Author: Terry Minion

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Daily Inspiration 4-18-20

“Perception is a mirror, not a fact.” 

— A Course in Miracles

[Classic post from 12-20-15]

Alan Cohen says, “The universe is simultaneously infinite in its capacity to support you, and ingenious in the ways it can find to do it.” It might be difficult, even challenging for us to really believe something like this from our perspective of living in a finite world.

So. . . it is really good, I think, to take a little bit of time periodically to see just a tiny morsel of the vastness of the space that we live in.

Seemingly unending galaxies, each with billions if not trillions of planets with millions if not billions of stars like our own Sun. Even the closest ones with us traveling at the speed of light would take more years than we have to give to get there. Of course, we currently have no way to travel that fast, so the vastness remains. The other perspective is that the light that we are receiving in our view is light that left those galaxies millions of years ago. It’s just mind-boggling to consider how big and vast this all is.

Closer to home, we have the oceans and why our Earth is called the Blue Planet. Some years ago, this photo was taken by my late wife, Nancy as I gazed at the vastness of all that I could see of the Pacific Ocean at Muir Lookout above San Francisco. I can only see a few miles of ocean, yet even that is so vast that I can’t get my head around it. As I consider the number of drops of water in that space, my brain cannot do it. I just have to accept this view as it is.

The planet has many vast deserts, some covered with so much sand. Consider the number of granules of sand in this one view. It’s a crazy number that we may not even be able to write, let alone the whole of that one desert. You could walk for days and not find anything more than more of this.

So. . . it is really good, I think, to take a little bit of time periodically to see how small we are, how small our problems are, in relation–in perspective to the vast space that we live in. Then, when we turn our focus back on our much more limited views of our lives, a bit of the magic of that vastness may remain to help us to feel oh so good about where we are in our lives. It’s a great way to add more joy to your life. I know it does for me. When I contemplate these vast things for a few minutes, I feel refreshed in my perception, giving me a delightful perspective by knowing that I am simultaneously significant and insignificant and that all of my so-called problems are not that at all.

Whatever Problems We Think We Have Completely Disappear In The Vastness Of The Creation Around Us. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of your current perceptions for just a little while until your joy returns.

Daily Inspiration 4-17-20

“Wisdom is merely the movement 
fighting life to embracing it.” 
— Rasheed Ogunlaru 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-17-15]

The more I looked at this wonderful quote, the more I think I have to agree with it. So much of my life was some sort of struggle with life, swimming upstream, trying to make things happen with my actions alone, and much more.

It’s only in the last ten years, and the last five or so in particular, where I feel the wisdom of embracing life rather than being at odds with it.

Alan Cohen, one of my favorite authors, said it similarly this way: “I always end up making the right decision. The length of time, and degree of ease or difficulty that it takes me to get there, is the subject of my spiritual practice.”

Wisdom is something to move into by embracing life, and our ability to make choices and all of it is a spiritual journey, so it is a work in progress; although, I like the word journey better.

Here’s To All Of Us Embracing Life On Our Mutual Spiritual Journey. 

Spread Some Joy Today–What a valuable journey that is!

Daily Inspiration 4-16-20

“Before we can salute 
 the greatness within others, 
we need to salute 
the greatness within ourselves.” 
— Kevin Hall 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-16-15]

Celebrating people where they are as if they were all that any one of us could be is a very effective and loving way to consider others.

In America, in particular, we celebrate celebrity with a passion. If we were to actually sit down and talk with one of those holy icons, I think that a majority would feel less than, when equal to would be the most appropriate comparison, if we compare at all, which is a given in the human nature of our ego-affected lives.

I ran across a great quote by Wayne Dyer that helps here:

“Release your need to feel superior by seeing the unfolding of Spirit in everyone. Don’t assess others on the basis of their appearance, achievements, and possessions. It’s an old saw, but nonetheless true: We are all equal in the eyes of God.” 

Now take the word superior and interchange it with the word, inferior, and read it again.

Being more than, less than, better than, worse than, winning, losing, success and failure are all temporary illusions influenced by temporary situations and circumstances–and most of it is severely prejudiced by our own ego. As we are able to see the Spirit unfolding in each other and in ourselves, we are all on the same journey with individual paths, and every path is good and perfect.

