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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 24, 2015

           " ... Success has a way of coming in a hurry after you have endured a "long haul" of plodding along slowly.  As you quietly persist toward your goal, prepare yourself for quick, exciting, success-filled results.  Have your plans made as to what you will do when success arrives, because just when it may seem least likely, the tide can turn for you.  Then it will be necessary for you to take a deep breath, and proceed to accept your abundance of good.
            As fulfillment comes, you must not let it unbalance you.  Be alert and ready to accept it; otherwise, it may slip away, leaving you to begin all over again.  If you have a master plan, it will be easier for you to accept your success and maintain it." - Catherine Ponder "Dare to Prosper"  

            In almost all spiritual and religious writings we are instructed to be persistent.  In the scripture we read that we are to "wait on the Lord" and for many people this means to do nothing, but in truth it is telling us to prepare for that moment in time that we score the "mental equivalent" and receive the results of our prayer.  The word "Lord" takes on a very different meaning and feeling for us when we realize that it means the "law of our mind."  We create this law by working mentally and spiritually to embody the mental equivalent of the thing desired.  It must follow conviction and we reach conviction by convincing ourselves to the deepest inner recesses of our soul (consciousness) that we "have it."  For some of us this may come quickly but for others it may take a great deal of time.  But, it is time well spent for if we do not have the mental equivalent of the thing it may show up and quickly disappear.  

          Someone very close to me worked for a real estate developer and retail entrepreneur.  He worked on the retail side of the business opening stores in shopping malls and managing the staff of the stores.  He worked his way up to Regional Manager and then the Vice President of the company left the business.  He was moved from a regional office to the corporate office to a small office next to the office of the previous Vice President.  The position for the Vice President stayed unfilled for several months but the President of the company said he was looking to fill the position.  One day his secretary came to him and said that since the office was not being used why didn't he just move into that office where he could be more comfortable and have more space in which to work.  But he knew that this would be an affront to the President of the company and would seem overly ambitious.  He said to the secretary, "you know it would be easy to move into the office but it would be a lot harder to move out."  Yet, he kept his quiet persistence in affirming that his success was assured and that a larger door of opportunity was opening for him.  Within a few short weeks he was promoted to Vice President and moved confidently into his new office.

        Each and every one of us have that Something within us that is of greater strength and fortitude and we can all realize the good results of our prayers and affirmations.  As we make the decision to not judge by appearances we must also take into our mind that time is not our enemy.  We impress our mind with this by affirming that delay is not defeat.  In truth, delay is the ripening of the idea allowing us to expand and enlarge that which we desire to include as much good as we can possibly imagine for ourselves.  This is the mindset that dares to prosper and the truth is this is the attitude of mind that we must realize in order to receive all the abundance this is ours to enjoy.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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