Month: January 2015

Daily Inspiration 1-31-15

Daily Inspiration 1-31-15

“Deliberately guiding your thoughts
is the key to a joyful life, 
but a desire to feel joy
is the best plan of all. . . 
because in the reaching for joy, 
you find the thoughts that attract 
the wonderful life you desire.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Success is one of those strange single word topics that has trillions of words written about it, and it is also true that everyone individually defines it for themselves, even if they choose to use someone else’s definition as their basis.

One of my favorite books I’ve ever read in my life is, Love Is Letting Go Of Fear by Gerald G Jampolsky. I’ve mentioned it many times because it is a very simple, short, concise book for people of any age to use as a common-sense guide for a happier life. In the book, Gerald talks about goals and rather than trying to juggle personal goals, business goals, and all manner of other goals, that it would be more productive and more effective to focus on just one goal that will help all the others to fall in place. He said that was the goal of peace of mind. Peace of mind is way beyond contentment. It is at the highest level of positive emotion.

In the reading of, The Law Of Attraction by Jerry & Esther Hicks, there is something identical, yet using a different word. On page 71, Jerry asks, “What do you see as success? What would you say is the mark of success?” Here is Abraham’s answer:

“The achievement of anything that you desire must be considered success, whether it is a trophy, money, relationships, or things. But if you will let your standard of success be your achievement of joy, everything else will fall easily into place. For in the finding of joy, you are finding vibrational alignment with the resources of the Universe.

You cannot feel joy while you are focusing upon something not wanted, or the lack of something wanted; therefore, while you are feeling joy, you will never be in the state of contradicted vibration. And only the contradiction in your own thoughts and vibration can keep you from the things you desire.

. . . By paying attention to [your] Emotional Guidance System, and by reaching for the best-feeling thought that you can find right now from wherever you are, you will allow your broader perspective to help you move in the direction of the things that you truly want.”

Peace of mind. Joy. Knowledge. Love. Freedom. Empowerment. Appreciation. All are at the top of the emotional scale, and what better place to aim for than this. The more joy I find in my life, or rather, it is better to put this way: the more joy I allow in my life, the more everything else follows suit.

I Am Practicing Until It Becomes Habitual. Yet The Joy Along The Way Is More Than Enough. 

Spread Some Joy Today–It takes one to know one. It takes joy to spread joy.

Daily Inspiration 1-30-15

Daily Inspiration 1-30-15

“What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes 
have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, 
and then crumbled swiftly into dust 
before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!” 

— Agnes Repplier 

I’ll never forget a short scene from the movie, Arthur, where Dudley Moore who played Arthur, is in the backseat of his limo with a female companion and they’re both having a drink, and he all of a sudden bursts out in joyous laughter. The woman asks what that was all about and Arthur says, “Sometimes I just think funny things.”

I’m not sure what has changed in me, but I find myself doing the same thing quite often throughout the day. I see something and it fills me with joy and I start laughing. I think it is just a build-up of my practicing my own deliberate creation of what I want throughout the day, and it is getting easier and easier.

Today started out that way. I’m typing on my computer, and all of a sudden my dog Charlie starts barking at me one bark at a time. I look over and he’s staring at me. It’s just too dang cute, so I laugh. He barks some more. He wants attention, love, petting, touching. I know this and love the fact that he has no problem saying what he wants, so I go over while laughing and give him some love, talking to him.

We go for a walk and across the busy street, there is a little dog yapping at us with his or her nose sticking out of a hole in the fence. It’s just too dang cute, so I start laughing and telling that dog that we’re coming for a visit. So, we cross the street and let them meet each other.

I’m stopped at the railroad crossing watching this freight train going 50-60 miles per hour go by and we’re right at the crossing gate. It is all double-stacked containers on container cars. It must be five miles long. We’re there for several minutes as it keeps coming and coming and coming. I’m laughing the whole way through. It was fantastic.

