In his 2014 commencement address at the MUM Graduation, Jim Carrey talked about getting what you want out of life...
"The imagination is always creating scenarios, both good and bad and the ego tries to keep you trapped in the multiplex of the mind. Our eyes are not viewers they are also projectors that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all the time. FEAR is writing that script, and the working title is: I’ll Never Be Enough
If you listen to the voice of your ego, there will always be someone else doing something better than you. No matter what you gain the ego will not let you rest. It will tell you that you cannot stop until you’ve left an indelible mark on the earth, until you’ve achieved immortality. How tricky is the ego that it would tempt us with something that we already possess?
Let the Universe know what you want while letting go of how it comes to pass. Your job is not to try to figure out how it’s going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head and when the door opens in real life, just walk through it and don’t worry if you miss your opportunity because there are always doors opening. They keep opening until you are ready to walk through them. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through that door, you will only ever have two choices, “Love” or “Fear” – Choose Love and never let FEAR turn you against your playful heart!"
Motivational Speakers love to speak in front of an audience and I am no exception!
I love speaking in front of an audience and watching their face light up with delight when they learn something new and exciting that I share with them from the stage! One day I asked myself, “What can I do for fun that will allow me to talk to people at the same time?” My answer: Tour Guide School!
Being a Tour Guide is a lot of fun, especially in my area because I get to take my tour guests to Old Town Pasadena, Farmers Market, The Grove, Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier! I love seeing these cities for the first time every time I take guests on my tour bus!
Not only do my tour guests learn from me, but I also learn a lot from them! For the last six days, I had the pleasure of taking a group of people from Louisiana on my tour bus. Some of these people were telling me about the town they are from, the excitement of New Orleans and the shrimp boats they use to catch the fresh shrimp they love so much. No frozen shrimp for these people; they are experts on all things shrimp!
One man showed me pictures of his beautiful house after he had just remodeled it; beautiful tile, hardwood floors, new paint and then WHAM… the next picture showed his beautiful home in a mound of toothpicks the day Katrina blew into town.
After Katrina, they moved into temporary shelter, rebuilt their homes, and, WHAM… Isaac blew through town! Instead of concentrating on what they lost, they work together and concentrate on rebuilding.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people could learn a lesson from the thousands of people who lost everything to Katrina? Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself! Material possessions can be fun but they cannot replace the smile on a loved ones face.
If you took a moment to think about losing everything, and starting over from the ground up, what would New Beginning would you create? Presents and packages are great for awhile, but they can never replace the look of a smile!
The next time you get ready to complain because you don’t have the newest or latest and greatest “must have” item, look around you and give thanks for the roof over your head, hot and cold running water, food in the cupboard and the ability to create a New Beginning!
P.S. If you ever get the chance to visit Louisiana, you may want to check out Robin Seafood Company for the finest shrimp and Select Louisiana Oysters to tempt your taste buds! CLICK HERE to watch Don Robin share more about their Katrina experience… and then… go hug someone you appreciate!
I grew up with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Lana Turner, Betty Grable, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor. These people came into our home each week in the form of our favorite TV show or movie of the week. My grandmother often spoke of traveling to California to see Matt Dillon. She could never understand that he was a character played by James Arness on her favorite weekly TV show, Gunsmoke.
Dreaming of Hollywood; the Academy Awards, the glitz and the glamor would allow my mother an opportunity to escape her world and travel to the world of Hollywood, taking me and my siblings with her! Lana Turner, Betty Grable, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and of course Elizabeth Taylor; my mother could not get enough of them and her excitement was contagious!
The movies and people that starred in the movies were different when my mother was a young girl; mystery surrounded the movie stars and the places they frequented were places she could only hope to visit. Hollywood and those that ruled Hollywood saw to it that the public only saw the glamorous side of the movie business. Every girl wore her hair like Elizabeth Taylor and dreamt of being discovered like Lana Turner.
Today, the world of Hollywood is very real in my mother's life as she follows my tours leading guests through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood as a local Tour Guide. She marvels at the places I check into on Facebook when I talk about having a drink at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Julia Robert's captured the eye of Richard Gere while filming Pretty Woman or walk the staircase that every movie star passes through during the Academy Awards. As I stand on the stage at the Hollywood Bowl and encourage the guests on my tour bus to pose and take pictures that will give them lasting memories, I often give thanks to my mother for sharing her love of all things Hollywood with me. Not only do my childhood memories of Hollywood make me a great Tour Guide, they have also made me my mother’s favorite Hollywood Star!
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