Month: October 2014

Daily Inspiration 10-31-14

Daily Inspiration 10-31-14

“Millions saw the apple fall, 
but Newton asked why.” 

— Bernard Baruch 

Sometimes people say that there are no silly questions. I wonder. . .

Here’s a thought I had recently. How much would the water level drop at the coast if all the ships in all the oceans were lifted out of the water? Every time a ship is built and put in the water, a good deal of water is displaced. In fact, that is how they often measure ship size by the weight of the water they would displace, or that would spill out of a completely filled container.

Here’s another question. How low was it before ships were ever put in the water? How about one more. If a ship is put into the Indian Ocean, would that have even the slightest effect on the Pacific ocean?

Sometimes a guy just wanders through the day with silly thoughts and silly questions.

“The Larger The Island Of Knowledge, The Longer The Shoreline Of Wonder.” — Ralph W Sockman

Spread Some Joy Today–by just enjoying yourself today. Who knew it was that easy?

Daily Inspiration 10-30-14

Daily Inspiration 10-30-14

“We often take for granted the very things 
that most deserve our gratitude.” 

— Cynthia Ozick 

Up until the last few years, I wasn’t grateful on a regular basis. There might be whole days or even strings of many days without the thought of gratitude for something. Sad, but true. But, I have turned that around completely now.

Each day now, I find myself grateful for more and more things in greater quantity. I now practice it all my waking hours to the point that now hardly an hour goes by without my having gratitude for something or someone. It is closer and closer to pure joy and awe.

I’ll give you some examples. Trash collection. The more I think about this service, the more gratitude I have for it. I take the trash out and put it in a receptacle and once a week the truck comes and takes it away. Can you imagine a month without trash collection? We would be buried.

Here’s another: running water. In terms of history, it was a nanosecond ago that we had to go down to the creek with buckets and carry it back to the house. If you wanted hot water, you had to heat it on the stove. Just think what it took in labor to have a hot bath. Now, I just get in the shower and turn it on (probably the other way around. . .) and there it is. It is effortless. Anytime I want a drink, I lift the handle and there it is clean cool water.

These two things are commonly taken for granted, yet other than a roof over my head and clothes on my body, they are at the top of the list of things that affect my life. There is a long list of these kinds of things that we can focus on and be truly grateful for every day. Like the computer, I’m typing on and the Internet I’m connected to. It is all so awesome to contemplate.

How about the weather? I look forward every day to experiencing the weather. Frankly, I could care less now what the weather will be like, but that I enjoy every moment of it. Yesterday we had 30-50 mph winds all day. It was glorious. Cloudy, overcast, sunny, cold, warm, rainy, dry, they are all so perfect and all so very interesting. I used to complain about the weather. I NEVER complain about the weather now. Each day is like a snowflake–all different in some way and each unique.

These are just a few examples of how I find gratitude in every single hour of every day. It is a whole new world for me in my later life. You might say, I have been reborn. I can now find joy anytime I decide to open myself up to experience it. There are no limits to how much gratitude I can have. The more I find, the more I find.

This change has been gradual and has really moved quickly in the last few years. There is a book I read that really had a large influence on getting me started on this path. It is Power In Praise by Merlin R Carothers. Books that I read later kicked it into high gear. Some of these books are, The Gratitude Effect by Dr. John Demartini, The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W Dyer, and many others. Their influence of directing me toward gratitude for everything has been life-changing.

You will find, as I have, that becoming a gratitude finder will be the best thing that will ever happen in your life. Ever.

I Am Thankful Every Waking Hour! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Feel the joy that comes from being thankful every hour. It’s okay to smile outwardly. Inside your ecstatic! Way cool.

Daily Inspiration 10-29-14

Daily Inspiration 10-29-14

“As human beings, we are endowed 
with freedom of choice, and we cannot 
shuffle off our responsibility 
upon the shoulders of God or nature. 
We must shoulder it ourselves. 
It is our responsibility.” 

