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I am dynamite!

“I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous — a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no (mere) (wo)man, I am dynamite.”  

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche

How do you overcome and trascend your own life challenges? It’s only done by withstanding the immense pressures and difficulties of life. It’s also accomplished by having undergone a refining and shaping process which leaves you shining like a bright star in the deepest of night. Strive everyday to be a beacon of light in someone’s dark world and you’ll see your own world be void of darkness.

There is an interesting soliloquy in the play ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare that captures the vicissitudes and promethean challenges of our life’s own challenges and experiences:

“To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to dream; Ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause….”

~ Hamlet Act 3: Scene 1 (Hamlet speaking this on his entry to Act 3, Scene 1)

Finding yourself

“Life on the open road is liberty….to be alone, to have few needs, to be unknown, everywhere a foreigner and at home, and to walk grandly and solitarily in conquest of the world.”

~ Isabelle Eberhardt

Isabelle Eberhardt

Isabelle Eberhardt

Being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. Finding your way through life requires that you do it alone sometimes so that you can become strong enough to endure and bear all the burdens that life brings you. Finding yourself along life’s journey is something that makes you complete and gives you a sense of fulfillment. Take the experiences you encounter on this journey and keep them with you at all times so they can be a shield of armor to protect you from all the arrows life throws at you.  Then you’ll be able to wander this world with confidence and with a commanding presence. Now, go conquer the world with your shield and show others how to do the same.

Superhero status

“Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially if it is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery… It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man.”

~ Passage from Life of Christ

Perhaps the most difficult thing for people to do is live a life that is full of moral courage. Most people aren’t even courageous at all let alone possess the kind of courage that makes powerful people think twice about how effective their kind of courage is. Do your best to increase and improve yourself in such a way that you are known by all people for your moral courage. With it, you’ll be able to make life around you so much better. Maybe to those around you, you’ll be considered a kind of superhero. Super (Moral) Courageous.

Nature Blooming

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Total tolerance

“I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.”

~ Frank Knox

Accepting people as they are no matter how different they are from you is one of hardest things to do as human beings. There are division/differences in every aspect of life – culture, food, religion, dress, language, money, art, etc. Having enough tolerance to really appreciate these differences takes an awful lot of will, desire, intelligence and love. I have had to apply all of these actions into my life for the past six years while living in Asia. Everything here is different from where I came from. It took me a long time to accept the differences that exist in this part of the world. Living a more tolerant life has made me a better person; one who has an improved understanding of the human spirit and purpose for life. As you journey through this life, make a choice to accept something or someone that you never thought you could accept or something you never considered doing before. You’ll really be amazed at just how much you grow from the experience. Can you tolerate that?

Tolerant Beauty

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Portions of life

“The best portion of a good man’s life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”

~ William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet

“The surest cure for loneliness, the quickest way to happiness, is found in this, a simple creed: Go serve someone in greater need.”

~ William A. Ward

Create many small unremembered memories based on acts of kindness and love instead of big remembered memories that are void of love and kindness, and you’ll live a life worth remembering. One thing you can do is to “Whine Less and Give More.” The more I talk about my problems and focus on them, the worse they seem — and the worse I feel.  I’ve discovered when I feel bad about my life, I go do something for someone else. Then I feel better. It’s amazing how that works — even if it’s not every time. Go do something nice for yourself by doing something nice for someone today!

Life Blooming in Beauty

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Meaningful motivation

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.”

~ Greg Anderson

Find a reason to live and you will accomplish more than you could of ever imagined. Following are a couple habits you can incorporate into your life to begin living a more meaningful life:

Don’t Believe Your Thoughts
Most people believed their thoughts are the definitive truth about reality. If you think it, it must be the way it is. After serious consideration, you will realize that often you thoughts are completely wrong or just one perspective on truth. It is always good to find evidence to support the opposite of your thoughts, especially negative and limiting thoughts.

Live Through Your Values
Your core values should be the blueprint for everything else in your life. Until you make the effort to understand what your core values are and how to make them central in your life, you won’t give your values a lot of thought. But if your life is aligned with your values, then you have a purpose and guide for every decision and action.

Motivation Rose

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Questions or Answers?

“We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.”

~ Anonymous

When you think about it, having unanswered questions leave us more curious than actually knowing the answers to them. What questions do you seek to know the answers to in your life? For me, the most intriguing question is: “If there is a divine purpose to our lives, then what is mine?” If I’m here for a specific purpose, then I want to know what it is so that I can accomplish it thereby fulfilling my duty as a spiritual being. I think that by knowing the answer to this question, most all of my other questions will be answered, even if in part. I encourage you to share your most intriguing questions with me that you would like the answers to. Then, perhaps we can know the answer to the question: “What is more important, the answer or the question?

