I have always been puzzled by the title of Richard Farina’s book “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me.” I must have been too much of an optimist to consider that anyone could actually have such a viewpoint. But lately it seems to have taken on some real meaning. Can anyone honestly keep up with the torrent of changes (and attendant uncertainties) coming from Washington?
Lest I be labeled as a merchant of chaos, please note that I am, indeed, still an optimist. I think anyone anywhere can always do something about his situation. The challenges I see are not limited to:
– The recent command change in Afganistan (and what do we mean by victory there?)
– The likelihood of new taxes next year
– Coast Guard interference with State efforts to clean up the oil leaking in the Gulf
– The Federal Government suing Arizona for trying to enforce Federal law
– The Federal Government taking over corporations and health care
I’m sure you know these just scratch the surface.
So what can we do in times of confusion?
I recently heard a fantastically able speaker, Pat Valtin talk on the subject of purposes. He was quoting the work of American philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The point that struck me is that if one is not following his basic purpose, then he will fill his life with all manner of problems to keep himself busy.
Translate this to the national level and I think you’ll have the reason for all the turmoil. Our leaders are not following the country’s basic purpose!
Now back to the personal level. If you are a songwriter (as I am) or if you are an artist, businessperson or would like to someday have your own business, a clear statement of your purpose is essential. You don’t want to copy our present leaders, do you?
In the next few weeks I will be chronicling my progress with a program based on the book “Music Success in Nine Weeks” by Ariel Hyatt. My wish for you is that you learn from my successes and failures as I discover and confirm which way is up in my own foray into the music business.
Care for a look? Here’s my status at present. First, my loving wife got me the book several months ago. I read it through and started on the first week exercise. As advised, I began writing down at least five things I’d accomplished each day, no matter how small. This was surprisingly beneficial. I recommend it as an exercise regardless of the remainder of the program.
Then I stopped. What? Yes. I just stopped. I was supposed to write down some goals and select six to work on. And I never did. So you see, this takes some perseverance just like anything else that’s worthwhile.
Tune in next week and see if I have resurrected myself or convinced myself that down really is up.