Month: September 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-30-19

“Are we there yet?” 
— Common lament of
children on a long trip 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-3-15]

I went into a bank on Friday, and it just happened to be the first of the month. I full well knew that this is not the best day to go there if I want to get in and out quickly and smoothly. Nonetheless, I needed to so I went. Oh, did I mention it was 12 noon when I got there?

So, guess what? The line was long, but I can assure you that I benefited by not arriving ten or fifteen minutes after I did, for the line grew in length. Three tellers on the first day of the month. Silliness, but it is what it is. The line wasn’t moving because those at the tellers were doing a month’s worth of banking in a day or had a lot of issues. Then one goes to lunch, or somewhere. Now there are two and the line is twice as long as when I got there.

Ahhhh, I knew what I was in for, but like I have learned to do in situations like this, I practiced my patience, and everyone knows that I need the practice. So I practiced. I’m swaying and enjoying myself in one place. Every once in a while, I would think about whose strategy this people management exercise was. Then, I would remind myself that it is none of my affair, and went back to practicing my patience.

Another lady starts doing leg exercises using a nearby counter. Hey, might as well stay in shape while we’re standing here, right? She starts complaining and getting others involved in her complaining. “This is just bad management! I used to run this government office, and this would never have happened there!” And more. Much more.

She is two ahead of me and when she finally gets to the counter, she wants to register a complaint. Registering one must be more meaningful than just stating several. Not my affair, so I focus on swaying. Now, she’s telling those in line that she is registering a formal complaint on behalf of all of them when she gets home. Maybe some heads bobbed, I wasn’t looking, but nobody said anything.

My transaction took 30 seconds. As I was going out the door, this lady who would register the formal complaint was now telling the security guard outside all about it and I’m not sure he was listening intently, but he was standing there. I kept going. I’m done with my task, and it’s a beautiful day, so I am on my way to another place to continue to enjoy it.

This is a very simple and extremely common situation for people to get into. When we push against anything, which complaining is, filing a complaint is, filing a formal complaint is, telling everyone in sight is, no good value comes from the exercise. It is purely frustration attracting more frustration. Like attracts like. It’s the law. I’m wishing her well and hoping that her day improves, but it isn’t my affair. She is the only one who can do that for her. And, I am the only one who can do it for me.

We May Not Always Seem To Choose The Situation, But We ALWAYS Are The Chooser Of The Way We Want To Feel About It By How We Think And Act About It. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Plan for a wonderful day. It is purely your choice, so why not choose wonderful?

Daily Inspiration 9-29-19

“How does one become happy? 

— Andy Dooley 

New:  Audio version

[Classic post from 5-2-15]

Andy Dooley is funny and he says a lot of cool things in unique ways. He calls some of what he does, Spiritual Comedy. I like that phrase. I’ve been receiving his newsletters or emails for a long time now, and as I was looking through my volumes of quotes and notes, I ran across an Andy Dooley email received on May 25th, 2010. It was perfect when I first read it and it is perfect now, and so I thought I would share a good part of it with you today:

“How does one become happy? Ah, grasshopper!


I know that is too easy. Okay, let’s make it hard.

  • Meditate 2 hours a day on your head. 
  • Dissect and analyze your past. 
  • Attract your soul mate now and never fight. 
  • Lose 25 pounds and keep it off. 
  • Never get angry or upset. 
  • Manifest everything you want, when you want it. 

Am I making my point? Don’t make it hard to be happy.

Don’t have a cow!

Okay, let’s make it easy.


How? Change your FOCUS. Focus is power.

If you focus on what’s wrong, you will find it everywhere and feel it. It will grow like mold on bread! Past, present or future, you’ll find it!

If you focus on what’s right, you will find it everywhere! You will feel SO MUCH BETTER! You might even feel HAPPY! It will grow like a puppy.

FOCUS on what’s working in your life.
FOCUS on how far you have come.
FOCUS on your ability to think, focus, feel and attract.
FOCUS on someone or something you love.
FOCUS on puppies playing with a toy.

