Thursday, November 14, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-14-19

"One of the keys
to all drama
is conflict. 
If there isn't any conflict, 
there isn't any drama." 

"Nothing worthwhile 
happens without conflict." 

-- James Patterson 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-25-15]

Last weekend on Facebook, I saw a link to a class put on by James Patterson, who is considered the world's most successful author, on a site called I immediately signed up and took the entire course with 22 videos that same day. It was quite interesting and worth far more than the cost of admission. There are some other courses on there like an acting course by Dustin Hoffman. Very inexpensive too. End of commercial.

It's interesting and funny to me that I might watch 22 videos on a subject with thousands of words spoken, and have a handful of them reach out and grab my attention. And, it happens a lot, then I must stop and write it down. This is the case with the two quotes above. I found them fascinating and insightful in our daily lives.

Of course, in James Patterson's case, he is creating conflict on purpose to create drama and create, as he calls it, "commercial fiction." He also wants to draw people in, keep them guessing and moving all the way to the end. This he does.

I was thinking more along the lines of how we feel as we move through our lives. We all want to feel good, yet quite often people end up choosing to feel anxious, angry, unhappy, depressed, melancholy, worried, and much more that causes them to feel bad or not good. What causes that? It is conflict. 

Conflict is having animosity, feeling different than, feeling strife, having bad blood, feeling antagonistic, in opposition to, competition, having a dispute, having hostility about someone or something, disagreeing with, struggling, being disturbed by, and more. If you're alive, there will be conflict in your life.

It is here for a reason and it can either be beneficial as in the second quote, "nothing worthwhile happens without conflict," or it can become such a part of our lives that we are ruled by it. That would be a lot of drama, and I'll bet that you know someone that is just that way, and you can easily see how obvious it is once you know what you're looking for.

A more beneficial word for conflict is contrast. The value of that is to see what we do not want, causing us to know better what we do want. As we realize by how we feel that where we are and have the awareness to know that what is happening, we can choose what we do want and move toward it by choosing better feeling thoughts.

This process need not have drama. It need not have pain. Though the contrast may cause us to not feel as good, that is perfect guidance to help us on our way to what we do want instead. As James said, "nothing worthwhile happens without conflict." Just change the last word to contrast to soften it, but either way, it is true enough. The results of that are determined by how we respond to the conflict or contrast. Only we are in charge of that.

If You Step In Some Nasty Stuff, The Only Thing That Really Matters Is How Long You Stand There. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Keep moving toward joy. It's what you really want, so keep moving.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-13-19

"Your best teacher 
is your last mistake." 

-- Ralph Nader 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-24-15]

. . . and your last success, and your last experience, and this very moment. The only secret to learning is to be awake to it, be open to it, and every moment can be a learning experience.

Does learning, or 'a learning experience' mean that we miss the enjoyment of the moment, being in the moment? Absolutely not. It simply means we are paying attention. Based on that, it deepens the experience, the moment.

It is true that I have seen some who don't seem to pay attention, who keep doing the same things without realizing their repetitive behavior. I have confidence that they will awaken at any moment. It might be a song, a phrase, a book, or a look, and then they will awaken. What a glorious time this is, and I have to believe, because of its sheer mountain of ecstasy at the moment of awakening, that all who are human want to experience this. There is more going right in your world and mine than we may notice or pay attention to.

There is more beauty and fullness too. There is more well-being, more abundance, more joy than we may have previously imagined.

This Place Is A Connection With All-That-Is. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by loving the moment you're with.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-12-19

"If your goal is "to become successful," 
you might be overlooking 
what you've already achieved." 

-- Michael Katz 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-23-15]

It's perfect to know where you are headed, what you want in your career, your life, your family. It's great to set goals with the intent of achieving them. But, sometimes maybe we get too focused on what we do not yet have that we forget what we've gathered along the way.

Oprah Winfrey said, "If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks points out that, "You cannot desire something--and notice that it isn't coming--without offering two contradictory vibrations that won't let it come." It reminds me of kids on a long trip so often asking, "are we there yet?" Or maybe, "how much longer?"

