Month: November 2009

Daily Inspiration 11-30-09

Daily Inspiration 11-30-09

“We often take for granted the very things
that most deserve our gratitude.”
— Cynthia Ozick

Up until the last few years, I wasn’t grateful on a regular basis. There might be whole days or even strings of many days without the thought of gratitude for something. Sad, but true. But, I have turned that around completely now.

Each day now, I find myself grateful for more and more things in greater quantity. I now practice it all my waking hours to the point that now hardly an hour goes by without my having gratitude for something or someone. It is closer and closer to pure joy and awe.

I’ll give you some examples. Trash collection. The more I think about this service, the more gratitude I have for it. I take trash out and put it in a receptacle and once a week the truck comes and takes it away. Can you imagine a month without trash collection? We would be buried.

Here’s another: running water. In terms of history, it was a nanosecond ago that we had to go down to the creek with buckets and carry it back to the house. If you wanted hot water, you had to heat it on the stove. Just think what it took in labor to have a hot bath. Now, I just get in the shower and turn it on (probably the other way around. . .) and there it is. It is effortless. Anytime I want a drink, I lift the handle and there it is: clean, cool water.

These two things are commonly taken for granted, yet other than a roof over my head and clothes on my body, they are at the top of the list of things that affect my life. There is a long list of these kind of things that we can focus on and be truly grateful for every day. Like the computer I’m typing on and the Internet I’m connected to. It is all so awesome to contemplate.

How about the weather? I look forward every day to experiencing the weather. Frankly, I could care less now what the weather will be like, but that I enjoy every moment of it. Yesterday we had 30-50 mph winds all day. It was glorious. Cloudy, overcast, sunny, cold, warm, rainy, dry, they are all so perfect and all so very interesting. I used to complain about the weather. I NEVER complain about the weather now. Each day is like a snowflake–all different in some way and each unique.

These are just a few examples of how I find gratitude in every single hour of every day. It is a whole new world for me in my later life. You might say, I have been reborn. I can now find joy anytime I decide to open myself up to experiencing it. There are no limits to how much gratitude I can have. The more I find, the more I find.

This change has been gradual and has really moved quickly in the last few years. There is a book I read that really had a large influence on getting me started on this path. It is Power In Praise by Merlin R Carothers. Books that I read later kicked it into high gear. Some of these books are, The Gratitude Effect by Dr John Demartini, The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W Dyer, and many others. Their influence of directing me toward gratitude for everything has been life changing.

You will find, as I have, that becoming a gratitude finder will be the best thing that will ever happen in your life. Ever.

I Am Thankful Every Waking Hour!

Spread Some Joy Today–Feel the joy that comes from being thankful every hour. It’s okay to smile outwardly. Inside your ecstatic! Way cool.

Daily Inspiration 11-29-09

Daily Inspiration 11-29-09

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest
act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

— Leo Buscaglia

How about hardly ever?

That would be way cool.

I Have The Power and An Abundance To Give!

Spread Some Joy Today–Smile at everyone you see today, offer a kind word to all that you can. Your day will be a joy!

Daily Inspiration 11-28-09

Daily Inspiration 11-28-09

“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower
wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Get a few million people doing this and it is a very different planet!

Let it start with me!

I Have The Power To Change The World! It Starts With Me Changing My World!

Spread Some Joy Today–See if you can pluck at least one thistle and plant one flower today.

Daily Inspiration 11-27-09

Daily Inspiration 11-27-09

“If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it.
If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.”

— Richard Bach

When many of us were young, we learned very well that being at fault meant punishment of some kind, and that caused pain of one kind or another. So, it became foolish to accept responsibility for something even when we were asked directly about it. It became acceptable, and may I even say, desirable to lie about it regardless of how we felt inside or whether we thought they believed us or not. It was like a basic survival learning experience of the law of cause and effect. We knew what the effect was if we were the cause.

Somehow we missed learning the real law of cause and effect and so many of us have carried this basic survival learning into adulthood; albeit, less blatantly. Blame is still easier and safer we think. But is it?

