Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
The thing about “The Secret” and “The Law of Attraction” that you have to remember is this: You must believe that it is always working and there is no stopping it, you cannot do anything wrong, just do something every single day in the direction of what you want in your life. And you will get there. Time is irrelevant though, you must believe that what you are doing is bringing you what you desire and be grateful everyday for what you have.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I am so grateful for the days I have that take little effort. They are the ones with the fewest distractions and the most productive thoughts and ideas. They are filled with excitement and anticipation, those are the days I live for. I am grateful to have more days like that to look forward to.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
JOIN THE MOST GRATEFUL COMMUNITY ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET. WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY! Lao Tzu the author of "The Tao Te Ching" , which is what Dr. Wayne Dyer based the book "Change you Mind, Change Your Life" on, said "If you only have one prayer to offer in a day, the prayer should be one of gratitude." I am grateful for the air in this room, (without it I would die)...THINK ON THAT!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Knowing that there is a huge difference between being lonely and being alone, is helpful when I think about the people that I really cannot keep in my life. It is sad, but we all change (hopefully for the better), and as we change, our environment changes, and so the people we associate with does also. It is all dependent on what direction you plan on going. When I was 16, my friends were all in love with my boyfriend because the Beatles were new to us, and he looked like Paul McCartney (actually he still does) but we all had that in common along with other 16 year old things. When I was 30, divorced, and working in a man’s world, while token women were still being sought after, I surrounded myself with women that were successful as I was then. When I re-married and had another set of children, I was an at home Mom for awhile, so my friends were married moms. Here I am close to a milestone and even greater success is on my mind. Actually more than ever. This is the milestone that counts the most to me, because it will be “all mine,” meaning not a husband or one of my children’s successes, my own success in my own time and my own way, so the friends I choose and find I am happy to be with, will be again, like me., successful. The Law of Attraction will always be in place, once you open Pandora’s box, there is no closing going on except a Real Estate one…..
I guess I really dated myself with this posting....well, at least I'm dating...just kidding.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
He talked about a study that he was part of, where they monitored the serotonin levels in people that did a simple act of kindness for another, and also of the receiver of the act of kindness, and they discovered that the serotonin levels in both were raised equally…even more, they monitored the people that watched the act of giving and receiving, and their serotonin levels were the same also. Amazing.
He went on to explain that he developed a habit now of, every morning, before anything else, he does a single act of kindness, like return a phone call, answer a letter, say a prayer for someone. He said that Lao Tzu (The author of The Tao Te Ching)said that “If you only have one prayer in a day, it should be of “GRATITUDE.” How beautiful.
He and Ellen decided to offer a challenge to her audience. The challenge is that everyday they should do a random act of kindness for another, with no expectation of reward or thanks, write it down, and return in 1 month to the show and see what the results are. I try everyday to do one act of random kindness, and the funny thing is, I would actually have to stop and think what it was, because as soon as I do it, it is gone from my mind, it has become habitual for me. But, I will begin to notice it and write it down for this month. I hope others will join in that challenge also.
I was taking my power walk today and I noticed a neighbor that I had not seen since last summer. The winter keeps most of us inside. (New England, no more explanation is needed). I had heard that she lost her son around Thanksgiving. As neighbors we all talked about doing something to help her and someone came up and volunteered to take up a collection for her to help with the funeral costs. Anyway, I ended my walk and went over to her and told her I was sorry to hear about her son. I asked how she was doing and she was at a loss for words, kind of well,,hhhmm,aahh. So I said, “You just taking it one day at a time?” (simple thing to say) and she responded with a smile and said “yes, exactly.” I took the time to tell her that, I also had lost a child, but it was over 20 years ago, and although we had experienced the same loss, I did not want to minimize her grief. I explained that over the years I had developed a habit of doing certain positive things when anniversaries of lost loved ones came up and I found that it worked very well for me. I also suggested that she watch “The Secret” the movie, because it had done wonderful things for me when I used it as a “Tool,” to aid in my recovery from Agoraphobia. She said I looked good and happy and I told her that maybe if she watched the movie or read the book, she would find some comfort in it also. I know she will, but I would not presume to tell her she that, I have no control over that, only she does…in her own time.