There are millions of shades of gray and other colors, so many shades of love, lots of things that have variations on the same theme. Why not success? I know we think that success for us is much more concrete in that it is a solid place we intend to achieve, but what if it's not? What if it is a long line of shades of success as you move toward that solid goal of finally being there? What if every hour, every day is one more successful step in a successful journey toward success? What if you're already successful and not acknowledging it, not celebrating it, not giving yourself the credit that you already deserve?

Maybe a good way is to chill just enough to enjoy your day. Maybe relax and celebrate today and the accumulated success, knowledge, skills, love, expansion that you are achieving today and have achieved all along your way to wherever you are headed. What a delightful journey that would be in comparison with wondering if you're there yet, or fretting over the fact that you have not yet arrived. You are there. You have achieved much. You have grown and expanded. You cannot help it. That is your destiny to want and to experience. Now simply enjoy it as you travel to the next destination.

There will always be the next destination. It doesn't matter so much what that is because it will change soon enough; however, what matters more is how you feel today and feeling good will delight you on your journey and cause it to be worthwhile every single step along the way.

Celebrate Each Moment In Your Travel. Enjoy Your Journey. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by choosing to focus on feeling good. As you do, you cannot help but share that with others. Even without saying a word.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-11-19

"There is so much more that is 
going right in your world than wrong." 

-- Abraham, Esther Hicks 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-21-15]

A really great way to live my life is to think that I am living in my dream. I get to choose what is in my dream. I get to choose what I focus on or ignore. Crime isn't in my world, it is in the world of other people. War and strife are not in my world. Unhappiness is not in my world. My world is at peace.

Here's a magical way to start each day from Abraham, Esther Hicks. Let's not call it an affirmation. Let's call it a blueprint. All buildings are built from a blueprint. Maybe write it down, print this out, and paste it where you can see it every morning and then read along. The magic begins the very first day:

"Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good. Nothing is more important than that I choose thoughts that attract other thoughts that attract other thoughts that raise my vibrational frequency to the place where I can resonate with the positive aspects of the Universe."

If that's too long, feel free to shorten it to this:

"Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good." That will do just fine. The magic begins on day one and continues with each day. Expect magic.

This bit really jumped off the page at me on Friday, June 19th from that day's message in the Ask and It Is Given perpetual calendar: "Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will enjoy your exposure to the variety and contrast that helps you identify your desire--and you will enjoy the sensation of your own desire that is being launched from your own valuable perspective and is flowing from you."

This is the part that jumped off the page at me:  "Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all." And I'm still thinking about it today. It is so true.

In years past, and I've mentioned it several times in these Daily Inspirations, I often felt like a ball in a pinball machine emotionally. I was bouncing off this issue, that statement, getting flipped here and there, sinking to new lows, all the while trying to be so positive during the day at work. People would piss me off and I'd be in a funk about it. Things would go on in the world that I hated with a passion. My boss was an idiot more often than I cared for, and of course, it was never me. It was never my thinking. It was always what they did that caused problems with me. I was innocent. I was the victim.
That was a whole bunch of feeling sorry for myself and thinking I was not in charge of circumstances in my life, let alone the feelings I had about things. Sad, but true.

I have learned from much joyful study that I am in control of my world. What happens in my world is in my sole control. Anything that happens that I don't like is simply contrast that guides me to what my new desire is. I now control my emotions. I control how I choose to feel. If I feel a negative emotion, I can get excited because that is my guidance system at work, and it reminds me that in my world, I am in charge and I can change what I think and how I feel any time I so desire. And, in fact, that contrast creates that new desire which makes it so easy.

"Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all." That line is the ultimate guidance to me. It is where I have wanted to be and it is where I am because I know that I control my world, and every other person controls their own world. We come together in co-creation as we choose, yet ultimately, and delightfully, we are the final decision maker of our own way. We each can choose this or ignore it as we wish. I spent a lifetime looking for it (I could say it is the holy grail for me), and I relish that choice.

It is all choice, and the magic of beginning with this: "Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good," which leads to the holy grail of, "Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all."

