Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-22-19

"Imagination changes everything. 
The more freedom you give yourself 
to write your own reality, 
the more reality you get to experience." 

-- Patti Dobrowolski 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-30-15]

The above quote is a perfect lead in to a delightful quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks, that I see more as an affirmation to begin each and every day:

"I'm going to be happy. I'm going to skip. I'm going to be glad. I'm going to smile a lot. I'm going to be easy. I'm going to count my blessings. I'm going to look for reasons to feel good. I'm going to dig up positive things from the past. I'm going to look for positive things where I stand. I'm going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It's natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person!" 

Yes! What A Perfect Affirmation For Today And All The Days Of Our Lives. 

Spread Some Joy Today--be happy. Don't struggle. Just choose it.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-21-19

"People and events
do not create your experience. 
How you think about them does." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-29-15]

Here are some excellent words of wisdom from Abraham, Ester Hicks from a workshop in San Francisco on February 28, 2004:

"See this world as a free world, and see everyone in it as trying--through their individual experiences--to find their way back to that calling, back to that Source Energy. And even though there are billions of them going about it in a way that is different than you would choose, there's no right or wrong way. In other words, bless them all, and get on with the only thing you have any power about, which is opening or closing your vortex to your natural state of Well-Being."

I love this quote. "See this world as a free world," is such a perfect perspective. See others as "trying through their individual experiences to find their way back" to the Source that is within them, though they may have forgotten the way. "Bless them all." Allow them their individual experience as we allow ourselves our individual experiences. What we think about them has nothing to do with them and everything to do with us. As we see them, it is our perspective that we see. And, last, focus on the only one we have control over ourselves and our own desires, our own Well-Being, our own experience.

I'm Contemplating My Own Navel. It's An Innie. I Bless All The Innie's And All The Outies Of The World And To Whom They Are Attached. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing that all your thoughts of others are your thoughts. Insist that your thoughts are filled with joy for them, and thereby spread it nicely.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-20-19

"The world we have created 
is a product of our thinking; 
it cannot be changed 
without changing our thinking." 

-- Albert Einstein 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-28-15]

I was wondering to myself, how often it has happened in my life where my habitual thinking, or thoughts has created more of what I want and less of what I don't want. Hmmm. I'm at a loss to find one.

It seems that any time that my life has changed for the better, I have changed my thoughts on the subject, and this caused me to make different decisions, whether out of desperation or out of desire. In fact, it seems that it really didn't matter what the need or desire was because whatever it was that caused the new thinking was good.

Then I thought when was the time that my so-called "instinctual reaction" benefited me in the situation that called it forth? I cannot remember one. This caused me to consider my anger, outrage, or unhappiness and whether they were beneficial to me in moving away from that place of this that I did not want toward that which I did want? I could not think of one.

It was then that I realized that Einstein had it down pat because I was trying to use my habitual thoughts and thinking to create a different reality, which is pretty much the definition of insanity according to Einstein, in that I do the same things, think the same thoughts and expect a different result.

This is the problem with losing weight and having it come right back, and all those other things where we use only our action to try to change, when it requires a thinking change first, then action has a chance. How many times have you seen people choose the same type of people in a relationship over an over again, or find the same kind of bosses at the next job and so on? It's because we take ourselves wherever we go.

We simply must change our thoughts, our thinking, to be able to make a meaningful change.

It is easy to do this when we realize that we have been dealing with fear more than anything else. By finding anything to be grateful for, this helps us to see another thing that we can be thankful for, which leads us to someone to appreciate, and as we go with that flow and focus there for a while, our thoughts and thinking have changed. Fear is our ego and our habitual thought, and the only remedy that I have ever found that actually works is gratitude, or finding things and people to appreciate. 

Basically, there are only two emotions: feeling good and not feeling good. Or, we could say. love and fear. Gratitude is the key to the new thoughts and gratitude is focused on love and away from fear. 

So, what I've found true for me. What it has all come down to for me to change my thinking is incredibly simple. I just find things to appreciate. It doesn't even matter what. When I find one thing, another comes quickly, then another and another until I am pointed in a whole new direction with dramatically different results too.

Long-Term Better Results Requires Better Thoughts, Thinking Differently. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing joyful thoughts through appreciation.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-19-19

"What is history 
but a fable agreed upon?" 

-- Napoleon Bonaparte 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-24-15]

Consider this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks from a workshop in San Rafael CA on February 27, 1999:

"Someone asked us recently, "Is there any limitation to the body's ability to heal?" And we said, "None other than the belief that you hold." And he said, "Then why aren't people growing new limbs?" And we said, "Because no one believes that they can."

I read a book a couple of years ago by Anita Moorjani, titled, Dying To Be Me: My Journey From Cancer to Near Death to True Healing. I've mentioned it before by saying that it was a very powerful book. I've read it a couple of times and also have it on audio, and took two audio courses from Anita at Hay House.com.

If you haven't read the book, I think you would learn a lot from it. I think that even though she began reluctantly, she has become a guiding light in encouraging people to let go of trying to fit in or be someone they think they should be or who others think they should be and allow your truest self, the real you to fully come into being and guide your renewed life.

One of my other favorite authors that I quote all the time is Alan Cohen, and this quote tells the story of these guiding lights. He said, "You and I are greater than our circumstances. We have the power to serve as uplifters and light places that would otherwise be dark. When you uplift others, you uplift yourself. We are all angels in disguise, and when we express our divine nature, we live to our highest potential and make the world a better place."

In Anita's book, you see her go from as far down the path through a devastating illness that has ravaged her body to the point of final shutdown. Then she returns from a near-death experience to full and complete healing within just a few weeks. To hear or read it being told by her, it is so hard to imagine that she could be healed from that place. It was tantamount to growing new limbs as in the quote from Abraham. Yet, we so often cannot believe it can be true, or at the very least that it was just for her alone. Our beliefs are so powerful in whatever direction we may aim them.

The hope for me, or her light for me, is that I have the power within me to heal whatever I can choose to believe I can. I am practicing thinking in this way. I am letting go of any resistance. allowing my body to be molded as I desire and not be dictated by others regardless of their degree or where they went to school, or who they are to me.

It is so great to know that if it has been done, it can be done. If one can do it, another can do it. It's like the 4-minute mile when that number was finally broken by Roger Bannister on May 6th, 1954. Virtually everyone said that it could not be done, that it was impossible, that the body could not endure it, and much more. Then he did it. Once it was done, another did it, then another, and now it is commonplace in that field. Our beliefs can stop us or propel us as we choose. As Alan said, it is not the circumstances. We are greater than our circumstances.

My heartfelt thanks go to Anita and the encouragement and coaching of Wayne Dyer in the publication of her wonderful and uplifting book, Dying To Be Me. She continues to uplift and shines a light to help guide more of us to our own miraculous inner power. I am so grateful for all these guiding lights, including Abraham and Esther Hicks.