Now, it’s true, most people wouldn’t think any of this is funny, but it is just my joy leaking out. The washer in my joy faucet is allowing more and larger leaks. I don’t have the time nor inclination to fix it. I’m enjoying it too much.

I see an ambulance ahead on the other side of the road coming toward us. I’m thinking, they are just turning on the lights and sirens to get to the lunch place without traffic! There isn’t an emergency. They’re just bored. So, I start laughing. Then I have a huge thought:

If you think that last elongated recession was big, it would not be a tick on a prize bull if all the people in the world began experiencing Well-Being. Just take a moment to imagine how many industries, businesses, products, services, and more are related directly and indirectly to the lack of Well-Being, commonly called dis-ease. This would be an unmistakable blip on the EKG of the entire history of human-kind. There would also be such a rush toward new businesses, positions, products, industries, and services that focused on more Well-Being. It would be flippin’ amazing. So I’m laughing through that whole thought process and getting a rush of my own imagining everyone going around in total bliss!

Whatever has changed in me in the last many months, I eagerly look with excited anticipation of more of this because it is so empowering and feels so good. Laughter is only a symptom of a specific train of thought. I’m loving my thinking of late. If I could bottle it, I’d be a zillionaire (or is that gazillionaire?) If I could wish something for you, it would be some of this!

“When People Are Laughing, They’re Generally Not Killing Each Other.” — Alan Alda 

Spread Some Joy Today–and laughter is one of the better ways of spreading it.

Daily Inspiration 1-29-15

Daily Inspiration 1-29-15

“The greatest gift 
that you could ever give another 
is the gift of 
your expectation of their success.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Since I was a small child, I have always been excited about learning. In fact, in all my schooling, my eagerness to learn was powerful, and I also experienced far more frustration from the poor teaching and the rowdy students who didn’t share my enthusiasm. So, when I found a teacher that was a guiding light for me, it was a pure treat and I took leaps in learning at those times.

I have found the same thing with books. To me books are teachers. Many had knowledge but left me cold, and then others fired me up with passion for the subject. I’m sure that we have all had these kind of experiences in school, and in life at places we’ve worked and more.

It’s also interesting how I can read a book a second or third time and see plenty that I obviously completely missed the first time around. Jerry & Esther Hick’s book, The Law of Attraction wasn’t their first published in book form, but it was first recorded on cassette tape and then to CD back in 1988. It finally made it to book form in 2006. I first “read it” as an audiobook and in the last couple of weeks began reading the printed version.

In much of the book, Jerry is asking Abraham questions on various subjects. One of those questions was, “which is more moral, giving or receiving?” I’ve often heard that asked this way: “Is it better to give or receive?” I will quote part of Abraham’s response:

“Often when people speak of giving and receiving, they are referring to gifts of action, or material things, but the Law of Attraction is not responding to your words or actions, but instead to the vibration that is at the basis of those words and actions.”

This part jumped off the page at me: “Let us say that you see those who are in need of something. Perhaps they have no money, transportation, or food. And as you see them, you feel sad (because you are focused on their lack and activating that within your own vibration), and from your place of sadness you offer them the action of money or food. The vibration that you are transmitting is actually saying to them, I do this for you because I see that you cannot do this for yourself. Your vibration is actually focused upon their lack of Well-Being and therefore, even though you have offered money or food through your action, your dominant offering is perpetuating their lack.”

They continue, “It is our encouragement that you take the time to imagine those people in a better situation. Practice the thought of their success and happiness in your own mind, and once that is the dominant vibration that you hold about them, then offer whatever inspired action you now feel.”

I’ve often shared books with people. In looking back at this thing I have done for the last 30 years or so, many times, I was trying to help someone find their way because I was seeing them as lost, or I was seeing them as in need of help. Very few of those people probably read any of the books I would give for two reasons. One, they weren’t asking, and two, I was perpetuating their lack. I wasn’t being helpful at all, I was just thinking I was.

