Category: Laughter

You May Be Far More Successful Than You Think

“A handful of pine seed will cover mountains
with the green majesty of forests. I too will set
my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.”
 
— Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp)
 
 
“There may be more to life than having everything.”
 
— Maurice Sendak
 
 
 
[Classic post from 4-6-11]
 
Success is such a broad concept and so much of the talk and writing about it revolves around accomplishment and money. Having everything, or more commonly stated, having it all, is like the ultimate accomplishment.
 
I have a friend that I’ve now known for over 20 years. He is somewhat younger and so I’ve had the delight to watch him go from his young twenties into his forties. I hired him as a salesman when we first met and he listened to most of what I tried to teach and so has done very well. He’s done well not because of me, but himself. All I did was encourage him basically. I had the easy part.
 
We worked together for some years and have not for many more and in his job he is in a similar place to where he was then. It is just that he’s been doing it longer and has had some experiences to put in his bag of gathered knowledge and skills. I would say he is and has been a success at his job and career, but it isn’t the kind of success that is talked about and written about where large growth happens or larger financial success.
 
Yet, the thing that I respect and admire about him the most is the part that he is a superstar success in and that is as a father to his children and a loving husband to his wife. His career has always taken a second seat to that–except when I first met him, he had no wife or children.
 
He has always had a demanding job–demanding his time and focus and the pressure of needing to perform, but he has always taken that with ease as if it was no big deal. It was easy for him and a good part of his success at work was that with this ease, he was able to do his job, perform, AND schedule time for his family. He created a flexible environment where most in that work position would have become workaholics.
 
He went to school events, coached baseball for many years, and had two of his sons playing as well. Two and two. Two wonderful boys and two beautiful girls. He found ways to be there and to be part and to participate in growing up with them. They are in their teens now and I know that would have been so different had he not participated throughout the earlier years.
 
He’s a people person and loves his family and extended family and is active and a part of each and every one. He loves his customers as well and anyone who doesn’t love him just doesn’t know him at all. I’m so proud to call him a friend and we rarely see each other living some miles apart. Yet, I think loving thoughts of him and his wonderful family all the time.
 
To me, he is the epitome of success. He’s never had all the answers, but he is thoughtful and concerned, and caring. He’s a lover. He just loves people–all the people he ever comes in contact with. I think he really does have it all.
 
 
You May Be Far More Successful Than You Think.
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Become a lover today. Love everyone you see just for the fun of it. You might find it is worth doing every day.

The Playhouse Of Our Mind

 “This is where you will win the battle–
in the playhouse of your mind.”
 
— Maxwell Maltz
 
 
“All the significant battles are waged within the self.”
 
— Sheldon Kopp
 
 
 
[Classic post from 4-3-11]
 
You know, most of what I share in these Daily Inspirations is what I have recently learned from study and life, along with what I find myself going through on the way toward a more self-directed life. I always say that I am practicing, for I don't want to make it seem as if I'm any more an expert than you are, but I do want to share some important things I'm learning that is making a tremendous difference in how I feel, and how I feel is joyful more every day and I'm honored by the comments I receive from some very loyal readers. Thank you for allowing me to share insights, philosophy, and my travels with you.
 
Today's quotes hit squarely on what is the most significant key to change and improvement: our own thinking. From a practical sense, that means how I feel about things, how I react to circumstances and events, how I talk to myself and whether I am building myself up or semi-consciously tearing myself down. I say semi-consciously because I wasn't aware I was doing it, and certainly unknowledgeable about the accumulated effects, and at the same time, I could hear myself saying it. I'm thinking you might know what I am trying to say about that.
 