Monday, April 21, 2008
“A Step Of Failure Overcome.” “One Step Toward Success.” She says, “If you have never failed then your life is too small”
I immediately understood what she meant, I have always believed that there is a blessing in every experience and we always come out stronger, having learned something of great benefit to us every time. I sadly think I have to modify that to some of us come out stronger. We should all be aware enough of that but we all perceive things through our own experiences and our own mind, so naturally our experiences are different. I am blessed that I see the blessing on the other side of the grief, sadness, loss, pain, death. I hope to share that message as much as I can because that knowledge is one the most poignant things we should already know. Sadly, we all do not. So take her message and share it with as many as you can, and watch in your own life for the blessing on the other side, it is always there, sometimes it takes awhile for the pain to fade a bit first, but if you watch, you will see it, hear it or know it, in your own time.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
God I am so grateful for the Spring. I just came in from a 40 minute power walk and the whole time I was out there, with Willie playing in my ears, I was thinking, "How do you know me so well, Willie? The simple pleasure of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain", motivating me to smile at everything and everyone I saw. The pace picks up a little with "If You've Got The Money, I've got The Time", and pure bliss flows through me with "Georgia on My mind", watching this Magnolia ready to bloom. "Blue Skies" made me walk with my head pointed at the sky, talking to the Universe, although "within". Universe, Thank You for this beautiful day, and the power to leave my home, and go out into the world, and enjoy the pure essence of "within."
I guess "My Heroes Have always Been Cowboys," brought me around another bend with anticipation of "On The Road Again," and a respite of "Always On My Mind", played as I watched this little, beautiful, blonde, pony tailed, little imp walk past me with 3 tiny little water balloons, reminding me of the first beautiful day of every Spring when I would go out and buy balloons and let the kids fill them up, as a celebration of the season, and the start of school vacation. By the time my mind moved past this beautiful child, "Always on My Mind" was helping me reminisce about the kids and the balloons. It is knock out, gorgeous days like this, that put pure joy in every one of us, and sharing it with water balloons and the kids was the purest of life.
"City of New Orleans", reminded me of my oldest getting married in New Orleans, and not telling anyone, until they got back, but my son was lucky that Willie, followed up with "Forgivin You Was Easy."
"Living In The PromiseLand", finished up my walk as I circled my neighbors gardens to see what Spring had left on their doorstep this year. A beautiful array of tiny, little, beginnings of perfect miracles that will share their joy with them, through into the Fall again.
THANK YOU WILLIE FOR A PERFECT DAY, AGAIN!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
In an effort to raise our children differently than we were raised, we ended up overindulging them and the result of that is that our children have no respect for us as parents and less respect for the material goods we provide for them. They take us and their possessions for granted. Why did we do this? We did it because we were abused as children and so many other children around us were also, so we believed it was the way things were supposed to be. But as we grew up we began to recognize that there were children that had been raised differently so we began to research and discover that there were other ways to raise children. We vowed not to raise our children the same way we were raised. Was that a mistake? I think it was. I look back now and realize that I was a single parent with 2 sets of children and I worked 3 and sometimes 4 jobs at a time to make sure they did not know we were poor. I was finally blessed with subsidized housing and was able to reduce the number of jobs I worked, because I could now afford to live in a beautiful rural area with good and safe schools. I still, at times, worked an extra job. My children did not know they were poor until around their teens. And they always had a lot more than their wealthier friends families provided for them. My children were active in school programs,. I spent many a Sunday afternoon on the bleachers watching cheerleaders, football players and majorettes, until my butt was numb, only to do it again the next week. And lets not forget the practices. Children do not learn
those activities without a great deal of practice. I always felt bad for the parents of hockey players, those early morning hours, and the long distance traveling was something I could live without.
I have been trying to help a friend find support and help for her teen. What we have found is that the only available help for troubled teens are these outrageously priced wilderness camps and boarding schools. As we started to research them I began to see how ridiculously they were priced. I began to think, seriously…what is happening to our teens, why are they acting this way and the answer is not one that most parents will want to hear. We are not in the present with our children. I was trying to explain to my friend and her husband about non-reaction and how effective it is to be in the present with our children. Being in the present comes from “within.” If you are not aware of “within” then whatever way you interact with your child now, will never change. The change begins “within”, for both you and your child. The parents and the child must change how they interact with each other. During the research I ran across a gentleman that is doing an online support program for parents of troubled teens. I think that is an alternative a lot of parents might want to try before one of these expensive programs.
I know that my children had a lot of activities and I worked a couple of jobs but there was something missing when I raised my children, something I regret more than anything in my entire life. I did not raise my children in the church. I did not continue to go on my own either.
As hard as we try, we cannot help them when they need it the most because we have not given them the one thing our parents made sure we had….We had God. I have had a relationship with God all along, but I did not share it with my children, in the sense that I took them to church and they were part of a COMMUNITY. I taught them to be good people, and not a day has gone by that I have ever thought of them any other way. I know that whether they have a strong belief in a higher power or not, they are wonderful human beings. The regret is that I get so much from my relationship with God, so I feel that I have deprived my children.
