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 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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-23-19

"Real love stories 
never have endings." 

-- Richard Bach 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-26-15]

Once I realized this fact, I immediately dropped all the baggage I was carrying around. It was the source of my freedom. . . and joy.

Consider all those that you have loved in your life. If it was love, to begin with, it is love now.

Besides, All There Really Is, Is Love. The Rest Is Just A Story We Made Up. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by letting your love flow freely.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-22-19

"It doesn't matter
where the information comes from. 
It only matters 
how you feel about it after receiving it." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-25-15]

Sometimes we get caught up in the source of information rather than the information itself. Jesus proclaimed the same things in his own homeland as in other parts of the world, yet in his homeland they did not listen because of the source. "Who was He to speak this information? We've known Him all His life and He is nothing special."

Fear, disbelief from familiarity, focusing on the source and not the information, can all lead to missing the value of the information. It might even be the other way around, as with famous people like movie stars and rock stars, where we focus on the source, and only because of the source would we even consider the information. In other words, if they say it, it must be true!

There's a better way in all of this. Focus on the information and pay attention to how you feel about it. But don't look for the truth or the lie. That matters little. Look only to see if it resonates within you in a positive way or a negative way. Do you feel good reading or hearing it, or do you feel bad about it, fearful of it? How you feel about it determines two things: One, whether you will know it as truth to you or not, and Two, whether you even allow it in at this time. You might not be ready to hear it and then at another time, you will.

My best advice to myself is to open up when it resonates. Roll around in it, splash it over me, stir it up a bit, feel all the bits of it. Some parts may resonate and some parts not? No problem. I accept the parts that resonate with me and leave the rest for another time or a not-ever time. If I feel bad, fearful, distrustful, disbelieving, or any of a bunch of other negative emotions, I just let it be and move on.

We've been learning all of our lives. In that process, we've often picked up the views of others and accepted them in ourselves. It may be totally misinformation, yet right now it is affecting us in what we let in or don't let in. It's okay. As we find things that will resonate with us, we might even realize that we've heard this before a long time ago and at that time we rejected it. But, now it resonates. Everything in its own time. Everything unfolds perfectly.

They say to follow your heart. Well, that's the same thing as opening up to what resonates with you.

It's sort of funny that not too many years ago, I would not have allowed in the things that I now teach fluidly. Yet that is perfect. The timing wasn't right, but it came around again, and this time it was perfect. I celebrate that perfection.

I Celebrate That Which Resonates Or Is In-Tune With Me At This Time. I Feel The Alignment Of It. 

Spread Some Joy Today--because feeling good has become so important to you that you seek it every minute of every day, and because it resonates with you so clearly, you cannot help but share it with others in your demeanor, body language, and speech.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-21-19

"If you want to lose wait, 
begin by reducing 
the size of your "But. . ." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-24-15]

This post ties perfectly with yesterday, and I'll begin with a quote from Abraham, Ester Hicks from a workshop in Napa CA on February 27th, 1997:

"If you had one goal, and that was to feel good, you would never again need to hear another word from anyone. You would live successfully and happily and in a way of fulfilling your life's purpose ever after."

This whole idea has radically changed my life, and as you might recall from yesterday, I realized that I was feeling negative emotions and paid attention so that I could use that as perfect guidance to move from that to feeling good. I did some things that aided in that process, but the main point is that I used my emotions as guidance to move toward what I know I want, and let go of what I know I don't want.

And, people say, "But. . . it's true, or, But, this is the way it is, or, But, these things actually happened, or, But this is reality, or, But, I'm supposed to feel bad when this happens, or, But, they need to _______, or, But, it's not my fault, or, But, fill in the blank."

Each of these objections leads to no change at all. They simply stay where they are at. And, don't get me wrong, that is okay if you know what you are doing. If you really want to feel bad, that is a personal choice, and who am I to take you away from your personal or professional pain? Keep it if you will. However, should you not really want to keep it, then getting your "But" out of there would be beneficial.

Decide If You Will: There Is Nothing More Important Or Beneficial Than Choosing To Feel Good. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing it on purpose.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-20-19

"Is the world you are looking at see-worthy?" 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-23-15]

Yesterday was a fascinating day. I got up feeling "off." As I moved through my morning, I felt more off. As I was recognizing the negative feeling within me, I wanted to feel better. So I began trying to find better feeling thoughts, yet this off-feeling was persistent. So, I sat down, put my headphones on and played my 15-minute morning meditation CD. Then, I did another, then another.

I was feeling better, but still not where I wanted to be. Now I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with physical possessions around me, so I took a short nap escaping the thoughts for a few minutes. Sometimes I just need to chill for a bit and let go of that rope, so to speak, and taking a nap often helps to let it go.

As I persisted on wanting to feel good, I began looking for things around me to appreciate. I put on some favorite music that helps me feel good and that helped too. Then I began appreciating sound and how I respond to certain sounds positively.

