Month: July 2016

Daily Inspiration 7-31-16

“The real voyage of discovery 
consists not in seeking new landscapes, 
but in having new eyes.” 

— Marcel Proust 

I was thinking about yesterday’s post about the value of anger, and then flashing on how so many people get caught up in a story about themselves that doesn’t serve them. Well, the truth is that it does serve them, but they may have gone to sleep and aren’t paying attention.

Then, that song from My Fair Lady, I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face, popped into my head. Or rather, I should say that the melody for the first line popped into my head, but it was attached to these words instead: I’ve grown accustomed to this place. Of course, like so many musical interludes in my head like that, it refused to leave.

And, it’s true, isn’t it? We grow accustomed to that place. This place, that place, the other place. Just because something is a negative story, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t also a comfort zone. There is comfort in this place. . . I’ve grown accustomed to this place. . .

When we tell the same story, we get the same results. It’s always moving because everything is energy, but it keeps becoming that story again and again. I’m sure you know people who are like that, where their story is that all these things are just happening to them without their control.

I’m into a new audiobook and yesterday, she said that attraction was the most powerful force in the universe. The book is about Buddha principles like acceptance, and this pops up. Abraham, Esther Hicks also says that the most powerful law in the universe is the Law of Attraction, or that which is like unto itself is drawn.

That is how a story keeps drawing the same results. The energy, or the thoughts and feelings are the same, though the circumstances may change slightly, and like it is on cue, in rolls more of the same vibrational situations to match what is offered.

It always works. It doesn’t play favorites. We ask, we receive. But, the good news is that good news comes the same way and in the same quantity and quality of our asking energy. So, paying attention to what we want is of primary importance.

Some might say, I don’t know what I want. But, I think that we always do know. There’s really only two choices. Do we want to feel good? Or, do we want to feel bad? Abraham, Esther Hicks say, “If you’re not selfish enough to want to feel good, then you can’t connect with the energy that is your Source which does always feel good.” 

So, like yesterday’s post where he or she says, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” is such a powerful tool to pry ourselves out of our old familiar story. First, we decide we are finally tired of it, then we create movement by moving up the emotional ladder step by step toward feeling good.

That’s how those people I know that tell the same story over and over again can escape. Here’s where a simple and yet extremely powerful tool called an affirmation can be of help too. Here’s a really good one to get started with: Everything is always working out for me!

So, instead of, I’ve grown accustomed to this place, we can change our tune to, I’m sick and tired of this old place, and then to, I’m looking for a better place, to, I’m more myself in this new place. . . and all of that movement comes from the simple decision that we know that we want to feel good.

Energy Is Constantly Vibrating, Moving, Changing. We Are Energy. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing yourself to be in that place.

Daily Inspiration 7-30-16

“I’m as mad as hell, 
and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

— From the movie, Network
written by Paddy Chayefsky 

What is the value of anger? Does anger have value? Is anger good? Excellent questions, all.

The clip from the movie, Network, is a great example of some of the value of anger. It entices movement, it sprouts decision, it releases the anchor of powerlessness and depression, unworthiness, despair, and more. It is an improved feeling. Yes, it has value–plenty of value. The main value is a movement from a feeling of despair and resignation to a feeling of power and ability. A decision to do something by being mad as hell, is a powerful change from powerlessness.

Although in this case, anger is a positive movement from what was, it is still considered a negative emotion, and staying in anger would not be much different than staying depressed. The ultimate value of the anger is the movement from a worse feeling place to a better feeling place. From the improved view from the plateau of anger, we can move into more improved feelings such as blame, and disappointment. From there, we can improve toward overwhelment, frustration, and into pessimism. From this clarity, we can reach hopefulness, and once we reach hopefulness, the entire array of positive emotions are within our grasp.

The value of movement cannot be underrated. Anger has value, but being an angry person has little value. Pessimism has value, but being a pessimistic person has little value. Being frustrated and irritated has value, but being a frustrated and irritating person has little value. It isn’t the place as much as it is the movement to an improved feeling.

Once we cross the border of hopefulness, optimism is just over there. We can reach out and touch it, feel it, experience it, and see the more pleasing view from that vista that is optimism. Optimism has value, and being an optimistic person begins to attract a different set of circumstances, and people into our lives.

From optimism, we don’t need binoculars to see enthusiasm. It’s right there within reach. Enthusiasm has value, and being an enthusiastic person shares value with others. Next door to enthusiasm is happiness. What a great place to get to. Happiness has all kinds of value, and being a happy person spreads a wealth of value wherever one may roam.