Other times, I’ve shared just from pure love while uplifting them in general and this is the best place from which to give. It makes receiving more full, even if they choose to put it on the shelf. I sent our entire team Jerry & Esther Hicks’s book, Ask and It Is Given, and I wasn’t thinking of their lack in any way. I also sent a letter explaining why I was giving it and that if they had no use for it at this time, to feel free to let it go.

Since reading this section I’ve described, along with practicing and noticing, I love the message because I could go back in my mind and even feel how it felt to give things, whether it was a book, or money to a needy looking person on the street. I can feel it now, but then I wasn’t paying attention. How we are feeling about giving whatever we give makes all the difference in how it is received and what that means to them. This also applies to every interaction we have with people.

“Which Is Superior, Uplifting Another By Believing In Their Success, Or Adding To Their Discouragement By Noticing Where They Are?” — Abraham, Esther Hicks. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing others to make choices for themselves.

Daily Inspiration 1-28-15

Daily Inspiration 1-28-15

“The reward of a thing well done 
is having done it.” 

“Nothing great was ever achieved 
without enthusiasm.” 

“The creation of a thousand forests 
is in one acorn.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Yesterday’s ‘train the trainer’ commercial truck training event went very well. My joy was in the opportunity and in the doing of this. The reason I say that is because of the passion and enthusiasm at the basis, and as Emerson says, nothing great was ever achieved without it.

In addition, my joy is to share my perspective on this subject with any who would like to learn more and different ways to approach commercial truck sales and management. That is why I wrote the book, Commercial Truck Success. Within that acorn is a thousand forests.

One of my connections on LinkedIn sent me a complimentary message saying that I was “an influential resource in the work truck industry.” Kind words, and I like kind words. I have endeavored to be of service, but I’ve also had people think I was crazy and misguided. What others think cannot guide me, I need to look within and operate from my own inner guidance or alignment. 

Yesterday began from a potentially negative place and I chose a different response. I chose laughter, being lighthearted. I began driving to the location 90 minutes away with a set of intentions. I intended enthusiasm, sharing my passion, teaching in a way that they want to learn and that they would enjoy their time. I intended to cover what was important and to fill them with more enthusiasm for what they do. I intended safe, efficient and enjoyable travel to and from all destinations. I intended to enjoy myself. That pre-paving of the day with these intentions made a difference as they always do.

The training was full day from 9am to 4:30pm, and I was a little hoarse at the end, but I was elated with the event. The thing that I felt the most joy in was in teaching enthusiasm and demonstrating passion. In the afternoon section, we were learning how to do an effective walk-around presentation of different truck bodies. They began with bland facts about the truck body and after some coaching, ended with some absolutely grand presentations full of enthusiasm, passion, interaction, and a better way to point out features. In fact, one of them might be the best presentation I’ve ever seen. What a rush it is to see that transition and the joy on their faces in having done it and felt the improvement themselves.

They left the training with a different outlook on what they do and some tools and ways to be more effective with their dealers. I left with the reward of having done it. It was a more than fair exchange.

Now I’m Ready For Ten More! 

Spread Some Joy Today–because there just isn’t anything better than spreading joy. And, it’s not about what others get, it’s about us having done it. Of course, you have to have it to spread it, so you get the best of it.

Daily Inspiration 1-27-15

Daily Inspiration 1-27-15

“This is my secret, he said. 
I don’t mind what happens.” 

— Eckhart Tolle 

Eckhart Tolle said, “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love–even the most simple action.”

I mentioned this a long time ago, but a local owner of an auto repair facility had a little sign in his shop by the cash register. I’ll never forget it. It said, “1. If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly. 2. Shit happens.” These different observations all have a common theme: Don’t worry, be happy!