This caused me to think about one of my favorite sounds in the whole world: A spring afternoon and listening to the birds chirping. I could enjoy that for hours. There is nothing quite like it. This caused me to think about the courtyard right outside my office and how nice it is all messy with leaves and such. The birdbath where I can watch all different sizes and types of birds pause for a drink, or splash around bathing themselves.

Then I looked around at the stuff in my house that was previously bothering me and my thoughts of being overwhelmed by it all, but now I was seeing it differently. I was seeing all manner of things and remembering when I bought them or how I acquired them, and how special they were at that time. I began appreciating them all over again, and that if I wanted to, I could let them go at any time and that it would be okay.

Then I...well, I don't want to make this too long. Let's just say that I turned myself around and I began to feel good again. I began feeling appreciative. I began feeling valuable. I began to feel whole again. I kept finding more things to see that helped me to feel these improved feelings. My world became see-worthy again.

Here's a great bit from Abraham, Esther Hicks on this subject:

"As you hold to your intention to look for evidence of Well-Being and thriving and success and happiness, you will tune yourself to the vibrations of those things--and so those kinds of good-feeling experiences will dominate your life. Today, no matter where I am going, no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to look for what I am wanting to see." 

"You cannot be in a place other than where you are right now, but you do have the power to begin to express your perspective about where you are in increasingly better ways. And as you do that consciously and deliberately, you will see the evidence of the power of your focus on every subject to which you turn your attention."

"As you make the decision that you want to feel good and you consciously look for positive aspects within the subjects that you are involved in every day, and as you deliberately identify and focus upon what you do want regarding these subjects, you will set yourself upon a path of Eternal unfolding satisfaction and joy." 

Help Your World To Be See-Worthy By Telling A Different Story. Tell It The Way You Want It To Be. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by creating joy for yourself through appreciation.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-19-19

"They say that nobody is perfect. 
Then they tell you practice makes perfect. 
I wish they'd make up their minds." 

-- Wilt Chamberlain 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-21-15]

As a manager who has had the distinct opportunity to hire many people over the years, I agree with this interesting and oh, so accurate quote:

"The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form." -- Stanley J Randall

Even more so, that applies to almost every resume I've ever seen. I never hire based on a resume! Never.

So, I was thinking about perfection. Nobody is perfect is a very common quip. It is more often than not used as a shield against other people's fault-finding. I thought about that phrase, nobody's perfect. Maybe it's true. Maybe nobody is perfect.

Yet if that were true, what is all this striving for perfection stuff that is going on all over the planet? Practice?

Then, I thought, well. . . if nobody's perfect, maybe everybody is perfect. But, then people are always finding fault, especially the outside-looking-in crowd. Bodies come in all sizes, shapes, and so on and so on.

Some say that we will never be perfect, or that there was only one perfect person and he died 2,000 years ago.

All this stuff about perfection is just stuff. It just doesn't matter. We're all perfect, or we're all not perfect, or we will never be perfect, or we all could be perfect if we worked at it hard enough. It's all simply perspective. Who's looking, who's interested, who's opinion is it? What is their criterion? Who are they to judge? What does it all mean, anyway?

That is all so much work and such a cauldron of stress. Let it go. Let go of the rope. Perfect? Not Perfect? Who cares. Just live. Enjoy yourself. Play with the kids or the dog or cat. Watch a funny movie. Kick back. Have a cocktail. Or herb tea. Eat something delicious. Smell the air. Feel your body. Have more sex. Laugh at work. Sing in the shower. Enjoy yourself, or better said, INjoy yourself.

Find some joy. If there was anything other than love that was perfect, it is being in joy.

Love A Little. Love A Lot. Allow Your Inner Light To Shine Brightly. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Yes. Spread it all over yourself. Roll around in it. Slide down the hill on it. Let it melt on your body. Rock n' Roll in it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-18-19

"Resistance is thought
transformed into feeling. 
Change the thought 
that creates resistance, 
and there is no more resistance." 

-- Robert Conklin 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-20-19]

Here's one of the best things that I've learned from the Teachings of Abraham and I play with it every single day now:

"You can't take sides against anything. If you would just leave the "against" part out; if you would just be one who is for things--you would live happily ever after. . ." 

The news is bad enough with negative things exploited, but Facebook is worse, I think. It seems there are so many posts where someone is replaying a video and exclaiming how awful this or that is, whether it was police brutality caught on camera, or something far worse.

There is a lot of pushing against things on social media. "Ain't it awful?" "We need to rise up against this outrage!" "Share this post if you care about changing this!" "This person needs to go to jail!" "We need to stop this from ever happening again!" "Join our "against that" campaign." "Let's all fight this together! Together we can win." "If it's important, it is worth fighting for." "Join the war on _____."

