Thursday, January 31, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-31-19

"If the only prayer
you ever say in your entire life
is "Thank You,"
it will be enough."

-- Meister Eckhart

[Classic post from 10-18-17]

What a wonderful quote! Although the more I learn as my life unfolds, I have come to the conclusion that "Thank You," is the only prayer ever needed. The less my opinion has to do about anything, the more I see the value and reason to say, Thank You!

Now I Think That Thank You! Is The Ultimate Prayer. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding the gratitude within that is your expression in prayer.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-30-19

"It is not what we choose
that is important;
it is the reason we choose it."

-- Carolyn Myss

[Classic post from 10-16-17]

No matter what is chosen, it is the why in our choosing that matters so much more. Why is the big driver. Why is the expansive device. Why is the fuel that runs the engine of accomplishment.

What is important. Yes. We choose. It is our power of choice. And yet, why we want what we choose makes the what seem almost insignificant in comparison.

Next time you choose something, take some quality time with all the reasons you are wanting it.

You'll Be So Glad You Did. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by simply choosing joy. Why you want joy is more fun, though.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-29-19

"The most pleasant 
and useful persons
are those who leave
some of the problems 
of the universe
for God to worry about."

-- Don Marquis

[Classic post from 10-15-17]

Some years ago, I remember that at our church on New Year's Eve the pastor would drag out a wooden four-foot high cross made of 4x4 post material. He would then suggest that we take a pen and piece of paper and write down something that we want to give to God to deal with so that we can let go of it and trust that the Lord would follow through. So everyone would write one or more things down and then take the hammer and a nail and nail the paper to the cross.

Everyone was relieved for at least a few minutes. The festivities of the New Year celebration perhaps had their attention for a while, but soon enough on the first day of the new year, one by one, people were taking their issues back and trying to figure out for themselves how it would be solved.

Trust is a malleable thing.

Recently, I was reminded of this past event and so wrote down on separate pieces of paper and laid them down at a makeshift altar feeling relief for minutes that it was no longer in my control. Minutes. Yes. No, I didn't count how many. . .

I've written about my sign on my wall that has now been there at least 8 years that says, "What is MY job and How is GOD'S job." It reminds me of Mike Dooley's insistence that we avoid the cursed how's at all times. How is the way we mess things up more than not, but what is always our job. Always.

I've written often about letting go of the rope of resistance too. Whenever we are in worry, dealing with how's when they are truly none of our business is picking up that rope and pulling hard like in the old tug-o-war game.

Then, I looked at my sign and started laughing out loud. I opened my hands and visualized rope burns from my constant struggle in resistance even though I so recently gave all those self-perceived problems to God. Now, every time I feel tense, I look at the sign, look at the palms of my hands and laugh out loud at my silly insistence that I can control things better than God can. Seriously? Yes. Then I laugh some more.

Trust is a malleable thing.

And, practice is beneficial in trusting. Feeling tense? Let go of the rope. Look at your hands. See the rope burns that you are giving yourself. Picture you trying to take God's job away by thinking that you have more resources. Total silliness, right?

I spend a good deal of my day letting go of the rope. The more I let go, the better things turn out.

Trust Is A Malleable Thing. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by letting God handle some of that load you're carrying around. Breathe a little. Feel the peace in that. Pay attention to when you're picking that rope back up. And don't forget the ointment and gauze. . .

Monday, January 28, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-28-19

"We do not need magic
to transform the world.
We carry all the power we need
inside ourselves already."

-- J. K. Rowling

[Classic post from 10-4-17]

Today, I want to share some inspirational words from Abraham, Esther Hicks that mirrors the quote above by J. K. Rowling:

"What "moving thought forward" is, is about being a nucleus that attracts different components of thought so that when they actualize around you - it is different than it has ever been before!

"As I stand in my focused, human, leading-edge experience, and I choose this combination of thoughts and feelings, I am offering a signal that has never been offered before. And so, the Universe must uniquely yield to me, which causes me to offer a vibration that maybe someone somewhere else is matching. If they are, they will certainly come into my experience for the time that we are matching it." That is the way you affect the world.

Most think in terms of thought affecting the world: You think about transmitting outward: "I'm going to affect the world from my outgoing signal." That isn't the way it works. You affect the world by achieving the vibration that brings the signals to you. You create a nucleus that Universe has to respond around. That is how you are the creator."

As Within, So Without. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing your way to joy.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-27-19

"Things are bigger
than we think they are,
and they are smaller
than we can imagine."

-- Albert K. Strong

[Classic post from 10-3-17]

I saw in the news that Tom Petty died yesterday and on the page from about that there was a slideshow showing 143 stars that have died this year. I scrolled through about one-third of the images and I only recognized some of them. They were stars in someone's eyes and heart.

Then, I wondered how many people die in a year? On where there is running totals constantly in flux, as of 6am PST this morning, 43,982,594 people have died around the world. This caused me to imagine that each and every single one of them was a star to someone, if only in God's eyes and heart. 143 stars didn't die this year, 43.98 million have. It is estimated that the current entire state of California's population is about 39 million, so in the world, more than the whole state of California died this year so far. Wow. That's a lot of stars!

This caused me to wonder how many new stars were born, that will be playing on the stage of this planet. This year so far, 106,188,823 or 106.2 million stars were born this year so far. That's a net growth or expansion of stardom of 62.2 million. Wow.

There certainly is a lot of star power on this planet even as we speak. This same website states there were 7.57 billion stars alive as of 6am this morning. I wonder what some of those stars will create, collaborate on and improve upon. I wonder what magnificent relationships they may experience. I wonder how many others each of them may touch whether it is only one or a vast collaboration of co-creators.

In some ways, our lives are infinitely small, and in other ways, we affect the entire planet. There is every kind of perspectives that we think we can imagine, but I think it is way bigger than that.

Celebrate all the stars in your life. Those near and far, here and gone, intimate and superficial. Oh, and don't forget to celebrate that star that sees and experiences all the other stars: YOU!

We All Have A Starring Role To Play. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by feeling the magic energy that is vibrating all around you.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-26-19

"Every moment of the day
you are standing in your choice. . .
As you choose love, 
as you operate from love,
you move upwards.
Reprimand, we will say,
is an opposite choice. . .
Think of how the word feels 
as it is spoken.
It implies a cutoff. 
It implies a negative reaction.
To be in reprimand 
is to stop the flow of love."

-- Paul Selig
The Book of Love and Creation

[Classic post from 9-25-17]

I'm going to continue my theme that began on Friday. It's interesting how current events can demonstrate what I've written about, such as, the President chastising the NFL and the NFL rebelling against that criticism. Then, there are all these posts on Facebook and other places where people are spreading fear and anger toward all manner of things they see as wrong.

