Month: May 2017

Daily Inspiration 5-31-17

“You are a success when
you have made friends with your past, 
are focused on the present, 
and are optimistic about your future.”
— Zig Ziglar

[Classic post from 1-20-10]

Success is one of those words that are problematic because it has so many definitions and shades. The vast majority of the definitions I have seen relate to money in one way or another. This is but one of the ways a person can define success. There is so much more.

I have kept my eyes open for a definition of success that I think is simple and that the vast majority of people could get behind. I think I have found one in the quote above from Zig Ziglar.

In so many, myself included, it is the past that has been a problem. Regretting the past is a complete waste of time and counterproductive in the present. Doing this even creates more of the past in the present, thereby repeating it over and over again. Making friends with the past and letting it be what it is without judgment is critical to success I have found.

Focus on the present. There is only today, this moment, one at a time. Enjoying each moment, each day, each experience as we travel where we will is also critical to success I find. Plus it sure makes life worth living! This cannot be possible without making friends with the past, can it? And, I will say this is my favorite part because now I enjoy it all the time every day no matter what is going on. To me, that is so powerful I want to just jump up and down with joy!

Optimism. The glass is half full. If we don’t have something to live for; to work toward; to have desires to be somewhere, there is pretty much nothing worth living for. Einstein said this: “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place’. This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.” What you believe about that says what you believe in the future I think.

Making friends with the past, enjoying and living fully in the present, while looking forward to a bright future–that is motivational to me. How about you?

Of course. . . I really do love this quote too: “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” — Mark Twain.

Yeah! That’ll work!

I’m Having The Best Time Of My Life Right Now!

Spread Some Joy Today–Look in the mirror. Pretend you’re having the best time of your life right now. What would your face look like with that thought and feeling? Ooooo! There it is. . . now wear that all day today!

Daily Inspiration 5-30-17

“The ultimate authority 
must always rest 
with the individual’s own reason 
and critical analysis.”
— Dalai Lama

[Classic post from 7-22-12]

There was a short discussion about religion and other topics and because I took a different point of view on something, I was asked by whose authority I know this. It was an interesting question. It was sort of fun to be put on the spot and even outnumbered. I smiled at the challenge. So, I said, “by my inner knowing.” So, I was told that this is not an acceptable authority. “On the contrary,” I said. “It is the best authority.”

What I thought was interesting is how we look to someone else as an authority figure. It doesn’t matter what it is. We claim that the doctor has the authority, the teacher, the therapist, the mother, the father, the church, the Bible, the guru, the Internet marketing genius, the person who has written the most books, the movie star, and the list goes on for days. And, in no case, is it ourselves. It is always someone outside of ourselves that is the real and viable authority.

I’m educated sufficiently. I am an avid reader and have read many hundreds of books, and I love learning and I like to follow learning from certain sources deeper than others. It isn’t because I consider them an authority or the authority, but simply because of what and how they are saying a thing resonates within me, or my inner being, or inner knowing. It is as if I have only confirmed something that I already knew.

I like how Oscar Wilde said that “education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” The teachers that I study seem to be teaching me what I already know, and that is how it resonates, along with the fact that it feels right, or more precise, it feels good.

There are many things I’ve tried to learn, even to the point of memorizing parts of it, and many times that learning never felt right. It didn’t really matter the source or how high the authority was, it just didn’t resonate truth to me. In fact, most of my life I had a lot of this from a wide variety of sources and I was instructed to trust the authority or respect the authority or believe it because of the authority, and all the while, it just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t discuss that with those people because to challenge it was to deny it and it offended them. So, many like myself, just clam up and go with the flow.

It’s only in the last few years that I’ve trusted my inner self or inner knowing. Now I trust it more than anything. If it resonates and feels good, I go with it and if it doesn’t resonate and feels bad, I let it go. I think that we give up our own authority all too easily when it is there to serve us if we but pay attention to it.

One last thing on this idea is that I have at the same time learned to allow all others to have and use the authority of their choice, to have and choose thoughts as they may and to have joy in that whatever is chosen by them is serving them as they would like. I do as I feel is best and allow and encourage everyone else to do the same.

We All Get To Choose Our Best Authority.

Spread Some Joy Today–Don’t label anything today, except to allow yourself to feel good and find ways to feel a little better, and a little better and so on.

Daily Inspiration 5-29-17

“We often see obstacles
as blocking our view
wishing they would go away.
Yet with a little more awareness,
the obstacles can demonstrate
the grand design in
seeing the bigger picture.”
— Albert K. Strong

A clear blue sky is a beautiful thing to view, and yet it grows in size with some obstacles in the way. The sky looks so big–way bigger with some clouds, even when those clouds might seem to hide a great deal of the blue in the sky.