"I Just Had To Be Myself, Fearlessly!" -- Anita Moorjani 

Spread Some Joy Today--by uplifting others. You can be an angel in disguise.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-18-19

"Though my physical address 
is in the State of California, 
I am living more and more
in the State of Appreciation." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-23-15]

For the last several weeks, or maybe even much longer, I've been enjoying the weather. It is rare to get fog where I live, and maybe that's one reason they named it Fairfield. The fog usually stops outside of town at the hills, but this time of year, we have 20mph winds from the west and that is strong enough to blow the fog further. Yet, it is gone by around 11am and the sun is out and in the mid-70s, and even with that wind--or I might even say, because of the wind, these days are so glorious to be out and about in.

Charlie and I drove to Vacaville which is only 7 miles away to go to Sam's Club. We always take a short walk there which he so enjoys and looks forward to before I go in to shop. And, yesterday, I was so delighting in the breeze and the air and the white clouds, and the trees.

I began saying, "thank you for this breeze, thank you for this beautiful blue sky with the white clouds, thank you for the air flowing over my skin and ruffling my shirt and having me feeling good. Thank you for my feeling good. Thank you for the great car I drive that has served me so long and well. Thank you for the brand new one of the same model that I am eagerly anticipating in the near future. Thank you for the money in my pocket and in the bank to be able to go into the store and buy what I need or want. Thank you for all these people around me who are finding their own experiences, living the lives they are choosing for themselves. Everywhere I looked, I was finding that which I was seeing in a state of appreciation.

To say I was overwhelmed with thankfulness is not the right way to say it. I was rollicking in my thankfulness. I was exuberant about it, effervescent, sparkling, bubbly, expansive, animated, irrepressible, exhilarated, ebullient, effusive, frolicsome, gay, playful, elastic, perky, buoyant, in high spirits, captivated, enchanted, astonished.

My experience was remarkable, magnificent, ambrosial, heavenly, luscious, delectable, delicious, alluring, superb, stupendous, tasty, yummy, and oh, so refreshing.

To say I was delighted is simply not enough. I had to find some other words to try to share what I was feeling, and even all of those seem to fall a bit short, though they are certainly in the ballpark.

Yes, I physically live in the State of California, and I now live more and more often in the state of appreciation. As I am more and more in the state of appreciation, it just doesn't matter where I am physically. California is a wonderful place to live, but I have come to prefer the state of appreciation, where the cost of living and the benefits are always dynamic and fabulous.

Thankfulness And Gratitude Are On The Target, And Appreciation Is The Bullseye. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by moving into a state of appreciation. Joy is within.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-17-19

"The truth is nice. . . 
but a rumor is priceless!"

-- From the character 
played by Johnny Depp 
in the film, Mortdecai 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-22-15]

I watched the movie, Mortdecai, a few nights ago and the quote above so lit me up that I had to stop the movie and write it down. What a perfect idea. And, of course, it is true in so many ways. . .

It also caused me to remember a passage from Abraham, Esther Hicks from their book, Money, and the Law of Attraction:

"Perhaps the strongest resistance that people have to beginning to tell a different story about their own life is their belief that they should "tell it like it is." But when you understand that the Law of Attraction is responding to you while you are telling your story of "how it is"--and therefore is perpetuating more of whatever story you are telling--you may decide that it really is in your best interest to tell a different story, a story that more closely matches what you would now like to live. When you acknowledge what you do not want, and then ask yourself, "What is it that I do want?" you begin a gradual shift into the telling of your new story and into a much-improved point of attraction. 

It is always helpful to remember that you get the essence of what you think about--whether you want it or not--because the Law of Attraction is unerringly consistent. Therefore, you are never only telling the story of "how it is now." You are also telling the story of the future experience that you are creating right now." 

When I'm concerned about money, meaning that I don't have enough for what I need to get done, I am focusing on lack. If I tell it like it is, and especially telling myself the way it is in my head quietly, I am focused on lack and discussing or strengthening that position of lack. If I am ever to escape this repetitive lackful thinking, I must tell a different story to myself.

The way they explain how to pivot and change perspective is that if there were four or five things that are not the way we want, and one that is, then the object would be to give that one thing that is working all of our attention. In other words, if we are thinking lackful thoughts whether it be about money, health or a relationship, find what IS working; what feels good; what is going well; and then focus on that; talk about that; think about that, and just let go of all the rest.

In so doing, I am in a new and better point of attraction, and also feeling better. When we tell it like it is, and what is now in our experience is not to our liking, we are not feeling good. That is a perfect wake-up call to pivot and focus on what is good. And, there is always something, however small, that is working or good to focus on.

The Truth Is Not All It's Cranked Up To Be. Become A Better Story Teller! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by telling your new stories throughout your day. The joy you feel will be flowing out of you.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-16-19

"You always have the energy to do 
what you are passionate about." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-20-15]

It's probably the things you find time to do when with other things there just isn't enough time or energy. Maybe a good time to make a little list and see what those things are. . .

Here's A Great Question: Can Passion Be Developed? Hmmm... 

Spread Some Joy Today--Such a great phrase, don't you think? Spread some joy today.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-15-19

"If you follow the crowd, 
you will go no further than the crowd. 
But if you walk alone, 
and find your own way, 
you will likely find yourself 
in places no one has ever been before." 

-- Albert Einstein 

New: Audio version

And, The View From Here Is Quite Spectacular! 

Spread Some Joy Today--Check your love quotient today. Then give at least 50% of it to yourself, and the rest to everyone else you see today.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-14-19

"Thought is the sculptor 
who can create the person 
you want to be." 

-- Henry David Thoreau 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-18-15]

Toward the end of 2013, I found this poster by Andy Dooley. Actually, he sent it out to who knows how many people in his newsletter which I subscribe to. I sent him a note and said that I would be very interested in buying several copies of it if he would offer it on Zazzle.com where he has several other of his wonderful art posters and other artwork available. I loved the sentiment of someone telling you that you rock and even giving a list of reasons to support that statement. Andy was happy to fulfill my request and he did it right away too. I was grateful.

I bought posters in various sizes, had them framed, and gave them out to clients, and our team members along with some other Andy Dooley things. I loved the idea that they could put it on their desk or their wall and see it often to remind them that they are special and that they rock.

I gave out quite a number of them, took my time gathering them and getting them ready for Christmastime giving. It was fun and it was a mission of love too. I kept two of them myself--one 8x10 size in my office and one 16x20 on my wall that I see every time I walk down my hallway. It helps me remember that I rock too.

So, here's my throwdown challenge for you today and this week. Get a spiral notebook or legal pad and write this phrase on the first line:

I ROCK Because. . .