Seeing The Greatness Or The Unfolding Spirit Is Exactly The Same As Loving. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Happy Thursday to all of you. Take some of that joy spilling over in your life and find a way to share it. There are plenty craving it.

Daily Inspiration 4-15-20

“The grass always looks greener 
on the other side of the fence.” 
— Common phrase 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-15-15]

The reason why “the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence” is that many people have developed very strong tendencies toward complaining about what is on their side of the fence.” — Abraham, Esther Hicks

I’m Making Lists Of What Is Good, Right, Enjoyable, Fun, Interesting, Delightful About What Is On My Side Of The Fence Today. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Here I am complaining about…nothing!

Daily Inspiration 4-14-20

“I wanna know what you were like growing up. 
What was your favorite pair of shoes? 
What was your favorite cereal? 
What was the first car you drove? 
I mean, I’m just getting started here. 
I wanna know everything about you.” 
— Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) 
to Captain Ng (Emma Stone) 
in the movie, Aloha 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-14-15]

I’m almost done listening to Carole King’s autobiography, A Natural Woman. I have been really enjoying it and learning so much about her that I would have never known. What a special treat this is.

Having breakfast on Sunday with a dear friend, I told him how much I was enjoying the audiobook, and then said something I didn’t plan on. I said, “You know, I just realized that listening to this book and the autobiography of John Fogerty has caused me to appreciate every other person on this planet more.”

I have always loved biographies and autobiographies. Some are so fascinating that it is almost sad to get to the end. And yet, at best, each one is a few snippets out of a much, much longer life full of experiences.

Part of what fascinated me is that Carole, John, and all the others who wrote autobiographies took the time (lots of it) and the energy (lots of that too) to stop what they were doing in life and focus on writing down their stories. That is powerful.

The other thing that I said at breakfast was, “Every person on this planet has interesting stories about their lives, and I would love to hear all of them.”

I was married for 16 years the first time and knew her for five years prior to that, and 26 years the second time, and in spending that much time together, I learned much, but I also realize that there is so much more about them that I did not know. That would be true especially about how we felt about things we never talk about and more.

Some say that God experiences life through all of his Creation. Can you imagine the fascination with that? Wow.

After these realizations, I don’t think I will ever look at any other person the same again. I will now realize that each and every individual has wonderful and fascinating stories inside them. How delightful it would be to take the time to get to know them more.

We have this tendency to deal with the immediate, talk in superficial language that is meant to be light and remain unattached, yet beneath that in every single life on this planet is so much depth and so many experiences. I could learn from them. I would love to learn from them. I would love to read the autobiography of everyone.

This Has Caused Me To Have A Whole New Appreciation Of All That I See And All That I Meet. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by appreciating that which others bring to your experience.

Daily Inspiration 4-13-20

“It’s easy to be a critic, 
but being a doer 
 requires effort, risk, and change.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-13-15]

The whole quote from Wayne Dyer is this: “A non-doer is very often a critic; that is, someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how the doers are doing. It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change.”

Let me ask a question. You see a young black man driving a brand new top of the line Lexus or Mercedes. What is your first thought about that? I think a high percentage might think, drug dealer, or some other lucrative, yet seedy, and probably illegal enterprise.

Was your answer different? We have a tendency to make quick judgments from our collective knowledge and our collected prejudices. Some might say, “I’m not prejudiced!” But, prejudice simply means expressing an opinion prior to actually knowing. We pre-judge without actually knowing for sure.

Now consider this from Abraham, Esther Hicks: “Feel appreciation for those who provide examples of financial Well-Being. How would you know prosperity was possible if there was not evidence of it around you? It is all part of the contrast. Money is not the root of happiness, but it is not the “root of evil,” either. Money is the result of how somebody lines up Energy. If you do not want money, do not attract it, but your criticism of others who have money holds you in a place where things you do want such as wellness, clarity, and Well-Being, cannot come to you, either.

We love seeing you applauding someone else’s success because when you are genuinely thrilled by another’s success, that means you are right on the track of your own. 

Many think success means getting everything they want. And we say that is what dead is. and there is no such thing as that kind of dead. Success is not about getting it done. It is about still dreaming and feeling positive in the unfolding. The standard of success in life is not the money or the stuff–rather, it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.” 

