Category: Peace

If I Worry, Would It Help?

“The difficulty with worry 
is that it does not disappear
with argument.” 

— William Howard Taft 


[Classic post from 2-4-16]

I love this gem of a quote because in my life I have known myself to argue with worry, talk to worry, analyze my worries, regurgitate my worries, and contemplate my worries, and all to no avail. In fact, all that seemed to do was to make the worry or worries more pronounced. Then, sometimes we don't even realize that we are worrying about something, and so, our inner turmoil just feels like we're busy.

I watched a very good movie yesterday titled, Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks. He defended an accused Soviet spy and asked him at least three times during the movie, “aren't you worried?” and the spy so very calmly asked, “would it help?”

What a perfect question. Would it help? If I worry, will I be served in that? Will it solve the problem? Will it change the situation or the outcome?

Here's a great question: When has it ever?

I'm sitting here laughing at all of this because I do see the absurdity of worry as a repair tool for positive change. Its silliness is laughable, and I very much loved the calm spy and his perfect questions in the face of very serious problems.

Just imagine the relief when our problems are mostly insignificant on the scale of problems. . .

Would It Help? 

Spread Some Joy Today–Here's a great question: Why the heck not?

Turning From Prejudice Toward Love

From the web:
“As a noun, pre-justice is a preconceived opinion
that is not based on reason or actual experience.
As a verb, pre-justice is defined
as to give rise to prejudice; make biased.”

[New post]

My father died in an accident at age 36 a couple of days before his 37th birthday. I was 13 when he died. I was born in 1949 and he was 22 and my mom was 18. I was the eldest of three from that marriage which ended when I was five years old, my sister was three, and my little brother was only one. My parents were mid-western stock from Iowa and I was born in Iowa until we moved to southern California when I was two. My father was easily angered and quite prejudiced. I grew up early in a judgmental environment. As time went on, I heard more of that. My mother remarried and nothing changed as far as the prejudging of people, things, events were concerned. I got plenty of it from my mother as well, along with friends from school, neighbors, and more. It was normal to be prejudiced. It felt like we were supposed to judge others, their behavior, how they lived, and so much more.

The television promoted prejudice. It always has. It still does today. I began watching television in the early 1950’s. Long before color TV became a reality, television was colored with prejudice. Perhaps I should say lack of color. Movies showed it vividly. The schools I went to promoted prejudice in many ways, through choices of textbooks and who was allowed in, controlling teachers and curriculum to name a few.

I grew up in a white-dominated world. I heard so many words to describe those who weren’t white and even one group who was white but so far below standard as to be called trash. The N-word, the J-word, the other J-word, the C-word, the S-word, the other S-word, the I-word, along with all the color words that began with Y, R, B, the other B. Next, they were nationalized in groups based on where they lived now or where they were from or their lineage was from. Some were Mexican, Asian, Italian, German, African, South American, Icelandic, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many more.

Indeed, we have so many ways to segregate each other into compartments and categories dehumanizing the world. Even the word people has us and them and they. All of this doesn’t even address the various languages that are spoken, the religions we’ve created and fight about, the foods we eat, lifestyles, and so much more. All of this is easily a place to stand in prejudgment.

Of course, this is not news. It is normal. It is only called normal because it has become habitual and it only became habitual by repetition and it all came from somewhere to get inside of each of us. We learned it. It does not come naturally. It is taught, shared, preached, legislated, from our parents, other family, peers, friends, schools, churches, leaders, government rules and laws, and more. And, it cannot be different until we each decide to be different, to let go of those teachings, to see something more, to change, to grow. Based on this, it will never change outside of us. It can only change within us. The outside world that we think we see is but a reflection. We choose to love or we choose fear. Prejudice in all its forms is simply fear. So when I hear someone spouting nonsense about a group or a country, or idea, I see it for what it is. It is a fearful person sharing their fears. Many will share it openly. Rather than push against them, acceptance is the way toward love. Pushing against anything is expanding fear.

We’ve had such volumes and constant repetitions of prejudicial points of view brought into our lives that to release this and become prejudice-free is a real challenge. However, just like walking five miles is taking the first step and then another and another, releasing our learned fears and turning toward love is releasing some here, some there, again, and over again. We have such a tendency as people to focus on the destination when it is the journey that is life itself. We are all and always a work in progress. All we need first is to become aware. Then choose differently. Seeing how fear rules our lives is enlightening, and we always have had and always will have the power to turn toward love and drop the rope of fear. In so doing, we create the world in which we want to live. It doesn’t matter who or how many may follow our lead. Our own choice and actions are all that matter. Allowing the world to be whatever it is serves us. Allowing all others to think and act in whatever way they think is best for them is empowering for us.

