Like a lot of my BEAMS. This is for you but also

something I am working on myself.  Candidly, I 

have been through some act of God experiences

that most people will never have to endure. And

for you I am glad. But these experiences have made

me stronger but a little more clingy to stability and

less prone the engage in “the way out.” And this 

comes from a guy who was Mr. Way Out; afraid

of nothing.

 My friend Steve Gutzler @SteveGutzler

called me “Slam” and I have lived up

to my name..  Used to be that you

better have rubber floors, if you

 invited me into a China shop.

   Still. Even though I have a fighter’s heart; I am

starting to wonder if I haven’t let just a little 

complacency set in. Don’t get me wrong. The 

words stillness, simplicity & plain truth mean

a lot to me today. And I am not going to sacrifice

them for anything. —– Yet, the spectre that I 

could let some apathy slip in the door is a ghost

I will not let stay.


   I guess the 2012 new year started it, when I 

did my annual review. Even though I view

change for me, as more of a natural progression

now; than revolutionary course shift (that’s

already done). — I still know that change is in the

cards for me if I am to remain relevant in

professional and personal development.

  I think the major foundation

that must be a definite solid

structure in my own change is

motive & clarity. Change for change is most times

un-needed and unproductive. Change for Good.

 Thats what I  am after.


   Every good change must be built on something.

Don’t throw the Baby out with bath water, as the

old saying goes. Even if you feel that you are building

a foundation. The foundation itself must be built on

something. Roots must run deep; if the tree is to 

grow high.

   I like often to consider the

thoughts of the young about change.

Yet, it is evident most times when

I do that lack of experience and wisdom

hinders their outlook and they don’t even know it.

The key seems to be: not to lose the capacity to change

like the young, while still harvesting the lessons of

experience. That is the goal.

(& if you are young, I suggest you read the opinions

of the old; like I do yours, to gain balance).

   We must Change the oil. Not change the car.

Just the oil.. Change the way you do it. The

way you look at it. Not the motor itself

usually. The need for change should not be

confused with restlessness. Which turns

into never being focused enough to grow

where you are at.  Your major life changes

should be few and extremely well aimed.

Yet, your daily changes must be just that =

DAILY. Otherwise old turns to cold and

wisdom turns to numb & dumb.

   Ever noticed,The fresh child like eyes

of infants and how adept they are to

change. Because for a child, to grow; change

is a must. Even as an adult change is 

required for continued growth. But hopefully

the change is not always re-inventing the

wheel and changes improve the structure,

instead of always moving out of the house. 

   One of the best friends I have had in this

life was a man I worked for several years.

He is deceased now. But the lessons he

taught me, live on.  I will never forget

Wolfgang Hafele saying “I know that I

don’t know.”

   Wolfgang had an uncanny problem solving

ability. He could look at a situation as if it was

brand new, as if he had never looked at it before.

He could view it upside down, inside out and

totally new ways; because he threw out all the

givens and looked at it totally fresh. (Almost

like a child). Solving each problem in business

was obviously an adventure that he enjoyed.

I miss Wolfgang but I still continue to benefit

from this lesson that he taught me.

   I read today a great quote that emphasizes

what I am trying to say about needed change.

“Even good principles can sometimes be

displaced by the discovery of still better ones.”

 Bill W.

   Another of my friends pointed out how we are

likely to become irrelevant in this day, if we do

not change in the following words:

“but this is 2012 peeps, and the world is a very 

big place. It is so big, in fact, that I can’t possibly 

go and make friends all over the world from 

different walks of life.

The Internet has made this possible for me ”

 Lora Rossi @thehugginghome

   So, what I am saying is: If I can do better.

I should. Contentment & Serenity (which are

key to me today) can not be based on

complacency. The stewardship of my life [saying

thank you to God for it] involves continually

forming myself into the kind of person that

He wants me to be; which is also the same as

the best person that I can be.

   I run across and see people from my past

that never seem to learn their lesson. They are

still doing the same things and attracting the

EXACT same reactions/responses from life.

I’m all for the saying “If you don’t succeed, try,

try again” but for god’s sake, at a certain point

you are just playing the fool.  This does not mean

you have to abandon your quest for whatever you

are looking for – just maybe try a different route?

   I’m still figuring this all out myself. So this is

a work in progress. But I have decided that

relevant changes and pursuing God’s will and

my dreams, with passion and intent are an

ongoing task. One that I am taking a new

look at today.  I want my life to be a story when

it is finished that brings glory to God and

good to others.

   Who knows what miracles can be created with 

God’s help. Let’s change for Good!

About timothygrantcarter

Author, Trainer, Pastor, Spiritual Coach, Inspirational Speaker, 12 step follower Thinker, Entrepreneur, Outdoorsman, Hunter, Fisherman, Gardener, and Shotokan YonDan (5th degree black belt). Visionary; Maker of original sayings, slogans and giver of spiritual help. "If God has a pulse, then I can feel it." Nicknamed "Slam" / Creator of #Slamism ... 's on Twitter @cccdynapro
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