Month: November 2011

Daily Inspiration 11-30-11

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. . .
I play with leaves.
I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
— Leo Buscaglia

I love this time of year. It’s just a bit chilly, highs in the low 60’s, lows around 40, a touch of fog in the morning, sun in the afternoon. Leaves are taking their sweet time turning colors other than green, then falling gently to the ground, and right about now they are coming down in the thousands as you can see by the sidewalk in the photo.
I took Charlie the little black dog out for a walk and he’s not nearly as fond of this time of year as me. I had to take a photo of some of the huge leaves that are as big as he is, and he is afraid of them when the wind moves them around, especially when the wind moves them toward him. If it is calm, he’s brave enough though, yet he would rather walk around them than over them whenever that option is available.
I read a Leo Buscaglia book way back in the 1970’s about him having a class over at his house and his neighbor coming over to complain about the leaves on his lawn. So the lover that he is, invited guests to help rake the leaves into bags and he brought them into the house and spread them all over the living room floor. Everyone was happy then.
I’ve always remembered that story, although I cannot remember which book, nor can I find it. So, out and about a day or two ago, I took some shots on my camera phone of some of these leaves all over the walkway. I wanted to sweep them up and put them all over the living room floor at my house. Of course, that would never work unless I lived alone.
Yet, I love leaves. I love seeing them all over the patio and driveway and have no interest in blowing them away or raking them up. In fact, I am done with the lawn mowing and now all the leaves that are there will remain until spring. It’s winter food for the nightcrawlers and I love watching them gather them into piles and feast on them while I sleep.
Other people prefer clean walkways, clean patios and all that. I’m happy for them that they like those things, but I just don’t share that feeling. The leaves add character, color and a comfortable, relaxing view, even enhancing the concrete as far as I’m concerned.
So, I thank Leo every year about now for sharing that wonderful and enduring story. Thanks Leo! I love you!
We All Love Things In Our Own Special Way
Spread Some Joy Today–How ya doing on your love list? Remember? Write, ‘I love. . .’ at the top of the page and then write as many things as you can, then add a few each day or each week. It’s fun and expands your joy rather easily.
Daily Inspiration 11-29-11

Daily Inspiration 11-29-11

“The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative,
bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of
scenes that have left the conscious mind.”
— Thalassa Cruso
My business partner and I were chatting about how smells will propel us to a specific place in our lives and how it happens in an instant. This has always fascinated me.
Sometimes I’ll be walking up the driveway at my house and a certain smell will take me to my grandma’s house in the summer time back around 1960. I think that is fascinating how that smell triggers that memory of that specific place and time so long ago.
I was reading an interesting piece called How Smell Works and it was saying that it isn’t just the smell but the association with a conditioned response in that it is sort of filed with a specific time, place and event.
In the article it mentioned chlorine and swimming pools. When I smell wet concrete on a hot sunny day, it takes me back to about 1957 at the community plunge laying on the concrete decking after swimming and laying face down smelling that wet concrete smell.
These associations are random that I am referring to, but people like Tony Robbins have changed people’s lives using mental and physical associations to help guide people to positive change. That’s fun and interesting too.
Isn’t is so cool how our minds, our bodies, and other things all work together and that we can carry memories that seem insignificant at the time for a lifetime?
Memory Lane By A Nose With My Eyes Closed
Spread Some Joy Today–Enjoy some sweet laughter today. Besides, it’s fun.
Daily Inspiration 11-28-11

Daily Inspiration 11-28-11

“You have to listen to what resonates within
your own gut. You find your direction there.
Your voice comes out.”
— Kathy Mattea
There was a time through the best part of my life that I had been searching for answers. I’ve now read many hundreds of books and each author has given me some piece, however large or small toward that end. And, I continue to read and study some authors today as I accumulate more information to sift through.
I seek knowledge and wisdom, different ways of looking at the same thing to strengthen my understanding. When I find something that resonates with me, I follow it and see what comes, and if it doesn’t resonate within me, I let it be.
I’ve come to rely on and believe in the value of my own guidance rather than that from outside myself–my inner guidance system if you will. As I learn to use it like a body out of shape that grows in strength and agility from exercise, I become more adept at using it and paying attention to what it is telling me through the way I feel. It is simply the most powerful tool I’ve ever found.
I’ve often had a problem following some doctrines and supposed guidance from without. I even believed that was possible, yet I found it so hard to follow because much of it just didn’t resonate with me–it wasn’t truth to me. So I would pick and choose and that worked better. I would pick the things that resonated and felt right and let lay the ones that did not. Others have had opinions of my picking and choosing and I would let them have them, and kept going anyway doing the best that I could.
I now believe very strongly in my own power of focus, my own inner guidance because it is the only thing that makes any sense to me. I believe that we all have this exact same capacity and guidance and we may or may not be aware and/or we may or may not choose to make use of it. I think that we all know and have always known what resonates within us and what does not even though we may or may not have paid much attention to it. The good news is that at any time we can become aware, exercise our innate power and follow our own guidance.
What I Learn From Study Only Confirms What I Already Knew Deep Inside.
Spread Some Joy Today–Publicly recommend someone you know well enough to do so. Linked-in is a good place, or Yelp, Facebook, and others.
Daily Inspiration 11-27-11

