Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that when you can recognize your inner fullness, you’ll have the platform on which you can do your best dance.  [Getting to this inner fullness seems to be a lot like Picasso’s quest to paint like a child.  It’s already there in you.  You just have to feel it…and usually that takes a lifetime of trying.]

“The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it.  If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them no matter how hard you may try to succeed.  Lack of faith, in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world.  Expect victory and you make victory.  Nowhere is this truer than in business life, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.”

That quote is from Preston Bradley an American clergyman, author and lecturer who lived from 1888 to 1983.

And isn’t that a truth?  How many times have you backed off from pursuing an idea because of whatever negativity your own mind generates?  Ducking those negatives is probably the most important thing you can list on your very long to-do list….

Here’s a YouTube video, Excuses and Negativity:  Inspirational Video, put out by Mind Innovation that might help with that.

The certainty that any idea is worthwhile is a fragile thing.  It takes energy, determination and optimism to keep on pushing it forward.  Every time you allow yourself to indulge in ruminating and brooding about all the reasons why something that has never been tried your way before cannot possibly work you are digging deep potholes in the road ahead of you that are going to eat your axle rod and leave you stuck on the side of the road.  Stop it!

The interesting thing in all this is the aspect of expectations and self-fulfilling prophecies.  What happens if you expect and prophesy abundance surrounding you?  Wouldn’t that be a good experiment to try?

Here’s another poem.  Auwe is a Hawaiian lamentation.  It means “alas.”

PAULELE (Trust in the Creative)

It’s a funny thing about abundance:

It can only grow as large as your trust.

Fear withers trust; dries it out

Until it dies and crumbles away into dust.

Anger shrivels it, burning it to ashes.


The fear that everything you love will slip away, away, away

Tightens your grip and makes you cry,

Makes you holler, “Mine!”

Like some two-year-old, defiant and turbulent,

Caught in a helplessness among the Bigs,

Turns you into an angry ball of resentments and “that’s-not-fair!”

Devoid of hope, desolated by “Don’t-wanna!” and “No, no, no!”


The fear and the anger become a dike of stone

And the Creative cannot flow,

Cannot go over it,

Cannot go around it…

So it sinks down and down,

It goes underground where it can keep on flowing.

“You lose, you lose, you lose” echoes through your head

Drowning out your inner truth which never shouts…only whispers.

(Half the time you can’t hear it anyway

Because of all the static in your head.)


The world’s a harsh and scary place then,

And the people who love you cry, hurting for you,

But you can’t hear them above the howling of the wind

And hugging all your life-bits to yourself just doesn’t help

Because they are, after all, subject to entropy and tend to fall apart.


Auwe, auwe, auwe!


Redemption comes when you can let go of the fear and let go of the anger

And feel again the Universe enfolding you.

Trust grows then…trust in your self,

Trust in your inner truth,

Trust in the people who love you.

The obdurate stone develops fissures and the Creative,

That underground river, starts welling up, pushing through the cracks.


Trust sprouts.

Trust feeds.

Trust grows until the desolation turns verdant

And the world can bloom.

By Netta Kanoho

Picture credit:  Maui sunrise by Derek via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

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  1. Matt's Mom says:

    I have to say that I am one of those people that doesn’t back off from something because of what others or saying, or because of negativity surrounding it. I guess, I go by my own impression. Never been able to follow in another’s footsteps…for the most part. I learned a while ago, that if I want to be happy then it is up to me to be happy and to do the things I want to do. Maybe that is why I am still single :/

    1. Hey Leahrae:

      Welcome back! We Hawaiians call a strong-willed independent woman a “tita.” I come from a long line of them, forces of nature all. It is a GOOD thing.

      I just posted poems from a guest poet who is also a tita. I explain what a tita is in it. You might find it interesting. The link is: http://lifebuiltpoems.com/audreys-poems/

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Please do come again!

  2. Hari S Nair says:

    It is true, whenever we are about to do something that will change our lives our fears will come to haunt us, this is what makes it difficult for people to receive what the universe is always giving. There is an abundant supply which is ever ready to give us whatever we ask but we need to have faith in ourselves to feel the fear and proceed anyway.

    Self fulfilling prophesies whether it is positive or negative is always a result of our expectations. We need to be very alert of what we accept because it is of no good use to ask for sunshine and expect clouds.

    “Trust sprouts.
    Trust feeds.
    Trust grows until the desolation turns verdant
    And the world can bloom.”

    Loved those lines..we need to learn how to trust, especially in ourselves than anything else.

    Awesome work Netta!

    1. Hey Hari:

      Thank you for your visit and your thoughts. I love your “it is no good use to ask for sunshine and expect clouds.” Another truth!

      Please do come again….

  3. This article reminds me of a story that was told about Benjamin Franklin. The day a letter was sent home to his mom and she conveys it to her son that He is a Genius and that the schools don’t have the facilities to teach him, so she will home school him from now on. Several years later, Benjamin found that letter and read it,” Your son is retarded and will not amount to anything, we can not handle him anymore.” Talk about positive reinforcement. Thank you for this article, I hope this story adds to it.

    1. Hey Nathan:

      Thanks for the visit and for sharing the Ben Franklin story. It’s a truth, that. People are very likely to fulfill other people’s expectations of them. (And when your expectations of your own self are low, it really becomes an uphill battle to go against them. Best to set your expectations high, I say.)

      I appreciate the story. Please do come again….

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