Month: October 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-31-19

“You can conquer almost any fear
if you will make up your mind to do so. 
For remember, fear doesn’t exist 
anywhere except in the mind.” 
— Dale Carnegie 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-9-15]

It’s interesting to consider that virtually everything is in our minds. Depression is just thoughts; albeit, self-defeating thoughts. Health is also thought. Love is thought. Happiness is thought, as is unhappiness. We live in a world of thought and because it is our thoughts, we each create our own world around us from the choices of thoughts within. Our thoughts rule our lives. That is perfect when it is recognized as such, and when it is not, well. . . the word pinball comes to mind.

I love the quote above, but I might not feel the same where the word “conquer” is used. Conquering fear is most often painful and the stronger the fear, the more painful it is. It reminds me of putting a rowboat in a fast-moving stream and then rowing upstream with all our might. That’s not a way that I would choose to go about it, so I will leave conquering for those who enjoy that kind of work. 

Consider this great quote from Henry David Thoreau: “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Our outlook, or how we see the world has everything to do with how things turn out.

Some think that the physical rules. They think that what is happening around them rules how things turn out. But, that is just the tail wagging the dog. Even with them, it comes back to the fact that they are choosing that thought, doesn’t it?

One more quote from Thoreau fits here: “There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

Martin Luther’s Advice: “Pray, And Let God Worry.” 

Spread Some Joy Today–by choosing joy for yourself.

Daily Inspiration 10-30-19

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

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-8-15]

Indeed. If I gave all the money I had to someone, I would not be poor, I would be broke. Broke is a temporary condition, and poor is a state of mind. I will never, ever be poor.

In addition. There are lots of ways to give.

We can give our love, our joy, our time, our energy, our dedication, our support, our attention, our service, our caring, our assistance, our inspiration, and a long list of other gifts worth giving and receiving.

What Do You Have To Give Today? 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it is absolutely a gift. If you’ve got some, the only way to get more is to give it away.

Daily Inspiration 10-29-19

“Why demand perfection 
if you can’t offer it?” 
— Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-7-15]

When a relationship is new, we often delight in everything about the other. Yet at this place, we know very little, we see only a portion, and our positive feeling imagination fills in whatever blank is needed to be filled at the moment. What’s not to like? We see only the good, or rather, only the things we are choosing to see.

As familiarity increases, we see quirks, idiosyncrasies, oddities that we were sure weren’t there before and now are a surprise. Not only a surprise, but not desired, and taking portions of our infatuated vision away and replacing them with these undesirable characteristics.

Since we are demanding perfection, in our minds at least, is perfection something we are that we can offer the other in this relationship? Not likely, and since we cannot offer it, our demand for it in another is arrogant and childish at the same time.

Consider this beautiful lyric by Leonard Cohen: “Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship it is. It could be parent and child, child and parent, two lovers, boss and employee, the board of directors and CEO, you name it. Is it fair for us to demand something we cannot offer?

Are We Loving With Conditions? Even Unrealistic Conditions? Conditions We Don’t Offer Ourselves? Or, Can We Love Unconditionally? 

Spread Some Joy Today–Just love. That is enough.

Daily Inspiration 10-28-19

“Hope for the best 
and prepare for the worst.” 

All we can do
is 
be prepared for the worst.” 
— All too common phrases 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-6-15]

What does hope mean to you? I think hope is a position of neutrality. In other words, I am hoping that this will happen, but at the same time, I know that it may not. It is tantamount to wishing, and if I remember my childhood teaching, wishes are for fishes. I never did understand that, except that maybe fishes was another word for a loser. Fishes is so much softer sounding.

So, I hope for the best. Hmmm. I would like this to happen, and at the same time, I think that it may not happen. In the case of the above common phrases, it would be more like, I am hoping for the best, and even though at the same time I think it may not, I will focus on the may not and prepare for that event while I ignore my hope. This hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is a terrible phrase to give much thought to. It takes us in a negative direction.
Preparing for the worst is focusing on the problem. Whatever we focus on, we get.