Fine. I agree that they have the right to do that and to express how they feel. I saw a post on Facebook about the Dallas Cowboys owner stating that all players will stand, hand over heart, in deep respect, or they will be fired. Fine. His way or the highway. Make your choices. They are your God-given power. For yourself. We are each given the power to ourselves. Our choices. But we are not given the power to choose for others. That is not allowed.

But, of course, it is done all the time, isn't it? And, this is my point. As we think that we have the right to choose for another or others, we step out of our own power and attempt to be God. We have all manner of justifications, reasons, history, whatever. And, that is my point as well. It hasn't changed in thousands of years. All of this same thing has gone on for all of recorded history, causing all manner of violence, anger, and distrust.

It all comes back to the first point from Friday. As we accept and honor that we are an aspect of God, we can accept and honor that another and that all others are aspects of God, all standing in an equal sharing of the love of God. As we honor this, we are in love. As we dishonor this, ignore it, disbelieve it, don't give a damn about it, we are in reprimand and being in reprimand is being in judgment.

If we get all upset about tiny things like how we can honor symbols like a flag, standing or not, and tie ourselves to these kinds of agreements with others, how can we deal with the really important things like not dehumanizing and killing others?

To keep it as simple as possible, as we go through our day, minute by minute, hour by hour, we can choose to be in love or choose otherwise. We can choose to realize that we are aspects of God and so is every other person on this planet, or not. We can see past the petty differences that we historically latch on to so that we can be upset, or we can choose to see past them, to see the real person through the mirage of distractions, no matter how we may justify the importance of those distractions.

When someone is choosing something that is not our choice, it is simply that--not our choice. It is not an attack on us, and our attempt to force our current beliefs on them to set them straight only separates us further. Separation comes from reprimand. It comes out of not believing that we are all aspects of the Creator with an equal share of the love of that Creator. That's all separation is.

Choose As You Will. You Have That Power. I Choose Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today--as you make your choices all day long.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-25-19

"You will never reach the place
where you will not need to be diligent
about your choice of thought.
Because you live in a world that is determined
to show you every pocket of despair.
So you must diligently choose.
But it gets easier and easier and easier to do so."

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks

[Classic post from 9-24-17]

For the last several days I've been writing about changing the world and that the only way to do that is to change ourselves first. Waiting on the world to change, especially when it comes to things that seem big, or global doesn't really get it done. The main reason is that we are not changing.

Raising our consciousness is tantamount to choosing the higher road, higher thoughts, and our consequent vibration. We want the world to do that, but it must begin here within. But, we say, these things like global warming, warring countries, terrorism, and such are too big for me to deal with. We need our governments to come together. And, they will when we come together first within our own hearts and minds, and then within our close community of those we see on a daily basis.

As we do so, as we change, we give silent permission to others to consider a similar change, then another, another, and pretty soon we can raise the consciousness of a family, a neighborhood, a town, and so on. Will everyone change? Whether they do or not is not our affair. If it were, we would be waiting on the world to change. No, we must choose the thought, change our habitual thinking patterns, and move around at a higher vibration.

Want to change the company you work for? This is how it is done. First, we change. Will the company eventually change? That is not our affair. We cannot choose for another, we can only choose for ourselves, then we can demonstrate in our presence (our consciousness, our vibration) who we now are. Will this have an effect? Absolutely. It always has a positive effect as we raise our own consciousness.

Our lower consciousness or vibration has been clearly displayed throughout time as far back as events have been recorded. Thousands of years of fighting, bickering, posturing, forcing others to think like us and so much more. It hasn't worked in all that time. And, here we are in 2017, with world leaders threatening nuclear war and calling each other schoolyard names. We can go back to anywhere in recorded history and see and hear this same insanity. It didn't work then, and it cannot work now.

As we are in our low vibration, we attract low vibration. For things to change, we must rise above that to a higher vibration where we attract the like in that. This is where love, kindness, mutual respect are.

This is the place where we realize that we are all aspects of the Creator of all things. This is where we see through the childish and violent rhetoric to see the aspect of the Creator that each person is deep within. As we honor that in ourselves, we honor that in another. It is not about agreement, believing the same things, or sovereign cultures. It is about mutual respect for who each of us is, for that within ourselves and for that which created all things--All-That-Is.

This is when things change. So, do we give away all of our awesome power to wait on the world to change? Or do we accept our power as the power given us by our Creator to change our own thoughts, and consequently, our vibration and our entire lives. As we accept and make use of this power, just by our very presence, we gift the same opportunity to others from this higher vibrational stance.

So what can we do as individuals? We can see through events and exchanges of other people and see them first as people, as aspects of the Creator as we are, and honor that in them as we honor it in ourselves. As we do this, we raise the vibration, and as we stay the way we have been for thousands of years, we continue in the low vibration that leads to destruction, distrust, anger, fear, dehumanization, and more.

I've come to this place of raising my vibration by realizing that I am an aspect of the Creator and honoring that in myself, realizing and honoring that same aspect in every other human being on this planet, and sending love instead of fear. This is what I finally realized that I can do. I have been given that power. I have not used it much in the past because I accepted the history and kept repeating it. Now, I have changed. I see that it has not worked in all the history of the world. To continue to repeat it is beyond senseless now.

I Diligently Choose To Ignore History And Change It Within Me. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing yourself to vibrate at a higher level and see the view from there.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-24-19

"I want world peace."

-- Common beauty pageant answer

[Classic post from 9-23-17]

Sounds good. Sounds far-reaching. Sounds big. Rings false.

Saying that I want world peace is like waiting on the world to change. Thinking that peace is something that is won is to misunderstand what peace really is. What we really mean when we say we want world peace is that we want to world to create world peace, we want the magic wand of that long-bearded man in the sky that we call God who looks a lot like that painting on the ceiling in some far off place.

It wasn't him, but that infinitely more powerful entity that is virtually indescribable that is the real Creator gave us each the power to do as we choose, consequences and all, peace, love, war, hate, whatever. We choose it all. It is not chosen for us.

Want world peace? Really? It begins inside of each of us and without this, there can never be anything remotely like world peace. Without individual peace, there is no global peace. Everything begins within ourselves whether we actively seek change for the better, or sit and watch from the sidelines.

We often think that we cannot do these big things, but we can. We have far more power than we imagine. In fact, we have the ultimate power when it comes to the world we see, the individual we see, what we think, how we feel, everything is our choice as we choose or fail to choose, it is all chosen.

Peace begins within. Let's take all this inflamed rhetoric about North Korea as the evil poster child of the moment. The more inflamed the talk, the more we see evil and good at odds with one another. They are really never at odds, but we play that game with our egoic mind.

I remember after graduating high school in 1967, a fellow graduate had joined the Army and he said he couldn't wait to go kill some gooks. In reality, he was referring to human beings. But by killing the gooks, forcing them to surrender, we could win that war and create some peace. Yet, peace cannot, can never be created out of violence, killing, or forcing people to surrender to our values.