A long time ago I learned about a psychological game that makes this basic survival experience so clear to me. I see it so easily in others and then I also have learned to see it in myself and then stop and get a better handle on my thinking and actions. Here is the game:

Draw a triangle and at one point write the word Persecutor, at the next point (either one), write the word Victim, and at the last point, write the word Rescuer. Now, once you get a handle on this game, you may see it being played by a number of people including relatives. It’s pretty logical. First someone is playing the Victim portion of the game. They need a Persecutor to blame for their problems for it would be impossible in this game to accept responsibility for any of their actions. Then, there is someone who is playing the Rescuer part. They are trying to point out things that can be done to alleviate the problem, move forward, etc., but the Victim will never, ever listen seriously to a Rescuer; however, they really need them in this game. If the other two are not always in the game, there is nothing for the Victim, or the Persecutor, or the Rescuer.

For much of my life, I was a Rescuer. I call it ‘swimming upstream.’ It is never effective in the game because no one wants to be rescued. Logic would dictate they want to be rescued, but really, they love playing the part. They’ve grown accustomed to it.

There’s only one way out. Step away from the game. There’s only one way to step away from the game: Begin accepting responsibility for your thinking and your actions. People will still be playing the Persecutor with you, but you won’t be jumping in playing the Rescuer, so you’re on the outside looking in. When you are there, it is pretty clear that it’s a game. Otherwise, you will always be the game’s Victim. (Here’s a link to see more about the Karpman Drama Triangle.)

Here’s to accepting responsibility!

I Create My Own Reality!

Spread Some Joy Today–See if you see anyone playing the triangle game. . . Smile that you know the way out.

Daily Inspiration 11-26-09

Daily Inspiration 11-26-09

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

— Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You For Reading!

Spread Some Joy Today–Hug a lot!

Daily Inspiration 11-25-09

Daily Inspiration 11-25-09

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got,
he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”

— Frank A. Clark

There was a time in the not very distant past when I might have read this and said, ‘what in the world is there to be thankful for in this situation?’

Think of it this way: a guy says, ‘hey, I’ll change when I get the money.’ I’ve also heard it said that having more money just makes you more of what you already are.

I have finally learned this lesson after struggling with it for a very long time, and Vincent Roazzi says it so well, ‘For things to change, you have to change.’ This time, I’m changing my thinking first, then my success will last. It’s like the poor person who won the lottery and is broke six months or a year later. The money didn’t make them smarter, or wiser–just richer. For a while.

Being grateful for misfortune is a very important step in the process of change. Being thankful for what you have, sounds easier than being grateful for misfortune, but being grateful–honestly grateful–is truly a catalyst to positive change. Anyone can be grateful for good times and easy living. It takes committment and tenacity to be grateful when things are crashing around you. Yet, this is when it is really important and when it really matters.

Gratitude will open doors previously closed; it will open you to inspiration. It is a connection to God. There is so much to be thankful for and if you aren’t seeing that, you’re looking in the wrong places. Here’s a quote from G. K Chesterton to help: “When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?”

Let’s start with gratitude for where we are and what we have, make it a habit, and also celebrate the opportunities that lie ahead before they actually show up. I tell you this from experience, that this habit alone will change your inner life dramatically and your external life will follow suit in due time. This time, when the ‘good times’ return, you will achieve a lasting joy and a permanent change.

I Am Thankful For EVERY Thing!

Spread Some Joy Today–When you wake up in the morning and before you nod off to sleep, see how many things you can be thankful for. The warmth of the bed, the crispness of the sheets, the smell in the air, the sunrise peeking through the window, the breath in your lungs. . .

Daily Inspiration 11-24-09

Daily Inspiration 11-24-09

“Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

— African Proverb

The first couple times I read this quote, I didn’t think much on it, yet the more I looked at it, the more powerfully wise it became to me.