DECIDE 2 BE HAPPY NOW! If all else fails, visualize a flying cow!”

Here’s A Great Question: What Would You Love To Focus On? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on joy and enjoying the moments.

Daily Inspiration 9-28-19

“You can’t give it away free 
and then expect to make money from it.” 
— An outdated, old idea

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-1-15]

How does one make money by giving things away? It is done all the time in today’s world. Facebook is one of the more perfect examples, along with LinkedIn, Twitter, to name some of the most widely known and popular.

I discovered about a year or so ago. As a musician, I was wondering how giving away your complete music on an album could help you make money or sell albums. Now, of course, there are plenty of those who never buy any album or music anymore and just peruse the free sites like Spotify. Using this site that is fairly new for me as an example, here are some things I’ve realized about this site:

I was amazed at how much music is there. Not every album by every artist or group, but enough. In addition, there is a browsing function to suggest artists or groups or types of music to you that you may be unaware of. This is the most beneficial feature in my mind. Also, artists who just did their first CD can upload it to Spotify, so that they may become better known or at least be in the fray. 

Here’s something far more interesting. I upgraded to the premium version so that I have no advertising. I could have ‘lived with it’ the way it was, but I have to say for the $10 per month, getting rid of the ads changed it for the best. But that’s still not the most interesting part. Here it is: In the last 6 months, I have purchased a little over $700 worth of music CDs and two MP3’s. I bought them mainly to give away, but I would never have done that if it weren’t for Spotify.

To add even more to that, most of the CD’s I bought and both MP3’s were of artists that I was previously unaware of. I am delighted to have found them and in my joy and enthusiasm, I’ve shared them with many others.

I seriously doubt that had I not ‘discovered’ Spotify that I would have bought that much music. Interesting thought.

I published a book, Commercial Truck Success in February 2012. I gave away well over a hundred copies in the first few months. As a result of that, I have sold almost two thousand books, plus earned some consulting work, and more, and making a nice profit from that, and there is more to come.

When I do my commercial truck training class, I give away books, along with giving books away in my other travels. I estimate that I have bought and given away over $3,000 worth in the last year. What might come of that? Who might be blessed and how? How might that come back?

I’ve been giving these Daily Inspirations away for free since September 2009. What value do you imagine has come from that long series of gifts?

So often the money comes after. I have given so much away in terms of my main business Upward Trend, and I continue to do so and it all comes back in one fashion or another. And, money is only one thing of value that may come. There are so many ways we can be enriched.

Now, I’m not doing any of these things with the idea in mind that I will get something back other than my own joy in the act of giving and sharing. But, with a willingness to give away your gifts, who knows who you bless, how they are blessed, how they may be changed, how you may be rewarded at another time.

Become More Of A Giver And Feel The Benefit Of That. Seek To Be Of Value By Sharing Your Talents And Gifts (The Essence Of Who-You-Truly-Are), Then Allow What Comes To Come To You. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by giving away your own joy. Allow it to move around freely.

Daily Inspiration 9-27-19

“There is only a 
Source of Well-being– 
which you are allowing 
or not.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-30-15]

Here’s the whole quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks:

“You have your hand on the switch. You are the allower or the resister. And your emotions tell you which you’re doing right now. It’s easy once you understand the formula: When you feel good, you’re allowing good. When you don’t feel good, you are not allowing good. We didn’t say, when you feel good you are allowing good, and when you feel bad you are allowing bad (although it may translate into your experience in that way). There is only a Source of Well-being–which you are allowing or not.”

It’s one thing to accept and understand the philosophy behind a certain teaching, and quite another to actually put it into practice; however, putting it into practice is what we all really want and the reason we even are open to learning. I believe that we have been doing so many things on auto-pilot seeing and experiencing and reacting to what comes after it has come into our lives, and what we really want is to understand a formula that helps us do things on purpose to achieve what we really want. So, practicing is the key to fully accepting our role as a deliberate creator.

