Month: October 2018

Daily Inspiration 10-31-18

“Everything happens for a reason. 
Sometimes the reason is 
that you’re stupid 
and make bad decisions.” 
— Bill Murray 

[Classic post from 9-23-14]

From one of my all-time favorite comedic actors comes such hilarious and truthful words of wisdom and encouragement. How many times have I been brain-dead stupid and made bad decisions? I stopped counting years ago. It’s embarrassing. But, it’s only embarrassing when I think I should be some kind of financial wizard and selfless mutant. I laughed so hard when I read this quote because it is so true, for me anyway.

But, you know, it is being able to see this and laugh at myself and my own learning lessons that makes it okay to talk about. The list of mistakes, especially financial mistakes would be too long to list here, but I also know that none of that matters much when it comes to the end. It’s all just stuff. It’s all just decisions. It is all just results. Like the wonderful song sung by Kelly Clarkson, Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger! That is true as well. The lessons that I have learned. . .

There have been enough stupid decisions in my life to last several lifetimes, and there may still be more on the horizon; however, I no longer worry about that, focus on mistakes, or make excuses to others so that I might feel better. It’s all good. Like yesterday’s post, all those mistakes are just stepping stones to joy. In fact, I’ve learned to feel the joy on the way so that there is no regret, and no need to ask forgiveness. It’s all good.

Reader’s Digest Used To Have A Column Called, Laughter Is The Best Medicine. It Surely Is. It Realigns Us With Joy, Our Ultimate Goal.

Spread Some Joy Today–by laughing at ourselves, which is exactly the same as dropping the rope.

Daily Inspiration 10-30-18

“On some dimension or other, 
every event in life 
can be causing only one of two things: 
either it is good for you, 
or it is bringing up 
what you need to look at 
in order to create good for you. 
Evolution is win-win. . . 
life is self-correcting.” 
— Deepak Chopra 

[Classic post from 9-22-14]

There’s a very popular phrase in recent years: ‘It’s all good!” Can this be true? Well, obviously, it depends on how you look at it and what you’re paying attention to.

I love Deepak Chopra’s way of seeing that it’s all good. Based on this attitude and outlook, the Universe or God is conspiring always in our best interests. Interesting way of looking at it, don’t you think?

Now ask yourself this question: What would my life be like, or how might my life change if I adopted such an outlook on life? What if I believed that no matter what was going on at the moment, that it truly is all good? What if I believed that life really is win-win and not win-lose?

I’m thinking that unless you already had this attitude that your life would change dramatically. Therein lies the possibility of it being all good.

“You Are Not A Drop In The Ocean, But The Ocean In The Drop.” — Deepak Chopra 

Spread Some Joy Today–by looking in the mirror and loving what you see.

Daily Inspiration 10-29-18

“You wander from room to room 
hunting for the diamond necklace 
that is already around your neck!” 
— Rumi 

[Classic post from 9-21-14]

I laughed when I read this quote because I remember frantically searching for my eyeglasses one day long ago and I searched for more than an hour in every place I could think of and then I found that I was wearing them. Although, I’m certain that Rumi meant by this quote that we have the answers within us. It’s like the Acres of Diamonds story by Russell Conwell that I was introduced to back in the early 70s, where a frustrated man sold his property and went on a trip to find his riches when all along his property was sitting on the richest cache of diamonds ever found. He had no idea what those rocks were.

I’ve come to believe that all of the answers we ever need are within us, yet often it is like the brain which stores everything, but recall is sometimes challenging. Learning from others, and gathering information may inspire us to come back to ourselves and trust in our own alignment with the God within. The best someone else can do for us is to redirect us to ourselves.

Not trusting ourselves in our own abilities and intelligence can be a roadblock, and this makes it all the more important to practice our knowing. We are far more than we seem. Each of us has a direct connection to God or the Universe or All-That-Is which we can tap into at will. As we go within and relax in our inner knowing, by practice, we become confident. Just by knowing that we have this connection and that all that we need is within, this narrows our search considerably.

Whether by prayer, meditation, relaxation, and others, it is a letting go of what is in our face and all around us for just a short time to make the inner connection. We just need to stop the flow of constant information long enough to find the truth for us.

