Inspiration from Will Smith

As I’ve said many times, the journey of healing, happiness, and self-realization is a journey without a destination. When we’re committed to the effort . . . the effort of peeling back anything and everything that inhibits us from living Life as our best and most authentic selves, it is a continuous process.

We change. Our lives change. We change some more. Our lives change some more. We live, and we learn. While the journey becomes much more enjoyable and rewarding with time and continued effort, there will always be challenging events. Sometimes, they are big challenges. Sometimes, the challenges are small but feel big.

Tonight, I received some disappointing news. A possibility that was important to me is no longer a possibility, at least not at this time. It related to my book and a potential opportunity to work with a big publisher.

As I digested the disappointing news, I began recalling everything it is that I believe in. What I believe about myself, about my work, about my desire to help others, and about Life itself. It was an excellent opportunity for me to apply, once again, what I know works.

I sat in silence, for a while – processing the emotions that had arisen in me. Later, I sent a few emails to loved ones, reporting the not so good news. I sat in silence for a while longer, evaluating the whole situation and trying my best to see it for what it is and nothing more. And then, I let it go and turned my attention back to positive and constructive endeavors.

I remembered that I needed to do a few things for my Twitter account; and I began looking for inspirational quotes and articles to share. There are many reasons why I make a habit of posting inspirational quotes, articles, and videos on Twitter. For one, I enjoy sharing with others what inspires me; and I hope it inspires them too. Also, I have found that those frequent postings keep what I know to be true, through my own experience, fresh in my mind.

As I was working on the postings for tomorrow, I came across a video I’d never seen before. It is less than 10 minutes long, but it reminded me of what the whole of my life experiences has taught me. It is a collection of what its creator calls Will Smith’s “ultimate motivational speeches.” While Will Smith’s words are certainly motivational, they run quite a bit deeper than something that “gets you moving.” A few minutes into the video, he begins sharing more about his philosophy of living and what he has learned about how Life or “the universe” works. He gets IT. 

It’s a great video, and I’m grateful to Will Smith for sharing the lessons he’s learned along the way with all of us.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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  1. I am sorry to hear of the disappointing news– I am reminded of the late-psychiatrist Victor Frankl. Although his suffering (during WW II) was far worse than most us would want to imagine, his message is relevant.

    He never lost sight of what he believed to be relevant. (My take)–no one’s path in life is identical but understanding the relevance of one’s life is important.

    I am somewhat unsure of how to word my response—but I believe that his book, Man’s Search for Meaning— offers much wisdom.


    • Thank you, John. I will add Man’s Search for Meaning to my reading list. We are all learning and growing, as we go. And there is much for all of us to share. It is a beautiful thing, Life. Have a wonderful day! Sloan

  2. Im sorry your book didnt get picked up by a big publisher, its their (our) loss, but your time will come. For the past year and half almost 2 ive found our wisdom and words of healing to be both motivational and inspirational. so Thank you for being you.

    • Benjamin, you are wonderful and an inspiration to me. Your work and all else that you share of yourself is a gift to humanity. We are all in this together. And I am grateful that you and I have been able to share so much with one another through our work. Have a magnificent day! Namaste, S

  3. This video is awesome! It really is the same message we are trying to get out there. So remember what you already know. This disappointment means that something else is coming if you persevere. It is just another brick, as Will Smith puts it. You are building something big! It is not a rock only a stepping stone. Keep inspiring, Sloan. Our world needs you!!!

    • Thank you, dear Kristin! And, of course, I will keep moving forward – one next right step at a time. Have a beautiful day! Love & Light to you, my friend.

  4. Very empowering post and video Sloan! Sorry to hear of your recent experience and the understandable disappointment that resulted. Sounds like you are taking good care of yourself through the process by sharing it and seeking positive solutions! I relate to the situation and even though we can know intellectually that it is happening for a reason and that perseverance will get us to our dreams, those bumps along the way can be a challenge emotionally sometimes. Thanks for your honesty and strength. Jack Canfield always says that his book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, was rejected 144 times before someone took a chance on it. That always give me hope! 🙂

    • Thanks Cathie. We all have these experiences. It’s what we do with them that counts. In significant ways, I believe it’s good that readers get to see so much of how things unfold in our lives. The easiest thing for you, me, Kristin (and others who write about the journey) to do would be to wait until all our goals had been accomplished to share anything – or to hide the less desirable experiences we had along the way. Fortunately, that is not us. And I’m glad for it.

      What I want everyone who reads my work to know is that I have lived every word of what I write. I believe it’s how they’ll know that what has been and continues to be accomplished through my journey of healing, happiness, and self-realization is equally available to them. It is a beautiful thing, Life.

      Thanks for commenting. I’m always happy to hear from you.

      Have a wonderful day, dear friend! Namaste, S

  5. Just the message I needed today. I’ve been “up to here” with my health issues lately and, combined with disappointing results on the launch of my new book, I’ve been feeling funky today. Mentally writing a whiny post about it. You remind me to go back to the drawing board. Although sometimes I wonder how many years (28 and counting) and how many times I can find the oomph to keep picking myself up and trying again…. But thanks, today this picked me up.

    • Leigh, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We all need reminders of what we already know, from time to time. And offering support and encouragement to one another is so important. We are, indeed, all in this together. You’ll pass through this difficult period and move forward, beautifully. I know it. I sense a great strength and loving energy in you. It will lead you right back to where you want to be. Perhaps, as you read this note, it already has. In Love & Light, Sloan

  6. So sorry to hear that you have been let down, but I know that you have the inner strength and wisdom to turn the situation around and that something even better is awaiting you. Thank you for the great video – inspiring!

    • Thank you, Sweet Carolyn. I know it too. I keep the long view in mind. That is the gift of faith. Knowing that everything is unfolding as it should for my highest good (and the good of everyone concerned) outweighs the bitter sting of temporary disappointment. Have a beautiful day; and Happy Holidays to you, Earth Angel! Sloan

  7. Nadine

     /  December 15, 2013

    So sorry for your disappointment, Sloan. Maybe it means that something bigger and better is on its way. Take heart, my friend. (((HUGS)))

  8. Nadine

     /  December 15, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this powerful video!

  9. I’m so glad our paths have crossed here today. I see that I have much to learn from you. Thank you.

    • Ann, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. Hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start! S

  10. Thank you for sharing my post with your readers, Leigh. Love, Light, and Many Blessings to you and all you do! Sloan

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