Optimism is Acquired by Forward Direction. Will Rogers was a wonderful man. William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator. I have a special connection with him. This is because of the stories about him that I heard from “David Rubinoff and His Violin.” I worked with this great conductor’violinist for over 15 years. Will Rogers gave him a poem. He had it engraved on the back of a pocket watch. It is “The Clock of Life” by George H. Chandler.” “Ruby” would read the poem off the watch at every concert he gave. My favorite lines are:
Now is the only time we own.
Live! Love! Toil will a will.
Do not wait until tomorrow
For the Clock May then be still.
The poem reminded him of what he considered to be one of his best friendships. Also, he lived by these words. One morning we were working on an arrangement. I looked outside the window of his 14th floor suite. It was right by his player, grand piano. At the time we were working on an arrangement of the Fascination Waltz. I commented on it the storm. On the spot, Rubinoff became infuriated. Using expletives he shouted at the top of his lungs: —–, —–, that just proves you are not paying attention to the music!”
Biblical Optimism by Forward Direction
Look at Genesis chapter 19. As Lot’s family fled Sodom and Gomorrah. God rained down burning sulfur onto the city. All man, animals and vegetation were destroyed. The angels warned Lot and his family to not look back. His wife did not listen. She was immediately turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back. These are words from Genesis, Chapter 19. What happened: His wife looked back. She stopped her forward direction. She wept tears of salt and was unable to continue. The lesson: We all know it’s difficult. However, what’s past is past. Look and advance in a forward direction. If you do not, you too may be overcome by tears of salt. Keep trying. The reward for this bit of optimism is happiness and fulfillment. Speak of trying, I am currently offering piano lessons in Sarasota.