Whatever we resist persists. These people are actually spreading the negativity. Who needs the news? I let them do as they will, but I choose to not plug into it. Even if it might be an outrage, I will let someone else push against it, fight it, recruit troops to fight for the cause and all that stuff. They can have it. I don't want anything to do with it.

I choose to have my own personal reality--one filled with joy and fun and peace. That is exactly how we create our own world, by simply deciding to do so. We used to call people crazy who created their own reality, but who really wants the reality that is being spread by the media and those fighters on Facebook and other places?

Peace is not won by violence. Peace would be the opposite of that. Joy is not created by justice. It doesn't even go there. It is absolutely as simple as deciding to be joyful, to seek joy, to look for things to appreciate, to refuse to plug into all the stuff that some people want to fight about.

I was thinking about that cigarette commercial way back that showed the guy with a black eye puffing on a filter cigarette and saying, "I'd rather fight than switch." Looks like he did so. For a cigarette? OMG!

I have stopped pushing against things, situations, world events, and so much more. Now I look for things to appreciate and I walk around most of the day with a silly grin on my face, and joy in my heart. That's my new reality. 

You Can Have Some Too. As Much As You Want. Just Look For Things To Appreciate. 

Spread Some Joy Today--There is absolutely nothing like it. Yes!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-17-19

"My singular goal in life
is that of being in joy." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-19-15]

Yesterday, I gave away 16 copies each of two short books that are without a doubt in my top five books I've ever read. In the last year, I've easily given over 80 of each of them away to people I do training classes for, speaking to youth group, and just casually as the opportunity presents itself.

One of those books is a classic originally published in 1903, and because it is now public domain, it has been republished by scores of people and is still a popular seller in 2015. It is As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen. You can read it in about 30 minutes or so, but this book to me is like a favorite bit of smooth milk chocolate that I put on my tongue and enjoy the slow melting of it coating my tongue and my throat. It is one to savor.

The other is also worthy of savoring: Love Is Letting Go Of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. I've given hundreds of copies of this away over the years. You can also read this one in about an hour. Most of us have short attention spans, so short is good.

The biggest thing I took from Love Is Letting Go Of Fear, was that rather than juggling so many different kinds of goals, to have a single goal in life. I will quote from that short page, subtitled, Singleness of Goal, in the book:

"Peace of mind as our single goal is the most potent motivating force we can have. To have inner peace we need to be consistent in having peace of mind as our single goal. Instead of having a single goal, we are all tempted to try to juggle multiple goals. Juggling can only serve to deflect our focus and increase our conflict. We can achieve consistency in keeping this single goal in mind by reminding ourselves of the singleness of purpose we would have if we suddenly found ourselves drowning in the ocean. We would, in that situation, put all of our attention into the single goal of staying afloat and breathing for survival."

In the last two years, I've come to the same conclusion and practice, except I use the word joy. My single goal in life is now joy. If something comes where I make a choice, I choose the one that will bring me joy. If joy is not available to choose, then I choose not to act. I follow that which brings me joy.

Last night I had two choices that would bring me joy, and that was lovely. Either one would be joyful. I chose one without the slightest issue of not choosing the other. What a wonderful kind of choice that is. Joseph Campbell said to "follow your bliss," and that is as close to joy as I can think of. Gerald Jampolsky said to have a "singular goal of peace of mind," and that is not only in the ballpark but inside the infield.

Joy, Bliss, Peace Of Mind. Those Words Are Soothing Just Looking At Them, Saying Them, Writing Them. But, Living Them Is Even Better. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Hey! That's an idea! Let's spread some joy today!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-16-19

"You can lead a horse to water, 
but you can't make him drink." 

-- a very old saying 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-18-15]

This week, I gave away a lot of books. How many do you think will get read? I haven't got a clue. I certainly hope that they all would, but that seems highly unlikely. But, I have learned that it isn't my job to decide, nor can I spend any serious time being concerned about whether they get read or not. If I was concerned, I might rather not spend the money it cost to buy them, to begin with.

One of the significant mentors in my life, Jim Rohn, said that in America (this was around 1979), only 3% of the population owns a library card. I've also heard it said and seen it in writing that only 3% "succeed" in life. Their definition is those who are financially well enough off that they can "retire" comfortably without relying on supplements such as Social Security.

I used to plug into all that stuff. I don't anymore. Life is all about choices, and each of us chooses. Not all choose consciously, but they all choose. And, we are choosing all day long every day we are here living our lives on this planet.

The most significant thing I learned about this is that it isn't my decision to make for them. The only person I can decide about is me. Everyone has to make their own choice.

Can I influence? Sure. To what degree is not up to me. Ultimately, I can only lead myself, and whatever I offer to others has to be a gift without strings. If I think they should do something with that gift, that means I'm trying to decide for them. Even when people are, based on my own opinion, choosing poorly, I cannot decide for them. I might influence them, but that is all.

