Month: March 2013

Daily Inspiration 3-31-13

“Nothing is predestined.

The obstacles of your past

can become the gateways

that lead to new beginnings.”

— Ralph Blum

Today is a day of wonderful new beginnings. Or not.

Today is a day of new clarity of vision. Or not.

Today is a new day and you and I get to choose again. And in each moment, choose again.

We also get to choose to cut our ties with the past–the hurts, mistakes, missed opportunities, shoulda’s, coulda’s, regrets, blame. Or not.

We get to crucify ourselves, or experience the freedom of rebirth, hearing with new ears, seeing with new eyes, paying attention to that which is worthy of your attention.

I’ve always loved how Paul says in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”

Choose that!

Happy Easter!

Our Thoughts, Words, And Deeds Reflect Accurately Our Attention.

Spread Some Joy Today–Choose joy. It is purely a choice.

Daily Inspiration 3-30-13

Daily Inspiration 3-30-13

“In everyone’s life, at some time

our inner fire goes out.

It is then burst into flame

by an encounter

with another human being.

We should be thankful for those people

who rekindle the inner spirit.”

— Albert Schweitzer

Remember the book and movie, Paying It Forward? I love the idea of paying it forward by taking what has been given you, perhaps even when it seemed out of the blue, and giving what benefit you have derived to another for the sake of your own gratitude and the active act of gratitude called giving.

My own inner fire has flamed and cooled so many times in my life, and I can look back and see a trail of people who inspired me, caused me to think differently, just gave pure love, and more to reignite that flame and spur me on again. I am grateful for each and every one. Some gave me a job at just the right time, others, refused to help at just the right time, some spoke powerful words of encouragement and belief, and all so perfectly timed.

There have been authors that I have grown with from book to book, adventure to adventure like Wayne Dyer, with whom I began at the beginning with Your Erroneous Zones. There was Jim Rohn and so many cassette tapes over and over again. There was The Bible and getting to know the pure love of Jesus. In fact, most of my personal mentors are in the form of written and spoken material, and many of them were no longer physically here, and some for a long, long time gone. Still, their humanness, compassion, enthusiasm, heart, and wisdom came through and spoke perfectly to my ready mind and ear.

Sometimes my direction was changed dramatically and others was more of a shift in perspective. It is hard to judge which is more important, and I prefer to accept them all as important.

Some that have and may still be inspiring me are students on mine and students of life. I share with them, and they teach me. In fact, I would have to say that as I think about this now, the list is so very long of interactions with others that has helped me. I don’t think there is anything worthwhile that we can do alone except being present with the moment. Interaction is what moves life forward however that may come to pass.

I thank the readers of my paying it forward messages written here. Some respond periodically with comments and I always enjoy that interaction. Some have been reading these since I began them and I am amazed at that. I speak through my heart and mind and sometimes even a collective mind where they take on a life I could not give them alone. I am grateful for all of it.

My Inner Flame Is Continually Rekindled As I Am Open To New Growth.

Spread Some Joy Today–Pay it forward.

Daily Inspiration 3-29-13

Daily Inspiration 3-29-13

“There is a natural flow
of what wants to happen.
Let it.”
— Alan Cohen

I had a meeting with two clients today. They own a restaurant in the area. One of them was delayed and I sat on a comfy leather couch for about 40 minutes practicing my patience, doing some purposeful breathing and watching people at work.

There was a blond-haired woman who was in training and I heard her say to one customer that it was her first day. The general manager was doing some training with her and she was doing everything in stride. She is very beautiful. It was a classic beauty that reminded me of European Royalty. The other thing I noticed was that she seemed to have an aura of self-confidence about her. We all know how first days on the job can be, but she didn’t show any nervousness about that.

I thought as the meeting was ending that I should go up and tell her my observations. But, she went in the back and I went ahead and left. After getting home, I thought to myself, wouldn’t I like to hear something like that from a stranger or anyone for that matter? As it came back to me several times, I got on the phone and called the restaurant, asked for the new blond girl and here’s what I said:

“Hi, I’m Terry and I was the guy waiting on the couch for some time. I have no agenda for this call except to tell you something that I thought you might want to hear. As I sat there looking in your general direction, I was appreciating your classic beauty. In fact, it reminded me of European Royalty. I know this was your first day on this new job, and I wanted to add that my other impression of observing you was that you seemed to exude personal confidence or self-confidence. I thought you might enjoy hearing that. I hope you have a wonderful afternoon.”

