Month: June 2017

Daily Inspiration 6-30-17

“Argue for your limitations, 
and sure enough they’re yours.” 
 — Richard Bach 

[Classic post from 2-5-14]

I was thinking today of the car business and being a sales manager. Car and truck inventory was always a fascination to me and I was also amazed at how other sales managers viewed inventory. Since no dealer can be big enough to stock everything, trading units with other dealers is a very common thing, and at one point I remember averaging about 25 dealer trade calls a day. That’s a lot of work and time spent looking stuff up and if they actually decide they want it, working out the trade details.

I’ll never forget one sales manager who wouldn’t take a unit I had in stock. This is what he said to me: “brown, brown, stays around. I have no use for brown.” I burst out laughing thinking he was just joking around, but I found out how serious he was about never stocking anything brown. I guess he will just have to miss all the profit from those brown ones I was selling.

Another dealer wanted only one truck. It had to be a 4×4 Extended Cab 1/2-ton pickup. And, the kicker is that it had to be white and only white and it had to have a gray interior. I could just see his fleet of white Extended Cab trucks and nothing else on his lot. Of course, all the profits went to me and our dealership on all the other colors we were selling besides white. . . and brown.

I used to have so much fun with inventory and learn more possibilities. One dealer wanted a unit and I asked him in return for the morphodite he had on his lot. I wanted the unit that everyone refused to sell or couldn’t sell. I got a pretty strange truck, and I challenged my staff to see if they could sell it when the other dealer couldn’t. It was gone in less than two weeks and at a nice profit too. You just never know what can be done until you do it.

Later, working for a truck body company, I took an order for two 8′ service bodies with a cargo bed enclosure to cover the cargo area. Our wires were crossed somehow and they were produced as “low pro units,” meaning the top of the side boxes was lower than the standard body. I do admit that this combination with the cargo bed enclosures was unusual, mainly because dealers didn’t order them that way. The manager at the dealership who I had known for some time was so upset. I was surprised at how upset he was. I agreed to work on getting them out of his inventory, but within two weeks, he sold them both to one customer. He refused to replace them thinking it was a total fluke. But, I have learned over the years that everything sells if you don’t block it from selling.

Isn’t it interesting how we argue for our limitations? We take a thought and by repeatedly thinking of it, this becomes a belief and then we say it can’t be done. But, it can be done by those who think that it can be done.

In What Ways Are You Creating Your Limitations? 

Spread Some Joy Today–Yes. Do that. It will be amazing how that returns like a boomerang.

Daily Inspiration 6-29-17

“A Yale University management professor 
in response to student Fred Smith’s paper 
proposing a reliable overnight delivery service: 
The concept is interesting and well-formed,
but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, 
the idea must be feasible.”
— Frederick W. Smith
[Classic post from 2-29-12]

It’s really easy to laugh at this quote now because everyone knows about FedEx. In 1971, Fred Smith began Federal Express and in 1973 began overnight service on April 17th. That first night only 18 packages were carried, and the rest is history as they say. Ten years later in 1983, they passed one billion dollars in sales revenue. That was over 29 years ago. Last year it was almost 40 billion.

The best way I’ve ever heard of thinking of a billion dollars is that if you had a billion dollars and you spent $10,000 per day, every day, seven days a week, it would take you 274 years to spend it all assuming it was gaining zero interest the entire time! To spend it all in a lifetime, you would have to spend around $50,000 a day. At that rate, it would still take you 54 years to spend it.

J. K. Rowling wrote a book called Harry Potter and was turned down by the first 12 publishers that it was sent to by a literary agent. A year later, one publisher took it and the rest is history as they say. J. K. Rowling went from a single mother on social security at the poverty level to now a billionaire.

How many people do you think can recognize a billion-dollar enterprise in its seed form? 

Do you know anyone who might have a billion dollar idea? How about you? How about a million dollar idea?

Have you ever saw an invention, product or service and then said that you had that idea some years ago?

There are seeds in all of us to excel in certain areas when we allow them to be; when we decide to do it; when we are willing to risk. You might even be the next billionaire in the seed.

