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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.

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.

Making Trouble A Friend

 “If I had a formula for bypassing trouble,
I would not pass it 'round.
Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.
I don't embrace trouble;
that's as bad as treating it as an enemy.
But I do say meet it as a friend,
for you'll see a lot of it
and had better be on speaking terms with it.”
 
— Oliver Wendall Holmes
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-1-11]
 
The more I practice calmness in the face of trouble, the more friendly I become with it. I think this is the case because trouble is purely our reaction to a stimulus. Even calling it a problem or trouble is indicative of how we think about it. An opportunity would be a healthier way to view trouble or problems, and indeed, that would be what they truly are.
 
As we begin with one time of relaxing and even rejoicing, each one after that becomes easier and more fruitful. I want to get to the point where I am like W Clement Stone reacting with enthusiasm and joy with every encounter with an issue. This causes more and grander opportunities to be seen that are otherwise hidden. Get excited about what may come next instead of anticipating an unhappy arrival.
 
I know that sounds too easy, and it is! The only thing that is required is two things: One, a decision to begin looking at problems this way, and two, practice often!
 
 
“There Is No Education Like Adversity.” — Disraeli
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Get excited about problems today. That will shake things up.

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.

Finding Out Who You Have

 “Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.”
 
— Henry Ford
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-15-11]
 
I've seen this quote many times and then all of a sudden, today, it took on new meaning. I think it describes our relationships extremely well. I think it even describes an excellent marriage. I've seen so many that never get to the last part, but think the middle is the key. And, of course, everyone remembers the beginning!
 
It also describes business relationships and the successful ones, or lasting ones are always based on the working together part. The beginnings are all so easy, and staying together presents challenges and this is where most dabble and depart. The good news about that is finding out who your partners are and who they are not.
 
Any relationship that gets to the working together part is special and valuable. I know in my life, those are the ones that I value the most, whether I see them often or not.
 
 
Friendship. Love. Working Together.
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Make sure those relationships you value know it.

Reinventing Ourselves At Will

 “When I started,
I knew I was no actor
and I went to work on this Wayne thing.
It was as deliberate a projection as you'll ever see.
I figured I needed a gimmick,
so I dreamed up the drawl,
the squint and a way of moving
that meant to suggest
I wasn't looking for trouble,
but would just as soon
throw a bottle at your head as not.
I practiced in front of a mirror.”
 
— John Wayne
 
 
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly
that the only way
I could hold my head steady
was to lower my chin
practically to my chest
and look up at Bogie.
That was the beginning of The Look.”
 
— Lauren Bacall
 
 
 
 
[Classic post from 5-16-11]
 
It is easy to idolize famous people, especially when you've watched just about every movie they've ever made or every song they've ever sung and so on. We see all the success of their trade usually without the knowledge of the beginning part, or the times they missed the mark.
 
I love reading the quote above by John Wayne because he just invented his persona out of thin air and then rehearsed it so often that it became him. He also said, “I play John Wayne in every part regardless of the character.” That gave him a lot of practice.
 
Trying something new and unknown can be a fearful adventure or an interesting challenge. It is clear that for John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, it appears to have been both.
 
Often we might think that other people just get all the breaks and success, while we struggle for whatever we get. When we look a little deeper though, we find that they put their pants on one leg at a time, just being human like us.
 
If we sort of forget about the way things are supposed to be, or be who we think we ought to be, and instead, think about the way we want to be and let that come out, we will be so much better off. We can reinvent ourselves anytime we choose to.
 
 
People Do It All The Time…
 
Spread Some Joy Today–Is it time to reinvent a bit of yourself? What fun!

The Benefits Of Awareness Are Many

Some time ago, I was talking with a friend and associate and she mentioned that she teaches and advises people to do something in a certain way, and then sometimes finds herself not following her own advice. I could instantly relate to that because I do it myself from time to time. But, I told her that the difference in me now is that I have awareness, and having awareness serves to have me recognize when I am off the path, so I can get back on quickly, whereas, in the past, I may not have even noticed I was off the path.

Our Constant Potential For Renewal

“For the most part,
people seem to think that life is linear,
that our capacities decline as we grow older,
and that opportunities we have missed
are gone forever.
Many people have not found their Element
because they don't understand
their constant potential for renewal.”

— Ken Robinson, Ph.D.,
from the book, The Element

Practicing Owning My Own Feelings

“Own your own feelings. Nobody else does.
Accept that you don’t own the other person’s feelings.”

— Deepak Chopra

This quote is the single most profound personal help I ever learned. I learned it in my twenties back in the mid-1970s. I’ve never forgotten it and I have done my best to put it to good use in my life. However, there have been many, many times that after having this profound knowledge, decided to ignore it and blame others for my feelings while even being fully aware of that fact. I did it anyway.

Does that sound familiar? How many things that I learn that are so helpful that I also choose to ignore is interesting. And, here’s the best answer to that I have ever found:

“Practice is nine-tenths.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I practice on purpose what I have learned, it has a better chance of having a positive impact and influence on me and my behavior. So, if there is any work to learning, it is the constant internal nudging to put it into practice and practice it until it is known; until it becomes me.

Opportunities For Encouragement

Throughout the day, we have opportunities to encourage people. Many of them we miss. Instead, we may participate in the tearing down of someone, perhaps even behind their back.

I learned from Jim Rohn that there are two ways to have the tallest building.

One is to concentrate on building your building, the other is to tear everyone else's down so that yours then becomes the tallest.

How much better it is to become known as builders, architects, or construction engineers than demolitions experts.

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