Yesterday while listening to Joe Vitale on a Unity Podcast hosted by Temple Hayes, he shared a story about his dream to learn to play guitar as a boy. These are the details as I remember them:
When Vitale told his dad he wanted a guitar, his dad came home with a Roy Rogers toy guitar, not a real guitar on which Joe could really learn to play. Even after Vitale became a musician in his fifties, he still held resentment and unforgiveness about his father just getting him that toy guitar. Encouraged by a friend, Vitale finally asked his dad why he bought that guitar so many decades ago. It turned out, instead of being the dismissive heel Joe thought he was, his dad was a hero. He had used the last of the very little money the family had to buy Joe a guitar. He drove through the snow to another state trying to find Joe a guitar, and he picked the Roy Rogers one because Joe watched Roy Rogers as a boy, and his dad thought having his hero pictured on the guitar would inspire him. Joe learned that the years of hurt and resentment he held stemmed from having his father’s story wrong.
Joe’s anecdote answered a spiritual question for me when I applied it, not to an interaction with someone else, but to a deeper understanding of my own thoughts. As an author, I continually seek new ways to reach my audience and to fulfill more expansively my life’s mission to help others live the life they dream. Toward that end, I am currently learning new marketing strategies through a webinar given by my dear friend, Sandy Lawrence. These past three weeks I’ve tried some strategies while still thinking, I don’t know all the rules for doing this right. How do I know this is working? How do I assess this strategy to determine if it’s the best use of my time?
That doubt kept me from seeing the whole story. Like Joe Vitale getting the whole story from his Dad, I realized that I must trust that the wiser, more intuitive part of my mind led me to enroll in Sandy’s webinar, and has resulted in the new actions I’m taking. For me, that spiritual insight to act is the whole story because it’s helping me move forward with courage and faith. By taking inspiration to action, I’m already fulfilling my mission. While doing, I discover what works for me, what I can do better, and what I don’t need to do again. Like Joe’s misunderstanding his father’s actions, my doubt left me frustrated rather than empowered by my new marketing efforts. The whole story, for me, is that I could choose to perceive my new efforts with faith, rather than doubt. When I did, I felt inspired to do more, to reach higher, to trust that my message was getting to the people who wanted and needed it at that moment.
Thank you, Joe and Sandy. You’re fine teachers.