Month: March 2019

Daily Inspiration 3-31-19

“A tiny change today 
brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” 
— Richard Bach

[Classic post from 3-11-17]

If we have a ship just outside of San Francisco Bay pointed to Japan, and we turn the wheel only a half of a degree left, we would never reach Japan, but we might reach Figi instead which is quite a distance off the intended track. The smallest course change can lead to a major life change.

This is true in everything. Change what you eat for only one meal of the day and that small change will lead to a different body in time. The smaller the change, the longer it may take, but it is still change.

Dorothy Day is quoted as saying this: “People say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”

What if typically getting no exercise, we walked around the block once a day, parked further away from the store on purpose? Those two small changes would have profound changes in the body.

What if instead of some potato chips as a snack, I ate some olives? Big change, and more satisfying in general too.

What if I called one client per day five days a week? In a month I would have talked with 20 clients, and in a year, 240. And if I kept that up, in five years it would be over a thousand. Even if I cut that in half, it would achieve profound results.

How did the tortoise beat the hare in that story? One step at a time.

I’m reminding myself of the sheer value of small efforts in writing this. I can always use the reminder myself.

Baby Steps Become Giant Leaps. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by finding joy in doing what you can do without stressing over the rest of the stuff on your plate. Just do what you can, even if it is small. Even a little smile can cause joy.

Daily Inspiration 3-30-19

“No one has ever 
become poor by giving.” 
— Anne Frank 

[Classic post from 3-10-17]

No. That’s just not possible. If one gave everything one owned they would not be poor. They might be broke. But, to be poor is not about things or money or status. It is a mindset of lack. From a mindset of lack, there is no desire to give, but only to get.

When someone is a giver, they have a certain sense of abundance within them. It matters not what we may or may not have because to give is to have a mindset of enough, and actually, better stated as enough to share.

Even deeper than this surface view, poor is about fear, and giving is about love. Therein lies the real difference.

I Am Enough. I Am Enough To Share. For I Am Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling your way to your God-given abundance. Joy, love, abundance, empowerment, appreciation, freedom. They are all the best of friends.

Daily Inspiration 3-29-19

“I could see at least for a moment 
how if you ever took truly to heart 
the ultimate goodness and joy of things, 
even at their bleakest, 
the need to praise someone 
or something for it would be so great 
that you might even have to go out 
and speak of it to the birds of the air.” 
— Frederick Buechner 

[Classic post from 3-9-17]

Have you ever felt that way? So full of joy, wonder, love that you wanted to jump up and down, put your hands in the air, move around the room, thanking God, thanking the Universe for the emotional bounty within you. What a rush. What a bit of magic in what might be a regularly common life.

I was in such joy just reading Frederick Buechner’s words. He said what I have felt from time to time very effectively and poetically. And, the more important part to me is that he was saying this while in a situation where most of us might only scream complaints. In the midst of his uncomfortable physical situation, he had a beautiful insight into the glorious power of choosing a perspective–one that serves and sees beyond the current so-called reality to a wholly different one.

What is fascinating to me is that we all have probably had many of these glimpses into a different reality, whether from a current reality of struggle or not, and yet they may be few and far between. But, I believe and have practiced choosing them on purpose rather than waiting to stumble across the next one.

I love Frederick’s line changed to a personal point of view: “if I ever took truly to heart the ultimate goodness and joy of things, even at its bleakest. . . the need to praise. . . ” could not be contained. And what is wonderful about that line is that we can take charge of it in this way: As I truly take to heart the ultimate goodness and joy that surrounds me though I often may not see it outwardly, I have the power to lift that veil and see as I choose. We then may see our so-called current reality as merely and exquisitely contrast.

Abraham, Esther Hicks shares this insight: “It’s not necessary for you to exacerbate your contrast with struggle in order to get it into a higher place. It is not necessary to suffer in order to give birth to desire. But when you have suffered and you have given birth to desire, so what? You’ve got a desire. Turn your attention to the desire. Think about where you’re going and never mind where you’ve been. Don’t spend any more time justifying any of that stuff.”

In other words, focus on what you want and not what you have. Don’t reject what you have. It is a blessing in that it has led to the desire for something you prefer. Bless the situation, and turn your attention to what you want by seeing the ultimate goodness and joy in your life and all of life. 