My past is what it was at a different now. I get to choose every second of every day. I choose to release prejudice and have been on this beautifully unfolding journey for many years now. It is a joyous journey of constantly seeing contrast and then pivoting toward love. Love is my home base now. I am home. I am love.

Thank God It’s Friday!

“This is a wonderful day. 
I've never seen this one before.” 
— Maya Angelou 

[Classic post from 1-8-16]

Yes, today is Friday. It's another Friday. But it's not like any other Friday, because this day is completely new. We have never experienced this Friday before, nor will we ever experience it again fully. We may remember parts of Friday's past, but that is sort of like looking at a photograph that may trigger a thought, but the experience is not static as the photograph is. Today is brand new.

Kent Nerburn said it this way: “Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.” A day of the same name is not the same day. Each is new. Finding ways to appreciate the newness and specialness of this new day means enjoying it more fully.

I hope you enjoy your brand new Friday. Thank God It's Friday.

Thank God I'm Paying Attention To The Blessing! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by simply allowing yourself to do that. It doesn't come from effort, but ease.

Being The Change Comes From Appreciation

“If you can just appreciate each thing, 
one by one, then you will have pure gratitude. 
Even though you observe just one flower, 
the one flower includes everything.” 
— Shunryu Suzuki Roshi 

[Classic post from 1-15-16]

How can we live in the same world and yet each of us live within our own personal world? How can things that we don't like be going on and we not pay attention to them? Aren't we supposed to pay attention to them? It's so hard not to be upset and to complain. I wish it was different. I wish the world was different, more loving, less violent. I wish it was the way I would like it to be…

The answer to these kinds of thoughts and many more like them is to begin appreciating which will cause us to stop complaining. Gratitude rules by appreciation. To become truly grateful, we learn to appreciate–regardless of what is going on in that world around us. We find things and people to appreciate and we change our world perception while allowing the “other” world to do as it wishes to do.

Here's a little from Abraham, Esther Hicks that says it so well and to me, it is exactly like this:

“When you feel gratitude, often you are looking at a difficulty that you have overcome, but there is still some of that “struggle” vibration present. The state of appreciation is seeing whatever you are looking at through the eyes of Source. . . You could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of other people would find reason to criticize or worry about, and you would not have access to them because your vibration of appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature.” 

Here's another good way I have found: I change my gaze. So, I'm driving across town and the traffic is heavy at this time, so I don't complain about traffic or how much longer it is taking, I change my gaze from the traffic to something pleasing. I might look at a specific car or truck and find appreciation for that, or the sky, or the clouds in the sky, or people standing on the corner waiting to cross. There are a number of things that I can focus on instead of the thing that would cause me to complain.

The antidote for complaining is appreciation. The antidote for unhappiness is appreciation. The antidote for anything negative or bad feeling is appreciation. In fact, I would have to say that it is a universal antidote for a better life.

I Change My Gaze To A View Of Something I Can Appreciate. 

Spread Some Joy Today–love and joy are united. Go spread some love and you will be spreading joy.

Trust And Allowing Is Love

“I fully trust 
that others do know 
what is best for them.”
— Essence of the Tao Te Ching,17th Verse
by Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 1-30-16]

Excepting the concept of raising young children (and maybe that isn’t really the exception we may imagine it is), how many times in your life have you been around people that you think need your help. Maybe they seem to get it wrong a lot, or maybe they keep tripping over the same switch, or they say they want this and do that instead. And what about all those civil servants, teachers, and other so-called authorities that have their heads in the dark places? Maybe it even seems like the whole world is off the mark, and you wish you could get them back on track. They need to listen to you. And, if they did, they would do better. It’s so simple, right?

I have to admit to having had many of these kinds of thoughts over the years. Not many wanted to listen, or maybe I didn’t go bold and tell them, or maybe I did, but it didn’t do any good. They just weren’t ready I guess. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink, and all that.

Then again, maybe people are trying to lead you and you don’t want to hear it. Who do they think they are trying to tell me what to do, how to do it? They should go mind their own business because they could use some help of their own.

