Take a Chance
“Take a Chance”
Chances are available for the taking each and every day. Yet so often, chances often pass us by. We didn’t act fast enough, we were too scared, we were too nervous – there are just as many excuses for not taking a chance as there are chances in the world.
What does “chance” mean? It means the possibility of something happening. Isn’t that a hopeful thought? What would a world of possibilities and a world of chances be like? How exciting, how thrilling, how exhilarating! So why don’t we take them? Why don’t you take them?
I was born in the Bronx to a hard-working, blue-collar family. Basically, I was born to take chances. It’s that old adage — “when you got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose!” I had the love of my family, but there was so much more I wanted from the world. So I set out to get a piece of the American dream for myself.
I started a multi-million dollar business. I fell in love. I had children. I invested in businesses. I bought property. I sold property. These were all chances! Everyone has chances in their life that they take. But the biggest chance I took in my life was on myself, on my health and aiming to eradicate a crippling illness from my life and hopefully from others’ lives as my life’s work continues.
I suffered from Bipolar II disorder for most of my adult life. I hurt the people I loved. I hurt the people that worked for me. I hurt myself. It’s a devastating mental illness for which the common treatment is a drug cocktail from your local pharmacist supplied by your psychiatrist of choice. That’s the American way, isn’t it? Pop those pills and you’ll be right as rain! Wrong.
I lost myself. I lost who I am. I lost Gary. I lost Gar. I was a zombie walking through the world, numb to everything and everyone around me. This wasn’t what I wanted my life to be! I wanted to be fun Gary, gregarious Gary and loving Gary — not this shell of a person the drugs were making me out to be. I had to save myself. Nobody else was going to. I had to take that chance. Me and me alone.
I went off the pills. I went off booze. I went off all drugs. I went off sugar. Off meat. Off negative people. Off negative sources. I overhauled my entire life to save my life! I was going to fight for the life I wanted and the life I deserved, but I knew I’d have to go through hell to get there. And I went through it, let me tell you.
I took a chance on a trainer to get my body at its peak. I took a chance on an all-organic, all-natural diet. I took a chance on reading every book I could get my hands on about raising the world’s consciousness, written by thought leaders I look up to and admire. I took a chance on starting to write — essays, songs, lyrics, poems, thoughts and feelings. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. I still write to this day. I have so much to share with the world and so much to offer and I’m no longer afraid to tap into those gifts.
The negative energy that can surround us at any given time can be immeasurable. It can seem insurmountable. Like we’re being pummeled right into the ground, without any hope of rising above. But you must find the will to live inside and use that will with all your might to overcome!
Overcome the fear, the anxiety, the pain, and the hurt — anything that is holding you back. You must take a chance and overcome it in any way that you can.
You can do it. You can do it! YOU CAN DO IT!
I took the chance! And you can, too! We must all take a chance on ourselves and on each other.
Take a chance on you. Today!
Take a chance on someone you love. Today!
Take a chance on something that scares you. Today!
Take a chance on something that excites you. Today!
Take a chance, take a chance, and take a chance!
A chance is the possibility of something happening. If you don’t take a chance, you all but guarantee that NOTHING will happen.
And what’s the fun in that? Where’s the life in that? Release yourself. Break the chains. Feel the power!
Take your chance and take it now!
Peace, Grace, Love and Namasgar,