Touching The Sky
We don't always get the results we want. I read that a few years ago
a Ukrainian businessman bought a pager for each member of his staff
as a New Year's gift. He was returning from the store when the
pagers caused him to wreck his car. Just as he was pulling up to his
office, all 50 pagers on his back seat suddenly screeched. He was so
frightened he let go of the steering wheel and the car plunged into
a lamp post.
After he assessed the damage to his automobile, the businessman
turned his attention to the message on the pagers. It read,
"Congratulations on a successful purchase." The company's cheery
greeting didn't create the customer satisfaction they were hoping
for. But if nothing else, it proved something significant: folks
notice your enthusiasm. And one way or another, they seem to respond
A story is told about playwright and U.S. Ambassador to Italy Claire
Booth Luce. She became a Roman Catholic late in life and, like many
others converted to something new, she was zealous and vocal about
her new faith.
A reporter once spotted her engrossed in deep conversation with the
pope. He crept within earshot, all the while wondering what
important issues the ambassador and the pope could be discussing.
Finally, he was close enough to hear the pope say to Ms. Luce, "But
I already am a Catholic!" You have to appreciate her passion. . . .
I'm drawn to people with passion -- people who live their lives
fully and enthusiastically. As an insect is drawn to light, I am
drawn to their energy and vitality. I actually FEEL alive around
people who ARE alive. I want to be around them and hope that some of
their verve for living just may rub off on me.
Maybe it's like the poet Rumi said: "Only from the heart can you
touch the sky." I spend a lot of time living from the head. But when
I go to that place where I feel my deepest enthusiasm and passion, I
feel as if I can touch the sky. Anything might be possible. And the
truth is that good ideas only go so far. It's people with passion
that finally make a difference.
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) had a good idea about a new kind of
children's book -- one that contains lively illustrations, whacky
characters and humorous writing. His enthusiasm led him to write a
poem that became his first book. But it seemed that nobody wanted to
publish it. Seuss was passionate about his writing, but he realized
that an equal measure of enthusiasm and energy would be required if
his book were ever to be published. He untiredly peddled his
children's book to over twenty publishers before one took a chance
on him. Having a great idea was not enough; his passion made the
Charles Goodyear spent every last dollar over five years filled with
experiments to try and develop vulcanized rubber. He suffered
extreme poverty during those years and was sustained only by his
enthusiasm. He eventually succeeded, not because he had the good
idea that durable rubber products may have some important uses, but
because of the energy he put into his experiments. His good idea was
not enough; his passion made the difference.
If I were able to give my children any gift to sustain them in life,
I believe I might give them passion for what they do. For if they
can live from the heart, they will surely touch the sky.
~ Steve Goodier ~
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