We All Have The Power To Choose Our Perspective Regardless Of The Current Reality. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by finding joy not fault. It’s all in the view.

Daily Inspiration 3-28-19

“Do you want to be happy, 
or do you not want to be happy? 
It’s really that simple. 

Once you make that choice, 
your path through life 
becomes totally clear.” 
— Michael A. Singer 

[Classic post from 3-8-17]

Yesterday, I wrote about finding a flow in life by awakening to being in the here and now which is where all life is. So many of us have these deep-seated beliefs that we can control circumstance and other people and/or their behavior, but once awakened, we realize that while we have the force of will in our own life, we do not have it for any other. All we can do is to choose for ourselves, and in that choice, we live our lives and in that living, we can then influence or give permission to others to live as they choose without any insistence that they satisfy us. That is unconditional acceptance or unconditional love.

Happiness, to be that which makes our path through life totally clear, must be without condition as well. Michael A. Singer in his wonderful book, The Untethered Soul, has a whole chapter on practicing unconditional happiness. He adds, “You just have to really mean it when you say that you choose to be happy. And you have to mean it regardless of what happens.” 

We often have so many rules about how we allow ourselves to be happy, and that sadness, grief, depression, or some other thing gives us permission to disconnect from happiness. We think that we don’t have any control over these things, but it isn’t any event or situation, but only our choice that rules. Unconditional means without any condition.

To say, I want to be happy, but. . . or I want to be happy, except. . . is to choose not to be happy. People might say, “Of course I want to be happy, but my wife died, or my husband left me, or I got fired, or I’m deeply in debt, or someone crashed into my car, or I can’t pay all my bills,” or fill in the blank. There’s always some reason we can come up with when we only allow ourselves to have conditional happiness by saying, yes, but, or yes, except.

I love how Abraham, Esther Hicks discusses the subject:

“We are really advocates of just getting as happy as you can be–which takes care of everything. Even if you don’t have reason to be happy–make it up. Fantasize it. Make a decision that you’re going to be happy one way or another–no matter what. “No matter what, I’m going to be happy! If I have to ignore everybody; if I have to never watch television again; if I have to never pick up a newspaper again, I’m going to be happy. If I never have to see that person’s face again, I’m going to be happy. If I have to see that person’s face, I’m going to find something to see in that person’s face that makes me happy. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be happy.” 

Some people say, “well, you just can’t be happy all the time because there is a lot of ________ all around.” OK. That’s a choice to be happy when we think it is acceptable or appropriate to be happy. Fine. Have it that way, but the statement that we just can’t be happy all the time is purely opinion. We can be happy all the time. We can respond to events without reacting to them. We can decide to be happy no matter what goes on outside, no matter what anyone else thinks, no matter what. All we need do is choose–and mean it.

Once we choose, our path is clarified. We see life with different eyes, different emotional responses, different perspectives. We can choose and allow ourselves to be happy regardless, and as we practice that, life takes on new meaning. I know this to be true because I made this choice and practice it daily, hourly, constantly. When an old habit of how I should feel comes up, I see it for what it is: an old habit. I then choose to let it pass as I choose to be happy and at peace anyway.

We All Get To Choose As We Will. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by pausing just long enough to choose a response rather than simply reacting as we have often done. It is in that pause that our choice resides.

Daily Inspiration 3-27-19

“Then I realized something. 
I’d spent my whole life 
only recognizing my lucky breaks 
after they were gone.” 

— Ray King, played by J. K. Simmons 
from the movie, The Accountant
written by Bill Dubuque 

[Classic post from 3-7-17]

What does it mean to be present, to live in the now? It means you can see your lucky breaks as they are happening. You delight in them in your presence. You find joy in the situation. You fulfill them as they were intended to be of service to you.

More often than not I think so many of us see the lucky breaks by looking backward and having some distance between the event and now. We weren’t even aware at the time of the blessings in store.

Many of these lucky breaks came from pain, sorrow, defeat, failure, and even depression. Then one day, we awaken. We see our lives, our journey with new eyes. We see our many, many lucky breaks however they came, and we can now rejoice. Better late than never. Better to awaken than to sleep all the way through.

You’ve heard or read about people who said that cancer was the best thing that ever happened, or divorce was the best, or a business failure, or a house burning down, or any millions of other calamities or roadblocks. Nowadays, I see those as having to come to a head in order to get even a little of my attention.

