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Friday, March 28, 2014

It’s Your Business to Keep the Channel Open

No one else has had the same experiences that you have had. No one else has feels or expresses their self the same way that you do. On the outside it may appear to be the same but it is not. Because of this you are unique and with that every wonderful and traumatic event has shaped you into who you are today.

Hey this energy wants to bust out and express itself and you’re the only one who can express it in your own unique way. Martha Graham says it best.

There is vitality, a life source, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to … keep the channel open … Whether you choose to take an art class, keep a journal, record your dreams, dance your story, or live each day from your own creative source, above all else, keep the channel open!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Put Down the Phone

“When we haven’t the time to listen to each other’s stories we seek out experts to teach us how to live. The less time we spend together at the kitchen table, the more how-to books appear in the stores and on our bookshelves. Because we have stopped listening to each other, we may even have forgotten how to listen, stopped learning how to recognize meaning. ”~ Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

We don’t need experts with Ph. D’s to tell us how to live wonderful lives. We need only look to each other.  Our world abounds with inspiring people - people who have overcome seemingly impossible difficulties, people who follow their dreams into uncharted territory, people who rise to incredible heights of achievement and success.

Inspiring people teach us how to find spiritual fulfillment, creative expression and deep satisfaction in life. Who feeds your soul with spiritual food?

Put down the phone. Walk away from the computer. Talk to one another face to face. More important - listen to each other.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Choose the positive

Everything, and I do mean everything, has a negative and a positive to it. You can list all the positive traits about your friend and also list some traits that bug you. Every career has a plus and minus to it and it doesn’t stop there.

Plants and flowers can be great to look at, have a nice aroma, medical benefits and yet for some people they’re dreaded because of the pollen they produce. Animals also have pros and cons whether wild or domestic. Wild animals can provide food but can be destructive to fields and land. Domestic cattle, sheep and pigs provide many benefits but each has their own set of drawbacks to produce.

The same goes with the items we use on a day to day basis. Vehicles are great for getting us from one location to another but used in a malicious or irresponsible manner can become a tool for intimidation and destructive behavior. Knives help us cut various items from food to ropes but can also be used to cause harm to another person. Guns are the same. They can be used to protect and provide food but also to harm others.  How you choose to use these items is your sole responsibility. Good or bad it’s up to you

It’s all a matter of perspective. Everyone is responsible for the choices they make. You can choose the positive or the negative, the good the bad, the plus or minus.  Choose the positive.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Turn the Page – next chapter

We all are writing the chapters of our life story as we go along.  I was reminded of this recently when two close friends of mine encountered a change in their lives. Both were thrust upon them. Sometimes changes are planned like getting married and having a baby. In those cases you’re planning to turn the page and start a new chapter of your life. However, other times the page is turned and you’re thrust into a new chapter. Sometimes you wish you could go back but there’s no reverse in your life story, only forward movement.

I like to think of these unexpected page turners as God’s way of saying it’s time to grow. You’re getting too complacent and that’s not what you came here to be or do. You came here to grow emotionally and spiritually so here’s this event that will shake you up so you can figure out how you can benefit from it. Even if the unexpected event is tragic, life goes on and you will learn to grow because of it.

I’m reminded of a couple of older women I know who relied on their husbands for certain things, when each lost her spouse through divorce and death each learned to grow in different ways. One learned how to take care of herself, be independent for the first in her life. She had married at a young age. The other took a spiritual path and became more calm, accepting and loving than she had been before. Both were devastated when the event occurred but have emerged as stronger, loving and emotionally charged women.

At first glance, an event that turns the page and becomes a new chapter in your life may seem scary but take it for what it s is, a new chapter. Your life story isn’t over yet and you can write it anyway you want. You get to decide.

How will you turn the page and write the next chapter of your story?

Friday, March 7, 2014

I Dare You

It is not because things are difficult we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that things are difficult." -- Seneca

Come on. Say yes to the dare. :)

There is a great book I read that really addresses the fear that keeps each of us from achieving what we're meant to do. It is called, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, by Susan Jeffers, PHD

This book gets down to the nitty gritty as to why you have the fear and what to do about it. Basically, fear will always be there. What are you going to do about it; let it rule you or conquer your fear and take control of your life? If you take a long hard look at the reasons you don't do something, there is a fear buried deep within you that you may not even admit to yourself. You're afraid. What are you afraid of; losing a friendship, relationship, job, possessions, financial security, not being accepted, of being yourself?

Even when you look at addictions, the person is afraid of confronting someone or something so they drown themselves in the addiction to numb the reality. If it doesn't show up as an addiction, it may show up as being a work alcoholic, moody, withdrawn, or angry. It is only when the person faces their fear that he or she finally is in control of their destiny.

Take the dare. What have you got to lose? Oh yeah, fear.

What have you got to gain? Everything you want.

And remember …

"A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot."

~ Joe Vitale: American entrepreneur, self-help author, and singer

Monday, March 3, 2014

You Serve No One!

That sounds rather cold but it’s closer to the truth than you might think.  The tag line would be-unless you want to.

On a deep level everyone wants to make a contribution, leave their mark in society in some shape or form.  So why doesn’t that just happen naturally?  Why aren’t droves of people lining up to help out when the call goes out? Why is it that groups and causes can ask for assistance but only a few people jump at the chance to help out? The reason is simple.  It does something for them. They get something out of it. It makes them feel good about themselves. But what about the other people who don’t help out? Well it’s just the opposite. They don’t get the same satisfaction out of it so they don’t do it.  

In order for you to want to be of service it not only has to be a cause that you’re passionate about, but be in the form of service that you want to give. The form could be hands on, coordinating, planning or handling the finances. Whatever you are best at is what will give you pleasure because then you know you gave your best.  It is ONLY in that sequence of events that you will truly feel like you have contributed from your heart. It’s ONLY then that you will feel good about yourself.

There is a great push in society to teach and encourage people to give back to their communities. Students and certain associations are now requiring them to do community service whether they want to or not. It sounds like a great idea however it’s missing the above ‘KEY” ingredient, passion.

If they are required to help out at the food shelf or play games with the elderly and it doesn’t excite them, they’ll just resent the assignment. However, if they jump at the chance to plant trees on Arbor Day we’d have a winner.  

Some people give of themselves freely no matter what. Those are the truly compassionate people. For them there is a driving force that compels them to serve. It does something for them. They get something out of it.  The reward may be a simple thank you, a smile on someone’s face, or a tender embrace. 

The rest of us need a little push, or to say it better, we need to be inspired to serve. Everyone has these buttons that can be pushed to ignite them to action.  The secret is in knowing what to say or do to ignite the desired action.  The best call to action would be to blend the individual’s talents and interests within the cause. It would be a win-win situation. 

If you would like to learn more about what is the driving forces within you, check out my web site at www.yourtrueheartsdesire.com.