So, really what I was giving out this week, was a number of opportunities. "Here's an opportunity, do with it as you wish. It is a gift that I only hope could bring value to you."

How many times have you had opportunities that you blew off, didn't care for, didn't want? How many times have you had opportunities that seriously changed your life? We've all had both. The choice of what to do with them was ours alone.

The reason I'm writing this is that I think sometimes as parents, teachers, managers, leaders, that we might get frustrated that some are not responding to our teaching in the way we would like. Sometimes we see people wasting their talent--in our opinion, of course. Sometimes we simply put too much energy into what decisions others make or should make or didn't make. It just doesn't matter. I think we just need to give from our heart and mind and leave the rest up to everyone else. If we influence positively, excellent, and if we miss the mark in our own estimation, that's okay too. 

The Other Person's Decision Is Not Ours To Make. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by letting go of the rope.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-15-19

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-15-15]

Here's some love for you today:

 "We would like you to release the word "achieve" or "earn" from your vocabulary and from your understanding, altogether, and we would like you to replace those words with the word "allow". You're wanting to allow your Well-Being, not achieve it. It's not something that you need to earn. All you have to do is decide what it is you would like to experience, and then allow it in order to achieve it. It isn't something you have to struggle for or try for. You are all worthy beings. You are deserving of the Well-Being."

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks, July 8th, 2000

Struggle? What's that? I'm Allowing. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Relax.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-14-19

"Death can come at any minute, in any way. 

We do not know what is in store tomorrow, 
or, whether there is a tomorrow, 
or even a tonight! 

But still, we have the golden present. 
Now we are alive and kicking. 

What should we do now? 

Love all, serve all." 

-- Sri Swami Satchidananda 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-11-19]

This is good advice to remember often. I would add one more thing: Enjoy yourself and enjoy your time.

Steve Jobs said, "My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."

Is there really a time where being upset, angry, especially at a loved one, worth it? I have learned that it isn't worth anything.

How about all the stuff? I was looking through an old trunk today which had things from back in the '70s and beyond. There was a list of possessions that I made, and I had a value next to each one. I was in the Air Force in 1971 and living in a trailer off base and this list had no furniture on it because we didn't own any. The entire list was valued at what we paid for it, not what it was worth. Even so, it was less than $1200, and two guitars and an amp was $825 of the total.

When I look at what I own today that is all so silly, and yet what I own today means almost nothing in comparison to living and enjoying life. Some of the things I own can add to that enjoyment, but most do not. They are just things and they are there.

I'm listening to a wonderful new album, Cool Waters, by a Swedish acoustic guitarist named Martin Tallstrom and I am in bliss just listening to this beautiful musicianship. The smile on my whole face says so. That is worth it.

What is worth it to you? More stuff? I doubt it.

I recommend enjoying your time whether you are at work or at home or wherever you happen to be. I recommend loving your loved ones like there's no tomorrow because there might not be one. Love. Serve. Enjoy.

Have A Blessed Weekend. Allow Joy To Wash Over You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by being present right now.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-13-19

"When you listen generously to people 
they can hear the truth in themselves, 
often for the first time." 

-- Rachel Naomi Remen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-10-15]

I like to talk sometimes, but something I've really opened myself up to in the last number of years is listening intently. I learn from talking and I learn much more by listening.

In today's fast-paced world, it is common to multitask, almost as if it is required of us. This often causes us to listen superficially because we are thinking about other things, like what we're going to be doing next, our next appointment and what time it is, what I'm wanting to eat for lunch or dinner, what we want to say next, and a very long list of other trivia that keeps us from listening intently.

Karl A Menninger said, "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."

When I have the opportunity to talk and share some ideas, often those thoughts are forming, ideas are forming right then. They might even be things I haven't thought about quite that way, and so the act of talking is a creative thing too--IF, someone is actually listening with interest. If they are not, I may as well be home alone talking to the wall. However, just like a performer can excel as never before because they have an attentive audience, my own ideas and thoughts excel when I have one too. Even when it is only one person.

At the same time, I love listening. Or, I should say, I have grown to love to listen to other people talking, sharing ideas, and their own thoughts. I have had many great conversations where I said almost nothing, and certainly nothing memorable. They say a conversation should be two ways. Well, the best two ways is one talking and one listening fully. That completes a conversation. If you want to take turns, that's okay too.

If you think that you have not been a good listener, and you know who you are, try this. Try listening intently with anyone who talks with you today. Maybe try it for a couple of days. Watch what happens. They will think you're a great conversationalist. At the very least, watch how good it makes the other person feel. It's an amazing lesson.

If you're in customer service or sales, try really listening. Ask a few questions here and there to get them to expand further and watch what happens. I think you will be amazed.

