Month: September 2018

Daily Inspiration 9-30-18

“No act of kindness, 
no matter how small, 
is ever wasted.” 
— Aesop 

[Classic post from 8-17-14]

Consciously practicing kindness never hurts either. . .

“Wherever There Is A Human Being, There Is An Opportunity For A Kindness.” — Seneca 

Spread Some Joy Today–through your kind attention.

Daily Inspiration 9-29-18

“True authority dwells within you.” 
— Alan Cohen 

[Classic post from 8-16-14]

Though it is good to hear about wisdom from others, all wisdom is within you. We are always connected to Source Energy, or God, or the Universe, and even though we may ignore or feel that we don’t understand that connection, it is there. As we release any fear about that, we may allow ourselves to dip into it any time we choose. Basically all anyone else can do for us that is inspirational is to help guide you back to this place of our own knowing.

Anything That Resonates With You Is Connecting You To Your Own True Authority. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Take the day off, or at least part of the day off and just chill for a while.

Daily Inspiration 9-28-18

“Do I love you? 
My God, 
if your love were a grain of sand, 
mine would be a universe of beaches.” 
— William Goldman 

[Classic post from 8-15-14]

I was meditating today and the idea of being adored came to me. I wondered how many people have experienced what it is like to be adored? Better than this, I wondered how many who have experienced the idea of it, and then actually allowed it to be?

Tasha Alexander said what many might think of when being adored. She said, “it’s delicious to have people adore you, but it’s exhausting, too. Particularly when your own feelings don’t match theirs.” I get that concept, but that is more like worship I think than adoration.

To me, adoration is more like unconditional love. Many times we might think that somehow we aren’t deserving of that kind of attention, but we are. Sometimes we might think that we have to return all of it or it won’t be valid. Not true. Unconditional love has no measure. All we need do is allow it.

I don’t go to church anymore, but I was a worship leader until 2006, and as a songwriter, also wrote a lot of songs for church with many of them trying to express the love of God, or Jesus as I knew it to be. Often that was different than was taught in church, but that’s another story.

One of the songs that I probably put my whole entire soul into every time I sang it in the church was called, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Lord. It’s short and starts with the chorus saying, “Nobody loves me like you, Lord. Not even one. No, not even one. Nobody loves me like you, Lord. Not even one. No, not even one. There is no one like you, not one.” It goes on to say that even when I am at my best and when I am at my worst and even when I walk away, His love is like an open door and inside that door, I am complete forevermore.

It’s not about religion. I know for sure that I didn’t create all of this, so whatever that power is, I know for certain is loving us as fully as we ourselves will allow. We may not often plug into that, accept it and allow it on a regular basis, but it just doesn’t matter, because whenever we do and will, that adoration and unconditional love are there to comfort us like no other can.

I felt adored. I appreciated being adored. I am enthralled with being adored and being loved fully without condition. It is very rare here on the ground, but it is always available within by just letting go of the rope of resistance and allowing that love and adoration to wash over us. Today, it washed over me again, and it does every time I allow it to do so. I too must let go of that rope and release myself. I recently committed myself to a regiment of about 20 minutes or so a day to meditate and let go of everything. It is working. I am remembering what it is like to be adored.

Allowing Is The Single Most Powerful Action We Can Take. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Allow your love to flow freely and experience the joy in that allowing.

Daily Inspiration 9-27-18

“To me, 
ideas are worth nothing
unless executed. 
They are just a multiplier. 
Execution is worth millions.” 
— Steve Jobs 

[Classic post from 8-14-14]

The late Jim Rohn was one of my early mentors in personal development. I remember the first cassette tape I got from a friend in a multi-level marketing business who was trying to get me involved gave it and a few others for me to listen to. I was mesmerized by Jim’s folksy, and yet common sense approach to becoming better.

On one of his tapes that I listened to, later on, he told the short story of a guy who decided to build a building. It was going to be a skyscraper! He borrowed the money, hired some people, and set about clearing the site and bringing in supplies and building materials to build the building.

Each day, he and his team would bring more supplies and building materials. It was getting crowded on the construction site. The next day was more of the same. It got to the point that people were wondering if he was ever going to use those materials and build something. But, he just kept bringing more stuff in anticipation of getting going on the construction.

Soon the lenders were discouraged, along with the engineers and construction workers and the money stopped flowing. When the money stopped flowing, everything came to a halt. Here was a site with so much building materials and yet after many weeks of preparation, absolutely nothing got built.

Now, on the surface, it might be easy to say that this guy was just loco. But, let me ask a question. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Or, how about if not you, that you might know one or more people that resemble this scenario?

Sometimes it might look like our efforts are constructive and then again, we may need some more information. . . or help. . . or approval. . . or. . .

Like Steve Jobs Said, “Execution Is Worth Millions,” Figuratively And Sometimes Literally.

Spread Some Joy Today–Let go of the preparation and simply execute on your joy. It is thought, but even more than this, it is action!

