Mirror

Word of the Day

Mirror- a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image.

Forgive and Be Fearless

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I think that no matter how far along you have come in life there are always some things that have stuck with you and even though you think that you have let go of it, you really haven’t.

For me to be happy in life and to really enjoy the experiences that I am blessed with every day, there is a constant letting go of perceived slights, whether big or small from others. Forgive the people, let the act go and release the negative from your life.

What Goes Around

Much of what I learn from other bloggers.
Much of what I learn from other creators.

What Goes Around Comes Around 

Finding motivation for new topics can be difficult and sometimes it is way more challenging than others.  Living in Maine there are a lot of inspirations; natural beauty, people, space all can contribute.   Yet the great thoughts I have been exposed to through reading great blogs online can really fuel the fire of creativity.  Below are some of the motivation I have been lucky to be exposed to. Mindfulness, listening, facing fear, and of course what goes around, does, in fact, come back around to you. What you send out does reappear in your life and it leads to some of the most interesting writing.

Playing the Game of Life

Taking Advice on the Game of life

learnThere is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others.   I am at the stage of my life that I have been through enough to know life is not all sunshine and rainbows but have experienced enough to know that you can still be happy regardless.  In my interactions with others daily  I often find myself counseling people to relax and let life work itself out.  This is of course very difficult to do because we have been conditioned from birth to make things happen. To be the captain of our destinies. But the older I get the more I understand how very little I actually know. Life if much smarter than me and you too. Here are a few observations that life has taught me.

Treasure Chest of Life

What We Value

valuables 1It is revealing how the things we attach value to change over the years.  Some things that once meant everything to us, now mean absolutely nothing, and conversely, some things we didn’t value at all, come to mean everything in our lives as you grow and your values change.  I believe that understanding the things that are valuable or important to us is a huge part of growing and finding what makes you a happy, productive human being enjoying life on this planet. Let’s see what things I am putting into my treasure chest of life. 

Winter

Word of the Day 

Winter -the coldest season of the year

winterLiving in Maine my entire life, winter has been a major part of life. Every year there is the challenge that the weather throws at you. It interrupts your schedule, makes you plan, forces you to endure and it also causes you to grow and it develops a toughness inside of you because if you can survive this challenge so easily, other challenges will be just as easy to conquer.  Every year, like it or not, winter comes, the days get short, the weather gets cold and the challenge begins to not only survive the season but to thrive in it.  Sometimes it is difficult to not complain about the cold temperatures and the storms. But complaining doesn’t change anything, each day is going to be what you make it.  Add the positive aspects of winter to your awareness today in your thoughts, words, and actions.  Winter is not an enemy, it is a proving ground.

What Matters Most

When you are 80 years old, what will matter to you the most?

4058994722_600px_Elongated_circle_80svg_xlargeLife once looked  like a straight road. A path to a predetermined end that was so simple to follow that it would be like playing a board game.

Put your marker at the start, take your turn, roll the dice and see if you can get to the finish before anybody else with more stuff than you need.  Life is not playing out that way for me, does it for anybody?

I know enough to know, that I do not know that I don’t know anything about what life might be like in a year from now, let alone in thirty-one years from now.

Life is Fair

 

fair lifeIf I heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times. Life is just not fair.  I have heard it from family members, friends, politicians and even from myself on more than one occasion.  I am here to tell you today that this statement is the biggest false cliché, defeatist statements that a person can listen to or accept.  Life is very fair and here is why.

Perspectives of Pain and Suffering

painful experiencesWhen a person says, life isn’t fair, they don’t really mean it. What they mean is, I am going through something that is less than pleasant, annoying, or downright heart wrenching, and I prefer it when others experience this stuff, not me.

Space

Word of the Day

Space  -a continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied.

One of the words that can be difficult to understand and find in our lives is space. This is the area in which someone has room to grow and develop their skills and ideas and understand the talents they possess and the things they understand.  It is important to find our own personal space and to allow for those we care about to have theirs as well.  However many times people seem to behave like steamrollers, plowing through other people’s boundaries and clear needs in order to reassure ourselves.  Become aware of the space that you need and the space you can provide for others today in your thoughts, words, and actions today.

The Original Me

Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
– Raymond Hull

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When I first saw this question I spent a few moments thinking of who I actually compare myself to. It was very difficult because I don’t really compare myself to anyone. Not because I don’t want to grow and aspire to the positive traits of others, but rather I like who I am quite a bit and can’t see me being anyone else.