I was in the office of a friend and client a few days ago and he shared something that he said he learned from these Daily Inspirations. He had received a phone call about doing some work and it was explained on the phone the cost and what was involved, and they wanted a written quote. So, that is more work, but he did it. Then the requesting party stated that they were surprised how high his cost was even though they had discussed it fully on the phone with no objection at that time.

My friend’s initial reaction was one of anger for doing the work of the quote and then being treated with this disdain (Of course, he was also feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the other work he’s been doing). So, he wrote a lengthy nasty note back to the prospect, then he paused, remembered the “pivoting” process from the Daily Inspiration. He turned and erased what he had just written, opened up to a new point of view, offered the prospect a coupon, thanking them for the opportunity, and they both felt so much better. My friend was excited to have remembered and put that pivoting lesson into practice because he could imagine what might have happened had he sent the email, and now by pivoting, it caused him to feel good instead of not good, and as a side benefit, the prospect felt good too.

You can tell by how you are feeling what the outcome is going to be with any activity or even any thought. By paying attention and noticing the negative emotion going on, the opportunity is then to realize that you would rather feel good, and then pivoting and choosing better feeling thoughts creates more pleasing actions, and the ultimate benefit is more pleasing results. And, it was all about wanting to feel good.

It’s Amazing What Comes From A Simple Desire And A Choice To Feel Good. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by making it your choice to see that which you want to see and to want to feel good all day long. Think of the joy you will spread with that.

Daily Inspiration 9-26-19

“I don’t need a vacation. 
I’m always on vacation now.” 
— Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-29-15]

Most of the time now, when I actually get dressed, I wear a Tommy Bahama shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. That’s my uniform now. If I dress up, I will put on some slacks and wear a different flavor Tommy Bahama shirt, or I might try to be business-like and wear a logo shirt of my company of which I own many.

At the bank today, as I walked in, the girl teller said, “you look like you’re on vacation!” I said, “I am.” I said, “You know it is a really cool thing to just decide to be on vacation in my mind anytime I choose. I don’t have to go anywhere.” Tommy Bahama shirts aren’t cheap but compared to going on vacation to the islands, it’s a stupid bargain.

And I heard another person say that about how I was appearing to them. But, you know, as I thought about that a bit more, it seemed a bit profound to just go on vacation in your head regardless of where you are or what you’re doing. Dressing the part is cool, but, the dress isn’t required. Nor are the Mai-Tai’s with the little umbrellas in them. In fact, there aren’t any physical things required. It’s simply a mindset and a decision to focus on feeling that way.

Think about how you feel when you’re on vacation in the first few days. You’re probably relaxing, letting go of the cares and concerns about work, or about the home front, or any of the other cares we drag around with us. You’re focused on enjoying yourself (at least I sure hope you are!) and you’re choosing to think good thoughts because you are surrounded by interesting things and maybe even some new experiences.

You can do that in your mind, and enjoy it equally.

Pretend you’re on Maui, Hawaii on a beautiful beach north of Lahaina where the water is lapping gently on the almost white sand shore. You’re sitting in a low beach chair. The waiter just brought you your favorite drink with the pineapple chunk and obligatory umbrella. There’s a big umbrella over you giving you some shade, and some sun, and a little table you put your drink down on. You have your best swimsuit on and you’re in perfect shape. Your sunglasses help you be mysterious and sexy and cool. You put your hands down on the warm sand. You grab a handful of sand in each hand. If feels so good as you squeeze it and it filters out between your fingers. There is the faint but sure sound of a band playing in the near distance and you just happen to love the steel drum music along with the Hawaiian guitar sounds, and the faint rhythm of the drums. (I’m listening to Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar music as I write this) You are smelling the light sea breeze and thinking of what delectable joy awaits you for that special dinner you and your companion are going to delight in later, let alone what else may be in store. You’re thinking how rejuvenated you are feeling already. You wish it could last forever, with no cares about anything. Not money. Not work. Not family drama. Not anything. You’re on vacation right now. All of that other stuff will just have to wait. It simply isn’t important right now.