I know for a fact that divorce was a humongous blessing in my life though I vowed it would never happen to me. I know being held up at gunpoint was a turning point for me. I know that my grandmother teaching me phonics when I was very young was a turning point. I know that winning a trip to Hawaii changed my life. I know reading a book changed my life. And many after that. I know that the death of a loved one changed my life. I know that doing a consulting job during the big recession in 2009 and seeing salespeople more discouraged and desperate than I had ever seen them and starting these Daily Inspirations to them changed my life. And changed the lives of many others too. As we are blessed, we bless others with or without knowing this. Such is the value of a life lived.

Good or bad are just words we associate with an event or behavior. They are decisions we make based on past training and other things. They are judgments. Lucky is a judgment. What is more truthful I think is that we are guided and encouraged–not like being a puppet, but via our changes and alignments or misalignments with the vibration of our own soul, our inner knowing, our inner being, the God within, or whatever label pleases you.

We all know that there is a far greater power within us, and as we awaken to the recognition in the knowledge of this, we can see the entire world with new eyes. This is one great way to see the blessings as they come rather than viewing them in the rearview mirror.

As we open ourselves to be present here and now, and learn to flow with things and let them flow in and through us without holding on to them, we can know the inner joy that is ready to flow within and out of us as a way of life. No more lucky breaks, but a flow of life here and now.

Lucky Break Or Manifest Destiny? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by awakening to all the life that is flowing in and through you all day every day.

Daily Inspiration 3-26-19

“You can’t discover light 
by analyzing the darkness.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 3-6-17]

I was thinking how easy it is to blame, to criticize, to condemn. I mean really, it takes no effort at all. One does not even need facts. We can just as easily make something up as to point something out. Not only is it easy for us, but by expressing it, this makes it easy for anyone to join in. None of us need facts. Facts are immaterial. None of us need to know anything about anything. All of us can justify that point of view with bullshit.

Then I was wondering what comes of the blaming, criticism, and condemnation. A picture of a high powered kitchen blender came to mind as if it were only partially filled with liquid and some fruit or some other food to be mixed and turning it on full speed with the lid off. The stuff goes all over the counter in a flash.

Then, we say, what was I thinking? Same with analyzing the darkness, finding fault, seeking blame, accusing people without any facts, and in public without a fair shot at any kind of explanation, assuming one was even offered. Whirring immediately into a frenzy of stuff all over the counter or all over the Internet that needs to be wiped up and discarded.

Of course, it is easy on the counter, even if it slopped over onto the floor or the wall or even the ceiling, but the Internet is a different thing altogether. It will pass, but it will take longer.

Then I was thinking about looking for the light instead of flailing around in the darkness. What if we instead of seeking someone to be at fault, found someone to compliment, approve of, praise, find harmony in, stand up and cheer for, pour out our appreciation and gratitude for and on? What if we responded as if we were focused on the light instead of the darkness? What then?

What if the lid to the blender was off in this situation? Can you imagine praise, upliftment, appreciation, gratitude, support, and joy went all over the counter? What if it hit the walls and the ceiling and the floor? What if it went viral on the Internet? What if the light ruled? What if our joy led? What if our appreciation was full? What if everywhere we looked we saw the light of love?

Hmmmm. . . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on the light. There is joy in the light and every good thing too.

Daily Inspiration 3-25-19

“Do not waste time bothering 
whether you “love” your neighbor; 
act as if you did. 

As soon as we do this
we find one of the great secrets. 
When you are behaving 
as if you loved someone 
you will presently come to love him.” 
— C. S. Lewis 

[New post]

It’s interesting how this quote correlates with so many things I’ve posted on the subject of enthusiasm. Particularly on Frank Bettger’s famous lesson that he learned from his failure as a baseball player. He was fired because he lacked energy and enthusiasm, so when he went to another team, he vowed to be the most energetic and enthusiastic player that ever played the game. It changed his life. By acting as if he was full of energy and full of enthusiasm, he became those things in reality. Later, he coined the phrase, “to become enthusiastic, act enthusiastically.”

It’s quite wonderful to see that same idea being applied to love, and we can extend that idea to anything that we think we should do that we don’t feel like doing, or following our heart instead of our childhood and/or peer training. We simply decide to pretend that we are what we want to be or to become, and in the process, our life is changed in such a way as to become that.