Question

Word of the Day

Question-  a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information.

questionOne of the greatest powers we have in our mind is to create questions our minds have no choice but to answer. Most people don’t realize the power this gives them because the asking yourself the right questions will lead you to the answers that will enhance or limit your life. So it is important you learn to ask the right questions to receive the results you want to see in your life.  This takes practice and an awareness of the questions you are already asking yourself each and every day.  Evaluate if they are questions that are helpful or harmful and make changes accordingly. Your mind will help you find the answers and it all starts with being conscious of your words, thoughts, and actions when it comes to the questions you ask yourself and how you ask them.

Action Time

wd oooHow many great ideas are destroyed before they have a chance to take root? How many are discarded by the neglect of time? Due to fear of failure or a lack of self-confidence? The time to wait is over and the time for action is here.  Taking action is THE ingredient that turns the perfect combination of raw materials into a masterpiece.  A life is defined by the actions one takes or in many cases the inaction.

I wanted to share a few of the things I have learned about grasping your life by the throat through action.  none of them are very difficult to do but they can be daunting. I continually have to remind myself about these things.

My Curriculum

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

564232_438576869504774_929540821_nPresented with the opportunity to teach anything I wanted, and assuming that anyone wanted to learn, there is no doubt that I would try to teach a few of the things I have learned from life that I think are important.

 There were many important things that I never really considered early on in life, which has proven to be invaluable and nearly vital knowledge today.

 These lessons may not be mind blowing but I think they are important for you to be all that you want to be in life.  Whether you think they have a place in your life or not is up to you.

No News. Is Good News!

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Give it a shot, stop watching. What do you have to lose but fear?

I am tremendously grateful for a conscious decision I made  about four years ago to stop watching the national news and leaving the fear mongering and celebrity worship behind.

I don’t seem to be missing out on anything positive and am just as informed as I always have been, but the real benefit is the fact that I have not been subject to the consistent stream of negativity that comes from any of the national news outlets.  I think  this enables me to be happier on a daily basis.

Attitude

Word of the Day

Attitude-a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.

attitudeAttitude is everything because it is a result of the way we think and feel about everything. If you are not conscious of your attitude and why you think or feel a certain way about something, then you are at the mercy of that thought pattern. Many of our damaging issues, resulting from low self-esteem stem from our attitude about ourselves and perceptions about our abilities and values.  Today make a pact with yourself to be conscious of your attitude today and the resulting experience that comes from it.  Look at your thoughts, words, and actions and see how they reflect your attitude toward life, other people and most importantly yourself.

Core Beliefs

BeliefMinds work overtime, sometimes and I wrote this list originally several years ago but continually update my core beliefs as new evidence and experience prove old ideas in need of tweaking or total replacement. So here are the current version of MY CORE BELIEFS. Presented in no particular order, here are a few of the things that I hold as truths for my life.

We Are All Connected

Call it God, the Universe, or whatever your religion dictates, but to me, we are all connected through divine order.  All people contain the same abilities for great love, and equal power to commit evil.  That is just a part of this crazy game called life.

Weakness Watch

Self Evaluation Searching for Biggest Weakness

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Do Not Be Afraid To Try To Be A Better Person!

How often do you look at yourself and truly evaluate the greatest weakness? The honesty and emotions that are raised by this sort of inquiry are not dismissed lightly. I recently searched my life to identify my biggest weakness.

Now there are probably many that people who know me would think of, and some who don’t know me could come up with a lot more.  I never claimed to be perfect, but when it comes down to my absolute biggest weakness, it is the fact that I have cared way too much about what other people thought about me. 

Imagine

Word of the Day

Imagine-Form a mental image or concept of. 

Children, when left to their own devices are able to imagine deeply, fully and amazingly. Their power to look at the world and create a mental image that only exists in their mind is amazing.  Unfortunately, as we grow up, we develop too much sense and forget how to imagine anything outside of our daily reality.  It is little wonder that so many people are unhappy and feel desperate about life and their existence in it. Today I am asking you to look at what you imagine on a daily basis.  Do you see what your life might be? Do you see places that you would like to go?  Treasures you want to amass? Love you want to experience?  Imagination is a powerful tool in helping all people create great things.  Be conscious of your imagination or lack thereof today.  In your thoughts, words, and actions today have an awareness of what is real and what you imagine.

Wish I Knew

What do you wish you spent more time doing Ten years ago?

Five years ago, life was very different.
Five years ago, life was very different.

Ten years bring many changes to life, I have changed jobs a few times, moved to new locations, and changed my entire outlook on life.

Looking back,  it is kind of amazing that so many experiences came to me in the short period of a few years.

Now, like most people looking through the lens of experience, there are many things I wish that I had been doing earlier in my life. But all is a process and you have to follow them step by step. What seems like wasted time is really time to learn.  A few of these lessons follow.