And then, write a list of reasons why you rock. Keep writing until you can't think of any more, then come back tomorrow or the next day and write some more. Keep it nearby and look at it periodically to remind yourself all the ways in which you rock. Sing your praises, lift yourself up. Be selfish enough to do this because loving really begins with self-love.

Besides, what do you have to lose except your self-criticism?


Spread Some Joy Today--by thinking of some new and more exciting words to use when today someone asks you, how are you? How about enchanting, alluring, ravishing, astonishing, remarkable, divine, yummy, delectable, captivating, just to name a few.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-13-19

"If you have identified yourself 
as a spiritual seeker, 
re-identify yourself 
as a spiritual finder, 
and all the love 
you ever wanted 
will be yours." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-17-15]

D. H. Lawrence said, "Those who go searching for love only find their own lovelessness. But the loveless never find love; only the loving find love, and they never have to search for it." My favorite line in this great quote is, "only the loving find love." That part of the quote leaped off the page at me. It spoke to me that virtually everything we might want, we need to first give. What I mean by that is give the feeling of, feel the believing of, and enjoying the being of whatever that is. If I wanted to have love, I allow myself to love, and I practice loving, and I become a lover, then I will have more love than I imagined was even available.

If I wanted to be wealthy, I allow myself to be wealthy, I practice being wealthy, and I become someone who is wealthy. I am wealthy. I am in wealth. I become wealthy by the giving of my wealth, just as I love in the giving of my love. I am loving. I am love. I become spiritual by giving or sharing my spirituality, living my spirituality, expressing that spirit that is within me. I become healthy by allowing my health, living my health, being in health. I am healthy. I am health.

We are the only ones who hold ourselves away from whatever it is that we want. Merely stating it isn't enough. Merely wanting it is not enough. Wishing and hoping is not enough. Believing is enough. Becoming is enough. Being is enough. I am enough.

In another Wisdom for Today from Alan Cohen, and easily one of the more profound to me of those I received, he added, "Buddha said that all suffering is based on the belief that there is something outside you that you need to get to be happy. Healing or enlightenment (becoming the Buddha) is based on the belief that there is something inside you that can make you perfectly happy as you discover and claim it."

It is already within each of us. Anyone from the outside could only help us to remember our own inner wealth, beauty and spirit. We are not a hole that needs to be filled because within us we are already whole.

As Abraham, Esther Hicks has said so often, "you will know it by how you feel. If you are feeling bad or less than, this is only an indication of the direction you are facing. At this point, you may choose to pivot and look upon a different view that feels better, and then by practicing better and better feelings, you are there, and so in this way, you can get to wherever you want to be from where you are."

I like how Anthony Robbins said it too: "What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are."

There is a world of difference between seeking and finding. . . and we are in control.

Become A Seeker Or A Finder? Hmmm. Finder! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by sharing those things that you have become; that is within you.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-12-19

"Something significant 
that I often teach in class 
to auto salespeople: 

"Though 100% may talk about price, 
only 4% actually buy price." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-16-15]

I was re-reading a Wisdom for Today from Alan Cohen issue where he talked about a friend named Michael Royce whom he helped with some advice about publishing his book, Beat the Car Salesman, published in 1996. In the piece, he suggests Alan call him next time he was wanting to buy a new car. Alan said that Michael stated, "You can avoid the entire showroom negotiation game by simply calling the dealership's fleet manager and offering him $200 over invoice for the car of your choice." Alan was skeptical and stated, "I have a hard time believing it can be that easy. Every time I have bought a car, the process has been a nerve-racking game of cat and mouse."

When the time came, Alan called Michael and let him make the call to the dealer. Michael came back that it was done and that he got the car for $200 under invoice. Alan was thrilled and went and bought the car.

It wasn't the price that caused the sale to be made. It was something else. It is easy to think it was the price, but the reality to me is no one likes getting a bad deal. And, deal is a very relative term. What it comes down to is that people want to feel good about whatever they purchase, and the big reason for that is because they are buying it in the idea that they will feel better in having it.

It has been said that are only two basic motivations: Desire for gain and fear of loss. Of these two, it has been said that the greater motivator by far is fear of loss. People want to make a good decision. They want to feel that they received a fair exchange. They want to feel good about their purchase. 

The auto business, by and large, has had a negative image when it comes to buying a car. This image is frankly, well-deserved. It was earned by those that saw methods of taking advantage of people, manipulative tactics, and much more. And yet, it is a small number that created that image for everyone. And, this is true of other businesses besides the auto business.

What to do?

I think the best thing is to begin within our own heart and know that people that are wanting to buy just want a fair exchange and to feel good about their decision and purchase. The more a salesperson can do to help the buyer feel comfortable and confident, the better the end result. It has nothing to do with price in the end except for that 4%, who for $25 would go with the lowest price. Fortunately, that leaves 96% who will buy at a fair exchange providing they can feel good about the process and outcome of the purchase.

Whether it is a spa, a restaurant, chiropractor, dentist, an accountant, a retail store, a website development company, a consultant, a doctor, an architect, barber, beauty shop, auto body shop, or any business where things or services are exchanged with people for their money, instilling confidence, showing courtesy, providing fair value are key ingredients in success. Jeffrey Gitomer says, "People don't like to be sold. They like to buy." It isn't about price, but a fair exchange. If our own heart is in the game, we will see clearly what the other truly wants.

The Golden Rule Applies As Much Here As Anywhere. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by looking for things that help you feel joyful.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-11-19

"Life is not a period
or a question mark. 
It's an exclamation point." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-15-15]

I am confident that the more you appreciate yourself and those around you, the circumstances that are in your life, the creativity and sharing in others of their skills and talents, the ground we stand on, the weather whatever it may be, the air we breathe, just to name a very few, the more you will agree that life is indeed an exclamation point.

Feel Free To Move About The Planet! Keep Your Eyes And Heart Wide Open! 

Spread Some Joy Today--Yes! Let's all do that today!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-10-19

"With age, 
you get to a place
where you don't want
to knock people out. 
You just want to 
give people a hug." 

-- Vin Diesel 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-14-15]

I get this totally, except I would have to change one thing. I would remove the word 'age' and insert 'wisdom' or 'enlightenment'. It really has nothing to do with age, but I believe it has everything to do with coming into alignment with Source and seeing all others as fellow travelers in time and space on this ball of fire called Earth. Or, simply letting go of your current viewpoint for long enough to see another.

The more we see our community, the more we see our commonality (or is it the other way around?), the more we feel the presence of God or Source in our lives. When we get here, allowing each to make their own choices without any condemnation or insistence they satisfy us is a given.

Everyone wants the same thing. We want to feel good. Some take the harder trip to the same goal, but that, after all, is the adventure, isn't it?