She was elated as I was hanging up. I can just imagine how I would have felt having someone say something like that about me. In recent years, I’ve become bold enough to do this kind of thing often. I see someone and have this positive impression and I tell them. Maybe their hair looks great or it shines or the color they are wearing makes their eyes pop, and a myriad of other compliments. Many are small and short, others a bit longer, and every single one of them has been received with gratitude and joy. It has not failed me yet to say something sincere, positive and heartfelt. And, the real bonus is how it makes me feel to do it.

There Are So Many Very Simple Ways To Spread Joy Every Single Day.

Spread Some Joy Today–Don’t hold it in anymore. Uplift someone you know, or a stranger as well with a simple compliment. People crave compliments when they are sincere. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

Daily Inspiration 3-28-13

Daily Inspiration 3-28-13

“If you see problems that threaten to derail

the organization, harm employees, or cheat customers,

you have a responsibility to try to resolve them;

no matter how messy, costly, or difficult it is.

Leaders at the front don’t have the freedom to

neglect what their position allows them to see.”


— John C Maxwell

I was thinking about John C Maxwell’s wonderful and insightful book, The 360 Degree Leader, Developing Your Influence From Anywhere In The Organization. The main theme of the book is that you can choose to lead regardless of your position in the organization.

What happens within an organization if you as a leader within it, see something that is a real problem. Maybe something unethical, illegal, down-right stupid, hurting the organization, something happening to cause issues with personnel, or any number of other things like that? Do you ignore it and think that it isn’t your place? Isn’t your job or position to be able to address that? Or, do you do something about it?

What if by doing something about it, you put your position at risk? Do you still do it, or wait for someone else, or find infinite ways to justify that it really isn’t any of your business?

I’ve been in circumstances similar to this and I know of others who have as well. What you would do is going to be completely up to you, and all I know is that for me, I took the risk and brought it to the attention of those who could do something about it. In one case, it seemed pretty obvious that this person was not really interested in what I had to say, so I found myself moving along and it worked out perfectly for me. I did my part. I was the leader I wanted to be and the kind of leader that I could be comfortable with. Being able to sleep at night is a blessing.

Of course, that is the darker side of being a leader and doing what you think is right and good for the whole. On the brighter side, taking the risk of being a leader wherever you find yourself in an organization can only benefit you and those around you. There is no such thing as one leader in an organization. There are a multitude of leaders that make a valuable company work. This is true right down to the person who answers the phone. In fact, I think that this first contact is more important that any communication with the president of the company. Don’t you agree?

Choose To Lead. Take The Risk. It Will Be Worth It.

Spread Some Joy Today–Leading by example is spreading joy.

Daily Inspiration 3-27-13

Daily Inspiration 3-27-13

“If you have knowledge,

let others light their candles in it.”

— Margaret Fuller

I’ve heard it said that this is the information age, and there is an implied meaning that those who have the information or control the information are the most powerful. Early last century it was the industrial age, and he who controlled the manufacturing was the most powerful. And then, and then, and then, all of them based on lack and control over others and such–or at least, that is implied often.

I just don’t plug into the darker thoughts about the world and whateverthehellage we are now living in. This is the greatest time to be alive and I see nothing but a future so bright that it burns my eyes to look at it, so I turn my eyes to the present and find joy in it.

Information. That’s how I started this train of thought. Never before in all of human history over thousands of years has the “common” person had so much power and control. Not control over others. That is a sad game to play. But, control over their own lives, how they live, how they learn, how they grow, how they can interact with others, and so much more. I rejoice in this time. When I think about it I get so enthusiastic about all of our individual and collective potential.

The tools we all have available to be more creative are astounding. Computers have enabled us to do so much in such a short time in history. Think about it. Computers for the masses began in the 1970s. That is only the last 40 odd years of history. The Internet is less than 20 years old and for most people, less than 14 years old. It is flat amazing.

I buy most of my books in about 45 seconds on my Kindle through I now own two Kindles. I go on a trip and I have almost a hundred titles at my beckon call. I love audiobooks and at I can listen to them on my Kindle or my computer or make a CD. I love regular traditional books too, but the new technology has given me so much more. In fact, as predicted by Jeff Bezos at Amazon, I read more now than I did before I owned the Kindle. Being able to get a book so quickly means I don’t lose the inspiration. I hear about a book and don’t even have to go to the store.

Cloud computing has expanded services so much further. My company, Upward Trend, uses cloud computing almost exclusively and has since before we called it cloud computing.

I absolutely love the fact that ideas are widely shared around the world via the Internet, YouTube, Blogs, and Social Media. In early 2008 I didn’t know what a blog was, and now I have published tens of thousands of posts on over 120 blogs. To be able to find information and equally to share information, ideas, thoughts is so satisfying and empowering. is a superstar site as far as I’m concerned.

