Month: September 2011

Daily Inspiration 9-30-11

Daily Inspiration 9-30-11

“Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil,
and the love of possessions is a disease in them.”
— Sitting Bull
“In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons
around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.”
— Max Lerner
I used to laugh at my mother for saving everything and never throwing anything away. She grew up in the depression in the 1930s and translated that lack into thinking possessions was part of her value. I used to laugh because of the things she saved from when I was a child. It wasn’t memorabilia, although she had plenty of that, but an end table, or a very, very outdated picture that used to hang over our couch in the 1950s.
I inherited more of that than I care to have and lately, I’ve been seriously working on unloading. The sheer volume of things that I own is huge. I’ve got sales records from when I was a new salesman in 1973. Can’t imagine the value of keeping those anymore. Then, I have drawers full of stuff that hasn’t even seen daylight in so many years.
I remember watching one of those shows on TV where the Australian guy was convincing people to let go of things. He might say, ‘if you haven’t touched it in over a year, it probably needs to go.’ Heck, I’ve got lots of things that I haven’t touched in ten years! So, why do I have them? You know, I’ve forgotten. It seemed important at the time as if someone might want to see that, or I might want to show it, or use it to justify something, boost an ego–who knows?
I’ve got cables in drawers all over the place. RCA cables for connecting stereos, printer cables that are from the turn of the century, power cables, transformers, and even some cables that I haven’t got a clue about, but felt they should be saved for some reason. It’s kind of crazy.
There are some things that have sentimental value in earnest. The rest of it needs to go away. So, yesterday, I began the process of unloading my life of excess baggage. I mean, how important could it possibly be if I haven’t even touched it or looked at it in over ten years? Or even one year? It seems that quote from yesterday’s Daily Inspiration about the last suit you wear doesn’t need pockets, struck a chord.
I’m practicing the art of letting go and in the process, I am feeling so much lighter and yet I’ve only just begun. Onward to a more reasonable number of things. . .
Let’s See. . . If A Huge Fire Were Coming Over The Hill And I Had Exactly 15 Minutes And One Pickup Truck, What Would I Save?
Spread Some Joy Today–Be yourself. You are perfect the way you are! Let it be.
Daily Inspiration 9-29-11

Daily Inspiration 9-29-11

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“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
— Albert Einstein
I love this quote by Albert Einstein because it speaks of faith without speaking of faith. In all that I have read of his writings and quotes, he very much believed in God or a creator, the Universal Intelligence, if you will. His only real departure was in the dogma where religions try to own territory.
Think about the quote and change the word coincidence to chance. It is saying the same thing. In others words there is no such thing as coincidence. It is only our way of explaining what we cannot seem to explain. Yet, he intimates all is God’s handiwork, yet it is our own ego’s that try to explain otherwise.
Here’s another quote that goes nicely on this subject and right up next to Albert’s quote: Carter Lindberg says, “Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.” I love that line. In other words, if we just let go and not try to be God or predict God or control God; if we play our part, trust is a natural result and faith is enabled.
Faith And Coincidence Have A Lot In Common!
Spread Some Joy Today–Send a couple thank you cards to people today. Even if no one did anything special, just thank them for being them! It’ll make two days!
Daily Inspiration 9-28-11

Daily Inspiration 9-28-11

“Helplessness or hopelessness are like being a pinball in a pinball machine, being bounced from one circumstance to another, being flipped about as if everyone else has control of their lives while they seem to have none.”

— Terry Minion

 “Self-worth comes from one thing:
thinking you are worthy.”