I went to bed early last night because I’m doing some teaching this morning. It will be a fun experience because it will be my first ‘train the trainer’ class. I’m excited and eager. So, I got up early at 4am. I come out to my office to do the Daily Inspiration first since I procrastinated last night. Guess what happened then. . . my keyboard isn’t working. I thought it might have been the program, but it is the keyboard. How often do you suppose a keyboard just stops working? But, I tried what I could think of by restarting, hard booting, changing USB portals, all to no avail. Good timing. . .

My laptop battery is dead since I use it so little anymore, so I plug it in. Then on startup, it wants to install a Java update. So I think, no problem, it won’t take long. Then mid-install, it stops responding–locked up. I exit the update. Well. . . I don’t need to go further, but there is much more for sure. When these kinds of things happen, it seems that they come in groups. And, as I type, there is still more going on.

By now, I am laughing with pure joy. I have a huge smile as I type. It is funny to me. At other times in my life, I would have been very upset, maybe even throwing things, complaining loudly, talking to the ‘stupid machine,’ and generally being upset. Now, I laugh, and that is so much progress in well-being for me that it is hard for others to imagine. When you don’t mind what happens, and you honor the present moment, whatever is going on is fun, joyful, light. When you dishonor the present moment with frustration, disappointment, impatience, discouragement, blame, and a number of other negative emotions, life really is a struggle.

The best a negative emotion can do is for me is to be aware of it, and make a decision if those thoughts that created it are what I want or what I do not want. This morning, I decided that I do not want those thoughts. I want joy. So, I look at the very same shit that is happening, and it becomes laughter and fun instead. I think that is fascinating.

There is an old saying and a song from church that says, “when you’re going through hell, keep going!” I say, when you’re going through hell, don’t keep going; instead, change your thinking so it is heaven, and there’s no reason to hurry!

I’m Hoping Your Day Is At Least As Joyful As Mine Is Starting Out To Be! 

Spread Some Joy Today–It smells better. Feels better too.

Daily Inspiration 1-26-15

Daily Inspiration 1-26-15

“What is the difference
wanting and needing? 
How it feels.” 

— Albert K Strong 

I have often confused wanting and needing, and I have learned how to tell the difference by how each of them feels and I learned this from the Teachings of Abraham:

“When you want something and are thinking about how wonderful it will be to have it, your current emotion feels good because your current thought is a Vibrational Match to your true desire. But when you want something but are currently thinking about not having it, about the absence or lack of it, your current emotion feels bad because your current thought is a Vibrational mismatch to your true desire.”

They continue: “The difference between wanting and needing is not just speaking different words. A pure state of desire or wanting always feels good because you are a Vibrational Match to what is in your own Vibrational Reality. A state of need always feels bad because you are a Vibrational Match to the absence of your desire and are therefore a mismatch to your Vibrational Reality.”

Even though this explanation resonates perfectly with me and I understand it well, I don’t even really need to understand it if I will pay attention to how I am feeling. Our own internal Emotional Guidance System is simply the best tool I’ve ever had, where I know that if I am feeling negative emotion that I am off track, and, if I am feeling positive emotion, I can feel that I am on track.

I like to call it being in alignment, or resonating. It makes perfect sense to me.

Any musician should understand resonance. For many years, I used a simple tone generator to tune my guitar. It would generate a tone for the E-string for example and I would turn the tuning machine until the string sound and the tone generator matched. It isn’t just something that you hear. It is something that you can feel. The old way was using an A-note tuning fork which vibrated at 440 Hertz, as I tuned the A-string on the guitar, I could feel it as the vibrations were the same. The guitar string resonated with the tuning fork. Even being off the slightest amount makes a difference and is dissonant, not resonating, out of tune. It isn’t a matching vibration. Most good tuners now use lights, green in the middle and red lights on either side of the perfect resonance place or the in-tune place.