We have this conflict going on because we see one better than another, one right and one wrong, one evil and one good, and though we are all aspects of the same Creator who loves us beyond our knowing, we choose to see each other as enemies. We all want the same thing. We all want to be loved. We all want to thrive. We all, every single person on this planet want to live in joy.

A question popped into my head just the other day which was an amazing question as I considered it. The question was, why are we still thinking this way when we know that it hasn't worked yet? Why are we still seeing one as good and one as evil? Why? The answer is far too obvious: We keep choosing that.

Habit is just a thought that we continue to think. War is just an act that we continue to see as a solution to problems. For things to change, we must change. Or not, but either way, we are in choice. Always. In all ways. We choose personal peace or not. We choose to accept the propaganda that demeans others, or not. We choose to hire leaders who stir the pot or not. We choose. We always choose.

Want world peace? It is easy. Begin with peace within ourselves. Choose peace within. There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. How can we choose this? As a first step, as in yesterday's post, we realize once and for all that we are all, each and every single one of us, aspects of God, or the Universe, or Allah, or All-That-Is. The name of what I like to call the Creator is not the least bit important. The only important thing is to realize our connection to that and to feel the love that emanates from that Source that is equal to all. Yes, all. From Hitler to Mother Teresa. All.

Anything Else Is Purely Choice Of Misalignment. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing your power of choice and how powerful it really is. You are so powerful that you can choose world peace. And mean it. And demonstrate it. By living it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-23-19

"It's hard to beat the system
when we're standing at a distance,
so we keep waiting,
waiting on the world to change."

-- John Mayer

[Classic post from 9-22-17]

Today, I want to inspire you in your core values. Deep inside, we are so much more than we show in our physical presence. In our higher self, our higher vibration, we are aligned to all that we know is true and are in alignment with our Creator, our Source, God, the Universe, All-That-Is.

We don't pay much attention to that because we have so much going on around us, influencing our attention, along with our constant ego communication, or what we often call our self-talk. But, we can rise above all of that, and I have found out how to do that recently.

First and foremost, realize that you are an aspect of the Creator in physical form. This is true of me. It is true of every person on the planet, and everything on the planet. When we can learn to open up to the reality that this is true deep within us, this will guide us.

Second, realize your own power. We have all been ordained with great power. Our greatest power is the power of choice. It is equally placed and social status or financial prowess has no effect at our core. It is only on the surface, or the egoic self that we believe that to be true. The power of choice is our ultimate tool and our ultimate power.

The third is to be willing to come into alignment using these two very basic and all-powerful ideas to realize our core values and to honor them.

That's it. First, we are all aspects of God. Yes, we are all aspects of God. As we honor ourselves as aspects of our Creator, we must honor all others, for to fail to honor another is to fail to honor ourselves, is to fail to honor the Creator and all of creation.

As we honor this, we no longer belittle people, nor do we dehumanize them. We honor them as we honor ourselves. No, we don't let people walk on us, but we honor them for who they truly are deep within, as we honor ourselves in the same exact way. We are no better, they are no better, we are all honored equally by the Creator.

As we honor each other as ourselves and as equal in the love of God, we will not war. We will not cheat. We will not lie about one another. We will honor them.

Our power of choice allows us to choose as we will. When we are aligned--and this is why it is number one--we make different choices than when we are not aligned with our inner core values, our connection to God within. Only in ignoring this can we make choices that do harm, create disharmony, put one person or group above another. It is obvious then that much of the world has not realized that they are aspects of the Creator.

To make use of our power of choice and our deep connection to all that is, we must become willing to change, to do, to act. These three things are all that is necessary to change the world because the only way to change the world is to first change to what we want to see in the world within ourselves.

To keep this short, I will continue more tomorrow, but I want to leave you with this question to consider in your own lives: Today, what choices can you make and what actions can you take that would be even a small step toward coming into alignment with your highest values?

Simple Is Not Necessarily Easy; However, It Is Fully Within Our Own Power. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by feeling your own connection to All-That-Is. It is joy on steroids.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-22-19

"Help me to be less fearful
of the measure of time,
and more fully alive
in the time that simply is.
Help me to live time,
not just to simply use it;
to breathe it in, and return it 
in acts of love and presence."

-- Avis Crowe

[Classic post from 9-13-17]

Aren't reminders a wonderful thing? Day to day stuff with phone calls, text messages, emails, in-person encounters of the strange kind, or the work-related kind can be like a cloud that temporarily covers the real reality that life is good and that even the things we think are not good, somehow work for the good in the strangest ways.

The further away from the minutia of things going on in our lives we can get, the clearer it is how everything is always working perfectly all the time, and that there is no judgment in that place, there is only our presence; being.

Take A Moment. Close Your Eyes. Think Of Nothing Except Peace. Even 5 To 10 Seconds Will Refresh You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by coming into presence as often as you can. As you are there, you give others permission to do the same.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-21-19

"When you. . . 
acknowledge your power
as a co-creator of your life,
you stop being a victim.
When you are not a victim,
you have choice.
When you are in choice,
you are in your power
and you are not frightened."

-- Paul Selig
from I Am the Word

[Classic post from 9-15-17]

Have you ever known, or know one or more now, who are like the Pig Pen character from the Peanuts comic strip where there is a shit storm going on all around them. Something is always going wrong. Someone or several others are always taking advantage of them or finding fault. There seems to always be someone that is out to get them.

It is part of the drama triangle which includes the victim, the persecutor, and the rescuer. This is a game that has no winners. Regardless of which of these three roles I might play, I lose. Believe me, I've played them all and even became proficient at each role.

But what I found after wising up to the game was that stepping outside of the game is where joy is. As I let go of any of those roles, I gain peace. In fact, joy and peace come automatically. They always come automatically when we let go.

The drama triangle is tempting. It is easy to participate in. You listen to someone's sad story and your heart wants to rescue them, or your inner parent wants to counsel them to a better place, your inner fear wants to persecute them, but realize this, as this is done from the mirage of the heart or the nurturing falsehood or disgust of the mind, I am in the game. As I am in the game, I go from role to role to role. I begin to crave rescuing people or playing the victim looking for sympathy and comradery, finding others to blame, to persecute and complain about.

The best thing that can happen to us is an awareness that we are in the game. Once we see we are in the game, we have an opportunity to step out of the circle of influence of the game. We can turn away and right there we are free of the game and in peace and joy.

This game goes on at work with co-workers, the owner or supervisor, other managers, customers, vendors, and others. It goes on at home with spouses, relatives, children, neighbors, friends. It goes on in our mind as we seem to be thinking all by ourselves going from one role to another in our minds about something we did or didn't do, should have done, shouldn't have done, might do, want to do, questioning ourselves, cajoling, feeling sorry for ourselves, and well. . . I'm guessing you know what I'm talking about.