— Arnold J Toynbee 

I love that phrase, “freedom of choice.” I was thinking about freedom of speech and that out of love and respect we allow others to say that which they will. At the same time and within the same love and respect, each of us has the right to choose that which we are willing or interested in hearing. I guess you could say that with freedom of speech, we must accept freedom of attention.

It’s almost election day and for the last couple of weeks, I’ve received a plethora of odd sized flyers and publications about the candidates. Of course, it is them talking about them, and it reminds me of resumes. I think resumes are such a waste and I would never believe one, and for the same reason, I suppose, I feel that way about those political resumes I just mentioned. Blah, blah, blah. How they are crime fighters, baby kissers, independent thinkers, brilliant strategists, all out for jobs, and other such ideals seems to be the way they always approach elections.

That caused me to think that I could care less what they have to say. The thing that might interest me is what they do, and what they have done, and not from their point of view, but my own or that of those I trust.

I like how Ian Percy states, “we judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions.” It seems to be the other way around in most elections.

“Love Is A Choice You Make From Moment To Moment.” — Barbara de Angelis 

Spread Some Joy Today–by remembering that regardless of what is, you always have the choice of what to think, and how to feel. Think joy, feel joy.

Daily Inspiration 10-28-14

Daily Inspiration 10-28-14

“If you judge, 

— Seneca 

Maybe you’ve heard someone say, or maybe you’ve said to someone, “they have a bad marriage,” or “that was a bad business decision,” or “their behavior is so bad,” or “he has a bad temper,” or “that was a bad move,” or “what a bad choice that was,” or “business is so bad,” and hundreds more.

Questions: Was it really bad? Was it all bad? What specifically was bad about it?

I had a thought the other day and wrote it down. It was this: What is good about bad? What is right about wrong? What was fantastic in the terrible?

In yesterday’s sharing, I mentioned learning from Anthony Robbins and his book, Awaken the Giant Within. I know this is where my idea the other day came from. It comes from page 201 in the hardcover volume that he calls The Problem-Solving Questions. There are five of them, but I only want to focus on number one right now. That question is, “What is great about this problem?” This led me to ask, “what is good about bad?”

So, what is good about bad? It is impossible that anything is all bad, or all good for that matter, so there have to be things that are good about bad. The life-changing key to asking these kinds of questions is a renewed and more whole perspective of life in general.

Let’s try a few. Let’s say you’re broke and you’re barely getting by and all you can think of is how little you have and how much you want some more money. I’ve been there and know that feeling. It sucks. Big time. So, what is good about this? You might scream, “nothing is good about that.” But, that isn’t true, so let me ask, “if there could be something good about it, what might it be?”

Some possibilities: you always wanted to know what it was like to be broke and now you’re experiencing it for real. Or, now that you are here, there is only better from this point.” Or, look how much I have learned about what not to do about money, so I am going to make a list of better choices so that I need not experience this again. Or, I’m seeing now how my lack-mentality or lack-thoughts have brought me to this place. Now I can change those thoughts to prosperous thoughts and draw more from the world of abundance. There are a long list of positive aspects that can be seen if one only takes the chance to open up and look.

Whatever the problem is, whatever is perceived as bad, or wrong, find the wherewithal to ask Anthony’s question number one: What is great about this problem. Or what is good about this bad? Everything is perception and perception is one of the most malleable things in our life. It is as easily changed as we allow it to be.

“Questions Change The Resources Available To Us.” — Anthony Robbins 

Spread Some Joy Today–by asking good questions. What is great about today? How does that make me feel?

Daily Inspiration 10-27-14

Daily Inspiration 10-27-14

“It’s not what happens to you, 
but how you react that matters.” 

— Epictetus 

As I grow and become a more calm and joyous person, I still have what feels like automatic reactions to things. It might be a statement someone made, a criticism directed toward me or something I was a part of. I know it is my ego and my ego is the one reacting, but I am ultimately in control of that aspect of me as much as any other, so by virtue of the idea of practice, I improve the results over time.

