Month: March 2015

Daily Inspiration 3-30-15

“How you see 
and how you feel about today, 
has a lot to do with 
how you see 
and how you feel about the past.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

The good ole’ days. Those were the days that are better than today. I was in my prime, I was younger then, life was easier then, I was naive then. So as I look back or see photos of the past, I think how much better it was then. When I do this, my present is diminished considerably. 

I was sharing a 25-year old photograph with a friend. It was good times then. It is now as well. When I look at the past with gratitude, joy, appreciation, I am doing that in the present, so I am enjoying that and feeling those emotions right now. If I look at the past as if those were the days, better days than now, or wish that I could go back to them, I am feeling those emotions right now and they are guiding my life right now. 

This is a perfect reason to appreciate the past, find joy in the past, regardless of what went on. If I look at a past event that had pain attached at the time, those emotions of pain and trauma are in my present and I am feeling them in my life right this minute, not in the past. I am recreating them now. How do you suppose that affects today? Or even tomorrow?

It seems natural to have memories stored in two columns–the good memories in column A and the bad and painful memories in column B. But, that is not natural, and it doesn’t serve me.

If I find the appreciation for what was, the joy in the experience, or the joy in the learning from experience, or the idea that things happened then because that is how you were and others were then, I will feel the appreciation, joy, and knowledge gained right now, today. I am the accumulation of all of my experiences.

Many people I have known over the years have left this Earth physically. What I think about that and how I feel about that has everything to do with how I think and feel today. If I am feeling sad that they are gone, I am feeling that today. It is affecting how I live, think and feel today. If I look at those events with appreciation, growing love, and joy, I am experiencing that today, right now, and that changes the event to something positive right now.

So, the way I see the past has everything to do with how I see my present. How I feel about the past, has everything to do with how I feel about the present. And, I am thinking and feeling all of that in the present.

They say you can’t change the past. You’ve heard that over and over again. It’s untrue. You can change the past. The only way you can change the past is by changing how you think about it, and feel about it, and talk about it today. We are always so much more in control of our lives than we think. When you realize that you CAN change the past to something that you can love and appreciate, you are exercising a power that changes worlds. 

No Matter What It May Seem Like, There Is Only The Present. And, It Is A Present. It Is A Gift. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by simply enjoying your day, and any other days that come into your present.

Daily Inspiration 3-29-15

“What is the difference
between a moment and 25 years? 


A moment can have
a lifetime of significance.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

I am learning many things every single day, and sometimes something that I learned becomes so apparent to me that it becomes a “moment of significance.” It gets my attention. It is an “ah-ha” experience. I think, “of course!” And, another one of those moments of significance happened today. 

I learned it from my dog, Charlie. It’s amazing what he can teach me without using any words.

I got up to go in the other room with an intention of kicking back in the alternate recliner chair (since Charlie has taken over mine) for a little nap or imagining session. As I got up, I see his face and his eyes looking at me. He’s just too cute. So I gave him a little pat on the head and turned to go. Then, I looked again, and instead of going to the other room, I wheeled a chair over to the recliner and gave him some totally focused attention and love.

It’s not the kind of thing you do for hours. A few focused minutes works very effectively, and I could see how much he appreciated it. But, you know I didn’t really do it for him. I did it for me. That was the lesson.

I’m a loving guy. I’ve known this for a long, long time. Yet, I can always be more loving. As I flashed on that moment, I thought how many moments exactly like that were passed by with Nancy. It’s not that I’m beating myself up at all about any of that, it is simply a lesson that I get to choose those moments, and I could have chosen so many more, and those moments of significance would have built a reservoir of loving affection in both of us.

Nancy would have so enjoyed more of that as any person would getting focused attention and loving appreciation. Now, of course, I did do this, but I could have done it more often. That would be so nice, yet the ultimate benefit is how I feel by making that choice, taking that time, offering that affection and quality focus, and the more often I do this, the better I feel, and the grander my love grows.

