Month: June 2015

Daily Inspiration 6-30-15

“Forget not that the earth delights 
to feel your bare feet 
and the winds long 
to play with your hair.” 
— Kahlil Gibran 

Just when we thought that we were experiencing everything around us, a wise soul reminds us that we are also the experienced. I think that makes us the experiencer and the experienced.

Hmmm. An Interesting Perspective. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–because you’re going to be spreading something, and joy seems like a highly beneficial thing to share. Not everyone will accept it, but enough so that you cannot be discouraged.

Daily Inspiration 6-29-15

Life’s Biggest Lessons 

“The biggest lesson, in a sense I got, 
is the power of unconditional love. 

I think there is no power on earth, 
like unconditional love.” 
— Warren Buffett 

What does unconditional love mean? It means simply this: To love. Regardless. Absolutely. To fully accept.

Can we worry about someone and love them? Those two things vibrate at such different frequencies that it is like trying to get the music on 101.9 FM by tuning to 740 AM. Not even close.

Can we be disappointed in them and love them? Be angry at them and love them? Feel jealousy about them and love them? Feel grief and love them? Feel discouragement and love them? Be frustrated with them and love them? Have impatience or irritation and love them?

Not even.

In really loving them, this emotion is at the top of the scale, and fear, grief, and despair are at the complete opposite end of that scale. They are completely and totally incompatible.

If we truly love someone, it would be without any condition and without any negative emotion. We just love them. We want the best for them. We want them to love others the way we love them. We cannot be loving and feeling negative emotions at the same time. It cannot be. The frequencies don’t match.

Can we allow those we love to make mistakes? Especially those situations that we know to be mistaken? Yes. Imagine your own life without so-called mistakes. We learn by thinking and doing. Besides, in unconditional love, it isn’t really a mistake, it is purely a result.

Another word for unconditional love is freedom. By loving you are giving freedom. You know what freedom really feels like. You want that for others too.

Another word for unconditional love is empowerment. By loving you are empowering others. You know how being empowered feels. You want that for others too.

Another word for unconditional love is joy. You know what joy feels like. You want that for others too.

Another word for unconditional love is appreciation. You know what it feels like to appreciate. You want that for others too.

There Is Nothing So Empowering, Uplifting, Freeing, Joyful, And Appreciative As Unconditional Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Hmmm. . . that would be done mainly by loving without condition. . .

Daily Inspiration 6-28-15

“We ask ourselves, 
 ‘Who am I to be brilliant, 
 gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ 

Actually, who are you not to be?” 
— Marianne Williamson 

I used this photo a few days ago and I cannot get it out of my mind. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and I know that is true, as this one speaks volumes to me. Here’s some of what this photo says to me–even screams to me with delight:

I’m fabulous! I feel fabulous! I feel like a star! I feel joy! I love my perfect hat. I love my choice in shades. I can be anybody behind some cool shades, and right now I’m fabulous. I’ve got beautiful, naturally curly hair. I love my hair. My great summer dress with the yellow borders clicks with my shades as do the other colors that blend so nicely with my great hat. I feel alive. I feel good. I feel free. I feel wonderful. 


I’m in love with me right now. I love me. I love myself. I feel like I’m showing off the real person inside me that so often I have tried to hide. I am hiding no more today. I am feeling too good to be concerned about any of that. I am feeling like I have a smile on my entire body. I feel like a wave of deliciousness has covered me giving me even more joy. I am fabulous. I feel fabulous. I am so enjoying this moment as if there were no other moments to be concerned about. 


And, while I am loving me and feeling fabulous today, I am loving every single person and thing that I see through my eyes and my perfect shades. I see them as fabulous too. In fact, we are all fabulous today. The sky is fabulous, the air is fabulous, the animals are fabulous, the ground is fabulous, the people I see are fabulous, everything around me is fabulous. Isn’t fabulous so divine? I love it. I want to feel this way all the time, or at least as often as I can because it feels so delightful and fun. 


It isn’t the things I’m wearing. I love them, and they are fun, but it isn’t the things on my body. It is me. It is how I feel deep inside. I adore this feeling. When I add these beautiful and fun things to my body, I feel like that feeling deep inside that I don’t pay attention to very much is allowed to come up to the surface and have fun with me. The things I’m wearing just enhance the feelings that are already within me. It is so marvelous when I allow this to happen. I want it much more often. I love being fabulous, feeling fabulous, and sharing my fabulousness with the entire world. 

“If You Allow Yourself To Feel Fabulous, You Are Fabulous!” — Natalia Kills 

Spread Some Joy Today–Be Fabulous!