Consider this bit of wisdom from Abraham, Esther Hicks on this subject:

"People say, "The joy is in the journey," but they rarely understand what they are saying. You are in this focused time/space reality with goals and objectives that call you because as you identify a desire it literally summons life through you. Life summoning through you is what it's all about--it's not the completion of anything."

Enjoy Your 'Journey' And Wear Some Good Shoes, Just In Case The Road Is A Bit Rough. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by getting older quickly or getting into alignment. Your choice.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-9-19

"Some people have 
 a wonderful capacity 
to appreciate again and again, 
freshly and naively, 
the basic goods of life, 
with awe, pleasure, wonder, 
and even ecstasy." 

-- Abraham Maslow 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-13-15]

Something in me has changed. It's obvious to me. It may completely escape others, but I don't know how it could. It's a bit hard to explain; however, the quote above is pretty dang good.

In about the last six months give or take, my level of joy has increased and expanded. I find joy in almost any direction I look. I am almost constantly delighted. It is wonderful.

I told my business partner that I feel like I've had Spring Fever for about six months, all the way through winter. He had never heard the phrase Spring Fever I guess, so I tried to explain to him what that was. But, that is how I feel.

I delight in the weather. Lately, it has been in the mid-70s with a westerly breeze off the Pacific ocean. It just doesn't get much better than this. The trees are swaying with the 10-15 mph breezes. All the leaves are on the trees. There's a multitude of shade, but being in the direct sun is not a burden.

I delight in Charlie. He seems to have Spring Fever too. He's taking more time at each little stop. Then he looks up at me and his eyes seem glazed over. He's loving it too. I can tell.

I see silly things like traffic and I laugh. I think a funny thought and I laugh. I watch a movie and I laugh. I've watched some recently that I rated at a 3 star on Netflix and now I rate them as a 5 star. The movie didn't change. But my take on it sure enough has.

I love happy movies, especially true stories with a happy ending. I cry almost every time. I just finished a wonderful, delightful book that just hit the stores this month. It is called, It's a Long Story, by Willie Nelson. I was reading it aloud and there were many parts where I just couldn't get the words out let alone see the page through the tears. It's not a sad book. It's a delightful book. I highly recommend it. Sad things don't bring me to tears much, but happy things that are maybe a bit unexpected sure do.

I feel so peaceful and content. I feel like I haven't got a care in the world. I'm not worrying about anything. I'm not fearful. On the contrary, I'm delightfully optimistic. I know there is more for me, even at my age, and yet I feel no rush or anxiety. I know it is coming and I know it will knock my socks off when it arrives.

I am much more of a deliberate creator than I ever have been. I am enjoying myself totally doing as I wish when I wish to focus on thoughts that feel good. I am grateful for my business, my wonderful clients, my team, friends and loved ones.

I hear music differently. I find a new album of slack key guitar music or fingerstyle guitar, or something different and I just want to buy a thousand of their albums and give them away to people. I am grateful beyond words for their gift to me of their delightful skill and creativity. I am amazed at what so many people create out of thin air.

I feel like I'm on vacation pretty much every day. I discovered some delectable Slack Key music from Jim Kimo West and can't stop playing it. His CD's take me back to one of my favorite places on earth: Hawaii. I love his style and his original tunes.

Food tastes different. It is more delicious. I make up a bunch of strange recipes on my own and delight in each flavor on my tongue. I have the same experience at restaurants. Food is so much better.

I am so full of gratitude for everything and everyone. I am constantly giving thanks for the day, the moment, the person, the circumstance. Sometimes that gratitude is like a cup spilling over. I just let it run.

Geez. I think I could go on all evening. Whatever it is that changed, I want to bottle it and give it all away. I think it is just that I have learned how to be in joy. I've learned how to practice turning my gaze to something that I feel good looking at. I've learned how to allow others to have what they will while I may choose not that. I love people more deeply. This all ties so closely with yesterday's long post. I think it is the practice of all that I have learned from Abraham, Esther Hicks, and many others that is so obviously beneficial to me and what I now think about my life. I simply call it joy. Choosing joy.

I Am Blessed With This Change Of Life. 

Spread Some Joy Today--I can't help it. It just spills out.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-8-19

"The "underdeveloped" country
is not inappropriate in any way. 
It has different desires and different standards, 
and it is not lesser than--it is just different. 
We did not all come to be alike. 
We came as a diverse bunch 
of Non-Physical Energies 
wanting different experiences." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 
from a workshop in North Los Angeles Aug 13, 2001 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-12-15]

When we are in our ego-based opinion and heightened position of evolution about ourselves or our class, field, or even country, we tend to believe that we are better. That's how we feel about democracy or a republic in that it is the best form of government, by the people and for the people, and all that. That's how we feel about those back-woods, uneducated, poor-as-dirt people in our own country's off-the-beaten-path dwellers. It's how we feel about those people over there always stirring up trouble because they just don't understand. It's about all those people who so desperately need our help because they are so helpless and without hope.

It's about those who have a college degree versus those who do not. Or, those who have a Harvard degree versus those who graduated from Tinwater College. It's about those who have their own jet versus those who have to fly on public carriers. It's about those who have loads of money versus those who live paycheck to paycheck. It's about my way or the highway. It's about having intelligence and being stupid.

It's about conformity and non-conformity. It's about following the rules and ignoring the rules. It's about making rules and choosing not to have rules.

Consider how many ways we promote conformity, sameness, a certain view of how life 'should' be, or even 'could' be.

We even do it at work, in our jobs, in our schools, in our institutions. "This is the way it is done here. We only do it this way." "If you don't have a college degree, you will never get a good job." "If you work hard, and keep your nose to the grindstone, you will be successful." [Whatever that means...] "Get a medical checkup once a year to make sure you don't have a 'pre-condition'."

What it all comes down to is that if you are not doing it the way I think it should be done, you are doing it wrong. "I have learned the right way, the right religion--in fact, the only religion, the one true religion. I have been schooled. I have knowledge that you do not. You are less than me. You need my help. I'm not sure I want to give you any help, but you certainly need it. I am a ____________ and a ___________ and I know the best way. I am successful. I follow the law. I abide by the rules. I help create the best rules. You are ignorant. It's not your fault. It's just your lot in life. I can help you. I don't know if I want to help you. Maybe you should just go home. You don't belong here. You just don't fit in. You don't speak our language. You are a loser. You scare me. Get out of here. Now."

Or. . . maybe we all came here for our own experience. Maybe we came wanting to enjoy our own experience and our own journey toward that which we have wanted. At the same time, maybe we came intending to be an allower. To allow every other person to have their own personally created experience. For me to truly enjoy my own experience, it is most beneficial to me and everyone else too when I allow others to be that which they choose to be.