“Throw Your Dreams Into Space Like A Kite, And You Do Not Know What It Will Bring Back, A New Life, A New Friend, A New Love, A New Country.” — Anais Nin

Spread Some Joy Today–“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

Daily Inspiration 6-28-17

“Do not judge lest you be judged.
For in the way you judge, you will be judged;
and by your standard of measure,
it will be measured to you.”
— Matthew 7:1-2, 
The Bible, NAS

[Classic post from 5-26-11]

In the past number of posts, I’ve been thinking and writing about things that I’ve learned over time, along with those that I have had to practice on to get good at and thereby make the message my own.

I love really great quotes where ever I find them and after reading the Bible a couple of times completely myself, I have found a number of golden nuggets that continue to serve me and also act as reminders to my own frailties. Matthew 7 about judgment is one of them, and it is probably one of the most quoted Bible quotes in existence. However, what is not quoted very often is verses 3 through 5 that come after and it adds immensely to the fullness of verses 1 and 2. So, here is the whole of it verses 1 through 5:

“Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

As I look back on all that I have learned from the Bible, I know that this is easily one of the most important verse selections in my life. It is one that I remind myself of so much more even today than at any other time. I have realized just how powerfully magnificent it is and also how real and true it is and how it helps me to be a far better person than I might ever become.

To me, the lesson is not judgment but is about loving one another, which is the single most important lesson in the Bible for me (John 13:34). When I realize how silly it is for me to judge someone else (and this requires practice on my part), it allows and encourages me to see them as like me and to love them the way they are. It is true enough that what goes around, comes around. You never know how treating someone poorly or without respect will come back to you.

A long time ago, I was in a transition struggling with what exactly to do. I went to work for a small used car lot as a temporary idea, and I knew the manager–or at least I knew of him and his name, but little else. He treated me very poorly and I left. They tried to stiff me on minimum wage pay and it just was sad. Fast forward ten years give or take and I am the general sales manager at a dealership, and guess who comes in looking for a job? I don’t think he even made the connection.

Judgment is the easiest thing in the world. It is also the easiest thing in the world to be wrong about. We are all deeper than we seem. We are all made of the same exact materials. We all come from the same source. We are far more connected than not. All the more reason for looking at ourselves with a critical eye before we look at others. Better yet–looking at ourselves with a loving eye, and then with that same loving eye toward others.

Who Am I To Judge? Even Moses Didn’t Want The Job. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–The more we see each other as ourselves, the more love and joy we find. It is true.

Daily Inspiration 6-27-17

“When one door closes, 
another door opens; 
but we often look so long 
and so regretfully 
upon the closed door,
that we do not see 
the ones which open for us.”
— Alexander Graham Bell

“A pessimist is one 
who makes difficulties of his opportunities
and an optimist is one 
who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
— Harry Truman 

[Classic post from 2-26-10]

Seeing doors open and close is too dang easy. I sure would like it to be that easy, but it hasn’t been in my experience. A better, more “real” way of looking at this is to look at how we see problems. Ain’t it the truth, problems are just part of living. They will always be around to mess with us. We can change them from problems to opportunities.

Though I’ve always tried to look at some problems as opportunities, a co-worker taught me to look at every problem as an opportunity. Matter of fact, he didn’t even use the word problem, instead, he always used the word opportunity.

At first, I thought he was just showing off some positive thinking ideas and that it would wear off in no time. It was even hard to believe that he truly meant it as often as he referred to opportunities. As I soon learned, he was committed to this approach and it was just part of the way he dealt with things. Then, it became endearing and then exciting. He showed excitement when there was a problem because to him, that was truly an opportunity. It was an opportunity for the company to shine by how the problem was looked at and dealt with. It was an opportunity to solve an issue rather than perpetuate it. It was an opportunity to attract, rather than repel.

Ten years later, he responds in the same exact manner. He is an inspiration to me with his opportunistic attitude. It also must be contagious, because I find myself beginning to think the same way for much of the time. At the very least, now I find myself thinking of him when I have a problem and that helps me to put my rosy glasses on and look at the problem differently. And, it works.

I’ve always wanted to be an optimist. . .

I Optimize My Optimism Daily By Fine Tuning Problems.

Spread Some Joy Today–Let’s go look for some problems to turn into opportunities today. Should be an easy challenge to find the problems. Just a tad bit harder to turn them into opportunities, but doable.