As we hear the doom and gloom or implied darkness surrounding what is going on the in world, how technology is invading our lives, and more, we get to choose what exactly we want to look at, and how we want to think about that. This is yet another thing I rejoice in. The power of choice has never been better!

“There Are Only Two Ways To Live Your Life. One Is As Though Nothing Is A Miracle. The Other Is As Though Everything Is A Miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Spread Some Joy Today–Get out a sheet of paper and start making a list of the miracles that are in and all around your life. Today is a day of celebration!

Daily Inspiration 3-26-13

Daily Inspiration 3-26-13

“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor;

he takes my measurements anew

each time he sees me.

The rest go on with their old measurements

and expect me to fit them.”

— George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes we grow up. We may grow out. It could be that we are growing into. I’ve also experienced growing away from. I like growing toward. As we age, we may even grow down. But whether it is up, down, in, out, away or toward, we are constantly growing. Another word for that is changing. That might even be a more descript word.

We are constantly changing.

In some cases people don’t keep up with us, or we don’t keep up with them; we’re in the club, out of the club, in favor, out of favor, or even out of favors. We are nonetheless changing ever.

The tailor knows this and does not rely on the past, and rejoices anew with a new order from an old friend. The tailor knows and loves you anyway. The tailor cares enough to measure, but not with a stich of condemnation. Visiting the tailor is a peaceful reunion and retreat.

As Ye Are Blessed, Bless Ye Others.

Spread Some Joy Today–Maybe it’s time for a new suit.

Daily Inspiration 3-25-13

Daily Inspiration 3-25-13

“It’s not about the coffee.”

— Starbuck’s Coffee

If you’re in business, what is it that you do? If you work for someone else, what is it that you do?

About 30 years ago or so, I used to get a little booklet subscription called Bits and Pieces. I loved it. I’ll never forget one short piece about what workers were doing. The interviewer came across a construction site and there were three guys laying brick. He asked the first what he was doing and he said that he was laying one brick on top of the other over and over again in a specified sequence. He asked the second one the same question, and he said, “I’m helping to build a wall that will be so many feet long and so many feet tall.” The third bricklayer was asked the same question, and he replied, “I’m building a school where kids will learn and play.” Each were doing the same thing but had dramatically different views of what they were doing. Which ones do you suppose were happy?

In the last few years, I’ve seen many businesses close their doors. The recession was blamed far more than it had capacity to accept, I’m sure. And, there were many reasons that may have contributed. This week a restaurant is closing after 23 years. I’ve been there recently and it was my first time. They claim it is the economy and in particular that there are too many restaurants in their area to compete with. There’s always more to the story, of course, but this is a perfect example of how it’s something outside that is out of their control that is to blame. That’s rarely the truth, but it sounds so good.

In this case, they probably thought they served food. After all, it is a restaurant, right? But, this I know about myself: I love to eat out and I never go for the food. I go for other things. In fact, I can cook better, fresher, healthier food at home. I go for the experience, the feeling, the atmosphere, the comfort, the convenience, the service, the cleanliness, the consistency of quality. The actual food is down the list. If this restaurant would have considered the question above and really thought about it, they might have approached it as the third bricklayer rather than the first and second.

This idea can be applied to any retail business and probably every business on the planet. Many car dealer probably think they sell cars. Many auto body shops probably think they fix dents, hair salons cut hair, bicycle shops sell bicycles, mortgage companies sell mortgages, booksellers sell books and so on. All that is first bricklayer stuff. Maybe you think you work for such and such and do a certain duty for them. That’s all first bricklayer stuff.

What do you really do?

I Am Building A School Where Children Will Learn And Play . . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Today is love yourself day. Just do it.

Daily Inspiration 3-24-13

Daily Inspiration 3-24-13

“If you’re not willing to risk the unusual,

you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

— Jim Rohn

As I lay down and thought I was going to go to sleep, a well-used phrase popped into my head and it refused to leave. It was this: “what are you willing to do to have what you want?” Who knows who said it first, but it has been said by many. It is a great question.

Several blocks away there is a house that has very little paint left, and the wood is in bad shape. Having been built in 1965, it appears that it is the original paint. The bushes, yard are in similar shape and there is a really old single guy who lives there. He is probably the original owner. You would think that he refuses change, but the reality is that his house is changing whether he likes it or not. It is more true that he has no interest, and certainly doesn’t value keeping his house up. I wouldn’t be surprised that the inside is in similar shape.

Some people don’t want much I suppose, but most people do. The great thing about we humans is that we are always wanting something. We often tire of things being the same after a short time and we want something more, better, cooler, more satisfying, with more features, time-saving, labor-saving, satisfaction-giving things. Though we say we don’t like change, the real truth is that we crave change.