I attract that which I want unto me and they attract that which they want unto them. How perfect. We live on the same planet, and this planet is so diverse in people, and choices, and climate and terrain. I love it here, but over there is cool too. They must be loving it over there as I love it here and that is so perfect. I attract these people around me and I love these people, and over there, they are attracting those people around them and that is perfect. We each can attract what we want. We have no need, or desire to attract the same things. I can thoroughly appreciate what I have chosen while I appreciate their choices. I can thoroughly appreciate that we each get to choose. I allow them to be whatever they choose and want, while I do the same for me. There is plenty for all. There is love enough for everyone's cup to run over. I lovingly offer any help that they may want, and I will gladly give it as they want it, but I never give it because I have an attitude that they need it. This is a perfect place of perfect diversity and I love this life I have chosen.

We all came from the same place. We all came from the Non-Physical Energy. We are all made of the same kinds of molecules and energy. We are all independent and apart and yet we are at the same time, whole. What perfection surrounds us all.

There Is No Way. Every Way Is A Way. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by loving yourself enough to love all others.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-7-19

"In optimism there is magic. 
In pessimism there is nothing." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-11-15]

The quote above came from the end of a workshop in San Rafael, CA on March 4, 1998. I thought I would share it with you because I find it so delightful and helpful:

"We're asking you to trust in the Well-being. In optimism there is magic. In pessimism there is nothing. In positive expectation, there is thrill and success. In pessimism or awareness of what is not wanted, there is nothing. 

What you're wanting to do is redefine your relationship with the Stream. [There is only a Stream of Well-being that we are aligning with or resisting.] 

We do not ask you to look at something that is black and call it white. We do not ask you to see something that is not as you want it to be and pretend that it is. 

What we ask you to do is practice moving your gaze. Practice changing your perspective. Practice talking to different people. Practice going to new places. Practice sifting through the data for the things that feel like you want to feel and using those things to cause you to feel a familiar place. 

In other words, we want you to feel familiar in your joy. Familiar in your positive expectation, familiar in your knowing that all is well because this Universe will knock itself out giving you evidence of that Well-being once you find that place." 

Letting Go Is A Great Place To Begin To Get Hold. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by trusting your journey. As you feel good, you spread your own joy.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-6-19

"Economies are prospered 
by people who remember abundance 
and keep it flowing 
because they recognize the all-sufficiency 
 of their economy and all of life." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-9-15]

At the same time, economies will shrink from nothing more than forgetting about the abundance that is available and then living temporarily in fear. When hope returns, so does prosperity. It is far more in the mind than being real--on either side of this equation. It is perspective.

Alan Cohen suggests that one of the best ways to continuously have prosperity is by remembering and noting the prosperity you already have, and by focusing on and enjoying your current prosperity, more is always on its way to you.

This next paragraph from Alan is surely worth writing out, or better yet, by making your own list, and putting on your wall or keeping it close so that any time you may be feeling less than prosperous, you can pick it up, read, and remember:

"Money is just one small slice of the pie we call prosperity; if you focus on that one slice, whether it is there or not, you lose perspective and sight of the whole pie. Consider the many ways you are prosperous independent of the criterion of money: You may have a family you love and who loves you; dear friends; a devoted pet companion; rich nature around you or which you can visit; inspiring music, art, literature, and movies; a spiritual mentor or friends with whom you share a spiritual path; creative ideas; health; love; laughter; and on and on and on. If you think about it, you are very right indeed--right now!" 

We Are Always More Prosperous Than We Realize. It's Good To Remember. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by spreading your prosperity consciousness.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-5-19

"Take this job and shove it!" 

-- David Allan Coe, 
tag line from his famous song 
popularized by Johnny Paycheck 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-8-15]

Sometimes, we've just had it! No more! Never again! I'm done! I've been there. A few times. And then we may run off and do something that causes more pain than we had to begin with. Quitting jobs is often like that, along with quitting relationships, divorce, and many other similar situations. Here is one of the most enlightening things I learned about the Law of Attraction and how this kind of thing can lead to betterment instead of the typical, 'same old story, different place,' scenario.

From the book, The Law of Attraction, The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, Abraham points to something worth taking note of. I have.

"Often, from a place that is very far from what is wanted, people will decide what they do want. But instead of focusing upon that desire, and practicing the vibration of it until they have achieved vibrational alignment with their true desire--and allowing the Law of Attraction to then reach out into the Universe and bring them perfect matching results--they become impatient and try to make it happen by jumping into action. But when they take action before they have improved the content of their vibration, what they get is something that matches their current vibration instead of something that matches their desire." 

They give an example of a woman in a bad relationship who wants something better and leaves the relationship, but her vibration is still predominantly focused on what she has just left which is what she no longer wants, and not on what she now wants. She is impatient because she is not used to being without a person in her daily life, so she takes action to find a new mate, finds a good candidate, or so she thinks. But her vibration is still vibrating the old thoughts of fear of a bad relationship and more, and the Law of Attraction is bringing her more of the same that she had because that is her dominant vibration. If she would have taken the time to focus on what she wanted and have it become her dominant vibration, the Universe would be matching her up with her desire instead.

Have you ever had it with a job, and then wanted to find an employer who appreciates you, and in your impatience, you act, find something else and then later, after the honeymoon, you find yourself in the same story, different place? I have.

Another way this works is that you are focused so much on your need that you take what you think is good, but it wasn't really satisfying the need in the longer run. In fact, it may have gone backward.

By aligning with what we want, having it become our dominant vibration, things come to us, rather than us having to go and find them with our action. We're so action-oriented in this life, but it is not the action that gets us what we want, but our alignment with what we want.

I remember how this applied in my life after twenty-five years in the car business. I wanted out, but I didn't know much else. I know I did not want to go work for another dealer and that would have been the normal scenario. I wanted something different. Consequently, I took five months off and focused on what I wanted until it became a dominant vibration within me, although I would not have been able to express it exactly that way then. This enabled the Law of Attraction, a thing which I knew nothing about then, to bring to me different opportunities and it changed my life completely. Had I not been willing to do this, I would still be where I was, stuck in the same old story but in a different location.

However, it would have been less financially draining for me if I had worked through this while I was still employed. Although, I have nothing but fond and joyous thoughts of that period in my life. In fact, I could make you a very, very long list of the benefits that have come to me as a result of lining myself up before I made the next move.

All this reminds me about the sign long on my wall: WHAT is MY job! HOW is GOD'S job! The less I mess with His work and focus on my work, the better it everything is for me.

Take A Breath, Then Breathe. . . Chill. . . Get In Tune With Your Own Desires. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing to do so. That's pretty simple.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-4-19

"When you trust your intuition 
as much as you have trusted your doubts, 
you will really be getting somewhere." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-7-15]

I need to change this great and thoughtful quote above. Here is the new quote:

"When I trust my intuition 
as much as I have trusted my doubts, 
I will really be getting somewhere!"

