Month: June 2011

Daily Inspiration 6-30-11

Daily Inspiration 6-30-11

“You are free to do whatever you like.
You need only face the consequences.”
— Sheldon Kopp
We do so dang many important things. But, who says they are important? For example, when the phone rings and we run to answer it. What if we didn’t? Heck, now we have voice mail, caller ID and all kinds of helps.
Someone tells you to do something. What if you said, no?
What is so important anyway? How do we measure the importance of an act? A scale of 1-10? Life or death?
I love how Mark Twain said, I am an old man with many troubles, most of which never happened.” I think most of the consequences of our choices to not do something would be nonexistent as well.
Heck, we could even have some fun saying no for a while. . .
It Still Comes Down To My Own Choosing.
Spread Some Joy Today–First, help yourself to feel joyful by changing your thoughts to appreciation. How many things, people, events, circumstances can you appreciate today? Then, you can spread some of that to others.
Daily Inspiration 6-29-11

Daily Inspiration 6-29-11

“Our repeated failures to fully act as we would wish must not
discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential
thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage
of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.”
— Thomas Troward
“When the imagination and willpower are in conflict;
are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins,
without any exception.”
— Emile Coue
When I was a little boy, I used to hear that phrase, “try, try again.” It’s great advice, of course, yet often we may find ourselves missing the mark or not getting up enough steam. Whether it is creating a new habit or unloading an old one, it often takes a certain amount of repetition.
Now, we normally think of that in terms of effort or physical effort, but as the second quote by Emile Coue indicates, it is something much more imaginative that prevails. That might give us pause to think and perhaps change our approach to new projects of desire, and maybe spend more time in imagining, than in doing. . .
Mental Prepaving Can Save Time and Energy
Spread Some Joy Today–Think about good things happening. Think about things going right instead of that other avenue. Who knows? You could get lucky. . .
Daily Inspiration 6-28-11

Daily Inspiration 6-28-11

“Your brain doesn’t know what it cannot do until you tell it.”
— Ed Strachar
It is flat amazing what we can do when we just decide we can and we will and we will be good at it. It is equally amazing what we cannot do when we decide that we can’t and we won’t and we would be terrible at it. What is amazing is that they are both true–two opposing ideas that are both true.
Whenever I have made a decision that I was going to try something, that I wanted to do something, I’ve done it. I cannot think of a situation where I made a decision and it didn’t come true. At the same time, there are times where I have decided that I cannot do something and it always turned out that way.
It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, isn’t it?
As my age now begins with the number 6, I find some people I know that are not even there yet complaining that they aren’t smart enough, don’t get it and miscellaneous excuses for not learning something. I’m here to say that it is the learning of things that keeps me young in mind. There’s so much I haven’t even tried yet and I’m looking forward to making that decision coming up soon.
I think people should listen to themselves more. I mean listening as if you were someone else hearing what we say about ourselves or or circumstances or environment. If they did, they could learn to change that talk to something more affirming. I believe there isn’t anything that we cannot do. All we need is the desire and a decision to get started now.
I Believe In ME!
Spread some joy today–Feel the power! It’s all in your own mind. Exercise class starts in one hour. . .
Daily Inspiration 6-27-11