So, what are you willing to do to have what you want? Maybe a lot. It could be everything, or it could be very little. We all seem to have a comfort zone that we stay close to, and the closer we stay to this the smaller our changes can be. If we desire a major change, it is likely to require a major change, perhaps even a large risk. That scares the hell out of many.

We all draw the line somewhere. Where is yours? What do you want? What are you willing to do to achieve what you want? Some say they want big change but are only willing to risk a little. I know from experience that this generally means the big change is only a dream and will probably never be a reality. Hanging on to security is like being tied to a post in the ground. You can only go so far and you are held back.

Just as the question, what are you willing to do in order to have what you want is important to consider, how about taking it a step further. What are you willing to change in order to live your life more fully? As a born creator, have you learned to be conforming with others which stifles your creative agenda?

You Can Do Amazing Things If You Are Willing To Be Amazing.

Spread Some Joy Today–Be amazing!

Daily Inspiration 3-23-13

Daily Inspiration 3-23-13

“The past has passed. It is no longer,

except as the stories that we tell today.

Pay attention to the stories as you say them.

You cannot change the past; however,

you can change the story you tell.”

— Albert K Strong

Gerald Jampolsky, in Love Is Letting Go Of Fear, said, “We seem to consider it “natural” to use our experiences of the past as reference points from which to judge the present. This results in our seeing the present with distorted dark-colored glasses.”

He goes on to say, “To let each second be a new birth experience is to look without condemnation on the present. It results in totally releasing others and ourselves from all the errors of the past. It allows us to breathe in freedom and experience the miracle of Love by sharing this mutual release. It allows for an instant of healing where Love is ever present, here and now.”

Some have said that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. There are many variations on that idea. 12-step programs are built on the past, remembering the past, using it as something to avoid in the future. I don’t agree with their philosophy because they are repeating the past again and again. It’s as if you can never get away from it. They constantly reinforce the past. It is more fear-based than anything.

Again, from Gerald Jampolsky: “Fear and Love, guilt and Love, cannot co-exist. Only if I keep reliving the past in the future am I a slave to time. By forgiving and letting go of the past, I free myself of the painful burdens I have carried into the present. Now I can claim the opportunities for freedom in the present without my past distortions.”

This is what I have learned to do. It took me only about 50 years, but I’ve learned it. I cannot do anything to change the past because it has passed. Even my memories cannot be completely trusted as accurate. I told those stories so many times in many ways and I am sure there is plenty of embellishment along the way. So it is a waste of time to try to relive it in order to overcome it. There is a better way.

The better way is to accept it. It was. I cannot change the fact that it was. But, what I can do is to tell a different story now. I can tell a story of how perfect it has been to lead me to where I am today. This means that I have to learn to accept today and to love this moment as a gift that I may do anything I like with. By accepting, I am forgiving anything that I previously would have found fault with. By accepting, I am learning to love myself, including myself that was my past moments. I chose what I chose and it was perfect. Each led me to another to another to another and now I am here.

If you learn to value the present, to love yourself now, to forgive all parties in the past, the miracles are endless. Allow that to be in your life.

Hello. I Am Terry And I AM LOVE. I’ve Been Loving Since I Decided To Love And I Am Loving Still. Now, I Spread Love Wherever I Go. Today Is The Best Day Of My Life Because It Is Only In Today That I Am Alive. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Tell a new story today. Start a new life.

Daily Inspiration 3-22-13

Daily Inspiration 3-22-13

“Good receivers bless the world

as much as good givers.”

— Alan Cohen

It is generous to receive as much as it is generous to give. Practicing graciousness in receiving is as important to learn as a willingness and generosity in giving.

A good part of my life, I had trouble receiving from others. I might argue with someone about paying the lunch ticket and such. I have always been a generous person and happy and willing to give, but I always seemed to feel guilty about getting or receiving, especially when I knew people of lesser means were trying to pay the bill or give something to me.

I’m not really sure where I learned to change my thinking of receiving, but I did and now receive with joy. The interesting thing about that is not just that it caused me to feel better in that situation, but that it caused the giver to feel better too. I just decided that if they want to give it, then it is the only generous and gracious thing to do to accept it with joy and gratitude for their generosity. Consider it a blessing.

Many people, as I was, like to be generous, but when someone is not as open to receiving, it is distasteful and awkward. That ruins the whole thing. If you have experienced a struggle to receive as I did, I highly recommend considering the benefits of being a good receiver.

Let Go Of The Ego And Allow Your Heart To Lead.

Spread Some Joy Today–Bless others today with your generosity in giving and receiving.

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