Daily Inspiration 9-26-18

“The true secret of giving advice is
after you have honestly given it, 
to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, 
and never persist in trying to set people right.” 
— Hannah Whitall Smith 

[Classic post from 8-13-14]

This quote is indeed great advice and I have learned it from experience. Yet, what is even more important, when we can achieve this, is to never give advice unless it is requested by the party we are giving it to.

Sometimes it is merely, or rather, blatantly, our ego run amok. Many times this advice is meaningless small talk, but that is a great place to bring awareness so we can catch ourselves before we cross into a more important territory.

The truth is as I have seen it over and over again from experience, that people generally don’t want advice. They may not even want it when they ask for it, but we will let that be their problem.

A better way? Share your experience and experiences. Share what you’ve learned and how it benefited you. You’re not then an adviser as much as an observer.

There’s No Fun In Pushing A Rope Anyway. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–Where did you hide that joy button? Let’s uncover it and push it often today! People might think you’re breathing rarefied air. Let them think what they will!

Daily Inspiration 9-25-18

“We are subjected to many illusions
in our daily life. The greatest one is 
the one that keeps us trapped in giving 
our energy to what always has been.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 8-12-14]

Back with Dr. Wayne Dyer and his book, There’s A Spiritual Solution For Every Problem, I found a fascinating analogy that really helps me see the past in a different light, so I thought I would share it.

From the quote above, he goes on to say about what he calls The Greatest Illusion, “This illusion is characterized by the belief that “The past is the reason why I am continuing to believe in these ways.” In some of my earlier writing, I have referred to the wake of a fast-moving boat. The wake is the trail that is left behind and nothing more, just a trail that is in back of the boat. You don’t need to be a nuclear physicist to understand that the wake does not drive the boat. Nor does the wake of your life. It is simply the trail that is left behind.”

How many times have we all let our past dictate our future by giving it far more attention that it deserves?

Wayne goes on to say, “The wake cannot drive the boat. The wake of your life does not drive you today. But the present moment energy that you put into the events and actions of your past, explaining or excusing your continuing problems does affect your life today. That is the source of those problems, and absolutely nothing more. Just like it is the present moment energy being generated by the engine that makes the boat go forward. The trail that you’ve left behind cannot drive your life today unless you convince yourself that this is the case, and that is why I call it the greatest illusion.”

I thought that was such a powerful way to look at our past and the present and the problems that we think we have today. Excellent.

It’s Just The Wake. . . It Has No Power Of Its Own. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Enjoy yourself today. Just for the fun of it.

Daily Inspiration 9-24-18

“Anything you remember 
seems to be the way it was 
because that is how 
you are choosing to remember it.” 
— Alan Cohen 

[Classic post from 8-11-14]

When I was in grade school around 3rd or 4th grade, I remember playing a game that we called telephone where a number of us would sit on the ground in a circle and one person would whisper something about a sentence long to the person next to them and then they would repeat that exactly to the next and the next until the last person would say it aloud. Then we would compare with the person who started it to see if it matched. It never matched. It always got morphed somewhere along the line. It seemed like we always had about 8-10 people in the game, but what came out at the end was often so funny compared to what was started down the line.

Memories are like that I think in that we may often remember things so differently than even someone who lived through an event with us. It’s called perspective and we each have a unique and totally individual perspective. We may agree from time to time, and maybe even more often, but the details will most likely not match.

As memories get further in the past, they may be modified even more to where we are only remembering bits and pieces, and even combining bits and pieces differently as we speak of a memory in different situations. We might call that a memory of convenience.

One thing that I have noticed with memories of people who have passed from this physical life is that I have a pronounced tendency to remember the best, or better things about them, than the things that I didn’t like or were painful in some way. Again, that means I am remembering in bits and pieces and arranging them to suit me.

I think it is especially helpful to purposely rearrange details of the past to suit how we want our lives to be today. I don’t think we need to go back and find the pain and try to understand it, but rather, to soften any pain felt today by rearranging and re-membering the way things were. It’s not so much blocking it out as it is making peace with it. I know some people who carry hurts from the past with them like a badge of courage, but all that is doing is making today so much less than it could be.

One of the best ways to deal with the past is to treat it by practicing your unconditional love. (You are practicing, right?) So often I have used the analogy of the tug-o-war rope and that we are warring with ourselves carrying these hurtful thoughts into the present, so a great way to deal with it quickly is just to picture ourselves physically dropping that rope. Once the rope is dropped, we can cover the whole scene by bathing it in love–even picturing a warm-colored glow descending over everything we see.

We can do the same thing with memories that create fear in us today not just things that have caused hurt. In both cases, softening and re-membering the past is one of the best things that we can do to make today a better place and a happier place.

“Never Underestimate Your Power To Change Yourself; Never Overestimate Your Power To Change Others.” — Wayne Dyer 

Spread Some Joy Today–Practice your unconditional love. You can start with likable people so it is easy, then work up to people you hate. Of course, once you do this, you won’t hate anyone ever again.

Daily Inspiration 9-23-18

“Stop giving energy 
to the things 
you don’t believe in.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 8-8-14]

Continuing with Wayne Dyer’s book, There’s A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem, the chapter 4 title is the quote above and it leaped off the page at me hitting me right between the eyes so to speak. I know that there are many things that I don’t really believe in, yet I have given them far too much energy anyway, and it wasn’t to my benefit in the least.

