Think Back & Grow Rich: enjoying the journey

I read this once. “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Then, you get in your car and go to the airport. It doesn’t take that long.”

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This week, after meditating on the idea of maintaining a beginner’s mind, I decided to study once again Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece, Think and Grow Rich. It’s been a while.

As I started to read, I was taken on a delightful voyage into my memory.

In the “Author’s Preface,” which begins the book, Napoleon Hill describes its contents. “This book contains the secret,” he writes. “The secret was brought to my attention by Andrew Carnegie… the secret was passed on to more than one hundred thousand men and women.”

I remembered the feelings of both astonishment and excitement I felt first reading those words.

It was 2009, right after I discovered the Law of Attraction and watched the movie, “The Secret.” Immediately I made the connection — the movie, which had just changed my life, took its title from what Napoleon Hill writes about in Think and Grow Rich, and now I’m reading the book! It was an amazing discovery back then.

For me, at the start of pursuing this wondrous spiritual journey, I continuously experienced the joy of synchronicity; I seemed to make meaningful connections between everything. I was on fire, and nearly every day I felt awesome.

Now, as I look back, knowing what I know (or think I know), I now understand why those exhilarating experiences were so important. Everything we do or aspire to do in life is because we hope that it will make us feel better.

I intend to be a successful spiritual teacher and speaker, for example, because I believe deeply it will make me feel awesome. I get excited just imagining it!

I also intend to get thinner because I know it will make me feel better. I’ll feel better about myself, and certainly other people will treat me better. This I know because it’s been my experience in the past when I was in fantastic shape.

I also know — and this is important to remember — that these better thoughts and feelings are fleeting, as the Buddhists say. After a while, being in fantastic shape doesn’t seem that great anymore, not as great as the chocolate ice cream looks.

So then what’s the point?

The point is the feeling — the emotion — because the emotion is the manifestation. This, in my view, is “the secret.”

The secret is to enjoy the journey. It’s about doing the things that help us feel better right now. It’s about having fun, being grateful, and helping other people.

That’s why when I was a beginner I felt so good all the time. I was in the present more, and each day I was enjoying each new experience and each new discovery. It wasn’t about where I wanted to be yet — it was about where I was.

The secret, then, is not about getting to some place. The secret is this:

We are what we are looking for and where we want to be.

This I know. But there’s still a lot more that I don’t know, and that’s okay. I’m comforted by Mark Twain’s famous words:

“It’s not what you don’t know that kills you; it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.”

Enjoy the journey and always have fun!

John

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