Month: March 2010

Daily Inspiration 3-31-10

Daily Inspiration 3-31-10

“Every achiever that I have ever met says,
‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'”
— Dr Robert Schuller
“The history of free men is never wirtten by chance,
but by choice–their choice.”
— Vince Lombardi
I know a lot of people who claim belief in God and not in themselves. Isn’t that an oxymoron? If we believe in God and know that God made us, by not believing in ourselves, we must mean that God makes poor specimens of human beings. What was that in Genesis about, ‘it was good. . .?’ Nah, you’re really saying it was bad.
I got over it. I’m perfectly made and perfectly sound and am working diligently on perfect belief–in me. The way toward that wonderful place is the word, ‘try.’ I know Yoda said there is no try, but what I mean is to give it a shot and go do. Then, as you do, learn from the experience of it and make an effort to do it your best. Then, keep doing your best which gets better at every juncture, until you are the best at what you do–or, somewhere in there doing well, at the very least.
I used to love to watch my stepson, Guy. I met him when he was 12 years old and full of curiosity, as most kids are. But, Guy was different in that he would actually do things others might just think of. I’ll give you an example of this kid’s creative curiosity.
I had an electric air pump for many years. It was a small pump designed for spray painting small items, blowing up swimming pool rafts and the like. It was indestructible. Matter of fact, I bought it in 1972 and it still works today. Anyway, Guy takes the pump out by the pool and found a large plastic bowl shaped object, took some duct tape and hooked it all up so he could breathe underwater in the pool. I walked out there and saw him underwater with the plastic dome and the pump going and I just started cracking up. What fun! What creativity.
That was just one instance of many such things that Guy tried. He just followed what he wanted to do and did it. He believed in himself, his ability and his creativity to find a way, then he just acted on it. I don’t think I have met anyone who had as much belief in himself as I saw in Guy. He’s still acting it out now with a family of his own. They seem to be creatively curious as well and I wonder where they get it from. It must be contagious.
It is contagious. People who really believe in themselves and who find a way are generally people we look up to and admire. And, really, it is just a choice. A choice to believe in ourselves and our ability and our right to do, be and have. It’s not waiting for the perfect time, but acting on it now with what is available right now. Guy didn’t have scuba gear, he just had fun with what was available. We can do that in our personal lives and business too. Just make the best of what is available and believe we can do it and we will.
I Believe. I Believe. I Believe.
Spread Some Joy Today–Adopt more belief in yourself and make some decisions today and have some fun. Become a rock star!
Daily Inspiration 3-30-10

Daily Inspiration 3-30-10

“We are always complaining that our days are few,
and acting as though there would be no end to them.”
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect
clearness before he decides, never decides.”
— Henri-Frederic Amiel
Putting things off to a better time is the current mantra of small business. To that I have to say, there is no time like the present. Some may think it is a terrible time to invest in your business, but I think the opposite–that it is a perfect time to invest. There is no time like the present. In all reality, there is ONLY the present. Everything else is what’s been or what might be.
Don’t we do that in our personal lives as well. There is no better time than now because there is only now. Oh, I don’t mean the Paris vacation when you have no money, but you certainly could have a ‘Paris-theme’ time for a week at home at very little expense. Play Parisian music, put up a patio umbrella over your kitchen table, get out the Julia Child cookbook and go for it. A little pretend time. How fun is that? Children do it all the time, why not us?
Retirement. It’s an if-come-maybe at best, yet so many look so forward to its arrival so they can “relax and enjoy life.” So, let’s have some retirement time right here and right now this week. Go smell the flowers and walk through the woods, rent a motor home and go somewhere for a week, or go play card games with your friends or something. Who has to wait for anything unless they fail to make a decision to enjoy the moments that you have right now.
When I was 13, my father who was a California Highway Patrolman was killed on his way home from work on his motorcycle. He was 34 years old. My sister died when she was 21. What I learned from this is that life is precarious and brief. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how young or old you are, there is no reason to put off what you like and want unless, one, you can’t make a decision about what you want, or two, you aren’t flexible enough to be a child again and do some pretend play.
If you can do these two things, the world is yours. Everything you want is right here and right now, if only in your mind. What was that Jesus said about children and the kingdom of heaven? Don’t wait for that either. The kingdom of heaven is here–or at least it can be if you’re a child. . .
I Love Where I Am Right Now, This Minute, Every Day. I Enjoy My Life Very Much And Find Joy Daily.
Spread Some Joy Today–Take a little vacation right at home. Get your theme going and spend some time enjoying each other and the moments in which you live. There is no need to wait for anything–especially time and money. They are merely conveniences. Creative people make skateboards out of steel skates and two by fours. Remember those? Too young? Let go, and let your inner child lead the way.
Daily Inspiration 3-29-10