We don’t need all the answers. What we need is a recognized desire and then a decision, and then to simply act as if we are already or that it is already until we figure it out. Then maybe after we figure something out, we see a new squirrel and we’re chasing that one.

It is he or she that waits for a sign or thinks they need to wait to know for sure that never gets going I think. The most powerful force in the world beyond desire is a decision. We can do pretty much anything that we can imagine if we desire enough to want to make a decision. And, of course, a decision begs action.

Act As If You ________ And It Will Come To Pass. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by acting as if you had so much joy that you needed a wheelbarrow to move it around. Now go spread it to everyone you meet today.

Daily Inspiration 3-24-19

“Small talk 
is conversation for its own sake.” 

— Wikipedia 

[Classic post from 8-5-16]

The definition of small talk from Wikipedia continues: “small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed.” There’s a reason they call it small talk, because it is, and it is.

I also read where it seems to be introverts who hate small talk more than others. I think I’ll choose to not go there right now. . .

Back in Wikipedia, one of my favorite sources for so many topics is the purpose of small talk. It says, or they say, (after all, a person or persons wrote this), “In spite of seeming to have little useful purpose, small talk is a bonding ritual and a strategy for managing interpersonal distance.” They list that it is mainly used in three ways: “1. Conversation opener, 2. At the end of a conversation, as suddenly ending an exchange may risk appearing to reject the other person, and 3. Space filler to avoid silence.”

There you have it–the dreaded silence! Who has the last word? And, let us open up some potential communication. I am amazed at some of the questions that are asked to open that conversation up, especially considering that the conversation called small talk is intended to be very short.

So, yesterday at the bank, where small talk is demanded by their bosses, the first obligatory question was, “how’s your day so far?” I said, “Wow! It’s pretty fricken awesome!” She said, taken aback, “well what makes it so awesome?” I said, “I’m so excited and pleased that my judgment of others and things has decreased so dramatically. I was just flashing on that as I drove up. In the past, I used to judge people and things without thinking even, like hating graffiti and condemning the person who did the act, etc. I was judgmental about everything. And now, I judge very little, and I look at the person doing the deed with compassion, because I have made plenty of mistakes, done silly things, said hurtful things, and who hasn’t? They’re just acting out, following suggestions without thinking, trying to belong and stuff. Now I can see all of that and so I let all the judgment go. And I was feeling really good that this has come to pass in me.”

She and the other tellers who were listening were almost speechless. I’m sure they were thinking that there isn’t any customer that gives them answers like that. Or maybe they do. Open the door, and in comes something unexpected. And, NOT small at all.

Plus, it was all so true. I was feeling fricken awesome, so happy with myself that I realized a grand amount of progress on becoming more of an unconditional lover and practicing more compassion, and a deeper understanding. All this mainly by removing my ego from the control of my existence.

After I left the bank, some thoughts came through me. I was thinking about judgement and discernment. So often people might think they are the same thing, but the spark to me was they are very different. Judgement is the control of the ego, in that someone or something is less than and we are greater than, they are wrong and we are right, they are out of control and we are in control, they are bad, and we are good, they are losers, and we are winners, and a few thousand other comparisons. As Shakespeare said so long ago: “Nothing is either good or bad except the ego thinks it so.” Or something like that. . .

Then, I thought about discernment. After all, it came through me, what was I to do with it? Well, one way to see the difference would be to say that judgement is to say (in your mind or aloud as you choose) what you think and how you feel about someone or something based on things you believe, or a simple way to say it is that we express what we think and feel, and discernment is to consider our perception, or in a simple way, to think before we say or feel.

Judgement might be a statement of what-is, while discernment might be a consideration of what-is. A better way from the Teachings of Abraham would be that discernment is considering being in alignment with our inner being, while judgement is giving it no consideration whatsoever. Judgement lashes out, while discernment attempts to understand.

Even better: Judgement is an emotional reaction, while discernment is a thoughtful choice. 

And, who are we to judge anyway? Wasn’t it Jesus who said something to the effect of, “let he or she who is without flaws, poor choices, and lack of consideration of others, be the judge, while the rest of you might consider a little more discernment.” I know it was something like that. . .