Daily Inspiration 6-27-15

“Begin challenging 
 your own assumptions. 
Your assumptions are
your windows on the world. 
 Scrub them off 
every once in awhile, 
or the light won’t come in.” 
— Alan Alda 

Some challenging questions to scrub off our assumptions:

Where and when did I learn that?
When did I learn to feel sad about that; those kinds of things or situations?
How many things do I feel sad about?
When did I learn to hate that or them or it?
How many things do I hate?
When did I learn to worry about that, this, them?
How did I learn to be jealous? Envious?
When did I learn to feel guilty?
Why do I feel insecure?
Where did I learn that?
How often am I unhappy? Why? When?

I heard this story long ago and perhaps you have as well: A mother and daughter were in the kitchen cooking a holiday meal of ham. The mother cut the ends off of the ham, and her daughter was very curious about that and said, “mother, why do you cut the ends off the ham?” She thinks about it and says, “well, I’m not really sure. I’ve always done it. I think I learned it from my mother.” Since this is a holiday gathering, the mother finds her mother and asks her why she always cut the ends off the ham. Her mother said, “well, I don’t know why except that my mother did that and I guess I learned it from her.” So, they ask the great grandmother why she did that, and she said, “Oh, when I was first married way back, we had a very small kitchen and a very small oven and the ham wouldn’t fit, so I cut the ends off.”

Sometimes, and probably often, we just don’t know or seem to be aware of what we are doing day to day, situation to situation, event to event. We learned something and never questioned it. We assumed that was the way to do it and so we do it that way, at that time, during this part of the year, under these circumstances, with these people, with these choices. It became a habit. Now it seems to be part of us. We see it as truth, the right way, the way it should be, the only way, my way. We own it.

A good question to ask from time to time might be, “is this assumption, this truth, this way serving me? Or is it not serving me?” Another great question is, “how do I feel about this or that?” If it doesn’t cause you to feel good, the questions can help bring awareness and then the opportunity to change the assumption. Because they used to believe that the world was flat. In fact, the list of things that people used to believe as truth has changed so much, that today we question how they could have ever made that assumption, to begin with. We can’t even fathom believing it now. Now it is false. It used to be the truth.

The truth may not be as solid as we once thought. Just like the planet, we stand on. We think it is solid, but there is much more going on underneath than we realize. It’s okay and even good to challenge our own truths and assumptions, why we do things, how we feel about things, what allows happiness within us and what causes unhappy feelings.

When I was going to church, I heard the Senior Pastor say many times that “you know it when you know in your knower.” Well, on the surface, that may sound silly, but I knew it as profound. We all have an inner knower, a Christ consciousness, a Universal Mind, a God within. When we line up with that, we know. When we follow others, we may have to challenge that learning. The place to challenge it is by seeing if it lines up with our ‘knower’ or not.

All Scrubbed Off And Feeling Good Again! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving more. Just love. Leo Tolstoy said it so well when he said, “If you want to be happy, be.”

Daily Inspiration 6-26-15

“A friend is someone 
who knows the song in your heart, 
and can sing it back to you 
when you have forgotten the words.” 
— Donna Roberts 

Yes! Having this kind of friend is among life’s greatest gifts. That’s the kind of friend I want to be. I want to be an uplifter, a reminder of self-value, an encouraging influence.

I don’t want to be the kind of friend who commiserates, one that allows you to feel sorry for yourself in front of me. I don’t want to sympathize with you or blame others on your behalf. I don’t want to discuss the problem or problems over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. I don’t want to be that kind of friend. I don’t want to feel bad along with you or about you.

I want to sing your joy back to you. I want to talk about all that you are and all that you are going to be. I want to boost and bolster you. I want to strengthen you, reassure and reinforce you. I want to lift you up, and never fail to recognize an opportunity to root for you, smile upon you, and pull for you.

I know who you are and I want to remind you of who you are. You are more powerful than you know. You are more in charge than you think. You have more love than you realize. You have more abundance than you acknowledge.

I want to be a friend. A real friend. Even to people I have never met in person. I have chosen this on purpose. It is what I want. This is what I am.

I Am A Friend. I Am Your Friend. I Love You. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by singing your joy within you, then sending it out to others.

Daily Inspiration 6-25-15

“One of the keys
to all drama
is conflict. 
If there isn’t any conflict, 
there isn’t any drama.” 

“Nothing worthwhile 
happens without conflict.” 
— James Patterson 

Last weekend on Facebook, I saw a link to a class put on by James Patterson, who is considered the world’s most successful author, on a site called MasterClass.com. I immediately signed up and took the entire course with 22 videos that same day. It was quite interesting and worth far more than the cost of admission. There are some other courses on there like an acting course by Dustin Hoffman. Very inexpensive too. End of commercial.

It’s interesting and funny to me that I might watch 22 videos on a subject with thousands of words spoken, and have a handful of them reach out and grab my attention. And, it happens a lot, then I must stop and write it down. This is the case with the two quotes above. I found them fascinating and insightful in our daily lives.