This view of the early morning sky today reminded me of how what we choose to focus on, and what we choose to allow ourselves to see is what we see. We can see so many clouds blocking the view, lowering the temperature, blocking the sun. Or, we can see how those clouds, and especially this morning, cause the sky to look so big that I feel insignificant in size to it and yet delight in the vastness and the beauty, even the beauty that is added by the obstacle itself.

Yesterday, I was sharing a story by Bashar that indicated that events are all neutral and devoid of meaning. It is we who add the meaning to the event, and the most interesting part of that is that we get to always, always, always, choose the meaning we give an event. And, even better is that we can change the meaning when we used to see it one way and now we can see it in a completely different light.

It’s the same with so-called obstacles, roadblocks, and other such impediments to our progress toward what we want. Is that the definition of delayed gratification? Hmm. As in yesterday’s story, the obstacles we see and feel are actually neutral. We see them as negative, or as blockages, because of the meaning, we have developed over time and the influence of others on our points of view. However, we can change that should we desire to do so.

We can choose to see being fired from a job as being a very negative event, or it can be a joyous event. We can see lack, or we can see abundance. And anywhere in between. Reality is the reality and it is totally up to us what reality means to us. That’s when it becomes our reality.

Obstacles Or Gateways? It’s All In Our Interpretation Of Our View. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing the bigger picture. Joy is the bigger picture!

Daily Inspiration 5-28-17

“You simply cannot get 
to where you want to be
by controlling
or eliminating
the unwanted.”
— Abraham, Esther Hicks

I was reading some bits from some books this morning surrounding the idea that happiness is experiencing what is wanted and unhappiness is what is not wanted.

Abraham shared a little that I have come to understand with joy and it has completely changed all my relationships:

“The best thing you could do for anyone that you love, is be happy! And the very worst thing that you could do for anyone that you love, is be unhappy, and then ask them to try to change it, when there is nothing that anybody else can do that will make you happy.”

In the movies and as we have learned in many ways, we think that another, and especially in a close relationship can cause us to be happy or unhappy. We may even work hard at trying to see that the other is happy so that we can feel good, and when they are not, we feel bad. But, that is too much to ask of another person. Only I can make myself happy or unhappy. It is a choice. The movies make it seem like it is a stimulus and response, but what it really is would be stimulus and choice.

Then I found this delightful little story from Bashar in the book, Bashar: Blueprint For Change, that adds so much to this discussion:

“It is not so much that experience gives rise to meaning; it is that meaning gives rise to experience. . . All circumstances are neutral. The meaning you choose to believe; the meaning you choose to create in life, about your life, is what generates the particular types of circumstances you experience. These reinforce, reflect and represent the meanings you are creating. Giving meaning is the actual act of creation itself! To give meaning to something is to create it into existence in your particular experiential realm.”


“Now, to illustrate this idea, let’s say you are on your way to the train station to catch a train. You arrive at the station; the train has just left. That is the neutral situation. There is no meaning in it: you are standing on the platform; the train is moving; you are not on it. Period.”


“Now the old you might have had a negative reaction. “Oh gosh, oh darn,” you might say. “I have done something wrong. This is very bad; I am now very angry. Those train people! They were too early. I was not late; no, no, no. They were too early. I will now go and complain to someone.” All right. Your choice.”


“Or again: the new person, the person you now know you have changed into, is going for the train. You arrive at the platform; the train has left. Once again, the neutral situation: you are on the platform; the train is moving; you are not on it. But now you know you are different. You know that everything in your life is there for a positive reason; it does not matter that the symbol is the same. Because you now trust that and do not go stomping off to complain, your anger no longer blinds you to the fact that having just stepped off that train is a friend you haven’t seen in ten years. If you had reacted in the old way, walking off in anger, you would not have met her. But you will now discover, in the course of subsequent events, that you did need to meet her at that time, and for positive reasons.”

This is not only a great story and illustration, it is telling of how one choice closes off other things, and how as we choose our previous trained reactions, we are blinded by that to the best that could have come from the event. As we allow ourselves to realize that things are happening not at random, but in a chorus supporting our point of view, we will make better choices and have more harmonious outcomes.

The Meaning Is Not Put Upon Us, But The Other Way Around. In That, We Create Our Own Reality. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing your life to flow and to find the meaning that creates the best result by your own choosing.

Daily Inspiration 5-27-17

“Research?
Who has the time?”
— Albert K. Strong

The difference between success and failure of an email is often held in about one minute of research.

