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...Shakespeare has such a way with words. They stir up powerful visuals, which never become shopworn from over use.

This article will lean more towards the “sticking place,” than the “screwing your courage.”

I was reminded recently of an early “aha” experience. When my kids were younger, I was involved in many projects with them. When my son Jim, became interested in rifle shooting, we joined the NRA and I taught rifle safety...one of the points made, was to maintain a position, even after the round had left the rifle....it was called follow-though...keeping your eye on the mark.

And when my son, David, became interested in bowling, I taught bowling. And for all you bowlers out there, you already know about continuing your upward arm movement even after you release the ball...it is called follow-though.

And my daughter, Donna, was taken with dance and her practice and follow-through is reflected in her gracefulness to this day.

My youngest, Steven, started his own parakeet business--raising the birds, then banding them and selling them to the pet store in town. His meticulous care and follow-through at each stage of his business resulted in a sense of "I can do," and is evident in all the services he offers in his own insurance business today.

I began looking at all areas of my life, and became certain that “follow-through” was a real key to growth, improvement and self/spiritual development.

It is a form of self-discipline which we impose upon selected areas of our lives. I say selected, because of our own talents and interests, we must choose where we will spend time in “repetitious” movement.

I remember, while living in Sedona, a friend of mine, Al, did life like carvings from plaster of paris cubes. I was intrigued and he handed me a cube and a carving tool. My first face was quite a disappointment to me. But, as I studied it, I realized what needed to be done to allow for more stylized features. I did three faces, each more detailed than the last. And then realized that I had before me a mini-museum of the history of man’s carving abilities. I had the flat face of early carvers, coming along to more focus on cheek and nose detail to more intricate details and balance of eyes and mouth. Through my choice to spend time in the repetition of carving, I saw abilities mature––not through anyone else’s direction, but through my own self-correction. I studied my work and made changes to areas which were unsatisfactory, thus improving each subsequent effort.

I carry that self-correction into my life today. There is hardly an issue of The Messenger, which is not scrutinized and pondered over for change and improvement.

With this in mind, I hope you enjoy our new series of covers. They are from painters around the world, offered by Novica.com.

And, back to follow-through...Where do you make time for “repetition” in your life? What areas have become sluggish and are in need of self-correction? Where do you want change in your life, and are you willing to give the effort to the follow up work needed? You hold the key, but ya' gotta use it, to see a difference.

Love & Blessings,

Joann Turner