To think how many times I cheated myself by being focused on less significant moments, and often mundane wastes of time and energy. Being in a hurry to do something not really important. Again, I don’t feel bad about any of the moments I missed, I’m only acknowledging that they could have been better, but it was what it was, and I was what and who I was then.

I am more now. More appreciative. More loving. More of who I really am. More in alignment with the Source within me. I spend far more time in the present. I am also less now. I am less focused on the things I feel that I have to do. I am less focused on time. I spend less time seeing faults. I spend almost no time worrying about anything.

Step One: Notice Significant Moments. 
Step Two: Be Present With Them. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by giving people your undivided attention. Even a few moments makes all the difference.

Daily Inspiration 3-28-15

“Love is, above all, 
the gift of oneself.” 
— Jean Anouilh 

I love this quote, and I would add something to make it even more interesting and important: Love is, above all, a gift TO oneself. It is entirely a selfish interest although we think otherwise generally. Yet it is very much a gift to ourselves.

Here is an interesting excerpt from a workshop by Abraham, Esther Hicks on March 9th, 2001: “The person that needs to do something is not that person. The person that needs to do something is you! Some of those people in your life do not deserve your good thoughts. In other words, “They are bad. They are evil. They are wrong! They are inappropriate. They do not deserve your good thoughts,” and you stubbornly are not going to give them any. They may not deserve your good thoughts. But you do. You deserve your good thoughts about them. This is what the Art of Allowing is. It’s allowing my own Well-Being.” 

One of the things that is most beneficial to remember is that our feelings and our thoughts are our own. It’s not about what someone or some country, or some anything did or is doing to us. It is what we choose to think about that.

Often we think that we do not choose this, but we do. Somehow we think that this act, this person, this country invaded us and caused us to feel a certain way and to think a certain way, but they do not. We choose what to think and our emotions about that tell us how we are thinking about this.

If we are in alignment with the Source within us, we will have good feelings. If we are having bad feelings–anger, resentment, hate, blame, worry, and such, then we are out of alignment or in disagreement with the Source within us.

No matter what, it comes back home to our own thought and our own emotion that is caused within ourselves, not from someone else, or some act, or some philosophy. It is of our own creation.

At the same time, that is true of love and all the good feeling emotions. We caused that. We chose the thoughts, and the good feeling comes from our alignment within ourselves with the Source within us. 

We are the ones who deserve to feel good. We are the only ones who can claim that prize. The only way to claim it is by allowing all others to do or be or have whatever they choose, while we choose our own. It’s not just a matter of letting go, it is more a matter of feeling good about them by allowing them to be whatever they choose to be, and this will ensure our own good feelings within ourselves.

Love Is After All And Above All A Gift To Ourselves. So Give It Freely!

Spread Some Joy Today–by very selfishly choosing love.

Daily Inspiration 3-27-15

“O how I laugh when I think
of my vague indefinite riches. 
No run on my bank can drain it, 
for my wealth is not my possession 
but my enjoyment.” 
— Henry David Thoreau 

Every single person on the planet can be rich in this way. Isn’t that the most powerful thing? Every single person. There aren’t enough banks on the planet to hold those kinds of riches.

I Hope You’re Laughing Too! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by laughing all the way past the bank. . .

Daily Inspiration 3-26-15

“As a leader, you would be wise
to empower some people who work for you
to fill in your talent gaps. 
For example, if you are not good at details, 
then hire someone who is 
and have them work closely with you.” 
— John C. Maxwell, 
The 360 Degree Leader book 

I’ve always thought this was interesting. In my consulting company, Commercial Truck Success, I promote creating a team in the commercial truck department of dealerships. That team consists of salespeople (obvious), a dedicated non-selling manager, and an administrative assistant. This team works like magic to make things happen.