"The Best Gurus Are Disguised As Regular People." -- Alan Cohen 

Spread Some Joy Today--by listening well and fully.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-12-19

"No matter what "they," say, 
and no matter what they do, 
and no matter what 
they don't say or don't do, 
they actually love you. 

I know because they told me. 

I love you," 

The Universe
-- a.k.a. Mike Dooley 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-12-15]

Mike Dooley has been pretending to be the Universe for a long time. I've been getting his 5-day a week emails for many years, and they are all good. Then, once in a while one really gets me thinking, like the one above.

I received this one on Friday morning, and I couldn't get the thought out of my head that everyone on the planet loves me. 

Think about it. What if everyone on the planet loves you? That would include so-called terrorists, crooks, and all manner of "bad guys." Of course it for sure includes everyone you know. This was a fascinating thought for me.

What if we are all living in our own dream of our own creation? I think we are.

What if we were completely certain that every person on this planet actually did love us? Would you act differently? Would you look at everyone outside of you differently? Would you be more loving by knowing this regardless of how they might seem to be acting right now? These and many others were questions I was asking myself all day Friday and into Saturday.

I think we only act the way we do, respond the way we do, say thing things we say (whether in our mind or aloud), because we don't think much about the possibility of them loving us, except, of course, those in our inner circle.

Even though we may be dealing with someone who is obviously angry and upset with us, saying nasty things, or just being a pain in the ass, wouldn't it be so interesting if we saw through all of that, knowing full well that underneath that facade, they loved us unconditionally?

We might also consider the opposite. What if we actually loved everyone on the planet?

It Might Be Fun To Think This Way For A Few Days And Try It Out. It May Be A Game Changer.

Spread Some Joy Today--This would be one way of spreading joy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-11-19

"The most valuable possession
you can own
is an open heart. 
The most powerful weapon 
you can be 
is an instrument of peace." 

-- Carlos Santana 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-8-15]

I am a work in progress. Except it is better to say a play in progress, because who likes work?

I had a dream early this morning, and in it, I was asked, "why are you so happy?" The answer is easy and I can put it in one short sentence: I let go of the rope.

That's it. I just let go of the struggle, the concerns, the worries. Abraham says that "Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don't want." Wow. Isn't that spot on!

Yet, to define it just a bit more, I've made peace with where I am. This quote by Abraham, Esther Hicks spells it out accurately: "When we say to you, make peace with where you are, we want you to make peace with where everyone is; we want you to make peace with the world events; we want you to make peace with where your friend is in relationship with where your friend wants to be. We want it to be all right with you where anybody is."

This last paragraph is easily one of the most powerful things I have ever learned. I make peace with where I am, wherever I am, doing what I do. I have become an allower. It is what I came here to learn and to teach: Allow people and circumstances to be what they are without any concern that I need to join them where they are. I choose what I focus on, and allow them to do the same. This is also the same thing as unconditional love.

As a result of these things, I have a different view of the world around me. I don't plug into things like I used to. I don't pay any attention to what is going on in the world, or what other people are upset about. I don't join groups that fight things. I do my best not to push against anything at all. I simply refuse to participate in things that are all about resistance. I don't talk about illness or diseases, or terrorism, or politics of any kind, or religion even. I'm not blind to the news, but I pay no real attention to it. Getting upset about anything doesn't serve me at all. So, I just let all that be and let others get as upset as they choose, and I am okay with all of that.

Yet, the number one thing that has caused me to seem so happy is that I've changed my entire idea and definition of success. It used to be something that I thought was all about money or lining up with a certain number. I used to chase it everywhere I went, then I simply changed my definition and now allow success to wash over me. My definition now matches this Abraham, Esther Hicks statement: 

"The standard of success in life isn't the things. It isn't the money or the stuff. It is absolutely the amount of joy that you feel."

I've now had more joy in my life in the last 5 years than all of the 60 years previous to that. I see no end to it and it is expanding, becoming more joyous all the time. There are thousands of levels of joy. I'm tasting them all.

To recap, why am I so happy: 1. I changed my definition of success in life, what is important, what I want most. It is joy. 2. I let go of the rope. I don't worry or fret much at all about anything. and, 3. I allow others, the world, circumstances, and events to be what they are. I allow others to choose whatever they choose without me being concerned about their choices. I've made peace with where I am and with the world.

Oh, And One More: I Practice It Every Single Day, All Day Long. It Is Joy To Simply Practice These Things. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by deciding that joy is important to you. Choose what you will. I choose joy.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-10-19

"The only real value of competition
is the challenge it may present
that causes excitement within us. 
This then causes us to become more creative." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-7-15]

Some people are afraid of competition. They might think that someone else or several others are coming in and taking over and that they are going to lose ground, lose business, be driven out of business, or otherwise be damaged by others in the same market doing the same or very similar things. Some then focus on that and do whatever they can to fight the competition, to beat them, to drive them back. And, it is usually to no avail. It's sort of like fighting life itself.