I’m All For More Discernment. Plus, It Feels So Good Compared To Judgment. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by discerning things and people throughout your day.

Daily Inspiration 3-23-19

“The universe 
always supports you 100% 
in whatever idea 
you believe yourself most to be.” 
— Bashar, Darryl Anka 

[Classic post from 3-22-17]

Continuing today on the subject surrounding belief and how we view that and how it controls our reality, Bashar introduces the idea that the universe is always bringing us what we focus on. So regarding the quote above, the phrase, “whatever idea you believe yourself most to be,” this is the interpretation of focus.

I think our focus is based so closely with our beliefs that we cannot discern a difference. 

Bashar makes it clear by saying, “as you believe, that’s what you experience in physical reality,” and adds, “All you need do is be willing to recognize that 100% trust in the direction you prefer will create the reality you desire to experience.”

What fascinated me about this was the idea of 100% in both directions. I can just imagine the arguments against this idea that we are trusting 100% and receiving something that we don’t want, but letting go of that rope will make it clear that it is true. The universe supplied the results after we supplied the stimulus. We were the cause, and the universe is in charge of the effects, which means of course that we are in charge of it all.

Bashar talks of the 100% trust: “You have all always trusted 100% in something. What your society calls doubt is not a lack of trust. It is an absolute unshakable, unswerving 100% total conviction in a negative reality. You always use trust 100%. It’s just a matter of whether you trust in something you don’t prefer or trust in something you do prefer. Now, which do you prefer to trust in–what you prefer, or what you don’t prefer?” 

Then he adds this very important message: “As soon as you decide, however, that what you really prefer you will do 100%, there is absolutely no reason, as far as the universe is concerned, to withhold any less than 100% results from you. You will get 100% of it when you act in that direction 100%. 

100% trust will always–I guarantee it; I promise–give you 100% absolute reflection of that reality. Absolute. You are always getting a 100% reflection of the reality that you define as the most likely reality you are capable of handling. Always.” 

100% Trust. Fascinating! 

Spread Some Joy Today–I trust 100% that I will experience a whole lot of joy today from many sources of encouragement.

Daily Inspiration 3-22-19

“Always be honest with yourself. . . 
Acknowledge that you have difficulty believing. . . 
Don’t deny it, as denial is the first step
to forgetting everything about who you are. 
Don’t deny anything about yourself, 
including the fact that you have denial.” 
— Bashar, Darryl Anka 

[Classic post from 3-21-17]

Something brought me back to this book that I posted from yesterday on the subject of beliefs and how they are the cause of whatever reality we experience. The book is Bashar: Blueprint For Change, and there are so many golden nuggets in this book, I wanted to continue for a couple of days in the same relative area of our beliefs.

Bashar asked Darryl if he believed that he could have what he wanted, and asked if he was willing to make it that simple of an idea. Darryl answered that he did believe that, sometimes. Part of Bashar’s answer is the quote above.

Bashar suggests that we allow ourselves to deal with the fact that we may be denying that we have a certain belief or beliefs and that we may buy into the ideas of doubt, fear, and self-invalidation. It is stated that it is all right to have those thoughts. In fact, the problems come from the denials or the blaming of it on others, and more that keep it out of our control.

Then Bashar states this: “You see, the whole issue is that once you own the right to think that way [that it is okay to have these thoughts], you have made it clear that it was your choice to choose the negative reality. And once it’s clear that it was your choice, it’s back under your control.” 

“If you sometimes don’t feel capable of doing what excites you the most, acknowledge that you believe that. And then get into a very honest discussion with yourself about why you would choose to believe that way. What type of beliefs would you have? What kind of definitions would you have to buy into in order to feel you couldn’t do the thing that is most representative of who you are.” 

I’ve underlined the parts of those two statements that raised their voice in my head. As we stop blaming outside circumstances, heredity, our childhood or lack of it, or anything we can imagine that can be at fault and accept responsibility for our own choice of thoughts, we are empowered. We have control. What we do with that control and power is always up to us. We can stay where we are, but at least accepting it is our choice, or we can choose differently. It is what we believe about ourselves that drives the reality we currently experience.

We Are Only Pawns In The Game Of Life As We Believe That. Truth Be Known, We Are All-Powerful. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing joy or not choosing joy, but not giving reasons why it is not there. Joy, along with our reality is always a choice.

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