Over the years, I must have had millions of doubts, and I know for a fact that I trusted them more than my intuition so many times. Yet, luckily, I have also trusted my intuition. I only want to do that more.

Here's a great quote from Karen Salmansohn:

"Live this day as if. . . 
you were given Super Powers. . . 
to succeed. . . 
at everything you do." 

I'm On IT! Up, Up, And Away! 

Spread Some Joy Today--Heck. You got Super Powers. No problem!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-3-19

"When one door of happiness closes, 
another opens; but often we look so long 
at the closed door that we do not see 
the one which has been opened for us." 

-- Helen Keller 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-6-15]

I've been thinking lately about how I have a tendency to continue to focus on what is not right or what is happening that I do not want or do not like when I have learned better. The only value of spending any amount of time on what I do not want or do not like is that it caused me to learn what I do want and do like. If I am paying attention to my feelings, I would be noticing negative emotion as I focus on that closed door, when I could be experiencing positive emotion by turning and focusing on the newly opened door, or in the direction of what I want. Sometimes I need a kick in the pants.

I have decided some time ago to be a deliberate creator rather than taking what is, but I am not always paying attention to how I feel and so not focusing on where it benefits me. Abraham, Esther Hicks has some great points here: "By deliberately directing your thoughts--rather than merely observing what is happening around you--you will begin to change the vibrational patterns to which the Law of Attraction is responding. . . "

"You would not likely see a sculptor throwing his large wad of clay down onto his worktable exclaiming, "Oh, it didn't turn out right!" He knows that he must put his hands into his clay and work with it to mold it so that the vision in his mind matches the clay on his table. The variety of your life experience gives you the clay from which you will mold your life experience, and merely observing it as it is, without getting ahold of it and deliberately molding it to match your desires, is not satisfying. . . We want you to understand that your "clay," no matter how it may look right now, is moldable. No exceptions."

Rather than paying attention to "what is" as I look at this unwanted closed door, I forget that all I need do is turn and see the other opportunities to mold my clay anew. As I then focus on what I do want, I am creating with deliberate intent. The value of the closed door is that I have learned what I do not want and do not like. That is valuable information, or it is crippling. It just depends on whether I'm paying attention, and then turn and focus anew.

What's Wrong With This Silly Door? Is The Latch Broken? Oh. . . The Open Door Moved Over Here. . . I Get It! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by enjoying your day. It is an important day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-2-19

"To me, sales is a combination 
of caring, sharing, and pairing." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-5-15]

Sales is caring. When we care about the person we are talking to within a sales situation, this is the beginning of a potentially beneficial relationship. Wanting a beneficial outcome for the buyer and the seller is the best place to begin.

Sales is sharing. If we don't have significant features and benefits to share, all that is left to discuss would be price and other similar issues.

Sales is pairing. We are guiding the buyer to the best product or service to suit their particular needs and desires.

Lately, I've been doing a lot of commercial truck videos with clients and doing classroom training, and walk-around presentation training. It is interesting to me how few know their product well enough to do a convincing job of sharing. If you haven't got much to say at this level, price will probably be the next topic. If price is the main topic, the outcome is fully in jeopardy.

Whatever we are selling, and assuming that we want to do well, it would be a far larger benefit than is commonly understood to learn everything that we possibly can about our product or service.

We would never impart all of that knowledge on one prospect. We don't need that much information to close a sale. We only need 4-6 things, points, features and benefits generally, and occasionally a little more or less. However, we do need all the tools we can have so that we may choose the best ones for this particular job. Not having the tools in our toolbox is severely limiting.

It is always the best strategy to know what you are talking about.

If we do a good job of sharing, the pairing comes smoothly and naturally, and because we began with caring, the entire journey is one of mutual benefit.

And, because selling is interaction with another person or group of people, these aspects of sales that I refer to do not just apply to sales as a job description, because it applies to all of our interactions. 

Worth Your Consideration. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today! Why the heck not? You're going to spread something. Why not joy?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Daily Inspiration 10-1-19

"The smallest seed of faith 
is better than the largest 
fruit of happiness." 

-- Henry David Thoreau 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-4-15]

The word, 'faith' is used in numerous ways, but when I read this quote by Thoreau, I had a view of faith as far beyond simple belief, or even a firm belief, to an inner knowing or an absolute knowing that there could be no question whatsoever as to its manifestation being true.

The faith of the kind I refer to is the guide and deliverer of not only happiness but everything a person could ever want. I see his quote as the difference between feeding someone for a day and teaching them how to fish. The difference is night and day.

Just image that your wildest dreams could come true. You've had the desire, the desire is answered by the Universe, in other words, it is given, and the only part left is the allowing of it, or the believing or expecting that it is yours, or the most powerful and fastest way: the inner knowing it is already yours. There's not even a question about it. There is not even a molecule of doubt. It is.

Just imagine that. . .

This Is The Faith That Moves Mountains. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by simply and delightfully enjoying your day.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-30-19

"Are we there yet?" 

-- Common lament of
children on a long trip 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-3-15]

I went into a bank on Friday, and it just happened to be the first of the month. I full well knew that this is not the best day to go there if I want to get in and out quickly and smoothly. Nonetheless, I needed to so I went. Oh, did I mention it was 12 noon when I got there?

So, guess what? The line was long, but I can assure you that I benefited by not arriving ten or fifteen minutes after I did, for the line grew in length. Three tellers on the first day of the month. Silliness, but it is what it is. The line wasn't moving because those at the tellers were doing a month's worth of banking in a day or had a lot of issues. Then one goes to lunch, or somewhere. Now there are two and the line is twice as long as when I got there.

Ahhhh, I knew what I was in for, but like I have learned to do in situations like this, I practiced my patience, and everyone knows that I need the practice. So I practiced. I'm swaying and enjoying myself in one place. Every once in a while, I would think about whose strategy this people management exercise was. Then, I would remind myself that it is none of my affair, and went back to practicing my patience.

Another lady starts doing leg exercises using a nearby counter. Hey, might as well stay in shape while we're standing here, right? She starts complaining and getting others involved in her complaining. "This is just bad management! I used to run this government office, and this would never have happened there!" And more. Much more.

She is two ahead of me and when she finally gets to the counter, she wants to register a complaint. Registering one must be more meaningful than just stating several. Not my affair, so I focus on swaying. Now, she's telling those in line that she is registering a formal complaint on behalf of all of them when she gets home. Maybe some heads bobbed, I wasn't looking, but nobody said anything.

My transaction took 30 seconds. As I was going out the door, this lady who would register the formal complaint was now telling the security guard outside all about it and I'm not sure he was listening intently, but he was standing there. I kept going. I'm done with my task, and it's a beautiful day, so I am on my way to another place to continue to enjoy it.