We are now on the cusp of love, appreciation, joy, and peace. What are the values of these? I don’t have enough room to count the ways. Being a loving person, an appreciative person, a joyful person, and a peaceful person spreads value to all of the world right from where one is. Just being here is enough. And the really good news is that there are layer up layers of levels of improved feelings within love, appreciation, joy, and peace.

Wherever we are on the emotional scale from the very bottom to the very top, it is not the place that has value, it is the movement to an improved feeling. We all get to choose what we will experience, and how we will flow energy. We are creators. We have the power and the expertise to create despair, powerlessness, or love, appreciation and joy. As we get to a place where we desire a change, that movement is power. What we do from there is the creativity of our flowing of energy.

Where Are You Now, And Where Would You Rather Be? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by moving into joy.

Daily Inspiration 7-29-16

“Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity. 
From discord find harmony. 
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” 

— Albert Einstein 

These three rules could just as easily be about any aspect of life, whether it be our life at home, with our family, our friends, where we work every day, in any relationship, in any group we happen to be a part of, and even within our own minds as we consider our own inner dialog, and our thoughts about ourselves, and that world that is outside of ourselves.

Out of clutter find simplicity. It seems to be human nature to complicate rather than simplify, but once we realize what we are doing, we can choose to clarify, and in so doing find the simplicity. Everything is simpler than we make it, and when we can simplify things, clutter doesn’t have much of a chance. Neither does the drama.

From discord find harmony. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship it might be, whether intimate or global, discord is easily achieved, but in all cases, it is harmony that is the holy grail. It doesn’t even need to apply only to relationships with people, but is perfectly appropriate in our relationship to things, to nature, to our world, our environment. Having harmony as our fundamental goal, puts discord in its place by having it only be a reminder that harmony is our real objective.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. As with the idea of clutter, and the idea of discord, the idea of difficulty is best thought of as a reminder to look not at the thing that is vying for our attention; the clutter, discord, and difficulty, or we could look at that also as ‘what-is,’ or the ‘problem,’ but to look toward the solution which is not this. The solution is found in simplicity. The solution is found in harmony. The solution is found in seeing opportunity.

What a great message to write down and give it some of our energy. Another great sign for my wall, except I will change it to the Three Rules of Life..

Simplicity. Harmony. Opportunity. Love. Peace. Joy. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it’s Friday. Any excuse is a good one.

Daily Inspiration 7-28-16

“Turn your face to the sun, 
and the shadows fall behind you.” 

— Maori Proverb 

To add to this great idea, Abraham, Esther Hicks say, “If you knew everything was really all right, and that it always has a happy ending, then you would not feel trepidacious about your future. Everything is really so very all right! If you could believe and trust that, then, immediately everything would automatically and instantly become all right.”  

Enjoying some heart-opening quotes today!

“Love Does Not Compete Because It Knows There Is Enough Of Everything For Everyone.” — Alan Cohen 

Spread Some Joy Today–by considering how joyful it feels to be joyful.

Daily Inspiration 7-27-16

Doing the same thing 
over and over again 
and expecting 
different results.” 

— Albert Einstein 

When I saw this very famous quote again, I immediately thought of it this way:
Insanity: Talking about the problem, reliving the problem, analyzing the problem, restating the problem over and over again while expecting a solution to magically appear.

I’ve given a great deal of thought to problems. So have most of us, I’m sure. And, although we want solutions to our problems, it seems that we are enamored with the problems, finding it hard to let go of them long enough to reach for the solution.

I think I’ve found at least one of the most effective methods to solving problems. Here it is in two words: Celebrate them!

Don’t analyze them, rehash them, refry them, take them apart, or any other playful tricks. Simply appreciate them, celebrate them, rejoice in them. For I’ve found that through gratitude, I have released my hold on the problem. The problem has never had hold of me, it is and has always been me holding on to the problem. When I celebrate the problem–when I am thankful for it, and sincerely grateful for it, the problem is immediately transformed into a wonderful tool, and solutions begin to pour into my brain.

Try it yourself. Next few problems you think you have, see if you’re not the one holding on to it instead of the other way around. Next, celebrate it, love it, praise it, be thankful for this problem. I believe that through your gratitude for it, the solutions will be evident. And, I said solutions, not solution. There are always many more solutions than we imagine there are.

Loving My Problems Into Solutions. 

Spread Some Joy Today–The word for today is enjoyment!

Daily Inspiration 7-26-16

Daily Inspiration 7-26-16

“It’s not whether you win or lose,
but how you play the game.”  