— Wayne Dyer 
 

Sometimes I cannot seem to find a quote that helps me express a thought, so I make up my own. It’s sort of fun!
This idea of being like a pinball in a pinball machine is something that helped me to understand what I was feeling like when I was acting powerless or hopeless from time to time by allowing me to see myself as the pinball in a grand view of how I was acting out those feelings. Depression is an easy place to get to via the freeway of powerlessness. I’ve been to all these destinations, some many times over the years, and I’ve found a way to never be the pinball again, or feel those terrible feelings.
When I thought of myself as the pinball and all of the trials and tribulations I might be going through as the bumpers and flippers of life, I really got the clear picture of how ridiculous it was to put myself in that position. I realized that I had choices that I could make and was often making choices that didn’t serve me.
You know, in all of my study, I have found that it is the simplest things that are the most real and offer the most hope to change. One of them is this awesome quote by one of my early mentors, Wayne Dyer. He says, ‘Self-worth comes from one thing: thinking that you are worthy.’ That is so well said and so absolutely true. Feeling unworthy is rather easily turned around by DECIDING to feel worthy. It is simply, and effortlessly as decision of choice.
Another simple, effortless way is from another mentor, Anthony Robbins. He says that to make an immediate change, change your state. As he expanded, he says that to feel a certain way has certain physical characteristics, and when you change the physical characteristics, you change the feeling. (It’s fascinating how the mind and body work together this way). So, you get up and move dramatically. Go run, go walk, climb Mt Everest, swim the channel, or at least one lap in the pool–anything, just move with enthusiasm!
Another simple, effortless way is another from Wayne Dyer: “It is impossible for you to be angry [or helpless, hopeless, depressed] and laugh at the same time. [They] are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” This is what I love about getting around my business partner in person–he makes me laugh every time and we laugh together much. That is special and I recommend finding people like that and being around them as often as you need to. In addition to this, funny movies are great too, along with Comedy Central, funny YouTube or other channel videos, and more. Last night I watched a favorite, Down Periscope, and laughed all over again.
One more simple, effortless way is again from Wayne: “The last suit that you wear, you don’t need any pockets.” Great insight into what is important in life. IT’S LIFE! Everything else is trivial in comparison. When you’re in the casket, does it matter to you how much money you had or how famous you were or how many problems you had? It just doesn’t matter. What matters is feeling alive and living your life and having a ball doing it and having control, and the way to have control is by these simple, effortless things that makes you the pinball machine instead of the ball.

“You Cannot Always Control What Goes On Outside. But You Can Always Control What Goes On Inside.”
— Wayne Dyer


Spread Some Joy Today–If you are always happy and upbeat, you don’t need today’s inspiration. So, pass it along to someone who might benefit! There is joy in finding a way out of the maze.
Daily Inspiration 9-27-11

Daily Inspiration 9-27-11

“If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.”

— Wayne Dyer 
I love this quote because I have seen it play out exactly this way in my life so many times. Here’s an example or two:
I have a fetish about women. I love to look at them. Now, it’s not what you think. It isn’t really a sexual thing, but an appreciative thing.
When I was young, I looked for the beauty and avoided the non-beauties. I had the Playboy magazine image of the perfect woman, I suppose, growing up in the sixties and all.
Then, just a few years ago, I decided one day to find something beautiful in every woman I would see. At first, some were a challenge, but I had so much fun with it, that it got easy very quickly. As I would see something beautiful about them–their hair, their eyes, the glow of their skin, the way they walked or talked or whatever–I would praise it internally and sort of tell them mentally how I appreciated that aspect in them.
Soon, I began complimenting many aloud, whether someone I knew or a total stranger. It’s amazing to see their face light up when that happens, but the interesting thing that happened to me is that I have found all women to be beautiful. There are no more non-beauties.
I do this all the time now, and have a wonderful time of it.
Then, there’s the house I live in. It’s a plain old 3/2 single story 1100 sq ft tract house built in 1965 that I bought from one of my salesmen in 1983 when I was 34 years old. At that age, I had moved 43 times in my life and was so tired of moving, that I just didn’t want to deal with it. I liked this house having been there before, so when I found they were selling it, I jumped on it.
The neighborhood was not ideal. In fact two blocks away or so, there were gunshots very regularly when I first moved in and up to the first couple of years. The police finally got that under control, but they neighborhood was not the upper crust, with some homes in poor condition, etc.
I used to sit outside in a courtyard in the front on a swing that was left by the previous owner, and there I began to see a different neighborhood. And now, it has changed so much in my mind. I love it and feel pretty comfortable. It is quiet generally and you might think otherwise since there have always been a lot of kids around. Having lived here this long, I almost have squatter’s rights now, and the ethnicity of the neighborhood has changed dramatically, yet I love it the same. Though I would love a bigger (especially more closets!), fancier, house, I have not brought myself to make a move and am just plain happy where I am.
This scenario of deciding to like something and then seeing that what I was previously seeing was no longer there has played out in business, my personal life and in such a variety of ways. It really is true that you see what you choose to see, and that we are about as happy as we decide we are. 