I get many requests to allow people to do guest posts on my popular Commercial Truck Success Blog. I have to laugh at most of them at their apparent lack of research and yet seemingly extensive, even obsequious praise of my blogging content. Here’s one I received today:

“Hey there

I’ve been reading a few of your posts, and they’re really good – Your blog is really in depth, and it just so happens to be in the same industry as us. Which is why I’ve approached you for a guest post. Would you be willing to host a guest post on your website which is well written, researched and packed with information for your audience

If you would like to collaborate and host a guest post useful for your audience please feel free to get back to me. I look forward to your reply.

Kind Regards,
Katie”

Often these come from Gmail addresses with unintelligible names, but this one was a company name ending in .com.

Whatever happened to courteous salutations? Most of the ones I receive say, “Hi there,” and this one with “Hey there,” is a thoughtless approach. They have my email address at tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com, so that is a clue, but my picture and my name are right on the blog in the sidebar near the top. It would take but a few seconds to learn my name.

Then we have the fluff about how good, and in-depth my blog posts are. Pure dribble.

But, this person and all the others want me to do something for them. What makes them think that this kind of approach would work? It’s funny. I’ve even responded to one or two over the years about their lack of the smallest amount of research to even know my name to use in their salutation. One guy said, “well, every once in a while people will respond just as you did today.” That guy even told me they use Hi there because it is more politically correct. Go figure.

This is some silly stuff for a Saturday, but it was fresh in my mind and makes me laugh. Do you get silly stuff like this too? It reminds me of the direct mail addressed to “Occupant.”

How About Good Day? I’ll Have One Of Those, Thank You! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of those little pet peeves. Advice for me today!

Daily Inspiration 5-26-17

“Fettuccine Alfredo
is macaroni and cheese for adults.”
— Mitch Hedberg

It’s FRIDAY! Well, in this part of the world anyway. Been planning all week for this day? Heck, this day is almost over in Europe. It’s been Saturday for a while already in other parts of the world, so they have a jump on us.

It’s a 4-day weekend! It’s really a 3-day holiday weekend, but many of us started early. It’s too hard to wait for it, you know?

There’s Nothing Left To Do But Enjoy! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go and going with the flow!

Daily Inspiration 5-25-17

“I exist as I am, that is enough.
If no other in the world be aware
I sit content,
And if each and all be aware
I sit content.

One world is aware,
and by far the largest to me,
and that is myself.
And whether I come to my own today
or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now,
or with equal cheerfulness,
I can wait.”
— Walt Whitman,
from Leaves of Grass

It’s been a long time since I’ve read the Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, and I was reminded of the passage above from the book by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Your Sacred Self.

I was looking for some great points about loving myself from Wayne Dyer because he taught me how to love unconditionally. He did that by giving me his definition of unconditional love for others in this that I have quoted with joy so many times:

“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”

And yet, as many times as I have stated this quote, I have to make a change to it so that it is more unconditional. I need to remove the conditional word phrase, ‘those that you care for,’ and replace them with two others, ‘all others,’ or better yet, ‘all people,’ or simply, ‘all.’ With the changes:

“Love is the ability and willingness to allow all to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy me.”

We all have the ability. That cannot be denied; however, we don’t all have the willingness, but it is in the willingness, the act of trust that I can love others and the choices they make, honoring those choices without my having to approve of them, or even like them at all.

So, since Wayne Dyer taught me so much about love (along with a few other awesome people!), I was thinking, is loving myself different or harder than loving others? Can I love others unconditionally and not be loving myself unconditionally? I don’t think that is possible.

I met up with a friend and reader recently and we were talking about the changes in him. Then, he told me, “you taught me how to love myself.” I cannot even imagine a higher compliment than this, and yet I can only be doing that as a matter of practice, for I don’t yet see myself as fully there.

But, you know, that word, practice, is one of my favorites because that is one of the best ideas I’ve ever come across. To practice is to act, to do, to state, to do again, to continue to improve, to expand, to unfold, and I see learning to love unconditionally as the highest practice I can ever entertain and participate in. Indeed, I see practice is as required as is breathing in and out is required for life in this body. It’s not a place we get to and then we are there, it is continually unfolding.

In the Bible, it is stated several times to love your neighbor as you love yourself–even as God has loved us. I don’t see anyway, nor any meaning in separating those loves. They are the exact same as we allow that to be. We all have the ability. We may not have the willingness yet. However, we will all know it, whether now or soon, or after we make our transition in death at which point I believe we are welcomed home to unconditional love. Finding it now makes for a far more delightful journey.

Ability? Done! Willingness? Done. Practicing? Absolutely! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by closing your eyes from time to time and allow yourself to feel the depth of God’s love for you and feel the joy within that encourages you to share that joy today and every day.

