Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

If you live long enough you will suffer the loss of those you know and even those you love. Everyone has a different idea of what happens after death but everyone agrees that the loss hurts. Sometimes it’s a small hurt and sometimes it’s a great big, last a lifetime kind of hurt but it’s always a hurt.
Why would I be writing about death and loss on a holiday such as Thanksgiving here in the U.S.? It is because barring some seance or ancient ritual, I can’t communicate with those who have died, only with those who are alive right now. It is this ability to communicate with you right now that I am most grateful for today.

We can text and talk and FaceTime and Skype and write in the sand and take pictures of it. We can hug and laugh and argue and act and play and love together. We can do all these things and more because you and I are alive right now and I thank all the powers that be that we are.

Take this awareness of being alive right now and look around you and think about all the people and pets you know and all whom you love who are alive right now in your life. Give thanks for the opportunity to connect and communicate with them. It is an opportunity that will not last forever.

Sharing this moment in time with you is only possible

because we are alive. I am incredibly Thankful that you are alive and that you are somehow, some way in my life. In a while we will both be gone but right now I am very grateful that you are alive. I will give a great shout of “Thank You!” for your aliveness today. Please look around you and give a shout too!

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 Patrick McBride 
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Three words

November 13th, 2017

There are three words that will relieve your stress, increase your strength and starve your ego.  It takes courage to say them. There were times when you were punished for saying them in school. You have been mocked, judged and labeled many times by just uttering these three words.

Yes, the price of relief may be extraordinarily high some days but persevere anyway. Don’t look down at the floor when you say them. Look someone straight in the eye and with the greatest amount of self confidence, say them. 

​​​​​​​They say that the truth will set you free and nowhere is that truer than in the utterance of these three words. It is truth and mindfulness and reality all rolled into one beautiful phrase. 

It doesn’t matter your upbringing or your station in life. In fact the higher you are regarded and the more esteemed you see yourself or are seen by others can make the utterance of these three words almost impossible.

Before you say these powerful words, your mind will start to rebel at the thought. Countless other words will be offered. Lies and subterfuge will seem as viable options. Will you give in? 

No! Not you! You are strong enough to use them. You are courageous enough to stand there and say with all honesty “I don’t know!”. Immediately you will feel the shock and disapproval. You will sense your expertise being downgraded by the second. You will see the looks of disbelief. Your ego will shout to you “Quick, make up something! Tell them you were only kidding!” but you will stand by your statement because it is the truth and you will be free.

​​​​​​​It is our failure to say “I don’t know” that leads us to lies and coverups and the ensuing stress. When we lie we then must make a catalog of our lies and constantly pass all thoughts and communication through that catalog so as not to be caught red handed lying about something.

These three words can alter your life, your relationships and your sense of self. Be honest. Be brave. Be real. Say you don’t know when you don’t know.

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 Patrick McBride 
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That Car

October 30th, 2017

Imagine this scenario. You pull up to a red traffic light. There is one car in front of you. It happens to be a car that you believe is always driven by jerks. Your eyes are drawn to the three bumper stickers on the car that are totally the opposite of the candidate or cause you hold dear. The light changes to green and…nothing. The vile car in front of you doesn’t move. The seconds tick by as your blood pressure rises and finally you do it. You honk your horn sending the sound waves and your displeasure at the same time. The driver’s door of the car in front of slowly opens, face flushing, you gird yourself for a confrontation and…

Out steps your best friend in the whole world!

YOU -Wow! What are you doing here?

BF- I thought that was you behind me!

YOU- Where did you get that car?

BF- One of our neighbors just donated that car to help that cause we both love so much and I was just delivering it to the donation site.

YOU- Wow! The money that car will bring will help quite a few families. What a blessing that car is at a time like this.

BF – I’m holding up traffic. Gotta go! See ya!

How’s your blood pressure now? What do you think about that car and driver now? How’s your mood? What changed?