If only those would let go of the fear and see the value based on the quote above. The so-called competition can cause excitement in us, get our juices flowing, and cause us to become creative again, or from a life point of view, to come to life again. The ultimate value of that is growth--becoming more than you were before. If this could be your view of the idea of competition, then competition is a wonderful thing indeed.

It's all about abundance and whether we see and experience abundance or lack of abundance called scarcity--as in not enough to go around. It's whether we see a limited pie that we are trying to get our share of or a larger share of, or whether we simply help create a larger pie so there is enough for all who desire it. It's about where we choose to focus, or our point of view.

In all of the hundreds of books I have read, Esther & Jerry Hicks' book, Money and the Law of Attraction is my top favorite. My copy is so marked up with notes and highlights, paper clips and sticky notes because it is simply a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to help us find that perspective of abundance and so much more. As well, it is about so much more than money. Here are some tidbits on abundance, work effort and more:

"Many people focus upon unwanted things, with no deliberate attention to the emotional Guidance within them, and then they try to compensate for their lackful thinking with physical action. And because of the misalignment of Energy, they do not get results from their action, so then they try harder by offering more action, but still, things do not improve.

Like the air you breathe, abundance in all things is available to you. Your life will simply be as good as you allow it to be. 

If you believe that you must work hard for the abundance that comes to you, then it cannot come without hard work. But in so many cases, the harder you work, the worse you feel, and the worse you feel, the more you disallow the results that you wanted to receive from your hard work. It is no wonder so many people are discouraged and do not know which way to turn, for it seems that no matter what they do, they do not thrive.

Appreciation and love, and alignment to that which is Source is the ultimate "giving back," so to speak. In your pain or struggle, you have nothing to give back. Many complain of unfairness or injustice when they see some people receiving greatly but offering seemingly little effort, while others who work very hard often show very little success--but the Law of Attraction is always consistently just. What you are living is always an exact replication of your vibrational patterns of thought. Nothing could be more fair than life as you are living it, for as you are thinking, you are vibrating, and as you are vibrating, you are attracting--and so you are always getting back the essence of what you are giving. 

The majority of action that is offered today is offered amidst tremendous vibrational resistance, and that is the reason why so many people have come to believe that life is a struggle. It is also the reason why many believe that success and freedom are at odds with one another, when, in reality, they are actually synonymous. It is not necessary to take money out of the equation, but it is necessary that you make your quest for joy be the most dominant part of your equation. When you do that, abundance in all manner will flow to you."

"Seek Joy First, And All Of The Growth That You Could Ever Imagine Will Come Joyously And Abundantly Unto You." -- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Spread Some Joy Today--Absolutely.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-9-19

happiness doesn't depend upon 
who you are or what you have, 
it depends solely upon 
what you think." 

-- Dale Carnegie 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-6-15]

I was looking through many of what is now tens of thousands of quotes that I've saved and printed over the years for a bit of inspiration to write today. I found two things. One is the perfectly stated quote above by the man who pretty much started the self-help genre, or at least was its leader, Dale Carnegie, who's most famous book first published in 1936 is still a large seller today: How to Win Friends and Influence People.

The subject of happiness is interesting in that so many people are looking for it outside of themselves. One of my favorite authors, Alan Cohen, says, "Seeking is not the same as finding. Seeking engenders more seeking, and finding engenders more finding. The end of seeking is finding. Not because it just happens. Because you choose." Seeking happiness is a total waste of time and energy. Finding happiness is so easy. You simply choose it. You choose to be happy. You choose thoughts that cause you to feel happy. It costs nothing, nor does it take any effort.

I was reading over another short piece from Alan Cohen where he was talking about the movie, Legally Blonde, a favorite of mine. Toward the end of the movie, Elle Woods ends up as the defense student-lawyer for Brooke whose claim to fame was having a fitness studio in Los Angeles. So, Elle says to the daughter on the witness stand, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands. They just don't."

Alan Cohen adds this: "People who are happy don't need to hurt anyone else. They feel good enough that they don't give the power of their joy away to others and then grow angry when others do not fulfill their needs. Happy people find the source of their joy inside themselves and free others from the responsibility to make them happy."

He continues, "Take a few moments today to consider if you have given your power away to someone by defining him or her as the source of your happiness. Then consider how good it would feel to be happy no matter what that person says or does. Behold the door to true freedom."

Make Your Own Individual Choice About How You Will Feel In Every Minute Of Every Day. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Joy comes from endorphins. Fill a bag with them and sprinkle them around all day long. They're contagious. You're contagious. Joy is contagious.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-8-19

"Can we care enough
to say what we're thinking? 

Can we expand that conversation
until we have more clarity? 

Can we take down the protective walls 
and be brave enough and open enough 
to trust each other for a while?"