I’m finally learning about people. Some are awake and some are not, but deep down inside, we are all made from the same materials from the same factory so to speak. We’re all wise inside. It’s this flabby, soft, bony thing that we walk around in that is making us look and seem different. And we all have different stimuli, desires, and ideas too. But, inside we are basically the same in that we come from the same Source. We are all wise when we connect with that Source within us. We know what to do when we are aligned in that way. We know what we want when we focus there.

When we allow others to be what and who they are and accept that they are perfect however they are, and though we may be willing to help should they desire that, we eventually learn to trust that they know best for themselves, we are in alignment with our Source because our Source is pure unconditional love.

We don’t have to agree with other people’s choices, and our judgment of those choices or those actions is the only thing that keeps us apart from them. We simply need to allow them to choose as they will, while we choose as we desire. If we focus on our own alignment, that will be sufficient, and in the end, as a result of that example, we may love others in a way that is desired by all, honoring and aligning with the Source within us. For that is, after all, the Source of unconditional love–that is how Source sees us all.

So it is a good reminder to read this 17th verse of the all-wise Tao Te Ching from time to time so that we can remember that our place is to allow, to love, to serve, to enjoy, and to be an example of our best self. The more we follow these thoughts on interactions with others, the better our own lives become.

Trust That They Know What Is Best For Them While We Allow All Of That To Be As It Is As We Make Our Own Choices For Our Own Fulfillment. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by focusing on what you want for yourself.

A Confession Of Our Character

“People do not seem to realize 
that their opinion of the world 
is also a confession 
of their character.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

[Classic post from 1-10-16]

We may often think that our opinion of the world around us, the community we live in, the sphere that we work and dwell in and around is based on facts or circumstantial evidence, but it is not that at all. It is our own character, which is simply what we think, what we feel, and how we behave, that drives our opinion of that which is outside of us. In other words, it is that within us, that which we have become, that shows the outside world to us. We could even say that we see what we are.

There is grand value in knowing and understanding this concept that our opinion of that which is without comes from the character within. I think the highest value is that we can choose to change how we see the outside world by tinkering with what we think, and consequently how we feel, and consequently how we act. When we do, our opinion of the world is guaranteed to change. Changing circumstances is pretty much an impossible task in comparison to what we can change within ourselves.

This applies to worldly events and even relationships that touch our lives deeply. Below is a wonderful offering from Abraham, Esther Hicks from 2002:

“You don’t have to worry about what their vibration is if your vibration is one of connection. Because if your vibration is one of connection – you’re going to dominate the vibration. This is the way you learn your relationships. 

The thing that most people do not understand, is that you get to control the way you feel, because you get to choose the thoughts you think. 

Most people think that they only have the option of responding to the circumstances that surround them. And that’s what makes them attempt the impossible, which is to control the circumstances around them, which only feeds their feeling of frustration and vulnerability because it doesn’t take very much life experience to discover you can’t control all of those circumstances. 

But you can control your vibration. And when you control your vibration, you’ve controlled everything that has anything to do with you.” 

This was originally a paragraph that I broke apart only to make the beautifully stated points more powerful and make more sense too. And, it is, in my opinion, certainly worth considering in some depth, particularly the first line about connection to our Source within.

What You See Is Who You Are. What You See Is What You Get. We Choose It All. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by a willingness to look within ourselves at how we view the outside world. Joy is simply a natural result of a certain train of thought or thoughts.

Taking Care Of Ourselves

“We’ve been taught 
that anything pleasurable is suspect. . . 
The thought of simply enjoying ourselves, 
savoring sensual experiences, 
makes us look over our shoulders 
for the pleasure police.” 
— Christiane Northrup, M.D. 

[Classic post from 1-21-16]

Since the beginning of these Daily Inspirations, I’ve shared so many of the books I was reading and some of the insights I’ve gleaned from them, many of which have enhanced my philosophy or my physical life. Many have thanked me for that and read some of them as well. So, today, I want to share another: Goddesses Never Age – The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being by Christiane Northrup, M.D. Yes, I’m a guy and this book is aimed at women, but I see it more as it is addressed to a human being of which I qualify completely.

I’m listening to the audiobook version and I also have the hardcover copy. Christiane narrates the unabridged audio herself, and I love that because you can so clearly hear the inflections and subtle pauses and emphasis that only the author could supply so perfectly.