What you thought was the reality of the situation was not in fact reality. You judged based on appearances. You judged because you thought you had all the facts necessary to condemn a stranger. You judged because in a few short seconds you forgot everything that you were taught, everything that you preach to others, everything you tell your children not to do. 

Are you some horrible beast for doing that? No, you are human and what keeps you as a human from becoming a horrible beast is your ability to pause before you judge another human being. So many times we don’t have a clue on why we, ourselves, did something and yet most times we are absolutely, positively sure why someone else did what they did.

Pause for a brief moment before judging and give your heart a chance to be heard. It just might change your life.  

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 Patrick McBride 
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Imagine that

October 23rd, 2017

How do you fix a power failure? I’m not talking about the electricity that powers your abode. I’m talking about a personal power failure. How do you fix that?

Well, before we can fix any power failure we have to locate the power source. The source is the spark of life within each one of us. It isn’t easy to see but we can tell when it’s not there. It’s called being dead. Just about anyone can tell the difference between someone who is asleep and someone who is dead because there is something in each of us that senses a pulsating life force or its absence.

Now, we can feel our own life force easily enough but what is the source? It is our heart. We have a physical heart with all its tubes and chambers and we have a metaphysical heart with it’s amazing abilities. Our metaphysical heart (MH) is similar to a small, powerful reactor. 

Our MH is what powers every cell in our bodies. It is constantly producing an enormous amount of energy. When we feel down, weak, powerless it is because we are not properly directing that energy. It is being dissipated without benefitting us. So how do we plug in and redirect that energy where it will do the most good for us? It is so much easier than you think.

 

All you have to do is to ask yourself  “What part of me feels weak or powerless?” Close your eyes and imagine the power from your MH going there. 

Your imagination is not the musings of a child. It is the one thing that is not bound by the prison of all you have been taught. Your imagination is THE blueprint for where your MH energy flows. When we feel weak or powerless or less then, our imagination is turned off or way down. When we think that we need energy it is not energy that is lacking. There is always an abundance of that. What is lacking however is the imagination to use it, to direct it. 

​​​​​​​Imagine what you wish to accomplish and consciously direct your MH energy there. Imagine what you want to change and consciously direct your MH energy there. You lack nothing. Let your the energy of your MH teach you and power you. Your life will get better right away. Imagine that.

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 Patrick McBride 
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The News

October 9th, 2017

Imagine that you were thirsty and being thirsty you sought out a source of some water. Now imagine that you put your mouth in front of a fire hydrant and turned it on. What would happen? You would probably be choking from the incredible amount of water and able to drink no more than a drop or two. To top it off you would still be thirsty. 

Sound familiar? Probably not. It would be difficult to believe that anyone would try to slake their thirst like this. Yet, you and I do something similar every single day. 

Each day we awaken with a thirst for the news. We seriously want to know what is happening, how it will affect us and how it will affect our investments, our plans, our loved ones. It’s not new. Every morning thousands of years ago the neanderthals would come out of their caves and using the only source they had, their senses, they would try to gather all the information they could in order to survive. Then came troubadours, town criers, newspapers, radio,TV and each source expanded our access to the news. 

Now access has undergone a great change. Now we can receive news from an infinite number of sources. Now we can open our eyes and ears to the fire hydrant of news that is constantly gushing forward. There is fake news, liberal news, conservative news, financial news, weather news, international news, propaganda news, satire news, parody news, government news, surfing news, rock climbing news, skiing news and hundreds more. 

What can we do? Look at any newspaper or magazine. What stands out? The headlines! The headlines serve two purposes. They inform us and they tease us into buying them and finding out more. They are fully aware of our addiction to more. 

Like most things in life we want more but we don’t really need more. We switch to little houses and few possessions but our addiction to more news seems to always be raging. It’s time to drink from the garden hose of news  (I know, you were told not to this but this is a metaphor!) and not the hydrant. How do we do this?

Your greatest aide is a cheap oven timer. Sip the news. Be very choosy when you decide to go past the headlines to more. Set the oven timer when you decide you want some news. Set the timer for time on social media. Set the timer for random searches. Set the timer for videos. Set the timer and make no excuses to ignore it when it rings. This will give you an incredible strengthening of your self discipline and it will leave you much, much more time to live and love.