— Grantland Rice

I might even modify Grantland Rice’s quote to say instead of it’s how you play the game, to it’s why you play the game that matters. 
For some odd reason, I was thinking of all manner of things. My head was in overload, and in comes this message: It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter! that came from the movie Meatballs and this amazing scene with Bill Murray. It was perfect in that it stopped me in my mental merry-go-round, and felt so good in it’s inspirational message. What really matters is releasing the pressure, having fun, enjoying ourselves, sharing some enjoyment with others, feeling good. 
Winning and losing is fun and no fun, but to just play to have fun, to feel good, that is the best. 
I was watching a Marie TV video from Marie Forleo that came in my inbox today, and she was answering a question about someone having multiple passions and how other people might think her flaky because she isn’t focusing her concentration. One of the points Marie made is that you don’t have to make everything a business. You don’t have to monetize everything. Just have fun. Enjoy. Release your inhibitions. Exercise your energy. 
Then earlier today, I was reading a quote by Abraham, Esther Hicks that said, “Wherever you are, is just fine. . . You can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are. . . It’s time to stop measuring where you are in relationship to where anybody else is. The only factor that has anything to do with you is where you are in relationship with where you want to be.” 
Chill. Enjoy. It just doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be anything more than helping you feel good. Happiness is a fine goal. And it is so much easier to get there without all that baggage that just doesn’t matter. 
Enjoy. Create. Love. Appreciate. Smile. Love. 
Spread Some Joy Today–because that does matter.

Daily Inspiration 7-25-16

“I’ve always believed 
 that brick walls 
are only for people 
 who don’t care very much.” 

— Wayne W. Dyer 

I was watching an old YouTube video with Wayne Dyer on the Ellen Show, where he was talking about small acts of kindness and how far reaching they can become. In this case he was talking about his desire to get into Wayne University after being turned down flat because of his poor high school record. He said, “I kept running into this brick wall. I’ve always believed that brick walls were only for people who don’t care very much. But, I wanted this badly.” He persisted, found someone at the college who would listen to him, and this person went to bat for Wayne and eventually got him in on a provisional basis.

After Wayne got his PhD, and became a professor teaching college level courses, it amazed him how that small act of kindness changed his entire life. Over 40 years later, he gave a one million dollar endowment to Wayne University to help fund a college education for those who have the drive, but may not have the money, and hundreds of young people were awarded the opportunity to attend college as a result. So one act turned into hundreds, and that is just one example.

One never knows what will come of one simple act of kindness. 

That’s one part of the story, and certainly a powerful one, and the other part of this story is his strong determination to achieve what he decided he wanted–to get what he wanted–regardless of the obstacles.

How many times have we wanted something, or wanted something to be a certain way, and have found brick walls in front of us that are so long and so high that they seem impenetrable. But brick walls, or any other kind of wall or obstacle is no match to the determined will. The power of decision is a very powerful thing. Imagining it the way you want it is a very powerful tool. Believing that you are unstoppable will pierce the strongest of walls. Benjamin Disraeli said, “Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.” 

I don’t know about you, but I have never had to get to that unstoppable place, or stake my very existence on getting what I want for them to come true. Fortunately, those ideas can be saved for the completely impossible dreams. The good news is that a strong desire and a belief in the achievement of the desire are generally more than sufficient to get the job done. Everything that I have ever truly wanted has come to pass. Those things that didn’t come to pass are stuck on the brick wall because I just didn’t care enough.

Where There’s A Will There’s A Way. Actually, All Kinds Of Ways. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–by believing that joy is in your present. It may be hiding under the anger rug, or boredom furniture, but it is there ready to reveal itself when you are.

Daily Inspiration 7-24-16

“Nothing tastes as good 
as looking good feels.” 

— Anthony Robbins 

Over a week ago, I saw this magical quote above. It settled into my brain, and has so far yet to leave. I think that for anyone who loves food and is also not liking their weight or shape, this quote might help. It is helping me.

It is helping me to think of how I look differently. Actually, it is more about how I feel about how I look, and really, that is the whole of it in a nutshell–how I feel versus how I want to feel.

I also know, that when how I want to feel becomes the dominant theme in my thoughts, how I feel will change without effort. When you don’t care, it doesn’t matter. When you care, it matters.

This year for me has been a number of subtle changes. I’m fascinated by the changes and more importantly, how I feel about the changes. I’m not a slob, as they say, but many people might have thought so because I didn’t care so much. It’s not about what others think of me that has the power, it is about what I think about me that is more powerful, and even far more powerful than this is how I feel and what I think about how I feel. Does that make sense?

I’ll highlight just a few of the changes. I’ve hired a house cleaning service every two weeks. I hired a gardener/doing-all-manner-of-things guy to come every two weeks. How does that make me feel? I feel rich. I feel pampered. I feel good. I love it. I enjoy the house dusted because I almost never got around to that, nor cared so much about it. All of a sudden, or so it seems all of a sudden, I care about things that I didn’t much care about before.