It is a wonderful book and I am very much enjoying it. I have to say, that in my opinion, if you bought the book only to read chapter two, Goddesses Know the Power of Pleasure, it would be worth the cost and effort. I delighted in this chapter because in our society we follow so much the dictates of others in our schedules, methods, dress, and outlook. We fit in. We compartmentalize our activities by saving them for the weekend, vacation, and more. This chapter opens a floodgate of ideas of how to add pleasure, not only to every single day but many times throughout our busy days. It also makes a case for the health benefits–mental and physical–of putting more of our focus on pleasure.

Christiane says, “My prescription for general health is to experience more pleasure every day. . . big ones as well as small ones. . . opening the door on a particularly clear morning and smelling the air. Relishing the first moment when you step into a warm bath. Acknowledging that you’ve hit a new level of fitness and feel completely in tune with your body. How can you have these experiences more often? How can you make boring, everyday activities you do mindlessly into succulent pleasures?”

The predominant theme of this book is about aging–more specifically, aging with vitality, and yet I think it is good for any age because so much of it applies universally to living well and well-being. She says, “Agelessness is all about vitality, the creative force that gives birth to new life.”

Regardless of your age or gender, I think there is much in this book that will be of benefit. But, even if you simply take this idea of finding more pleasure in your everyday experiences, including while being at work, I’m sure that will add much to your life and your spirit.

Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed By Being In Joy! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing yourself many delightful little pleasures without guilt or concern of others.

Mistakes Are Only Stepping Stones Of Progress

“No matter how many mistakes you make 
or how slow you progress, 
you're still way ahead of everyone 
who isn't trying.” 
— Tony Robbins 

[Classic post from 1-26-16]

As Yoda said so perfectly, “Do or do not. There is no try,” whatever gets done, gets done by doing. And, what does it matter how long it takes. It's not a race unless that is the way you choose to imagine it. It is simply a journey–a journey of our own choosing, to a destination that is of our own creation, and our pace is not an issue unless we choose to make it so. Truly, it isn't even the destination either. It is simply the decision to do and the doing that matters in the end.

Even if we stop anywhere along that journey, choose something else and focus on it, the previous doing becomes a stepping stone on the much grander journey that we call life. There is no place or time that we need to be, only choices from desires of what we think we want. And, because that is in a constant state of flux, enjoying our life is tantamount to enjoying the doing. We call that living. 

Sometimes we get so hung up on where we think we should be, and the only reason we may think this is in comparison to another or others. Comparing ourselves to others is a waste of time and energy, and has a tendency to depersonalize the journey. Focusing on what we want is in our best interest. That is our journey and by that focus, it is the best it can be. As to the others, we thrive by blessing them where they are, inviting some to come along should they have a similar desire, and turn our remaining focus to enjoying the trip.

It's all good. Enjoy your journey. Enjoy your doing. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy your life.

Don't Forget To Breathe Deeply. You Might Put That On A Sticky Note As A Reminder. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by loving your life as it is on your way to wherever you may be going.

Celebrating Change Influencers

“No matter how much fault 
you find with another, 
it will not change you.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 1-22-16]

In my life's past, I spent a stupid amount of time finding fault in others. It might have been people at work, slowpokes in front of me when I was in a hurry, things breaking or going wrong. It didn't much matter who or what, but something or someone other than me had to be blamed for my circumstances. Even if I did a silly thing, I would find ways to justify my actions and choices to exonerate me from blame. I never got the quote above and its truth until the last ten years, and even then it has been a journey of personal change. 

What I finally learned was that none of those people, what they did or didn't do, said or failed to say, or the situations where things were not to my liking, were the real culprit; the reason for my ill feelings. It was me.

As I look back with clarity now, I see that it was 100% me. Essentially, I created it all because all of the hurt feelings, unhappiness, and poor situations were thoughts in my head. And, my ego, who loves to mix it up and always win was having a field day with all of it, stirring it up and swooshing it around, keeping it alive.

There were many factors that came into play to help guide me out of that morass. One book opened the door and began the slow change by encouraging in a very simple and easy way, a fresh point of view for me. This book was published in the 1970s and is still a strong seller today: Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. I've given several hundred copies away and always have many copies in my office for that purpose when the opportunity arises. It is such an easy read, and can be read in about an hour, but is full of power and wisdom.