The answer is always the same. Play the game, or step away from the game. Having become quite good at the game, I found that the joy and peace outside is infinitely superior in every way.

How About The Joy Triangle Instead: Joy, Peace, Love. That's A Glorious Game! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by creating your own Joy Triangle.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-20-19

"The coin says:
'In God We Trust.'
Whether we actually do or not
tells much of our stories."

-- Albert K. Strong

[Classic post from 9-30-17]

There's a tingling sensation when we trust in God, our higher vibration, knowing that what we think we know is a teaspoon out of the ocean of knowledge and allowing Source Energy to be our ultimate guide. It is magical. It is release. It is worry-free. And, it is empowering.

While we might think that the word empowering shouldn't be in that last sentence because letting go is often thought of as releasing our power, it belongs there. We are empowered in our trust in our Creator, and trust in our inherent Well-Being. We are most often disempowered as we think it is we who are in control in our just do it and make-it-happen mindset.

Then, early this morning, I received my Abraham, Esther Hicks daily message and I have been renewed again in my trust, and in such a delightful way:

"Some things you're not letting happen right now because the timing isn't perfect for you. Some you're not letting happen because you are very aware of where you are. But all things, as they are happening, are happening in perfect order. And if you will relax and begin saying, "Everything in its perfect time. Everything is unfolding. And I'm enjoying where I am now, in relationship to where I'm going. Content where I am, and eager for more," that is the perfect vibrational stance."

Injoy Your Unfolding! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing yourself to be cared for. Close your eyes and feel that love. It is like a warm bucket of love pouring over your entire body head to foot. Feel the tingle. Feel the warmth. See the glow. You can wear it all day.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-19-19

"Whether it is a castle or a button, 
if you are using it as your object of attention, 
it is summoning Life Force. 

It is the feel of the Life Force
that life is about. 
The reason that you are summoning it 
is inconsequential."

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks

[Classic post from 9-27-17]

I separated the two phrases above because the first line of the second phrase is the key idea to me: "It is (whatever we are giving our attention to that is summoning Life Force)  the feel of the Life Force that life is about.

In the last few days on social media and all over the Internet people are giving their attention to some popular things. It might be some colored cloth, a symbol shaped like a cross, a bombastic world leader, or two, or three, or four, a team of competitive teams stocked with individuals, and whenever we gather individuals, there is always some squirming going on because we like our space.

What happened to what we were giving our attention to a year ago? Or six months ago? Or last month? Weather? Economics? Elections? Holidays? But, it matters not what or who or when. It matters only that we are actively giving our attention and summoning Life Force, Life Energy, feeling our way as we wander on our Life Adventures.

You feel that you want to share your thoughts, and another wants to tell you to stuff it, and if you don't, they will shut down their account and ignore you. Whatever we are giving our attention to is summoning.

Does this happen automatically, or without our permission? Do we have automated reactions? Of course, but they are only beliefs that we have held that are temporarily challenged. They summon as easily and effectively as choosing on purpose with careful thought. How we summon, why we summon is not nearly as important as the reality that we do summon. We are constantly summoning.

There is only one question worth asking ourselves that I can think of since no matter what we do we are summoning. That question is this: Is this what I want?

Is this what I want to summon? Is this how I want to feel? We always, always, always, and in all ways have the power and freedom of choice. We are so free that we can choose bondage as Abraham, Esther Hicks has often said. In any case, we always have the power and freedom to choose.

Instead Of Beginning With 'I Believe,' Try This: 'I Want _______', Then Fill In The Blank. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by simply and exquisitely enjoying yourself today. Be injoy as much as possible. Or not. You choose.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-18-19

"The simplest antidote
to a tough day
is generosity."

-- Seth Godin

[Classic post from 9-12-17]

I love this line from Seth Godin. Of course, it is true. When we make a decision to give, we focus on giving and another receiving rather than our own considerations being paramount. Generosity means that we have a sufficient amount in order to give some away.

We could give away negativity, anger, resentment, but that is really still focusing on our bad day, on ourselves, our perceived problems, our worms. That would never last, nor could it be called generosity because everyone has plenty of their own. Why would they want yours?

What everyone always wants more of is love, respect, kindness, thoughtfulness, consideration, encouragement, and more. They never can get their fill of these blessed thoughts and consequential feelings. In fact, so many go through their days in search of these things and these attributes are why they do what they do, think what they think. And just like our own so-called bad day, we are searching along with them.

Within us at all times is a generous Spirit lifting us to a higher vibration where love is all there is. We have so much going on sometimes that we forget. It is in the slightest opening of the remembrance of this inner Spirit that we can let some of our generosity flow to another. Whether to one or to a thousand, it is the same. It is always, always, always received with joy no matter the initial reaction to our offering.

Our generous Spirit encourages their own generous Spirit which encourages another and another and so on.

If you did nothing else that mattered today, allowing your generous Spirit to flow out of you is all that is needed and wanted in the world.

This Is Love, Love, Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today--as you remember that the generous Spirit that is always within you is loving you first and foremost, and it never, ever, stops flowing.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-17-19

"It's all good."

-- Common phrase

[Classic post from 9-16-17]

This hurricane, that storm surge, another disaster, a major change. Stuff happens. If we were to pay close attention to all the news, it is all bad, and getting worse, and then comes the long, long, long, recovery.

There's no question that some events like these are larger and more impactful than another, but it isn't all bad. Anything we look at, whether a big recession, a forced change of employment, and many lifetimes worth of a list of things that can and do happen may at times look all bad, but they are never all bad.

Here's a really good practice: Begin to see a larger picture and a more far-reaching picture of the event. Spread the time frame out, zoom out and get a wider perspective. Now make a list of what the good is in this event.

A big natural disaster can spur an economy into quite a growth spurt. Manufacturers will need to expand production because wholesalers will be needing more materials because retailers are ultra short of stock and demand is through the roof. Construction companies, contractors will need more trucks to take up the task ahead. They will need to hire more people. It's an opportunity to create something even better from the ashes of the event.

The demand for services just exploded. They will need more people, more vehicles, more products to sell. All of that flows uphill too. Once the services are being rendered for the basics, people will find they want something more than they had before. They will upgrade. They will improve. The opportunities are growing exponentially.

I remember a little thing that was a big deal in our house when we had a small fire in one bedroom in 2001. There was direct fire damage, yes, but the indirect fire damage was the costly part. The services came, cleaned all of our closets of clothes, there was much to do from the smoke damage throughout the entire house. It was one of the best things to happen overall. There certainly was some short-term unpleasantness, but in the aggregate, we upgraded considerably, and since there was all this other work, we redid our roof, driveway and other things outside that weren't affected at all by the event. My favorite thing: no more popcorn ceiling.

Whatever is going on in our lives that may seem negative or traumatic at first can be seen in a different light as we are willing to draw back and see a larger view so that we can invite our mind and eyes to see the benefits that come from every event.