“Do Not Feel Lonely, The Entire Universe Is Inside You.” — Rumi 

Spread Some Joy Today–by changing the tone of gossip, or walking away entirely. Either serve us.

Daily Inspiration 10-28-18

“People often say that 
“beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” 
and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty
is realizing that you are the beholder. 
This empowers us to find beauty 
in places where others have not dared to look, 
including inside ourselves.” 
— Salma Hayek 

[Classic post from 9-19-14]

That was so well said, I’ll leave it to stand on its own.

Close Your Eyes And See The Beauty In You!

Spread Some Joy Today–in your enthusiastic appreciation.

Daily Inspiration 10-27-18

“What would my life have been like 
if I hadn’t cared so much 
about what people thought?” 
— Oprah Winfrey 

[Classic post from 9-16-14]

Earlier this month, Oprah Winfrey published a book titled, What I Know For Sure, and I just had to share a bit of it with you. It is a very special book from a very special woman who has had the privilege to influence millions of people over time. Though I hardly ever watched her show since it was in the daytime, I could not help being influenced anyway, and what was also interesting looking back is that it has been as if she has been growing up, expanding, and becoming right along with all the rest of us.

In the chapter, Possibility, she talks about fear and how fear can rule your life. She says, “What I know for sure is this: Whatever you fear most has no power–it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you. But your fear can rob you of your life.”

One of the strongest fears that she removed from her life was about what other people may or may not think about her. She began by acknowledging her fear. She says, “before I could challenge my fear and begin changing what I believe about myself, I had to admit that, yes, I had always been afraid–and that my fear was a form of slavery.”

Then she quoted author Neale Donald Walsch, who said, “so long as you’re still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.”

She says that when you decide and “dare to step out, speak up, change yourself, or simply do something outside of what others call the norm, the results may not always be pleasant. . . others may call you nutty. At times it may feel like the whole world is rising up to tell you who you cannot become and what you cannot do. (It can upset people when you exceed the limited expectations they’ve always had for you.)”

Oprah goes on to say, “but the alternatives are even worse: You might find yourself stuck in a miserable rut for years at a time. Or you could spend too many days languishing in regret, always wondering, What would my life have been like if I hadn’t cared so much about what people thought?”

I know in my own life that I have dealt a lot with the fear and fantasies of what other people may think about what I say or do or have said and done or failed to do. It can be such a burden causing me to hide out. One of the ways I have come out of that cave is writing these notes. I put myself out there sometimes and whatever happens, happens. The doing of it teaches me to be less fearful and my goal is to be fearless. It’s also interesting that of all the comments that people have sent me over these last five years of postings, not a single one was negative in any way. It was as if I were growing up, expanding, and becoming right along with all the rest.

As a final note to this post, I have to exclaim how powerfully joyful I have felt by this book from Oprah. I am more into audiobooks now than print, but often buy both. Often the audiobook is a matter of convenience, but in this case, I think that the best way to get the feel of this book is the audiobook version. Oprah is reading it and it is hands down, the best read audiobook ever, full of feeling as only she who has lived it could tell. I suggest you would thoroughly enjoy it. I think it is worth sipping, letting the subtle flavors be completely noticed and appreciated. The messages have been said in many ways by many people, but never in the way that Oprah says them and entirely worth the trip.

“And What If You Decided Right Now That You Will Stop Letting Fear Block You?” — Oprah Winfrey 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing that fear is simply resistance and that by letting go of that rope, joy is possible, and as you become more joyous, those around you will as well.

Daily Inspiration 10-26-18

“And suddenly you know: 
It’s time to start something new 
and trust the magic of beginnings.” 
— Meister Eckhart 

[Classic post from 9-15-14]

Yes. I am. I Will. It’s time. I love beginnings. I love entrepreneurship. Management bogs me down somewhat, but beginnings are special and so damn exciting. I’ve been thinking long enough. It is time. I am ready. . .

. . . I Think. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–because you know you want to. Is there anything that feels better?

