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i’ve found the answer to everything i’ve ever needed….me!

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” Galileo

If only we truly believed this we’d stop running from jobs and people in order to find what makes us happy. In truth, we’ve got everything we need already inside ourselves.

I am blessed with the ability to fall asleep. I learned in the military to go into REM sleep during a five minute break. Power naps have become a staple in my life. I also am an incredibly light sleeper. Even the sound of my cat walking on the carpet in the room wakes me up. Needless to say, white noise has become a staple of my life.

Last March I stayed at a hotel that had no ambient fan noise to turn on in the rooms. I heard every word, laugh, child’s cry, foot step, door slam, elevator ding, ice cube dispense, and catering-cart rattle while I was trying to sleep. I went to the sundries shop and bought ear plugs in an attempt to block out the outside noise. Problem was, although I now couldn’t hear anything external, I heard every breath and heart beat inside my body. I think I could even hear my cells dividing! At the end of the three-day stay I was exhausted from lack of sleep.

I have another trip scheduled to this same hotel and have been searching for a white-noise machine to take with me. It had to be small enough so that I could lug it with me on the plan as I already had a ton of meeting material and other electronic gadgets to drag along. As I was lamenting my situation, my coworker told me to check out my phone, which I’ve had for two years, and see if there wasn’t an app for that.

I am tech savvy but I only use my phone for purely functional, non-entertainment reasons such as storing contacts, email communication, GPS directions, phone calls, and my schedule. I have one free app on it, and that’s the phases of the moon. (I always wanted to be an astronaut:-) When I looked at my phone, it was right there! A free-white noise app to download with numerous gorgeous background noises with which I knew I could slip into sleep-replenishment mode quickly.

What I needed was right there all along! I didn’t need to look elsewhere; I had it! And as I wondered at how simply my dilemma had been resolved through the assistance of a friend, I reflected on Galileo’s quote. What else am I struggling with right now, yet I have the answer sitting right in front of me? The answer is everything. I just need someone to help me find it.

Many of us are teachers, parents, writers, mentors, coaches, salespeople, or consultants. But it’s a great point to always remember that we can’t “teach” anyone anything. We can only help them find it within themselves. And if we can do that, we have truly transformed an individual’s life.


is “miracle worker” on your resume?

Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist. – David Ben-Gurion

Wikipedia defines a miracle as an unlikely but beneficial event, often attributed to divine intervention. But have you considered that the divine intervention is you? Do we pass up the chance to perform and receive a miracle many times a day?

You can bestow a smile or kind word that gives someone the strength to carry on during a tough day. You can give someone a book that contains all the answers they are looking for. You can make an introduction that ignites a lifelong partnership. You can share an experience that gives someone the strength to get through the same thing. You can say “yes” rather than immediately saying “no”. You can share your knowledge with someone who is seeking direction. You can leave an extra tip that helps someone pay the monthly bills.

Did you also know that every opportunity is a miracle? When God gives you the opportunity to answer your own prayer, it is the opportunity that is the God-given answer to your prayer.

There was a flood in a village. One man said to everyone, “I’ll stay! God will save me!” The flood got higher and a boat came and the man in it said “Come on, mate, get in!” “No,” replied the man. “God will save me!” The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house. A helicopter soon came and the pilot offered him help. “No, God will save me!” he said. Eventually he died by drowning. He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God, “Why didn’t you save me?”God replied, “For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!!!”

What if we lived our lives as if our sole purpose on earth was to perform miracles in the lives of others? What if we make it a priority to always seek to add value and not just to entertain? What if we really grasped that we’re not just here to major in the minors, but to make it to the big leagues? What if, rather than waiting for something to be done, we seized the day and realized that each opportunity was exactly the answer we were looking for?

Tremendous Tracey

CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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