Month: January 2012

Daily Inspiration 1-31-12

Daily Inspiration 1-31-12

“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither
the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures
and possessions pale into nothingness before
service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”

— Mohandas Gandhi

 I have been blessed in my life to have served so many with the spirit of joy. There have been rare exceptions to this. I think the reason that I’ve been able to do this with a variety of employers including myself is that I have always endeavored to take ownership of what I was doing.
I know some who do just what is expected of them and no more; who get paid by the hour and act like it is their unjust due when with a mere change in their outlook of their state in the working world might have a more fitting reward.
I don’t think that it is up to the employer to provide anything more than an opportunity to serve and be compensated for that service. The rest of it is completely up to the individual and the attitude they bring to the job and their own life.
I rejoice in the ability and willingness to serve with joy. It is truly its own reward and compensation doesn’t really improve it.
To Serve, Or Not To Serve? That Is The Question.
Spread Some Joy Today–Find ways to be of more service to more people.
Daily Inspiration 1-30-12

Daily Inspiration 1-30-12

“In theory there is no difference
between theory and practice.
In practice there is.”
— Yogi Berra

You’ve probably heard that you should have a complete written business plan with depth of detail, projections, cash flow examples, mission statements, operational concepts, and exit strategies. Some people make a living doing these. To them, there is no difference between theory and practice.

Then, there’s the successful business builders ignoring the difference between theory and practice by practicing it.
Yogi Was Much Smarter Than He Sounded Like. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Do your thing. . . do what you wanta do. . . do your thing. Respect yoself!
Daily Inspiration 1-29-12

Daily Inspiration 1-29-12

“Allowing yourself to smile
takes 99% of the effort.”
— Simon Travaglia
I love this quote because it seems to be true and also because it points to the immense value of letting go of resistance.
For someone to smile, it is merely a matter of letting go of the resistance to it, and that is 99% of the effort to smile. When we are not in resistance, a smile would be totally natural, effortless and plentiful. Yet, many times we have a resistance to it for a wide range of reasons and circumstances. In allowing it to be by letting go, we are whole.
This same strategy and understanding then makes it easier to do a number of things that perhaps we have been avoiding, missing or wanting. As we focus on the circumstances and surrounding resistance, we are holding ourselves at bay from our desires, but by letting go, the power is instantly engaged and allowed.
Getting Out Of Our Own Way Is The Prime Directive.
Spread Some Joy Today–Allow that smile to be felt and seen openly!
Daily Inspiration 1-28-12

Daily Inspiration 1-28-12

“A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.”

— Lao Tzu

I’ve talked with a lot of people who were going to do something but put it off because they thought it was too big, too hard, or cost too much money, etc. The only way it moves past this roadblock is by making a decision to move. Procrastination and excessive fact-finding is not a decision. It can only be preparation for a potential decision.
That reminds me of a story Jim Rohn told once where he said there was a builder who was going to build a skyscraper, and he began bringing materials to the building site, and then he kept bringing materials, and kept bringing them, but never built anything.
We get hung up on the things we have to do–the list of excuses–and that is just procrastination or avoiding a decision when there is something that we want but are giving “socially acceptable reasons” why we cannot possibly. Denis Waitley says, “everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do.”
I love how Anthony Robbins says it: “Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”
Whatever it is that you might have been wanting to do, have faith that it is but a decision away from the first step of moving toward it.
There Will Be Plenty Of Time To Look Back. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Pretend that you just took a joy pill that produces a chemical balance in your body and brain that causes you to feel really, really good and to be in awe of all around you, loving everything you see. Since its just a decision, you don’t really need the pill, but props are fun sometimes. . .
Daily Inspiration 1-27-12

Daily Inspiration 1-27-12

“Sometimes, in a summer morning,
having taken my accustomed bath,
I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise
till noon, rapt in reverie.”
— Henry David Thoreau
When I read this quote, I read joy, and especially joy in the moment; drinking in the moments and enjoying oneself caught in a spirit of awe and wonder.
I think that the majority of my life I had almost none of these, and now I have them all the time; albeit, not necessarily from sunrise to noon. They last how ever long they last and I roll around in them with an effortless and joyful smile filling up my entire face. I feel full and overflowing, at peace with everything, loving every thing and every one. Maybe it lasts a minute, 5 minutes, or longer. It doesn’t matter.
It has nothing whatsoever to do with weather, for it works at any time, in any condition. The amount of money or possessions I possess doesn’t matter either.
What does matter, is that I pay attention!

 

And. . . Just ENJOY IT FULLY!
Spread Some Joy Today–What brings you to feeling joy? Make a list! Check it twice!
Daily Inspiration 1-26-12

Daily Inspiration 1-26-12

“You cannot overestimate
the unimportance
of practically everything.”
— John C Maxwell
What I love about this quote is how true it is. This and yet we disbelieve its truth by considering so many unimportant things important.
One thing really good to learn is that importance is a flexible and relative term. A great question to ask is how important is it really? How about compared to life or death? How about having 24 hours to live?
Now, if we have six months to live, that would change the importance of things as when we are 16 and immortal. As well, having six months would be different than having 24 hours and I wonder what is left that is really important having 24 hours to live? A hug? A kiss? Kind words of love? Anger?
Something to consider. . .
I Have. . . I Choose Love AND Joy. . . And Laughter.
Spread Some Joy Today–Do you know people that commonly make you laugh? Frequent their care!
Daily Inspiration 1-25-12