Yet, there is so much resistance from dealers to the dedicated non-selling manager, which is not hard to overcome; however, it is the administrative assistant that I get the most resistance on. In my mind as a dealer, I think, “why should I pay a manager $50-$100 per hour to do paperwork, and other administrative tasks when I can get that done better and more efficiently and more accurately for $15-20 per hour?” Yet many would have their highly skilled commercial truck managers doing admin work and it is costing the dealer nothing but money in lost income.

This is true in a lot of organizations. Now that I have had a business that deals with a very wide variety of businesses, it is interesting how I see much of the same philosophies about this aspect as dealers.

I started my business, Upward Trend Management Services, LLC and Commercial Truck Success by myself. It became obvious to me in the earliest days of that enterprise that I could use a partner in many ways. I reached out and found one quickly, painted a far rosier picture than reality would support and had the help I needed.

I cannot even imagine doing this business without my business partner, Ryan. He was about as perfect a choice as one could possibly find. What I might have lacked, he made up for, and today, after seven-plus years, he is the driving force of the business and I am the support team. And, we have added more support people as we have moved forward, and all of them came prior to the fullness of the need. We now have eight people in total and they are all over the country.

I have seen several people become managers who were far better at sales. I have seen some of them actually be good enough as managers, but the administrative things, or rather, the detail things, fell through the cracks. Everyone has a different skill. It is smart to make the best use of the people and the skills they possess without having them be forced to do things that are not in their skill range. 

Hiring assistants is so much cheaper and so much more effective than paying the higher price of a manager or other skilled person doing something they are not good at doing.

Time To Get Some Help? It’s Something To Consider, From Mowing The Lawn To Filing To Helping You Be More Productive–And Happier Too. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of the need to hold on to stuff. Just let it go, and by that simple act, joy can fill the void.

Daily Inspiration 3-25-15

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way
to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. 
If people believe in themselves, 
it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” 
— Sam Walton 

Some leaders are so adept at this strategy, that to not succeed is unthinkable. The better people feel about where they are spending a majority of their awake time, the better everything goes. The better they perform while at work, the better they relate to their family and loved ones, the better they feel about themselves. And, the latter is the driving force to all the rest.

Find Ways To Uplift Another Whether You Think You Are A Leader Or Not. If You Uplift Others, You Are.

Spread Some Joy Today–because it’s the last Wednesday of the month. Heck, any reason is a good one.

Daily Inspiration 3-24-15

“Change the story 
and you change perception; 
change perception 
and you change the world.” 
— Jean Houston 

Whatever your story is, or the story within the story, the accumulations of thoughts repeated over and over that eventually become beliefs–whatever it is, if it is not serving you, then the opportunity always exists to change the story. When you change the story, your perceptions changes, and when your perception changes, you change the world. We all have our own world from that perspective.

Here’s an easy one to recognize and I recognize the differences in me very clearly. How many times have you thought, “shit happens?” Or, maybe the randomness of events is what you see. You might think, “well, I didn’t attract that. I never would have asked for that in my life.” You only take responsibilities for the positive things and blame others, circumstances, fate, and all manner of outside things for anything negative that comes? You joined the club.

So, I’ve said this one before, but it is so darn good, I could repeat it forever. I used to believe that shit happens that we have no control over, but I gave that up. One very clear thing I adopted was the idea that “things are always working out for me.” A simple idea. And, you know what? It absolutely changed my story, which changed my perception, and this whole thing changed the world that I see. 

Another thing was learning the idea of my emotions being a guidance system instead of just how I feel when “bad shit” or “good shit” happens. Learning that I can know what it means and what to do next when I pay attention to how I feel changed my story, which changed my perception, which changed my world, and my life.

Remember that a belief is just a thought we keep thinking, so when we finally realize that this belief is no longer serving us, we can choose a better feeling thought, and another, and then our story changes, perception changes, and the world we live in changes.

Is It Time For A New Story? A Better Perception? Changing Your World? You Are The Only One In Charge Of That. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Who doesn’t want joy? Not Any.

