Month: June 2010

Daily Inspiration 6-30-10

Daily Inspiration 6-30-10

“He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”
— Lao-Tzu
Receiving and giving are both important aspects of life. The thought that giving is better or more fulfilling than receiving is a common thought expressed in the Bible and thousands of other places. I especially like this quote of Lao-Tzu because it uses the word scatters rather than giving and though they achieve the same result essentially, the method of scattering says giving more clearly to me. Pretty cool, don’t you think?
I’m Not Scattered. I’m Scattering!
Spread Some Joy Today–There are millions of ways of giving. Try just a few of them today. The joy that it will bring will be so great, and you will get the major benefit.
Daily Inspiration 6-29-10

Daily Inspiration 6-29-10

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
— Earl Nightingale
“The only person who succeeds is the person who
is progressively realizing a worthy ideal.
That’s the person who says, ‘I’m going to become this’
and then begins to work toward that goal.”
— Earl Nightingale
I love these quotes by Earl Nightingale. The reason I love them is one word in both quotes: progressive. He says that ‘success is a progressive realization,’ not that it is a destination but more a journey toward a destination. The destination is the worthy ideal. The success is the progressive realization of it. It really is the journey!
How many times in your life have you had a goal and you succeeded in accomplishing it, only to realize that now that you achieved it, it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as it was anticipated to be. But, one thing is for sure, you will remember the journey toward it. And as we look back, we connect more to the journey than ever. The destination was nice, but the journey was the experience!
I’m going to put that quote on my wall so I can see it every day to remind me that the journey IS the success, that it is already a success in the willingness to go on the journey at all and that will help me put any stumbling blocks into perspective.
I Am On A Journey Of Progressive Realization.
In Other Words, A Successful Adventure!
Spread Some Joy Today–We’re all moving toward something. Let this help us remember to savor and celebrate the adventure of the journey! Cowabunga!
Daily Inspiration 6-28-10

Daily Inspiration 6-28-10

“You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential.
In fact, the most influential people in my life are
probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”
— Scott Adams
When the student is ready, the teacher appears. . . or is it, when the teacher is ready, the student appears? I think it is both. There is a time to learn and a time to teach and although we think about those things as opposites like giving and receiving, I think they are really all the same thing. I think that mostly because I know that when I am teaching (as I am doing now, I suppose), I am learning at the same exact time, for it is in the act of teaching that I learn what I know and learn how to express and indeed, receive learning.
I think other people influence us when we are ready to be influenced. I know that is true because two or ten or a thousand people who might be listening or watching the same thing will see and hear it very differently. Many may be influenced, while others are not moved at all.
This shows how much of a participatory world we live in.
So how do you influence others? You do. Much of the time. You can’t help it. They can’t help but receive it when they are ready for it either. I think that the best we can do is to be the best we can be–to be the most you that you can be–and to be the truest to yourself you can be. That is a powerful influence for you and the rest of the ready-to-be-influenced planet.
I Am Ready To Be Influenced. Teach Away!
Spread Some Joy Today–Being a teacher without at the same time being a student is like being a friend without being friendly. Just be yourself today. Rejoice in your own, special and awesome uniqueness! YOU ROCK! The world rocks with you!
Daily Inspiration 6-27-10

Daily Inspiration 6-27-10

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful.”
— Denis Waitley
“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”
— Will Rogers
Do you think these two quotes go together? At first glance, maybe not, but thinking a bit more, it is clear that they do. As we fuss and fume and worry about what happened yesterday, it is pretty much impossible to notice the beauty that surrounds us today. Of course, the opposite is also true. The more we focus on the beauty that surrounds us, the less yesterday means to us, has power over us, or is carried in our thoughts.
So, logic would dictate that one method of letting go of what happened yesterday, or even what is happening now that we may not like very much is to seek to see the beauty that surrounds us. It makes it an easier decision to change our focus to what is beautiful. A much more fruitful one as well.
I See Beauty Around Me Every Day.
Spread Some Joy Today–As you go through your day, make the choice to see what is beautiful right in front of you. The more you do that consciously, the more you will do it without thinking. That will be an awesome day!
Daily Inspiration 6-26-10

Daily Inspiration 6-26-10

“Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are no longer puppets being manipulated
by outside powerful forces;
we become the powerful force ourselves.”
— Leo Buscaglia
We all have this power.
The difference is choosing to accept and use it consciously,
or observe it on autopilot.
I Choose What To Think About Everything. Period.
Spread Some Joy Today–Flex your power muscles today and feel the power you have deep down. The joy that comes from that realization will fuel your entire day!
Daily Inspiration 6-25-10

