Forget Regret

Today Is The Thing

4559365435_16203_gallery_xlargeLife is full of moments, each with its own individual fanfare and trumpets.  It is up to us to embrace the moment or at least to notice the potential each day brings.

Some live their life grasping with a focus completely on the past, hoping to find out their identity yet ending up with a hand that contains nothing but regrets about what the past has provided.

Today, this moment is all there is for you and the more you branch out your attention from that, the less opportunity there is for enjoying the here and now. Keeping your focus on the task that you are working on will allow you to enjoy life.

Ending Isolation

 

Finding your path is not always this easy.
Finding your path is not always this easy.

Life is a wonderful thing. It is destined to surprise you and lead you to places that you anticipated.  I believe much of the enjoyment of life comes directly from inside of you and how you perceive the people you meet and the experiences you have.

Sometimes early in the journey of life, you may find life a confusing jumble of mixed messages and emotions. Even the greatest adventurer or psychic would struggle to smooth out the details and work through the challenges faced.  Nobody ever said that the life would be easy, but in the end, it has the potential to be the most rewarding journey imaginable.

Looking Up

This is a phone. It used to be in your home and if you weren't there, nobody could get in touch with you. Scary to most people today.
This is a phone. It used to be in your home and if you weren’t there, nobody could get in touch with you. Scary to most people today.

There are few things more invasive in all of our lives today than the electronic tethers and ties that are continually connecting us to the world. Are we really in need of connection?

It Matters

Everything  Matters

All Choices Matter
Your Choices Matter

I have found this one fact pervasive throughout my life, EVERYTHING we do matters when it comes to our happiness and enjoyment of life.

Every decision that you make throughout every day of you life is a contributor to the essence of your existence.  Each decision you make to support someone or to knock someone down will be reflected in your own experience.here are clues everywhere, and you might be able to figure it out, but it would have been so much easier if someone had just sat me down and told me the way things worked.  This piece is designed for this,  if it informs one person, if it makes one mind think,  then it is definitely worth it.

Seize Your Day

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

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Today is the day

I have felt most passionate and alive right now, there is nothing that could top this moment in time until tomorrow!

There are many people who will look far into the distant past for this answer or maybe dream of a day in the future that might be better or more perfect but to me right here and right now is the place where I feel most passionate and alive.

Live Your Life

What is the difference between living and existing?

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When you look back on your life are you going to remember the times you decided to not try and stretch yourself and accepted what life has given you?

Or will you think back onto the moments where you gave it your best effort and either exceeded beyond all expectation or failed miserably?

  Either way, you were fully engaged in the process of finding what you were made of.  I believe that much of the difference between living and just existing stems from this search to measure ourselves.

The Golden Rule

golden-ruleYesterday, I was reminded how simple our philosophy of life should be. We should all be treating others based on the way we would like to be treated. If we all followed this pattern of behavior, many of the world’s problems would be eliminated easily. However, as we all know there are sometimes things that get in the way of putting the golden rule into practice. Here are a few explanations and thoughts on how to make sure that you are following the golden rule and doing your part to make sure the world is a better place.

Toward the Positive

 

everything you do matters
All of your actions and thoughts determine your experience.

Looking back on my life, it has become clear a vast array of things exist that I was never taught to think about. Clearly, there were lessons that needed to be taught I missed out on.  As a young man, I lived life with no real consideration for the impact of my actions or thoughts on the big picture. I had no Idea of the value they could provide or the influence that they might have in my own unique existence.

The Hard Way

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

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In life, there are really only two ways to learn things, the easy way, and the hard way.

I envy the people who can master learning the easy way, for I can only read about these types of accomplishments. My talent in that area is clearly lacking.

There are many lasting lessons that I have had to learn the hard way.  That is the only way that the lessons sink in and stick.  There are in fact a few important life lessons that I have learned the hard way that might be beneficial for someone to read about. Perhaps they will learn about them the easy way.

Crossroad Choices

I Went Down to the Crossroads

We all face many crossroads in life, but making decisions never gets easier.
We all face many crossroads in life, but making decisions never gets easier.

I have been mulling over a lot of choices lately. Which way I should be going, what move will take me down the road that I am supposed to move down to find success, happiness, love, or destiny?

Life has a way of putting you into positions of choice. Some are minor and we make them without much fanfare and move on with our day. Then there are others that seem to be huge, decisions that will affect the path of your life forever.

The Roads We Travel in Life

Roads we travel
You will enjoy the trip just as much as you choose to.

Roads

No matter who you are or where you have been, it is the roads that you have walked that have brought you to where you are and the person that you have become.

When I look back at the journey of life I have been fortunate to have walked many different roads to get to the place that I am in now.