Daily Inspiration 3-22-15 – #2,000

“Everyone is selfish. 
It is not possible to be otherwise.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Woo-hoo! A milestone! This Daily Inspiration message is number 2,000. Every day since 2009 except one day. Wow! Pretty amazing. To me, anyway. I wonder how many words that has been? Whew! A lot! Some of you have been on this adventure with me for a lot of years, and I absolutely appreciate the company and occasional feedback and support. Now, back to my regular programming. . .

An age old question: Is it better to give or receive? The answer: No.

Think about it. If it is better to give than receive, the giver is shortchanged. And, at the same time, the receiver is short changed. That would make giving a less appealing proposition, and receiving would be a negative, guilt-ridden experience. They are equally good. So next time someone gives you something, be a generous receiver and accept it with an open and loving and joyous heart.

So often, at least from my own upbringing, we may have been taught that to give is better than receiving and that receiving is selfish or self-centered. It was all gibberish. I know that now, but still it was with me for so many years.

Abraham sheds some light on the subject of selfishness: “We are often accused of teaching selfishness, and we always agree that we certainly do teach selfishness, for you cannot perceive life from any perspective other than from that of yourself. Selfishness is the sense of self. It is the picture you hold of yourself. Whether you are focusing upon yourself or another, you are doing it all from your selfish vibrational viewpoint, and whatever you are feeling is your point of attraction

So, if from your perspective of self you are focused in a way that you are feeling good, then your point of attraction is such that the things that you are attracting–through the Law of Attraction–will please you when they get there.

If, however, you are not selfish enough to insist upon focusing in a way that feels good, and you are focused upon something that feels bad, then your point of attraction is such that you are negatively attracting–and you will not like what is coming when it gets there.

Unless you are selfish enough to care about how you feel, and therefore direct your thoughts in such a way that you are allowing a true connection to your Inner Being, you have nothing to give another anyway. 

Everyone is selfish. It is not possible to be otherwise.” 

So, yesterday, I wrote about the Book of Positive Aspects and how important that can be if you want to have a better relationship with whomever, and all that you have relationships with.

This same idea holds true for ourselves. I think it is equally important, and maybe even more important to create Positive Aspect lists about yourself. Try to think of it this way: If your Inner Being only sees the positive aspects of others, and when you align with that, your relationship soars, the same would be true of yourself. What do you suppose your Inner Being, or the God within, or Your Higher Power, and such thinks about you? Your Inner Being sees only the positive in you, and do you see that in yourself?

How many times during the day are you internally putting yourself down. I’m too fat. I need to lose weight. I hate these wrinkles. I don’t like the way these clothes fit. I used to feel good but the older I get the worse I feel. I can’t do the things I used to be able to do. My knees aren’t what they used to be. I don’t feel very appealing. I need to exercise more. I need to exercise period. I’m not happy with the way things are. My spouse pays less attention to me lately. Where’s the love?

It’s all counterproductive to what you want. So, just like yesterday’s post, get your Book of Positive Aspects open and start a page and turn it into several pages of all the positive aspects of you. Don’t leave anything out, no matter how small or insignificant you might think it is. Keep writing until you cannot anymore. Then do it again tomorrow, adding to the list. Then again tomorrow add to the list and keep on until you think you’ve got the best list you can come up with. Then review the list often, giving praise and appreciation to yourself, feeling that alignment with who-you-really-are.

Feel the joy as you are in alignment with your Inner Being by relishing the joy you feel with that connection and the fact that your Inner Being is jumping up and down, saying YES! YES! YES! YES! That’s Right! Yes, that is how I see you. YOU ROCK! Let’s do this some more! I Love You! You Are Wonderful! Right On. Left Face. Keep the pace. I’ll see your joy and raise you some ecstasy. Get on with your awesome self!

It’s Not A Matter Of Deserving; However, You Deserve It! YOU ROCK! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by accepting it for you. Today is Selfishness Day!

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