Daily Inspiration 6-25-10

“Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success.”
— Henry Ford
“We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men. . . .
— Herman Melville
“Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo!
thine own has reached the shore.”
— Hindu Proverb
At first thought, I thought it was a silly pastime, but I have grown to love Facebook. I don’t spend very much time there, but what I love about it is that I can connect to people I’ve worked with in the past, went to school with, other people I’ve met or known and it helps me to think of them, think fond thoughts of them and sometimes even communicate on Facebook with them. My fond thoughts are communication, of course and that is enough sometimes. I know thoughts are transmitted and I know that in some way, they are felt.
I also love the fact that I can share what is going on in my own life, or what I’m doing and others can see that and benefit by it. Sometimes people will communicate back on Facebook about a post and then a mini-dialogue will result. It makes it kind of fun.
Sometimes I will meet someone at an event and they might say they saw something on Facebook that I wrote like these Daily Inspirations since I post them there too. It’s always interesting to find readers you didn’t know you had and how they were pleased and enjoyed the posts. It’s rather inspiring.
In our business of website design and Internet Marketing at www.upwardtrend.org, we help businesses use Facebook and other social networking sites effectively in promoting their business in a soft, fun way. So in that, Facebook has become a partner and an effective tool. And, Facebook is barely six years old. What an amazing trip they have been on!
It is an inter-connected world now and will only get more so. What each of us does can affect many more people now than ever before. I think that is awesome and wonderful and it is also a way for us to stay connected.
I Love The New Ways We Connect With Each Other.
Communication Changes The World!
Spread Some Joy Today–Celebrate all these wonderful ways to communicate with each other; i.e., cellphones, Facebook, Twitter, email, and so much more. What an awesome time to be alive!
Daily Inspiration 6-24-10

Daily Inspiration 6-24-10

“As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows,
so the master directs his straying thoughts.”
— Gautama Buddha
“If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it. . . . Only you must, then, really wish these things, and wish them exclusively, and not wish at the same time a hundred other incompatible things just as strongly.”
— William James
The Power Of Focus.
‘I want better job that pays a lot more money, but. . . I don’t want to work weekends any more.’ ‘I want to do this kind of work, but. . . I don’t want to commute.’ ‘I want to be wealthy, but. . . I don’t want to work all the time.’
I’ve heard many of these kind of statements and even made many myself. It’s the old, ‘Yes, But No’ routine, or more commonly referred to as lack of focus or canceling the request before the request could be considered.
Rules.
We have so many rules and rules will generally, in my experience, limit. Truly, I think that’s what they are really designed to do, don’t you think? The more rules, the less freedom, the more rules, the less opportunity.
We are all about choice. We do get to choose, and choose we must, and many times we make the same choice over and over again when we think we are choosing something different. The main reason is statements like in the first paragraph. We say we want something, while we say we don’t want something at the same time. If we choose what we want and go with where ever that might take us, we can change. If we limit our choices with a list of reasons why we cannot, we automatically choose to remain where we are. While seemingly stating we want something else, we are choosing where we are. Why?
Partly it is belief. We are always trying to figure out how. But how, is not even on the radar. If it were, we would just walk over to it and pick it up. So, we say we want something, search our limited memory banks, determine that the way to have that would give me things I don’t want, so I state that I don’t want those things and thereby cancel the want. If we let go of who, where, when, and how, we can focus on the want and follow the path toward its conclusion–or at the very least, to new opportunities we didn’t know existed. This is how doors are opened that would not open before, or people are put in your path, or circumstances change to meet you.
It’s the Power of Focus.
I Am Focused On What I Want, And Open To All The Interesting Ways It Will Come To Me!
Spread Some Joy Today–Think back to the times you wanted something and remember how you cancelled it at birth by adding rules to the desire. Try ditching the rules. Get your desire in mind and focus on it’s conclusion as if it is already done, then let go and enjoy the ride! It’s like being on the Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time!
Daily Inspiration 6-23-10

Daily Inspiration 6-23-10

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift. . . .
You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
— Richard Bach
“Welcome every problem as an opportunity. Each moment is the greatest challenge, the best thing that ever happened to you. The more difficult the problem, the greater the challenge in working it out.”
— Grace Speare
“Try to regard every problem that comes your way as opportunity rather than opposition, as opulence rather than oppression.”
— Russell J Fornwall
It’s that old ‘glass half empty, glass half full’ thing again. . .
It’s really funny to me how many times I have heard this phrase from someone. And, my answer is YES! IT IS! It absolutely is. Which of course, if they really thought about what they were saying, they would realize that they are acknowledging the very thing which I promote the most: that we get to choose our own thoughts and our thoughts bring us the results we have in our lives. So they are acknowledging the fact that the choice is there. So. . .
My question is, why in the world would someone consciously choose a half empty thought rather than a half full thought. In writing, I get to answer my own questions, so the answer is easy: habit, observation and accumulated learning from half empty teachers, including parents and friends. Where else could it come from? Maybe we are walking down the street one day, minding our own business, when, out of the blue, a lightning bolt of negativity strikes us and we begin to develop a pessimistic attitude toward everything. . . right.
Think of some of the not so positive phrases that your parents used about various things, like money, your skills, your opportunities, your neighbors, your ______, the ______ and the ________. Then think about some of the key phrases piled on at school, from your friends who learned it from their parents and school, and then there is the television–especially the sitcoms and commercials. Funny, maybe, but teaching, no doubt about it. This is where that stuff came from and continues to come from.
There is a way out.
Decide today to have half full thinking and that whenever you have a half empty thought, that you say to yourself, ‘that’s the way I used to think, but now I think this.’ With the decision and the practice, if I can do it, anyone can do it.
The grass really is greener here. . .
I Am A Practicing Optimist. . . YES!
Spread Some Joy Today–Try for one day at work to just listen to how your co-workers talk. Pick up on the pessimists and see if you find any optimists. Hear the tone, the words, phrases, inflections and emotion. See if you see a pattern.
Daily Inspiration 6-22-10

