Month: August 2019

Daily Inspiration 8-31-19

“O how I laugh when I think
of my vague indefinite riches. 
No run on my bank can drain it, 
for my wealth is not my possession 
but my enjoyment.” 
— Henry David Thoreau 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-27-15]

Every single person on the planet can be rich in this way. Isn’t that the most powerful thing? Every single person. There aren’t enough banks on the planet to hold those kinds of riches.

I Hope You’re Laughing Too! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by laughing all the way past the bank. . .

Daily Inspiration 8-30-19

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way
to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. 
If people believe in themselves, 
it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” 
— Sam Walton 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-25-15]

Some leaders are so adept at this strategy, that to not succeed is unthinkable. The better people feel about where they are spending a majority of their awake time, the better everything goes. The better they perform while at work, the better they relate to their family and loved ones, the better they feel about themselves. And, the latter is the driving force to all the rest.

Find Ways To Uplift Another Whether You Think You Are A Leader Or Not. If You Uplift Others, You Are.

Spread Some Joy Today–because it’s the last Wednesday of the month. Heck, any reason is a good one.

Daily Inspiration 8-29-19

“Change the story 
and you change perception; 
change perception 
and you change the world.” 
— Jean Houston 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-24-15]

Whatever your story is, or the story within the story, the accumulations of thoughts repeated over and over that eventually become beliefs–whatever it is, if it is not serving you, then the opportunity always exists to change the story. When you change the story, your perceptions change, and when your perception changes, you change the world. We all have our own world from that perspective.

Here’s an easy one to recognize and I recognize the differences in me very clearly. How many times have you thought, “shit happens?” Or, maybe the randomness of events is what you see. You might think, “well, I didn’t attract that. I never would have asked for that in my life.” You only take responsibilities for the positive things and blame others, circumstances, fate, and all manner of outside things for anything negative that comes? You joined the club.

So, I’ve said this one before, but it is so darn good, I could repeat it forever. I used to believe that shit happens that we have no control over, but I gave that up. One very clear thing I adopted was the idea that “things are always working out for me.” A simple idea. And, you know what? It absolutely changed my story, which changed my perception, and this whole thing changed the world that I see. 

Another thing was learning the idea of my emotions being a guidance system instead of just how I feel when “bad shit” or “good shit” happens. Learning that I can know what it means and what to do next when I pay attention to how I feel changed my story, which changed my perception, which changed my world, and my life.

Remember that a belief is just a thought we keep thinking, so when we finally realize that this belief is no longer serving us, we can choose a better feeling thought, and another, and then our story changes, perception changes, and the world we live in changes.

Is It Time For A New Story? Better Perception? Changing Your World? You Are The Only One In Charge Of That. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Who doesn’t want joy? Not Any.

Daily Inspiration 8-28-19

“It’s a little embarrassing 
that after 45 years of research and study, 
the best advice I can give people 
is to be a little kinder to each other.” 
— Aldous Huxley 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-23-15]

What A Wonderful Idea!

Spread Some Joy Today–by being kinder to everyone you meet today.

Daily Inspiration 8-27-19

“The people in your life
will always give you
exactly what you expect. 
No exceptions.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-21-15]

This is a big Daily Inspiration because I have learned over the last few years one of the most important things I ever could ever have learned about relationships. When I speak of relationships, I am thinking personally about my late wife and other love relationships that I have had over my years; however, this applies exactly the same with any relationship. It could be a boss at work, a person you are doing business with, a member of a team, family member, whatever. It applies to any relationship.

I didn’t learn it until I read about the Book of Positive Aspects from the book, Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks just a few years back, but it got my attention so perfectly, and I have now adopted it and use it all the time now in any relationship I might have.

Let’s take a love relationship for an example. It is so easy to see things in another–their idiosyncrasies, their manner, the things that they choose to focus on again and again. As we take notice of these things, and when they are different than our own, it is easy to speak against them, whether right out, or as sarcasm, or as an example. I have done it for years and years. Not meaning to do harm, mind you, but it is not doing well either.