Blossoming Knowledge

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Remember to remind

“Dedication is simply reminding yourself what you want. Then paying the price to get it… Every day.”

~ John F. Groom

Remembering what you’re dedicated to in life is vital to your success in reaching goals. We all must have something in our hearts and minds that gives us a little more patience, strength, endurance, kindness and wisdom so that we can reach the mark we have set for ourselves. Endurance comes from exercising your mind and your body. All you have to do is get up and start moving. Exercise helps you maintain your weight, it improves your cardiovascular health, strengthens the bones and increases endorphins in the body–hormones that give us energy, make us happier and help ward off stress and disease. If you don’t use the endorphins, you lose them. So, get active and you’ll find that you do better and live longer. Remind yourself of this everyday and you’ll be very glad you did.

Delicate Dedication

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Why do you live?

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

As long as we have a reason to live, then we can live through anything. This is the secret to a life that is full of zeal, power, energy, and influence. People who do great things in life overcome any and all obstacles they encounter because they keep their eyes focused on the thing(s) that help them endure to the end. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines to achieve, but victory comes to the one who can endure. One way you can obtain the energy and passion for life is to look at life differently than you have done in the past. Attitude is everything when it comes to the things you encounter in life, so if you can change the way you view circumstances, then you just might find that living is more enjoyable than ever before. Always strive to find a positive reason to live and you will achieve what you want from your life. There are thousands of reasons to live, all you have to do is look for them.

A New Perspective in Life

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Let your talent speak for you

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”

~ Henry J. Kaiser

If you are talented at something and people validate your talent through their words and gestures, don’t make the mistake of ruining their opinion of you by opening your mouth. The only way to excellence is to consistently improve yourself every single day. The real challenge to this statement is HOW do you change yourself. What methods do you need to incorporate into your life to be the best you can be? There are many excellent books written about this subject. Read some and learn from them and start becoming the person you thought you could never be – someone who others admire for their talents. Then, you won’t need to tell everyone how great you are; they’ll be able to see it in your silence. Remember, we have two ears and one mouth. Therefore, we should listen twice as much as we speak. Let your talent shine on through you and on to others without any words spoken. Create it today!

Creation Creature

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Changing me; changing you

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

~ Braude

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.”

~ Les Brown

Start doing something new in your life that will improve your overall outlook on life and bring you closer to the ones you love the most. Beginning today, you can improve yourself by making changes that will make you a better person and more attractive to those around you. Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously. Choose wisely. Choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Following is a list of the Top 5 things people regretted most before they died:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Be sure not to allow yourself to experience any of these regrets. Take time to show the ones you love how important they are to you and to your well-being. Just like a flower is to a bee.

Friends for Life

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Marry well and you’ll be well

“A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm, that after they have lost all they are sure to lose in mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt and support them through great actions.”

~ Julius C. Hare (1795-1855)  English Cleric

Children need lots of encouragement everyday to get through their lives. If they are blessed with a mother (and father!) who raise them up in a manner that others admire and desire, then they will most likely go on to have successful families. To accomplish this, you must “marry well.” While the phrase “marry well” is typically used to describe people who marry someone rich, I am talking about something entirely different: genetics. Apparently, longevity genes can be inherited. According to a February 2005 study in Mechanisms of Aging and Development, exceptional longevity and healthy aging is an inherited phenotype across three generations. So, for you single people out there, pick a spouse whose grandparents are still alive. This won’t make you live longer, but it might help your children. Then you’ll have a better chance knowing that your children will care for you as you get older. Bless all the mothers and fathers of the world. Let them know today that you love them for all they have done for you.

Nurturing Flower

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Life is rosey

“Continuous challenge produces continuous improvement.”

~ Paul B. Thornton

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”

~ Gail Sheehy

You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life. If you don’t know what it feels like to experience pain and suffering, how can you ever know what the feeling is like of experiencing pleasure and excitement? For example: To get to the magnificent beauty of a rose, you sometimes need to endure the pain from the thorns attached to that beauty. So, try to look at the difficulties in your life as opportunities that strengthen you in so many ways and prepare you for the great things that will come to you. Remember this: If you focus on the good things in life (the rose), then the painful instances (thorn pricks) you experience will soon subside and you will be healed of them. Let nature abound in you in every way, everyday!