It is exactly the same inside me. My inner being, inner knowing, higher self, or whatever label you choose, is my tuning fork, or my tone generator. Whatever thought I am thinking will resonate with or not resonate with my inner being. When it resonates, I feel positive emotion, or you could say, I’m in tune with my higher self. When I feel bad or any negative emotion, I am dissonant, out of harmony with myself, not resonating, out of alignment. When I am aligned, I feel good, when I am out of alignment, I do not feel good.

My Tuner Is Built In And I Have Grown Quite Fond Of The Value Of Resonance And Alignment. 

Spread Some Joy Today–You’ll know it when you feel it. It resonates very positively.

Daily Inspiration 1-25-15

Daily Inspiration 1-25-15

“I’m thankful to
all those who said no. 
It’s because of them, 
I did it myself.” 

— Wayne Dyer 

Several months ago, I read Wayne Dyer’s wonderful book, I Can See Clearly Now, and since it is essentially an autobiography up to the end of 2013, I learned a lot about Wayne Dyer, the person. Since I’ve followed Wayne since his first book in the seventies, Your Erroneous Zones, I have been not only following along with many (not all) of his books, but I’ve been growing right along with him. I find that sort of thing very interesting.

In almost every situation he discusses in that book, and there are so many, he found resistance and/or did not like the direction someone else was trying to guide him, and then he made a decision to take charge himself and take the power into his own control. One was his first book which the publisher refused to print more copies of because he was a first-time author and they didn’t want to spend any money promoting the book at all. So he took control in some very interesting ways, You’ll have to read to book to get that whole story, but he turned it into such a massive success that what he earned that first year was more than all his previous years combined.

I’ve done some of that myself by creating my own positions at some places that I’ve worked, building my first website not knowing a dang thing about it, and more. I rarely take no for an answer. In my wallet, I used to carry a quote written on the back of a business card that someone shared with me. It was from George Bernard Shaw, and he stated, “People who say, ‘It can’t be done,’ should not interrupt the people who are doing it.”

Sometimes I see people (I’ve even heard myself say it from time to time) who say that they can’t succeed or do their job because they are not getting the support they think they need. Or, they are missing certain materials and such that, though they could be helpful, are not absolutely necessary, and indeed they can always be created by ourselves.

Wayne Dyer invested in himself. When they said no to the book promotions and that they had unsold copies and wouldn’t print more, he decided to create his own book store in his garage and dipped into his savings and bought all the remaining copies that the book publisher had, then he ordered more so they had to print more. Then he went out and sold them out of his trunk, went on hundreds of radio shows across the country telling people to go to the local book store where he had many copies on consignment, and much more. He knew what he wanted and he refused to take no for an answer.

But, here’s the key and Wayne Dyer didn’t speak of it, but effectively lived it: He didn’t swim upstream very far with the publisher. He could have just complained and complained and complained, and instead, he knew what he wanted and took charge. In fact, he led the publisher, not the other way around. That is fascinating.

So when someone tells me that they are being held back because of this and that and they won’t do this and that, and all that stuff, I just try to guide them to take the initiative themselves to make it happen. It starts in the mind. It starts with desire. It then morphs into inspired action. If the desire is weak, the thoughts are weak and all the action in the world won’t bring the desired results. It’s like trying to make a positive out of a negative. You have to begin with the positive: I want to succeed at this, I want to do this, I will do this.

I had a thought today (along with a few thousand more) about how one can be locked up in prison for life and be happy. No matter what the circumstances around us, and no matter what others might think about us, we have one power that is completely our own, and that is what we choose to think. We have the choice of looking at life with hope or despair. Viktor Frankl said that this was what made all the difference in whether he and others died in a concentration camp in Germany or whether they lived. It is our frame of mind, our focus, our choice of how we think. It always was and always will be.

I Am Blessed When Someone Says No, Or Says It Can’t Be Done. They Have No Real Authority Over Me Anyway. I Choose. I Always Get To Choose. 

Spread Some Joy Today–in accepting your own power to choose your joy.