May The Choice Be With You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--because it simply cannot be helped.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-10-19

"It doesn't matter how many times 
during the day that I pick up the rope, 
it only matters that I lay it down." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-20-15]

It doesn't matter to me anymore whether after picking up the rope and pulling on it I think I am winning the tug-o-war or losing the war. It is all resistance. Simply the act of picking it up is resistance. And, I now realize and understand that whenever I pick up that rope, I feel bad. It doesn't matter what name I give the emotion, such as, anger, jealousy, unhappiness, hurt feelings, disappointment, they are always negative when I have the rope in my hands--even when I think I'm winning.

I might pick up that rope many times during the day. Some people might think I need the exercise. However, there is one strong value in realizing that I have the rope in my hands again. It is that I am seeing what I do not want, and this allows me to realize that I am struggling with what I do not want. At the same time, as I pay attention to how I am feeling, I have the opportunity to know what I do want instead, and if I summon even the smallest amount of courage, I can drop the rope and go in the direction of my new desire, and I will always feel good in the process.

Some might think that when I finally get fully positive that I will never ever again have negative thoughts and emotions. That will never happen. What does, and what has happened though, is that I no longer dwell on what I don't want as much, and every day that I realize my own power, I dwell there less and less. So, yes, I pick up that rope, often not realizing that I have done so for a short while, but by paying attention to how I am feeling, and noticing that I am not feeling good, I remember that which is what I want more than anything: to feel good. At that moment, I drop the rope, and there I am feeling better already.

There are hundreds of ways that we all pick up that rope. We often find plenty of justification. And I know this--whenever we pick up that rope, we are not feeling good. We are feeling bad. We will never feel good holding on to the rope. It doesn't matter how strong we think we are or how many are on our side pulling because holding and pulling on that rope is a no-win game. Unless we enjoy feeling bad, the only solution to feeling good is in dropping the rope. It doesn't matter how many times we pick it up each day, week, month, year. It only matters that we lay it down so that we can feel good again. With each act of laying it down, we get more and more relief.

Lay It Down. Or Not. We Always Choose For Ourselves. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing that we cannot hold the rope and have joy at the same time.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-9-19

"Habits are at first cobwebs, 
then cables." 

-- Spanish Proverb 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-19-15]

The following is one of the best quotes I've ever seen, and it is full of wisdom and insight. I will let it stand on its own:

"Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, 
choosing gratitude until we are grateful, 
praising God until we ourselves 
are a constant act of praise." 

Fr. Richard Rohr 


Spread Some Joy Today--by making choices that lift you up.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-8-19

"Make an executive decision, 
then act on it with boldness. 
Regardless of how it turns out, 
it will be far better 
than thinking it to death." 

-- Albert K. Strong 

New: Audio version

{Classic post from 6-18-15]

Henry Ford so matter-of-factually said, "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." All the best thoughts and decisions have so little value without action. Accomplishment requires activity. 

A decision to change something is limp without activity following the decision. Let's say that I want to quit smoking, lose some weight, get more physically fit. I've made the decision hundreds of times probably and then remained the same or even made it worse by continually focusing on the problem and not the solution. The solution requires--no, it doesn't simply require--it demands action. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently encouraged us to "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

As important as the action is, it was thinking that created a decision, and thinking that caused us to act, and it will be thinking that will keep us on the path toward our goal. If one were more important than the other, it would be thinking that prevails; however, when it comes to accomplishment in the physical world, activity, or action with our dedicated thinking behind it rules.

When I get my mind in order; that is, aligned with what I really want, then I make that executive decision, and take even the weakest of action, I am on my way. The more aligned my thought is, the stronger the action will be, but the less strength is required. Action alone is all work and no play and has limited results. Aligned thought with action makes accomplishment a delight.

Even The So-Called Wrong Decision Can Be Far Superior To No Decision At All. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by deciding to simply enjoy yourself today regardless of what is going on. Let's hear some praise and appreciation in that self-talk!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-7-19

"Dreams are renewable. 
No matter what our age or condition, 
there are still untapped possibilities within us 
and new beauty waiting to be born." 

-- Dr. Dale Turner 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-17-15]

I think the biggest problem with dreams and the fulfillment of them, is that we get too focused on time, and worse than this is focusing on how they would come about. When we don't see them happening or even coming any closer than thought, we begin wondering how they could come about. Then, we begin the ego-driven analyzing of how that cannot work because we are too _______, don't have enough ___________, or we weren't born to the right parents, or there isn't enough time, or. . . the list is very, very long.

