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My eyes are always open.

Updated: Jan 27, 2019

A wise man, whom I have never met, once told me, “...You never know the “ripple effect” and the power of words”. This same man has been encouraging me for 276 days with messages such as, “...I’m certain once you achieve the 365 days without booze and the sharing of your posts with others, lives will have changed. It’s truly one step at a time! Keep up the great work...people are watching and changing.” I’d like to introduce Alvin Smith, a guest author, who has connected the dots and believes all things are possible because he lives his life with his eyes wide open.

My Eyes Are Always Open

Guest Author: Alvin Smith

As long as I can remember I’ve been curious about all things seen and unseen. As a child, I would lie on the ground, look up at the sky and wonder where God lives. While there on the ground pondering, I would observe cloud formation and imagine how many faces and things I could recognize. I truly believe those early years from my childhood staring at those formations was the beginning of my creativity and belief that all things are possible.

Fast forward. Fifty years have gone by since those fond childhood memories. Now at 58, I have finally come into my own and have a better understanding of what makes me happy and completes me. A lot has changed over the years, but I’ve been able to connect the dots from my past in a way that makes my life purpose a bit clearer. I’ll just freely speak my mind (after all it is my story!) and share what I consider to be interesting events and perspectives that have happened by going through life with “my own eyes, always wide open”.

If your head is not buried in the sand from morning to night, there are some pretty interesting “life observations” you can pick up along the way. As a matter of fact, I believe those lessons can be big or small but they’re all signs designed to help guide us during our journey through life. As I enter what I call the 4th quarter of my career and what I hope goes into overtime, I’ve noticed that time seems to fly by at a record pace. This fast-moving life astonishes me every day. All I want to do is slow things down, enjoy every day, live a fulfilling life, spread love and joy, be grateful, thankful and live my life in a manner which will lead me to realize my highest potential and purpose as a human being.

When your eyes are open you can connect the dots

I have listened to Steve Jobs commencement address at Stanford University countless times and have finally come to understand his comments, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and has made all the difference in my life.”

A few of my co-workers refer to me as their life coach, mentor, guru, and have suggested I write a blog to share my thoughts with others. Trusting the dots will align; I often considered their suggestion but wasn’t sure how to go about creating a blog. Surprise, surprise, along comes my co-worker Rick, who is the husband of Jessica Harris, the author of the “One Year Booze Snooze” blog. I personally have never met Jessica, but I get to spend quality time with Rick through our work.

During a business trip together we got into a discussion about family, life, work, stress, and alcohol. Rick informed me that he and his wife Jessica had set a goal to quit drinking booze for an entire year. He told me that she had started a blog to share their experiences from the challenge. I asked Rick to send me a link to the blog so I could follow along. I made my own goal to encourage them to stay the course by leaving positive comments on their site. Little did I know after commenting on several of Jessica’s posts, she would invite me to be a guest blogger! Talk about “connecting the dots.”

With your eyes always wide open all things are possible

This story is a testament to going through life with your eyes always wide open. There are signs and nuggets of information all around. Whatever good thing your heart desires, if it is aligned with your purpose, I believe can come to pass. How it happens and when it happens is not up to us. We just have to provide the thoughts, vision, passion, trust, and desire to make whatever it is we want to be known. It sounds all so crazy but there have been too many experiences along my journey to convince me otherwise! Writing this post is one of them.

I guess the reason I am writing this is that it may be the beginning towards a future post. But more importantly, I want it to instill hope, awareness and the understanding that all things are possible. Little did Jessica and Rick know when they started their “booze snooze challenge” the lives they would touch. They are inspiring us to turn inward toward our own self-reflection and the effect and impact alcohol may have in our lives. This experience for me is proof and a constant reminder we should live life with a “positive expectancy” and anticipate good things are in store if we just keep our eyes always wide open.

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