Reach Out For What You WantAuthor: Byron Pulsifer, ©2012
It wasn't always what was wanted, or even what was viewed as a calling. It was simply a job to pay the bills.
There was nothing really to hold him there for long, so with a few dollars in his pocket, he set out to find new horizons, new experiences, new work. It wasn't an easy trip. He bought an old model T that was not in very good shape but it got him to almost where he needed to go. But, as fate would have it, the old car broke down shy of one hundred miles from California.
Times Were Tough
Well, not to despair, the thumb was good for more than just helping to pick up a glass or a fork; it was good for sticking out signaling to drivers that he was in need of a ride. The times were tough but people a little more friendly than now. Not so long on the side of the road where the thumb managed to attract a trucker who stopped and picked him up.
From one state to the next and later up to the Dakotas - one destination as good as another when there is set goal to reach and no set objective to accomplish. After a few hard years working on a farm in the midst of the dirt thirties, off again back to Canada from whence he originated. From milkman to farmer's helper to playing the guitar learned by practice only to make a few bucks to buy some food. But, what to do?
What Would Make Me Happy?
Well, he knew that he loved to play the guitar so it seemed like a natural progression to go down this road. But, he also knew that he needed to get his act together, find a place to live so he could start and keep going. He not only found a place to live but also placed an ad in the local newspaper to find students. To his surprise, the students flooded in and he immediately dug right in and soon became known as one of the best teachers in his area.
"We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams."
Wisdom from Les Brown
Now, the plan grew bigger and he learned to read musical notes the right way all self-taught. It was his time, his destiny. He knew what he wanted and tackled it with unrelenting passion. So, for the next forty years he did what he loved along with raising a loving family of four children. He played his guitar and taught music until his eighty-sixth birthday. A life dedicated to what he loved - his passion - a passion that he stretched to reach with continuous learning his trusted sidekick along the road.
This was my Dad.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny." Albert Ellis
"The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other." Andrew H. Malcolm
"Living passionately is the opposite of living passively." Marty Cauley
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