Daily Inspiration 3-29-10

“Worry is the misuse of imagination.”
— Proverb
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
— Buddha
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
— Oprah Winfrey
“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
— Alan Cohen
Many times, I look for a quote that expresses how I feel, and sometimes that quote is very hard to find. Another thing I noticed was that as I was thinking about thankfulness and gratitude, I looked for quotes on that subject and they are very few in comparison with quotes on so many other topics. I find that interesting and telling.
Let me say this, and I say it with all the depth of sincerity that I can muster: I have found absolutely nothing in life so rewarding, so empowering and so wonderful as gratitude. As I say that, it just doesn’t sound one tenth as strong as I feel about that. That’s why I was looking for a really great quote to back me up. Didn’t find it.
I even looked in the Bible and even though one of my favorite quotes from Paul is “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God. – I. Thessalonians 5.16-18. Even that, though powerful and good, leaves me unfulfilled. Although, I have to say that the word Rejoice! is awfully good.
No, I think gratitude and thankfulness is better than sex and better than any feeling I have ever had–ever. And the more I experience gratitude, the more gratitude I find and the more things I find to be thankful for. That’s an amazing thing in itself. It costs nothing, doesn’t even require any expense of energy–matter of fact, I think it actually is energizing! I have tears of joy that just flood through me and ecstatic, joyful feelings wash over me whenever I am truly grateful. I would have to say without a doubt that it is THE MOST POWERFUL AND FULFILLING feeling.
Now, here’s the really good news. I have this feeling almost every day, and some days many, many times throughout the day, and they are constantly growing in depth and number as I experience each one. Perhaps I might get to the point where I feel nothing but gratitude. WOW! There’s a thought worth thinking! To have the most powerful and fulfilling feeling all the time? My goodness, what could be better than that?
You might say, ‘Terry, get you head out of that fantasy land and get back down here to reality. There’s stuff to do and expectations to meet.’ So, I say, no problem, but I’m bringing my private world of gratitude with me and no one can take that away, no matter what.
I’m thinking about having a permanent fully thankful smile on my face. . .
I’m ready, willing, able and most assuredly, grateful.
I Am Continually Ever More Grateful. Awesome.
Spread Some Joy Today–Risk a little today. Take pause and stare out the window for a few minutes. Smile at what you see. Give thanks for all you see. Give thanks for the fact that you see. Give thanks that you can even give thanks. There is zero worry in gratitude. It is a safe, comfortable, and healing place to be–as often as you can.
Daily Inspiration 3-28-10

Daily Inspiration 3-28-10

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
— Alan Kay
“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
— Albert Einstein
“Vision. . . .
It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception
of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture.
Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.”
— Robert Collier
Contrary to popular opinion, I pay close attention to reality. After all, it is what is, right? What it is, it is. Face reality. I do. Matter of fact, if it weren’t for reality, being in my face, I wouldn’t have the desire to create my own reality. Based on that alone, I thank God for reality.
So, I’m looking at what’s real and not liking it very much, so that causes me to desire a different reality–one that is somewhat more pleasing to my senses, my heart and my soul. So, I change it. That’s right. I just change it. Now I have a different reality and it feels so much better.
Like Einstein says, ‘If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.’ I love that line, and I think I might change it a bit to, If the facts don’t fit the theory, change your thinking about the facts. It’s just a fact, you know. A fact is nothing more than our own individual interpretation of something. So, accepting the facts, or the ‘what is’ will limit us dramatically from what could possibly be.
This is where vision comes in. My interpretation of the word vision in this context is to be able to see beyond what is to a better reality. Think of the visionaries that you might be aware of and how they looked at current reality and saw something completely different, then moved toward it, rather than accepting the current reality as real. Whew. That’s heavy. But, it is so true, isn’t it?
The absolute best thing that I can do about the present reality is be sincerely grateful for it and to appreciate it for what it is. That would be the extent of it, unless it was exactly what I wanted, then I would roll around in it like a dog scratching it’s own back on the living room floor wiggling all around upside down. Come to think of it, I’m doing that much of the time with the current reality as it is a perfect way of showing my gratitude, don’t you know. After all, I created this reality too. It’s just that my thinking is always changing and moving toward another vision.
It’s all good then, isn’t it? How in the world can you miss, when you think of it like this? It reminds me of that Crosby, Still & Nash song. . . love the one you’re with. . .love the one you’re with. . .
Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds Ya. Cause It’s You!
Spread Some Joy Today–Make a sincere effort today. Find joy. Do whatever you need to do today to find joy. It’s really, really easy. Choose it now. Be grateful. Give thanks. Share your love. It costs nothing at all. It doesn’t even requre bodily energy.
Daily Inspiration 3-27-10

