I am of an age, an era, a time — more and more appreciated all the while, when such great people lived! Earl Nightingale is one on my mind at the moment. I’m going to share the words I’ve placed on the image I created and then blurred, so that you don’t lose the benefit, and I’m going to place them prior to the image. These are the beginning words to Chapter One from his Lead the Field published with Nightingale Conant.
Chapter 1: The Magic Word
Lead the Field is about 12 ideas that will bring order and success into our lives. These ideas will work wonders, regardless of what we choose as the main thrust of our lives, for they are the great ideas that have evolved over the centuries, and together they form a constellation by which you and I can safely and successfully navigate.
The great Spanish philosopher, José Ortega y Gasset, reminded us that we human beings are born into a natural state of disorientation with our world. That is, while all other creatures are guided by instinct – of which they are unaware, and which they don’t have the capacity to question – each of us, as a human creature, was given the godlike power to create his or her own life. And each of us does exactly that, all the years of his or her life. Every day, we put in place actions and ideas that will determine the shape and substance of our tomorrows. For some, those ideas and actions lead inevitably to extraordinary achievement and rewards. For most, they tend to lead to a kind of middle ground, in which great numbers of people take their cues from each other, without question or consideration. And for some, those actions and ideas lead to repeated frustration and problems, and they spend their lives in the bottom layers of the socioeconomic pyramid.
Anyone who loves deep, sonorous voices (breathes there an individual who does not?) and is either old enough or been around YouTube enough to listen to any of the videos created from his works, knows the name Earl Nightingale immediately and will not require suggestion to listen to him.
I do want to let you hear what I heard today, to spark the excitement I felt to make the image I did above. It may make it easier to follow my thinking inspired from it as I write further below.
You likely have noted for yourself already that I especially liked the words taken from José Ortega y Gasset that while all other creatures are guided by instinct – of which they are unaware, and which they don’t have the capacity to question – each of us, as a human creature, was given the godlike power to create his or her own life. And each of us does exactly that, all the years of his or her life.
They gave me pause, really. Not because I don’t seem to ponder some aspect of that belief, surely, every day. But rather because I wish I’d humbled myself long, long ago to taking a Philosophy class or two, or by some other means found like minds to mine to discuss it at length until I’d clarified and clarified what I really believe about that myself.
You see, I’ve found I yet have the darnedest experiences. I have gained and gleaned so much of benefit from a young lady in the last several months, that having occasion to spend an hour one on one with her, I found myself telling her how delighted I was to have found Neville Goddard — finally. I went on to share one of my beginning try(s) and found her most eager to stress that we can create our “experience” of our lives, but not to get too heady about thinking we create them.
So, what I’d like to do here is to end with a few questions while I continue with crossed fingers that you will enter in to a dialogue with me by commenting.