If we really had a belief in our own power and the power of God or the Universe, and if we would leave all the how aspects to them, more would come about to match our desires and dreams. When we struggle against our own dreams, this is the epitome of resistance. We pick up that rope and start struggling against all those enemies: time, lack, unworthiness, timing, age, and more.

Let's all let go of that rope, and just allow God or the Universe to do what they do best.

We Can Just Chill. It Will All Be Okay. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by taking some deep breaths and focus on our own job: What do we want?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-6-19

"Don't wish it were easier, 
wish you were better. 
Don't wish for fewer problems, 
wish for more skills. 
Don't wish for less challenges, 
wish for more wisdom." 

-- Earl Shoaf 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-16-15]

There is a definite difference in looking at the problem and looking at the solution. They have completely different vibrations. Wishing for fewer problems is focusing on the problems, and wishing for more skills, is focusing on the solution. What a dramatic difference is displayed in this short quote by Earl Shoaf, who was Jim Rohn's mentor.

An even better way to look at this is to stop looking at, reminding ourselves of, and mentally or vocally discussing what it is that we don't want. The only way out of this is to focus on what we do want, why we want it, how wonderful it will be to have it, to mentally, vocally, and enthusiastically discuss it, and imagine ourselves already in possession of it.

The way to know where we're at in this focus is absolutely how we feel. When we feel off, negative, angry, down, depressed, jealous, and more, we are focused on what we do not want. When we feel good, alive, energetic, enthusiastic, joyous and more, we are focused on what we do want.

Simply A Change Of Focus. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by focusing on what you want today.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-5-19

"Our chief want 
is someone who will inspire us 
to be what we know we could be." 

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-15-15]

I love this quote by Emerson, and I love how Jim Rohn would respond to it. He would, and has said, "But, what if they don't show up?"

How do we become inspired? What is considered an inspiration? What is it to be inspired? What sizes do inspirations come in? What is it to resist inspiration? Can we make a habit of being inspired?

As with many words, there is more than one definition of inspiration or to be inspired. According to Webster, it is this:

1.a: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
   b: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
   c: the act of influencing or suggesting opinions

2. the act of drawing in; specifically: the drawing of air into the lungs

Perhaps some of us are feeling unworthy of divine influence, but that is nonsense because all are worthy. Or perhaps some of us are waiting and hoping for that huge inspiration, and I say huge because it is divine. It's interesting how we judge divine.

On a smaller scale perhaps it is the action or power of moving our intellect and/or emotions. This is also available to all. Read a book, watch a movie, feel the wind, hear a song, touch the earth, take a nice warm shower. Yesterday I became so inspired just walking the dog. It was 84 degrees with a 15 mph breeze with periodic gusts and it felt so divine and luxurious. I wanted it to last all day, so we walked slowly and further than normal. Any of these kinds of things can be inspiring.

The act of influencing or suggesting opinions. Opinions of others influence me as a quote inspires me. That's how I began writing today. I saw this quote by Emerson and my thoughts began flowing. Are they important? It doesn't matter. I'm sharing my opinions, and maybe someone is inspired by them, or not. But, I am, so that is good enough.

The act of drawing in. . . I think of this more as allowing. To be inspired means to allow. So often we may resist inspiration. I know I've done plenty of that, and perhaps even every single day in some way. I've got concerns or fears on my mind and that is a mental loop that blocks out inspiration. To be inspired, I have to allow, I have to draw it in and the only way to do that is to allow. I have to let go in order to allow. Once I get to the point of allowing, the inspiration is received.

Back to size. Sometimes maybe we are looking for that grand, large, huge, divine inspiration--that life-changing event kind of inspiration. I know I do. I love those. Yet, the more I see that missing, the more it is missing. Does that make sense? It's like staring at the problem and we get so used to the problem, or so hung up on it, that we cannot allow a solution--we even resist the solution. Since these grand life-changing inspirations come once in a while, the best way to find more of them is to expect them and allow them. Calm, confident patience works well here.

