A Favorite Quote From A New Dimensions Guest: Allen Klein

At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet

“I like this quote—which has also been attributed to W.H. Murray—because I’ve had a lot of friends and people who say I want to do something. I want to write a book, for instance, and then they never start the book or follow through. But I also found that when I put out in the world what I want to accomplish, other people get behind me and help me. I don’t quite know why, but they assist me and that is exactly what the quote is saying. One example is that I used to be a scenic designer for the Captain Kangaroo TV series. Every Thanksgiving I had to be in the studio at 6 am, because Captain was the emcee and I had to do a special set for Thanksgiving Day and had to be there pretty early. When I was able to leave, him, the studio, everybody would be home. My family and friends were home watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade and I was still working. When I moved to San Francisco and was able to watch the parade one year, I thought I wanted to march in that parade. I didn’t know how to make that happen. I asked everybody I knew because I believe we’re all six degrees of separation. I even asked people who worked at Macy’s and they didn’t know how to do it. So, I put it on Facebook, because I figured that I have 2000 friends there and maybe one of them might be of help. One friend said, ‘Well, I don’t have any connections, but I’ll see what I can do.’ And she found out who was in charge of the parade at Macy’s. She gave me his name. I emailed him, told him my Captain Kangaroo story and the next thing he writes back saying that usually it’s the families of people who work in Macy’s or bands from schools we invite and then he said, ’But you can be in the parade.’ I think at the moment we commit to something the entire universe conspires to assist us.”

 

 

Allen Klein author of The Awe Factor:
How A Little Bit Of Wonder Can Make A Big Difference In Your Life