I think it is important to celebrate the people, or books, or whatever came onto your path that causes a significant change in thinking that helps lead you to a better life. They might be a protagonist or even an antagonist. Sometimes it is a strong negative situation that causes a strong desire to move toward a more positive situation. Quite often it is a decision that is made, and then from that decision, the Law of Attraction lines up other things, people, and situations that cause even more growth and desired change. It may even be difficult to pinpoint who and when, as there may be a host of people or things that are guiding us.

So, I was thinking this morning that, for me at least, and I encourage you just for the joy in it, to take a bit of time today to think of the people and situations that have been significant in a guiding role in your life. They may have been someone who pissed you off to the extent that you finally said, no more! Or it might be someone who just brought such unconditional love to you that you could not resist its benefit.

Whatever, whomever, and how many ever there were, only you know them and how they helped you move on, move forward or get over. Let us celebrate them today. Write some things down, tell the story, let it roll around in your head and heart for a while today. That joy will so brighten your day, and through the ether, those who helped, currently dead or alive will feel you expressing your delight, and it will be of benefit all around. 

Today Is Change Celebration Friday! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by your celebration of your helpers.

Thinking Makes It So

“There is nothing either good or bad 
but thinking makes it so.” 
“There is no darkness but ignorance.” 
— William Shakespeare

[Classic post from 2-18-16]

This morning I was reading on the subject of homelessness and watching a portion of a video of the Mayor of Seattle calling a state of emergency to help deal with the problems in their city surrounding this subject. Many things were itemized, and the most basic cause was ignored.

This is true in all of us to one degree or another. Maybe not to the point of causing homelessness, but certainly affecting us in other ways where we end up with less than we desire.

As I have come to see it from my armchair, the problem begins with thinking. It is nurtured and grown in thought, which becomes thought-form, then manifestation. No matter how much money we may have, none of us is very far from the feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, despair, depression, unworthiness, guilt, insecurity, grief, and fear to name a few. These might be considered the bottom of the emotional scale. Many of us have even visited these places from time to time, yet we found solace in a timely manner that led us out of despair and into hopefulness, then on to optimism, positive expectation, and even back to happiness and joy.

As in the message in Seattle, I know that in my own life, and I can see it in others I meet, I have often sought solutions that is like going to the Doctor's office where they treat the symptoms, and the cause often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. It is often not even looked at. I think this is mainly because we think that thoughts are not things, whereas the things that we treat are physical things. Nonetheless, sometimes treating the symptoms helps us to feel better and we heal even though the cause wasn't touched.

In other words, we seek and utilize action first and thinking goes along for the ride. And, even though thinking was the cause, we cannot seem to relate to its power as being real. But it is very real. Often it is so real that the symptoms come again and again though they may look different. As an example, someone gets ill, the symptoms are treated and they 'come down with' or 'catch' another illness, and another.

We're not surprised when we trust that things will not work out that they don't, but we may rarely trust that things will work out and believe it as it would be so. In both cases in this dichotomy, we believe our action will prevail if anything will. That is a statement of our belief and our trust. Paul Coelho (and many, many others) said, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Yet because we don't see that, or sense the action of it, we put little or no belief in it. But what if it were absolutely true?

It comes down to our focus, which is our trust. When we focus on what we want, and completely, or as completely as possible ignore what we don't want, this opens the communication line to the Universe to help bring it to us. When we continually try to address the problem, we are not focused on the solution as we think we are, but on creating more of the problem.

At the crosswalk, how many times is it necessary to press the button to engage the crosswalk light? Once. How many times need we ask for what we want to begin the process of it coming to us? Once. Pressing the crosswalk button multiple times, not only has no added effect, but it is a sure indicator of lack of trust. The same is true when we ask for what we want and then by continually asking for it, we are acknowledging a lack of trust that it is coming, and we keep starting over.

There are so many ways that we do this in our lives. We keep pressing the button without effect. We demonstrate our lack of trust. We don't believe that the Universe conspires to help us, but believe in our own will and power to make it happen. How interesting it would be to believe and trust and allow. And how much easier too. To ask once, then focus and trust by seeing it as already accomplished, finding joy in the feeling of that, is allowing all of our desire, perhaps even better than imagined to come true.

Such Is The Power Of Thought. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing your joy to flow freely by trusting your joy has no shortages. It is ever-flowing as it is allowed to flow.

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