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The Benefits Of Change

“Change brings opportunity.” 

— Nido Qubein 

[Classic post from 8-27-14]

I was thinking about change and how often we might feel that we don’t like change much unless of course, it is fully to our benefit and perfectly timed. Good luck with that.

What I was realizing is that without change, nothing moves, and nothing happens. Change is necessary. It is desired when we realize that we cannot live without it. Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet.” He had it down pat.

Sometimes we might think that we need to change for the better because of what is or has been being less than perfect. I don’t think that has anything to do with it, except that whatever decisions we make are always made in the hopes of feeling better.

It is more about expansion than anything. We are expanding beings, the Universe is expanding, and that is what we want: expansion. Some might call it growth, but I like the word expansion better. We cannot help but expand and change is the only way it can come about.

So many of the quotes I’ve reviewed about change put change in a positive light and that it is necessary and good. I agree. It’s when we are in a rut, or doing the same things over and over without even thinking about it that things get dull. That contrast leads to a desire for a change. We can only sleep so long and then we just have to get up and get going.

Movement is life. Change is movement. When I understand the value of a change in this way, I look forward to the change and the opportunities.

“Change Alone Is Eternal, Perpetual, Immortal.” — Arthur Schopenhauer 

Spread Some Joy Today–by building on your list of positive aspects daily. A great way to start is at the top of the page, write “I love. . .” and then fill in the blank lines. Call it a joy-builder and a life-enhancer.

Enthusiasm And Love

“Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:
with it we are great, generous, and true;
without it, we are little, false, and mean.”

 — Letitia Landon

[Classic post from 10-11-13]

I think of the word enthusiasm as being the same as the word, loving. If you have enthusiasm for what you do, you are loving what you do. If you have enthusiasm for your life, you are loving your life. From the original Greek, it also means to be inspired, and with God, which is a good reason that we feel so good when we are enthused, inspired, and in the action of loving.

It is good and helpful to listen to our own talk sometimes in order to hear the tone in how we say what we say as well as the content. Sharing complaints with others is a sure sign of lack of enthusiasm. As Steve Jobs said, and I paraphrase slightly, “too many days of that and I need to reconsider what I am doing.”

I'll never forget hiring an experienced salesman when I was a young sales manager. He was somewhat older and had been in the business for a number of years. Within a couple of days, I could overhear him complaining about the dealership out on the showroom floor. I immediately called him into the office and fired him on the spot. The last thing I needed was someone bringing that mood and tone into my organization. He was shocked, but I'm sure it was temporary and I don't think it changed him, but I wasn't going to allow him to change us.

My grandmother used to tell me, “if you can't say anything nice, better to say nothing at all.” As good as that statement is, it is not the best answer. The best answer is to do what pleases you. If life is anything, it is to be enjoyed. What is the point of going to work in an industry you don't like, a job you don't want to do, and then complain about what your situation is? If you don't like a part of it, perhaps you can sell off that part, hire someone to do that part, renegotiate so you don't have to do that part anymore. If it can't be parted out (car talk), then something new is appropriate and in order.

Life is way too short to do what you have to. Do what you want to. Find a way. There is always a way when you make the decision to move toward what you love.

Be Enthusiastic. Enjoy Your Time On This Wonderful Planet. It May Not Seem This Way, But It Is Always Your Choice To Choose.

Spread Some Joy Today–Enthusiasm is so contagious.

How Does It Feel To Be Set Free?

“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

Many years ago as part of my 52-mile each way commute, I passed a fenced yard that had a post in the ground in the center, and tied to the post was a donkey who wore out a circular pattern in the yard down and into the dirt and nothing grew in that path. I'm sure that animal went around and around and around and around again constantly hoping to escape the limits of the rope tied to the post. I saw that almost every day for four years. I've never forgotten it.

I haven't forgotten it because it reminds me so much of how many of us are bound in a similar way with our repetitive thoughts, beliefs, and choices. As an observer, it is easy to see others doing the same things over and over even receiving the same negative results and emotions without change. Seeing that as an observer in my own bondage was not as easy until I began becoming aware that I am more than this and that I can observe and direct my life. I often refer to that as being the pinball bouncing off the bumpers, getting flipped back and forth with more bumping, or choosing to be the player instead.