What is true now is that even though I may initially react and even open my mouth and speak back to the perceived attack, I catch myself in action and take back my control and sensibility. I might even stop mid-sentence, but stop I will. And, over the years of practice, these outbursts of emotion are less, and they are absolutely less intense and far shorter in duration. That is what I love about practice.

My goal is a calm consideration and if I am to react, I want to react with love. Life is way too short to go around being upset about trivial things–and believe me, in the scheme of life and death, all this stuff is trivial. Besides, when someone is attacking another for whatever reason, it really isn’t about the one they attack, it is always about themselves and how they feel and think. We create our own enemies inside ourselves. That’s still too deep for many, so I promote practicing calm consideration and love in all our reactive moments.

Anthony Robbins helped me with some vocabulary on this subject and others by simply changing a typically overused word or phrase to something different. For example, go from, “I’m so pissed at you!” to “I’m quite tinkled about you right now.” That changes everything. If it doesn’t get you laughing, we can dig deeper into Anthony’s word and phrase arsenal.

I quoted this from Mr. Robbins back in 2012 in the February 12th Daily Inspiration, and it is easily worth quoting again from his book, Awaken The Giant Within: “From Tinkled To Turbo-Charged — What would your life be like if you could take all the negative emotions you ever felt and lower their intensity so they didn’t impact you as powerfully, so you were always in charge? What would your life be like if you could take the most positive emotions and intensify them, thereby taking your life to a higher level? You can do both of these in a heartbeat.”

Go from being angry to disenchanted, anxious to expectant, disgusted to surprised, exhausted to a little droopy, frustrated to fascinated, overwhelmed to in demand, stressed to energized. Then go from being awake to raring to go, cool to outrageous, determined to unstoppable, energized to turbo-charged, good to vibrant, happy to totally blissed, strong to invincible.

These are the kind of word changes I have so much fun with when people ask mundane questions such as, “how are you today?” or “what’s new with you?”

Going From Pumped Up To Soaring! 

Spread Some Joy Today–It’s as easy as flipping a switch. You get to flip it.

Daily Inspiration 10-26-14

Daily Inspiration 10-26-14

“Almost all absurdity of conduct 
arises from the limitation 
of those whom we cannot resemble.” 

— Samuel Johnson 

You see the lives of well known people such as, Steve Jobs, and others who found their place in life and continued on that path to greatness. On a more personal scale, we might see those in our family or from our list of friends who find something they are good at and then they do that all their lives becoming experts at what they do.

Often when we might think of these people, we might think they had passion for what they did and that drove them on toward greatness. It does make sense that they would have a passion for what they were doing and even though it might be a life-long passion, we find that even more endearing.

I had this thought the other day that I have had a number of mini-passions, rather than one lifelong passion. I had a passion for playing guitar and singing; albeit without lessons, but it was a mini-passion. Then I had a passion for songwriting, and then recording music, working sound reinforcement, then just being a musician. I had a passion to sell things on eBay and get a shooting star rating. I’ve had a mini-passion for commercial trucks, teaching, being a sales manager, writing a book, being a husband, and the list goes on.

What I’ve come to find is that these mini-passions are just perfect for me. If we really looked at Steve Jobs, we might find that he too had a lot of mini-passions, yet so many along a certain path, yet off the path enough that it wasn’t one long passion.

In addition, as I look at what I’ve read about Steve Jobs and his life, it was adversity that caused his real rise to fame. It was getting fired from Apple that led to his greatness because it caused him to become great within himself. I can relate to that because I’ve had a similar situation where I got fired and it led me to places I never would have thought of and all of them a substantial improvement.

So, where ever you find yourself, I think allowing the passions within you to express themselves is perfect and being concerned about whether they have a long lasting presence is a waste of energy. Go with the flow however long it lasts and move on to the new passion. I’m hoping that with myself and with you that those passionate thoughts will keep a steady stream of excitement and suspense.

A Long Time Ago, A Friend Said To Me: “When The Surf Is Up, Hang Ten!” It Is Still Great Advice. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Choose to have some fun today. It is always that easy.

Daily Inspiration 10-25-14

Daily Inspiration 10-25-14

“He who trims himself to suit everyone 
will soon whittle himself away.” 