So, here's to awareness. It's like opening the door and looking in and actually seeing what is inside and getting a good idea of what is going on in there. I've awakened. No, certainly not “there” yet, and not sure I will ever completely arrive; however, I now firmly know because I've tested it pretty thoroughly, that I can make a dramatic difference in my own happiness, or how I feel, by paying attention to my own thoughts and changing them to better suit what I want. I pay attention to them mainly by paying attention to how I am feeling. When I feel good about something, I get excited and when I feel lousy or off about something, I instantly realize that I need to step in and take charge of the direction my thoughts are taking me.
 
And, it is working by practice. Every day I get a little bit better at it, and the bottom line is I am a far happier person as a result.
 
 
Practice Makes Perfect. Or At Least Much Better.
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Practice feeling good today. No point in letting anything get you down. It's really good to learn that we are all in charge of that. What power!

To That, I Say, Lighten Up!

“Whenever a man does the best he can,
then that is all he can do.”

— Harry S Truman

Based on my own experience and my own vision in watching others, I know our number one problem is how we feel about ourselves when it comes to success and failure. It is partially driven by our self-talk, and the point I want to make here is that we can be our own worst enemy at times, and to that I say, lighten up!

A good way to do that is to model Harry Truman's phrase, and just do your best and let the rest be whatever it dang well wants to be. You're good. You're covered. There will always be more to do, more to achieve, missed deadlines, missed opportunities, and plenty of success as well. Give it your best shot and let that be good enough. Because if it is your best shot, there is no more to be had, so whoever may be wanting more will just have to look somewhere else for it.

Finding Fault In The Mirror

“We don't see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”

— Anais Nin

If you're overweight, maybe this will sound familiar: you go to the bathroom to take a shower and you undress and see yourself in the mirror and think that you've just got to lose this weight. You think it looks terrible. You hardly recognize yourself. You weigh yourself every day and pride yourself on losing half of a pound and chastise yourself for gaining an ounce, with vows to exercise, eat less, eat less fatty foods, and a very long list of excuses and justifications.

It's perfectly normal to look in that mirror and pick out all your physical faults–your lines, your sags, your spots, your hair, your posture, excess fat, whatever. The closer you look, the more faults are exposed.

I thought about the fat on my body and I started thinking about it being perfect. And, you know what? It is! The body is a work of perfection. You take in quantities of fuel (food) that is more than the body needs, and it becomes like a squirrel storing it up for the winter or another time when it may be needed. Its design stores that extra all over the body with an emphasis in certain areas near the stomach and intestines where it can be readily used quickly when needed. It is not flawed–it is operating perfectly.

This perspective filled me with new thoughts of praise. I began being thankful for the way I looked and how perfectly my body was dealing with the environment I gave it. 

Begin your day appreciating yourself and how perfect you are. That joy will rub off on everyone you encounter all day.

Dreams Are Beyond Limitations

“It's good to take a longer view and think,
What would I really like to do
if I had no limitations whatsoever?”

— Laurie Anderson

“There are no limitations to the mind
except those we acknowledge.”

— Napoleon Hill

Dreaming is a tool to open possibilities. The key I've found is to forget about any limitations and just dream. In dreams you can be anything, anyone, achieve anything, do anything. It is a limitless universe. The more that this is sprinkled into our reality, the more our reality takes on some of those limitless ideas.

Letting reality have a place, but not the whole place allows us to learn how to soar. Indeed, any limitations that we think we have are beliefs we have, and beliefs are just thoughts we keep thinking.

Shining Our Light Boldly

“As we let our light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.”

— Marianne Williamson

As we grow, we allow and encourage others to do the same. As we experience and share our joy, we allow and encourage others to have joy. By the act of doing, we encourage others to do the same.

Go shine your lights boldly!

We Lead By Example. Be One.

Turning Criticism Into Growth

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.”

— W. C. Fields

It doesn't matter what others think about what I do or do not do. It is my own thinking about what I do or do not do that matters. If I approve of me, that is all that is needed. If others approve too, the more the merrier, and if they don't, that's okay too. I'll celebrate their way for them. It is so empowering and comforting to be an allower.