Daily Inspiration 6-27-11

“It’s not about getting somewhere,
it’s about being where we are.”
— Terry Minion
How many of you have gotten in your vehicle, started out on an errand, and a mile or so later found that you made a habitual turn to go to a habitual place that wasn’t on your agenda today? I’ve heard it said that this increases with age; however, I don’t think it has a lot to do with age, and much more to do with preoccupation.
Sometimes (I might even say oftener than I desire) I am just thinking about things. Problems I’m trying to solve maybe, or those endless scenarios that run amuck in my cranial cavity. In any case, I’m thinking and driving habitually. It’s kind of scary if you think of that habitual part. I remember commuting 52 miles each way to work for four years and finding myself not remembering the last 10 miles. Wow.
Then there are those situations where I am agreeing to go somewhere or do something that I really don’t want to do, but I’m trying to please someone else and do it anyway. You know the drill probably, as I’m thinking of being somewhere else and not paying much, or as little attention as I dare and get by. Though I try to think of where I am, I find myself wishing I was somewhere else, or at least wanting it to get over with quickly.
At some point, I started realizing what a waste of time and energy this was, and it was not helping me to have any joy; in fact, it was the opposite. So, I began a process of consciously trying to be “in the moment.” The key I found was to let go of expectations, and just go with the flow of whatever was going on. The other key was to stop allowing my mind to wander without supervision. Good ideas both, but I have to say that this wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever tried.
Still, I persisted and have been making steady progress over time. In other words, I keep trying and wanting to get better at it. So now, many times, I just relax into the thought of doing that thing that I really don’t want to do and to see if I can have some fun with it. And I do. Then, I just relax in the moment by enjoying my journey where ever I am going moment to moment by enjoying the sky, the air, the flowers, the people on the sidewalk. In other words, being where I am at the time I am there.
It does work and I am getting better. The main benefit for me is joy. I get to experience the joy of being there in the moment and experiencing something new because I surely wouldn’t have experienced it had I not been there. I’ve also learned better how to say no. No, thanks. I don’t care to go. Not that hard, but very powerful. I had to learn to relax in that as well, but that’s another story. . .
Being There, The Sequel. . .
Spread some joy today–I think you will agree if you try it that you will have more joy and spread more joy by being where ever you are in the moment.
Daily Inspiration 6-26-11

Daily Inspiration 6-26-11

“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.”
— Faith Baldwin
I’ve lived in the same city now for 27 years. Strangely enough, I’ve lived in approximately 46 places in my time, so to be in one place for 27 years is a big deal. It’s interesting also to see how many changes and the magnitude of some of the changes when you’re in a place to see them over time.
Today I was out and dropped by the brand new huge Wal-Mart Super Store. It is built on property that I am quite familiar with. When I first moved to Fairfield, I used to shop at the Albertson’s grocery store and several other shops in that large shopping center. Then many of them left as the years past and finally Albertson’s left as well. It was pretty much vacant for many years and Wal-Mart took it over and completely started from scratch, except for one thing on the property. The Albertson’s store–just that one large building on one end of the shopping center–was sold to a large church. So, on the property is now the Wal-Mart and the church.
I was thinking as I drove out of the Wal-Mart about shopping at Albertson’s for so many years and how I never would have guessed it would be a church someday. In front of the Albertson’s was a bank that I used to bank at which was razed. The outdoor movie theatre turned into a Raley’s shopping center, across the freeway used to be nothing but dirt and now it is hundreds of homes and more shopping centers. The Solano Mall used to be a big open field that had one store–J C Penney’s and now it is a huge mall with surrounding commercial property.
And the list goes on. . . I could fill many pages of the changes that I have seen since I’ve lived here. I don’t know where we get the idea that things would or should stay the same, or how we don’t think about change until it is upon us. We think of McDonald’s being over 55 years old and think it has been the same all this time, but it really hasn’t.
The reality is that things and us are changing all the time. There is nothing but change. Everything is in motion.
What’s also interesting is that as much as I liked many of the things that are no longer here, I find that virtually all of it has been an improvement–at least in my eyes. I am learning to not just anticipate change, but to embrace it.
Change Is Good.
Spread Some Joy Today–Expect people to change as much as anything else. Love them anyway.
Daily Inspiration 6-25-11

