For the past few weeks I had a gnawing thought that I had to make a major change. A reinvention of myself seemed required in order to accomplish a particular goal, but I couldn’t figure out what steps were needed. Then an awareness hit me. What I needed was a slight alteration in perception to realize that I already was on the path of reinvention and major change. It was then reinforced when listing the episode that debuts this week on many of our PBS stations.

The episode features Sam Harris. Many will remember Sam as the first winner of the hit television series Star Search. He went on to become a multiplatinum recording artist and song writer and a career that includes countless credits as a stage and television actor, producer and director.

Sam decided it was time for him to take on another challenge, a reinvention of himself so he can continue to express his creativity. During our conversation about his book, Ham – Slices of a Life, he revealed that although this was a reinvention on one level, like my own realization it was not a complete shift but a slight alteration. Sam said that he was always a story teller with a wicked sense of humor, but that it was expressed in his music and performances. What he needed to reinvent himself was to take what he was already doing and alter it to fit his new desired form or expression. In fact it did not require giving up anything. With a slight alteration he became a successful essayist and humorist and now blends it all into his performances.

The more I thought about how Sam’s slight alteration in his journey caused a reinvention of himself and his career, it concurred very closely to my own situation.
After all, reinvention never stops. It occurs every moment of our lives. Our own body reinvents itself continuously through small alterations even on the deepest, cellular level. So, on one level, we are actually designed for change. We not only have the ability to reinvent ourselves, but do so continuously.
So if you ever get that gnawing feeling that something major needs to change, remember it already is even if you cannot see or feel it. To quote Sam:
I have always believed that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion; the illusion is the tunnel itself.


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