Well. . . There You Go! You’re On Vacation! You Can Multi-task, Right? Do it. Be On Vacation, And Do What You Normally Do, But With A New Attitude. And A New Style! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing your own thoughts. You want to feel good, right? Choose GOOD feeling thoughts!

Daily Inspiration 9-25-19

“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge, 
or you’ll become a fool. 
Let your learning lead to action, 
and you can become wealthy. 
There’s nothing more pitiful 
than a guy who is smart and broke.” 
— Jim Rohn 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-28-15]

The idea behind yesterday’s post was profound to me. I am changing all the time and my view of the world becomes clearer and clearer.

The last paragraph in yesterday’s post is what I have learned and how I now feel, and the quote that I would have agreed with above by Jim Rohn, I no longer line up with.

I just finished an absolutely wonderful book about being an entrepreneur. The title is The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy. The book just came out and I devoured it with delight with very few exceptions. I loved his stories and learned much from his accumulated wisdom as an entrepreneur himself. I highly recommend it for anyone in business and especially for anyone contemplating going into business.

And, I’ve read a lot of these kinds of books, and in fact, I studied Jim Rohn for many years too. Darren Hardy, in the Final Word section of the book, just before the Jim Rohn quote above, said, “I warn you: Knowledge is not power. It’s potential power.” I’ve also seen it written in many different ways that it is our own goal and that of every person on the planet to seek to reach their potential. It’s as if when we die we are judged by how close we came to fulfilling our own God-given potential.

Screw that!

Except for those who want to go there on purpose. No problem then. We’re simply here to be alive, and to live we cannot escape making hundreds of choices every day. Whatever comes of that is the result of the choices alone, unless we or others around us add judgments to the outcome. It is what it is.

I think as I said yesterday, that a great and wonderful thing to do is to see the power each of us has to decide, to do or not do, to live. If we need or want information, great. If we choose to do nothing special (according to others) with our lives, that is a way of using our power. We each get to choose. There is no one, true way. There is no brass ring to grab. We just get to live and choose every single day. 

What I can do to be an encouragement and uplift others is simply and profoundly to love them as they are, appreciate their own inner power, and to allow them the dignity of accepting that they alone are qualified to choose for themselves. I can have an opinion of what I might do, and if they wanted to hear that, they may even accept some of that, but in the end, it will always be their choice.

When I look at others with unconditional love, which is allowing others to be and choose who they are and who they want to become, and what they may choose to do, I empower them. When I see or point out something they ‘should’ do, I dis-empower or make them less-than in my eyes. Should is one of those words that is best to let go of as if you’ve never known it before. It takes practice because it has been used on us most of our lives. Allow others their own dignity and inner power by loving them without condition.

My Potential Has Gone Missing. Has Anyone Seen My Potential? How Will I Succeed Without My Potential? Maybe I’m Not What I Could Be, But If I Could Just Find My Potential. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Feels better already. . . Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe. . .

Daily Inspiration 9-24-19

“There is nothing 
in a caterpillar 
that tells you 
it’s going to be a butterfly.” 
— Margaret Fuller 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-27-15]

I think it is pretty much impossible to know who will do what brilliant act, dent the universe, create the next big thing. Every single person has the potential to rise to as high status or status of accomplishment as anyone else. It really comes down only to what their own desires are, and many times those desires are unspoken, or not even recognized by those potentials.

Often enough, things seem to happen by mistake that leads on to something special. Indeed, there are hundreds of products that were “discovered” by accident, that went on to become household names and staples in our lives.

Other times, people grow into things. Just like a caterpillar grows into a butterfly, what started as something different rises to a new level.

If only we could look at each other with all the respect, dignity and confidence that we would look at anyone who has changed the world and put a significant dent in the universe. If only we could see that potential in our children, or children’s children, and every child we see, without trying to make them see it, but by simply having assured confidence in their own internal power to decide to use or not to decide to use it.

Celebrate The Butterfly In Everyone You Meet. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving people for who they choose to be regardless of what we might think they could be.

Daily Inspiration 9-23-19

“Real love stories 
never have endings.” 
— Richard Bach 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-26-15]

Once I realized this fact, I immediately dropped all the baggage I was carrying around. It was the source of my freedom. . . and joy.

