Month: July 2014

Daily Inspiration 7-31-14

Daily Inspiration 7-31-14

“Mirth is God’s medicine. 
Everybody ought to bathe in it.” 

— Henry Ward Beecher 

They say that laughter is the best medicine and I find a lot of things funny, so it’s all good. One of my favorite, silly, yet so funny movies that I own is a farce called, My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, among other greats. I’ve watched it several times and find myself laughing aloud each time and most of the way through. There are some really funny lines, and Steve Martin is classic, and in addition, the cast selection is superb.

What I found for the first time watching it again tonight is that it was written by Nora Ephron and executive producers were Nora Ephron, Goldie Hawn, and Andrew Stone. I adore Nora Ephron movies and she is so funny as a writer and director. I had no idea she was involved in this movie until tonight. Interesting.

Nora has written books, screenplays, essays, drama and more. Some of her work is Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood, Heartburn and more. I love her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts On Being A Woman. In fact, I love all of her work and movies and own most of them. She helps me to laugh.

Laughter simply has a way of brightening my day and the more of it I find, the better I feel about everything. Don’t you find the same thing? It doesn’t matter how serious things might get if you have laughter available on demand.

My business partner helps me to laugh often, I laugh with clients and I have learned to laugh at myself when I find myself doing something goofy, strange, or just interesting.

I have a number of signs I made around my office room. One in a prominent location says, No Seriousness Allowed!, another says, Lighten Up! Have More Fun! These days, I find that my main goal in life is simply to enjoy myself and I find a lot of ways to do just that. Oh, and I do some work here and there in between. Just for the fun of it.

What A Life!

Spread Some Joy Today–What can it hurt? In fact, it may soften a lot of hurts.

Daily Inspiration 7-30-14

Daily Inspiration 7-30-14

“Behavior is the mirror 
in which everyone shows their image.” 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Barely two weeks ago, I received a diagnosis from a doctor that is probably something many have heard but was never thought of as hearing it said to me.

Yesterday, I talked about finishing Wayne Dyer’s wonderful book, I Can See Clearly Now, and he talked about how he had been teaching certain things for many years and then having to experience it for himself and having a hard time with it, yet realizing, that he must come to terms with it in the way that he taught.

It’s an interesting thing about teachers and the fact that they may be sharing what others have done, overcome, occasions risen to, and so on, but they probably have never experienced it themselves. Once the opportunity comes, beyond the momentary shortness of breath, the teacher realizes that it’s truly time to look in the mirror. So it is with me.

I’ve talked, promoted, and otherwise praised the whole idea of praising God or the Universe for everything including those things that may seem at first to be negative. And, I’ve done much of that on a small scale. Now the scale is slightly more grand. I also praised so profoundly the book that opened my eyes to that idea of praising God for illnesses, infirmities, and more in Power In Praise by Merlin Carothers. It’s also funny to me that my wife who died just a year ago gave that book to me some years back having not read it herself.

Now I get the opportunity to live up to all that I have said, and promoted, and praised. Now I get to look in the mirror at myself and not talk about ideas belonging to others without having experienced them myself.

I’ve taken a couple of weeks to let this settle into my mind and I have found a resolve to act in ways that I have spoken of and have been living for many years now. I get to see the power of praise in motion and finding a better feeling thought, and then another and another and another. I get to realize as Norman Cousins did in his quote, “It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.”

I will also keep up my Daily Inspirations because they are far more for me than anyone else who may read them. I am always sharing a little bit of me in all the ideas I share and come across, so it only makes sense.

Gratitude is my comfort. I am continually thankful for so much in my life and am finding more to be grateful for as I become more thankful. How interesting all that is.

I Looked In The Mirror And Saw The Person I Claimed To Be, And It Was Good. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Illness is just resistance to well being. Strange, but true. By letting go of that rope, we are carried away in the stream of well being.

Daily Inspiration 7-29-14

Daily Inspiration 7-29-14

“The fact that you are willing to say, 
“I do not understand, and it is fine,” 
is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.” 

— Wayne Dyer 

I just finished reading a couple of treats. One was James Garner, whom I have always admired and who died within the last week. He published an autobiography, The Garner Files in 2011 and it was absolutely fascinating. What a life! It’s amazing he made it through his twenties, let alone into his eighties.