Daily Inspiration 6-25-11

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”
— Hugh Downs
Sometimes people can disappoint us. We may find out that they have cracks in their plaster, tarnish on their armor. Such it is to be human.
This issue is often one of perception. We have a tendency to put people on pedestals and lift them up as if they are someone so much more special than ourselves. We do this with movie stars, sports stars all the time. Then, as soon as that star player gets a DUI or some other public infringement, we have a tendency to turn on them and then talk about them as if they were the plague. This is called conditional love.
The reality is that it isn’t their problem, it is our own. We are the ones putting them on a pedestal and when they fall off it is our own fault, not theirs. It is the ridiculous expectations that we give them, that they may fail to live up to that is unreasonable.
The solution and a better way of life in my own learned experience is to just love people. Love them as they are, warts and all. Don’t love them as they could be, but love them as they are this moment. In other words, practice UNconditional love. Love’s value is in the lack of condition, not in the condition. People cannot disappoint us unless we give them a set of circumstances they must meet in order to not disappoint us.
I’ll admit, this unconditional love stuff is not so easy at first because we’ve learned the conditional love so well. Nonetheless, the reward you will experience by practicing unconditional love will be such that you will amazed and in awe of its magnificence. You will begin to look at everyone around you differently. You will hear or read about things famous people have done and you will no longer speak ill of them–indeed, or of anyone about anything. As you practice, you will get better as with any practice, and the rewards are beyond just being worth it.
It is not the circumstances that create the problem, it is the way we think about it. Choose to think about it differently and the circumstances must change.
Happiness Is Just A Thought Away. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Just love people today. Just love them for who they are. Don’t wish they were better. They are perfect the way they are–right now!
Daily Inspiration 6-24-11

Daily Inspiration 6-24-11

“Our intention creates our reality.”
— Wayne Dyer
When we think about the word intention, we might think about it in a commonly used way as these: “I have no intention of _________,” “I had no intention of ________,” “I don’t think they have any intention of _________,” “My first intention was ________,” “He, they had good intentions,” “They had no intention of ________,” and so on. These are all looking at intention from a less than positive light.
Let’s try another way: I intend to _________, or I intend ___________. Doesn’t that sound so different, and far more powerful? In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention, he makes numerous references to using intention in such a powerful way to create what we want.
I heard about it before Wayne Dyer’s book from Jerry & Esther Hicks on a CD titled Segment Intending. The idea was at the beginning of something today, to intend the way you want it to be, and then it will be that way. Well, it sounded easy enough, and so I began making use of it. It is the practical application of knowledge that makes it valuable. It has now been approximately 3 years since I’ve been practicing this and I have to tell you that it is working quite nicely. I am beginning to not even think that much about it, but just set my intentions and go.
Now, I don’t use this in every area of my life yet, but one area, in particular, I have used for all this time and that is traveling. At the beginning of my travel for the day (these are immediate intentions just for one day at a time), “I intend pleasant, effective and efficient travel to and from all destinations this day. I intend to have very enjoyable and timely travel where ever I may need to go today.” Then, I relax. If I feel myself tense up for any reason at any time, I acknowledge my intentions for the day and let it go and consciously relax.
At first, it was hard to relax in it. I wanted to watch the rearview mirror for cops, and otherwise be on the lookout, but as I practiced it, I did that less and less and now don’t even think much about it. It seems like I almost always arrive on time or maybe early even when I am leaving later than I wanted to. I just relax in it as if my intention has the power to modify time or something.
Someone was riding on a number of trips this week and made mention of how surprised they were about the traffic being easy going, and that it was very unusual. I said that it happens all the time to me. And, it was at that moment that I realized how well this has been working because what I said is true: it happens to me all the time now. I also find that I arrive much more relaxed and calm. I don’t feel the need to try to exceed the speed limit by large amounts but just flow with it. Making intentions works.
Try it!
I Intend Good Things Happening To Me All The Time.
Spread Some Joy Today–Speaking of joy! What a great thing to intend every day. I intend joy to be in my life today. I intend joy. Watch what happens!
Daily Inspiration 6-23-11