Daily Inspiration 1-24-15

Daily Inspiration 1-24-15

“Our intention creates our reality.” 

— Wayne Dyer 

For 2015, I set forth numerous intentions. A few have already in the first 24 days of the year, come true. I am not totally sure why, but have an idea why, I am looking at this year with such joy and expectation of massive growth. My future looks so bright to me that it almost blinds my eyes. I am 65 years young, and have this outlook on my life, which I think is absolutely fascinating. I have such a thrill inside me with a smile on my face that feels ten feet wide as I think about with eager anticipation the brightness and delight of this year.

The law of attraction has always worked perfectly in my life. It is just that I didn’t know it in the past, and so often, as a result, I would simply get more of what I already had. Probably the biggest and most powerful change in my entire life is learning the value of being aware or paying attention to this law and then deliberately making use of it for my benefit. It has and will always bring me more of what I am thinking about, and intentions are powerful thoughts.

One of my intentions for this year was to do more teaching in person. I made the intention and then just let it go. I have already had teaching opportunities come to me and I laugh with joy as they have come simply from my intention and the law of attraction doing the arranging of people, places, and all manner of things toward the achievement of my intention. And this, without me putting forth the least bit of effort. It is more a trusting and allowing thing than a make it happen kind of thing.

There is such power in intentions. Resolutions come and go. Goals are like work. But intentions are really what you want. There is no should in an intention. There is desire. There is focus. There is trust and allowing when you know the powerful forces that are available to do most of the work. There is passion because these are things or changes that you want. There is joy because they come from your joy. They feel good when you write them and they never, ever feel bad. They are not needs. They require almost no effort in coming into your reality. They are exciting, and create excitement.

And, they don’t take very long typically to come into being. I’ve already experienced the fruition of several of those on my list. In addition, I am adding to the list as I have those desires. And last, it is just plain fun. Isn’t that the way it should be?

A List Of Intentions Is A Very Powerful Attractive Tool. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by intending to be joyful. It really is that easy.

Daily Inspiration 1-23-15

Daily Inspiration 1-23-15

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older? 
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long. 
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together 
in the kind of world where we belong?” 

— First verse of the song, 
Wouldn’t It Be Nice 
by The Beach Boys 

“I want to buy it, but I can’t afford it. I want more money because I’m sick and tired of being broke. I want to find the right person because I’m sick of all these losers I’ve been dating. I want a better job because this place just doesn’t appreciate me.”

What is the issue with all these common statements? In sales, we call it selling and then buying it back. We state what we want, then we negate that statement by talking about what we do not want. It’s sort of like wanting the solution, but then we continually discuss the problem over and over.

I’m sure we have all said these kinds of statements, or something like them not realizing that we are asking and then giving it back at the same time. Because this is a very common thing, of the 22 Abraham-Hicks processes to help us make use of the information learned in their book, Ask and It Is Given, one is called, Wouldn’t It Be Nice… .?

The idea behind the process is to soften the resistance or potential resistance that has become a habit for many of us. When we get rid of resistance, we can then allow and be in the position of receiving the things and situations that we want. We need to focus on the what we want part and avoid completely how it will happen and all the other things that we cannot control. If we focus on what we can control–the thought of what we want–we can get out of our own way and get on with it.

The way they say when to use this process is “when you find yourself leaning toward the negative and therefore offering resistance, and you want to turn it around to something more positive, or when you are already feeling good, and you want to focus more specifically on certain areas of your life to make them even better, or when you want to gently guide a negative, or potentially negative, conversation to a more positive place for your benefit or to gently guide someone else.”

“When you say, “I want this thing to happen that hasn’t happened yet,” you’re not only activating the vibration of your desire, but you are also activating a vibration of the absence of your desire–so nothing changes for you. But when you say, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this desire would come to me?” you achieve a different sort of expectation that is much less resistant in nature.”