Daily Inspiration 3-27-10

“There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”
— Edith Wharton
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”
— Christopher Reeve
What would be the point of joining the group Anarchist’s International? How about People against walls? Humans Opposed To Getting Stoned? Of course, I just made these groups up in my head (maybe I should check and see if they actually exist?), but there is a list that will probably cover the distance between New York and Los Angeles of groups against or opposed to something or another. I go to the grocery store and I’m hunted by the petitioners for yet another state proposition to ban something or stop something.
One thing that I have learned very clearly is that whatever we give our attention to increases. It doesn’t matter that we fight against it or don’t want it. The more we give energy to it, the more it persists. It would certainly be so much more effective to be for than against anyway. Being against something takes your positive energy and gives it to a negative cause. Better to use your positive energy to do something positive. But, that’s not quite normal is it? It seems like there might be something wrong with someone who wants to fight for something rather than against something, doesn’t it? However, that is the best way. As Gandhi says, “be the change you want to see in the world.”
You don’t like what is going on at work? Think the boss is an idiot? Don’t like the way they do things? You be the change. Do more without complaining. Be the way you think people should be. You want a positive organization? Then be the change and be positive. Be the light that shines the way–or at least follow those who are. There is plenty to do to change things for the better and spending any time at all on what is wrong won’t help much. Matter of fact, it is likely that it won’t help at all, but to increase the number and depth of the things that are wrong.
Think the city is being run poorly? Volunteer to help. Think health care reform is the curse of the country? Jump in there and show a better way. Fighting against it will do absolutely nothing for your cause except give you something to do and something to be angry about. Swimming upstream requires a lot of energy.
Instead, be the light; be the change. Choose your method carefully. What is it you really want rather than what you don’t want? Focus on the want and be the light. It will be energy better spent and make you a leader worth following.
I Am The Light; I Am The Change. I Lead By Example. I Am A Builder, Not A Destroyer.
Spread Some Joy Today–Stop swimming upstream with people and problems. Pause. Put the oars in the boat. Now, let go and let the boat float. Trust. Ahhhhhh. That feels so much better, doesn’t it? Rest, recuperate and rejoice.
Daily Inspiration 3-26-10

Daily Inspiration 3-26-10

“The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.”
“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”
— George Lucas
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
— Calvin Coolidge
“Never, never, never, never, give up.”
— Winston Churchill
The question is not whether or not I can succeed. It is, how far will I go? Where will I draw the line that says, this far and no further? It is, what am I willing to give for it? It is what will I think about it along the way. Some may go this far and no further, others a bit further, and others further still. Each chooses and the choice is everything.
Benjamin Disraeli said it so well: “Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.”
That just leaves whether a line is drawn and where it may be drawn.
I May Choose My Own Success, Or Not. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Have there been times in your life where you’ve drawn a line and would not go further? Looking back, would it have made a difference to have kept going a bit more?
Daily Inspiration 3-25-10

Daily Inspiration 3-25-10

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Cool and unruffled under all circumstances. . . what a dream that is! However, I like that dream very much and I absolutely agree that it is one of the most powerful positions to hold and maintain. I would go so far as to say that it is even mastery. To have such charge of your own mind as to be able to control your feelings so well that under extremely challenging situations you remain cool, calm and collected is an awesome objective.
I especially like this quote from Thomas Jefferson and what I like about it is that the movie, John Adams that stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, shows Thomas Jefferson, played by Stephen Dillane in exactly this way–cool and calm under intense pressure. It is a joy to watch him and how influential he really was.
Much of that comes from a partnership with patience. Allowing a situation to unfold prior to reacting in anticipation of how it might be can be so helpful. It may even turn out the way you want it without any effort of your own.
Today, having made the decision several years ago to seek to be cool and unruffled under all circumstances, I find great progress. I am therefore an avid student of Thomas Jefferson and seek to emulate him in his coolness. I’ve a ways to go. . . but the horizon is in sight. A wonderful sight at that. Consider the virtue of joining me. It is a worthy journey with great reward.
I Am Cool and Calm and Collected More Every Day.
Spread Some Joy Today–How’s your coolness under fire? Your calmness under pressure? Your patience in the face of fear and worry? What would you like it to be?
Daily Inspiration 3-24-10