This is a very simple and extremely common situation for people to get into. When we push against anything, which complaining is, filing a complaint is, filing a formal complaint is, telling everyone in sight is, no good value comes from the exercise. It is purely frustration attracting more frustration. Like attracts like. It's the law. I'm wishing her well and hoping that her day improves, but it isn't my affair. She is the only one who can do that for her. And, I am the only one who can do it for me.

We May Not Always Seem To Choose The Situation, But We ALWAYS Are The Chooser Of The Way We Want To Feel About It By How We Think And Act About It. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Plan for a wonderful day. It is purely your choice, so why not choose wonderful?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-29-19

"How does one become happy? 


-- Andy Dooley 

New:  Audio version

[Classic post from 5-2-15]

Andy Dooley is funny and he says a lot of cool things in unique ways. He calls some of what he does, Spiritual Comedy. I like that phrase. I've been receiving his newsletters or emails for a long time now, and as I was looking through my volumes of quotes and notes, I ran across an Andy Dooley email received on May 25th, 2010. It was perfect when I first read it and it is perfect now, and so I thought I would share a good part of it with you today:

"How does one become happy? Ah, grasshopper!


I know that is too easy. Okay, let's make it hard.

  • Meditate 2 hours a day on your head. 
  • Dissect and analyze your past. 
  • Attract your soul mate now and never fight. 
  • Lose 25 pounds and keep it off. 
  • Never get angry or upset. 
  • Manifest everything you want, when you want it. 

Am I making my point? Don't make it hard to be happy.

Don't have a cow!

Okay, let's make it easy.


How? Change your FOCUS. Focus is power.

If you focus on what's wrong, you will find it everywhere and feel it. It will grow like mold on bread! Past, present or future, you'll find it!

If you focus on what's right, you will find it everywhere! You will feel SO MUCH BETTER! You might even feel HAPPY! It will grow like a puppy.

FOCUS on what's working in your life.
FOCUS on how far you have come.
FOCUS on your ability to think, focus, feel and attract.
FOCUS on someone or something you love.
FOCUS on puppies playing with a toy.

DECIDE 2 BE HAPPY NOW! If all else fails, visualize a flying cow!"

Here's A Great Question: What Would You Love To Focus On? 

Spread Some Joy Today--by focusing on joy and enjoying the moments.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-28-19

"You can't give it away free 
and then expect to make money from it." 

-- An outdated, old idea

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 5-1-15]

How does one make money by giving things away? It is done all the time in today's world. Facebook is one of the more perfect examples, along with LinkedIn, Twitter, to name some of the most widely known and popular.

I discovered Spotify.com about a year or so ago. As a musician, I was wondering how giving away your complete music on an album could help you make money or sell albums. Now, of course, there are plenty of those who never buy any album or music anymore and just peruse the free sites like Spotify. Using this site that is fairly new for me as an example, here are some things I've realized about this site:

I was amazed at how much music is there. Not every album by every artist or group, but enough. In addition, there is a browsing function to suggest artists or groups or types of music to you that you may be unaware of. This is the most beneficial feature in my mind. Also, artists who just did their first CD can upload it to Spotify, so that they may become better known or at least be in the fray. 

Here's something far more interesting. I upgraded to the premium version so that I have no advertising. I could have 'lived with it' the way it was, but I have to say for the $10 per month, getting rid of the ads changed it for the best. But that's still not the most interesting part. Here it is: In the last 6 months, I have purchased a little over $700 worth of music CDs and two MP3's. I bought them mainly to give away, but I would never have done that if it weren't for Spotify.

To add even more to that, most of the CD's I bought and both MP3's were of artists that I was previously unaware of. I am delighted to have found them and in my joy and enthusiasm, I've shared them with many others.

I seriously doubt that had I not 'discovered' Spotify that I would have bought that much music. Interesting thought.

I published a book, Commercial Truck Success in February 2012. I gave away well over a hundred copies in the first few months. As a result of that, I have sold almost two thousand books, plus earned some consulting work, and more, and making a nice profit from that, and there is more to come.

When I do my commercial truck training class, I give away books, along with giving books away in my other travels. I estimate that I have bought and given away over $3,000 worth in the last year. What might come of that? Who might be blessed and how? How might that come back?

I've been giving these Daily Inspirations away for free since September 2009. What value do you imagine has come from that long series of gifts?

So often the money comes after. I have given so much away in terms of my main business Upward Trend, and I continue to do so and it all comes back in one fashion or another. And, money is only one thing of value that may come. There are so many ways we can be enriched.

Now, I'm not doing any of these things with the idea in mind that I will get something back other than my own joy in the act of giving and sharing. But, with a willingness to give away your gifts, who knows who you bless, how they are blessed, how they may be changed, how you may be rewarded at another time.

Become More Of A Giver And Feel The Benefit Of That. Seek To Be Of Value By Sharing Your Talents And Gifts (The Essence Of Who-You-Truly-Are), Then Allow What Comes To Come To You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by giving away your own joy. Allow it to move around freely.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-27-19

"There is only a 
Source of Well-being-- 
which you are allowing 
or not." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-30-15]

Here's the whole quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks:

"You have your hand on the switch. You are the allower or the resister. And your emotions tell you which you're doing right now. It's easy once you understand the formula: When you feel good, you're allowing good. When you don't feel good, you are not allowing good. We didn't say, when you feel good you are allowing good, and when you feel bad you are allowing bad (although it may translate into your experience in that way). There is only a Source of Well-being--which you are allowing or not."

It's one thing to accept and understand the philosophy behind a certain teaching, and quite another to actually put it into practice; however, putting it into practice is what we all really want and the reason we even are open to learning. I believe that we have been doing so many things on auto-pilot seeing and experiencing and reacting to what comes after it has come into our lives, and what we really want is to understand a formula that helps us do things on purpose to achieve what we really want. So, practicing is the key to fully accepting our role as a deliberate creator.

I was in the office of a friend and client a few days ago and he shared something that he said he learned from these Daily Inspirations. He had received a phone call about doing some work and it was explained on the phone the cost and what was involved, and they wanted a written quote. So, that is more work, but he did it. Then the requesting party stated that they were surprised how high his cost was even though they had discussed it fully on the phone with no objection at that time.

My friend's initial reaction was one of anger for doing the work of the quote and then being treated with this disdain (Of course, he was also feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the other work he's been doing). So, he wrote a lengthy nasty note back to the prospect, then he paused, remembered the "pivoting" process from the Daily Inspiration. He turned and erased what he had just written, opened up to a new point of view, offered the prospect a coupon, thanking them for the opportunity, and they both felt so much better. My friend was excited to have remembered and put that pivoting lesson into practice because he could imagine what might have happened had he sent the email, and now by pivoting, it caused him to feel good instead of not good, and as a side benefit, the prospect felt good too.