The other was, I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer, which is also an autobiography handled in a very interesting manner. Another fascinating life, and still living it fully. Though I learned so much about him and his early life in the book, what I took out of it mostly was my travels with Wayne, how and when I walked away, and then much later came back to his fine teachings, and yet, even though there is so much that he has taught that has resonated perfectly with me, there is also much that has not, and that I don’t understand in the way he does.

I read his first book published shortly after it came out. It hit the world by storm in a very short time and it was called Your Erroneous Zones. Since I was studying a lot of self-help psychology in the early seventies, this book was perfect for me at the time and I loved it. His follow up the second book, Pulling Your Own Strings, was equally powerful for me and was what I needed at the time, along with a few million others on the planet.

I was very much into Transactional Analysis from, I’m Okay, You’re Okay, and other similar books then as well. I was looking for ways to understand my emotions, other people and what they did, my own motivations, and so much more. I read everything I got my hands on from a wide variety of authors introducing this new genre of self-help books.

Then Wayne departed from psychology for the masses and was exploring spirituality and doing his best to interpret that for the masses. I read, but couldn’t keep up with that change, so I backed off and went looking for other authors.

In 2007, I finally came back and began reading some of Wayne’s books again. It was the book, The Secret, that got me enthused and reinvigorated toward learning about what I call practical spirituality. It was the same thing that appealed to me about Wayne Dyer with Your Erroneous Zones. It was the practical, common sense explanations that helped me to develop a greater and greater understanding. Then with Wayne’s, The Power of Intention, Eckhart Tolle, Esther Hicks, and many others, I was back on the path and excited all over again.

What I enjoyed about Wayne’s autobiography, I Can See Clearly Now was the transition he made and mine were so similar but the timing was not the same. It’s interesting to sort of “grow up” with someone; an author; a mentor that I’ve never met or talked to, and though he is about 9 years older, it is like having a big brother.

I am so full of gratitude for Wayne, and all these other teachers who have been opening my eyes and heart to a better life. And, it is only getting better still.

Enjoying The Wonder Of My Own Expansion.

Spread Some Joy Today–There’s more joy where that came from!

Daily Inspiration 7-28-14

Daily Inspiration 7-28-14

“Sell your cleverness 
and buy bewilderment.” 

— Rumi 

This is not just wonderful spiritual advice. Just imagine every day going through life at home, at work, in relationships with this awe and curious approach. The wonder of it all and the value of it all. The wonder of each other and the value of each one.

An Outstanding Bargain. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by simply enjoying yourself in whatever you find you are doing.

Daily Inspiration 7-27-14

Daily Inspiration 7-27-14

“When it is dark enough, 
you can see the stars.” 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It is fascinating to me what I thought of when I read the quote above. Of course, we all know that when the sun goes down and it becomes dark, and if it is a clear sky, that we can see thousands of stars at sea level. Even when we are at a higher altitude like four or five thousand feet, and away from the lights of the city, we can then see millions of stars with our naked eye.

Then, if we used a large telescope, we could see billions of stars, and then if we took the telescope into space out of the Earth’s atmosphere, and took some time, we could see billions of galaxies of billions of stars, along with uncountable numbers of planets and other objects that we cannot see.

It’s all there. It is always there. And, if we didn’t go out at night and look, we would not even know it existed, but it does with or without our observation of it, or knowledge of it.

Everything that we think we might want is there. As we look deeper into space, we see no end to the abundance. It is there. It is always there. We may not be able to see it with our eyes right now because we are blinded by the daylight, or the circumstances, or the noise, but it is there with or without our observation of it, or knowledge of it.

It is not something we seek so much as it is something we open our awareness to. Then by believing it, and knowing it is there and has always been there, we may experience it.

It Isn’t Lost. It Isn’t Found. It Is. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Jump in with both feet. It feels great.

Daily Inspiration 7-26-14

Daily Inspiration 7-26-14

“What you seek is seeking you.” 

— Rumi 

In all my years of learning, seeking, experiencing, there is one thing that stands out above all else other than virtues like unconditional love, joy, etc. It is this: The most powerful thing for a human being to have is the knowledge of what he or she wants. Expressed another, simpler way, it is desire.

We need to know what to move toward.