“. . . Turn Your Heartache Right Into Joy. . .Love The One You’re With” — Stephen Stills

Spread Some Joy Today–Turn your heartache or pain in the you know what into joy today by finding that thing and looking at what bothers you differently until it no longer bothers you. It is a sure path to peace and joy.
Daily Inspiration 9-26-11

Daily Inspiration 9-26-11

“Old Beliefs
Do Not Lead You
To New Cheese.”
— Haw, c/o Spencer Johnson, M.D.
“He knew when you change what you believe, you change what you do.” — Haw
It’s amazing how we hang on to certain things as so comfortable, even when they haven’t been serving us for such a long time, we yet believe that it will get better. Of course, it doesn’t and we are confused and somehow paralyzed.
If only we would change our beliefs, we could change and things would be different. But it’s hard to change. Yet, no matter what, old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
Old beliefs are okay. Staying where we are is okay. I don’t have the slightest problem with people who are happy where they are. It is those who are not happy with where they are and claiming to want something more or different and yet cling to the old beliefs and therefore are immovable are more of a challenge.
That used to make me crazy. I didn’t understand it. I tried to help, make suggestions, offer advice, suggest reading material and none of it was used. It didn’t make sense.
Now, it is okay. One thing that I’ve learned through much trial and error in my life is that swimming upstream requires so much effort and provides so little results compared to floating downstream. I used to swim upstream with people a lot. Now, I let go very quickly–even mid-sentence sometimes–and float away in peace and harmony.
I’ve learned to be very selfish in that I care far more about what I think and feel than what others do. It’s not that I don’t care, but at the same time, I don’t. Do you know what I mean? I now allow others to have what they want without any insistence that they satisfy me.
“He Had To Admit That The Biggest Inhibitor To Change Lies Within Yourself, And That Nothing Gets Better Until You Change.” — Haw
Spread Some Joy Today–Being willing to consider new thoughts can lead to a far more joyous life. Sometimes they might seem strange and even scary, but that is only because they are different. Be adventurous.
Daily Inspriation 9-25-11

Daily Inspriation 9-25-11

“Gratitude bestows reverence,
allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience the world.”
— John Milton
I’m sure that I could write a whole book about gratitude, praise and appreciation and my experiences and moves toward abundance in this arena, and I may just do that. One thing is for sure, and that is that I continually find more to praise and more to be in awe of and stand in appreciation of. My cup is running over and there seems to be no end to how much deeper and more rich that appreciation can become.
At this stage in my life, I find so many things to be in appreciation of and express gratitude for every single day without exception, yet there are days like today where it is so off the chart, that it amazes me all over again.
One of the great things about reading many books is that down the road somewhere, you see something, feel something that came through in one of those books and it flashes into your mind, yet it didn’t strike you at the time of reading. In the case of gratitude and appreciation, there are many, but one stood out today as a powerful influence on me many years ago and I was reminded of it again today several times. That book is Power In Praise by Merlin R. Carothers.
It came to me because this book is responsible for putting me on to a far greater path to praise than I was on prior to reading it, and from this vantage point, I’ve come on to other authors that have taken me further.
I was out for a long walk with Charlie today and it was windy and about 70 degrees at about 10am and the sun was out and warm, but the air was cool. It was sheer perfection. I can hardly think of a better scenario for a walk. While I was walking, I was taking in ever single thing I saw in my field of vision and praising God for all of it with such a joy in my heart and on my face. I felt one with the world. It was incredible.
As this was going on, I thought about praise, gratitude and appreciation and how fulfilled I felt as I was experiencing this. If I had 500 million in the bank, it could not have felt better, and I realized that it is something that any of us can do and feel rich and fulfilled in doing so. There wasn’t a care in the world, anywhere in the world today, and it extended throughout my entire day to even now late at night.
There is power in praise to change us all. It isn’t in church, although it can be, it is right where we are, where ever we are, each moment, and in each moment we have the choice to choose to appreciate; to choose to praise; to choose in-joy-ment. What an awesome great power this is and what is far more awesome than this is that it is something every one of us have available to us, rich or poor, fortunate or burdened, young or old. It crosses all boundaries and is universal, and more than this, it is without a doubt the most powerful thing I think and do.
I Am In Awe That My Joy Is Constantly Expanding.
Spread Some Joy Today–Do a random act of kindness for a co-worker or friend today. Buy them a latte or something and show them a little love.
Daily Inspiration 9-24-11

