Month: June 2013

Daily Inspiration 6-30-13

Daily Inspiration 6-30-13

“Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

So love the people who treat you right.

Forget about those who don’t.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a chance, take it.

If it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy,

they just promised it would

most likely be worth it.”
 

— Harvey Mackay

Unless I can go back in time somehow, having a regret is a complete and total waste of time and emotional energy. It serves no purpose but to cripple me in the present. Thinking that I should have done something different in the past doesn’t help because I couldn’t have and cannot do something different in the past. The past is over with and done. At best there can be a memory, but to carry one with fear and trepidation is like poisoning yourself and hoping someone else dies. It’s killing me.

My best choice and the one that contains health is to realize it was a choice I made at the time and it has helped lead me to where I am now. The only time I can make any choice is NOW. I always get to choose, so now I can choose something better if I want and build a stack of great memories that will be a joy to look back on.

The Past Truly Means Far Less Than We Have Imagined. I’m On A Bridge And It Is Water Than Has Gone By.

Spread Some Joy Today–Find a better feeling thought. And another. And another. . .

Daily Inspiration 6-29-13

Daily Inspiration 6-29-13

“Money is often an uninvited guest
at a decision meeting with your desires.
In almost all cases, it should be
ejected without mercy.”
— Albert K Strong

Can I afford it? is often a terrible question, and especially when it comes to your desires. I’ll give you some examples.

Besides recently having a book of my own published, I know several other authors who have done the same, and what often comes into people’s minds about that is having it sell a lot of copies and make some income. The people who make money on books by selling a lot of copies are few in comparison with the whole. It is always possible, but highly unlikely, yet using the money to make the decision to publish or not to publish is often counterproductive. More often, people give up on the idea because they think it costs a lot of money or they don’t know what to do.

Here’s something I learned: Making a decision to do a thing is the best way for the resources to get it done come into being. Until the decision is actually made, the questions are nonstop and more often than not, come in such a way as to talk us out of doing a thing.

I think that anyone who has ever wanted to publish a book should do it. I’ve read a lot of very interesting and even well-written books that are by unknown authors. But publishing is not the main idea here. It is self-expression and that is far more important than just publishing.

Each of us has our own uniqueness and it is always special when we share that with each other. I love finding out about people’s inner lives and history because I learn so many interesting things and gain a whole new appreciation of the person. That’s why I detest small talk. It says nothing about nothing for no good reason.

Everyone has something to say and to share. Publishing a book is cool and one way to go. I guarantee that once you decide you are going to do it, the resources will come to make it a reality. Yes, it will require money, but you may be surprised that the money aspect is in the minor column.

But, there are other avenues to share publicly and in today’s world most of them are free and cost no money at all. My favorite is the blog. I have several blogs and have fun with them and find ways of expressing myself at the same time.

And, truly, when it comes right down to the nitty gritty, whether someone else actually reads what you’ve written or not has little importance. Self-expression is an end in itself and a powerful outlet of creative talents that we all own.

Sharing Yourself Is Extremely Empowering.

Spread Some Joy Today–Let your real self out. You’ll be glad you did.

Daily Inspiration 6-28-13

Daily Inspiration 6-28-13

“When you don’t cover up the world

with words and labels, a sense of the

miraculous returns to your life that

was lost a long time ago when humanity,

instead of using thought,

became possessed by thought.”

 
— Eckhart Tolle

The power of words is amazing sometimes. I, too, have used the N-word. After all, I grew up in the fifties and sixties. But the funny thing is that I hear it more today than I ever did back then, and mostly on Rap music, and movies. I’m guilty.

I made a career out of using the F-word. I guess that I wanted to see how many times I could use that word and its derivatives in one sentence and paragraph. I grew bored with its lack of imagination and better expression of feeling and now it only comes up on autopilot in times of upset most likely. You know, when I’m out of my Zen space.

Of course, I have no remorse about these. They just were what they were when they were and I’ve moved on. But, I have to also admit that I have used the C-word, the B-word, The S-word (a personal favorite still in effect today!). Not to be outdone by anyone, I’ve leaked from time to time the A-word, Z-word, T-word, U-word, D-word, G-word, H-word, and all kinds of other letter-words.

In fact, one of my favorite O-words is obsequious. Since I learned that O-word in the late seventies, I’ve used it many times and still use it today. I find many uses for the P-word, pathetic. It describes so much, and perhaps even my writing today.

It came to me one day in Junior College when we were reading the Catcher In the Rye aloud sitting outside and we came upon that magical word stated in print! OMG! It was laughable. What I realized right there and then was that words have no power of their own. Their only power is that which we give them. No more.

What’s even funnier in a very serious kind of way is all the wars and killings and other kinds of harm that have come from the power we have given many of these words, sentences and paragraphs. Of course, it works the other way too.

My Two A-words For Today Is Acceptance And Allowing. My Favorite L-word Is Love–Especially In The Verb Sense Of Loving One Another.

Spread Some Joy Today–Peace be with you today!

Daily Inspiration 6-27-13

Daily Inspiration 6-27-13

“Remember–and this is very important–

you’re only one thought away from happiness,

you’re only one thought away from sadness.”
 

— Syd Banks

In my learning journey, I find a lot of great ideas, and new ways of framing an old idea, and I find all of them helpful in some way. Occasionally, I find a very special book that is powerfully simple, succinct, and thoughtful. The quote above is part of a quote from the book, The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill. I just bought several copies to send to our entire team and a few others to share my passion for this wonderful book.

Here’s the whole quote from above:

“Remember–and this is very important–you’re only one thought away from happiness, you’re only one thought away from sadness. The secret lies in the Thought. It’s the missing link that everybody in this world is looking for. . . It’s a gift that we were given to have the freedom to walk through life and see what we want to see. How much better that that can you get? That you have the freedom to walk through life and see as a free thinker, that is the greatest gift ever, to be a free thinker.”

