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A Recipe For Success

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business"A Recipe For Success" is the eighteenth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.

by Joseph Tom Riach

     If you're anything like me you'll have had your share of setbacks in life. Disappointments too. No sweat, it's par for the course. You're most likely well aware that it's not the difficulties you encounter along the way that matter, it's how you deal with them. Crying over spilt milk gets you nowhere – finding a new supply is the answer. And finding new ways to confront events and situations is indeed a recipe for doing well in life.

     In that word 'recipe' lies my approach to living life in a happy frame of mind. A recipe of course implies a formula to be repeated; a process to run with over and over again. So with me. But while my recipe is consistant in concept, what goes into the mix varies with circumstance. I try quite deliberately to find novel approaches to each situation facing me. In this way I'm unpredictable to others but alert and keen within myself. I know that giving my imagination free rein can lead to magical outcomes.

     How do I go about igniting my innovative flame? How do I get myself into the inventive frame of mind required? This is where my magic recipe for sucess comes into play. The formula which I employ is actually remarkably simple but may be the opposite of what you expect.

     My strategy is not to immerse myself in addressing the point at issue, searching for ways to overcome it. No, rather I remove myself from the situation and forget about it altogether! I take myself away completely, both physically and mentally. Sounds contrary perhaps? How do you resolve things by ignoring them? But it works like a charm.

     My favoured course is to escape to the mountains. There I wander and absorb the clear air, nature and tranquility. Note the word 'wander'. Therein lies my second 'secret'. I don't set an agenda such as scaling a certain peak, reaching a specific destination or doing so within a particular time. Neither do I put my mind to work on a concentrated task. I simply wander and let the day take me where it will. In this way I am totally relaxed and become completely detached from all else save the wondrous beauty abundant around me. In this almost trance-like state my spirit soars and my imagination breaks free. Unshackled from the impediment of circumstances which create difficulty, the solutions float in to view in their own good time and with easy clarity.

     So, my recipe to dealing with setbacks and difficulties is -

          Withdraw from the situation

          Wander, don't strain


     Not only does my approach provide great results, it's easy and stress-free too. It enhances general well-being. There's also a wonderful bonus, magical in fact! It is this -

     Once you establish this strategy as your default system in meeting the demands of day-to-day life and the situations thrown up by it, disagreeable occurrences requiring of your attention arise less frequently. In fact bad stuff can diminish to the point of almost disappearing completely.

     Conversely, you're likely to experience a substantial uptick in pleasant situations occuring; circumstances which are positive and fun to confront. And how do you face these happy dilemmas? By following my same recipe as for troublesome ones of course. Withdraw, wander, wait. It's a magic recipe for success - in all scenarios! 

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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    I love it, thank you, Tom.  Your advice is priceless.  I live in the mountains and cannot get enough of them.  

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      Thanks George, you're right, the guidance is priceless in the true sense of the word - there is no financial measure can be applied to the great outdoors, nature and relishing them to the full. The experience comes free of charge!

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      "The experience comes free of charge!" Nothing in life is really free. You, or someone pays for everything in one way or another. The cost of spending time in nature is very low, either stepping on rocks or stickers barefoot, or replacing shoes every so often though is a small price to pay.

      As a child I never realized the cost others paid for me to live in nature. In my last conversation with the mother of my first child (she was raised on the reservation where I was). I learned there was always one brave and sometimes up to four watching over my grandmother and I to make sure we were safe.

      I know too that my grandmother spent hours a month every month making sure things ran smoothly. I have all my fingers and toes because she made the salve that kept me warm in below freezing weather, and kept the bugs at bay in the other seasons. 

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    Although what I do varies slightly it also works like a charm. At night before I go to bed, I write a list of what I wish to accomplish the next day. Then I forget the list and go to sleep. What I find is when I arise the next morning it is simple to accomplish what I set out the night before. This seems more especially true if I want to create content. Through the years I have also found unplugging my mind and letting it wonder works miracles as well. 

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      Following both of your conversations I've come to the conclusion I am but a free spirit...  I'm just getting back into writing & I'm loving the inspirations I'm receiving...  I have a domain that I haven't yet used for anything...  I'm still recuperating from an illness that really brought me down but I'm making some amazing progress...  The name of my domain is;  My mind was always working though I didn't have the energy to just gitterdone!  Now I have so much pentup energy I feel the need to release it all on my blog...  I feel like I'm on imagination overload...  Bear with me as I let my fingers do the walking!  Thank you for letting me vent...  :D   

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      I'm delighted to see you back here Linda, on fire and bursting with inspiration. Your input adds a valuable dimesnsion to Terri's excellent site. Quality input, full of enthusiasm is a rare asset, one for all readers to treasure and enjoy!

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      Sums it up perfectly - and beautifully - Linda!

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      Like minds Dennis, why am I not surprised?! I was impressed in my early years by mentors capable of merging great urgency with ponderous deliberation and always being at the top of their game. Lessons well learned. I'll be in touch shortly. 

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      In my business the clients expect creative solutions. If I can't deliver, both the business owner and I lose. As well I have to please my client and their clients. For those who don't believe businesses require creativity try following the crowd. 

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