Daily Inspiration 9-24-11

“Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— Carl Jung
I’m sure we all have people we know that irritate us, and generally, I would imagine that avoiding them is our normal productive response. Maybe we also talk about them to a spouse or a friend to share the unpleasant experience.
After I saw this quote a few years ago, I began thinking about this and trying to see beyond the initial impression to see if there is more behind that demeanor. As I do this, I also ask myself, ‘in what ways do I act in this way?’ and ‘do I demonstrate any of the things that irritate me about this person without being aware of it?’
If we see someone who is arrogant, there may be times where we are arrogant as well. See this person and observing them being arrogant can be helpful to see how that might feel to others if it were coming from me, and it can also instruct in a different way by seeing what I don’t want, so that I can more clearly focus on what I do want.
Sometimes people act a certain way as a defense mechanism or a learned response and are not really aware they do it.
Some people that irritate us are easy to avoid, and others may be in and out of our lives regularly because they are associated with our business or are vendor reps, or even relatives and so we really cannot avoid them entirely, though we may choose our opportunities with more care.
It can be beneficial to bring it to their attention how you are responding or reacting to their behavior. I think that is a great way to say that because it is ultimately us feeling our own feelings and our own reaction rather than something someone is doing to us.
I remember one time when I was a very young sales manager at a Chevy dealership. The factory rep would come in about once every two to four weeks. This one rep was a young guy and he was rude, arrogant and generally unpleasant. I hated the day that he came to the store. Well, one day, as he was standing in the doorway to my office, I just told him that I didn’t like him and why. I told him he was rude, took no consideration of my valuable time, and was unpleasant to be around. I didn’t care how he would react to that because I was tired of it.
Well, it took his breath away. He was shocked that anyone would talk to him so straight forwardly and he immediately (I mean that second) changed. He apologized, and from then on was a pleasant person and easy to enjoy his company. We even became friends and I was invited to his home even. Isn’t that interesting how that worked out by my bold communication?
I’ve also had a couple of people speak to me in a similar way and it was equally helpful to me and the relationship. I started paying more attention to my own communication with others.
What Irritates Us About Others Can Be Very Instructive.
Spread Some Joy Today–Joy doesn’t always come from a pleasant experience, and yet it is always a pleasant experience. Interesting, don’t you think?
Daily Inspiration 9-23-11

Daily Inspiration 9-23-11

“I don’t make mistakes.
I make decisions.”
— Terry Minion
This thought came through me today that I don’t make mistakes–I make decisions. I want to emphasize our creative power and that we are creators who are constantly creating and we are doing that through our thinking and through the choices that we make, and those thoughts and choices all have some sort of result. And, that’s it.
Calling it a mistake or a success or anything else is strictly a judgement. Line 100 people up and let them call it what they will, but it is just 100 opinions.
The thing that is usually missing is the acceptance of the creation. It’s not about blame because that is another judgement, but is more along the lines of accepting responsibility for our own thoughts and actions–that we are actually creating our results, circumstances and events most of the time.
There is something very empowering about that acceptance because it demonstrates that we have the power of change within us at all times, which gives us a feeling of being in control instead of out of control. It’s a feeling of being powerful instead of feeling powerless. It develops into a feeling of confidence rather than that of fear.
There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake, Only A Result.
Spread Some Joy Today–Choose love, hope, and joy. That’s as good as it gets.
Daily Inspiration 9-22-11

