A Prison of Our Own Making

This weekend I went to see the movie “Walk the Line” based on the life of Johnny Cash. It portrays his struggles with coming to terms with a difficult childhood and other pressures. In the audition that launched Johnny on the road to success, Sam Phillips asks him this: If he were dying and had time to only sing one song, what would it be? That’s the song he wants to hear, and the song that Johnny needs to sing. It’s so true for all of us: we need to sing the song we were meant to sing. And when we do, it will surely sound right to everyone else.

The song he sings is “Folsom Prision Blues,” and although Johnny hasn’t actually spent time in jail (at that time), his song is authentic because he lives in another type of prison: a prison of his own making. Some of us encounter great difficulties in life, but we remain imprisioned when we let circumstances continue to dictate the thoughts we think and shape the course we take.

Hyrum Smith, the CEO of Franklin-Covey, wrote the book “Ten natural laws of successful time and life management.? In the book he describes the Franklin Reality Model, which involves examining beliefs to determine if they are based on truth, and if the results of choices based on those beliefs work for you.
We can plant seeds of new thought with positive affirmations. Describe the result you want in 1st person present tense as if it’s already happening, and repeat often. Coping.org describes how to develop positive affirmations. Discovering your beliefs is a key part of understanding who you are and where you want to go. Break free and sing that song you are meant to sing.

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at www.phonicspow.com. In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

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