My First Reading List

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My Reading List

A reading list if quite important. Over my recent history, I have been on a mission of learning, a quest to improve myself and to understand why life works the way that it does.  I wish that I knew the wisest man in the world, who could simply relay all of the vital information I need to know to me.  Unfortunately, I don’t think that person exists, and I don’t think that the experience would be quite as vital or memorable as it has been.  I have traveled many miles in the distance of understanding and followed many paths by using only my mind and my reading list.  The vehicle which has allowed me to do this has been the gift of literacy and the knowledge imparted to me from the wisest people who have ever thought thoughts.  I wanted to compile a list of all of the books I have read that have contributed to my journey of self discovery.  So that if you are looking for knowledge you will find out if you need to read these books or not.

Top 10 John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden Quotes
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I find  former UCLA Coach John Wooden quotes particularly inspiring and true.  For teamwork, hard work, leadership, faith or success, you can’t go wrong with looking for some advice from the late, great John Wooden.   First below you will find a top ten list that was released in the Christian Science Monitor of their favorite John Wooden quotes.

Without further ado my top 10 John Wooden Quotes…

10. Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.

9. Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Improving Your Mind

a-mind-is-a-terrrible-thing-to-waste-reallyEach of us is given a gift at birth called our mind. We spend our lives trying to develop it (or not) and skills that help allow us to experience success in many different phases of life. As we learn it all from the rudimentary activities of function to the most complex ideas, our mind helps us develop goals and make the plans that allow us to achieve them.  Our brain is our best friend and most valuable tool. It is designed to learn and grow and has a nearly limitless capacity to accomplish nearly anything.  There are some simple things that we can do to enhance the process and avoid destroying the potential that our valuable brain possesses. Improving your mind is a full-time job.

Phone Issues

133747The past week has been an eye opening experience for me as I was losing my phone but finding my connection. I did not have access to a phone. As I waited for my phone to be replaced, I had several days where I had no access to other people as I moved about my day. But the bright side was that nobody had access to me either. It was a unique experience that really highlighted our addiction (or at least my addiction) to personalized technology. The process has crept into all parts of our lives and now we scroll around through the mindless posts of Facebook in all of our “down” moments. Life has changed, and with the focus so much on technological devices, I am afraid that many of us are losing our connection to ourselves.

My Worst Enemy

My own worst enemyMy own worst enemy is almost always in my own mind, that voice that tells me I can’t, shouldn’t or couldn’t possibly achieve what I would like to do. This is an outdated survival mechanism left over from childhood it once served a purpose but now only limits my potential.  As I grow older the voice of criticism that I hear and entertain works to destroy my confidence, lower my self-esteem and significantly limit what I am capable of achieving.  it is time to Get rid of that voice or at the least, pay very little attention to what it says. Here are a few of my favorite methods for limiting or eliminating my own worst enemy and learning to listen to positive  self-talk.

Life Lessons

What Life Lessons have YOU learned Recently?

life lessonsOne of the great things about life is that no matter what you are doing, there is always an opportunity to learn new things and grow.  I am very fortunate because life has been intent on teaching me a lot of things over the past few years.

I think that I was fortunate to develop a questioning of myself and the world, which allows me to look at situations from a different perspective than I did earlier in life.  These are the three life lessons that life has taught me lately.

No Pain No Gain

no pain no gainNo pain no gain is an expression many people use to find the motivation to get into better physical shape.  For years I have thought it was a philosophy that missed the mark. Who wants to experience pain? Nobody. But recent experiences have led me back to this phrase and the absolute genius it provides in its simplicity. I believe now that there was much more truth in it than I ever could have conceived. No pain no gain.

But recent experiences have led me back to this phrase and the absolute genius it provides in its simplicity. I believe now that there was much more truth in it than I ever could have conceived. No pain no gain.

Feeling Appreciation

What can allow you to feel appreciation today? It seems like our society appreciationsearches for ways to make people feel like their life is lacking in some way. That no matter what you have, there is something out there that you need or should desire in order to feel happy, successful, grateful or positive in any way. This is an illusion that we fool ourselves with each day. You have all you need to feel grateful and to be happy, you simply need to appreciate it.

Character

character traitsEvery person contains within them the same capacity for good and evil. Our life experiences and our reaction to them dictate which character traits are dominant in our lives. Knowing that change is always possible is an important factor. If you don’t like a particular aspect of your life then you are capable of changing it by adjusting your focus on things, which will change who you are on the inside.

Your attitude is the most important facet in facilitating positive change in your life and that simply means that you have to understand, believe that you are capable of change and desire to change to a more positive mindset. Know what type of person you want to be and develop those character traits.