Daily Inspiration 3-24-10

“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”
— Theodore White
“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.
Growth must be chosen again and again;
fear must be overcome again and again.”
— Abraham Maslow
It has been said by many that you cannot succeed by yourself. I agree with this and agree even more now than ever that success is a shared activity. At the same time, making the decision to be successful is a lonely task, for it is you and you alone that make that call. And, sometimes that is the hardest call of all. Why? Because you may have to ‘go against the dominant thinking of your friends,’ risking potential and real criticism from many.
Why? In order to grow and change, you have to expand your area of comfort–your comfort zone and the dominant thinking of the group will find this challenging to say the least. Some will encourage you, many will not. Why? They are comfortable with things the way they are. In that comfortable group there is likely little or no growth, but it is comfortable.
Deciding on growth has risks. It also has rewards and my findings have been that the rewards outstrip the risks many times to one. Getting out of bed in the morning has risks, so all of life entails risk. Will Rogers was famous for saying, “You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” So it is.
To grow, you’ve got to face fear. The biggest one to face is the first one to come along: fear of failing, looking bad, not succeeding. Get over it–the fear, I mean. That is just worry and it is a misuse of imagination. Plan on failing instead. Heck, you can fail your way all the way to success. If you aren’t failing, there is a serious problem. Failing is not a problem, it is a learning experience. It is your guidance system in action.
Of course you’ll face fear–and often. So what? The more you laugh at it to its face, the less it likes being around you. Fear has no courage. Fear has no substance. It is only imagination. You control your imagination, not anything or anyone else unless you specifically allow it.
So go on. Live. Try. Do. Be. Enjoy. Build. Speculate. Share. Create.
The joy of this is beyond compare. Create your own dominate thinking.
I Am A Growth-Oriented, Creative Person. I Can’t Help Myself–Nor Should I. It’s What I Live For.
Spread Some Joy Today–What’s the difference between doing what you really love to do, so that time is insignificant, and doing what you feel you have to because you’re supposed to? Life.
Daily Inspiration 3-23-10

Daily Inspiration 3-23-10

“You can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
— Maya Angelou
“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire,
then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.”
— Robert Fulghum
“How can something bother you if you won’t let it?”
— Terri Guillemets
We all deal with inconveniences daily. Some people react to them and get upset, even to the point of frustration and anger. It is as if the event was a trigger and they were the gun being fired. When I was really young, my father was like that whenever we were in the car driving somewhere. He would get visibly upset and curse at a lot of drivers in other cars. Like that helped anything. . .
Other people respond. There is such a great difference, like night and day, between the responses of reacting or responding. To respond means to consider prior to showing a response, such as, ‘is this really a big deal?’ Tangled Christmas lights is one of those less than exciting things, but getting upset could never help them become untangled. If lost luggage is lost, how would anger be of any use whatsoever? And, rainy days can be glorious!
If you want to be upset over something, at least make it something important like your house being on fire, or having nothing to eat, or breaking your neck. At least wait for the really bad things to feel crappy about and get angry over. That way you can be justified in knowing that no one would disallow you of your scorn in such circumstances as these. There are plenty who will even sympathize with you. Pity loves a party.
Nonetheless, it still doesn’t help, does it? It is impossible for the anger to change the circumstance for it is merely a reaction to it. However, it does have a tendency to encourage more situations to be angry about. The Law of Attraction is in force all the time. Anger will attract more anger, patience more patience, love more love, joy more joy. That is worth paying attention to more closely.
You have seen it for yourself. You know a few really angry people and you also know that they find plenty to be angry about and as time goes on, it seems that they find more to be angry about, don’t they? They really are attracting more of it to them and they associate with people who act similarly and sympathize with them.
You may have also seen the opposite. A few people who are always happy and they find more things to be happy about and consequently more things come to them for them to be happy about. Good things keep coming and the other kind of things don’t faze them. They respond rather than react.
We all get to choose. Respond? React? Respond? React?
There is a world of difference and the difference is everything.
I Choose My Responses. I Am In Charge, Not The Events Or Other People Around Me. What Joy!
Spread Some Joy Today–Pay attention to how you respond or react today. Is that what you want? You get to choose.
Daily Inspiration 3-22-10

Daily Inspiration 3-22-10

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.
I have lost almost 300 games.
On 26 occasions I have been entrusted
to take the game winning shot. . .and missed.
I have failed over and over again in my life. . .
that that is why. . .I succeed.”
— Michael Jordan
“If you’re doing your very best,
you won’t have any time to worry about failure.”
— H Jackson Brown, Jr.
I love these two quotes together and in this sequence. Michael Jordan is being humble and instructing wannabes and H Jackson Brown’s comment speaks of Michael Jordan, doesn’t it? I think we would all agree that it seems to us that Michael Jordan always gave his best; albeit sometimes his best wasn’t good enough–as is our own–but it’s okay. It’s all good.
I remember like phantom voices my grandmother and others saying to me to do my best. I haven’t always done that. I believe in doing my best and promote it and I do my best often. And, I also know there have been plenty of times when good enough was on my mind rather than my best.
Therein lies the difference I think. How often do we do our best? 25%? 50%? Doing our best doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it guarantees that we will succeed more often, as we all know Michael Jordan did.
I Want To Do My Best 100% Of The Time. This Will Give Me Nothing To Lose And Everything To Gain!
Spread Some Joy Today–Do your best all day today, then turn and look back and see the difference your day made.
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