October 27th, 2014

What if tomorrow started the absolute best time of your life? Not Annie’s “The sun will come out tomorrow” tomorrow but the actual day after this one. The one that starts tonight at midnight.

I know, we’ve all been told to live in the present and I’m not rebelling against that. In fact I’m all for it. I want you to be in this moment preparing for the beginning of the rest of your life starting tomorrow.

‚Äč What could you do tomorrow that would change your life for the better? Would you start meditating, exercising, dancing, scuba diving, knitting or any one of an infinite number of activities? Would you be happy and positive regardless of what’s going on?

Would you wake up preplanned to love yourself, to see yourself in a better light, to start anew? Would you give yourself another chance tomorrow? Would you put on your warrior, monk, philanthropist, student, teacher or lover mask and wear it until it becomes you?

Let’s face it. You and I have already judged today and found it wanting in certain areas. We know we could do better. Tomorrow, the greatest opportunity so far will present itself. The opportunity to be a better you, a more grateful you.

Tomorrow will be a lot like today or it will be a golden, multicolored, symphonic start to the rest of your life. Can you wake up tomorrow without complaints, without regrets, without frustration or agitation? Can you wake up starting to be the person you always wanted to be? The answer is a gigantic YES I CAN!

Everything that comes into being has a start. A better you can’t happen without a start. Tomorrow is your chance to wake up and start. If not tomorrow, when? Go for it!

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Getting Sick

October 20th, 2014

You are going to get sick!
Yes, and you are going to get depressed and worried and upset. You are going to have your heart broken and you are going to cry and feel like you are at the end of your rope.

Some people think that if you meditate enough and exercise enough and eat enough of the right foods and read the right books you will somehow be immune from all of the above. That is self deception.

All of life is not a day at the beach. If it were you would only learn to handle a day at the beach and nothing more. Life is messy and hurtful at times for everyone, no exceptions. Meditating and exercising and eating and reading right does not make you immune from life’s travails but it makes the time between travails absolutely wonderful. Like a boxer resting between rounds, taking care of yourself between times of adversity is the best way to enjoy life.

When the inevitable troubles come, you want to be at your best, fully rested, brimming with health and clarity, top of your game. That way you are an asset to yourself and all those you wish to help. If you are sick, upset or down, do everything possible to bring yourself back to or as close to optimum as you can. Make you the priority. Make you the priority. (Written twice for emphasis!)

If all is well in most areas of your health and clarity, first, thank God for such a blessing and secondly, use all of your resources to take your health and clarity to the highest level possible. Remember, every phase of everyone’s life has peaks and valleys. That’s life. Celebrate the good times. Power through the not so good times.

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It’s Time

October 13th, 2014

Two words that automatically initiate action are “It’s time”. When you tell yourself it’s time to eat, you get something to eat. When you tell yourself it’s time to sleep, you get ready for bed. “It’s time” always lights the fuse that leads to immediate action.

None of us know how much time we have left on this earth so with that in mind, it’s time to make the changes you have been putting off. We all have those things in our life that we know we need to change but it always seems that it’s just never the right time. So when is the right time?

Today is the youngest you will be for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take that next step. It’s time to stop putting up with certain things. It’s time to live better, be happier, feel stronger. It’s time to walk the scary part of your path. It’s time to put yourself first. It’s time to be proud of all that you have overcome. It’s time to demand better. It’s time.

If the boat you are on isn’t going where you want it to or isn’t moving at all, it’s time to rock the boat. It’s time to stop walking on eggshells. It’s time to stomp on them. It’s time to be more. It’s time to merge compassion and strength. It’s time to take a chance. It’s time to look in a different direction. It’s time to be respected. It’s time to throw down the gauntlet in the face of your fears and demand that the fears step aside.

Now is a beautiful time. It is the only time when changes can be made. The past is written in cement and hardened. The future may or may not come to pass. Right now you stand in the epicenter of possibilities. Take a step now even if it is a small one and never look back. Go for it. It’s time.

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Milking Stool

October 6th, 2014

Back in the day when a farmer would go into the barn to milk the cows, the stool of choice was always a three legged stool. Why not four legs like all the chairs in the house? Good question.

The floor of a barn was usually dirt and uneven. A three legged stool will still be stable on an uneven floor whereas a four legged stool will wobble and tip over.

In our lives there are three supports that will keep us stable no matter how uneven the circumstances. They are Love, Presence and Positivity.

Love is the ability to see the beauty in a person, place or animal whether it is in plain sight or hidden. Presence is the choice to awaken each morning and not to merely get up each morning. Positivity is the courage to wear the rose colored glasses while some others are wearing the very dark ones and exhorting you to change.

With Love, Presence and Positivity as your support, life is the wonderful, marvelous mystery that keeps you wanting more answers and more experiences. Lighten up and keep LPP as your main support and you’ll not tip over.

As a wise man once said when asked why a milking stool had three legs instead of four – he said it was because the cow had the udder. Lighten up and enjoy!

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