I’ve begun using this a lot in the last few months. There is no doubt that it helps me to stay on the positive side of expectation and I can feel that it softens my resistance. Plus, it is a great way to use our imagination and allow ourselves to think about the possibility of asking for things that we might have previously considered improbable or impossible in our mind. In addition, it is just fun and keeps everything so light.

Abraham offers a few sample questions:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a really productive day at work?
Wouldn’t it be nice if I stumbled onto something that really worked for me?
Wouldn’t it be nice if my metabolism began to cooperate with me a little more?
Wouldn’t it be nice if I could reclaim the bodyweight I had when I was such and such an age?
Wouldn’t it be nice if I find someone, and we waltz off into the sunset together?”

I think this is a gentle and delicious game to feel better and to lean toward the positive, uncaring how it will come, which is the perfect place for allowing it in.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by planning to enjoy yourself before you get there.

Daily Inspiration 1-22-15

Daily Inspiration 1-22-15

“I can’t say this strongly enough, 
but our feelings about ourselves 
are actually the most important 
barometer for determining 
the condition of our lives!” 

— Anita Moorjani 

Abraham Lincoln said, “It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claim kindred to the great God who made him.” Another perspective of that idea comes from Shannon L Alder: “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” There may be many of us who don’t and haven’t felt worthy, even some for most all of their lives, and living life according to what others have laid out as good is part of it. 

As I look on this subject of worthiness, and of being the real and true me, I see hundreds of influences that have endeavored, almost always with the best of intentions, to lead me where they think best. My mother, father, then step-father, grandparents, other relatives, church, school, employers, teachers, friends, spouse, and more. It seems in looking at this pile of influencers that so many had advice on how best to succeed (whatever that is), do well, become a better human being. Under all of that influence, it is incredibly easy to lose sight of our own inner power, our own inner knowing, our own guidance system. Instead, we accept and then seek even more from others to find our way, or to follow a so-called proven path.

I like how Elizabeth Gilbert claims it: “Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” Instead, some even dip into and out of deep depression, as Margaret Atwood blatantly describes: “I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”

It doesn’t matter what is wrong. Indeed, there is nothing wrong. I know this now because I found my inner guidance, my inner knowing, my true self. The more I learn to allow, to appreciate, the stronger I get in insisting that I am fully in charge of my own reality, my own creative ability, my own worthiness, my own love of myself, and a real and genuine love of others which comes naturally from this connection. We all have it, and we were born with it, and we allowed others to influence us to give it to them which created the only real problem we have ever had. It was a problem because no matter how smart, wise, intelligent, or well-intended another is, they simply cannot be me, live my life, think my thoughts, create for me. We each can only exclusively do that for ourselves.

This quote from Abraham and Esther Hicks helps guide us back to our self: “The key to. . . experiencing the absolute absence of resistance, of achieving complete alignment with all that you have become and all that you desire, and of bringing to your physical experience everything that you desire–is being in the state of appreciation. And there is no more important object of attention to which you must flow your appreciation than that of self.” 

Those who have taught us, many with the best intentions, that to focus on ourselves is selfish, conceited, and wrong, that we are not worthy, that their way is the right way have a right to their opinion. And we, have a right to guide ourselves and judge for ourselves, make our own decisions, and to focus on our own inner knowing. We can reclaim this any time we choose to do so. The best thing that I can do from anything and everything that I have ever written in these Daily Inspirations is to inspire you to your own truth, your own inner knowing, your own inner guidance, as I have learned to do for myself.

The exercise that I asked you to do yesterday is a powerful exercise and is worthy of repetition regularly. I think it is of the utmost importance that we understand and appreciate ourselves, to love ourselves as deeply as possible, and to then from that solid foundation, love others in the same way because we know that they are worthy, even equally worthy as ourselves.

Taking The Time To Appreciate Yourself Is Among The Most Worthy Of Activities, The Results Of Which Will Speak Volumes To You, And Then Through You To Others. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being in a constant state of appreciation.

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