— Raymond Hull 

I was talking with an old friend today who shared some of the mentors that I was reading and listening to in the mid-80s like Anthony Robbins and others. In addition, after I was not in this persons life anymore, she was following the edicts and advice of some friends who were also studying self-help and some organized help services to help become a better person.

What was interesting in this conversation today was that she said that at some point she just decided that she was not in need of being fixed and that there wasn’t anything wrong with her and so she just let all that stuff go.

Now, of course, there are things that we all need to continue to learn to expand as beings on this planet, but chasing the latest self-help guru is not for everyone. Some will obviously benefit from that, but others, like my friend, have heard enough and decided to pursue their life ambitions and life experiences rather than try to be someone who they are not.

I applaud that decision and that she was consciously choosing to accept herself the way she was as being already whole and not in need of change at that time. This may also change, but I could tell that she felt so good about her choice back then.

Accepting Ourselves The Way We Are Is Always Our Own Choice. . . So Is Changing. We Are In Control. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by taking what resonates with you and leaving the rest for someone else. There is no joy in resistance.

Daily Inspiration 10-24-14

Daily Inspiration 10-24-14

“Henry Ford, poor and uneducated,
dreamed of a horseless carriage,
went to work with what tools he possessed,
without waiting for an opportunity to favor him,
and now evidence of his dream belts the entire earth.
He has put more wheels into operation
than any other man who ever lived,
because he was not afraid to back his dreams.”

— Napoleon Hill,
Think and Grow Rich

I love Henry Ford. In my heart, I have always sort of been a Chevy guy, but I love Henry Ford. The quote above is a good part of it. He believed in himself and he had a strong desire. He had to have said to himself many times, “I’m going to get ‘er done, no matter what it takes.” Well maybe without the drawl. . . However, he has been known to say, “I want it and I’ll have it!” Now, that is a pure power right there. Pure power. Desire, commitment, determination, follow through. An amazing man.

Have you ever felt so strongly about anything you wanted? If you did, you must have received it. There is so much power in the decision. To say, “I’m going this way!” And, then confidently, going that way. Believing all the way.

Or, beginning on a project knowing full well you don’t have everything you need and doing it anyway, expecting it to all work out well. That, my friends, is courage!

I’ve heard people say, “you have to count the cost,” or, “wait until you’re ready, the time is not right,” or, “what do you know about ______?” A lot of dreams and ideas get washed away like a wave covering the sand on the beach with those comments.

Here’s an idea for you: Any of you have children? Did you have it all planned out up front before the moment of conception? All the issues were covered and consulted with experts? All financial preparations made prior to the need, like college, tutors, braces, etc.? How about all the emotional coverage? The spiritual stuff too?

How about marriage? Was all that planned out ahead of the need and the funds set aside for the home, furnishings, transportation, children, etc.? The emotional issues? The spiritual issues? The daily issues?

All good, right? Yeah, sure!

Well, you found a way anyway, didn’t you? You dealt with it as it was happening, right? You might have even enjoyed the process of the transitions from one place to another. You also made mistakes. Plenty of them. And, of course, you had many, many successes. You dealt with all of them in real time.

So, what’s the deal? If you can take two of life’s biggest challenges like marriage and children and figure it out, you can do the same with business, your career, the things you’ve always wanted to do and have put off year after year. If that doesn’t give you a bit of confidence, I don’t know what will.


Spread Some Joy Today–Give Someone Else Some Well Deserved Praise (Or Just-For-The-Heck-Of-It-Praise). The Practice Will Help You Praise Yourself!

Daily Inspiration 10-23-14

Daily Inspiration 10-23-14

“After a time, you may find that ‘having’
is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as ‘wanting.’

It is not logical, but it is often true.”
– Mr. Spock, Star Trek

When I read this quote, I related to it immediately. It is often very true for me.

Some recent (last few years) examples: I wanted a very special and very rare electric guitar. I found one, bought it. Then I never played it and sold it. I wanted a treadmill, bought it and I have used it about 5 times in three years. Mostly it takes up space by owning it. I could probably list almost every possession I have and it would be that way, though most of them are just here or in storage, again not being used.