I always come back to the story I learned thirty or more years ago from Jim Rohn, that there are two ways to have the tallest building. One is to become known as a builder, and the other is only classified as a destroyer. We do this in relationships and don’t even realize we’re doing it.

Let me open this subject up with this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks: “The Source within you only sees positive aspects in your partner, [or the other in a different kind of relationship] and whenever you are finding positive aspects, you are in alignment with who-you-really-are.” The brackets are mine.

The Source within me, the God within me, Emmanuel, My Higher Self, or whatever name you might like to use, it’s all the same. Our emotion is generated by our relationship with that inner Source. When we are in alignment, we feel good or positive emotions, and when we are out of alignment, we feel negative emotions to indicate to us that we are out of alignment with our greater knowing.

The Book of Positive Aspects is a tool to use to help us get back into alignment. I would have loved to have known more fully about it when I was twenty instead of so much later, but it’s never too late to learn. It is a simple thing. Get a plain old notebook, spiral notebook, whatever, and write at the top: Positive Aspects of ________ and fill in the blank. In my case, it was Nancy when I first started this. 

Then you just start listing the positive aspects of that person. Let your mind soar. Don’t leave anything out however small it may seem. It is all-important. It can be physical aspects, mental aspects, spiritual aspects, their manner, how they talk, how they do things, etc. Just keep writing until you cannot anymore. Then tomorrow, do it again. Add to the list. Then tomorrow do it again. Add more to the list until you feel that you have a really full list. Then just reread it and focus on those positive aspects by giving praise and appreciation for them and how they are sharing those wonderful aspects in your life. Then, visit that list often.

It matters not at all that the other does this or even knows about this process. It only matters that you do it. Their faults are your own creation in your own head. They probably wouldn’t even agree with you. It isn’t about right or wrong, truth or not truth. It is all about you, how you feel about them. It has nothing at all to do with how they feel about you. This is a challenging lesson to learn.

It’s not about what they are doing that irritates or upsets you, it is about what you are thinking and how different that is from the Source within you and that is what is causing any negative emotion, or the fact that you are upset, disappointed, or disagree with their position or their actions, or lack of them. It is all about you. As it was all about me. A hard lesson for me, but so worth it to learn. 

Everything that has happened in my life is perfect, and I don’t need to change anything, but if I were to change something, I would have begun using the Book of Positive Aspects sooner. Yet, I can now use it all I want because I now know it now and I know now how powerful this is. It is a complete game-changer as far as I’m concerned.

And the best news about this is how it will change you. You might think the other person changed, but it is more likely that your point of view changed. Your love will blossom. They will, in fact, respond differently to you. You will see positive changes. And, the main reason for that is that you are now focused on their positive aspects. It will help you develop more unconditional love and unconditional acceptance. 

What’s Right With This Picture? What Is Perfect About This Picture? What Is Wonderful About This Person? Let’s See How Many Ways I Can Understand Them And Love Them. 

Spread Some Joy Today–inside yourself. Let it all start within you.

Daily Inspiration 8-26-19

“Anyone who is in a place of lack– 
no matter how much action they offer– 
attracts more lack. 

Any action that is offered
from a place of lack
is always counterproductive. 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New:  Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-19-15]

In all my years of sales management, I’ve seen a lot of salespeople who have such a hard time making good. They try and try and try and so often come up short. In my most recent wisdom, I realize that this came from their belief in lack, or rather, more accurately, their focus on lack.

Oh sure, they would say that they wanted more sales, more income, better performance, but that is not where their focus was. Their focus was on the fact that it hasn’t happened yet. It was a need much more than a desire. If they had put that same focus on the success aspect of what they wanted, they would have done better.

I’ve seen several movies and have even heard it from others that a salesperson in debt is a good thing because they are then more motivated to get up, get going and make good. That’s a bunch of crap as far as I’m concerned. It’s a bad philosophy to motivate from a position of lack. Debt can be another word for lack depending on one’s point of view on the subject.

