Diet for Dreamers: Time Lord or Time Hoard?

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Wisdom and encouragement to feed your Dreams, Installment #6

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’; Into the future! (from “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller)

tardis2We mentioned last week that time is our most valuable commodity. We’re granted a certain amount of it and when it’s gone it’s gone!  So we need to use it wisely. But time, like money, is also a precious resource that needs to be shared. If we’re pursuing a dream, working to achieve a goal, we tend to be stingy with our time. We tend to use our resources, including time, sparingly. It’s easy to get the mindset that we can’t afford to spend any of our precious time for anything or anyone but ourselves. Like a miser, we begin to hoard our time. But do we really want to get that obsessed with our dreams? Is that truly the ticket to success?

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”  (—Brian Taylor, Author and Speaker on Self Development)

But what does God think?  “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

This is called the Law of Reciprocity: what we share with others eventually comes back to us — some way, some how, in some desirable form. It’s one of life’s great mysteries, but it works. And it applies not just to money, but also to love, acceptance, forgiveness … and time. There are many scriptures that reiterate this law, and unknowingly, even non-believers have embraced it, associating it with the idea of good karma and the phrase “what goes around comes around.”eagle-alcoa

So, it actually pays to make time for others. Stop viewing people as interruptions to your plans. People aren’t problems, but people often have problems. Help a few of them, and you help yourself. So, share your life. Share your resources: your money, your talents, your time! That’s what you need to do if you really want to achieve your goals and, in the words of the Steve Miller Band song, “fly like an eagle”!

Ask yourself, are you going to be a Time Lord or Time Hoard? What’s a “Time Lord”? Doctor Who is a Time Lord. No, not  Dr. who? Doctor Who!; the eponymous hero of the BBC’s long-running pop culture SF hit. The good Doctor travels through the past, present and future in his Tardis, a sentient time-defying spaceship, the exterior of which appears as an ordinary British police callbox. Doctor Who surfs through time looking for trouble. Hang on, that didn’t exactly come out right. Doctor Who moves through time looking for problems he can fix and people he can help.

When you think about it, we’re all moving through time, albeit in one direction, the future. And, like Doctor Who traveling in his Tardis, we may look like ordinary individuals passing the time, but we all have the potential to make a difference in our world. So, who are you: a Time Lord or a Time Hoard?

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Encouragement for Creators: Close Shave with the Critics!

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Wit, wisdom, and inspiration for writers, artists, musicians, and crafters!

In 1782, Giovanni Paisiello composed an Italian comic opera based on the 1775 French comedy The Barber of Seville. The work was extremely popular with both audiences and critics, who hailed it as a triumph. For over three decades Paisiello’s opera was considered the definitive version of The Barber. Then, in 1815, Gioachino Rossini composed a new and very different version of the same comedy. Rossini’s opera met with incredible resistance. Paisiello wasn’t at all pleased to hear of this new version, and neither were his legions of fans! Just who did this upstart Rossini think he was?

youre-so-nextRossini’s version premiered on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. When the young composer arrived for the performance he was greeted by an angry mob. His associates hustled Rossini into the theater where, a sort time later, an audience composed mostly of Paisiello’s passionate and vocal supporters jeered and hissed throughout the performance. Not only was Rossini’s Barber of Seville a total failure, but also, before it was over, several on-stage accidents had occurred.

Undaunted, the composer arrived a few days later for a second performance. On that fateful day, Rossini was again hurried through the mob. The audience was quieter, and the performance went far more smoothly, but afterwards, when Rossini left the theater through a back entrance, he was met by the same mob as before. Only this time, his entourage failed to keep away the crowd. Yes, the mob closed in and the next thing Rossini knew he’d been dragged off his feet. A moment later he found himself hoisted up … and carried atop the hysterical crowd, as the people paraded their new operatic hero upon their shoulders through the streets, praising the name ROSSINI !!

Today, few remember the name or work of Paisiello; but Rossini’s Barber of Seville has endured as one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music. Even more than two centuries later, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to its greatness.

We all know the expression “That’s a hard act to follow”; but if you’re a performer, musician, or writer, and you’re following in the footsteps of someone who’s famous and successful; or if you’re simply trying something new and different, take heart. Many times the naysayers know nothing!

Keaton1When director Tim Burton announced that the comedic actor Michael Keaton would be playing Batman in the 1989 movie, fans gasped. “Are you kidding! ‘Mr. Mom’ can’t be Batman! He’ll ruin the movie!” Well, Burton was doing something different, and his film was a box-office bonanza. So how did Keaton manage in a darker role? Just fine. And he even returned for a sequel. In fact, when Keaton moved on and Warners recast the part, the fans lamented.

Christian_Bale_as_The_Dark_KnightNearly two decades later, Warners decided to reboot the franchise, and it’s new director, Christopher Nolan, announced that Welsh actor Christian Bale would be playing Batman. “You can’t be serious!” the fans yelled. “The sicko from American Psycho is going to play our hero?” Hey, come on, that’s why they’re actors. Bale’s portrayal is now considered by most fans to be the definitive Batman, and after three movies it’ll be tough getting used to another actor in the role. Ben Affleck has his work cut out in the fourth incarnation of the character, but we’ve learned it doesn’t always pay to be a naysayer.

Someone once said, and it may even have been Steven Spielberg, that Harrison Ford is too well known as the space pirate Han Solo from his Star Wars movies; and that he’ll never be Indyable to convince audiences that he’s the adventurous straight-arrow archeologist Indiana Jones. In fact, the part almost went to Tom Selleck, who bowed out at the last minute to continue starring in Magnum P.I. But after Raiders of the Lost Ark and its three sequels … well, Ford obviously proved any naysayers wrong.  Do you have any naysayers in your life? Persevere! And prove them wrong!

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