Of course, in James Patterson’s case, he is creating conflict on purpose to create drama and create, as he calls it, “commercial fiction.” He also wants to draw people in, keep them guessing and moving all the way to the end. This he does.

I was thinking more along the lines of how we feel as we move through our lives. We all want to feel good, yet quite often people end up choosing to feel anxious, angry, unhappy, depressed, melancholy, worried, and much more that causes them to feel bad or not good. What causes that? It is conflict. 

Conflict is having animosity, feeling different than, feeling strife, having bad blood, feeling antagonistic, in opposition to, competition, having a dispute, having hostility about someone or something, disagreeing with, struggling, being disturbed by, and more. If you’re alive, there will be conflict in your life.

It is here for a reason and it can either be beneficial as in the second quote, “nothing worthwhile happens without conflict,” or it can become such a part of our lives that we are ruled by it. That would be a lot of drama, and I’ll bet that you know someone that is just that way, and you can easily see how obvious it is once you know what you’re looking for.

A more beneficial word for conflict is contrast. The value of that is to see what we do not want, causing us to know better what we do want. As we realize by how we feel that where we are and have the awareness to know that what is happening, we can choose what we do want and move toward it by choosing better feeling thoughts.

This process need not have drama. It need not have pain. Though the contrast may cause us to not feel as good, that is perfect guidance to help us on our way to what we do want instead. As James said, “nothing worthwhile happens without conflict.” Just change the last word to contrast to soften it, but either way, it is true enough. The results of that are determined by how we respond to the conflict or contrast. Only we are in charge of that.

If You Step In Some Nasty Stuff, The Only Thing That Really Matters Is How Long You Stand There. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Keep moving toward joy. It’s what you really want, so keep moving.

Daily Inspiration 6-24-15

“Your best teacher 
is your last mistake.” 
— Ralph Nader 

. . . and your last success, and your last experience, and this very moment. The only secret to learning is to be awake to it, be open to it, and every moment can be a learning experience.

Does learning, or ‘a learning experience’ mean that we miss the enjoyment of the moment, being in the moment? Absolutely not. It simply means we are paying attention. Based on that, it deepens the experience, the moment.

It is true that I have seen some who don’t seem to pay attention, who keep doing the same things without realizing their repetitive behavior. I have confidence that they will awaken at any moment. It might be a song, a phrase, a book, or a look, and then they will awaken. What a glorious time this is, and I have to believe, because of its sheer mountain of ecstasy at the moment of awakening, that all who are human want to experience this.

There is more going right in your world and mine than we may notice or pay attention to.

There is more beauty and fullness too. There is more well-being, more abundance, more joy than we may have previously imagined.

This Place Is A Connection With All-That-Is. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving the moment you’re with.

Daily Inspiration 6-23-15

“If your goal is “to become successful,” 
you might be overlooking 
what you’ve already achieved.” 
— Michael Katz 

It’s perfect to know where you are headed, what you want in your career, your life, your family. It’s great to set goals with the intent of achieving them. But, sometimes maybe we get too focused on what we do not yet have that we forget what we’ve gathered along the way.

Oprah Winfrey said, “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks points out that, “You cannot desire something–and notice that it isn’t coming–without offering two contradictory vibrations that won’t let it come.” It reminds me of kids on a long trip so often asking, “are we there yet?” Or maybe, “how much longer?”

There are millions of shades of gray and other colors, so many shades of love, lots of things that have variations on the same theme. Why not success? I know we think that success for us is much more concrete in that it is a solid place we intend to achieve, but what if it’s not? What if it is a long line of shades of success as you move toward that solid goal of finally being there? What if every hour, every day is one more successful step in a successful journey toward success? What if you’re already successful and not acknowledging it, not celebrating it, not giving yourself the credit that you already deserve?

Maybe a good way is to chill just enough to enjoy your day. Maybe relax and celebrate today and the accumulated success, knowledge, skills, love, expansion that you are achieving today and have achieved all along your way to wherever you are headed. What a delightful journey that would be in comparison with wondering if you’re there yet, or fretting over the fact that you have not yet arrived. You are there. You have achieved much. You have grown and expanded. You cannot help it. That is your destiny to want and to experience. Now simply enjoy it as you travel to the next destination.

There will always be the next destination. It doesn’t matter so much what that is because it will change soon enough; however, what matters more is how you feel today and feeling good will delight you on your journey and cause it to be worthwhile every single step along the way.

Celebrate Each Moment In Your Travel. Enjoy Your Journey. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing to focus on feeling good. As you do, you cannot help but share that with others. Even without saying a word.