Though I am well aware of how our choice in thoughts direct our lives, and that most of us have chosen our thoughts from habit, past training, circumstance, and popularity, I was so excited when I read that short line in this quote: “you’re only one thought away from. . .” That is so powerfully stated. I made a poster that is on my wall and in my daytimer that says this:

I am

never

more than

one thought away

from. . .

 
Prosperity

Health

Joy

Peace

Love

And the best part is that I find this to be so true. Sadness is a thought, not a condition. Happiness is a thought not a condition. Yet, they both become the condition–not from the condition, but from the thought. We create the condition, whatever that is, from the thought, not the other way around.

I highly recommend this short 135 page book by Michael Neill. I predict you will get a great deal of insight from it.

A Toast: To Your Wellness!

Spread Some Joy Today–Choose what you want to see rather than what is. What a powerful idea.

Daily Inspiration 6-26-13

Daily Inspiration 6-26-13

“Why not you?”

 
— Steve Maraboli

Steve Maraboli continues:

“Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?

Today is a new day!

Many will seize this day.

Many will live it to the fullest.

Why not you?”

Some Good Questions.

Spread Some Joy Today–This is perfect. Today is the day. The only day.

Daily Inspiration 6-25-13

Daily Inspiration 6-25-13

“The number of reasons you find

to convince yourself to do something

is in direct proportion to

why you would be better off not doing it.

When something is right, you know it.

If you don’t know it’s right, it’s not it.”

 
— Alan Cohen

Choosing the right path, the right decision, the right move is important. We all want to make the best choices. But, how often do we allow our ego to take charge of the decision making? Stress inevitably follows. All the things that could go wrong begin to appear, what if this, what if that, what will people think? It can be enough to encourage lifelong procrastination.

Yet, deep down inside, I believe that we all know when a decision needs to be made and that by making it, we have made the perfect choice. It just feels right. Now, that has nothing whatsoever to do with having all the answers of how to do a thing, all the possible timing arrangements, people connections needed and so on. It only has to do with the choice. And, the best part is that if we just let the rest take care of itself, it will.

Sometimes these decisions we make, knowing it is the perfect choice, is not popular with others, including spouses, relatives, friends, and others. It can be a lonely place. But, all that will work out too. When it is right, it is right. Or, a better way to say it so it doesn’t sound like it could have been wrong is to say when it is perfect, it is perfect.

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I can see some very tough decisions that I have made, that were very unpopular, yet I knew it to be perfect, turned out exactly that. I have now learned to go with my inner knowing and let the rest take care of itself. It has always worked out best.

There Is No Need To Second Guess Your Inner Knowing. It Is Always Perfect.

Spread Some Joy Today–Relax in your perfection today. You are.

Daily Inspiration 6-24-13

Daily Inspiration 6-24-13

“Don’t try to steer the river.”
 

— Deepak Chopra

This is so powerful, I’ll just let it settle in with you. . .

How Often I Have Tried And Yet Insanely Kept Trying.

Spread Some Joy Today–There is your part and not your part. Concentrate on your part and all will be well enough.

Daily Inspiration 6-23-13

Daily Inspiration 6-23-13

“How would your life be different if. . .

You stopped making negative judgmental

assumptions about people you encounter?
 

Let today be the day. . .

You look for the good in everyone you meet

and respect their journey.”
 

— Steve Maraboli

On the journey toward unconditional love. It’s a glorious journey.

Amen!

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving the person in front of you, around you, and within you.

Daily Inspiration 6-22-13

Daily Inspiration 6-22-13

“Life is not a performance.

It is an experience.”
 

— Alan Cohen

I dare say that if we take this quote to heart, it will change our outlook, and results. This is not a mind thing, but I am thinking of working at jobs, being in school, interacting with others and it applies perfectly.

More Joy. Less Stress. Works For Me!

Spread Some Joy Today–Oh, isn’t that interesting!

Daily Inspiration 6-21-13

Daily Inspiration 6-21-13

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.

We cannot cure the world of sorrows,

but we can choose to live in joy.”
 

— Joseph Campbell

I would not have understood this quote just a few short years ago, maybe not even two years ago, but I embrace it today.

I have come to believe that we are all perfect creators and that we create our lives, often by default, or without clear intention. To think that someone would create disease instead of ease is hard to understand sometimes, yet I am convinced it is done nonetheless. We don’t like to imagine that we create many things, preferring to think them created upon us by bad luck, wrong place, genetics, accidental acts, crime, germs and such. Though we often take credit for creating the positive attributes and circumstances, we abhor the idea of creating the other.

Once I walked through this door of acceptance, I can no longer see what I used to see. I think that the thing that has set me free more than anything else is accepting that I am a creator and accepting whatever it is that I have created without pushing it off on others. Certainly, I have co-creators at work with me, but accepting all of it is incredibly empowering.

Now, I might ask myself why in the world I created that scenario or situation. I might wonder at it, but I will accept it as my creation. I often create on purpose, and sometimes without intention, but I am always creating my own world. What is most empowering about this is the lack of blame. Blame has no more purpose. It used to be my favorite tool and explanation. It was always some kind of justification, and always intended to exonerate me from responsibility.

Now I accept the responsibility for my thinking, actions, decisions, including those made without paying attention, along with the results in circumstance and manifestation. This allows me to find joy in living my life, laughing at the interesting choices I’ve made from time to time, and find joy with others in the same way.

Participate Joyfully In All Creation.

Spread Some Joy Today–Allow others to choose to be or do as they will, loving them as creators, and joyful in all they are while accepting yourself in the same exact way.

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