Daily Inspiration 6-23-11

“When the impossible has been eliminated, whatever
remains, no matter how improbable. . . is possible.”
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Problems. We all have them, and most of the time, I am sure that as I am, you may be looking for solutions to them. It’s only natural. . . or so it seems. . .
It amazes me how people who have the power to solve a problem have so many rules about how the problem can be solved that the solution is effectively blocked. Often with the brightest logic as an argument, the rules are merely repeated. It is certainly not the most pleasant of conversations, and frustration is a common result.
When I run up against a list of illogical rules blocking the solution of a solvable problem, I have come to the realization that the problem is just an idea. It is a way for me to not take it too seriously. Reason should prevail, but it may not, so what point is served by being upset by a problem that is impossible to resolve other than by someone, or some entity’s listing of rules.
This is one of those situations where it feels like a tug-of-war and I have now learned to just drop the rope and let them have their struggle.
I Seek Peace and To Feel Good.
Spread Some Joy Today–Let go of the struggle, whatever it is, and just go with the flow. Think of a river and you’re in a boat rowing upstream against the current. Now, relax and put the oars in the boat. Take a deep breath and go with the flow.
Daily Inspiration 6-22-11

Daily Inspiration 6-22-11

Success Week
“Success is not the destination;
it’s a way to travel.”
— Denis Waitley
Rounding out the last of success week, I’ve shared my top ten or so success quotes and ideas. What is unique about the selection is that each and every quote is something that anyone can choose. They don’t require a bunch of work, lucky breaks, steely-eyed focus, or an extra dose of hope. They are easy, and they all say the same thing in different ways. The fact they are easy and anyone can achieve it is perfect.
Today’s quote helps to clarify that success isn’t something on the outside, but something that comes from within. It isn’t a destination; a place to go, arrive at, or achieve, rather, it is a daily, hourly, moment by moment journey and of making choices in the now about what you want as you live it at the same time.
It is best, in my opinion, to keep the rules to an absolute minimum, for rules are what create that experience called failure. It wouldn’t be called that if there weren’t any rules. What do we have to do to be a success? As far as I’m concerned it is just living and seeking to experience more joy; to feel a bit better; to love; to appreciate and enjoy everything around us–in other words to experience this life. To say that someone must achieve something in order to be called a success and if they don’t achieve it, they are a failure, or they have failed is purely opinion and we need not plug into that in the least unless we want to. That would just be their point of view, but we can view it very differently.
I recommend that we need to take it easy on ourselves and not get so hung up on trophies, especially when we get so serious about them. Life is bliss if we decide it is bliss and choose to experience that bliss, and it is not if we don’t. The choice is only our own. Success is our own choice and not to be from anyone else. I like that idea a lot.
Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance To The Music!
Spread Some Joy Today–It’s as easy as deciding to feel good! It’s contagious and delicious.
Daily Inspiration 6-21-11

Daily Inspiration 6-21-11

Success Week
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment:
that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success
unexpected
in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Continuing my top ten or so quotes and ideas that have moved me, and at the top or near the top of that list is this Thoreau quote. It is a classic and I just love the way it flows and I love the sureness and optimism of it. To advance confidently in the direction of his dreams. . . We choose our lives and many times we get into a pattern in which we have accepted a routine that we don’t really like or a load we didn’t intend to be a long term load and such. Thoreau was always focused on what he wanted and moved everything to serve that, and we can as well if we want to do it. We may choose not to and that is okay, and the best thing there is to call that a success and realize that we are indeed doing what we have chosen to do, because we always choose when we think clearly about that.
What I get from this Thoreau quote is this: To allow myself and even encourage myself to dream; to see what I want; to see the value and thrill of that; to feel worthy and to make decisions to follow those dreams realizing they can become reality in my life by that choice, and then living up to the ideals and ideas that I have to the best of my ability, all the while enjoying the journey that unfolds.
What’s interesting looking at that is that I feel that I am doing just that and now live my life in accordance with that idea and strategy with increasing joy. Today, I had to drive about an hour or so to an appointment and felt joyous almost the entire trip. It was so much fun and satisfying. Just think where I would be had I started this when I was younger! Of course, it’s never too late. It feels great!

Bernard Edmonds had a similar way of looking at it: “To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.”

Let Us Advance Confidently! Worthiness Is Ours!
Spread Some Joy Today–To spread joy we only need one thing: to be joyous ourselves. You don’t need to tell anyone about it, your face and demeanor will speak volumes for you.
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