Month: November 2013

Daily Inspiration 11-30-13

Daily Inspiration 11-30-13

“If you’re gonna make a change. . .

operate from a new belief that says,

life happens not to me but for me.”
 

— Anthony Robbins

Attitude is such an interesting thing. In an airplane, the plane’s attitude is always relative to the horizon. Our own attitude is always relative to our beliefs. Our attitude determines how we look at life and act on things, and yet it is always relative to what we believe. So, the way to change things so we get a different result, assuming of course one is desired, we must adopt a new belief. Mr. Robbins suggests a wonderful change that will help us have a better outlook on everything.

It’s Certainly Worth Considering. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–A belief is just a thought we keep thinking until we start thinking anew.

Daily Inspiration 11-29-13

Daily Inspiration 11-29-13

“Spirit math:

The quality of your life

equals the ratio of

appreciation to complaint.”
 

— Alan Cohen

I love this quote and how it says so succinctly the simplest goal in life to have a better, more fruitful and enjoyable life. Simply increase the quantity and quality of appreciation and decrease the quantity or sooth the edges of complaint. If we did nothing else, that would be enough. No 10-point list of things to do, to wear, to drink, to eat, to rub on ourselves. Just more appreciation and less complaining.

When It Can Be Made Simple, I’m In. The Truth Is Always Simple. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Find some extra appreciation today. It’s Black Friday. Use your spirit math today.

Daily Inspiration 11-28-13

Daily Inspiration 11-28-13

“I’m thankful for every moment.”

 
— Al Green

Among the long and widely varied lists of things to be thankful for, Al Green’s quote tops them all. To be thankful for every moment. . .well, that is as thankful I think as a person could get.

Albert Barnes said it this way: “We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” Being thankful for every moment covers this nicely, but I like the way it is pointed out clearly that we are better to be thankful for everything, even the things that at first blush may not look to be serving us very well. I find that it is amazing to express gratitude for the things that aren’t now seemingly working out, for I believe that they always will unless we thwart the effort of God.

Last, I like how Alan Cohen, one of my favorite writers puts it: “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

May Your Day Bring You Bountiful Joy!

Spread Some Joy Today–There’s so much to be thankful for. One way to help remember is to make a list. The other is to be thankful 24/7.

Daily Inspiration 11-27-13

Daily Inspiration 11-27-13

“To seek permission

is to seek denial.”
 

— Steve Jobs

I agree 100% of this phrase from the famous Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, and many other endeavors. It is very rare that I would ask permission to do anything whether it was on my job with an employer, or in my family.

I learned early on that by asking permission, I was technically seeking denial and it was most common to hear the word no, or some excuse that sounds a whole lot like no. That wasn’t what I wanted to hear, so I learned to stop asking and just do.

There is an old saying that it is better to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission. I agree with that of course. But, the interesting part is that it will be rare that you will need to ask for forgiveness because most of the decisions would have been right on the mark.

You just have to trust that you are your own best consultant.

Give Yourself The Gift Of Your Own Authority.

Spread Some Joy Today–It is a effortless time to be generous. Find some ways. They are all around you.

Daily Inspiration 11-25-13

Daily Inspiration 11-25-13

A Course in Miracles tells us that all acts

are either expression of love or calls for love.

People who are angry, hurt, belligerent, or

difficult in any way are calling for love.

If we can see them not as mean people attacking,

but as children who are in pain and starving,

it is easier to be with them and respond to them

in a way that disarms their hurtful behavior.”

 
— Alan Cohen

Wouldn’t it be interesting and also cool to look at behavior in the way of the quote above. Instead of returning anger from anger or hurt from hurt, we could return love for anger and love for hurt and help the healing process. For, I’m sure we all have learned full well that returning fire for fire is of no real use. Really.

Who Could You Not Love? It’s A Fair Question. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Let’s just enjoy this day to the fullest. Why the heck not?

Daily Inspiration 11-24-13

Daily Inspiration 11-24-13

“If you frequently give yourself permission

to doodle, wander, and be totally unproductive,

and you actually relish such interludes,
I can guarantee that your genius, creativity,
and productivity will increase exponentially.

I’ve seen it happen a billion times.

Through the roof,

The Universe.”

— A Note from the Universe, Mike Dooley

I love this message that came on December 7th, 2012. It resonates with me today. And, I am a work in progress on this whole idea.

