Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations on Youthfulness

Just as Moses’ eyes were not dim nor his natural vigour abated, my eyes are not dim nor my natural vigour abated. (Deut. 34:7) 

God satisfies me with long life and shows me His salvation. (Ps. 91:16) 

My eyes will not be dim at all. The commandment of the lord is pure, enlightening my eyes. (Is. 32:3; Ps. 19:8) 

My teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep, which have come out from the washing, everyone of which bears twins, and none is barren among them. (Song of Sol. 4:2) 

God gives power to me and He increases my strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but I wait on the Lord and renew my strength; I mount up with wings like eagles, I run and I am not weary, I walk and do not faint. (Is. 40:29-31) 

My youth is renewed like the eagles. (Ps. 103:5) 

The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, and God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead gives life to my body through His Spirit who dwells in me. (Rom. 8:11) 

My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I glorify God in my body and in my spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6:19, 20) 

Christ is magnified in my body. (Phil. 1:20) 

I behold the glory of God and am transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor. 3:18) 

I am without spot or wrinkle or any such thing but I am holy and without blemish. My body is a member of Christ’s body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Eph. 5:27, 30; 1 Cor. 6:15) 

My whole spirit, soul and body are preserved, blameless at the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Th. 5:23) 

Always Have A Plan B

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.


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