At the top of this chapter, there is a wonderful and telling quote by Michelangelo where he says, “I began to understand that the promises of the world are for the most part vain phantoms and that to have faith in oneself and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” We so often give energy where it does us only harm and forget the true power that we have in ourselves and in our connection to God or the Universe in the process.

Wayne tells us, “keep in mind the central principle that guides your lifetime in this material universe–as you think so shall you be–seven little words that form the basis for transforming your life. Everything begins with a thought.” He adds, “How you look upon the world and the images you have within you determine what you will get in your life. And make no mistake about it, all your thoughts form a bastion of energy that you radiate outward to create the circumstances of your life.”

This particular post speaks to harnessing our own innate power by giving our energy to what we want rather than to what at the moment is called reality. Since everything begins in the invisible, for us to focus on the visible and use that as a determination of how we are going to feel or act, is just what Michelangelo was referring to I’m sure. He was choosing to focus on his own power, his own connection to God rather than to what he sees around him in the world.

In our “real world,” we might be a salesperson who is not doing so well and is focused on the “reality” of not doing so well and creating fantasies of what the bosses are thinking and when the ax will fall and a hundred other scenarios. But, if we trust that we are in this position and that we have access to the power of God through our connection there, and we know that God is good and wants nothing but good for us, how can we possibly get so down? Only by looking at what we don’t believe in. Or, is it that we do believe in that and not the connection with God or the Universe?

There are untold numbers of references I could entertain here about business and personal relationships, even International conflicts. It all comes down to what we choose to give our energy to. Truly, others only make choices for us when we relinquish control to them, otherwise, we are in full control–and in all cases, we are in full control of what we choose to think.

We Can Trust Ourselves And Our Connection To Source, Or We Can Choose Otherwise. It Is Always A Choice. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Accept your power and make your own choices.

Daily Inspiration 9-22-18

“By recognition of its existence, 
we invite the power to be known by us.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 8-6-14]

I was just beginning another Wayne Dyer book from 2001 called, There Is A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem, and on page 5 of the first chapter, I ran across some outstanding advice that goes way beyond just this book, but is a perfect affirmation or statement to God or the Universe for a lot of things that we perhaps know a little bit about but not much more.

Here’s the quote: “For example, in this first step when you are faced with a problem, I suggest that you create a personal affirmation such as: ‘I may not know exactly how to access the spiritual solution here, but I fully recognize that a spiritual solution exists.’ By recognition of its existence, we invite the power to be known by us.”

I don’t know about you, but I know in my life that when I have a problem (and that is a very wide field), I am constantly seeking solutions through thinking, logic, comparing the past with the present, hoping for a better future, and so much more. In all respects, I am trying to solve it myself–and frankly, not doing a very good job of it either.

But with the sage advice of Dr. Wayne Dyer and others, we can simply accept that we don’t have the answers, give it to God or the Universe so to speak, and allow the answers to come from a place we may not fully understand.

In real-world terms, it is like a guy (like so many of us ‘guys’) who is a bit lost on a trip and yet refuses to ask for help for directions. We ‘guys’ know of what I speak. We think we can figure it out. After all, how hard can it be? I used to be a pilot so I know north, south, east and west and I can sort of see myself from above to aid me finding things, but then, sometimes I can’t. Even on a recent trip to SoCal when I got lost at around midnight, I thought I knew what to do. But, truly, I needed help.

So Wayne’s advice is wonderful because it encourages us to allow for help from the source, or rather the Source of everything who has the power and the full knowledge of what we need when we need it. And, even though we get in the way and try to take charge sometimes, the real answer for us is in letting go and letting God.

I Am Open To Guidance And Support. I Recognize The Power That Exists That Is In Full Support Of Me. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by going from not feeling so good to feeling a little bit better, then a little bit more and more, until soon enough, you are in joy. So INJOY!

Daily Inspiration 9-21-18

“Hope is independent 
of the apparatus of logic.” 
— Norman Cousins 

[Classic post from 8-5-14]

Hope is such a turning point for so many people. It alone can make the difference between a person continuing to live or choosing to die as Viktor Frankl explained in his book, Man’s Search For Meaning.

Hope is also the turning point in the scale of human emotions where it turns from negative to positive emotions. There are many emotions higher on the scale than hope and all the negative ones are below it, so it becomes the emotion of change in that respect.

Our ego loves logic to help make sense in a strange and varied world, and hope could care less about logic. Since hope and optimism are in the same vicinity of each other, I love this quote by Norman Cousins where he says, “optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects.” Neither hope nor optimism needs logic or facts, and frankly, that is their ultimate power to help us change.

“The Capacity For Hope Is The Most Significant Fact Of Life. It Provides Human Beings With A Sense Of Destination And The Energy To Get Started.” — Norman Cousins 

Spread Some Joy Today–by simply appreciating everything and everyone around you today. Mentally find things to appreciate and watch what happens.

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