In my first situation as a young salesman, we had a guy come to work who owned a camper shell company, but that business was not doing so well at the time. He was quite good as a salesman and did very well. He carried two uncashed paychecks in his wallet at all times. Money was not such a need for him, but it was more about him doing something productive with his time and having a return based on that. If he needed the money so much, he would have cashed those checks. He turned what he was doing into fun. What do you suppose those uncashed checks meant to him? How do you imagine having them caused him to feel?

Here’s a great way to look at what we want from Abraham & Esther Hicks:

“Rather than saying, “I want more money,” say instead, “I want to feel my financial well-being.” You see, it is possible to feel an increased sense of financial well-being even before the money comes. But when you are focused upon the desire for the money and taking score of the absence of the money, you are Vibrationally defeating your own purpose.”

We often think it is circumstances, or action, or heredity, or randomness, and it may seem strange and hard to believe initially, but everything we want, along with the things we do not want is all about emotion. And it is our thinking causing the emotion, so it all begins with a thought and our point of view or point of attraction.

We will struggle mightily on a diet to lose weight while we believe we are fat or overweight. It is why we buy things on credit to try to have that feeling of well-being, and then the debt from that action carries greater weight on us. However, if we begin with the thought and focusing on the feeling of well-being; the feeling of being thin or thinner; the feeling of a healthy body; the feeling of successful accomplishment; the feeling of joy; the feeling of love; the feeling of being in love; the feeling of loving ourselves; the feeling of what we want, we can get to where we want to go with ease and fun.

It is not only possible, but it is also virtually certain that if we can develop the feeling of what we want without any of the feelings of what we do not want interfering, that which we want will come to pass. In other words, focusing on what we want, and paying no attention to what we do not want. It’s okay to notice what we do not want because by knowing what we do not want, we know more what we do want. But to focus there kills what we do want.

In other words, to focus on the fact that I don’t actually have the money I want, or the thinness that I want or the health that I want, or whatever it is that I want, keeps me away from what I do want. To get what I do want, that is where I need to focus, see it, believe it, feel it now as if it already was until it is. And the way to do this with ease instead of struggle is to constantly choose better feeling thoughts that cause me to feel good.

“Nothing Is More Important Than That You Feel Good, For When You Feel Good, You Are In Harmony With Your Greater Intent.” — Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling what it feels like to be joyous.

Daily Inspiration 8-25-19

“What is the definition of procrastination? 
It means: I can feel within my Energy sensor 
that this action is not in perfect alignment at this time.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-17-15]

All this time, I thought that procrastination was a felony and according to Abraham, it isn’t even a misdemeanor. In fact, it’s not even a negative at all. And heretofore (that’s such a fun word), I’ve been feeling bad about it, thinking I should, I could have, I’m lazy, afraid, and well. . . a whole pile of emotions that are not on the positive scale.

So now, I can feel within my energy-feeling sensor. . . (I got the feelin’, the feelin’ deep inside…) that this action that I’ve been putting off, rethinking to the max, fretting over endlessly, and more is not in perfect alignment at this time. Hallelujah! I’m not only off the hook, but I’m also seeing a much bigger picture! It’s just not the right time. My Energy isn’t aligned. I’m not ready.

The next thing, now that I’m off the hook for all those negative emotions about procrastination, is to let go of it, not worry about it at all, just let it go, for now, move on to what I am ready to do, stop thinking it to death, it will all be okay.

Hey, everything is always working out for me! Don’t worry, be happy!

I’m Assigning It To My Universal Manager To Deal With, While I Go Off And Enjoy My Day! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Letting go is more often a positive thing that many think.

Daily Inspiration 8-24-19

“Agreement feels good, 
yet there is something
wonderful
about disagreement too. 
Of course, it depends entirely 
on your current point of view.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 8-26-15]

A couple nights ago, I watched a movie from 2007, Starting Out in the Evening. On a 5-star scale, I rated it a 3. Of course, the co-star was delightful on the eyes, but other than this, there was one scene that is memorable to me. I think it was memorable because I could relate to it so much. I’ve been there many times.