To say I didn’t much care is not as accurate as I would like. What I really mean is that it wasn’t important to me, and I was okay with the way it was generally. Only once in a while did I even notice. Now it seems that it is more important to me, and so it has a whole different priority.

There’s been many things around the house that have been repaired, cleaned up, changed. I’d like to take credit, but it is all due to my step-daughter, Alisa, who has inspired me. She likes everything in its place, and it didn’t matter to me. She likes a clean kitchen, and mine saw that once in a while. She likes to have lots of plants and flowers in the yard, in all manner of pots and containers, I like that but made no efforts.

When she came to stay here for a while, and wanted to make changes, I said for her to have at it as she desired. And guess what? I sort of liked the new look. Then I began to appreciate all those changes, then I got involved, renovated the front yard and more. Then I found myself picking up after myself, doing the dishes more often, and becoming more interested. I began to care. It began to matter to me.

Now, I’m about ready to address one of the things that I’ve been most uncaring about of late–my weight and shape. For the majority of my life, I was tall and thin and now the first part is still true, but the latter is not so true. I’ve enjoyed the flavors very much. If it tastes good, more of it will taste better, right? Not. But, the thing that really stands out for me is how I feel about how I look. I’m entering the caring-how-I-look-to-myself corridor and about to walk the distance.

The quote above has inspired me. I can’t get it out of my head. I printed it out and it is now on my wall in big letters. It tells me that tasting good is good, and looking good is good, and it causes me to consider how tasting good and looking good feels to me. I don’t feel like I’m looking so good where I am now, and I have always loved feeling that I look good–especially when I look in my own mirror. So my journey begins in this change of venue because I want to refocus on what looking good feels like. And my success won’t be measured in pounds, but in emotional delight.

Caring More About How I Feel Leads Me To Positive Change Because How I Feel Leads My Life. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by enjoying yourself more fully today. Take nothing for granted. Celebrate everything as if it is all a miracle. Because it is.

Daily Inspiration 7-23-16

“There are times 
when friends can prod or tease you 
into a better-feeling thought, 
but at other times 
their prodding or teasing 
just makes you feel worse.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

They continue, “Any success they may have had in helping you feel better has been, for the most part, about how far out of alignment you already were, because while it is easy to make small vibrational jumps, it is difficult, or even impossible, to make large ones.”

The reason I am offering the quote above is because it says so much about how we are in relationships. The closer the relationship, the more we seem to want to help someone out of the doldrums. I have learned better. And much of that I have learned from Abraham, Esther Hicks, and Wayne Dyer.

As they said, “but at other times their prodding or teasing just makes you feel worse.” I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to cheer someone up and end up pissing them off instead. It’s too big of a leap from powerlessness to happiness. It’s even too big a leap from powerlessness to disappointment. It may even be too large a gap between disappointment and happiness.

What I have learned after much turmoil in trying to help another to feel better, is to just love them by sending loving thoughts, saying very little if anything. Now I don’t try to change them or what they are thinking. I respect where they are by allow them to feel as they are choosing to feel by giving them space and time.

What can I do to help? I can be an example of well-being. Not in their face with it, but consistently being in alignment myself is the best I can offer anyone else. It’s like in the airplane drill: you put on your mask (you get into alignment), then help others. It is our own example of well-being that is the best we can offer anyone.

Someone is upset, angry, disgusted, tormented, sad, and the best that I can do is to allow them to be as they are, as they choose for themselves, while simply loving them. That is essentially Wayne Dyer’s most beautiful definition of unconditional love, which is, “allowing others to be as they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy me.” I learn to allow others to be as they choose–whomever they may be, whether close to me in a personal relationship, or in the world news. 

Allowing Others To Be As They Choose For Themselves Is Compassion And Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by enjoying your own connection with Source Energy, which is God, which is Love, which is Joy.

Daily Inspiration 7-22-16

“I have come to the frightening conclusion
that I am the decisive element. 

It is my personal approach
that creates the climate. 

It is my daily mood
that makes the weather. 

I possess tremendous power
to make life miserable or joyous. 

I can be a tool of torture
or an instrument of inspiration. 

I can humiliate or humor, 
hurt or heal.  

In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, 
and a person is humanized or de-humanized. 

If we treat people as they are, 
we make them worse. 
If we treat people as they ought to be, 
we help them become 
what they are capable of becoming.” 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

We each have considerably more power and prowess than we realize or make use of. Often we may imagine that we are not even really controlling our own lives, but we are in every single little way, and as we allow, we have more effect on the world around us as well. We each choose our own thoughts about all of it, and so, it is all in our control, and always has been.

How’s Your Dream? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by dreaming joyful dreams.

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