Daily Inspiration 11-27-11

“Of all the things that matter,
that really and truly matter,
working more efficiently
and getting more done,
is not one of them.”
— Mike Dooley
I love this quote by Mike Dooley. As much as I would like to be more organized and to do things more efficiently, I agree that these are of relative importance.
What this causes me to realize is that why is so much more important than what.
Think about that.
It’s Always Those Little Things That Aren’t So Little.
Spread Some Joy Today–Forget about Christmas cards. Give hugs.
Daily Inspiration 11-26-11

Daily Inspiration 11-26-11

“Sometimes, the people who stand in the way
and create obstacles are actually helping the most
because they confront you and force you to come up
with your best, enabling you to become a greater achiever.”
— Dr John Demartini
I’ve seen a number of instances where this is easy to see in someone else, but not nearly so easy to recognize in ourselves. Yet, I am committed to learning and I am learning more about this interesting issue of challenges from others. It seems to be more typical in people close to the person, than in strangers, or acquaintances.
One situation that I’ve dealt with for a long time, I’ve wanted to quit many times, and the longer that I deal with it, I find myself making use of all the studying I’ve been doing in the last few years and getting to put it into practice instead of just words.
It is enlightening to realize that I am making substantial progress and am learning by practice to respond rather than react and to have things bounce off rather than be absorbed. And, the most interesting thing to me is that I am finding myself grateful for the challenges because it makes me better, more focused, with greater confidence and poise, along with greater love and capacity to love.
It’s the last part that makes it all worthwhile.
Anyone Can Love A Blessing, Yet Loving A Challenge Can Turn It Into A Blessing.
Spread Some Joy Today–When you perceive someone blocking you or challenging you, try seeing them as helping you instead. It will require practice, but the practice will be fun.
Daily Inspiration 11-25-11

Daily Inspiration 11-25-11

“Step number one for changing the entire world,
is falling in love with it as it already is.
The same is true for changing yourself.”
— Mike Dooley
I’ve been a sales manager for several companies most of my life and one of the assumptions that was given me early on is that we want salespeople who are hungry and wanting more and going into debt to get them. The theory was that if they had those obligations, including spouse and family, they would be more motivated to perform because they would then have the motivation to do so.
It’s all crap. It’s not only crap, it’s disgusting, seriously flawed and counterproductive. Going into debt to have motivation is ridiculous and it’s a stupid thing to teach. Besides, I’ve seen it work exactly the opposite wherein the sales person is carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and falls into overwhelm very easily. This creates attitude issues in how they see their lives relative to the larger responsibilities they have, creating new stress.
The other theory that I was taught early on was that sales people needed to be dissatisfied with where they were in order to have motivation to move toward something better.
It’s all crap. Making a choice toward something we want is cool, but being dissatisfied with it as a requirement to have motivation to move is not as logical as it sounds and is not satisfactory in execution. Wanting something better is natural. Being dissatisfied with what we have is being ungrateful and is unnatural.
They used to tell me that you have to be unhappy with where you are in order to desire something more. I believe we will always desire something more because we are creators and we are choosing constantly. This is best done from a place of being satisfied, appreciative of what we have and where we have come. Then, the movement toward something more is a choice of contrast, but the contrast need not be dark in order to move toward the light.
Learning to love where I am at any given time is a relatively new thing for me and I can assure you that it is a wonderful feeling to have. It is a better thing to teach in sales as well. I love how Jim Rohn says to, “learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
Whatever Decision We Make From A Place Of Feeling Bad, Will Be A Bad Decision. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–by loving who you are, what you have, and where you are at the moment. You can change it any time you want, and enjoying it while it is here is perfect.
Daily Inspiration 11-24-11

Daily Inspiration 11-24-11

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
— Gilbert K Chesterton
G K Chesterton went a bit further in stating that, “the aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.”
The one most significant thing that has changed in my life in the last four years is that now there is not one single day that goes by without my finding many things to be thankful for and stating such in one way or another.
If I could recommend any one thing for every single person on the planet, it would be to learn to be in a state of appreciation every day as often as it is possible to do so. Joy is better than money, things, and time.
And, I especially want to thank those of you who have been sharing this journey with me in these Daily Inspirations where ever you may be. It is an honor, a privilege and a joy to share these thoughts.
You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’ . . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Each and every day is a brand new opportunity for joy. Take advantage of all you can!
Daily Inspiration 11-23-11