How does it feel to be set free? I chose the image for this post because I thought that is how being set free feels. Freedom can be taken for granted very easily until bondage wears us to the point of our willingness to choose otherwise.

At some point, as we choose, we become inspired.  It might be a person saying something to us, a book passage, a video, a movie, or a thousand other ways. In any case, all of a sudden we become alive again, or more alive than we've felt in some time. We are inspired to make decisions, and raring to move forward making positive changes. What a special moment that is! I LOVE being inspired! I love being passionate and excited. I love seeing with new eyes. And, I am in constant gratitude for all of those who were the kindling to my inspirational fire.

In these sentences from Abraham, Esther Hicks, they explain some of this very succinctly:

“You are so free that you can choose bondage.”

“Bondage is about the individual attachment to the vibration that disallows the Well-being from flowing.”

I love what a favorite author, Jack London, said about inspiration. “I don't wait for inspiration. I go after it with a club!”

When the student is ready, the teacher always appears.

I’m Thankful For Being Thankful

At first glance, the title of this post may seem strange. A few years ago, I was making a list of things I was thankful for that began with, “I'm thankful for…” The list was long and included a lot of people, things, events, and more. In about the middle of the list, as I was rereading it today, I saw I wrote that I was thankful for being thankful. It jumped off the page into my focused attention. I thought, “wow.”

I love that I wrote that and I know why. It is because becoming thankful not only changed my life for the better, it transformed it. That concept now rules my life in my joyous journey.

Today is the first day of 2021 and I can see that so many have lots of issues with 2020 and many wish it never happened. Yet, for me, I see 2020 as the best year of my life so far. Yes. The best year of my life.

How can that be? It is from the accumulated and constantly expanding thankful outlook. Some very powerful changes came in 2020 for me and they all turned out to be so full of joy that it is almost overwhelming. I won't make a list, but it is a long list of the things and events that I am so thankful for in 2020.

We all have one thing unique to us alone and that is our perspective. No one can see through our eyes, our heart, our thoughts. Only we have that privilege. We can share that perspective with others but our explanation will pale in comparison to our actual experiencing of our own reality.

I hope that many of you had a great year as well. There are problems every year. There are unusual events every year. Change is a constant companion. And yet, each of us individually has the ultimate power of our choice of perspective. We get to choose how we either respond or react to our experiences. Awareness helps us to make those choices consciously. Therein lies my thankfulness.

Trends For 2021 and Beyond

This is an article I wrote that was just published in the FordPros Magazine, of which I've had the honor to be a part of since 2007. Happy New Year!

I’ve got my tinfoil hat on and I’m feeling the energy transfer bringing me magnificent wisdom for the coming year. Here it is: We have to accept and acclimate to the New Normal. That statement should bring some giggles at least. I really don’t know what the New Normal is because I don’t even know what the Old Normal was or what Normal is. I think we just make this stuff up as we go along. There is no such thing because there is one thing that we can bet the farm on: Change is a given! Change is constant. If this is true, how could there be a normal? I’m betting on constant change and not on some version of normal.

So, the trends for next year and beyond is that people and companies will try to determine normal and the New Normal and miss every single time. Predicting change isn’t any easier; however, since change will be unavoidable, it seems to me that finding a way to embrace that is the key to dealing with it in a healthy way.

Here’s some ideas to ponder. Let us all as people and as companies learn how to express rather than to try to impress. Let’s leave our egos in the closet at home and allow our genuine expression to rule. Let us constantly remember that being of service to our customers, the market, our employees, and each other is one of our most important core values. This is another way to express rather than impress. Let us be more kind to everyone including ourselves. Let us learn to drop the rope of resistance. That rope is nothing but stress and a host of negative emotions. It is easier than we could imagine releasing that stress: open hands, let the rope fall to the ground. Next step: Don’t pick it back up! Let us build the best products while paying attention and caring for all who help to make that possible. Let us respect and admire our customers and potential customers by helping them receive the best value and service possible. Let us learn that love in business is not an oxymoron. Let us then bring our love to work and back home again renewed and expanded. Let us release the resistance of fear and fully accept the joy of love. Love will be our highest expression with no need whatsoever to impress anyone.