Daily Inspiration 6-22-10

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors
for you where there were only walls.”
— Joseph Campbell
The hard questions that I’ve always had about this until recently was this: ‘How does this happen? How do I get lucky enough to do what I love for a living? What will I do?’ Here’s some things I’ve learned about that.
First and foremost is, that if I ask questions that I cannot answer, frustration is a result and fear is right behind it, and these will kill all enthusiasm. So, when I ask things like how, when, where, and who, these are questions that I will not normally have the answer for and I will strain to figure them out and it will end in disappointment. The only two questions I can answer for sure and for certain are these: What and why. If I know what I want and why I want it, that is really all I need to know. I then focus on those and build them and expand them and think of them often and speak of them often and give no energy or thought to how or when.
I know we were taught that we should plan and we should know how to do a thing and we should develop the plan and all that stuff. There won’t be any bliss in that. Yet, if the focus remains on the bliss–the what and the why–all the rest will come and it will come in interesting ways. As Joseph Campbell said, ‘the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.’ It’s true. The more I let go of how, when and where, while I focus and expand what and why, the more doors open. When I get in there being nervous and impatient and start messing with the how’s and their friends, the doors remain closed. It is interesting to say the least.
Following my bliss is really an act of faith. It is releasing need and accepting help from outside (or really, it’s inside. . .); letting go of the desire to control and expecting the things I want to be. Part of doing that is focusing on feeling good and experiencing joy. Almost nothing upsets me anymore. I find something good in every situation and I am coming to expect more good things to happen daily.
I’m making this sound easy. It hasn’t been, but yet it has. I am yet a practicing bliss follower. The hard part for me was focusing on what I want instead of what is currently happening, such as focusing on how I want to feel and look rather than what I see in the mirror today. It is only hard in that I have to keep bringing my mind back to what I want when my mind wants to go and think about what currently is. I have to forget about the current and past. There really isn’t anything I can do about them anyway. What I can change is my thoughts. At the same time, I need to be thankful for where I am, who I am and what I have become. I cannot be unhappy with myself and bring joy. It reminds me of Eric Berne’s “I’m okay, you’re okay.” I have to be okay, let everyone else be okay and then focus on what I want next. That’s where it all starts. Here is the beginning of my bliss and it all expands from there.
There has been nothing more joyous in my life than realizing these ideas. Realizing them has changed everything about me for the better in that I know that I have the power to change whatever I want to by learning how to feel good about myself and my situation and focusing on what I want, not how I’m going to get it. And, it has only just begun. Indeed, I feel like a kindergartner in this–totally excited and ready to learn and grow. Awesome.
What I Want Is What I Get When I’m Ignoring How, When, Where and Who.
Spread Some Joy Today–Following your bliss is more a matter of letting go of things than it is accepting or reaching for things. There is the speedy, easy way. Let go, and let it be. Reminds me of a Beatles song. . .

Daily Inspiration 6-21-10

 Quotes that I disagree with. . .
“There is no gains without pains.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“There is no success without hardship.”
— Sophocles
“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne;
no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”
— William Penn
I’m sorry, but I can’t in my right mind go along with these masochistic quotes. It is saying essentially that bad things have to happen BEFORE good things can be.
Total rubbish!
And, having heard this kind of sentiment over and over again is perpetuating more pain and more misfortune for it becomes accepted that this is a “normal” way that accomplishments are ended. It’s all that “walking through the valley of death,” and all that. It’s all rubbish to me. . . now. . . for I used to believe it too. . . until I found it UNNECESSARY!
The first thing–and this is where everything starts–is our thoughts. If I think there is no gain without pain, then there will be no gain in my life without some kind of pain. Indeed. Then, pain is just my interpretation of an event, and that came from memory and belief from previous thoughts. Change them and change EVERYTHING.
I realize these well meaning and very famous people are trying to encourage people who fall down to get back up again and I appreciate that sentiment, but I have to disagree with their method.
Gain DOES NOT require pain.
Success DOES NOT require hardship.
Unless. . . that’s what you want to experience!
Start here with some affirmations:
My success is assured! I gain in my success everyday and enjoy the process.
Every day I gain in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
I start with success and continue to grow in my success.
Success is my natural state.
It is so easy for me.
I Enjoy My Journey Toward That Which I Want. That Is My Ultimate Success.
Spread Some Joy Today–Just because someone famous said it, doesn’t mean you can’t disagree with it. Who needs pain? I’m thinking that it is something to avoid, not accept as necessary.
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