Daily Inspiration 10-25-18

“Crime panel finds 
pockets of despair.” 
— Headline from the 9-13-14 issue 
of the Fairfield CA Daily Republic newspaper 

[Classic post from 9-14-14]

I receive the daily local newspaper, not to get news, but to see any advertisements for our clients and to see any articles that we might spread on their behalf. When I opened it up this morning the headline said Crime panel finds pockets of despair. At first glance, I thought, are they serious? Then I just broke out in laughter for several minutes. Really? Pockets of despair?

What made me laugh the longest were the three photos of politicians on the panel that had smiling faces as if they finally found the problem. Then they went into several of the underlying issues contributing to the pockets of despair. Are you ready? It is single mothers. The offenders were raised by single mothers. Well, there you have it, folks–it’s the single mother issue as if getting rid of single mothers would solve anything.

They are ready now to present this wonderful package of crime panel findings to the City Council on Tuesday. I’ll bet they will be amazed at the report. They also add that “the commission was impressed with the comprehensive crime-fighting employed by the police and they were praised for the department’s forward thinking.

So, now we know the problem and the solution: Single mothers and forward thinking police. Then, they get into more of the same old blah, blah, blah as if this blah wasn’t enough. They had to have a whole commissioned panel to get to the bottom of this.

OK, enough of the sarcasm, but I just couldn’t help it. It’s hilarious. One more quote: “The city will never have the fiscal resources necessary for an all-out war on crime.” As if wars have ever solved anything in the entire history of humankind.

The real thing is that crime is not something to fight, nor drugs, cancer, bullying, and the list is endless in today’s world. Fighting these things only strengthens them. Creating more awareness about them only makes them stronger and more well-known. It doesn’t solve the problem but only makes it worse.

Single mothers don’t create criminals. Some criminals have single moms. It’s simpler than we make it, but not necessarily easy. The only thing that will change any of this is thinking differently by choosing better thoughts, which helps us make better choices and by being aware that we alone are responsible for our thinking and our actions. It’s not about fighting against but turning toward the solution and the solution will always be based on what we think. Teach that on a massive scale starting with ourselves and we will be on to a far better world.

Pockets Of Despair? What A Limited Focus! Change The Thoughts From Fear To Love And Change A Bit Of The World. One Pocket At A Time. What’s In Your Pocket? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by turning your eyes to the thriving world; the enthusiastic world; the loving world. Joy doesn’t attack. It is simply a choice.

Daily Inspiration 10-24-18

“I’ve always thought
you have to live life
looking forward, not backward. 
I’ve had no interest at all 
in who my ancestors are.” 
— Jeremy Paxman 

[Classic post from 9-20-14]

I was talking on the phone with a dear old friend the other day. The call was lengthy and full of laughter and joy and love. My love for this guy is so deep and pure and unconditional and having very different religious views hasn’t the slightest effect to change this love, nor the large time spaces between communications. He has always been perfect and full of life and love to me.

As we were talking, I said to him that I feel as if I have lived twice already and am beginning my third life in this same body. It’s interesting, but that is what I feel like. Each life has been a huge learning and growing experience with all the ups and downs and in and outs that might fill one full life. There were lots of experimentation, risk-taking, successes and so-called failures. There were joy and sorrow and plenty of frustration to lubricate the wheel of new desire.

The reason I say they were different lives is that they were full enough to be a full life, and the benefit as I see it now is that I began again from a different perspective, from a different level of being.

The best part is how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to experience them. I truly am blessed to have received these lives. As I look at my present now and how this third life feels, I feel so much joy, wonder, appreciation for this new starting point and for the extreme joy that is before me. How fascinating it feels to look at things this way in what has gone before and what is now with views of an even greater becoming.

One thing I know for sure in this newest life is that it will be largely focused on living in the unconditional love of all others and myself as I practice its fullness.

Rejoice! Endings Always Lead To New Beginnings. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by releasing the need to be right. That alone will do it.