It's All Whatever We Are Willing To See. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding ways to expand your own worldview.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-16-19

"Wherever we're giving our attention
is our vibration,
and the Universe is matching it."

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks

[Classic post from 9-20-17]

I love the Teachings of Abraham, and they state that the Law of Attraction is simply this: "that which is like unto itself is drawn."

So many over time have stated that as we sow so shall we reap, as we think so it will be, and all of that is, in essence, the Law of Attraction, yet it is often misunderstood that opposites attract, not sameness. Yet, it is easy enough to see that like thinking attracts like thinking like action attracts like action, and the world is clearly demonstrating this to us as we are willing to open our eyes to it.

But, vibration is a bit more challenging to absorb for many. As the quote above states, whatever we are giving our attention to by thinking, looking, feeling, whatever, is our current vibration which is quite malleable.

Have you ever seen one of those demonstrations of colored sand on top of a speaker and as the tone changes, the sand forms shapes, and quite elaborate shapes at that? In case you haven't, here's a link to one of them:

Since the sand changes its shape with each different vibrational frequency, it is easy to see how as our vibration is changed in frequency by what we are giving our attention to, we change. We may or may not feel that change, but it is there.

Now, I'll leave you today with the entire quote where I gleaned the quote above, and it is certainly worthy of your consideration today as you go around giving your attention to one thing or another:

"Have you heard the expression, "We're either growing or we're dying."? Well, what they're saying is, "You can't stand still." We are either giving our attention to where we're going or we're giving attention to where we've been or we're giving our attention to where we are, but in any case, wherever we're giving our attention is our vibration, and the Universe is matching it." 

Since I Get What I Give My Attention To, The Good News Is That I Get To Choose What I Give My Attention To. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by considering this quote from Abraham, Esther Hicks on my wall: "Today, no matter where I'm going and no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-15-19

"Patience is not just
the ability to wait,
it's how we behave
while we are waiting."

-- Joyce Meyer

[Classic post from 9-14-17]

I've often written about what I call "practicing my patience." That means that I get excited when I have an opportunity to practice it because practice helps me to get better and I need the practice.

Buy why? We might often think that having patience means the willingness to be patient. We all have the ability to wait. We don't all exercise our willingness. So, why would we bother with it? Why do it at all?

The best reason why to me, having learned to practice every chance I get, is how each opportunity brings me peace in the face of chaos. It brings me calm as those around me are anxious. It opens my internal storage shed of love, and it causes me to look at this situation with new eyes.

The next best benefit or reason why is what it does to those around me. To see someone who is calm in chaos, peaceful while surrounded by anxiety is inspiring. As I become peaceful and calm, without saying anything at all I give permission to all those around me through my own vibrational stance to do the same. If they choose. I cannot choose for them, but they can be inspired to a new choice as they allow that to be.

So, I love the quote by Joyce Meyer because of the last portion of the sentence: "it's how we behave while we're waiting." That is our example. That is our being. That is our presence.

Peace Is Always Available Within. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by finding more ways to enjoy your day regardless of circumstances, events, or what others choose for themselves.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-14-19

"You can always, always give something,
even if it is only kindness!"

-- Anne Frank

[Classic post from 9-19-17]

There are two things in this quote that speak so clearly to me. First is the fact--no, it isn't just an idea or a thought, but a fact--that we each can always, always give something. We always have more than enough of something to give away.

The second thing is that kindness isn't something so small, but it is among the most powerful and effective things that we can give one another. As she says, "even if it is only kindness." Only? I laugh. Only? I laugh some more. How about, at least? Only? Indeed.

If You Did Only One Thing Today, Giving Away A Bit Of Kindness Is As Generous As Generosity Gets. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing that it is in our letting go of ourselves for even a moment that can allow us to recognize another.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-13-19

"Gratitude bestows reverence,
allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever
how we experience life. . . and the world."

-- Sarah Ban Breathnach

[Classic post from 9-2-17]

Whether you believe that humans have been around for a few thousand years, tens of thousands, or millions of years, any of those choices are old. As of 2014 in the United States, life expectancy in round numbers was 76 for the male and 81 for the female. That's a lot of lifetimes to consider in the time of human recognition on the planet. Which makes the discovery and learning to make use of electricity such an amazing thing in time.

We take it for granted generally in our world today. It has been around all of our lives, and probably the only time we even think about it is when the power goes off for whatever reason. And, we all know that it does from time to time, although we all know it is rare.

There are huge gaps of time from the discovery of the idea of electricity, to the making use of electricity to create electric motors for industry, lighting for industry, cities, and homes, to the products like vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, hair dryers, and the plethora of products that help us make use of the idea of electricity.

What's even more amazing is how little that time frame is as compared to human time. For all intent and purposes, the electricity that we know today and use every day came about only about 1.3 lifetimes ago or about 100 years.

Sure, the invention of the electric light was earlier, yet once invented, then it needed to be systematized to the point that it became available to use by the public, or rather a large portion of the public, as in power generation, distribution, the invention of products that use electricity and so much more.

Even with this, there were so many rural locations who didn't have power in the 1950s and 60's. Not very long ago at all. That had more to do with distribution it would seem; however, the real reason was a closed mind on behalf of the power generation controllers. They didn't think it was profitable. Once they were convinced it was and changed their mindset, more rural locations got their much-wanted power too.

So today is a wonderful day to celebrate electricity. By the way, it is good to remember that electricity has been around since the dawn of time, let alone the dawn of human existence. It was only waiting around patiently for humans to 'discover' it and make use of it.

Consider how many ways you use electricity and how your life would change in a major way if it were missing. Celebrate not only the 'invention' of electricity, electric tools, motors, and appliances, but take a moment to be grateful for those who made it work for us by making it so available to all the people who invented, marketed, and distributed the many products we have all around us in our lives today.

Celebrate All That We Take For Granted So That We Won't Take It For Granted Any Longer. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by feeling the joy that comes from opening your worldview to be inclusive instead of exclusive.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-12-19

"At college age, 
you can tell who is best 
at taking tests and going to school, 
but you can't tell who the best people are.
That worries the hell out of me."

-- Barnaby C Keeney

People have devised all sorts of tests, such as I.Q. tests, personality tests and you name it to find out if someone is qualified or is to be a fit in a certain place. No matter what, they are limited in what they can tell us and yet we tend to give them far more value than they deserve. That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein: "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

I remember becoming a brand-new sales manager at a car dealership at age 25 in 1975 and sometime during the next year, the general manager bought into a personality testing program to help determine the right candidates for positions in the store. So, I took the test to test the test. It came back that I was not recommended for the job of sales manager.