“I can gather all the news I need on the weather report” -Paul Simon

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 Patrick McBride 
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Temporary

October 2nd, 2017

If you have been on this earth for more than a decade or two you know that life has a way of taking from us people and things that we hold dear. We know the pain it brings and so we try to prevent it from happening, all to no avail.

We wear our seatbelt, buy insurance, put locks on our doors, take our vitamins, all in a bid to hang on to what we consider pleasant in this life. Doing these things we feel a little better but we know that beyond the shadow of a doubt, anything can change at any moment. So what can we do?

First, face reality. EVERYTHING in existence is temporary. Even that great ball of light we call our sun is, in the grand span of time, temporary. 

Second, understand that EVERYTHING changes while it is in existence. The changes may be so small as to be almost imperceptible or they may be sudden and cataclysmic. 

So if everything is subject to ending and is constantly changing during its existence, how do we deal with this? The answer is… we stop cowering before any fear and we stand up and say “Bring it on! Yep,the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to live this life to the fullest. I know that nothing is going to last forever but in the meantime I am going to enjoy what I can. I will enjoy my pleasures now because they are temporary and I will stand tall during adversities because I know they are temporary too.”

We live smaller lives than we should because we believe that if we don’t stick out, bad things won’t notice us. We use amulets, prayers, rituals and anything else we can think of to ward off suffering and pain as if any of those things were more powerful than the force that created us and directs all of life. 

Hold the pleasant things in your hand like a beautiful ice crystal and enjoy it before it melts. Hold yourself strong against the winds of misfortune and loss knowing that no storm lasts forever. Stay in the moment as much as possible for there is eternity in the moment and Live, just live. 

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 Patrick McBride 
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Live, just live

September 28th, 2017

We believe that good health, a great relationship, a job for as long as we want it, being secure, being safe, being trusted and prayers being answered are ours because we are doing what we believe is the right thing but what happens when this turns out to be not the truth? 

Your world is going to be rocked like a ten point earthquake time and time again because you are alive and to be alive means that you are in a process of growing and like a snake shedding a skin he is no longer fitting in you will constantly be shedding old beliefs. You may reject the urge to shed old beliefs but like the snake you will grow more and more uncomfortable until you do. You have felt uncomfortable before haven’t you?

Like everything else in this life, beliefs are temporary. We may believe that our beliefs are carved in stone but that’s just another temporary belief. So what’s a person to do?

The answer is to live, just live. When it rains, don’t debate or curse the drops. Grab an umbrella and live, just live. When life turns dark, see the darkness as a part of life and turn away from it when you are ready and live, just live. When people disappoint you, know that their path is not identical to yours and live, just live. When the world seems to be going wrong remember that the world isn’t just about you and live, just live. When everything is going great and there are rainbows all around and you feel like you are on top of the world…live, just live.

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 Patrick McBride 
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Sweden

September 27th, 2017

I just returned from my first trip to Stockholm. (Sorry for not letting you know but thanks for all the “Are you okay? Where’s my Sundrops?” questions.)

In all my worldly travels I have never met a people who were more balanced, positive and healthy. There is a word in Swedish called Lagom. It has many meanings but overall it is translated as “balance” and “just the right amount”. It is indeed a beautiful way of life there. 

The food in Sweden is a delicious experience. Swedes are very, very conscious of their food. Organic, unprocessed, and additive free is the norm. Parents have an amazing 480 days per child maternity leave receiving 80% of their salary. They can share these days any way they like until the child is 8 years old. 

If you promote healthy foods, grown with “Lagom” practices and you have free health, dental and eye care and you can assure moms and dads that they can properly focus on and care for raising their newborn without rushing back to work, you add to the health and stability of each and every family and ultimately the country. Oh yeah, five weeks paid vacation every year for everyone and not having been involved in a war in four hundred and eleven years helps too!