Daily Inspiration 6-26-17

“Changing the world is easy.
Anyone can do it.
All we need to do is
change the world within us.”
— Albert K. Strong

Yesterday, I was looking on the bottom shelf of my bookcase and saw two very thick binders of old writings from the ’70s and ’80s. I’ve tried to keep a diary in bits and spurts, and not many of them, and yet there are many hundreds of pages in those binders. Most of it is dribble I think, but even the dribble has moments that shine. I read one lengthy bit from early 1987, more than 30 years ago now, and I found it interesting enough to keep reading.

Mostly it was just thoughts that I was thinking, trying to understand myself and the world around me. Some of the shining moments were expressing my desire to love others without conditions, and loving myself as part of that. Of course back then it was mostly thoughts and not so much action, but first, comes the thought then comes the action.

Translating what I was going through then, what I was learning then to now, the biggest difference I see is not the thinking, but the action. Back then, I was still hoping for the world to change, waiting for circumstances to change so that I could step in and enjoy the fruits of that new world. Didn’t happen. Still hasn’t if I were thinking and acting like I was then. But, I live in a very different world now.

The world has changed. The external world around me has changed. It is a far better world from my point of view now, and that change came only by changing my own inner world.

Here’s the interesting part to me about that. I didn’t get here by gaining, but by losing. I didn’t get here by gathering, but by letting go. I didn’t get here by finding answers, but by answering questions. I didn’t get here by finding new beliefs, but by releasing beliefs. I didn’t get here by strengthening my will, but by softening my heart.

Questions are key. One of the questions that I have asked myself that is very important is this: How do I want to feel?

Everything we do, every decision we make, every action we take is done in order to feel something. Generally to feel better. To feel relieved. To feel joy. To feel loved. To feel accomplishment. To feel satisfaction. To feel happy. To feel rich. To feel love. All of that resonates with us because when we are resonating, we are in alignment with who we really are, or we could say, in alignment with our inner being, our God within, our soul. The word doesn’t matter, but the resonance does.

When we think, decide, act and it feels other than these, it is out of resonance, or in discordance. What is interesting about history is how often we have come to accept these feelings as reality, when they are personal choices becoming our own inner reality. We could call this separation from our Source, separation from God, out of alignment.

What I have realized in all my travels in knowledge is that the truths that we seek are not without us, but within us. We know a truth by its resonance. That’s why they say that truth resonates within us. That knowledge that is found outside of us is fine if it resonates. If it doesn’t resonate, if it is discordant with our inner knowing, it is good to question it. As we believe things that are in discordance within us, we move further away from truth.

I have not arrived at a world that is airy-fairy and all good-feeling and eternally happy. I have realized that there are things that I will like and things I will not like. Positive and negative are abound in this life; however, how I interpret that is purely up to me. What I call that is purely my choice. How I feel about that is purely a personal decision.

It Is A Brave New World! It Is So To Me. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing as you will and enjoying as you will because you will.

Daily Inspiration 6-25-17

“Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.”
— Chinese proverb

That speaks volumes very succinctly, don’t you think?

Relax In Your Peace Today. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of all that tension that comes from looking at problems. There are no problems with joy.

Daily Inspiration 6-24-17

“You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
be anything you wish to be.”
— Robert Collier

“The only lack or limitation
is in your own mind.”
— N. H. Moos

[Classic post from 8-27-11]

The fact that we may choose to do less, have less, or be less is just fine. What I think is important is that the only lack or limitation is in our own mind. It’s like driving a Chevy Malibu with a 454 V-8. Just knowing all that power is at your command is comforting. Just using it periodically in very short bursts is fun. Feeling the excess underneath the idle as I cruise slowly, knowing full well that at any time I choose regardless of speed limit signs, or cops behind billboards, that I can delve into that resource just bolsters my confidence and I feel more alive.

Now, if I really want to, I am confident enough to race it full out scared to live with excitement. . . and do it again and again, and any time I choose.

Love that car!

Isn’t Life Grand? We’ve Been Given Everything We Could Possibly Need. So Awesome!

Spread Some Joy Today–The length of your appreciation list will determine the depth of your joy. Feel free to add to the list at any time.

Daily Inspiration 6-23-17

“Luke: What’s in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.”
— Yoda wisdom from
Star Wars

What do we take with us? Our point of view. Our point of attraction. Our accumulated knowledge. And, if we haven’t let them go yet–our fears.

