Many moons ago, I lived in New York City and worked as a scenic designer for CBS television. One of the shows I designed was Captain Kangaroo. It was great fun except at Thanksgiving time. You see the Captain was the MC for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade so I had to be in the studio every Thanksgiving at 6am in the morning to supervise the set I designed. While most people were at home sleeping in on the holiday, I would be off to work at 5am.
I no longer work in television and now live on the West coast but I
still am enamored with Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and watch it every
year on TV. Last year, while watching, I got a longing to be part of
the parade again. Instead of being behind the scenes, as I used to be, I
wanted to be in the parade itself. I had no idea how I'd make that
happen but I somehow knew it would because once I put my intention
on something, it usually comes true. One of the reasons for that is
that I believe that we are six-degrees of separation away from someone
who can help get whatever it is that we want.
For several months I asked everyone I met if they knew anyone
connected to the parade. Two people did and were going to work on it.
But they weren't getting very far. So, one day I posted my desire on
Facebook. Pretty soon after that a friend/colleague of mine, who lives
in New York, said she would investigate who to contact at Macy's.
Several days later, she emailed me to say that it was too late to get in
the parade but they were sending me an application anyhow. They did. I
filled it out. And two days later, they said that if I want, I could
march in the parade this year as a clown.
Of course, I was thrilled but I also found out that I might have to
go to clown school which was not convenient since I'm on the West coast
and the classes were on the East coast. In addition, I am not a
professional clown, although I do teach humor workshops and once
gathered a group of friends to all wear clown noses to a Ringling
Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus performance. But my biggest
concern was that I really wanted to ride on a float in the parade not
walk the long distance. I could do it but that was not the experience I
wanted. (I guess I had forgotten the lesson I learned a long time ago
that you really have to be clear on what you want or you may get
So I contacted Macy's to thank them so much for inviting me to be in
the parade this year but that I really wanted to ride on a float. The
person in charge was most gracious and told me when to contact them next
year and he could probably arrange my ride on a float.
I'll let you know what float I'll be on so you can wave to me. I promise to wave back.
P.S.- Doing this process made me realize three important steps in getting whatever it is you want.
1- INTENTION: Be very clear about what you want.
2- TELL THE WORLD ABOUT IT: Don't keep it a secret. How will others know what you want if you don't tell them about it ?
3- RALLY THE TROOPS: People love helping other people. Remember you are only six degrees of separation away from someone who can assist you in getting what you want.
Oh, and one more thing...remember to be thankful for what you get.