Daily Inspiration 10-23-18

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, 
but no one thinks of changing himself.” 
— Leo Tolstoy 

[Classic post from 9-12-14]

As I was reflecting just a bit about yesterdays Daily Inspiration on the subject of mentoring and how it is up to the one wanting to be mentored to reach out, otherwise nothing will come of it. It is up to us to ask, and as the Bible said so succinctly, “Ask, and Ye Shall Receive, Seek and Ye Shall Find.”

I’ve been studying personal empowerment, spiritual awakening, and learning to love myself and others and choose my own path for some years now. The good news for me is that I have almost no drama anymore in my life. After much trial, I have learned as Eckhart Tolle said, “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” So, I’ve learned to put the oars in the boat and go with the current rather than row upstream.

It is no small thing in my life to learn these things and put them to work, or rather, play, in my life. It is something I am so joyful about and would love to share the whole path of mine with everyone, but I also have learned through much trial that people will only listen when their ears are ready, and they will only reach out when they are ready for a change and eager to learn.

Sometimes, I might talk with someone who is hurting and I know that the knowledge that I have come to could benefit them greatly, and yet I don’t offer or encourage anymore other than what kinds of things I might share here. The Law of Attraction is real and it is constantly working and as I said yesterday when the student is ready, he or she will attract the teacher and the information. It is always available. Just as it was for me when I was seriously ready in 2007.

So, sometimes we want to help others because we know that it has helped us, but telling them before they are ready is just a bunch of white noise to them. Besides, here’s the other thing that is equally important–there are many paths and they can all be good. The is no way, but many ways. It is much more a factor of does it resonate with them, then that is for them. If it resonates with me, that is for me. When something resonates it is the most powerful influence on any of us. It is the inspiration in vibration.

Pushing against unwanted things is of no value and only serves to strengthen them, and make them more prevalent in our lives. It is rowing upstream. It is the tug-o-war contest. Only by releasing the rope, and thereby releasing the resistance can anything positive come of it. At the same time, it is only the releasing of our own resistance that we can become open to hearing about change that can bring us new life. When we try to push that enthusiasm on others when they aren’t ready, it is the same thing as picking the rope up again.

“We Change The World Not By What We Say Or Do, But As A Consequence Of What We Have Become.” — David R Hawkins 

Spread Some Joy Today–It’s so hard to get anything good done with that rope in your hand. Just lay it down and feel the joy well up in you already. Turn and walk outside and raise your arms up high. Shout “Thank You!”

Daily Inspiration 10-22-18

“You can only mentor somebody 
if they want to be.” 
— Phil Ramone 

[Classic post from 9-11-14]

Donovan Bailey says that “every kid needs a mentor. Everybody needs a mentor.” Based on all I know from living my life, I agree with this entirely. It has also been an observation of mine that I have met a lot of people who fail to take the lead in being mentored. It is the mentee, or the person desiring or needing mentoring–it is their responsibility to reach out to a potential mentor. Sometimes, there might be a situation where a third party brings them together, and whereas this can be a beginning, it will go nowhere fast without the action of the mentee. A mentor is not the one that reaches out beyond once if that. It is the wrong sequence.

There are so many people who have certain skills, knowledge, ideas that can and will be mentors to those who are bold enough to reach out. Even famous people, who on first glance, we might think they wouldn’t be interested at all or too busy, are open to it. Clint Eastwood is quoted as saying, “I’m a mentor to anybody who’s interested.” That pretty plain. Some even go out of their way to help, as with this quote from the singer, actress, entrepreneur, Paula Abdul, who said, “I love doing what I do. I’m a born mentor. I’ve launched so many people’s careers. I worked hard.” And Jessica Simpson said, “To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley.”

Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life are ready and willing, but as the old and very wise saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. In addition, that is when the learning is most effective too.

One last thing about mentoring. as the quote by Donovan Baily says above. . . everybody needs a mentor. This would apply to all ages. I need a mentor and I reach out and find them and they don’t even have to be alive in today’s world for me to get the mentoring that I need and want. I’m always ready to be mentored. As well, I am always ready to be a mentor.

“It’s An Intangible Thing, This Thing We Call Talent, Especially If We’re In A Position To Teach And Mentor Others.” — Alan Zweibel 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it’s Monday. That should be a good enough reason!

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