Thorn-filled Beauty

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Showered in meditation

“Originality and the feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.”

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist

Struggling with difficulties in some sort of way is one of the necessary evils we must accept in our lives as we aspire to reach our personal and professional goals. One of the best methods to overcome these difficulties that you will face each and everyday is meditation. According to experts, the most powerful healing tool for stress and prolonged life is meditation. It clears the mind of thought and lets a person concentrate on tranquility. Fifteen minutes of meditation has been shown to produce a much more relaxed state of mind than one hour of the deepest sleep. Even starting the day with just two minutes of meditation can be beneficial. Sit with your spine erect and try to quiet your thoughts; it may help to concentrate on one word. So, starting today, help yourself reach your goals while maintaining your health and spiritual balance by meditating at some point during the day. If you already meditate, then encourage someone else you know to start doing the same. Instead of singing, I’m going to start meditating during my shower time. La la la, hum, la la la, hum, hum, la la…

Meditation Shower

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Manufacturing good thoughts

“Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.”

~ S. Back

If you want to be smarter than most people, then you need to be like a factory producing knowledge. If you want to be happier than most people, then you need to produce optimism. Researchers have found that optimistic people had a 50% decreased risk of early death compared with those who leaned more toward pessimism. The researcher’s results make sense: Those with a positive outlook on life are probably less stressed, better equipped to deal with adversity and, consequently, healthier. Optimists also tend to have lower blood pressure than pessimists, which, again, is most likely related to how positive thinkers respond to stress. So therefore, you must produce good thoughts that lead to a happier and healthier you!

Flower Factory

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Managing your stress

“One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.”

~ Josh Billings

“The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.”

~ Barbara De Angelis

Have you ever held a grudge against someone just because they angered you about something? Do you get bothered at work easily?Whether trivial or not, don’t fret over someone or something and let it affect your health, but rather manage it. Everyone stresses to a certain degree, but not everyone knows how to manage it. The key to accomplishing this is to recognize what the big factors are in your life and how to mitigate them. Constant stress produces high levels of cortisol, which has been shown to impair cognitive functioning and weaken the immune system. I believe that stress kills more people than just about anything else. So, before you move to anger and bitterness toward someone or something, relax and have a ball. It’s a lot more fun and healthier for you.

Having a Ball

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Do what you want to do

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be
criticized anyway.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Doing what you want to do in life is your prerogative, so don’t let people get in the way of the choices you make; it’s your life, not theirs. Whether your choice turns out to be a good one or bad one rests entirely with you which is something you should bear since you made the choice. If someone else influences your decision in any way, then you will more than likely point blame their way or have regret. So, do as you like to do and do it on your own.  If you want to get what you want in life, you must be powerful even when you appear weak or feel inadequate. Believe, and you will be strong!

Power Flower

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Be who you really are

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you
really are.”

~ EE Cummings

We are very much a part of nature as we live in nature. We come from a seed and grow from daily nurturing and nutrients, just like a flower that sprouts from the earth as a germinating seed. As we grow – just like a lovely flower – we bring beauty to the world in so many ways. Collectively, our body, mind and soul are beings that have the capability to do great things to as many people as we desire if only we can bloom into something beautiful like a spring flower. Each day as you live your life, make it your purpose to add something beautiful to the world. All it takes is enough courage to be who you want to be when you’re all grown up. Life is a gift.

Thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

 

The secret to happiness is…

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” 

~ Albert Schweitzer

I am convinced that there are no “secrets” to happiness or success. As much as authors, publishers and our own minds would like to convince us that shortcuts exist, they do not. Living a successful life is pretty simple. You create a vision for the future, formulate a strategy and then work hard to achieve it. There are no shortcuts or secrets to this formula. Accepting this will get you much further down the path to happiness than anything else. So, choose to be happy and watch your world blossom into something beautiful.

Happiness Flower

Thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

New year…new you

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

~ J.B. Priestlet (1894-1984) English Author

Start the new year with a new you by opening your mind and letting your spirit run free. Go places you’ve never been before and do things you’ve never tried. Read a new book or write one if you’re so inspired. Make new friends and rekindle friendships you that you have been wanting to renew for so long. Approach each new day as a gift that is opened with excitement and wonder as you search for the magic in the 24 hours you have to make a difference in yourself and the world around you. Be happy, healthy and wise as you go about your life in this new year. Happy New Year to all.

Thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.