Sweden has given me a many things to think about and I’ll be discussing them with you along with our regular Sundrops over the next few weeks. After this trip I have started to ask myself about how I live my life. Do I have “Lagom” in my day to day living? Do I accept silence in a conversation or do I try to fill each moment with words? Does my posture, like all the swedes I met, reflect a balance of mindfulness and appreciation? Am I as close to nature as I could be? Can I be without judgement of others? 

Thank you Sweden and the Swedish people for a great vacation and for an eye opening look at how good life can be. 

We must never settle for just okay if great is within reach and I believe it always is. We just have to regularly ask our selves “Am I living the best life I am capable of living?”.  If the answer is yes, gratitude should flow from you in abundance. If the answer is I don’t know, it is time for some introspection. If the answer is no, it’s time for a new plan and action. 

​​​​​​​Thank you for being in the Sundrops community. I think there are some big changes coming and I’m glad to be with you.

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 Patrick McBride 
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Your magic wand

September 11th, 2017

Where’s your magic wand? You know, the one you use to change people into being more like you. The magic wand that makes other people like what you like and dislike what you like. Oh yeah, the magic wand that makes them act like you too. You know, the good manners and all the niceties that you hold so dear. 

Where’s your magic wand, the one that with a simple wave of your hand other people especially the ones you care about see the foolishness of their beliefs and suddenly slap their foreheads and realize that your beliefs were so obviously true and theirs were so obviously wrong?

Where’s your magic wand, the one that makes everyone get along? The one that allows family members and friends to always be on the same page? You know, the magic wand that always ensures peace and harmony among the people you like and the people you love.

Where’s your magic wand? Really, where is it? Go ahead and grab it. I’ll wait. ……Dum dee dum….Doe dee doe…. 

Wait! What! You can’t find it! You never had one! How can this be true? You’ve been wanting to change other people all your life and now you’re saying that you don’t have the means to do that!!!! You have never had the means to do that!!!! 

​​​​​​​Well, I believe you. You really don’t have a magic wand. I guess you know what that means. Yep, you’re going to have to give up trying to make other people believe and act more like you. Your going to have to accept people, yeah that includes family, just as they are. You are going to have to finally give up complaining about people who won’t change. 

Life is tough without a magic wand and yet some people do change without it. The funny thing is, they only change when they want to change. So, wish and pray for things to go according to your plans but always remember that there just might be a better plan already in place. 

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 Patrick McBride 
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Five things

August 28th, 2017

There has never been so much to think about and there has never been so many avenues of information instantly available to us. What is very important one minute is easily cast aside for something more important that just showed up in a text, email or newsfeed. What can we do about it?

No one can concentrate on so many things and stay sane but everyone can concentrate on just five things:

1) LOVE -This is it, the golden choice. Focus on love as often as you can all day every day. Ask yourself – “If I were filled with love right now what would I do? What choice would I make?”

2) CLARITY – If you can’t see things clearly, your success in any area will be limited. Ask yourself -“Am I blinded by my emotions or beliefs? Is this how I feel or is it how I was taught to feel?

3) STRENGTH -Never underestimate how much your physical strength influences your mental strength. Ask yourself – “What would feeling stronger do to my self confidence? What can I do every day to get stronger?”

4) WELLNESS – No one feels fine every single day of their lives. Ask yourself – “Are my thoughts, lifestyle and habits a positive or negative? How can I improve on all three?”

5) GRATITUDE – Whining and complaining and grumbling eclipse all the good in our lives. Ask yourself – ” What’s great about my life right now? What is actually working well for me?”

The blaring headlines will try to get you to seek more information on the horrors du jour and the screens will beckon for your undivided, mindless attention and the algorithms will make sure you see more and more funny memes and cute pics but you have the POWER TO CHOOSE. Choose to focus on these five words. They can take you to a world where you are focused, alive and happy. And you know what? You deserve that!

Sundrops On Life -Better Thoughts. Better Days.

 Patrick McBride 
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