Preparing for the worst is, in fact, inviting the worst. Why would I do that? The Law of Attraction says “we get what we think about whether we want it or not.” If we’re preparing for the worst, we are focusing on the worst so that we can somehow prepare. Prepare how? Preparing to accept the worst? Preparing to appreciate the worst? Preparing to isolate and analyze the worst? What would all of that really be about? It would be about spending our thoughts and energy on what we do not want, forsaking what we do want. That’s a whole bunch of unhappiness.

Then people say that failing to prepare for the worst is preparing to fail. I say it is the opposite. Failing to prepare for the worst is a good thing. Who wants to prepare for the worst, what we do not want rather than what we do want, focus on the problem rather than the solution? More silliness.

We forget who and what we are. We are life-force. We are Energy. We are eternal Energy, we are pure positive Energy. We have more power than we may ever know in these soft and squishy bodies. We are meant to succeed. Well-Being is our natural state. All too often we allow our ego to rule. Ego has its place, and yet it does its best to invade and conquer all. As we remember that we are Energy, and realize that we are in total control of our lives, our ego, our situations, we can reclaim our power and rule our own world as we see fit.

How about forgetting about hope entirely. How about preparing not only for the best but the spectacular? How about putting a dent in the universe? How about rocking the world? How about exceeding your own vision of what could be for you?

Let us choose some new words to use: Stupendous. Superb. Ecstatic. Magnificent. Glorious. Earth-Shaking, Grandiose. Sublime. Brilliant. Glittering. Breathtaking. Marvelous. Mind-blowing. Phenomenal. Stunning. Use these words at the end of the phrases, I’m preparing for _________! I am expecting to be ________! I anticipate that I will ___________!

I Am Preparing To Be Astonished At The Results Of My Thoughts And Efforts. I’m In Charge Of How This Turns Out. I Want My Results To Exceed My Anticipation! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by deciding to be a joy spreader! Go ye and spread joy!

Daily Inspiration 10-27-19

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, 
you would never think a negative thought.” 
— Peace Pilgrim 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-5-15]

I was looking for an image for another subject of these Daily Inspirations, when I saw the image above and the words in the image, Positive Attracts Positive. Of course, the word attract instantly had me thinking about the Law of Attraction. And, I thought there are so many people who don’t really understand this Universal Law or don’t believe in it or think it is something they need to think about. It’s none of that. It just is. It doesn’t matter if anyone believes in it because it just is. It doesn’t matter if you see it working in your life or not, but it is. It simply and beautifully is.

When I read the line, Positive Attracts Positive, I also immediately thought of the opposite of that, in that, Negative Attracts Negative. Both are true because the definition or explanation of the Law of Attraction is simply this: That which is like unto itself is drawn. And, to take it just a step further, That which is like unto itself is drawn, and with more energy, it is drawn with more speed. In the case of thoughts, this would be the amount of emotion applied to the thought.

As we think a thought, the Law of Attraction begins to offer other thoughts, helps to line us up with situations, other people, events that match that thought. As more emotion is felt, those match-ups are made more quickly.

You could say that the Law of Attraction is neutral. What I mean by that is that it makes no judgment whatsoever whether the thought is positive or negative, good or bad, or anything else. It simply acts on the thought. Consequently, if we are thinking negatively, we are sure to draw more negativity to us and the Law of Attraction will help out, and with more emotion about that, more will be drawn more quickly. Of course, the exact same proposition is in positive thought, or a mixture of thoughts.

When I came to really understand this powerful Law, I could immediately see depression and how someone can be depressed and have it so strong that it is considered an illness. It is simply thoughts run amok with the massive assistance of the Law of Attraction. And, as long as those thoughts are in that place of negativity, the Law of Attraction is being of assistance. As we go with the flow of that, we experience more feelings of despair, fear, grief, and powerlessness.

