Aiming Higher

The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo Buonarroti

This is my one hundredth blog post. When I started writing this blog, my goal was to clarify my thoughts about positive energy. As I began to hit my stride, I added the goal of 100 posts before Valentine’s Day – an arbitrary date but memorable. One goal met and the other will continue for years – Hooray!

I have learned that when you try to force a desired outcome, you must go through all manners of contortions of thought and feeling. Desire and wants blind us to the truth of a situation. I am not the sort of person who lets things drift along either. Getting sh*t done does not stop you from evaluating the conditions before you act.

But when it comes time to weigh the unknowns, intuition and other metaphysical divination takes place. The strength of the spiritual connection one has to the universe creates a potential for greater success. This is not to say you should follow a “magical thinking” approach to achieving your goals. You should, however, consider your heart and not just your head, when setting out on uncharted waters. Some ancient metaphysicians believed consciousness was centered in heart or the gut. And perhaps all too often we overthink things.

Perhaps my early exposure to jazz music made me more open to the ideas of Taoism, mysticism and more esoteric concepts. Improvisation is a hallmark of great jazz musicians. They can spontaneously create wonderful music centered around a theme related to the original composition. When I played in a jazz band I marveled at the guys who could solo and just wail. When I write these blog entries, I find a theme and try to wail. I don’t plan the composition. I just let the words pour out. Each paragraph is a verse and the photos are the chorus.

Do not set your goals too low. You are capable of far greater than you think. Even the sky isn’t the limit. Once you kindle a positive light within your heart, new paths open which can lead far past the current horizon. Jam with the Universe; set sail and WAIL.

Thank you for reading. Love and peace.

I recently published a small book of poetry and musings. Shine a Splendid Light

Published by everythingisbeachy

Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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