And, the other thing that helps more than we know, is to not forsake the small, daily, hourly, minute by minute, moment by moment inspirations from other people, our environment, nature, our own connection to the Infinite. They also require allowing, and by allowing them, even expecting and encouraging them, more of them arrive, touch us, and delight us, as we eagerly anticipate that divine influence that we adore so much, as it is on its timely way to us, as we become more of an allower.

To Become More Of An Allower, Become Grateful, And Develop The Habit Of Thankfulness. This Habit Will Bless You All The Rest Of Your Life. 

Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing your own joy to flow out of you.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-4-19

"Accept no one's definition of your life; 
define yourself." 

-- Harvey Fierstein 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-13-15]

Alan Cohen said, "The more you try to justify yourself or your actions, the farther you drift from authority. Let your being speak for itself."

Last night after reading these two quotes, a thought popped into my head, and it was this: There isn't any person or group on the planet--not my parents, relatives, employers, spouse, teachers--in fact, not anyone outside of myself who knows about what I want, and who I am as I do. Personality or psychological tests can't determine it, there are no methods that can do it. They would all be grossly inaccurate. They could get lucky in bits and pieces, but that is like having three or four pieces of an 850 piece puzzle.

Since I know this to be true, there is only one single authority about me. It is me. Any time that I allow someone else to be an authority about me, I am disempowered. When I remember that I am the only real authority on me, I am re-empowered.

With all those around us who attempt to influence us, along with the media, publications, video, government, and advertising, it can be a challenge when we forget for a few moments who is really in charge. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, and it is perhaps even truer today than in his day, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

You Alone Are In Charge Of You. 

Spread Some Joy Today--Delight in this day. If you're reading this, it's another day to enjoy, to learn, to love, to experience--to be.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-3-19

"You can't buy a good reputation; 
you must earn it." 

-- Harvey Mackay 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-12-15]

Harvey Mackay's quote is something I've heard so many times over the years. And, I love Abraham Lincoln's description too: "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." As with pretty much everything, reputation is what people think it is.

Yet I recently saw a really cool way to think about the idea of having a reputation from Seth Godin. He calls it "A Practical Definition of Reputation." He says that "Reputation is what people expect us to do next." Before I finish the quote, look hard at that sentence. It seems so powerful to me. Instead of a reputation being what you've done in the past, or what you've earned from past activities, Seth is putting it into action, and when I really look at that phrase, it means so much more. Other people's thinking about our reputation, causes them to have certain expectations of us. Call it confidence. Call it trust. Call it belief.

Here's the entire quote:

"Reputation is what people expect us to do next. It's their expectation of the quality and character of the next thing we produce or say or do.

We control our actions (even when it feels like we don't) and our actions over time (especially when we think no one is looking) earn our reputation."

Some Food For Thought. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today--by simply thinking pleasing thoughts. The better you feel, the more joy you're bound to spread.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-2-19

"I talk to myself almost constantly; 
however, a good deal of that  
isn't worth listening to." 

-- Terry Minion 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-11-15]

Although I consider myself a positive person in general, you'd be amazed at some of my internal dialogue. Or, maybe you wouldn't because you recognize that in yourself. Still, there is progress. What used to be predominantly negative is now far less so. Those things they call mood swings used to be deep moods, now they are much more shallow, and I may more quickly move out of the negative moods and into better feeling places.

Much of my life, particularly in the work and career side, has been a journey from inspiration to activities, through many adjustments, to what I call mastery. In other words, I know it well enough that I could do it in my sleep. Then I get bored and can't wait for the next inspiration to send me off on a new mission.

I'm there right now. It's a weird feeling. It's like being in neutral, on cruise control, not as interested and so on. I've experienced many of these throughout my life, and a long time ago, I used to call them plateaus. I would climb and climb and then I would come to this plateau and then there would be a period on the plateau and then on to the new adventure, the new thing, the new inspiration to act, then the tweaking of that, and so on.

I guess that's why I've done so many things in my life. Maybe it's like that movie, The Seven Year Itch, although the time frames are not as predictable. Maybe it's obsessive-compulsive. I do have a tendency to dive in, become enthralled by it, and then it ceases to interest me much, or not at all anymore. I could make a list of those jobs or other activities that match this theme. Can you relate to any of this dribble?

