A Secret to Life

Intense, according to Webster: “… marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration <intense effort>”.   Positive: “…marked by optimism <the positive point of view>”  Truthfully, that one seems a bit understated, but we’ll go with it.  So, “an expression of great zeal, energy and determination to be optimistic!”   That is a secret to life, as far as I’m concerned.

Nothing great was ever accomplished by the person who thought it couldn’t be done ! The first thing that happens when you say (or think) “it can’t be done,” is that your mind takes that as an instruction to not even try to figure it out, and if you think there’s no way out, you won’t look; if you think it can’t be done, you won’t try.

There is a story of the great Houdini who boasted that he could escape from anything. He was placed in a jail cell one day from which there had never been an escape and he was challenge.  When the guards left he took out a thin strip of medal and began picking the lock.  HOURS later he had not succeeded and eventually gave up and, in exhaustion, leaned again the door… which flung open.  The guards had forgotten to lock the door.  In your mind, if you think the door is locked… it’s locked.

Optimism! Intense Optimism! There’s always a way (start with the obvious).  That will keep you engaged, and give your mind the fuel it needs to help you figure it out because, as retired general Colin Powell says, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

What’s YOUR story?  Have an incredible day!


Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Got married at 18, then again at... well, no need to go into all of that. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mind set, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.

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