Sometimes we may not know what we want and it is telling in our lives. We lack enthusiasm, and we don’t feel alive. We may feel lost. It isn’t about feeling bad or feeling depressed, although that can certainly come as a result of this, but just a listlessness that is a great indicator that we have lost desire. Without desire, there is no life.

A good question expressed in the form of a desire is the best thing to grab onto here by saying to God or the Universe, ‘I want to know what I want!’ It almost sounds silly to say such a thing but saying it is important. It looks weird to write such a thing but writing it is important. It is important because knowing what I want is the life in the living and without it, a life not worth living.

What we want will always be a moving target. This is why it is called living. We may not even reach the desire before we have a stronger desire to replace it and that is perfection. It is, after all, the desire itself that is life.

“Everything In The Universe Is Within You. Ask All From Yourself.” — Rumi

Spread Some Joy Today–Seek and you shall find.

Daily Inspiration 7-25-14

Daily Inspiration 7-25-14

“The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger 
 do not exist independently of you in the world. 
They simply do not exist in the physical world, 
even though we talk about them as if they do.” 

— Wayne Dyer 

When people say such things as, ‘I’m having an anxiety attack!’, or ‘you make me angry!’, or ‘this job gives me so much stress,’ or ‘I’m afraid it’s going to get worse before it gets better,’ they all mean it I’m sure, and yet they are all victims at the same time.

Anxiety doesn’t attack, others cannot make us angry, jobs cannot create stress, and all fear is generally a fantasy taking place in the future.

When we take control of ourselves and realize that, as Dr. Wayne Dyer states so nicely, these things do not exist in the world independent of us, or in other words, they are fully our own creation for our own purposes, we may find more peaceful and self-fulfilling lives. 

Choose Relief Instead. Choose A Better Feeling Thought. Baby Steps If Necessary. 

Spread Some Joy Today–be yourself–the real you.

Daily Inspiration 7-24-14

Daily Inspiration 7-24-14

“In business for yourself, 
not by yourself.” 

— William James 

This is an idea that I’ve tried to impart to a lot of people in sales, and especially auto salespeople, and that is that they would be best served and have the best possible results if they would realize that they don’t have a job working for a company, but that they are in business for themselves, but not by themselves.

Of course, when you do it by yourself, you have capital outlays, and all kinds of logistics and a long list of expenses just to get to the point of beginning, but as a commissioned salesperson working for any company, even when treated as a business, there is very little of that in comparison. However, there would need to be some legitimate business expenses, yet they would be small.

The advantage of being in business for ourselves is tied to the idea of freedom. We get to control our own destiny as it were. The bigger advantage to the salesperson is that the company puts up most of the capital, supplies, buildings and furnishings, phones, often even computers, and so much more. In reality, it is often a far better business to go into business as than if one were to go open their own business because of these things.

The other thing is that there are people who support us in many different ways from accounting to filing to personal assistants. Not so much in business by ourselves, but with a team already in place. How cool is that?

Need more? More can be arranged. When we start out with this attitude and design of our own sales career, convincing others to help us do even better is relatively easy from this perspective.

When I first started in sales in 1972, I thought of this and treated it as if I were in business by investing in myself and my own growth, and by adding some small amounts of capital to give rewards to clients who referred people, and follow up systems. I didn’t have much money, so I got a library card and read every book I could on sales, then borrowed others, many from my so-called boss. In 1975, when I became a sales manager, I still invested in my own learning path, and to an even greater degree, which has never stopped all these years. In fact, it has increased dramatically.

If I were advising any salesperson starting out, it would be to treat it as if you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. What a difference it will make. 

A Tall Building Requires A Deeper, Stronger Foundation. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Your gratitude will light the path for yourself and others at the same time even if all you are thinking about is yourself.

Daily Inspiration 7-23-14

“The only limitation 
placed on our abilities 
is our inability 
to easily recognize 
our unlimited nature.” 

 — Jim Rohn 

Continuing with another post from Jim Rohn’s wonderful book, The Seasons of Life, I think that I relate so well to the quote above. I do believe that we are unlimited beings and so often we see our limitations instead. It’s part of the time and space thing, I’m sure.