The bonus is that it is also true in the positive arena. As we find some joy, some delight, something or someone to appreciate, the Law of Attraction goes immediately to work on bringing more like thoughts, lining us up with people who are helpful, situations where more great things happen, events that surprise and amaze us. And, as we go with the flow of that, we experience more love, freedom, joy, appreciation, and empowerment.

It is easier to see this Law at work in others than to see it in our own lives; although, once we can see it clearly in others, it becomes easier to see it in ourselves. You can see it in how people talk, how they act, who they hang with, and so much more. Try it. As you see people at work or in other areas of your life, watch them, listen more closely to the theme of their communication, the words they choose, their complaints or praise, their actions, and their results. It will jump out at you once you look for it. It is amazing to watch and to understand that it is at work all the time in every one of us, and it all comes down to our own offering of thought.

Your emotions will guide you so that you need not pay a lot of attention to what you are thinking. If you are not feeling good, you are attracting negatively. If you are feeling good, you are attracting positively. If you are not feeling good, and then you notice that, now you have the opportunity to change. Or not. Either way, we are totally in control whether we do that on purpose or by default in not paying any attention at all.

Well-Being Is Our Natural State. Anything Else Is Simply Resistance. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being awake to your emotions and your intuition.

Daily Inspiration 10-26-19

“The only thing more important
than your to-do list
is your to-be list. 
The only thing more important 
than your to-be list is to be.” 
— Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-4-15]

Yesterday, I talked about going to the bank and conversations and attitudes toward work and play–or better, what they want to do versus what they have to do and how they cannot wait until they can cease doing what they have to do so they can do what they want to do, or at least not be doing what they have to do regardless of whether what they do when they are not working is play or fun or something else. Whew!

One of the things those bank tellers told me a short time ago is that I’m one of their favorite customers. I asked why. They said it was because I never complain, have no issues waiting in line from time to time, always seem happy, and always have nice things to say. They said that some of those other customers are not happy people.

I think people just forget to be. They get all hot to trot about this and that and that and this and the clock and how long this is taking and they want to be doing what they want to be doing rather than standing in this line, or having this mistake they have to fix, or whatever. I’ve talked about this before and how silly it is to watch it from where I am in my world these days.

Today, I had two people at separate times and locations get on my tail while I was driving. I could see in the rearview mirror how impatient they seemed. I always smile because it’s all a bunch of silliness. Yet, whenever I see it, and they continue in their displeasure, I pull over, sometimes even to a full stop and let them and all the others behind them move along unencumbered. Far be it for me to slow the important affairs of the world. It also happens more than not that all they did was beat me to the next stoplight.

To be or not to be. That is the question. To be what? Impatient? Uncaring? Angry? Upset? Insulted? Victimized? Stressed? Unhappy? Lacking? Upsetting? I wonder if that works for them. Maybe there is some kind of payoff in it for them.

How about being happy! Patient. Kind. Thoughtful. Caring. Pleasant. Calm. Confident. At peace. Joyous. Abundant. Loving. Inspiring. Uplifting.

The Last Paragraph Is Me Now. I Guarantee It Is Way Better Than The Other. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by demonstrating your calm good nature. You won’t ever have to point it out. People will see it. And appreciate you.

Daily Inspiration 10-25-19

“Turn your face to the sun, 
and the shadows fall behind you.” 
— Maori proverb 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-3-15]

I go to the bank quite often because our income arrives throughout the month, and one of the ladies is asking me what I’m doing for the weekend. “Anything fun?” she asks. I say, “absolutely! I have fun all the time whatever I’m doing.” She looks at me strangely, but not as strangely as she used to. “Oh, you’re working, right?” I smile and say, “maybe some, maybe not.” Obviously, we’ve had similar dialogues before.

That seems to frustrate them because they separate work and fun in different places and different times. Whatever day it is, I often say, “Happy Tuesday,” etc. When I say, “Happy Wednesday,” at least one replies, “Hump-day!” The first time I heard that I had to ask what it meant. T.G.I.F. I knew, but hump-day was new. It all means the same thing: I can’t wait to get out of here and do what I want to do!