Daily Inspiration 11-23-11

“We allow no geniuses around our studio.”
— Walt Disney
I’m guessing that Albert Einstein would share this sentiment. To me, this is saying that no one is so good that they can’t make some coffee, pick up some trash, draw the boring scenes, or any of the other things that are part of the overall operation. It doesn’t mean that we put focus there, but that there is a willingness to be on a team.
I can also see it the other way in that we only allow geniuses and we surround ourselves with geniuses. I like this idea even better. Not that they are better than anyone else, but that they naturally realize their capacity and are willing to express their uniqueness and their creativity without the fear of stepping outside of complacency.
In fact, I try to surround myself with people who are geniuses, who bring more to the table, help expand my own knowledge and skill.
As a guitar player, I would ask if it would be better to be surrounded by guitar geniuses, or people at or below my level? It would be geniuses. I would not learn much of anything from people below my level, nor at my level. Where I’m at on guitar, the world is full of guitar geniuses.
Whatever sport someone is in, I am sure they would find greater joy in playing with and against geniuses.
Some people might think of geniuses as arrogant, as in, ‘I’m cool and you’re not.’ I don’t. I think we are all geniuses in one way or another and the more we allow ourselves to be that unique genius, the better our life is in general.
Encourage A Genius. Encourage That One In You.
Spread Some Joy Today–by taking the time to appreciate in wonder the nature you can see, the wonderful machines that people have made for you to enjoy, the exchange of commerce that allows all to participate in so many ways.
Daily Inspiration 11-22-11

Daily Inspiration 11-22-11

“Clarity is magnified when you
change the word should to want.”
— Mike Dooley
Since the mid-1970’s when I studied Transactional Analysis (I’m okay, you’re okay, parent, adult, child), I’ve played with completely deleting the word should from my vocabulary. I learned then that this word is a parental word and I’ve also heard it enough times in my life from every angle. I haven’t completely succeeded, but the best thing to me about becoming aware is that once there, it is so much easier to deal with and get back on track quickly.
You should do this, you should do that, you need to do this, you need to do that. . . these are phrases that just make me want to rebel! Especially when it is someone else. Yet, sometimes I find my self saying it to my self, if you know what I mean. Yuck! That feels just as bad, maybe even worse.
The easiest way to change that feeling is to change the word should to want. Now it even sounds silly coming from someone else. . . you want to do this, you want to do that, but it is much cooler when I’m talking to my self: I want to do this, I want to do that. Much better, don’t you think?
Next time someone says you should do something, be something, think something, buy something, say to your self, ‘No, I don’t! If I want to I will and if I don’t I won’t!’ There ya go! Take charge. You are, after all, in charge of you and no one else can do that job as well.
I Think I Will, Because I Want To.
Spread Some Joy Today–by thinking loving thoughts and externalizing that in a smile.

Daily Inspiration 11-21-11

“What was most significant about the lunar voyage
was not that men set foot on the moon,
but that they set eye on the earth.”
— Norman Cousins
I think this quote from Norman Cousins is very powerful and interesting. I look at it in that we sometimes get so focused on an objective and what that objective is going to bring us and all the new information it may contain, and then we may also find that what was even more important was something else entirely, but without the original goal, would not have been found.
There are many products that were found after the goal to do something else was reached, and those products were so different than anyone would have anticipated, such as 3M Post-it Notes. In our Internet company, Upward Trend, we started out to do be a website company and after two years changed to a service company with the Trend Setter Package and it changed everything, but would have never been found without the original goal and moving toward it.
I can just imagine being on the Moon for the first time and looking at Earth and being so amazed that the Moon has lost its original significance.
My wife loves to ride out into the Suisun Marsh. We go to a boat launch area called Belden’s Landing, park facing the dock and inlet and watch the boats come in while we sip a Starbuck’s. We walk the dog and then after about a half an hour, head back home about 5 miles each way. It’s kind of peaceful.
We’ve learned, or at least I have, that it isn’t the goal of parking and watching the boats, but the view getting to and from that really matters. What I love about where I live is that I live in the city, but I can travel 15 minutes in any direction and be in the country. The marsh is wide open spaces only a couple of miles from home.
Yesterday, there was an overcast sky with a mixture of cloud types, gray and teasing rain. On the way back, there was the most spectacular Godlight I’ve ever seen. A Godlight is a name I give light that comes through in rays so that it stands out rather than just lighting up everything. Off in the distance over near San Francisco, there was a Godlight so bright and it was the only real light. It came out of a hole in the clouds and was brighter than I have ever seen before. It was so awesome. I didn’t have my camera or my phone, so it has to be recorded in my memory. Finding this was not what we had in mind, but it made everything else insignificant.
You Never Know What You’ll Find On Your Way To Someplace Else. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Make a date today to have the time of your life, to enjoy every moment you can today. Act as if . . .
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