He goes on to make it even more interesting: “It takes effort to become aware of our staggering and limitless abilities. It takes effort to become enthusiastic over a cause, or an occupation. It takes effort to continue when our results–as well as our friends–tell us to give up trying. It takes effort to feel right about everything that happens–the joy as well as the sorrows of life. And it also takes effort to learn to love ourselves above all others, especially when we are so consciously aware of our failures, doubts, and tragedies.”

Jim continues, “It does not, however, take effort to fail. It requires little else than a slowly deteriorating attitude about our present, our future, and about ourselves. It is ironic that one of the few things in this life over which we have total control is our own attitudes, and yet most of us live our entire life behaving as though we had no control whatsoever.”

Finally, he fills in the rest with, “By our attitude, we decide to read, or not to read. By our attitude, we decide to try or give up. By our attitude, we blame ourselves for our failure, or we foolishly blame others. Our attitude determines whether we love or hate, tell the truth or lie, act or procrastinate, advance or recede, and by our own attitude we and we alone actually decide whether to succeed or fail.”

I have always loved how graphically attitude can be seen in an airplane, even if all you could see were the instruments. The picture above is called an artificial horizon and it graphically shows your airplane’s attitude relative to the horizon. The yellow in the middle is the plane, the blue is the sky, the brown is the earth. Push the nose down, you see mostly earth, pull it up, mostly sky, turn right or left and it shows that visually. Level flight is just like the picture shows now.

Our own internal compass, or rather, artificial horizon, demonstrates our own attitude relative to other things. It may not be earth and sky, but you get the idea. Straight and narrow is good. Feeling good is good. How we feel is our true artificial horizon. By knowing how we feel, we know where our attitude is and what to do to correct or improve it. All we need to do essentially is pay attention and be interested in feeling better.

They Say, ‘Attitude Is Everything.’ I Think That Is A Fair Statement. A Better One Is, How We Feel Is The Best Indicator Of Our Current Attitude. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Choose to feel good today. Make a conscious choice.

Daily Inspiration 7-22-14

Daily Inspiration 7-22-14

“What we have been
is an established and unchangeable fact. 
What we can yet become 
is an unlimited, boundless opportunity.” 

— Jim Rohn 

Continuing the quote by Jim Rohn above, he says, “Therefore, do not allow your awareness of past difficulty or failures to adversely affect your current and future possibilities.” This is a quote from Jim’s great book, The Seasons of Life. This little gem of a book is only 125 pages and almost all of them have art on them, so it is short, yet is full of sparkles of wisdom from a so-called and self-professed failure who found a mentor who led him in a completely different and far more productive direction.

The chapter these quotes came from is The Effect of Environment on Circumstance. At the beginning he says, “All of us, whether rich or poor, young or old, educated or not so educated, is the sum total of all those people and events that have touched us since first entering this world.” He says that every thought we’ve had, movies we’ve watched, TV shows, and books we’ve read have had their effect. “Every disappointment, triumph, doubt, dream, and love for someone each had their effect. What we are and what we have, we have slowly brought upon ourselves. It is the human tendency to blame someone or something else for our lack of progress–we blame government, competitors, managers, inflation, pay schedules and even the traffic and weather for our circumstances.”

But, he says, “Those people and events which have left their mark–whether favorable or unfavorable–are now behind us. What happened even as recently as yesterday is no longer of any consequence unless we choose to allow it to be. What is of great importance is who and what it is that leaves its mark today, and each day thereafter.”

You know, I think it is so important to understand that every second of every day, we are beginning anew. We have certainly gathered a lot of experience and influences along our path, and yet, we get to choose what we do with that mass of information. If we are to use that information gathered all of our lives to our best advantage today, it would be to love it all, not feel that anything should have been different, and accept it as it was and how it was would have been full of value and benefit.

The only time we have that we can do anything with is this second, so often called the NOW. What was has been. It all had value. It all had benefits. If you didn’t see that, it may be worth another look. Then, we can make choices here and now for whatever we want today. We do get to choose all of that. There is nothing and no one to blame. However, there may be plenty of people, events and circumstances to thank once we see the value and benefit, and I can absolutely state as fact in my life that being thankful for all that has been is the best and most sure footing for moving forward today.

Wherever You Are Now Is A Perfect Place To Begin. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by blessing the path you have been traveling while learning to enjoy the view.

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