None of this is stated to make any less of what my friend, her husband and other parents are experiencing. I am only trying to find the answer to the question “What is happening to our children?” Why is there such an increase in the number of children that are being labeled with initials like ADD, ADHD, ODD and names like, bipolar, manic depression, and depressed? Where did all these wilderness programs, boarding schools, alternative education facilities and any other type of “lock up facility” come from? Why do we have such a huge need for these facilities? Why does it cost more than a college education to raise teens through high school?
In the short time we were searching online for an affordable solution, the number of alternative education facilities became enormous. I felt overwhelmed with the resources, and yet very little was available as an alternative to these programs. In other words, “this is the only thing out there and you can’t afford it so give up.” There are actually parents doing that, as I have mentioned before. I have been suggesting a particular program to my friend that involves both parent and child and is a method of meditation, but like a lot of other parents, it is “new age” and these other programs have been around so long and no one really talks about the success rate of them, but I do know a great many parents are sending their children to programs like this. But I really have a problem with the cost of these programs, and the small amount of resources offered to parents to help in this area. Why is that? Well, I assume the first thing is that insurance companies will not pay for it, so there is no cap on the amount of money these companies are able to charge. The other thing is that really good parents want to do the very best they can for their children and if this is the only way then they will mortgage their home, give up retirement, and yet, will they really end up with good kids after all of that? Hhmmm
So who is benefiting from these programs, is it the children? The parents? The Camps? For the first time we can say, it is not the insurance companies, but who is it? Like most bureaucratic issues there is an agenda somewhere, where do you think it is? hhmmm
Friday, April 18, 2008
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Being “within” is peace. I have been recovering from Agoraphobia which manifested as panic attacks. Funny, because Agoraphobia is a state of fear, as is anxiety. But “within” there is no “fear”, and there is also no “ego”. The simple fact that I know that is enough to separate myself from the “ego” and remain within. Quieting my mind.
I went out today for a power walk. Looking at me, you would never call it that. But, for me, the effort is great to actually do it. I was trapped in a mental illness for more than 4 years, that kept me confined to my home like a prisoner. I did not need locks on the door to keep me in, my mind was doing that quite well. The simple joy of taking a walk outside, something we all take for granted, was to me, today, the greatest blessing I could receive. When I was done walking I just stood and watched, practicing not labeling my vision. What peace, what joy….and to think, it was just a simple walk.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I had an appointment at the Dentist today, I'm having some oral surgery done and while I was there I was reading a chapter of "A New Earth", this is what caught my eye "Instead of trying to be a mountain, teaches the ancient TAO Te Ching, "Be the Valley of the Universe." In this way, you are restored to wholeness and so, all things will come to you." Am I right or what, that is how Napoleon Hill thought. He knew that focus on his work was where his reward would come from. He did not live everyday trying to learn how to be rich, he spent everyday learning...and then, thank God, teaching others through his writing. I am blessed to have that knowledge and it got me through this day with a smile on my face. It certainly did not hurt my day when I got to my Dentist's office and everyone there was so sweet. They were just all so happy with their work. I mentioned that to the hygienist and she said, "yes, we are like one big family here." It really shows, and it becomes so infectious. How many times have you left your Dentist's office smiling and singing. I did today! What a great day!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
My computer, lately has developed a mind of it’s own. I do not know how they do that, but every computer I have ever owned, eventually, controls me more than I control it. Being obstinate this weekend, it gave me some time to catch up on some significant reading.
Reading is an essential tool in any phase of life. Not all people share that idea, but more should. The more knowledge we acquire the more direct our life becomes. I have been criticized for not always knowing what I want out of my life. Luckily I have learned that “what other people think of me is not my business”. I think that has become my motto because I use it at least once a day. My friends and I have made it part of our “SAD”.
“SAD” is single action daily, like in the quote above by Zig Ziglar. Having inspiration daily can come in different ways. I get several quotes in my emails daily that I pass along with a joke to keep my family’s spirits high each day. As a leader I have always had the need for knowing exactly how to motivate others and words of inspiration seem to be the most direct way to do that. I have a collection of affirmations that I am attempting to commit to memory. There is one for every day of the year.
Success in everything you ever do, can only be claimed through motivation, and motivation can be received from inspiration. Napoleon hill refers to it as DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. I have never heard anyone becoming successful by accident. There may be success through inheritance, if we are talking about money or business, but personal success starts from within and moves without….The inspiration that I share is both within and without. I like to share my inspiration, my joy, my love for all things beautiful, there is no joy in just keeping them for myself. The real joy is in what you give “without” from “within.”