Daily Inspiration 9-22-11

“It is only rules that make a thing right or wrong,
and any judgement is in the authority of the rule maker.”
— Terry Minion
This thought came to me today on a drive, and I’ve been thinking about how it applies in several areas of our lives.
Things are not inherently right or wrong. Whether it is a stop sign, a contract, a mission statement, or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it is the rules that are made that makes a thing right or wrong and the rule maker who makes judgement. These come in terms of laws, edicts, commandments and statements of facts.
So, it’s the middle of the night and you come to a four-way stop sign, and you can see for miles in all directions and there is zero traffic. Do you stop, or slow down and cruise through? Is it wrong to drive through and right not to? Or is it right to stop and wrong not to? What makes it right or wrong? It’s only the rules, and the sign is just a physical representation of the rules.
Does that make rules wrong? No, but I think it is important to just conceptualize and accept that it is the rules that make a thing right or wrong, but not the thing itself, and that whomever is making the rules is the judge, or their assignee.
In one of my training classes, I talk about laws and the many ways to view them. I say that the speed limit on the freeway out there is 65 mile per hour, but the majority of the traffic is probably going faster than this limit. The rule maker states that if this speed limit is exceeded, there is a judgement of wrongness and a tentative fine as punishment. However, I say, there are not enough cops to stop all the people exceeding the speed limit, so another way of looking at this is that there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. One is written or spoken, the other is not, yet they both apply. The letter of the law is that the speed limit is being broken, the spirit of the law teaches us to flow with traffic. If traffic is flowing at 75 miles per hour, it is potentially wise to flow with them rather than strain against the flow.
Suppose you lost your job, or your income was substantially reduced and you could no longer pay your credit accounts in even the minimum amounts they demand. This scenario turns into a longer term situation and the creditors are very demanding. You want to pay the bill, and you want to demonstrate your earnestness in that desire but all you can offer is a pittance in comparison. If the creditor really was interested in allowing you to pay off the debt, they could do so by accepting those new terms, closing your account, stopping the interest and letting you make those payments and hopefully in the near future as things change, you can increase them until it is paid in full. It won’t happen because of the rules, set by the rule maker–the creditor. They will only accept a minimum amount they determine and your amount is far below, so it is unacceptable.
The problem here is the rules. It is the tail wagging the dog. The consumer feels that not paying the debt is “wrong” but they cannot pay the amount the creditor wants. But it isn’t really right or wrong except for the rules. This is but one example, but there are hundreds like them in all kinds of businesses, churches, households.
Consequently, there is infinite gray area in rules, and unlimited interpretation. So, even with rules, it cannot be so cut and dried as right and wrong, and that is mainly because regardless of the vastness of the gray area in rules, these are just rules, and the judgement is made by the rule maker. Ultimately, we make our own decisions by accepting others rules as our own, or making our own.
Of Course, The Advantage Of Making Your Own Rules, Is That The Judgement Call Is Yours Since You Are Thereby The Rule Maker.
Spread Some Joy Today–Make some of your own rules today. How about making a rule to have joy in your life every day!
Daily Inspiration 9-21-11

Daily Inspiration 9-21-11

“If you envy successful people, you create a negative
force field of attraction that repels you from ever doing
the things that you need to do to be successful. If you
admire successful people, you create a positive force field
of attraction that draws you toward becoming more
and more like the kinds of people that you want to be.”
— Brian Tracy
This quote is all about judgement choices. I became aware of this just recently, but I am now practicing it to change my thinking, and I didn’t know I was thinking negatively about others being successful, yet I was.
It’s easy to go there if I have less, or I seem to work harder and not get the rewards that I think I deserve. It’s easy to make judgements about the people you see, such as a young man driving an expensive luxury car, I might have thought he’s selling drugs and that’s how he affords that car and such. Regardless of whether my guess was correct or not, the problem for me was the thoughts and judgement calls.
So, I began to see someone driving a really fancy car, or high end luxury car, and then I would practice being thrilled for their success and how much they must be enjoying their reward, and how they must have had so much fun picking it out and writing the check!
This little change is smoothing out my thoughts about how I see wealth and how I see others. It is leading me to make less judgements, and give more praise, and experience more joy for others and myself. In addition, it is helping me to see the real abundance that is in this world.
Lining Up With More Loving Thoughts Always Works.
Spread Some Joy Today–Share your joy with others and their good fortune.
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