Joy And Appreciation Are In Alignment And Interchangeable With Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by finding your appreciation of that which is all around you and within you.

Daily Inspiration 4-12-20

“Sometimes we are feeling off, bad, not good, 
 not alive, and we don’t know why. 
Then something awakens us and makes it clear
as if we have been blind to it all before, 
 and then we come alive again. 
What a special moment that is.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-12-15]

There are so many ways to learn something. I was watching the movie, Jenny’s Wedding tonight and I enjoyed it very much. Jenny’s sister, Anne, played by Grace Gummer found herself after being lost for a long time. Her dialogue was so interesting that I had to record it:

“When I looked at the dead grass, I realized I was unhappy. Happy people don’t have dead grass. And then it was like the chicken and the egg–I couldn’t figure out which came first, happiness or green grass? 

So I started watering it, and the more I started watering it, the happier I felt. And then it came back to life.” 

Later, she said this: “When I move away and sell that house, that grass will die. I know it will. But my grass–the grass that is inside of me, will always be green.” 

Wow. That Spoke Volumes About Life. Volumes. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by coming alive again.

Daily Inspiration 4-11-20

“I had put so much time and hope
into being able to keep my parents together, 
but I couldn’t do it. 
I was just a child.” 
— Carole King 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-11-15]

I am listening to Carole King’s autobiography, A Natural Woman, and when I heard her say the quote above it hit home with me. My parents were divorced when I was five and I was the eldest of three kids at the time. There were more marriages and divorces to come until I left home for good. So, I can relate to trying to keep parents together, and also to wanting to see them find happiness somewhere and stop taking it out on we kids.

Throughout my life, there were many situations and other people I wanted to change for many reasons, but alas, it was all a waste of time and energy. It wasn’t until much later that I learned that there isn’t anything that any of us can do to really change other people. Of course, there have been hundreds of generations of attempts and they still continue to this day for many, but I have learned that it simply isn’t possible. That isn’t our job and never was.

There is only one person that we can control in that way. It is ourselves. And, that project can take a lifetime of trial and error, leaving zero energy left for working on others.

Our best hope at change is to focus on what we can change and that is our own thinking, which creates our actions, which creates our circumstances and outcome. That’s it. That’s all there is. The rest is not our concern.

If You Consider That Selfish, You’re Right. I Serve Others By My Attention To My Own Alignment.

Spread Some Joy Today–by finding the thoughts that create that joy within ourselves and in the finding of it, the sharing is no longer a concern. It can’t be helped.

Daily Inspiration 4-10-20

“To solve any problem, 
here are three questions to ask yourself: 
First, what could I do? 
Second, what could I read? 
And third, who could I ask?” 
— Jim Rohn 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-10-15]

Here is some excellent advice from Jim Rohn. Guess which one of these three questions is the most challenging?

Great Guess! 

Spread Some Joy Today–Happy Friday to you all!

Daily Inspiration 4-9-20

“The truth is, 
every human being on this planet 
is ridiculous in their own way.” 
— Gordy, played by Billy Connolly 
in What We Did On Our Holiday 

Audio version

[Classic post from 12-9-15]

I just watched a delightful movie with an interesting story that just hit DVD called, What We Did On Our Holiday.

The family is gathering from all over for their father’s 75th birthday and he is terminally ill. Three grandchildren spend the last few hours with grandpa and some magical bits of wisdom came forth that I had to write down.

For example, one little grandchild asks, “How do people know what they are?” The conversation started around the new knowledge that grandpa’s friend is a lesbian and the child is very curious. Grandpa answers, “Ah, they just kind of find out. We all find out eventually what we are. Then, the world has to lump it.”

The oldest girl was saying that her parents make her so angry because they were always yelling at each other. Grandpa lets off some perfect wisdom here:

“I used to feel that about my lot too until I suddenly realized that there was no point in being angry with people I loved for being what they are

The truth is, every human being on this planet is ridiculous in their own way, so we shouldn’t judge and we shouldn’t fight because in the end–in the end, none of it matters–none of this stuff.” 

So Perfectly Stated, Don’t You Think? 

Spread Some Joy Today–by living with love in your heart, and kindness on your lips.

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