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29Jul/104

A Pot O’ Gold

My daughter asked me the other day: "How do you find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?" My first impulse was to tell her that it didn't exist, but she insisted that because she saw it in a story book that it must be real.

Then I got to thinking that as adults many of us have abandoned our dreams for our own version of "reality", and given up on constantly seeking out the pot of gold in our own lives.

When we were little, we didn't dream of growing up to become corporate CEOs or bank clerks. No, we dreamed of becoming jet fighter pilots, ballerinas, and sports celebrities but we eventually "learned" that it's just not possible for us normal people to achieve that kind of success.

An acquaintance of mine told me that he had always wanted to get into CG animation, but he's too busy and doesn't have enough money to learn. I had a look at some of his work, and it was rough, but he had potential, so I told him he should put more time into learning it and doing it full-time, but he just couldn't bring himself to make the commitment--there were too many reasons why he just couldn't. Most importantly he couldn't make a break with his old, comfortable, yet unsatisfying life. Trying to convince him that he could was starting to agitate him so I left it at that.

Like Tony Robbins put it - "The only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can't have it"

As long as you're breathing and your heart is beating you have the power to follow your dreams and to make them a reality.

I told my daughter while holding her hand and looking at the rainbow arching across the sky that when she finds her pot of gold to let me know and meanwhile I'll be finding my own pot of gold.