I am committed to being a better person than I was yesterday. Better thoughts. Better decisions. Better actions.
At this particular time in my life while in the midst of a six month indoor recovery period from a broken hip, I truly want to be a better man. I’ve recently turned 59 and am positioned and poised to have the best year of my life financially and spiritually speaking. I’ve been struggling for over two decades in the attempt to build abundance in my life – abundance in health, wealth and love. To me, these are the most important elements in life for a well balanced, happy, prosperous and fulfilling existence. If I’m to obtain these sacred gifts that I’ve been working so hard to acquire all these years, then I must be a better man than I am at this time in my life. Starting today I’m going to start being a better person who makes better decisions, has better thoughts and acts better towards people.
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“To avoid disappointment in life, don’t attach an expectation to an outcome.”
When there is an expected result desired no matter the situation, there is always a good chance that you’ll experience disappointment. This disappointment can lead to anger, especially if it involves something between friends, family or lovers. If you’re not able to rise above this type of situation peacefully, the first thing that most people experience is anger, animosity or even hatred. At this point, this is when your mind has taken over your other bodily senses and closed off your inner power and intellect. Then, it’s easy to become angry, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy to achieve.
So, the next time you become angry at someone, remember to try not to attach an expectation to whatever made you angry in the first place. And also remember the exact dose of anger you exert, and at what time, and for what purpose could be the difference between a broken friendship or relationship and one that has grown closer than ever before. If you can accomplish this, then you’re on your way to achieving spiritual and physical maturity.
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The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.
~ Pat Clifford
If you have a child(ren) in your life, then be sensitive to the fact that time won’t wait for you to find time to spend with them. Make a daily effort to spend time with your offspring so they can grow up in a way that you want them to grow up. Children are directly effected by how much effort we put into their lives. This effort comes from your commitment to make the time to help them become people you will be proud of and who will be proud of you for all the time you give to them. The best use of your time is the time you give to others; so make sure you give more time to the ones you bring into this world than those who don’t matter as much to you in the end. Put children before your work so they can enjoy the many colors of the rainbow and more importantly, your colors.
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”
~ Margaret Drabble (1939-) English Novelist
Not sure what you want in life or how to get it? Having a clean slate with regard to what is possible or not is the first step in finding what you want. Another very important element to getting what you want in life is a positive attitude that gives you the momentum each day to persistently progress. To do this, you need to treat everyday as if it is a party and you’re celebrating all the opportunities you have in life. Since everyday your alive is a gift for yourself and others, be sure and invite your friends and loved ones to your party everyday and celebrate life. Remember that it’s OK to get drunk on life and love because the hangover is healthy and heals whatever ails you. Party on!
Having a Ball
Special thanks to Tim Coffey for letting me use his illustration in this post. You can view his blog at: http://timcoffeyart.wordpress.com
“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”
Howard W. Newton
~ Howard W. Newton
tact: a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense
Would you like to make new friends and keep the friends you have now? Then be more tactful. Saying the right thing at the right time or the wrong thing at the wrong time can be the difference between keeping or losing a friend. And if your words are tactless, then you’ll possibly make an enemy. Words can be either very sharp like a sword or sweet like the taste of honey. Choose your words carefully in every instance when communicating with those you care about. Being tactful in their presence will earn you much respect and admiration. Please consider these tactful words from me to live by.
“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
Getting old isn’t so bad as long as you look on the bright side of aging – just like Schopenhauer did when he wrote the brilliant statement above. There are definitely advantages to growing old that help people understand life in a more lovely way. When one has matured enough, they can see life as those who are younger cannot because they can see over the “fence” that blinds those who aren’t experienced or mature enough to see over it. Even if someone is able to peer over the “fence” that wiser, aged people can see over, it doesn’t mean that they will comprehend what they see. So, for all you young people reading this, find yourself a mature, wise mentor who can steer you in the right direction as you travel along life’s long, perplexing and troublesome journey. Be sure and bring your crash helmet because people “over the hill” travel faster than you do. Just keep on truckin’ at full speed.