What is the most telling in this short exchange between Luke and Yoda is the control and power that Yoda states Luke has. Yoda says that a lot to Luke in many ways and the entire challenge in all Luke’s learning is in accepting the reality that he has that power and always has had it.

Abraham, Esther Hicks makes more real:

“Since you have control over what thoughts you offer, what could be more just than the powerful Law of Attraction responding equally to everyone who offers a vibration? Once you gain control over the thoughts you think, your sense of injustice will subside and will be replaced with the exuberance for life and the zest to create that you were born with. Let everything in the Universe be an example to you of the way the Laws of the Universe work.”

We go into that cave every day as we leave our house, and as with Luke, what is out there is what we bring with us. We are the sole interpreter of our own reality.

Our Point Of View IS Our Point Of Attraction. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by experiencing your boundless joy. It’s on the other side of resistance.

Daily Inspiration 6-22-17

“You learn from error,
but not from blaming the self.”
— Paul Selig,
The Book of Truth

Since beginning these Daily Inspirations, I have focused on sharing what I’ve been learning, new insights realized, and often how it has changed me or my thinking, and more often than not, my heart. Onward.

The quote I gleaned above shook me with its power of clarity. He added after this part that if we burn our finger on a hot pan, we most likely learn to not do that again, but we don’t chastise ourselves for the rest of our lives in regret by blaming ourselves for our error. We move on. We learn.

Yet, how often do we hold on to something from long ago and carry regrets with us far into the future for things that have no meaning now?

Just before the quote above, there is another enlightenment to glean:

“Every time you claim yourself as inferior to another, you are lying. Every time you condemn yourself for what you have done or could do, or believe what you think is wrong about you, you are lying.”

Putting this into more clarity, he continues, “Anything that was done or expressed by you at any time was simply how you knew yourself and the expression of you as an active being in consort with your needs–or perhaps your fears, yes–at the time. But they were just what they were, things done. They were not who you are.”

How do we heal the past? We have to reframe it–see it differently. We need to let go of the rope were tugging on keeping that regret alive and active. We need to see that this was just what was then based on all manner of things in and around our lives, but it is not who we are. It may have been who we were at that moment, but we are in a constant state of flux in our lives, and we are constantly learning as we go.

Sure, we repeat mistakes sometimes. So what? We get stinking thinking sometimes. So what? We sting others when all we really want to do is caress. So what? It is what it is. It was what it was. There is only one time that we can do anything about anything and that is at this moment.

And we start by telling the truth about ourselves. We are not inferior to anyone. Nor is anyone else inferior to us. We are all divine creatures from the same Source Energy on different paths here spinning and toiling as we choose on an experiential adventure. We are. We simply are.

Celebrate Your Divine Spirit. Celebrate Your Human Adventure. Love All As You Love Yourself. 

Spread Some Joy Today–As Paul’s dead mother came to him in a dream said to him in his despair: Let it be, Let it be, Let it be, Let it be, Speaking Words of Wisdom, Let it be. (Thanks, Paul McCartney!)

Daily Inspiration 6-21-17

“We might consider more often
celebrating the obvious.”
— Albert K. Strong

It’s so easy to ignore the obvious, the common, the familiar, when there is so much to celebrate and to do this often helps keep more of our blessings in view, recognized, and appreciated.

Today, I am celebrating clean drinking water. It comes to my house. I just paid the bill for the month of its use to the city and it is what I have to call a stupid bargain. A pittance. It is almost insignificant in the scheme of monthly expenses, and yet it is something I cannot live without. Literally.

Not so long ago, we had to go to the well, or a stream, or other place and bring water home. Who knew if it were clean or not, so boiling it was required. Not in my lifetime, no, but not so long ago. In fact, today, there are millions of people on the planet who do not have clean drinking water in quantity and it is certainly not delivered to their home. They might walk miles to get it in buckets bringing it home by physical labor.

I go to my faucet, lift it up or turn the handle and out comes clean drinking water. I turn on the shower and I wash in clean water. I water the plants and bushes around my house. I use it for cooking. It is always there. And, it costs almost nothing in comparison to other things in my life that have far less value.

Celebrate The Obvious! Celebrate Your Blessings.

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing how blessed you truly are.

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