The grown daughter was in love with a guy and they had broken up once and were now together again. They broke up because there was a fundamental disagreement in their future of being together. She wanted children, and he didn’t want anything to do with that. They both felt strongly about that, so they went their separate ways.

The scene takes place in a line outside a movie theater. She is excited and chatting about the movie she wants to see again, and she is wanting him to feel the same way. He’s not feeling it. She tries to change his mind because she so wants him to feel the same way as she does and she wants him to enjoy the movie as much as she does. Agreement feels good.

But, she can tell that he is not into it at all and is basically killing his own desires to attempt to satisfy her, and yet, it is obvious he is struggling with that. I think because they had history and that major disagreement, she softens her insistence that he join her, and suggests that he see the movie at the same theater that she knows he really wants to see. He’s immediately elated. She can tell she made a great decision and will learn to be okay with it. They each buy a ticket to two different movies. End scene.

How many times in your relationships has something like this happened? Perhaps you suffered through without expressing your own desires. Perhaps you led the other into the pit of something they do not want to do just because you think it should be done together.

I was married twice. Once for 16 years and the last for 26 years. I’ve had hundreds of situations like this in my own experience. I guess that’s how I could relate to it so much. What usually did not happen in the earlier times for me was agreeing to disagree. Because it is marriage, we think we should compromise whenever necessary. In other words, pretend to agree. In later times in the last marriage, I made my desires more clearly and with love, held on to some independent decision making and activity.

It is nice to agree but to think that any two people, married or not, could agree all the time on everything is silliness. It will never happen. Why? Because we are individuals coming together to share–but not to dominate. Compromise is okay as long as both are in agreement on the compromise, but compromise for the sake of saying we’re in agreement is more silliness.

There is something special about disagreement if you can allow that thought to entertain. Consider this regarding the above movie scene. They go to their separate movies, and later they go to dinner and ask each other questions about their movie experience, such as, “What did you like about that movie?”, “What was your favorite part?”, “Were there things that you could relate to in the movie that mirrors or suggest things about your own life?”, “Who were your favorite characters?”, “Why?”, “How was the acting. . . the direction. . . the scenery and costumes…?”

As we stand in disagreement, and as we have interest in the other’s point of view, we can learn much more about each other and enjoy each other so much more than if we simply compromised and did the “right” thing. Often, in my own experience, the thing to do is the “healthy” thing by allowing disagreement and even finding agreement within it.

I Have Learned How To Agree To Disagree And Be Good With It. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing yourself to feel good.

Daily Inspiration 8-23-19

“The power of affirmations 
is telling a new story  
until it becomes your story.” 
— Albert K Strong 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-15-15]

Some may think affirmations are silly, and sometimes they feel that way, to begin with, but there is a real power in affirmations.

My favorite affirmation has become, “Things are always working out for me!” Or, things are always working out for us, or our business, or our family, etc.”

I have to tell you that this affirmation that I accepted from Abraham, Esther Hicks has made a huge difference to me and the way things turn out.

I’m getting to the point where I say it to myself all the time, and I say it aloud quite often as well. And, you know the best part? Things are always working out for me. It’s uncanny how since I started using this in earnest that things actually are working out for me.

If you have a mind to try it for yourself, please do. I think after a few weeks, or maybe a couple of months, or maybe even a few minutes, you will find that it makes a difference to you and in your life.

Enjoy The Difference That This Little Idea Contains. 

Spread Some Joy Today–How can you not be joyous when things are always working out for you?

Daily Inspiration 8-22-19

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” 
— Steve Jobs 

New: Audio version here.

[Classic post from 3-14-15]

Absolutely! Steve Jobs did put a ding in the Universe, and in our own way, probably much different than his, we do as well, just by being you. That is how he did it too.

Enjoy Your Journey. When It Really Comes Down To The End, No One Is Better Than Another. We Are Equal In Our Contribution, But Perhaps On Different Scales Of Measurement. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by simply enjoying yourself today. No rules. No problems. Just Enjoyment.

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