You can tell by how you are feeling what the outcome is going to be with any activity or even any thought. By paying attention and noticing the negative emotion going on, the opportunity is then to realize that you would rather feel good, and then pivoting and choosing better feeling thoughts creates more pleasing actions, and the ultimate benefit is more pleasing results. And, it was all about wanting to feel good.

It's Amazing What Comes From A Simple Desire And A Choice To Feel Good. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by making it your choice to see that which you want to see and to want to feel good all day long. Think of the joy you will spread with that.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-26-19

"I don't need a vacation. 
I'm always on vacation now." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-29-15]

Most of the time now, when I actually get dressed, I wear a Tommy Bahama shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. That's my uniform now. If I dress up, I will put on some slacks and wear a different flavor Tommy Bahama shirt, or I might try to be business-like and wear a logo shirt of my company of which I own many.

At the bank today, as I walked in, the girl teller said, "you look like you're on vacation!" I said, "I am." I said, "You know it is a really cool thing to just decide to be on vacation in my mind anytime I choose. I don't have to go anywhere." Tommy Bahama shirts aren't cheap but compared to going on vacation to the islands, it's a stupid bargain.

And I heard another person say that about how I was appearing to them. But, you know, as I thought about that a bit more, it seemed a bit profound to just go on vacation in your head regardless of where you are or what you're doing. Dressing the part is cool, but, the dress isn't required. Nor are the Mai-Tai's with the little umbrellas in them. In fact, there aren't any physical things required. It's simply a mindset and a decision to focus on feeling that way.

Think about how you feel when you're on vacation in the first few days. You're probably relaxing, letting go of the cares and concerns about work, or about the home front, or any of the other cares we drag around with us. You're focused on enjoying yourself (at least I sure hope you are!) and you're choosing to think good thoughts because you are surrounded by interesting things and maybe even some new experiences.

You can do that in your mind, and enjoy it equally.

Pretend you're on Maui, Hawaii on a beautiful beach north of Lahaina where the water is lapping gently on the almost white sand shore. You're sitting in a low beach chair. The waiter just brought you your favorite drink with the pineapple chunk and obligatory umbrella. There's a big umbrella over you giving you some shade, and some sun, and a little table you put your drink down on. You have your best swimsuit on and you're in perfect shape. Your sunglasses help you be mysterious and sexy and cool. You put your hands down on the warm sand. You grab a handful of sand in each hand. If feels so good as you squeeze it and it filters out between your fingers. There is the faint but sure sound of a band playing in the near distance and you just happen to love the steel drum music along with the Hawaiian guitar sounds, and the faint rhythm of the drums. (I'm listening to Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar music as I write this) You are smelling the light sea breeze and thinking of what delectable joy awaits you for that special dinner you and your companion are going to delight in later, let alone what else may be in store. You're thinking how rejuvenated you are feeling already. You wish it could last forever, with no cares about anything. Not money. Not work. Not family drama. Not anything. You're on vacation right now. All of that other stuff will just have to wait. It simply isn't important right now.

Well. . . There You Go! You're On Vacation! You Can Multi-task, Right? Do it. Be On Vacation, And Do What You Normally Do, But With A New Attitude. And A New Style! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing your own thoughts. You want to feel good, right? Choose GOOD feeling thoughts!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-25-19

"Don't let your learning lead to knowledge, 
or you'll become a fool. 
Let your learning lead to action, 
and you can become wealthy. 
There's nothing more pitiful 
than a guy who is smart and broke." 

-- Jim Rohn 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-28-15]

The idea behind yesterday's post was profound to me. I am changing all the time and my view of the world becomes clearer and clearer.

The last paragraph in yesterday's post is what I have learned and how I now feel, and the quote that I would have agreed with above by Jim Rohn, I no longer line up with.

I just finished an absolutely wonderful book about being an entrepreneur. The title is The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy. The book just came out and I devoured it with delight with very few exceptions. I loved his stories and learned much from his accumulated wisdom as an entrepreneur himself. I highly recommend it for anyone in business and especially for anyone contemplating going into business.

And, I've read a lot of these kinds of books, and in fact, I studied Jim Rohn for many years too. Darren Hardy, in the Final Word section of the book, just before the Jim Rohn quote above, said, "I warn you: Knowledge is not power. It's potential power." I've also seen it written in many different ways that it is our own goal and that of every person on the planet to seek to reach their potential. It's as if when we die we are judged by how close we came to fulfilling our own God-given potential.

Screw that!

Except for those who want to go there on purpose. No problem then. We're simply here to be alive, and to live we cannot escape making hundreds of choices every day. Whatever comes of that is the result of the choices alone, unless we or others around us add judgments to the outcome. It is what it is.

I think as I said yesterday, that a great and wonderful thing to do is to see the power each of us has to decide, to do or not do, to live. If we need or want information, great. If we choose to do nothing special (according to others) with our lives, that is a way of using our power. We each get to choose. There is no one, true way. There is no brass ring to grab. We just get to live and choose every single day. 

What I can do to be an encouragement and uplift others is simply and profoundly to love them as they are, appreciate their own inner power, and to allow them the dignity of accepting that they alone are qualified to choose for themselves. I can have an opinion of what I might do, and if they wanted to hear that, they may even accept some of that, but in the end, it will always be their choice.

When I look at others with unconditional love, which is allowing others to be and choose who they are and who they want to become, and what they may choose to do, I empower them. When I see or point out something they 'should' do, I dis-empower or make them less-than in my eyes. Should is one of those words that is best to let go of as if you've never known it before. It takes practice because it has been used on us most of our lives. Allow others their own dignity and inner power by loving them without condition.

My Potential Has Gone Missing. Has Anyone Seen My Potential? How Will I Succeed Without My Potential? Maybe I'm Not What I Could Be, But If I Could Just Find My Potential. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today--Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Feels better already. . . Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe. . .

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-24-19

"There is nothing 
in a caterpillar 
that tells you 
it's going to be a butterfly." 

-- Margaret Fuller 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-27-15]

I think it is pretty much impossible to know who will do what brilliant act, dent the universe, create the next big thing. Every single person has the potential to rise to as high status or status of accomplishment as anyone else. It really comes down only to what their own desires are, and many times those desires are unspoken, or not even recognized by those potentials.

Often enough, things seem to happen by mistake that leads on to something special. Indeed, there are hundreds of products that were "discovered" by accident, that went on to become household names and staples in our lives.

Other times, people grow into things. Just like a caterpillar grows into a butterfly, what started as something different rises to a new level.

If only we could look at each other with all the respect, dignity and confidence that we would look at anyone who has changed the world and put a significant dent in the universe. If only we could see that potential in our children, or children's children, and every child we see, without trying to make them see it, but by simply having assured confidence in their own internal power to decide to use or not to decide to use it.

Celebrate The Butterfly In Everyone You Meet. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by loving people for who they choose to be regardless of what we might think they could be.