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A jolly old man
“Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.”
~ Romain Gary (1914-1980) French Writer
Laughter is the best medicine for depression. This is a widely-known fact. It’s why comedians from all over the world are some of the most beloved people and also among the highest paid performers in the world. The thing that inspires us to laugh is the ability to have a good sense of humor (one that cheers us up and also those around us) that is worth sharing with others. Sharing your humorous personality builds your mental attitude and character in a way that nothing else can. A smile is contagious and so is laughter — so laugh your ass off even when it seems silly to do so in spite of what others may think. You’ll be happy you did. And it’s likely that those who think you’re silly will find you amusing and maybe a bit strange. Now that’s something really worth smiling about. Smile away!
“People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be — not what you nag them to be.”
~ S.N. Parker
Nellie the Nagger
1. To scold, complain, or find fault constantly
2. To be a constant source of anxiety or annoyance
If you want to push someone away from you emotionally; destroy their confidence; make them angry; or show your true colors – then constantly tell them how they are doing things wrong or how much you dislike them or dislike what they’re doing. Nagging is not only negative, it’s destructive. It is the cause of many breakups in relationships of all kinds and only shows how immature and selfish you are when doing it. Starting today, make a conscience effort to not nag when dealing with someone you care about. Don’t be a nag. You’ll keep friendships alive and you’ll also mature in the process. Now that’s something to brag about!
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John Quincy Adams
“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”
~ John Quincy Adams
Living a long life is something most of us want and work very hard for. We spend lots of money on vitamins, healthy foods, medicines, gym memberships, books, magazines, listening to motivational speakers, spiritual/astrological advisers, hospital care, etc. Have you ever considered trying something that won’t cost you any money — sharing your mental, spiritual, and physical wealth. Giving a little bit of yourself to others will give you and those you share yourself with a longer life. So, next time you consider spending money on something that will potentially give you a longer life, give the gift of yourself. You’ll undoubtedly make someone very happy and in turn add more health to your life. Now, that’s what I call inspirational!
“Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.”
~ Jesse Herman Holmes
Beauty in Nature
Have you ever stopped to realize that the things we desire and chase the most in life are things that we can’t even see. Real beauty is only found within us. Truth is never known. Love, creation and friendship are manifested only when acted out in a physical presense. All of them are abstract and really left to individual interpretation. Regardless of what we think of them, they are truly the most important things in our lives. So, as you live your life seeking material things that you can touch, see, smell and feel, you must realize that they won’t bring any real lasting satisfaction. Remember that sometimes it’s the things you can’t see in life that matter the most.
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“I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force…My love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.”
~ Og Mandino
Many people are so interested in owning a powerful gun that shoots big bullets or fires many bullets rapidly all in an effort to kill a living being. I want to own a gun that could never kill anyone nor cause any fear when pointing it at them. No weapon or shield could prevent it from penetrating all life forms. My gun would soften the hardest of hearts, lighten the darkest of souls, and warm the coldest of minds. All I need to do to get one of these guns is to enter dreamland where all things can be pretty, possible, and permeable. In my dream, I’m going on a shooting spree to shoot my love gun at everyone I see. Let’s make love, not war!
Give 'til it hurts!
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
~ Robert Brault
You’ve probably heard the phrase: “Don’t sweat the small stuff, because life is full of small stuff.” The same applies to enjoying all the small things in life because life is full of small things. In fact, in life, it’s all the small things that add up to be the biggest things we cherish and remember the most. When you receive many small gifts over time from someone you care for, it always means more to you than if you received one large gift at once. The reason is that you have more memories from all the moments you received those small gifts which leave a pleasant thought in your mind. If you receive one big gift, the memory is short-lived even though it might be a very special gift. So, as you live your life, learn to enjoy the little things and attach a nice memory to them so that you can relish all of them as if it were the biggest thing that ever happened to you in your life. The secret to this is to be able to recognize when the little things come into your life, otherwise they could become unhappy big things. Give freely and give often!
