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Wisdom in a Bosom and a Blond Wig

August 26, 2009

Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business from the library. This would be Dolly Parton, not Dolly the sheep clone.  It’s not that I’m a huge Dolly Parton fan, but she was born and raised  just over the other side of the mountains I look at every day, and I’ve certainly made good use of her theme parks, Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Also, a recent edition of Guidepost featured her on the cover, and the story about her intrigued me.

I look for inspiration everywhere, and her autobiography was full of it. The top three awesome things I learned reading this book:

1.If a girl born in a shack in a holler in the mountains with 11 siblings can become an international superstar, you can achieve whatever you want, too. Dolly really was born in a shack, in fact, she was born on the coldest day of the year and there was actually snow blowing up between the floorboards that day. Dolly had to make her own luck. She always kept singing, always kept performing, and mostly kept her faith that she would someday be all that she dreamed she would be. She did everything she could to get on the radio, get on local TV, and make a name for herself – despite the fact that she lived way up in the mountains and didn’t even have electricity until she was about 10 years old.

I’m guessing you were born in conditions that were a little more comfortable, yes? Say, maybe in a hospital? With doctors around? And you probably don’t have 11 siblings, and I’m guessing you probably had indoor plumbing and electricity, too. Maybe you were even lucky enough, like I was, to go to college, to travel some, to own your own car.

What’s the one and only thing that kept Dolly on track? Perseverance. And as far as I can tell, she kept that up because of her faith in something greater than herself, and her desire to entertain and show others love. If she can do it, we can do it, too! (Blond wig and five-inch heels optional.)

2. Let God shake you by the heels. Dolly mentions, towards the end of the book, that every day she pictures God picking her up by the heels and holding her upside down, shaking all the bad and negative things into a circle of light. Then she pictures God standing her up, light flowing through her head until she’s a being of light. Then she and God get to stomping all the bad stuff to dust, then letting it blow away in the wind.

Okay, so this isn’t exactly what I do, but everything she mentions can be used to improve your life, even if your views on God are different than Dolly’s. All she’s really doing is finding a way to separate herself from her thoughts. She pictures God helping her, but you can picture anything you want: God, A Being of Light, The Universe, or whatever else floats your boat. The main point here is to take all that negative stuff and find a way to either let go of it or let someone else, like God, hold onto it for you.

Next she pictures herself being filled with light. If you’ve ever done any guided meditations you may have been encouraged to picture the top of your head opening up and light pouring into you – she’s basically doing the same thing. It’s a great method to use to get the energy flowing in your body.

The last thing she does is stomp out all that bad stuff and let it blow away from her. Again, it’s all about separating all that junk in your brain out from all the good, positive thoughts. Dolly is one smart lady, in my opinion!

3. Dolly could be a life coach! As a life coach, I have lots of tools in my tool box to use depending on the situation my client is facing. Some of these tools come from my training, and some I just randomly make up; either I’ve made them up to help me and use them on others, or I make something up on the spot that I think will help the person I’m coaching.

Dolly provides a great tool for getting rid of the crappy thoughts about life or any other worries you’re dealing with. She could be a life coach! She suggests getting three notebooks. In the first one write down everything negative including frustrations at yourself, other people, your job, your ass, whatever. Be angry, be petty, it doesn’t matter.

In the second notebooy write down all the good things in your life, even if it’s watching the sun rise or the great cup of coffee you had this morning. Also, list some good things about people in your life who are ticking you off, even if it’s “My boyfriend sure has nice teeth”.

In your last book, write down your dreams, wishes, desires, etc. When you’re finished with the three notebooks, hold them up to the light. She’s specifically talking about God’s light, but depending on your belief system, maybe you want to hold them up to the light of the world, the power of the Universe, whatever powerful force you believe in.

Tear out the pages of the book that you’ve used. She suggests burning them somewhere and, as your thoughts burn up, thinking of the particles going up to God for Him to put your life back together the way it should be. If you can burn the pages, great, but if you can do something else that’s less of a fire hazard, I think that’s a good idea, too. Perhaps shred the paper, or rip it into tiny pieces. While you’re destroying your words, breathe deeply and remind yourself that everything is as it should be, and that you can only live in the present moment. Everything that has happened before, everything you’ve written on your paper, is over. All you have is now.

What are you reading right now? Can you find inspiration within it?

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 29, 2009 10:58 am

    I was reading Eat Pray Love in Italy (I had to!) and I definitely found inspiration in it. That’s why I love to read it and reread it 🙂

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