We can see the room after we’ve turned on the dark switch or we can see the room after we’ve turned on the light. It is always a choice. We are the choosers. We try to see normal where normal is a completely made-up idea, or we can learn to not only embrace change but get excited about it and how we can apply innovation and excellence to meet any and all challenges. Personally, I see a future so bright that it is blinding. I’ll get my sunglasses and join you in the light!

The Spirit of Opulence

This wonderful piece has such a marvelous message and is worth reading every so often to renew our spirit and re-realize our own power. Injoy!

“It is quite a mistake to suppose that we must restrict and stint ourselves in order to develop greater power or usefulness. This is to form the conception of the Divine Power as so limited that the best use we can make of it is by a policy of self-starvation, whether material or mental. Of course, if we believe that some form of self-starvation is necessary to our producing good work, then so long as we entertain this belief the fact actually is so for us. “Whatsoever is not of faith”—that is, not in accordance with our honest belief—“is sin”; and by acting contrary to what we really believe we bring in a suggestion of opposition to the Divine Spirit, which must necessarily paralyze our efforts, and surround us with a murky atmosphere of distrust and want of joy.

But all this exists in, and is produced by, our belief; and when we come to examine the grounds of this belief we shall find that it rests upon an entire misapprehension of the nature of our own power. If we clearly realize that the creative power in ourselves is unlimited, then there is no reason for limiting the extent to which we may enjoy what we can create by means of it. Where we are drawing from the infinite we need never be afraid of taking more than our share. That is not where the danger lies. The danger is in not sufficiently realizing our own richness, and in looking upon the externalized products of our creative power as being the true riches instead of the creative power of spirit itself.

If we avoid this error, there is no need to limit ourselves in taking what we will from the infinite storehouse: “All things are yours.” And the way to avoid this error is by realizing that the true wealth is in identifying ourselves with the spirit of opulence. We must be opulent in our thought. Do not “think money,” as such, for it is only one means of opulence; but think opulence, that is, largely, generously, liberally, and you will find that the means of realizing this thought will flow to you from all quarters, whether as money or as a hundred other things not to be reckoned in cash.

We must not make ourselves dependent on any particular form of wealth, or insist on its coming to us through some particular channel—that is at once to impose a limitation, and to shut out other forms of wealth and to close other channels, but we must enter into the spirit of it. Now the spirit is Life, and throughout the universe Life ultimately consists in circulation, whether within the physical body of the individual or on the scale of the entire solar system; and circulation means a continual flowing around, and the spirit of opulence is no exception to this universal law of all life.

When once this principle becomes clear to us we shall see that our attention should be directed rather to the giving than the receiving. We must look upon ourselves, not as misers’ chests to be kept locked for our own benefit, but as centers of distribution; and the better we fulfill our function as such centers the greater will be the corresponding inflow. If we choke the outlet the current must slacken, and a full and free flow can be obtained only by keeping it open. The spirit of opulence—the opulent mode of thought, that is—consists in cultivating the feeling that we possess all sorts of riches which we can bestow upon others, and which we can bestow liberally because by this very action we open the way for still greater supplies to flow in. But you say, “I am short of money, I hardly know how to pay for necessaries. What have I to give?”

The answer is that we must always start from the point where we are; and if your wealth at the present moment is not abundant on the material plane, you need not trouble to start on that plane. There are other sorts of wealth, still more valuable, on the spiritual and intellectual planes, which you can give; and you can start from this point and practice the spirit of opulence, even though your balance at the bank may be nil. And then the universal law of attraction will begin to assert itself. You will not only begin to experience an inflow on the spiritual and intellectual planes, but it will extend itself to the material plane also.

If you have realized the spirit of opulence you cannot help drawing to yourself material good, as well as that higher wealth which is not to be measured by a money standard; and because you truly understand the spirit of opulence you will neither affect to despise this form of good, nor will you attribute to it a value that does not belong to it; but you will co-ordinate it with your other more interior forms of wealth so as to make it the material instrument in smoothing the way for their more perfect expression. Used thus, with understanding of the relation which it bears to spiritual and intellectual wealth, material wealth become one with them, and is no more to be shunned and feared than it is to be sought for its own sake.