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
make footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same."
When I first read the quote above, I thought, the author was referring to death, but then, as I read it again, I realized that death is not the only separation between friends and family. In the course of our life, (even though life is only the dash on your gravestone between your date of birth and your date of death, according to Eckhart Tolle)we naturally come in contact everyday with someone new, it can be a quick "Hi, nice to meet you," or it can be the beginning of a long standing friend or life partner. All of the connections should be made in the same way. I believe that it is important to treat everyone as if they will become your friend. Make no assumptions about what you see in their face. "It is not your business what others think of you", that is the greatest lesson I have ever learned, again from Eckhart Tolle. If you treat every person as though they are about to become your life long friend, you will have no regrets.
A life with no regrets should be the life we live everyday. Not to diminish that sentence with an old adage, but "make everyday the first day of the rest of your life." Make it a point to greet every person you meet, with the mind set already planted, that they will become your friend. Imagine, a world full of friends....WOW!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Law of Attraction teaches that we are what we think about. Our thoughts become things. Ask, believe it will happen, and we will receive. Change our thoughts to change our mind. This list is endless
I spend a great deal of time protecting my thoughts from the perils of "unmanaged" information. I go to great lengths these days to be particularly aware of what information, noise, or action is taking place. I work at quieting my mind and staying on track with positive, knowledgeable thoughts. It is actually becoming habitual, and my focus does not have to be so acute, but the journey to get here was incredibly interesting. It involved watching the movie "The Secret" more times than I dare to mention, then writing every word of it, and finally watching many more times with the captions and the sound on. I applied every method of learning that I could to it. Somewhere along the way I recognized the idea that if we all tried to learn this way, illiteracy would vanish. We would have exceptionally higher numbers, of English as a second language, graduates. It would be much easier for people to develop other languages. We can apply this method to everything we choose to learn. It is by no means new, and I realize that, I just think that it is a lost tool and should be renovated for modern means and used to help develop languages in illiterate countries, and also here in the U.S. also. Teach people to read and learn whatever language they choose, by using all of the senses at each level. Again, not a breakthrough for humanity, the technology I know exists, it is just a matter of encouraging others to learn this way. Imagine...everyone could have a universal language, life as we know it would change in quite dramatic ways. But, of course, being so simplistic...why would it work? Funny thing is, that is exactly why it would work.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I have not experienced what they live everyday, but I know it takes very special people to do this, and I know that God had a hand in that for sure. I hope they all feel that way, although I'm sure, like all parents, they have the days where they wonder where God really is. I have seen God's work in these 2 weeks and it is a miraculous and beautiful thing, and I just want to applaud each of these parents for their love, fortitude, and the courage to put themselves out there for others, it takes special people to do that.
I hope if you have not seen the efforts that are being put forth to change the legislature around this disease, that you will educate yourself more and let your congressman know what changes you want implemented. This is a more than worthy cause, but even just to meet these amazing people, you should take a trip through the blogs of these people that are blogging for Autism this month. You should start with Momologue
Take five and dive right in, see what it is all about and offer support where you can.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This quote would have meant nothing to me, had I not been awakened by “The Secret” and transformed even more by Eckhart Tolle…and of course Wayne Dyer.
I read something today in a message from Mike Glaspie that reminded me of that quote.
“Successful people talk about , think about and test ideas. Unsuccessful people talk about and think about people.”
“The price you pay for mediocrity is more than the cost of success.”
In the past year, the way my mind has developed through many hours of personal effort and study, has made me realize the truth of all those quotes. Simple but clear statements that define my new life. I do not care to judge others and I very carefully pick and choose what I think about and talk about. It is a joyful, everyday, effort that I have reaped huge rewards from. I have been happy to share it with friends and family and see the ways that this has also affected them. It is my pleasure when I see that in others.
I wanted to end tonight with a humorous note, and when you see the content you will understand how the tiny miracles in my life show up, this is from my jounal:
So, I am sitting here at 9:30 still have not written my blogs for today and I am enthralled by this pdf file I got in my email today about a case study that shows people are more attracted to negative headlines than they are to positive ones. I am just turning to page 7 when my cat POGO jumps up on the back of the chair next to me to get in the window. Well, he should know by now that it is a no no…but he’s a cat, what can I say. I get him out of the window and go back to page 7 and see this: TRICK #6 CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT. Welcome to what Michele and Kristine call Annie’s world…Meanwhile the cat got back in the window and got really mad when I tried to take him down…They are new blinds…but he doesn’t care.
