Optimism Can Change The World

I opened up my email today and was taken back by the amount of negativity that is present all around us.  It made me think about my life and how I react to things.  I feel like many of you are like me in that our initial response is to be negative about our circumstances.  If our thoughts are  negative and our thoughts create our actions then what will we end up seeing manifested in our lives?  I feel that if we can change the way we see each other and our circumstances by approaching everything with optimism we really can Change the World!

What Is Your Story?

If someone was to ask you what your story is how would you answer them?  Our story is the “why” of our lives.  Take time today and ask yourself what is your “why”?  Why do you get up on the morning?  Why do you do what you do?  Your “why” should add an extra skip in your step, make your heart beat faster, and your blood boil with passion.  Your “why” is your vision!

By the way…my “why” is to enhance lives!  I hope I can enhance yours in some way!

Who Were You Born To Be?

I have really enjoyed reading and learning about Walt Disney.  His vision and passion to create happiness is really magnetic.   I believe that each of us have been made in the image of God and possess unique skills and talents that He wants to use for His will to be done.  I feel it is our responsibility to develop those skills and talents and God will decide how he wants to use them.  I love the quote below and wante to share it with each of you. 

“We are all born to be who we are. Walt was a genetically unique individual who was born to be himself. His job, and ours as well, is to finish the job on earth that we were created for.   – Ray Bradbury, Writer

Wealth Defined

I have seen many definitions of wealth, but this one that was recently presented to me by a good friend really resonates with me more than any other definition.  You are the architect of your life and this definition is great food for thought as you dream and plan!  I just encourage you to take action and execute your dreams!

“Wealth includes resources and assets in all forms, from cash to bonds to ownership interests, real property, even family name, reputation, experience and intellect, as well as education of all family members and spouses and their influence in the community.”

How good is that?

FABLE OF THE PORCUPINE

It was the coldest winter ever. – Many animals died because of the cold.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.

This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.

So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

Moral of the story:
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

I Want To Be Free

Freedom isn’t the ability to do whatever you want.  It’s the willingness to do whatever you want.  

Read those two sentences again.  Now go back and read them one more time.  That is what I had to do when I read those sentences for the first time.  The concept came out of Seth Godin’s book Icarus Deception.  What a powerful concept of what true freedom is. You really need to ask yourself are you WILLING to experience freedom in all aspects of your life?  Are you WILLING to be financially free?  Are you WILLING to have a great marriage?  Are you WILLING to have great relationships?  Are you WILLING to be physically fit?  Are you WILLING to seek God’s will for your life?

When you are willing you expand your possibilities in all aspects of your life!  When you are willing you change the way you think and when you change the way you think you change the way you behave and when you change the way you behave you change your life.  Your willingness creates your freedom!

Reading For Health

Reading, because it relies on your imagination, is a great tool to keep your brain (nervous system) in tip-top shape.

Many understand the benefits of reading to children – the fact that it promotes “bonding” time, improves cognitive development and IQ scores, and is enjoyable for both the child and the reader! But how many adults see the same benefits in reading for themselves? And more importantly, how many actually take the time to do it on a regular basis?

Shocking as it may seem, 1 in 4 adults didn’t read a single book this past year. That’s 25% of all adults! There’s your standard list of excuses – not enough time, too tired after work, have to do the household chores, would rather watch a good show on television, etc.

But did you know there are actual health benefits associated with reading a book? Consider the following:

  • Reading provides a healthy escape from the stresses and anxiety of daily life.
  • Reading is a great tool to keep your brain active and “tuned up,” in an effort to ward off conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Reading is a great way to expand your horizons, to “visit” places in your mind and enter into personal relationships with characters you might otherwise never meet in real life!
  • Reading can help adults to improve their vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills in much the same way as it helps children, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks! It’s never too late to learn if you remain teachable!
  • Reading helps you learn more about yourself and improve areas of your life you’d like to change – especially self–help books! Go into any bookseller or library, they’re loaded with them!
  • Reading is a good activity to engage in while you exercise – killing two birds with one stone and making that treadmill far more enjoyable!

Make it a point to pick up a good book or magazine often – you just may find yourself more relaxed and better informed!

The Catalytic Principle of Gratitude

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

It is that time of year again: the holiday season.  A potentially stressful time of family gatherings, cold weather, shopping, and hectic travel schedules.  But all too often during the holidays, we become so preoccupied and overwhelmed with buying gifts and attending parties that we forget to stop and remember the true meaning of Christmas: the blessed birth of our Lord and Savior.

All throughout the year, and especially at Christmas time, it is important for us to stop and remember to be thankful for the abundant blessings in our lives.  Too easily, and especially during the holidays, we become caught up in the stresses of our daily lives – the bills, the obligations, the cooking and cleaning and traveling and planning – and we forget to be appreciative of all that we have to be grateful for: our loved ones, our safety and health, and most of all, the love and grace of God.  Prayer is our communication with God, and our chance to thank Him for the countless blessings in our lives.  But how often do we find ourselves spending most of our prayer time asking God for things, rather than thanking Him for what we already have?

When we choose to live and act from a state of gratitude, we are able to recognize and appreciate the endless blessings in our lives, and are filled with a sense of peace and thankfulness for all that we have.  Our lives suddenly become richer, fuller, and happier, because we are operating from a grateful mindset.  So this Christmas (and all throughout the new year), rather than focusing on what you believe is missing from your life, try instead to embrace a perspective of gratitude.  Simply say to our Lord, “Thank you.”  You may be surprised to find how much happier, calmer, and more fulfilling your holidays – and ALL of your days – become.  That is the true spirit of Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!