Consider all those that you have loved in your life. If it was love, to begin with, it is love now.

Besides, All There Really Is, Is Love. The Rest Is Just A Story We Made Up. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting your love flow freely.

Daily Inspiration 9-22-19

“It doesn’t matter
where the information comes from. 
It only matters 
how you feel about it after receiving it.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-25-15]

Sometimes we get caught up in the source of information rather than the information itself. Jesus proclaimed the same things in his own homeland as in other parts of the world, yet in his homeland they did not listen because of the source. “Who was He to speak this information? We’ve known Him all His life and He is nothing special.”

Fear, disbelief from familiarity, focusing on the source and not the information, can all lead to missing the value of the information. It might even be the other way around, as with famous people like movie stars and rock stars, where we focus on the source, and only because of the source would we even consider the information. In other words, if they say it, it must be true!

There’s a better way in all of this. Focus on the information and pay attention to how you feel about it. But don’t look for the truth or the lie. That matters little. Look only to see if it resonates within you in a positive way or a negative way. Do you feel good reading or hearing it, or do you feel bad about it, fearful of it? How you feel about it determines two things: One, whether you will know it as truth to you or not, and Two, whether you even allow it in at this time. You might not be ready to hear it and then at another time, you will.

My best advice to myself is to open up when it resonates. Roll around in it, splash it over me, stir it up a bit, feel all the bits of it. Some parts may resonate and some parts not? No problem. I accept the parts that resonate with me and leave the rest for another time or a not-ever time. If I feel bad, fearful, distrustful, disbelieving, or any of a bunch of other negative emotions, I just let it be and move on.

We’ve been learning all of our lives. In that process, we’ve often picked up the views of others and accepted them in ourselves. It may be totally misinformation, yet right now it is affecting us in what we let in or don’t let in. It’s okay. As we find things that will resonate with us, we might even realize that we’ve heard this before a long time ago and at that time we rejected it. But, now it resonates. Everything in its own time. Everything unfolds perfectly.

They say to follow your heart. Well, that’s the same thing as opening up to what resonates with you.

It’s sort of funny that not too many years ago, I would not have allowed in the things that I now teach fluidly. Yet that is perfect. The timing wasn’t right, but it came around again, and this time it was perfect. I celebrate that perfection.

I Celebrate That Which Resonates Or Is In-Tune With Me At This Time. I Feel The Alignment Of It. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because feeling good has become so important to you that you seek it every minute of every day, and because it resonates with you so clearly, you cannot help but share it with others in your demeanor, body language, and speech.

Daily Inspiration 9-21-19

“If you want to lose wait, 
begin by reducing 
the size of your “But. . .” 
— Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-24-15]

This post ties perfectly with yesterday, and I’ll begin with a quote from Abraham, Ester Hicks from a workshop in Napa CA on February 27th, 1997:

“If you had one goal, and that was to feel good, you would never again need to hear another word from anyone. You would live successfully and happily and in a way of fulfilling your life’s purpose ever after.”

This whole idea has radically changed my life, and as you might recall from yesterday, I realized that I was feeling negative emotions and paid attention so that I could use that as perfect guidance to move from that to feeling good. I did some things that aided in that process, but the main point is that I used my emotions as guidance to move toward what I know I want, and let go of what I know I don’t want.

And, people say, “But. . . it’s true, or, But, this is the way it is, or, But, these things actually happened, or, But this is reality, or, But, I’m supposed to feel bad when this happens, or, But, they need to _______, or, But, it’s not my fault, or, But, fill in the blank.”

Each of these objections leads to no change at all. They simply stay where they are at. And, don’t get me wrong, that is okay if you know what you are doing. If you really want to feel bad, that is a personal choice, and who am I to take you away from your personal or professional pain? Keep it if you will. However, should you not really want to keep it, then getting your “But” out of there would be beneficial.

Decide If You Will: There Is Nothing More Important Or Beneficial Than Choosing To Feel Good. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing it on purpose.

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