Daily Inspiration 6-22-15

“You can say things like, 
“As I look at successful people, 
 and by that I mean rich people, 
 yes, and I mean happy people, 
 and sometimes they’re rich and happy.” 
 But when I’m talking about the successful ones, 
 what I really mean is the really happy people. 
 People that are really joyful, 
 that want to get up every day, 
 that are eager to get into their day. 
 Almost without exception, 
 they had a pretty rough beginning, 
 which turned them into a powerful rebel initially. 
And then they found a way to relax 
 into their natural birthright of Well-being.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 
Photo cropped from a walk around video shot in 2011 

This post is dedicated to my dear friend, my best student, an inspiration to me, a dedicated father and husband, massively successful salesman, and an entirely delightful human being, Greg Martin.

When I read this quote that just came to me this morning, I immediately thought of Greg. He says that I taught him everything he knows about commercial truck sales and management, but that could never be true. He brought plenty to the table from the time we met in 1989 and I immediately began convincing him to come work for our team. He now leads the way at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA. (www.PlatinumChevyTrucks.com)

You know how I know this? Because I know plenty of people, even in a similar time frame who are lazily mediocre and generally unsuccessful in comparison. I taught some of them too. Yet, Greg shines because of him. I could be an influence, but the rest is up to him.

This applies in all of life’s tasks and intentions. Anne Frank said, “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” I think the best we can do is give the best we can give and be the best we can be and leave the rest to them to use as they see fit. In other words, to let them go and let them be on their own. And, celebrate with them as they find their own sense of well-being.

Mother Teresa said, “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action.” So true. Whether teacher or student, parent or child, employer or employee, I believe, and have lived with this philosophy. So, if it could be said that I brought anything worthwhile to the table, it is love. As I have grown, that has become well-being in me. I see that same thing in Greg.

So, today, I celebrate my friend, Greg. He stands on his own as we all do, with the influence of the accumulation of his own experiences and thinking, having found his well-being that we all truly want more than anything physical. His only responsibility, if I can call it such, is to influence others toward their own well-being by how he thinks, and how he feels, and how he loves. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world,” and for us to “shine our light before men.” This he does. Thank you, Greg.

Here’s To Everyone’s Own Well-Being! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by shining your light and sharing your love.

Daily Inspiration 6-21-15

“There is so much more that is 
going right in your world than wrong.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

A really great way to live my life is to think that I am living in my dream. I get to choose what is in my dream. I get to choose what I focus on or ignore. Crime isn’t in my world, it is in the world of other people. War and strife are not in my world. Unhappiness is not in my world. My world is at peace.

Here’s a magical way to start each day from Abraham, Esther Hicks. Let’s not call it an affirmation. Let’s call it a blueprint. All buildings are built from a blueprint. Maybe write it down, print this out, and paste it where you can see it every morning and then read along. The magic begins the very first day:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good. Nothing is more important than that I choose thoughts that attract other thoughts that attract other thoughts that raise my vibrational frequency to the place where I can resonate with the positive aspects of the Universe.”

If that’s too long, feel free to shorten it to this:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good.”

That will do just fine. The magic begins on day one and continues with each day. Expect magic.

This bit really jumped off the page at me on Friday, June 19th from that day’s message in the Ask and It Is Given perpetual calendar: “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will enjoy your exposure to the variety and contrast that helps you identify your desire–and you will enjoy the sensation of your own desire that is being launched from your own valuable perspective and is flowing from you.”

This is the part that jumped off the page at me:  “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all. And I’m still thinking about it today. It is so true.

In years past, and I’ve mentioned it several times in these Daily Inspirations, I often felt like a ball in a pinball machine emotionally. I was bouncing off this issue, that statement, getting flipped here and there, sinking to new lows, all the while trying to be so positive during the day at work. People would piss me off and I’d be in a funk about it. Things would go on in the world that I hated with a passion. My boss was an idiot more often than I cared for, and of course, it was never me. It was never my thinking. It was always what they did that caused problems with me. I was innocent. I was the victim.

That was a whole bunch of feeling sorry for myself and thinking I was not in charge of circumstances in my life, let alone the feelings I had about things. Sad, but true.

I have learned from much joyful study that I am in control of my world. What happens in my world is in my sole control. Anything that happens that I don’t like is simply contrast that guides me to what my new desire is. I now control my emotions. I control how I choose to feel. If I feel a negative emotion, I can get excited because that is my guidance system at work, and it reminds me that in my world, I am in charge and I can change what I think and how I feel any time I so desire. And, in fact, that contrast creates that new desire which makes it so easy.

“Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.” That line is the ultimate guidance to me. It is where I have wanted to be and it is where I am because I know that I control my world, and every other person controls their own world. We come together in co-creation as we choose, yet ultimately, and delightfully, we are the final decision maker of our own way. We each can choose this or ignore it as we wish. I spent a lifetime looking for it (I could say it is the holy grail for me), and I relish that choice.

It is all choice, and the magic of beginning with this: “Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good,” which leads to the holy grail of, “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.”

May The Choice Be With You. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it simply cannot be helped.

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