Have you ever known when you felt like you had a calling to do something and then did it? That was me in the sales manager position. I felt like I had a calling to it and I think I was pretty good at it, in spite of the personality test results. After that episode and a couple more for good measure, the test went bye-bye.
Over the next 25 years of doing that job, I've run across other tests and none of them were really very helpful. Part of the problem is that a large percentage of people seem to tense up on taking tests and it skews the results to say the least in many and can make it worthless in others. Frankly, I think throwing a wet noodle against a wall and seeing if it sticks is just about as accurate; albeit, not as interesting.

The best judge that I've found so far is if people like what they are doing. If they enjoy the work, they will want to learn more about it and improve their skills at doing it and then they will enjoy it much more. Another judge is how they seem to fit in how they communicate, handle themselves and such. Another is how they respond to encouragement and guidance. Then again, some are seriously good at the interview and not so good at the position. All in all, I believe as my mentor, Jim Rohn, has said: "the reason for training is to find out who you have."

Although tests may tell me some things of interest, I don’t need tests to tell me what I can see with my own eyes, hear with my own ears, and feel with my own feelings. And this I know to be true: Feeling good about yourself is the most important thing you can choose to do today and every single day of your life. It doesn't matter who says otherwise. You deserve it, so just do it.

It's Okay To Listen And Learn, But It Is Best To Rule Yourself From Within. As Within, So Without.

Spread some joy today--by being true to yourself.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-11-19

“Men build too many walls 
and not enough bridges.” 

― Joseph Fort Newton

[Classic post from 8-24-17]

[Note: This repost seemed so appropriate for the times. . .]

The Golden Calf

I think that we all have golden calves in our lives, and this has come home to me with the most recent pushing and shoving in personal choices of whose golden calf is the good calf and which is the bad calf.

In the Bible in the book of Exodus, which is a hair-raising story to read when fully conscious, there is the story of the Ten Commandments and later the development of the golden calf because the people were tired of waiting on Moses and they craved a symbol to see and so with the help of Aaron, their gold earrings and other things were gathered together and melted into a golden calf for their appeasement. Moses, when he finally came down from the mountain again, was truly upset with them because of what they chose to worship.

It's an interesting story to read thousands of years later in the 21st century, and telling too. It really hasn’t changed much at all as I think about it. We are all still looking for things to worship and we are all choosing different things. Some are really important to us and others are semi-important until someone else takes a disliking to our choice, but in the end, we all have our golden calves and we are quite protective of them.

It doesn’t matter if it is a statue of a fallen General from the Civil War, the massive monument to the President who freed the slaves in dealing with that Civil War, a cross on the top of a church steeple, the flag of the United States of America or any other flag, the golden arches of commerce, the New York Times Bestseller List, the bull on Wall Street, and, well, this list is pretty much endless.

We have the so-called hate groups, and then we have the haters of the hate groups. How can we tell them apart? They are both in hating. They are separated by police in some cases and attacking police in another. We have the never-ending symbol of war, leading up to a war, fighting a war, cleaning up after a war. We have wars on people in other countries, and on drugs, the cartels, cancer, street-gangs, social climbers. We hold right as might and that evil needs to be eradicated. The righteous and the unrighteous. The worthy and the unworthy. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

We have beauty, the standard of thin, the physically fit, then this and that and the other. It matters not whether it is positive or negative as these are only two ends of the same magnet. Two ends of the same stick. Two ends of the same discussion.

And, to keep this as short as I can, the point I want to make here is that it is the same magnet. It is the same stick. And, it is the same discussion. Both are valid. Both are okay. Both sides have something valuable to add to the wholeness of the whole.

Back to Moses. They made the golden calf because they felt the separation of each other. They wanted something to bring them together. Since all they have known was that this came from outside, so outside is where they built the golden calf. To say that these people were wrong because Moses thinks they are is not the best point. The larger issue is that Moses felt the separation and so he looked upon the Lord of the external in much the same way. Guide us, oh Lord. Lead us!

As we allow ourselves to think we are separate from our God, our Source, Source Energy, All-That-Is, we are in separation. We want so badly to be whole, yet all we can see is partialness. All we can see and feel is the separation because that is what we are looking at. We are looking at the ends of the stick instead of the stick itself. As we look at the negative, we see more negative. As we look toward the positive, we see more positive, and yet these are only partial views. We will find wholeness in impartiality as we realize that we are not standing on the stick looking to one side or the other, but we are the stick. As we see the negative, we see that it is us. As we see the positive, it is us.

In whatever way we choose separation, we see more separation. As we will have the courage and wisdom to know ourselves and all other living things as wholly, we see the oneness of the Divine. It’s not about religion, spirituality, or any other name. It is about tuning into what we truly are within and seeing all that we see as the same. We are all Divine. We are all of the same exact Source. We are all on this time-space adventure together. And, as individual creations, we all have the individual power of choice. It matters not so much what others do, but it matters 100% what we choose to see, feel, and sense.

We Are, Each And Everyone, The Chosen Ones. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by challenging yourself to see yourself in those you do not like. See that we are all worthy of love, and in fact, in our depth, that is all we are: Love.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-10-19

"Creativeness often consists of merely
turning up what is already there. 
Did you know 
that right and left shoes 
were thought up only 
a little more than a century ago?" 

-- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon 

[Classic post from 12-30-14]

As appalling as this sounds to me, after some basic searching, it seems to be true about producing right and left shoes. There is also a shoe museum called the Bata Shoe Museum in West Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition, the first sneakers were made in America in 1916 and were not called sneakers until much later. They were called Keds. I can remember as a kid going to the shoe store to get some Keds. I had no idea.

The first lady's boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840, and in Europe, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that women's shoes were different from men's. There's a lot about shoes that I had made assumptions about.

What's interesting to me is how much time went by with so little improvements in common things. Transportation is another subject that boggles the mind in how long it took to move faster than walking or running or riding on horseback.

Some years ago I read an absolutely fascinating book by Stephen Ambrose titled, Nothing Like It In The World about the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad in America. I am revisiting this in the audio version as we speak and it reminds me of all this and how things were so slow to change.

Yet, here is the other interesting part: Once they began to change, they morphed quickly into better and better versions and then into other things. Considering the long past, it was a very short time from the invention of, and introduction to, America of the idea of the train and locomotives. Once here, they began a steady improvement and expansion that was nothing short of amazing.

The world moves faster all the time. If you've studied any history before 1900, you found that the world changed so radically after 1900, and even more as time went on. The airplane, then air transportation is a perfect example along with the electric light, appliances, computers, and so much more.

The Internet is not old, it is a youngster. Yet it has changed all of our lives quite dramatically. I remember using the first computers at work in the car business and they didn't even have hard drives. Then when hard drives came out they were 1 MB, 5 MB, and such. As programs became better, they needed more space and more speed and the expansion race was on. Now I have more than 1 GB just for my email. I also remember modems and how new they were, but so slow. Transferring 1 MB would have taken more than a day. Now it takes a second or less. Crazy differences in speed.