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-5-15]

I watched a movie last night (no surprise there!) that touched a profound chord in me. It's a young people's movie you would think on the surface. It was released in 2014 and it is called Two Night Stand. It's a love story with an interesting twist and its message was so powerful that I think every single couple in the world could benefit from watching this one or more times.

And yet, this flick is not just about couples. I think it applies in all of our relationships all through our lives, and so the power of the message that I received from this movie became that profound chord. 

Here's the synopsis from the DVD sleeve: "After an ill-considered one-night stand, two young New Yorkers are obliged to extend their time together when a paralyzing snowstorm strikes the city, confining the pair to a small cramped apartment."

Here's my synopsis: "Two young seeking people are brought together to satisfy a temporary itch, then through strange circumstances, they are stuck in a small apartment and after a lot of bantering, they finally decide to speak their mind, share their feelings, and open themselves to a different and better world."

To me, this film is all about being open to communicating. I might have used the word honesty in the past, but I don't use that word much anymore because it doesn't mean what I thought it did. Honesty indicates that there is a right way and dishonesty would be the wrong way, but in relationships, it is never about honesty. It is about a willingness to communicate, to speak our minds, to withhold judgment, and to trust a better outcome, with each party growing in the process.

In the movie, it was mainly about sex. That's a place we've all had a lot of experience probably, and how they opened up and talked to each other about what pleased them and what didn't please them, and how they were willing to learn from each other in this way, enhanced both of them to expand to new levels of joy and confidence. That is why I think it was so good for couples. Maybe you are the exception, but I know in my life, I would have loved to do more of this. It's so easy to make assumptions, and at best those are 50/50 in results.

So this was a powerful sex movie, and it was powerful because of the opportunity for them to communicate with one another and learn from one another and grow in the process. It is a powerful relationship movie because unless we are a confirmed hermit, we are in relationships wherever we go. We are in relationships at work with co-workers, supervisors, bosses, and others. We are in relationships as business owners or doing business with others. We are in relationships whenever there is another person that we have the opportunity to communicate with.

In all of those relationships, I think most people have walls around them often raised to protect, and we let out only what we feel is required for the situation. This works fine for many relationships because they are superficial. When it comes to relationships where we are working together, trying to accomplish something together in co-creation, that is not superficial and the willingness to communicate with each other makes it work or not according to how open we can be to learn from each other, how much we can trust each other to speak freely, how much we care about each other in that there be no winner and loser. Both parties or all parties must win.

Sometimes we are so afraid to hurt someone's feelings. That is our own fear, and fear begets more fear as we should already know. It's not about truth or honesty because there is no such thing as that, or if there were, it would be only our own. It is simply about caring enough (loving enough) to want to communicate what we want, what we do not want, what we are thinking, how we are feeling. Of course, this needs to be mutual with the other or others. This doesn't happen on its own in the union, so someone may need to step forth and get the conversation going.

Once it is going, growth is assured. Learning is assured. Better results are assured. More love and respect for each other or others is assured. And, when it comes to sex and business too, more joy is assured.

If You Care Enough, Take A Chance To Be Free. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by speaking and sharing your joy. It's wonderful to feel it yourself, and by spreading it, you get to see it grow into so much more.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-7-19

"Today is the perfect day 
to fall in love with yourself, 
your beloved, and your life." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-3-15]

Adding to this wonderful, insightful quote from Alan, here is a delicious bit from Abraham, Esther Hicks:

"Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could ever nurture. Appreciation of others and the appreciation of yourself is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that we've ever witnessed anywhere in the Universe." 

Appreciation Is The Path Of Least Resistance Into Love. Indeed, Appreciation Is Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by exercising your appreciation. It is joy in action.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-6-19

"Other people's ratings and opinions
are entirely personal to them. 
Taking their advice may cause one
to miss many new joys. 
It is completely beneficial 
to make up one's own mind." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-2-15]

I saw the preview, I put off ordering it on Netflix. I'm not sure why. Then I ordered it and it arrived, and I let it sit there for a couple of weeks. I almost repackaged it and sent it back unwatched, and then I thought, what the heck, give it a shot, so I just watched, Hector and the Search for Happiness. I see the ratings in a Google search are not kind, but I've seen that before on movies I really enjoyed, and this one was another one of those that I enjoyed very much in spite of the ratings and opinions of others.

The little happiness lessons on Hector's journey are quite interesting and so true. What I liked was that many were different than I might have thought, and one that I want to focus on for a bit here was this: "Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story." 

Frankly, I think not knowing the whole story will often be a grand benefit. This allows us to see others as we choose to see them, like looking through the eyes of innocence. It helps us to create a new story, even if it may be a short one. It helps us to see something fresh.

We all have loads of experience, and I could easily call much of that, baggage. So, to see without all of that is of benefit.

Another thing is that it allows us to learn in bits more about another person. I think it is always exciting to get to know someone, to find common threads, and allow a relationship, however brief, to unfold in its own time.