Often times where we fall can be a great distance from where we slipped. Consider these thoughts: Was it the event that caused the fall, or was it the thinking that caused the event that caused me to fall? In this case, the fall would be a natural evolution of the thinking. I can think of many situations in my own life where this really helps me see where the problem really started.

The good news is that we can change the thinking so the slipping is either non-existent or kept to an absolute minimum, thereby staying upright.

Think about it!

I Can See Where My Thinking Has Brought Me!

Spread Some Joy Today–Pretend you put all your love into a pitcher. Now, in your mind, pour it over the head of someone you don’t like very much. Make sure they get a really good coating on them. If you have some left (you know you do!), do it twice just to make sure.

Daily Inspiration 11-23-09

Daily Inspiration 11-23-09

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

When I think of Leonardo da Vinci and all the things he designed, painted, sculpted, and accomplished, I never think of him as even considering obstacles or even needing persistence. Isn’t that just the way when you’re looking back hundreds of years, or even last year or last month, you don’t see the actual doing, but just the results, whatever they may be.

If Leonardo had obstacles, that makes me feel so much better because my obstacles seem so puny in comparison. I’ve heard it said that you get 20 people in a dark room and give someone your biggest problems and a half hour later, everyone is scrambling to get their original problems back. We pump them up, but there is a lot of air in our problems.

The good news, as with Leonardo, is that a stern resolve to stay focused on what it is you really want to accomplish will eventually overcome any and all obstacles. Then, as we have done so many times in the past, we can look back and laugh at what we thought were obstacles. Or, even better, we may not even recognize any obstacles.

I’m all for that!

I’m An Obstacle Crusher, An Obstacle Crusher . . . Watching Them Go By, My Oh My!

Spread Some Joy Today–Let’s Just Go Crush A Few Obstacles Today. Let’s Rumble!

Daily Inspiration 11-22-09

Daily Inspiration 11-22-09

“Become a possibilitarian.
No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them,
for they’re always there.”

— Dr Norman Vincent Peale

When we have troubles, it is so easy to think on the dark side. It is so easy to think of despair, self-pity, and blame. It is easier still to listen to that inner voice telling you what a fool you’ve been and pointing out each and every turn and how so many others have conspired to lay this all on you layer after layer until the sheer weight of it is depressing. It is in this darkness that possibilities seems so far off in another time when life was better and things were good.

No matter how dark it may seem, hope is the possibilities of positive change that only require opening your eyes toward them. It is in the possibilities and the continual looking toward them that we can see a way out. It is there. It always has been, and always will be.

I think that it was Bob Proctor in the audio program, The Power To Have It All, that Bob said that the Airplane has been here forever, but it was only in the last hundred or so years that it became a reality. All the materials were here and available waiting for the right people to make the right combinations and produce the result. He said that this was true of every invention. If you think about that, it has to be true. All the materials were certainly here. It is possibilities. All it required was someone or many to focus on the possibility and make it a reality.

Keep your sights on possibilities. It is hope in action. It is life-giving and enthusiasm-creating. There is so much light available in that. Become a possibilitarian!

Possibilitarian. I Like That Word.

Spread Some Joy Today–Share Your Hope With Someone Who Could Use Some.

Daily Inspiration 11-21-09

Daily Inspiration 11-21-09

“You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head,
but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”

— Chinese Proverb

I absolutely love this proverb and it is so full of wisdom. Though things happen all around you, this does not mean that they must have any effect on you. You get to choose what you think and how you feel about it. Gather troubles and make them your own, or let them float on by as a twig floats down the river. There it is and there is goes. See ya! Ba-bye now!

If you’ve had nests in your hair–and you know who you are–take heart! Encourage those birds to move to a new home and shake that hair out, or maybe even get a good haircut, perm or color. Change it up. You’re on the loose and looking for good times today and planning for joy tomorrow! It is amazing what can be done in such a short time. Who knew it could be that easy?

Birds Of A Feather. You Get To Choose The Feather.

Spread Some Joy Today–Maybe Send A Thank You Card To Someone Today. The Friends You’ll Make . . .

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