Week 14 – Our Thoughts of Inspiration and October Sky

October Sky – I loved this movie and watched it with my eight and eleven year olds. I really wanted them to see an example of real inspiration, persistence and commitment. This true story is about a student in a West Virginia coal town during the 1950s. His teacher sparks his imagination with thoughts of rockets and winning a science competition. Of course he meets resistance at every turn from other students, his father and even his principal. It seems he and his team were the only ones not entirely convinced they were predestined for the coal mines. Little did others know of their determination. It was a real heroes’ journey ala Joseph Campbell. Several of the characters were at different points in their own hero’s journey and persevered nonetheless. The outcomes were inspiring – especially since it’s a true story. It’s not a “perfect” story where everyone lives happily ever after as no one is exempt from the trials and tribulations of life. But it is an inspiring story of vision, determination and perseverance – all brought about by a thought.

It also demonstrated to me again that thoughts come first. Our ideas create our reality. Everything  begins with a thought and always has. From the Empire State Building to the great wall of China, each started with a thought, with a concept. Even third grade math is a concept that needs to be mastered and the connecting thread is our thoughts.

Recently I had a talk with my eight year old about how our thoughts can help us or hurt us. She was convinced at the ripe old age of eight that she’s just no good at math. The conversation was nothing revolutionary – just a father helping his daughter over a rough patch. I explained that if she thinks she’s bad at math, she will be and if she thinks she doesn’t have friends, she won’t have any. It was an “aha” moment for her and it helped me too. There’s nothing like the way an eight year old looks at dad when they realize he’s their biggest supporter. Then the coaching and practice began. She won’t always be eight but I don’t think either of us will forget that for a while.  I can’t wait to watch her hero’s journey. It’s going to be special.

It’s heartening to see the difference in her confidence as she’s realized she can be as good as she wants to be. It’s reinforces a really important lesson for me too. I too can be as good as I want to be…and I want to be great!

I’m whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

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14 thoughts on “Week 14 – Our Thoughts of Inspiration and October Sky

  1. Marlo Andersen

    What a lucky little girl to have a dad to teach her that eternal truth while she is so young. It will make her life so rich!! I’m working to raise my kids with the Masterkeys too. Let’s cheer for the next generation!!

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    1. Dennis Post author

      Thanks Marlo. The way I look at it I’m the acorn, they’re the trees and I’ll depend on them to grow the forest. Also, one of my pivotal priority needs is Legacy. My idea of legacy may be different than some others but it starts with my kids. They indeed are the future! Cheers!

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  2. Grace McCarthy

    Hey Dennis, great blog beautifully written. Such sweet tenderness of a special bond between a father and his daughter. You are certainly their hero!

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    1. Dennis Post author

      Thanks Grace. It’s easy to be mushy when I talk about my kids. She’ll never be 8 again. Soon she’ll be too big to sit on my lap. I love every day she’s unguarded enough to come running to daddy. We’re making memories but she just doesn’t know it yet. Cheers!

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    1. Dennis Post author

      You touched on the last sentence of my DMP Andrei! It says, “I let my light shine and teach my family to do the same.” Your kids are lucky. They’ll have a great head start! I appreciate your support Andrei!

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  3. Mary Spicer

    A beautiful testament to the everyday practice of what you are learning, who you are becoming and the lives you are touching. You and your daughter are a blessed duo, each other’s teachers, on the Journey of Greatness and Shining Bright.

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    1. Dennis Post author

      As always you’ve really hit on something Mary. Our children are great teachers. All 4 of my children have taught me amazing things like love, forgiveness and a sense of wonderment for example. I hope they’re not done teaching me. I’m not done learning. Thanks for your support. It’s appreciated.

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  4. Janet Andrews

    What a difference in the generations from the movie and you and your daughter! Fortunately, you and she are benefitting beautifully from the change. A little girl needs more than anything to have her Daddy believe in her and be her biggest champion, especially a role model like you, Dennis…all facts, no opinions!

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    1. Dennis Post author

      Thanks Janet! I think part of that difference is in the era. I grew up in the 1960s/70s around the steel mills in Pittsburgh. Life was different then. I think I’m a little more free with positive emotions with my kids than dads were then. Luckily I’ve realized how lucky/blessed/fortunate I am to have four amazing offspring. I appreciate your support and positive comments. Cheers!

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