Daily Inspiration 1-25-12

“Your chances of success in any undertaking
can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”
“You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge
is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve
every human problem. It should make you an
incurable optimist. It is the open door.”
— Robert Collier
It has been said so many wonderful ways that to believe in ourselves is one of life’s greatest answers. Besides these great ones from Robert Collier, there is a famous one from Henry Ford, “if you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
Of course there were so many from the last century, often coined as the century of new thought, but this idea of believing in oneself is pretty much as old as time. It’s just that we haven’t seen those quotes as much maybe. So, I thought that since this idea is so important to everything we do, I would share a few more with you.
“Everything is possible for him who believes.” – Mark 9:23, the Bible
There are many quotes on this subject in the Bible. My personal favorite is from Matthew 17:19-20: “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.””
“They can. . .because they think they can.” – Virgil
“A person under the firm persuasion that he can command resources virtually has them.” — Livy
“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.” — Alexander Graham Bell

 

“What The Mind Of Man Can Conceive And Believe, The Mind Of A Man Can Achieve.” — Napoleon Hill
Spread Some Joy Today–Give something away that you’ve been holding on to that you don’t really need. There is joy is letting go.
Daily Inspiration 1-24-12

Daily Inspiration 1-24-12

“In order to eliminate the negative influences,
simply ignore them.”
— Lao-tzu
It’s funny to me, but I read this quote for the first time today and it is so perfect because that is exactly what I started doing and still do today to keep focused on the positive things I want to focus on and avoid getting tangled in the negative, needy things that are always clamoring for attention. I do it by not paying any attention to what the negativity or what is going on that I don’t care to see. And, it is absolutely amazing how well this works right from day one.
Now, other people will try to persuade you to pay attention to the news and the problems, but it is not really that hard to say no, thanks. It also gets easier with practice to the point that I don’t pay much attention to the distractions anymore.
Empowering Myself Is So Cool. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Stop the ‘fine, how are you’ routine to the common, ‘how are you?’ question. Practice some creative and joyful answers! How about, ‘off the chart!’ ‘I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good!’ ‘I think today is the best day of my life!’ or ‘I can’t imagine the hottest rock star feeling quite this good.’ What a difference, don’t you think?
Daily Inspiration 1-23-12

Daily Inspiration 1-23-12

“Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a
life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate
what you have and where and who you are.”
— Wayne Dyer
It took me a long time to understand this idea of appreciating where I was when I wanted something more. In addition, as a young manager, I was taught to teach deficiency thinking in order to supply sales candidates with “motivation.” Wayne’s so right, it doesn’t work.
Part of the reason that it doesn’t work and this is the something that it took me until lately to understand this is that it causes one to see themselves as lacking; as not complete; broken in need of repair. Even if a goal is hit then, it is so much less satisfying that we think and we may even begin thinking that we don’t deserve it or we didn’t earn it and so on. But the biggest reason to me is we are beginning from a position of imperfection or brokenness trying to move to a position of wholeness. It’s not really a fun place to be.
On the other hand, when we appreciate who we are, where we are now and what we have now in pursuit of what we want, we are going from a position of wholeness, not needing, but wanting more in our lives, our work, to have more fun, and more enjoyment–to become more.
These are two very different places of beginning. I have learned to appreciate what I have and it is so much better. I now love my life now just the way it is rather than being unhappy with my life hoping to be happy someday. Nothing can compare.
We Were Perfect When We Were Born, But Slowly And Surely Lost Track Of That. It Is Never Too Late To Relearn Our Perfection.
Spread Some Joy Today–Practice loving yourself and appreciating what you have and where you are regardless of your circumstances in comparison with the rest of the world. The more you practice, the more joy you will have to share.
Daily Inspiration 1-22-12

Daily Inspiration 1-22-12

“Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness,
we never really experience the universe directly we just
experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception
of it, so right, our only universe is perception.”
— Alan Moore
The world is flat is one perception of old. People held to it with all their strength. A few ventured to consider and experiment and develop a different perspective. So, now, in today’s world, we think, how could they have believed the world is flat? It is because we now can see pictures of the earth from space that clearly show that the earth is not flat. We think it is crazy and uneducated to think it is flat when it is clearly not. Yet, this fact many not have changed a lot of people’s perceptions in the flat world days.
It is easy to put those flat-worlders in the category of being wrong, whereas, we with all our knowledge and insight are truly in the right category. We’re right, they’re wrong. A classic argument. But, are they really?
Giving this somewhat more thought, I think they are neither right or wrong because each is viewing the world from their own perspective, and perspective isn’t something that is right or wrong, but something that is fashioned out of the knowledge and prejudices we have–more like each looking through our own eyes seeing what we see and to each what we see is real to us.
Next time we try to move someone from their solid-grounded perspective to try to have them adopt our own, we might consider other alternatives. We could allow them to continue to own their perspective and appreciate their unique view as okay and even perfect for them at this moment in time. There are all sorts of people who do not have ears to hear or eyes to see except this that they know now. We can choose to respect that perspective. Rather than try to change them, we just honor them and allow them to be who they are and where they are as we can do also with ourselves.

 

Doesn’t This Apply In So Many Ways In So Many Situations With Communications With Others?
Spread Some Joy Today–by relaxing in criticism today. Allow others to be what they are, especially those who do or say things you may not have previously liked. Allow them to be them and you to be you and everyone is okay today. If need be, you can pick up your prickly stick tomorrow. It is always available.
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