So, right now and for the past couple of years or so, I've been wanting to know where I want to go from here. I'm sure the inspiration will come soon and then I'll be fired up and off on the new thing. 

This all came to a head for me yesterday when I wrote yesterday's Daily Inspiration which was inspired by a visit to a client. The change that I saw in him is the kind of change I can totally relate to because he was inspired. You can see it in his demeanor, his voice, his words, his stature, his face, his body language. He exudes that inspiration and his new adventure. So the day before yesterday when I was visiting with him, and he said that I inspired and helped him, little does he realize how he inspired me watching and talking with him!

I hadn't paid much attention to my state of being until that meeting when I realized what was missing that I so dearly crave: to be inspired. To act on that inspiration and go on a new adventure. And, you know, I've found that it is perfectly okay to say to God or the Universe, "I'm ready to be inspired. I crave inspiration. I eagerly await the next inspiration and the resulting adventure. I thank you in advance for this next opportunity!" It's okay to say, "I want to know what I want!" It's okay to put it out there and then just let go of it. The rest will come in the perfect time.

I'm Ready With Eager Anticipation! 

Spread Some Joy Today--Get inspired!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Daily Inspiration 11-1-19

"The more you want to be a teacher, 
the more you need to be a student." 

-- Alan Cohen 

New: Audio version

[Classic post from 6-10-15]

We all have things that we want to do in this life, and for as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a teacher. But, I didn't want to be a teacher in a school in the way that I saw teaching being done when I was in school most of the time, because there was no creativity there, no feeling, it was more like being a facilitator--someone going through a planned program of the curriculum. I say most because there was one handful of teachers who led by the example I was seeking. And, I loved them and loved learning from them.

With that handful of teachers through all of my schooling, I've never later contacted them to tell them how they made a difference in me. We move on. Yet we've grown. We get busy and we don't have it in our mind often enough to have it be a strong desire to find them and say to them, "You have made a difference in me. Thank you." So I expect that it is very rare for a teacher to hear these kinds and encouraging comments.

As a teacher, I hear them only rarely myself, but they speak volumes to me when I do hear them. They are a great encouragement to me and help renew my desire and drive to continue on the path I've chosen.

Yesterday I was with a client for a couple of hours. He owns two retail stores in dramatically different markets. I've done what he was doing, so I could relate to his business and his market in general. When I first met him, he was very negative about the business he was in. He was sarcastic and pessimistic about the present and the future of his business.

During that time and other times when we had a chance to talk at some length, I would try to encourage him by giving him ideas of other ways of approaching his business, things to try that I had found successful, and in general, to have a different outlook. This is natural for me to do, so I don't pay much attention to it anymore. I just try to encourage people when they seem discouraged.

I had not seen him in quite some time in person and I know that he was going through a change in his business. I needed to see what he was doing so that we could serve him better with our Internet services. When I saw him, he looked like he was a new man. It was hard not to look at him because he seemed to have changed so much.

During the conversation about his new venue, he said that I had made a big difference in him. I asked how did I do that? He said that whenever we talked in person or on the phone, I always seemed calm and encouraging. He said that I suggested different things to try and different ways of looking at things. He said that he used to be angry for the last three years and now he was excited and enjoying his new direction in business. He said that he didn't know if I was always that way in my own life, but it sure made a difference in his.

I saw the physical difference in him and the mental difference too. He talked positively, excited even. He was seeing a much brighter future, and he was selling a lot of products when in the past product sales were not so hot. He looked easily 10 years younger and I was amazed at the transformation. From yesterday to 2012 when we first met, these were two very different people.

We all have the opportunity to make a difference in those we come into contact with. We may never hear about how we helped someone to become more, to have healing, to be transformed. It wasn't me. I didn't do it. He did it. All I did was share, do my best to encourage and give him some ideas to consider that may be of service to him. I was using all the creativity I could, and that is all I can do as a teacher. It is all I ever wanted from a teacher in school, and all the teachers I have paid attention to over the years. The list of those who have made a difference in my life is very long, and I am openly grateful to them all, for to be the best teacher I can be, I must also be the best student.

How Can You Be Of Service To Someone Today? How Can You Make A Difference? 

Spread Some Joy Today--because it is contagious to others.