This lesson naturally leads to one of the others: "Making comparisons can spoil your happiness." We are all unique. Being open to a relationship is being open to accepting and appreciating that uniqueness.

Two others stood out for me. One is, "The basic mistake people make is to think that happiness is the goal!" So true. Happiness isn't something we can find, it is something we choose and allow. It's not the pursuit of happiness that matters, it is simply the acceptance of happiness.

The other one is, "Many people see happiness only in their future." There is no future, and there is no past really. There is only now. When the "future" comes it will show up as now. So, hoping for or waiting for happiness in another time and space defeats the whole idea of being happy. There is only one place in time that happy can exist and that is right now, this second, then another, and another, and another.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-5-19

"There's no more important
criticism than self-criticism. 

 And negative self-talk is hungry
for external corroboration. 

The remedy for negative self-talk, then, 
is not the search for unanimous praise
from the outside world. 

The remedy is
accurate and positive self-talk. 
Endless amounts of it." 

-- Seth Godin 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 4-1-15]

I enjoyed a blog article by Seth Godin, from which the quote above was drawn. And I related to it immediately since most of my life no matter how positive someone might have thought I was, there was droning negative self-talk going on in my own head that until recently riddled my life with problems.

The day after receiving Seth's blog post via email, I received another related blog post from Pam Grout. Pam is the author of 17 books and the last two are the best sellers, E-Squared, and E-Cubed, both of which I have enjoyed and shared with many others.

In her post, she told a story that reminded her of two magical words she uses in her life all the time, so I thought I would share her comments here. She calls it "The Two Magic Words That Can Change Your Life Forever:

"No matter what. No matter what is happening to you, it's important to acknowledge that, "it's okay." 

No matter how you feel, "it's okay." No matter what you think, "it's okay." 

Most of us, instead of being "okay" with our lives, get all balled up with judgment and fear. We exhaust ourselves trying to make things different. 

Our thoughts emit an electrical charge. And when the thoughts are busy "not being okay," we put up a roadblock to our good. 

"It's okay" is the energy of love. So whatever is happening in your life, simply say, "It's okay" and let the loving flow of the universe do the heavy lifting." 

[See more about Seth, and more about Pam at

It's All Okay. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by going with the flow and not swimming so hard against the current. Easy is okay.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-4-19

"Being happy 
is a very personal thing-- 
and it really has nothing to do 
with anyone else." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 3-31-15]

Isn't That A Wonderful Thing. A Personal Choice. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing to be happy. Just because.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Daily Inspiration 9-3-19

"How you see 
and how you feel about today, 
has a lot to do with 
how you see 
and how you feel about the past." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 3-30-15]

The good ole' days. Those were the days that are better than today. I was in my prime, I was younger then, life was easier then, I was naive then. So as I look back or see photos of the past, I think how much better it was then. When I do this, my present is diminished considerably. 

I was sharing a 25-year old photograph with a friend. It was good times then. It is now as well. When I look at the past with gratitude, joy, appreciation, I am doing that in the present, so I am enjoying that and feeling those emotions right now. If I look at the past as if those were the days, better days than now, or wish that I could go back to them, I am feeling those emotions right now and they are guiding my life right now. 

This is a perfect reason to appreciate the past, find joy in the past, regardless of what went on. If I look at a past event that had pain attached at the time, those emotions of pain and trauma are in my present and I am feeling them in my life right this minute, not in the past. I am recreating them now. How do you suppose that affects today? Or even tomorrow?

It seems natural to have memories stored in two columns--the good memories in column A and the bad and painful memories in column B. But, that is not natural, and it doesn't serve me.

If I find the appreciation for what was, the joy in the experience, or the joy in the learning from experience, or the idea that things happened then because that is how you were and others were then, I will feel the appreciation, joy, and knowledge gained right now, today. I am the accumulation of all of my experiences.

Many people I have known over the years have left this Earth physically. What I think about that and how I feel about that has everything to do with how I think and feel today. If I am feeling sad that they are gone, I am feeling that today. It is affecting how I live, think and feel today. If I look at those events with appreciation, growing love, and joy, I am experiencing that today, right now, and that changes the event to something positive right now.

So, the way I see the past has everything to do with how I see my present. How I feel about the past, has everything to do with how I feel about the present. And, I am thinking and feeling all of that in the present.

They say you can't change the past. You've heard that over and over again. It's untrue. You can change the past. The only way you can change the past is by changing how you think about it, and feel about it, and talk about it today. We are always so much more in control of our lives than we think. When you realize that you CAN change the past to something that you can love and appreciate, you are exercising a power that changes worlds. 

No Matter What It May Seem Like, There Is Only The Present. And, It Is A Present. It Is A Gift. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by simply enjoying your day, and any other days that come into your present.