I’ve thought about this often and it feels kind of weird to want things, finally get them and then not care about them anymore. I think Spock is right: “It is not logical, but it is often true.” Of course, I also have things I love and use and continue to take pleasure in.

The thing for me to reconcile is that it is natural and okay to want things. It is also okay to get them. And, if I no longer really want them, or they no longer hold that value I thought they would have, it is okay to let them go again. Sort of like catch and release fishing. It’s that the things are just not that important, but the desire is.

This made me think of advertising by P.G. & E., our local electric and gas provider. They advertise that they encourage people to conserve power as if that is critical. The government encourages the same and I’m sure that P.G. & E. does this partly due to government encouragement. But conservation is not the answer.

I see a lot of ads by Shell Oil and Chevron about conservation, using less fuel and how good a thing this is for everyone. That’s like a car dealer saying don’t buy so many cars. It’s so stupid to hear them say that when this is diametrically opposed to what they do as a business. Conservation is not the answer.

The answer is not conservation, it is desire and expansion. The energy solution is new types of energy, and especially cheaper and renewable energy, instead of doing the same things and expecting a different result (insanity). The desire for something new creates expansion until something new arrives.

The same is true with us. We are desire-driven creatures. Desire is good. Holding it down and beating it up is not good. An expansion is a good thing. Believing that abundance exists is good. Creating shortages and promoting that concept is not good.

Play with your desires: I ran across this from Bob Proctor and others. It is big fun and quite rewarding. Take out a few sheets of paper or a notebook. Now, write everything you want until to have at least 101 things. Trips, places you want to go, things you want to do, people you want to meet, situations you want to happen, businesses you want, anything you want regardless of its size or cost. Pay no attention to any of the ‘how’ part, just focus on what pleases you when you think of it. Pay attention only to ‘what’ you want, as if the ‘how’ did not really matter at all.

This will be a powerful thing for you to read again and again and watch what gets crossed off. It is really fun and you will be amazed at how many get crossed off in a relatively short period of time. We are desire-driven. You are in charge!

I Will Get My. . . Satisfaction. I Will Get My. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Call One Or Two Special People And Tell Them You Love Them. Out Of The Blue Is Cool.

Daily Inspiration 10-22-14

Daily Inspiration 10-22-14

“Strength does not come from winning. 
Your struggles develop your strength. 
When you go through hardship 
and decide not to surrender, 
that is strength.”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

“What convinces is conviction. 
Believe in the argument you’re advancing. 
If you don’t, you’re as good as dead. 
The other person will sense that something isn’t there, 
and no chain of reasoning, 
no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, 
will win your case for you.”

— Lyndon B Johnson

Rags to riches. Don’t you love those kind of stories. It’s not always hard work, though it certainly looks like it and maybe it even feels like it at the time. Whether it is hard or not is not the real issue, it’s the commitment–the belief in your own ideas and dreams and plans. No one else will be convinced unless you are, so you will need to work on yourself far more than everyone else.

Frankly, I think that is the good news because that is where all the power of your idea is born: in your developing belief. It is easy to think you believe when you think about it and even visualize it and perhaps carry it with you for a time, yet it is the testing of your belief in your own dreams that gives you the strength you really need to succeed.

Isn’t that interesting? I know it because I am going through this very thing and I am amazed and enlightened by the realization of what is really going on. Actually, this realization excites me and I am looking forward with keen interest at what will transpire in the year 2015. It will no doubt be a critical year in my growth and the growth of our companies.

The more I see how this works, the more fascinated I become.

Do you have anything that is testing and strengthening you? If you become fascinated rather than frustrated, you can walk confidently through the valley of the shadow of strange times and do it with joy. How cool is that?

I Turn My Frustration Into Fascination! It Is So Much More Interesting And Rewarding.

Spread Some Joy Today–Whatever is testing you can be changed to joy. Fine tune your argument to strengthen your belief. Enjoy the process. It can be fun.

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