Light From A Distant Galaxy

“Astronomers always work in the past;
because light takes time to move from one place to another,
they see things as they were, not as they are.”
 
— Neale E Howard
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-9-11]
 
I took astronomy in college and I learned that the light that we see in certain stars may have left there 10,000 years ago, so the star may not even be there anymore and we wouldn't even know about it until much later. Indeed, even nearer items in the galaxy would be longer than our lifetime to see a change. I always thought that was strange and very interesting.
 
As I've looked at human behavior–especially my own–I've noticed a similar perspective. My actions of today and my attitudes of today, along with my results of today are merely images of my previous thinking. In other words, my previous thoughts and beliefs, have led me here. It was not created today.
 
If I am liking where I am today, then my thinking and beliefs are serving me well–a happy camper, so to speak. If I am not liking where I am today, then my thinking and beliefs are not serving me well and the only thing that can be changed is that thinking and those beliefs. And, it also will not happen today, but be shown sometime in the near future.
 
My best guidance of where I am is how I feel about where I am at any given time. That information will then aid me in making a decision to stay on course, or make a different choice.
 
A lot of my life was being unhappy with what was and not changing the thinking and beliefs that brought me there. I didn't even make that correlation. Instead, I would just try to use willpower to make it happen, set a new goal and go for it. Little did I know, that it doesn't require effort, but does require knowing the cause and how to correct it. Just like a rocket ship to the moon is constantly making minor course corrections, I am learning how to do that myself to achieve a life I am pleased with.
 
 
It Is Easier Than We Knew. We Just Feel Our Way.
 
Spread Some Joy Today–You've heard the phrase if it feels good, do it, right? It's better advice than we thought.

Celebrate Your Personal Artistry

“Do not call any work menial
until you have watched a proud person do it.”

— Robert Brault

When I first read this quote, I thought of sweeping with a big broom in a large area at a gas station I used to work at when I was a teenager. I remember watching this person do sweeping and making it look like an art. All the time I was growing up, sweeping to me was distasteful work, and here he was making it look so interesting and almost effortless. I was immediately drawn into trying to sweep as he did and I have to say, that from then on, it became much more interesting and rather fun instead of work.

I watch others in what they do and I am always looking for that same expertise. It is rare to find it, but a joy each time.

I don't think there is any menial work. There is just work. Our own acceptance of it and our own attitude or view of it is all that is important. With an attitude of passion and love of the job, another artist is born.

Celebrate your personal artistry! As you are passionate about what you do, joy follows you as if it is a perfect shadow.

A Stop And Go Perspective

 “A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket
and rejoices that the system works.”
 
— Bill Vaughan
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-13-11]
 
There are all kinds of ways to look at a thing and Bill Vaughan makes a very interesting point in how we normally look at something and how it can look so different from another perspective.
 
A few weeks ago, I was heading toward the freeway and got bogged down in bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic. It was very unusual. As I got up to where I could see the bottleneck, a key traffic light was out and was flashing red so that each and every car had to stop in all four directions.
 
That got me thinking about how ineffective this situation was. There was a crew working on the light and no one directing traffic. It was almost ridiculous to watch. But, the thing that struck me was that stop lights are not really stoplights but go lights. In viewing this traffic jam and how slow it moved, it was obvious as can be how valuable traffic lights are to actually move traffic along.
 
Many times we might see what appears to be a problem, a slowdown, a bottleneck, a roadblock, only to find out that by seeing it from a different perspective, it is actually a benefit and something that helps things move more effectively.
 
As I mentally step back and watch our business grow, I see a number of things that would be very easy to think of as a problem, but from that perspective of stepping back and looking at it from the outside, it is all so perfect. Now I am practicing seeing the perfection of it all rather than the bottlenecks and roadblocks.
 
To say that this gives me a better attitude is an understatement.
 
 
How Many Go-Lights Do You See In Your Life?
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Step back and take another look. You might see something so different that it creates joy instead of concern.
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