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“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
~ John Lennon
There’s no doubt that being in love makes you feel more certain about yourself as a person. You have more confidence, more ambition, more happiness, even more emotional clarity, all of which make you feel stronger. It’s a beautiful feeling when you’re in love but love can be blind and we can lose sight of the path we intended to travel with the one we fell in love with. When you’re with someone who doesn’t cloud your vision and/or steer you off your desired path, then you know you’re in love with the right person. Just always remember to always make sure you’re in love for all the right reasons so that your path is defined and clear and not clouded with uncertain emotions. Lucidity is key while in love.
John & Yoko
John and Yoko
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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while,
but their hearts forever.”
Mother's Day flower
Today is the day that mothers from all over the world are recognized for their unending love and care for us all. Make sure and tell your mother or guardian that you appreciate all they have done for you. It’s the least we can do to those who brought us into the world and raised us so that we can enjoy this thing called life. Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you!
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“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
~ Wayne Dyer
If you want to know the real you, then write down all the remarks you have made when making judgments about someone. Whether you say something negative or positive, silently or out loud about someone, you are essentially looking at a mirror and telling yourself what kind of person you are. If you think about it, the real reason we judge others is so we can feel better about ourselves. Knocking others down builds us up but in a destructive manner. Start looking at people as if you’re looking at yourself in the mirror, then you’ll be sure and say nice things about them.
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“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Think about this statement for awhile and then think about what sort of things you can do to make the world around you a better place for yourself and for others. For example, give more of your time, energy, money and knowledge to those who need it. It could be your neighbor, colleague, friend, family member or someone you don’t even know. There are many good charities, churches, and well-run organizations like the Red Cross who you can donate any or all of the above personal resources to. Make a change today to do what you’re truly capable of doing and you’ll eventually see a better world around you.
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“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.”
~ Earl Nightingale
Next time you say or write something to somebody, remember that they will think of you much in the same way that you think about them through your words – be them verbal or non-verbal. If you want someone to show you grace and love for example, then give them these via your words, actions and thoughts. Also remember that your intentions are not easily or fully appreciated nor interpreted exactly as you want or expect, so continue with the attitude you want others to have of you until they see your true intention(s).
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“The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and believing in yourself. Guard this gift with your life. It is the only thing that will ever truly be yours.”
~ Tiffany Loren Rowe
Not only is the ability to love and believe in yourself one of the greatest gifts you will ever receive but they are also ones that cannot be taken from you. So, although there is no need to guard them from being stolen, it is important to guard yourself from letting them fade from your being. Always keep them active and alive in your life and you will manifest more love and self-belief which will make you impervious from losing them.
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“If success is not on your own terms – if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your own heart – it is no success at all.”
~ Anna Quindlen
“When you reach the end of your life, do you want to be one of the people who are glad they did, or one of the people who wish they had?”
“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.”
~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer
“The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life.”
~ Dan Zadra
Do you want to live a life that is above reproach and admired by others for generations? Do you want to feel good about yourself and live a fruitful existence in this crazy world? Do you seek happiness for yourself, your family, and for others? Then follow the advice in the quotes above. Be successful by doing what is best for yourself and others without regret.
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“Nothing lasts forever — not even your troubles.”
~ Arnold Glasgow
“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”
~ Albert Einstein
If you really focus on something, such a problem or worry in your life, eventually it will go away if you think about something positive long enough. Doing this every time you are faced with a difficulty will overcome any temporary dilemma. The mind is perhaps the most important part of our biology since it controls our actions based on our thoughts. It can make us happy even in the midst of sadness or it can bring us to tears even when we are completely content. If you really want to get the most out of your mind, then align it with your soul and see how much more powerful you can be in any situation you encounter in life. This is called Enlightement and you can find how to achieve it from books or on the Web.
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