Daily Inspiration 5-24-17

“All the world’s a stage.” 
— William Shakespeare 

I was rereading some more of Bashar this morning, and finally allowing it to make more sense to me. This glared at me: “This is why many of you create the seeming contradictions in your lives. You say you wish to change the primary focus, but when you look around, you are continually seeing the same background–in a sense, seeing the idea of your primary focus against the same background, rather than allowing the entire background to be a part of the primary focus, and changing along with it.” 

The paragraph before that explains the idea more fully: “Therefore, when you seek to create changes in your own primary belief system focus, often you will only continuously weigh that primary focus or change against a background that you will not allow yourselves to see has changed. But if you are willing to recognize that everything changes when you change anything, then you will not still see the primary background in the same light. You will begin to realize that something is different–somewhere, somehow.” 

I was thinking of the primary focus as being the stage of our lives, and that we will only allow ourselves to believe that which is most true about ourselves and our surroundings, or the stage that we stand upon.

As I decide that I want something different, that I want to be something different than I am now or have been, it is easy to make that decision. It is even easy to begin acting upon it. We are, after all, action-oriented beings, so acting on things is easy for us, even without much in the way of thought. So I begin to act the part of that which I have decided that I want to be, to have that which I’ve decided I want to have, and so on.

But, I forget to change the scene. I’m playing the new part against the old stage set. I’m playing Superman in front of the stage set for Gone With the Wind. Then I wonder why I’m not manifesting what I want. But, once I change the primary belief, or the part I have decided to play, the audience which is only my feedback mechanism is telling me that their laughter at what is being displayed is somehow messed up.

So, I look at the stage set and I start yelling at the stage crew for the inept handling of their duties, all the while realizing that I am the stage crew and I’m yelling at myself, criticizing myself, feeling like such a fool.

Then I realize what went wrong. I must allow my primary belief, my new choice to give instruction to the stage crew so that the background and the foreground match. Then, as I am acting the part in my own play, the audience will see the brilliance of my acting skill and believe it to be true. And with that feedback, I believe it to be true.

Don’t Forget To Set The Stage. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing yourself to believe what is most true for you. Feel the joy that is your audience.

Daily Inspiration 5-23-17

“When you are doing what truly represents
the vibration of your reality, 
all the details take care of themselves. 

The things that don’t get done, 
if you are truly being 
 who you know you need to be, 
don’t need to be done 
to allow you to be that person.” 
— Bashar 

This morning I was reading some passages that I highlighted when I first read the book, Bashar: Blueprint For Change. Two of those passages are above and I wanted to elaborate on this idea of thinking that there is so much to do and we will never get it done and how that can cause all manner of anxiety.

The paragraph that contains the second statement above, which was not highlighted by me then, focused on an idea that I had not given any real thought to. Bashar said this:

“You see, the difficulty you are having is in thinking that your life is a series of separated ideas, rather than one homogenous event in which everything that needs to be done to allow you to be the person you need to be will be taken care of automatically.” 

I thought, wow! That whole idea of our lives being pieced together rather than having it be whole as a living organism resonates.

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks says often that we never get it done. My interpretation of that is to learn to allow more, to not focus on the parts, or the ills, or the lessons, but to live the dynamic that is life as this constantly moving and morphing event, by enjoying the moments of its movement, feeling the feelings that are guiding us without diving into them, and to focus as much as we are willing on what we want now and remaining in joy as we dare allow ourselves to experience, while all the while allowing all others and things to be what they are in respect of their choices.

A couple of days ago, I went for a 4-mile walk. As another would come toward me, I did something different. I put my hands together in front of my heart and I bowed in reverence to each person. Inside I said, Namaste. It’s funny the reactions that I noticed, but I loved the practice of honoring the other as I honor myself.

What gets done, gets done, and what doesn’t is unnecessary. There are not pieces, it is never done, and nothing is left undone. What there is remains what is important, and that is our choices, our vibration of what reality is for us, and our allowing of each in their own, honoring the light in all of us.

Namaste. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by injoying yourself as if your life depended on it.

Daily Inspiration 5-22-17

“Failure is the foundation of success, 
and the means by which it is achieved.” 
— Lao Tzu 

[Classic post from 9-24-14]

This is one of the best definitions of success I’ve ever seen. For the moment, let’s assume that it is a true statement. This being the case, everyone is either already a success or on their way. If they are on their way, it is a given that they will eventually succeed. This would mean essentially that it is impossible to not succeed, thereby this makes everyone a success. Based on that, why wait to celebrate? Do it now while you’re on the way. There’s nothing like enjoying your travels.

Since You’re Already A Success, Congratulations! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing one single goal today to simply enjoy yourself.

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