to another man.
He makes decisions quickly, but changes them just as readily when he discovers that he has made the wrong decision. He has no fear of others, either of higher or lower rank than himself, for he is at peace with his own conscience, is fair with his fellowmen, and honest with himself. These are some of the traits of character of which creative vision is born.
These are plain words, but men of sound character and creative vision relish plain speaking. One of the common weaknesses of most of us is that we look with envy at the men who have attained noteworthy success, taking stock of them during the hour of their triumph without taking note of the price each had to pay for his success. And we erroneously believe that they owe their success to some sort of pull, luck or dishonesty.
Personal achievement, power, fame and riches: each has a definite price, and the man with creative vision not only knows the price but is willing to pay it. The man with creative vision understands the benefits of sharing his blessings, his experiences and his opportunities with others, for he recognizes that only by this method can he attain and enjoy enduring prosperity, happiness and the respect of other men.
The man with creative vision also understands that combined creative vision of several minds, directed toward a definite end in a spirit of harmony, is the very heart of the master mind principle and that this type of creative vision is a tremendous source of power. Source: PMA: Science of Success. Pgs. 419-420
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