So, yesterday, I found this great quote by James A Michener, which works so well here:

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor, and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.”

Yes! I Am. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by sharing a bit of love with someone else today.

Daily Inspiration 10-24-19

“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 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-2-15]

Each of us has a different idea of what is beautiful, or of beauty. On the surface, the variety of this aspect of the human body is like the grains of sand on a beach in number. And though we have influences from the media, it is always our own choice as to what we see as beauty. When it comes to people, if we cannot see below that surface, we often miss the real beauty.

Finding The Beauty In Ourselves Is Like A Key That Unlocks The Beauty We Can Find In Others. 

Spread Some Joy Today–from that glow of the beauty within you.

Daily Inspiration 10-23-19

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, 
then Providence moves, too.” 
— W. H. Murry 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-1-15]

On April 25th, 2002, after 38 years of smoking cigarettes, I finally laid them down, turned and walked away. I had quit hundreds of times. Finally, I was inspired by a letter from my stepdaughter, and I made a firm decision–a commitment–to stop. That decision was a little over 13 years ago. I’m very grateful for that inspiration that was the tipping point, otherwise, I’d still be quitting again and again.

A couple of quotes from Abraham, Esther Hicks fits here: “There is not something you’re supposed to do. There’s not something that you should do. There is only that which you are inspired to do. And how do you get inspired except by the contrast? It’s the life experience that gives you the idea of the desire, and then as you focus upon the desire, the Energy flows.”

I was always “shoulding” myself, thinking I’m supposed to stop, that the world was conspiring for me to stop. The contrast was building, and then I became inspired. Now it could have come from another way. . .

“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.”

I might call that feeling bad and until you decide to feel good. Jim Rohn used to call that the day your life turns around. He says that disgust is a place many need to get to in order to be inspired and change. “I’ve had it! I’m not doing this anymore!” Sick and tired and sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sure you know what he means.

It’s all good. Whatever you might want to change in your life from stopping something to starting something, there are lots of ways to get there. The struggle is not required, but it might be the way through to inspiration for many.

For some, it might be an action causing a change in thought. Anthony Robbins teaches how forced or an inner allowing of action can change our point of view or our thinking. He calls it changing your state. Running screaming down the street is one example he gives, as a release toward change–sort of like an explosion of energy and emotion. Maybe just deciding to try it for one hour, then one day. Then two. Then three. But ultimately, it all requires a change in thought. Whether that comes first or last is not all that important. There are a lot of ways to get there.

And the other thing about all of this is that it’s never too late. Today is good. Right now is good. Tomorrow can be good. It’s never too late to learn. It’s never too late to decide. It’s never too late to change your thinking. Before or after.

One last thing. There is only one place that change can take place. It is now. Whenever now is for you, it’s okay that tomorrow might be the place, because it will be now when it arrives. After all, it is now that the plan for tomorrow exists. Just add some inspiration to it, and that now place opens the door to the Universal support that will make it easy for you, regardless of how long and hard you struggled and resisted in getting there.

“Feel Good Before You Get There, And You Will Get There Quicker.” — Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Spread Some Joy Today–Joy is only possible by feeling good. In fact, most would say it is at the upper end of feeling good.

Daily Inspiration 10-22-19

“Imagination changes everything. 
The more freedom you give yourself 
to write your own reality, 
the more reality you get to experience.” 
— Patti Dobrowolski 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-30-15]

The above quote is a perfect lead in to a delightful quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks, that I see more as an affirmation to begin each and every day:

“I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip. I’m going to be glad. I’m going to smile a lot. I’m going to be easy. I’m going to count my blessings. I’m going to look for reasons to feel good. I’m going to dig up positive things from the past. I’m going to look for positive things where I stand. I’m going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It’s natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person!” 

Yes! What A Perfect Affirmation For Today And All The Days Of Our Lives. 

Spread Some Joy Today–be happy. Don’t struggle. Just choose it.

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