10 Jan 2016

Bleeding Daylight

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I was 8 years old when I got my first car, which was really a mini-truck. And it wasn’t manufactured by Tonka® or Matchbox®. In fact, it was a bright red, 1979 Chevy Luv truck, with an engine that sounded like it was propelled by rodents running on a tight, overly stretched rubber band. OK, I was 8 years old. So it wasn’t really purchased for me. But, I was part to the process. I was there when my Mom bought it from Fletcher Jones Chevrolet, on the corner of Alta and Decatur, which has long gone. However, I was there when it came into my world and so that made it mine…by proxy.

It was directed by a 4 speed manual transmission with a top speed of 57 miles per hour…downhill!!! The bright side was that I knew, even at the tender age of 8 years old, that this red Chevy Luv truck was mine. The downside was that it didn’t have air conditioning. I discovered as a teenager driving in 110 degree weather is a sweaty torture that no amount of Drakkar cologne or deodorant could mask. But with all of its shortcomings, we, me and my other sweaty friends, loved it.

We named the vehicle, “Truckee.” Which makes sense to me, because we had a giant poodle, named “Puppy,” a parrot named “Baby,” and my personal favorite, a guinea pig, that was born without eyes, and, we of course called him, “Blindee.”

Eight years later when I turned 16, the keys were ceremoniously passed to me. By then the bright red paint had faded to a drab orange due to the relentless desert sun. We had it painted a dark blue, and replaced the stereo with one of those pull outs that were popular at the time. I’m sure the stereo and the speakers were worth more than the truck itself. But, I was then, as I am now, a lover of music, so the stereo was a must.

In high school, I was a U2 fan and have remained so throughout my life. Every Friday, I’d pick up my friends Erick and Evan, and we would blast the song, “Where The Streets Have No Name.” The song has a very slow intro that builds and by the time it ramps up, we were in a music feeding frenzy that shook the truck as it struggled up Charleston Boulevard to get us to school.

As I was thinking about what I want to write for my first blog of 2016 another U2 song flashed into my mind, called, “God Part II.” My favorite lyrics in this song are, “He’s gonna kick the darkness, till it bleeds daylight.” And while the song will never be counted as their best, this line has always stayed with me. To me, it’s a call for optimism; a call to take continuous action and a call to never give up your pursuits.

During the holiday’s I made the time to read two books. “The Power of Relentless,” by Wayne Allyn Root and a classic by Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” My interpretation of the message that authors gave me led me to re-frame my personal and professional life with a view point filled with optimism. Optimism, faith and confidence, fuels energy, enthusiasm and action. This is evolution in motion, whether it is for career or business expansion, or personal growth or for service to humanity. Believing in a better today, leads to a better tomorrow. “When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you,” as written in “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

Envision yourself kicking the darkness and with each whack, more and more light comes in, bringing with it change, growth, more optimism and the potential to manifest what you want for your life. This is why the U2 lyric resonates within me. This optimistic re-frame or outlook requires constant attention. We must vigorously guard our thoughts and words, so that we are only thinking and talking about what we want to have in our lives. Thoughts lead to action and consistent action creates our tangible experiences.

I’ve long ago moved on from my Chevy Luv truck. Fletcher Jones, the dealership where I purchased by proxy my first car at 8 years old, has moved on too. In fact, they are now one of the largest Mercedes dealerships in the world.

As I write this blog, a thought has just occurred to me. I think this year I’ll take my daughter with me when I pick up my new set of wheels. I promise you it will travel far faster than 57 miles per hour…downhill. It will have a premium stereo and but most importantly it will have Arctic cold air conditioning. This is just in case, she too, purchases her first car by proxy.

I leave you with, Olivia Newton John, “You have to believe we are magic, nothing can stand in our way.” With optimism, vision, and relentless action nothing will stand in your way either.

I wish each and every one of you, the 2016 that you most want to have.