As the world gets faster and faster, we take more and more for granted. We even get upset with the slowness of things because we've sped up faster than the technology, or at least the operator sense of the technology. In other words, we become impatient so quickly, whereas in the past we didn't have those issues or the stress from that impatience.

I watched a movie last night where the female dance coach said to the male dancer about to go into a contest: Breathe! It is wonderful advice for us all. Let us pause now and then, breathe, feel for some peace as we absorb and celebrate ever more and faster changes in our future days.

The Pause That Refreshes. Breathe! 

Spread Some Joy Today--by practicing your patience and enjoying the journey wherever you are moving to and from.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-9-19

"Everything you are against weakens you. 
Everything you are for empowers you." 

-- Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 12-29-14]

It's easy to make a decision that the world needs fixing, but it doesn't. It's easy to see things that are going on somewhere in the world that you don't like or hate or disgust you, but that doesn't mean the world is broken. In fact, if you look for just a little while, you will find plenty to push against; things that you are opposed to, that you may judge as being wrong or bad. But, that is simply a choice of focus.

I went to the grocery store today for some fresh produce and a number of other things. There is a plethora of food in the grocery store. But they also sell poison. In fact, they have plenty of poison for sale. Today I ignored the poison and bought the food, but I felt no need to push against the poison or to tell the store manager to remove it so I could shop in peace. I just had no interest in it.

There were thousands of things in the store that I did not want. There are thousands of things in the store that I probably will never, ever want, and yet I go to the store in comfort knowing that I can choose what I want and freely leave the rest for others to choose if they desire. Next time, I may choose other things, but I have no need to push against anything that I'm not interested in having or using or eating.

If there is something that we feel a strong desire to try to change for whatever reason, we have the option of focusing on that change to take care of it. In other words, by focusing on the solution and not the problem. If I see a problem and I want to solve it, I will never solve it by focusing on the problem. I must focus on a solution.

The contrast of differences is all around us all the time. Pushing against anything unwanted will never change the thing. But, focusing on what we are for and doing what we are inspired to do in that vein, empowers us to make a difference.

Here's To Your Own Empowerment. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by deciding that at least for today, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Today is Free From Worry Day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-8-19

"Your task is not to seek for love, 
but merely to seek and find 
all the barriers within yourself 
that you have built against it." 

-- Rumi 

[Classic post from 12-28-14]

With my increased awareness, I am finding that my joy and love is far more in letting go, or the releasing of my own resistance, than in trying to make it happen. I now believe that joy and love, or well being is our true natural state and that we have built all sorts of barriers that keep it under control and under wrap, almost as if we are trying to protect it.

Most of it comes from growing up and learning from those around us, and even within our families for so many of us. We see how people respond to us and when they are nice and when they are not and when they like us and when they do not and so on. We learn as we go, and in the absence of being taught how to let go of resistance, to accept that others may choose and that we may choose ourselves, we build walls and dig trenches and otherwise learn to fit in or be left out.

All of that learning then becomes habitual, and it is ongoing throughout our lives. This is true in our own brain and the self-talk that we are constantly listening to.

As I have become more aware of that self-talk, I find myself wanting so much to shut it off and the only way I can find is to focus on this moment, because the self-talk is about the past mainly, and predicting the future based on the past. Also, many of those thoughts, scenarios, and ramblings are so odd how they just pop in from many years ago.

I was walking the dog yesterday, and into my head pops a scenario from 2009 when I was doing a full-time consulting project with a truck dealer. As this played for only a few moments, I began defending myself on some decisions that I made as if the owner was calling me on them. He wasn't, but my ego was directing this and planning for the worst and desperately trying to overcome that in advance. As I said, it was only a few moments, and as I realized what was happening in my mind, I immediately focused on the trees around me, the blue sky, and came back to the present.

I now find myself doing this all the time. I cannot shut off the ego, and trying to change the thought from negative to positive is a lot of work, so releasing the resistance--and it is resistance because you can feel the tenseness in your body--is my goal and the path of least resistance or the easiest way is changing my focus to something around me in the now that is pleasant to look at.

This is also why my desk that I spend a lot of time at is facing a large window. I can look up at any moment and see the sky, trees, and other pleasant views and come back to the now at will. It doesn't take effort. It is much more a sense of letting go which is the opposite of effort.

I Am So Empowered Knowing All I Really Need Is To Put Down The Rope. Just Let Go. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by looking around for things that please you and focus on them for a few moments. Then, find some more, and more. What a wonderful day it will be for you.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-7-19

"Criticism begins as a choice, 
and some make it a career." 

-- Albert K Strong 

[Classic post from 12-27-14]

Criticism is simply a choice, to begin with. I don't like this. Then it can often turn into a fault finding mission. Of course, when you're looking for faults, they appear. The more you look, the more you find. It's the Law of Attraction at work.

As we find these faults, we categorize and label them so that we can keep score and keep track. This is bad, this is really bad, this is disgusting, this is unfathomable, this is horrific, this is . . . and it goes on.

This can become such a habit that we don't even realize it is happening, or how we sound when we write it out or speak our criticisms out loud. Just listen to people talking, open Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, go to work, in your kitchen. It sort of becomes natural to do this, but it is anything but natural.

Some of this criticism or finding of fault, blaming, labeling, is relatively benign, and sometimes it becomes a career, a mission, a self-righteous purpose, a crusade. It is the length of time doing it and the depth of the feeling that makes the difference.

Yet, let me bring this back to the basics again. It is simply an observation and a choice. You see something you do not like and that is perfect. This world could not work without the contrast with which to make choices. However, rather than focusing on the things you don't like about that, you may choose the real reason the contrast is there: to help you make a decision to choose what you do like and focus your attention there.

We all know it's true that the more you focus on the fault, the more you will find. We often do not pay attention to the fact that the opposite is true as well: the more you focus on what you want, what is good, what is desirable, what is pleasing to you, the more you will find. The real question then is this simple: do you want to feel bad, or do you want to feel good.

We know that when we focus on the faults, we can become enraged, angry, upset, disappointed, discouraged, frustrated, and more, and none of those feel good. So why do we persist in doing it? Habit. We see others around us doing it, we see it in the newspaper, on the radio, on TV, on YouTube, and Facebook and, well, it is hard to avoid.

At the same time, when we turn and focus on what is pleasing to us, what we want, what we like, we feel good. We may feel love, appreciation, joy, enthusiasm, optimism, passion, and all of those feel very good. When we decide that it is important that we feel good, we can then allow all our emotions to guide us to better choices of focus, and enjoy our lives far more while the rest of the world may choose as it will.

We Have The Ultimate Power: It Is Purely Our Own Choosing That Directs Our Lives. 

Spread Some Joy Today--How are you feeling? Joy feels good.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-6-19

"My dog is worried about the economy
because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. 
That's almost $7.00 in dog money." 