You see, I have spent a lot of time finding things to do for myself. Some make an income, so do not, and all consume my time. What is worse than anything is time I spend feeling that I should be doing something that I either don’t want to do right now, or need to do. Now, I’ve learned recently that the word need is an interesting word and statement. It seems like it is solid, firmly planted, immovable, and righteous, instead I find that it is really a variable. In fact, I think it is as much a variable as the word want.

Based on that, this new philosophy of need allows me so much flexibility in how I choose to address it. Or when. Or if. Or, if I will even pay it any attention at all.

So, recently I have been experimenting by giving myself permission and authority to doodle, wander, and be totally unproductive on purpose. At first this was a challenge for me, but as I practice, I find myself enjoying my days so much more, and I don’t know that anything is suffering as a result of my playfulness. I even feel more creative, and productive in a new way.

Isn’t Life Interesting. . .?!

Spread Some Joy Today–Well, there ya go. Spread some joy today. That’s got to feel good, don’t ya know.

Daily Inspiration 11-23-13

Daily Inspiration 11-23-13

“We long for an affection

altogether ignorant of our faults.

Heaven has accorded this to us

in the uncritical canine attachment.”

 
— George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)

Dogs are so simple. Eat, sleep, pee on things, look curiously at us, wag their tail, show enthusiasm for a walk going anywhere in any terrain, location or time of day, spoon over being petted desiring ever more.

Humans are complicated. If Charlie wants to go for a walk, he’s ready in a moment. I, however, must put on my shoes and socks, pants, brush my hair–you know, get ready. He’s sitting there watching and I’m sure he’s thinking about the world coming to an end before we actually get going. Yet, when I’m ready, again is he in all his glory.

He doesn’t care about any of my idiosyncrasies. He doesn’t seem to think anything of it. When I go pet him, he relaxes as if he is taking a spiritual bath in complete and total safety. He loves to be loved.

You know, speaking of that–humans are challenged about loving being loved, or so it seems. We’re not sure. Perhaps there is an alternate agenda that has not been disclosed. Perhaps they aren’t thinking what I’m thinking. Perhaps this isn’t real. Perhaps this is insincere. Perhaps they will love me then hurt me. There is much fear mixed in and this mixture leads to resistance, tenseness, questioning, and less allowing.

When we are like Charlie and we relax and allow, what a change takes place in how we feel–in fact, in how we both feel.

By Allowing Love Openly And Without Condition, We Experience Bliss.

Spread Some Joy Today–Release your fear. If only for today. Notice how you feel.

Daily Inspiration 11-22-13

Daily Inspiration 11-22-13

“My wish for you is that

this life becomes all that you want it to.

Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small.

You never need to carry more than you can hold

and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,

I hope you know somebody loves you,

and wants the same things too.

This is my wish.”
 

— Rascal Flatts

Nicely said . . .

Hear the song and see all the lyric at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhrCc8VCHns&feature=kp

Remember The “Somebody Loves You” Part. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–by spreading this sentiment. Loving yourself and loving others.

Daily Inspiration 11-21-13

Daily Inspiration 11-21-13

“Insults are like angry bulls. . .
they can only

do damage

if you let them in.

You can’t control what people say,

but you can control if you let it bother you.

 
No one’s opinion of you

is more important than you own
.”

 
— Doe Zantamata

The last line in this wonderful quote is certainly the most important. So, get a piece of paper out and write this one sentence down in bold lettering: “No one’s opinion of you is more important than your own.”

People may have something to say about you. Perhaps how you do your job, how you are as a husband or father, wife or mother, friend or associate. They have a right to their opinion and sometimes what they have to say lifts us up. That is a wonderful thing. Then, other times, what they may say is not uplifting. In fact, it might even be downgrading or derogatory about you.

This is important: Listen to all that uplifts you and let pass you by the opinions that don’t. Let me repeat: Listen to all that uplifts you and delight in it, and let all the other opinions pass you by and be on their way.

There is no opinion of you that is more important than your own opinion on yourself. You are in charge of your own life. Let others–allow others, to be in charge of their own; however, let no one else be in charge of you except you. What they have to say can be accepted or rejected at will. You are your own best judge.

Allow Yourself The Authority To Be Your Own Judge.

Spread Some Joy Today–Whatever helps you to feel good about yourself today, do that. Let everything else wait.

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