Make a choice to watch it, read it or live it…but at least try it, and remember this:
Thoughts do become things.
There are no coincidences.
Miracles are all around us.
Ask, Believe and you will receive.
It all begins with baby steps.
Monday, April 7, 2008
We were watching a movie after dinner yesterday and some question came up. The kids and I (I really should stop calling them the kids, they are adults now)have this habit of trying to name the actors in the movie we are watching and what else the actor has been in. I never really noticed that we do this, but yesterday it was different...Usually someone runs to the computer and finds the answer...because we all have to be right (there is a lot of "EGO" going on here, in good fun) Well, this time my daughter reached for her cell and looked it up on there...she also found out what time the movie she and her boyfriend were going to started, without ever leaving her chair. I know to most that is no surprise, and it really was not to me either, but I recognized the habit. I was in the presence.
When you are aware of the issue, you are awakened, you are free from "ego" and in the presence. I like my presence to be with my children. There is a lot of love and joy there. The kind of joy you get when you see them for the first time, or they reach their first milestone, go to their first day of school, go on their first date, their first prom, the first day they leave home for college, the day they get married and then their first child, or my first grandchild. It is an endless circle of complete and utter joy. Ok...there are days when you wish they would just go out and experience one of those firsts and give you the peace you need, but in a very short time, you are wishing them back. That is why I love the holidays, birthdays and anytime we are all together. That is where my essence lives and my success, it is in that presence.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I have always known that there is a blessing in every experience, I just have not always known while I am in the experience. In a conversation with my friend Michele the other day we realized that there has to be another way to look at our experiences while they are actually happening, not just in hindsight. But if you can see the experience and recognize everything about it, even seeing it in hindsight is a blessing.
Experiences only have to be acknowledged to be in the presence that is always around us.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
"Ask, Believe, Receive" and "The Secret" says...there are no coincidences. I believe all of that so tell me what you think of this:
I have 2 favorite products that I love to eat, both are products grown from the ground, potato is one and rice is the other, In the past 2 months I have found a rock in both of my favorite products. I'd like to know what you all think about this. Coincidence?
It could just be that "I am the Queen of the Universe", but in case that is not the answer, maybe someone has some suggestions. You have to agree, it is really remarkable that one single person would get two different products with a rock in each one and the manufacturing process is not the same with them.
What do you think I should do? I contacted the first company and they were really nice about it, and then I let it go. But the other day when it happened again, I have to wonder...how funny is God's sense of humor, because who else could pull off a coincidence like this. I keep looking around for Ashton Kutcher to say "You are punked" but to no avail.
So I am left with this dilemma. Please make a comment and weigh in on this.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
As a huge fan of affirmations and quotes, I seem to run across two or three everyday and sometimes there are several that actually show me the direction my day will take.
"There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's
eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him At these
moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the
moments worth living."
From Oprah’s mission Statement Newsletter 04-03-2008
"Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you."
Today I am beginning a new project. A project out of love for a friend to reward a woman who has been a nurse her entire adult life. Funny thing, I have never met her, but I know her already. I have her photos in my living room which I am about to through to create a video of her life, as she celebrates her retirement with her family and friends. She has received many awards during her life of service to others, and she should be given the respect and admiration that a life like hers deserves. And I will create and complete this project with that in ">mind.
We each go through our lives, doing what we do, because of who we are. There are some that are rich and powerful because they have been born into money, there are some that use entrepreneurial skills to create a huge empire, there are those that work a physically laboring job everyday, and some that work at home raising children and providing a haven for their families. We all have some manner of purpose in our daily life. I think that people that dedicate their lives to the service of others, deserve accolade upon accolade when that job is done. This woman truly deserves that and I will try my best to put that into this project, so she knows how thankful the world is for people like her.
Putting gratitude into a project first, is assurance that the task will be completed, and the ways will be shown to do them. As I shuffle through this woman’s life through her picture and memorabilia a way will be shown.
There is no task impossible, there is a path through any door, it just always starts with gratitude and baby steps. Fear of trying will be just that….FEAR. Fear does not exist when you create from within. Quiet your mind and the ways will approach. Open your mind and you will hear the directions.
Please remember that this is Autism Awareness Month and there is a project going to awaken the world to the need for services and recognition for this topic. Join these incredible moms and others, to hit this ball out of the park. (No, I am not a fan of baseball, I just do not always know where these words come from, I am just the vessel that are delivered in.)
Make a choice to watch it, read it or live it…but at least try it, and remember this:
Thoughts do become things.
There are no coincidences.
Miracles are all around us.
Ask, Believe and you will receive.
It all begins with baby steps.