-- Joe Weinstein 

[Classic post from 12-26-14]

[Note: Charlie passed in Dec. 2016, but I thought this piece was a reminder of the unconditional love that animals can and do give us. They are grand teachers in this respect and of the greatest thing in the world to know and to practice.]

Not really. . . but the reason I went with this funny quote is that I never, ever see my dog worry about the economy. He doesn't worry about getting fed. He doesn't worry about getting love. He doesn't worry about calories or getting fat, or losing weight. He doesn't worry about the news. In fact, he doesn't read the paper or watch the news, or use the Internet. He just doesn't worry at all.

He is eager. He's eager to play. He's eager to go for a walk. He's eager to go for a ride. He's excited and eager to get his food when he decides he's hungry.

He doesn't stress over things or circumstance. If I'm taking too long to get ready for a walk, he simply lays on the floor and looks at me curiously, or if he tires of that, he takes a quick nap. After he eats, he takes a nap. When he's bored, he takes a nap. His solution for any kind of potential stress is taking a nap. Works for me too when I do it.

He's content to walk down the same path every day, yet eager to see a new one. He seems to find lingering scents to spend many moments regardless of the terrain, although he is infinitely more interested in other dogs have been down this path in the recent past.

Dogs bark at him from behind fences and he doesn't seem to give a rip about that. Some sound big and mean and certainly loud, and he goes on as if it was nothing at all. He shivers when it's 67 degrees, but it can be 40 degrees and if he is on a walk, he's not paying any attention to shivers (Charlie is a little toy Chihuahua).

He never gets tired or bored with love touching, caressing, petting, pampering. I think he could fall asleep with soft caresses and wake up wanting more. Hmmm. Sounds good to me. . .

He gives me love by just looking at me working from across the room. He's always encouraging me to exercise, with him of course, and he dotes on my presence.

Maybe some of these things would be good for we humans to emulate and incorporate. No stress? Seems like a wonderful idea! No worries? Seems unheard of yet potentially life-changing. Always eager? There's nothing like fresh enthusiasm! Patient? I don't know any humans who couldn't benefit from more of that! Always open to being loved? Why the heck not? Always present and always exuding love? Eckhart Tolle would be proud (well, no, he wouldn't ever be proud, would he?).

It's Amazing What We Can Learn When We Pay Attention. Even From Our Friendly Animals. 

Spread Some Joy Today--It's the second largest shopping day of the year. I hope you find some joy there too.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-5-19

"When I think about creating abundance, 
it's not about creating a life of luxury 
for everybody on this planet; 
it's about creating a life of possibility. 
It is about taking that which was scarce 
and making it abundant." 

-- Peter Diamandis, 
founder, and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation 

[Classic post from 12-23-14]

We are all natural choosers. If everything we wanted and needed was just given us at will without our even asking, there would be no value and no life either. Trying to change the world so that everyone has luxury would kill the world. When people decide on their own, or with some inspiration from others that they want luxury, they will find it.

As natural choosers, we all have talent and abilities and even more important than this, we all have the capacity. I would call that capacity an abundance. We all have an abundance of possibilities within us along with an abundance of capacity to respond to that as we focus our intent from our desire.

The value of a teacher to me is to inspire within me the desire that is inborn and allow that desire to see just enough light down the tunnel that it piques interest and intent. "Words don't teach. Life experience teaches," as Abraham often says, but words do have the power to inspire should someone be nearby hearing them, or reading them. With even the smallest amount of inspiration as a seed, what then becomes a life experience or movement toward that experience is the holy grail of return for the teacher, and the joy of student and teacher.

People rise to the occasion from places of the utmost despair and challenge. We never know the depth and breadth of the power within inspired people. Take a candidate who may not be the image of the perfect candidate and give them the opportunity and just enough inspiration, and it is amazing what they can do. Everyone responds in their own time, and if we don't give up on them; if we stick with them and out of love stand near and ready to serve, their spark will ignite a grand display that continually extends their possibilities.

Here's To Everyone's Own Unique Possibilities! It May Not Feel Like A Gift, But It Is A Gift. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Enjoy a few moments of awe and wonder today. It will change your entire day for the best.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Daily Inspiration 1-4-19

"Abundance is not something we acquire. 
It is something we tune into." 

-- Wayne Dyer 

[Classic post from 12-22-14]

If I had no resistance to abundance in certain areas of my life, it would be the most natural thing to have abundance. After all, I have abundance in several areas of my life, and though I want it in all of my life, I seem to have pockets of resistance holding it away from me.

It is often beliefs that we may have held on to, sometimes for most of our lives. Many are so old and from childhood. I know this is true about money and so I have this resistance to abundance in this area. I have only recently realized this, and I no longer want it, so the path then is simply to release the resistance and accept and receive the abundance that I know is there for me.

There are some tools to help release resistance, and many of them are just plain fun. It should never be work to release resistance. In Esther & Jerry Hicks book, Ask and It Is Given, there are a wonderful series of processes in the second part of the book. The one I want to share with you today is called The Prosperity Game. It is a powerful tool in releasing resistance surrounding the idea of money.

If you have an iPhone, there is an app in the iTunes store for $1.99. It's a stupid bargain. If you don't have an iPhone, then you can do it manually. Here's how it works:

You start off receiving $1,000 income on day one and every day thereafter, the income rises by $1,000. So day two is $2,000, day three $3,000 and so on. The idea is to spend the money each day on whatever you want. You could use an old checking account where you have checks left over, or a program like Quicken, or just on plain paper. Again, the goal is knowing that you have more coming tomorrow, so feel free and totally at ease spending what you have today. Spend it any way you like for whatever your heart desires.

It could be to buy something for yourself, give a gift, pay off a bill, help a charity or whatever you can imagine. The key is to imagine and feel how it feels to spend the money and feel how it feels to have it coming in so regularly. On day 50, you will be receiving $50,000 that day. On day 300, you will receive $300,000. If you continue for one year, you will have received and spent $66 million.

So, I'm having such a blast with this. I'm on day 55 tomorrow so I will receive $55,000 to spend. I've learned several things about me that surprise me some and delight me as well. I am amazed at how little I have spent on myself. I have done so many things for other people and organizations that are of interest to me. I've done magnanimous things here and there, and it has helped me to realize some things that I had let go of that are still important to me.

I began tithing on day five or six and increased it to double tithing about day 15. That is the first money spent each day. The app keeps a record of what you spent money on but not the amounts or the dates, but if you do it manually, you can see that if it matters to you.

This whole thing has become a joy and I can feel that it is changing my attitude about money and abundance in particular. You will also find as I have that it starts to become challenging to spend all the money. That's good. Part of the value of this is exercising our imagination. If I can't seem to think of something right away, I just close the app and come back later. It's supposed to be fun.

Abundance Is A Game, And Available To All. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Leave your stress in the shower and allow your day to soar.