The Choice Is Yours

The-Choice-Is-Yours_Theme_Pastor-Steve-McCartt-Family-Worship-Center-Florence_Web-930x523In every moment we have a power to create all our experiences in life and they are created by our exercising the power of choice. In all things there are choices to make and the results of these choices will lead to the nature of your experience.  It applies to everything and everybody our choices define our lives.

5 Ways To Boost Creativity

gold-fish-jumpingBeing creative is one of the gifts of being human. We all have the ability to look at the same situation and come up with different ways of solving the puzzle and finding a solution. In fact, this can be one of the most valuable tools we have when it comes to making money, excelling in a career or simply just being great as ourselves.  Sometimes it can be difficult to muster a creative answer but there are some things that you can do to make your thought process more creative and perhaps find an answer that you are looking for.

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.

Appreciate The Flip Side

the flip side of lifeOnce I looked at life and only wanted the good things in my experience.  I think everyone would feel the same way, no sadness, no loss or grief, just happy things that are easy to deal with, yet we all know that life is not going to come as easily as that.  We all must go through some difficult times and I think that is OK because you will never appreciate the good in life unless there is the opposite aspect to compare it to. There is always a flip side.

Books to Grow Your Mind

There is nothing that has allowed me to grow and understand life on a new level more than the books I read. They are a portal into knowledge and understanding that I can only hope to comprehend adequately. I know that my personal growth has stemmed directly from my experience with books and I wanted to share a few of the most recently read that I can highly recommend to all interested parties.

Your Greatness

What I would change about the World

If there was one thing that I could change about the world it would be to

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Messages people receive every day

remove the thought, “I’m not good enough” , from the thought process of everyone in the world.

This single thought has managed to cause more damage than any other in the history of mankind and if people are honest, every person has entertained this thought at one time or another.

Inspiration

What inspires YOU?

Inspiration can be hard to find. Sometimes writing is as easy to create.  Much like a raindrop falling to the Earth, the 181129216233675879_jrZJ8Ysk_cwords seem to have no choice but to be written. There is little struggle and those are the topics, projects, articles and posts that make publishing your thoughts fun and exciting!

Unfortunately, there are going to be some days where finding the words is like driving down the road and having it turn into a dead-end right in front of your eyes. You begin with a promising thought but it quickly plays out and you have no choice but to turn your mind around and start over again.

GO FOR IT

All the possibilities in the world are open to you today. There are dreams to pursue and make come true. Go for it!

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I have encountered  a lot of people who spend their time loudly and definitively  telling themselves and all who will listen,  why someone should not be attempting to chase a dream. Why they shouldn’t follow their innermost desire or pursue a goal that seems to be an integral part of themselves and their destiny.

Seeking Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great thing about books is that they provide ideas for thought that are new to you. Like planting a seed in the ground, your own thoughts can grow from the ideas of someone else and today I am grateful for the many thoughts I have read from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.  When I read the words RWE has written, they always spark a new light of thought. Of Course, it would be unrealistic to share a million thoughts but here are a few favorites and the seeds they have cultivated in my mind.

Learn

a138890e4646fecda59789f343ebc053Each of us has the opportunity to learn something every day. In fact, the only thing stopping us from learning information that will expand our minds, building our potential and developing a greater understanding of the world and ourselves, is the simple decision not to learn.

Knowledge is the great equalizer for all people and the choice to not pursue it will make you a smaller person and limit what you can do.

Abundance

abundanceLike many people, I look at how much I have and wonder if there are things I should be doing to attract more into my life. More money, more love, more everything!  My interest led me to begin to investigate, I started to do some research on the topic. I found a bunch of ideas about how to attract more abundance into your life. We all think that if we have more money, love, fame, or whatever we will be happier. That is a philosophical statement for another day. Today, there are three simple things that you can start doing today that will make your life more abundant in what you are seeking.

Watch Your Words

Words can be loving or feel like a punch in the face.
Words can be loving or feel like a punch in the face.

Words are used by all people with the capacity for speech and most often there is little to no conscious thought associated with their use at all. We speak to express ourselves to others and rarely contemplate the message we are sending. There is a power in your words and it exists in all speech.  Pay attention to the power of your words. These words have the power to change our lives and the lives of those we take the time to speak with.

Have Confidence in That

challenges_aheadEvery person in the world in the history of mankind has been faced with the fact that life at times is going to be difficult or challenging. It doesn’t matter what skills and tools you possess, Einstein intelligence, classic beauty, superior physical strength, or massive understanding, you are going to at some time find that life is kicking you around like a rag doll. It is natural that your confidence will be shaken. These times are not meant to break you but to strengthen you. The challenge is thing that will cement your confidence in yourself.

 

Old Dog New Tricks

doggieWe all know the old saying about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks, but I am here to tell you that an old dog may, in fact, be taught new tricks, sometimes the method of the lesson need to change but the lessons can be learned.

Learning is your responsibility

The ability to learn new things and take in fresh information is one of the parts of living life that make it interesting. Show me canstock22929502the man who thinks he knows it all and I will show you a man with no clue about life.

Every Day Improvement

improvementsOpportunities for improvement in intellect, action or spirituality are things that exist for us each and every day. I am grateful today that I am able to seek and find improvement in some aspect of my experience of life.  And it goes without saying but YOU can too! We just have to be conscious about the things we want to change and then make choices that allow us to move in the right direction.

Stillness

Enjoy the natural lulls of life, they provide the best moments for growth.
Enjoy the natural lulls of life, they provide the best moments for growth.

As a younger person,  I often got impatient with what life was bringing. Hurry up! Let’s get to the next stage already.

Being impatient is one of the shortfalls of youth.  There are patterns in life and each has its purpose, as a young person I didn’t comprehend this problem. Life presents us

Quiet moments at dawn or dusk can provide more answers than many other experiences.
Quiet moments at dawn or dusk can provide more answers than many other experiences.

with many challenging circumstances, thrills, accomplishments, and disappointments.  With all the excitement it is important to find moments of mindful introspection, a relaxing lull in life.

William George Jordan- Must Read

I have read somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 books on various topics involving ideas and practices

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William George Jordan

for improving your life in some way, and one of the first was written by William George Jordan. It is an experience that I credit with fueling the desire to learn more and to begin to notice how AI thought and what I was thinking.  The Majesty of Calmness, The Power of Truth, Self Control, Its Kinship and Majesty, The Trusteeship of Life or The Kingship of Self-Control, would .all be great for your mental growth and prosperity.

Hug It Out

hug1Why do we hug? What does it mean to people? I was walking through a parking lot the other day and witnessed two young people in the midst of a pretty intense hug. Both were emotional, to the point of tears and you knew that they were saying good-bye. For a day, a month, or a year I have no idea. But I did realize that I had been a participant in just that kind of hug on several occasions in the past and I was more than just a little jealous.

Question It All

Curiosity-Quotes-21Children have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity of all things. How does that work? Why is that color that color? Who is the tallest?  The smartest?  There are no limits to the questions and the knowledge that children seek. We were all like that at one point, and to return to that kind of mentality could only be a positive for more experienced people.

Choosing Personal Growth

Personal Growth Leads to Living Well

personal growth 22In our lives, there is nothing so important as seeking out and pursuing opportunities to grow as a person. Just as any other living creature, our purpose in life is to contribute and to continually move toward becoming our best selves. Just as plants are born and start to grow throughout their lives.

As you look at your life and each activity that you are participating in asking yourself if there is a chance for growth in doing this.  We are all consciously, physically and mentally going one of two ways. 1. We are getting better or becoming more or growing  2. We are getting worse, becoming less or shrinking.