It is not money, but the love of money, that is the root of all evil; and the spirit of opulence is precisely the attitude of mind which is furthest removed from the love of money for its own sake. It does not believe in money. What it does believe in is the generous feeling which is the intuitive recognition of the great law of circulation, which does not in any undertaking make its first question, How much am I going to get by it? But, How much am I going to do by it? And making this the first question, the getting will flow in with a generous profusion, and with a spontaneousness and rightness of direction that are absent when our first thought is of receiving only.

We are not called upon to give what we have not yet got and to run into debt; but we are to give liberally of what we have, with the knowledge that by so doing we are setting the law of circulation to work, and as this law brings us greater and greater inflows of every kind of good, so our out-giving will increase, not by depriving ourselves of any expansion of our own life that we may desire, but by finding that every expansion makes us the more powerful instruments for expanding the life of others. “Live and let live” is the motto of the true opulence.”

–Thomas Troward,
Hidden Power and Other Papers Upon Mental Science

Do What Excites You

“Anxiety is the same energy as excitement,
with judgment placed upon it.” 

— Bashar, Darryl Anka 

[Classic post from 1-14-16]

Bashar continues: “Anxiety and excitement are the same energy. If you understand that, and start acting like you believe it, then you will feel the energy as excitement and not anxiety. It is not that you will get rid of the energy; it is not that you will not continue to feel the energy. It is that you will feel it in a way that is indicative of how you look at it. That is all. 

Do what excites you the most in the way it excites you the most to do it, with integrity, and you will always be being of service. 

Relax the judgment, and you will let go of the anxiety. It will turn into excitement and laughter, and you will giggle your way through life.” 

I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks simplifies it even more so that anyone can get it:

“Life is supposed to be fun–it is supposed to feel good! You are powerful creators, and you are right on schedule. . . Savor more; fix less. Laugh more; cry less. Anticipate positively more; anticipate negatively less. . . . Nothing is more important than that you feel good–just practice that and watch what happens.” 

Feel The Energy. Release The Judgment. Find The Joy. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by relaxing. Chill. Get down. Kick back. Get in the zone. Get your Zen on. Love yourself. Like yourself. Feel the inner you without the body attached. How does that feel? Feels like joy, right? Float in it. Ride the thermal of it like a big bird going higher and higher. Soak in it. Enjoy yourself.

The Ultimate Giving Back

“Appreciation and love and alignment to that which is Source, is the ultimate “giving back,” so to speak. In your pain and struggle, you have nothing to give back. Many complain of unfairness or injustice when they see some people receiving greatly but offering seemingly little effort, while others who work very hard often show very little success–but the Law of Attraction is always consistently just. What you are living is always an exact replication of your vibrational patterns of thought. Nothing could be more fair than life as you are living it, for as you are thinking, you are vibrating, and as you are vibrating, you are attracting–and so you are always getting back the essence of what you are giving.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Life Is About Moving Into What Is Next

Wow! This short paragraph is so powerful. You might read it again and again and again and still be amazed as I am. What a fascinating perspective from the book, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent – Living the Art of Allowing.

“We would like you to understand that NOW is mostly only the platform from which you move into what is next. And LIFE is really about the MOVING into what is next. We want you to recall the delicious nature of focusing upon the SENSATION OF CREATING YOUR OWN REALITY rather than giving so much attention to the REALITY THAT YOU ARE CREATING. Can you feel the distinction?”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

The Mule Got Drunk And Lost In Heaven

The
Mind is ever a tourist
Then toss them into an already
Filled closet.

So I craft my words into those guides
That will offer you something fresh
From the Hidden’s Tavern.

Few things are stronger than
The mind’s need for diverse
Experience.

I am glad
Not many men or women can remain
Faithful lovers to the unreal.

There is a kind of adultery
That God encourages:

Your spirit needs to leave the bed
Of fear.

The gross, the subtle, the mental worlds
Become as a worthless husband.

Women need
To utilize their superior intelligence
About love

So that their hour’s legacy
Can make us all stronger and more clement.

Sometimes a poem happens like this one:

The mule I sit on while I recite
Starts off in one direction
But then gets drunk

And lost in
Heaven.

— Hafiz

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