Random Thought #18 – The Human Spirit

The human spirit is about triumph over adversity,
daring in the face of challenge, and
love conquering fear.

We’re not here to bow to our limits. We’re here
to undo them.

Our highest mountains are within reach. Our boldest dreams call but for our courage to become them.

Christmas Affirmations

Thought for Today:

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

christmas-2971961_1280In the hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of the year, may you stop, breathe deeply, and ingest the spirit of the season. This is a season when light fills hearts and we recall that there is meaning and purpose in our lives. We experience the importance of the interior journey and how it connects us to and transforms the world around us.

We remember that giving, without expectation, is the doorway to receiving beyond expectation. Mostly, though, we remember that hope conquers every doubt, illuminates every shadow, and heals every wound, if you are willing to let it work through you.

Today a few affirmations to help you see the Christmas season with new eyes and new hearts.

  1. Today I spread the light of Christmas everywhere I go!
  2. I allow the joy of this season to fill my heart and propel me into a prosperous new year!
  3. Christmas is MY day! I plan to enjoy all it has to offer!
  4. I love peace on Earth and goodwill toward men and I practice it all year long!
  5. This year I’m focused on what Christmas means to me rather than what it means to the world.
  6. This year I refuse to allow guilt to ruin my Christmas experience!
  7. When I make Christmas about sharing rather than getting, I always feel better.
  8. Breathing in, I feel the love of Christmas. Breathing out, I embody the love of Christmas.
  9. This year I am absolutely committed to restoring the true meaning of Christmas in my life!
  10. The energy of Christmas is game-changing when I allow it to spread throughout my life.
  11. Today I feel the joy of the season. Today I feel the peace of the season. Today I feel the love of the season.
  12. Today I am breathing in the light and love of the season and sharing it with everyone I meet!
  13. I love the holiday season because the long lines teach me patience.
  14. Christmas is my chance to activate the power of giving in my life.
  15. My mind is filled with hope. My heart is filled with joy. It’s Christmastime and anything is possible!
  16. Christmas is a new beginning and I am making the most of it!
  17. Breathing in, I experience the power of Christmas. Breathing out, I share the power of Christmas.
  18. Today the sights and sounds and smells of the season fill me with joy!

Stay inspired!

Stay inspired! Great things are on the way to you right now!

Ray

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Eat Your Dessert First – Day 309 of 365 Days to a Better You

You should always listen to your grandmother. Mine once told me you should always eat dessert first…just in case.

Today we buried my father-in-law. He was a good man who, despite his many challenges, always brought a smile to other peoples’ faces. As I said my final goodbyes to him, my grandmother’s words came back to me. In fact, they took on a new and more profound meaning.

Sure, there’s the plain meaning of eat the chocolate cake before the meal. Who can argue with the wisdom of that?

What, though, if dessert is a metaphor for all the good and important things in life? What if eating your dessert first means spending the time now with the people you love? What if it means to stop putting off your most important goals and dreams? What if means to stop denying yourself meaningful experiences because you don’t have time or they cost too much? EAT YOUR DESSERT FIRST!

One day each of us will lay in that box with our friends and loved ones looking over us to say their goodbyes. Will your belly be full of all life’s mundane necessities or will your face be smeared with the chocolate frosting of a life well-lived? You’re making that decision now with every choice you make.

Hey, just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Have a great evening, my friends.

Ray

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We Are All Unforgetting The Past – Day 308 of 365 Days to a Better You

We are in the process of unforgetting our past and THAT will change our future!

Every human being drawing a breath on this planet readily acknowledges he or she has a stake in the future. What many never consider is that they have just as big a stake in the past – in its transparency, its accuracy, and its meaning.

Most people you know probably hate history and find things that happened – even yesterday – meaningless. There’s a certain wisdom in not holding on to things, in releasing them. That’s different than thinking the past doesn’t matter.

Who we are, everything we think and believe, what our DNA says, how our solar system formed, and who brought us into being are all aspects of our reality that create an assumed, almost unnoticed, foundation for our reality. They make a HUGE difference.

We live in a time awash in information, yet still thirsty for knowledge. We live in a time of “truth movements” that only seem to further confuse the truth, not mention angering us and knocking us off our true game.

There are most assuredly answers out there, but the biggest answers lie within. We’re not really learning things as we look back in time, we’re remembering them. For, though we’ve crossed the River Styx and forgotten, we played a part in that past.

Maybe we’re here in this pivotal moment to remind ourselves and to remember. By remembering the past, we will forever change it. When we change the past, we change the present. Changing the present means we chart a new course for humanity into a brave new future.

Stay thirsty for the knowledge and keep remembering!

Ray

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Beginnings and Endings – Day 307 of 365 Days to a Better You

Beginnings and endings are an inevitable part of any life in our time and space multiverse. Some bring micro changes and others shift everything you have known it. They parade through your life in an endless cycle encapsulated by an inadequate word – change.

As far as our physical brains can conceive every phenomenon from an ant hill to a weather system to you and I has a beginning and an ending. It’s an unalterable fact in the world as we know it.

This being so, how you deal with beginnings and endings plays a huge part in your happiness and success. Here are some things to know about them that can help you make the most of them.

  1. Beginnings and endings are both opportunities. While this might be readily apparent about beginnings, endings are often associated with the pain of loss. It’s easy to miss the opportunities they present.
  2. Beginnings can be taken for granted. The opportunities they bring can be missed when you don’t act or act quickly enough.
  1. Endings challenge you to grow and to change. If nothing ever ended, life would be boring and become stale. Endings can be sad, but they can also be springboards for the next better thing,
  2. Endings expose our attachments. When things become the norm for a time, human nature is to become attached to the pattern they create in your life. Endings are a chance to practice the advanced skill of letting go and making room for the next better thing,
  3. Endings are really disguised beginnings. This is hard to see in the moment of change, but endings have in the seeds of a new beginning.
  4. Change is inevitable. Harnessing the power of change means flowing with it rather than resisting it. Be open to the opportunities in beginnings and endings present.
  5. Beginnings and endings are just bookmarks in eternity. The conventional way of looking at them comes from linear thinking. When you go deeper and understand that everything is connected and one thing flows into another, beginnings and endings begin to melt into the whole.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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Five “Be The Change” Affirmations

One of the most prolific inspiring quotes in the world today is Mahatma Gandhi’s famous admonitions, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Here are five affirmations that inspire you to be that change every day.

  1. Today I am a force for good in my world in every way I affect it!
  2. I came here to serve and today I do! Today I AM the difference maker my world needs!
  3. Each and every day I am a light in my world.
  4. Peace comes to my world one person at a time, beginning with me!
  5. believe wholeheartedly that I am part of the solution in my life and in my world.

If not you and me, then who?

Just in case no one reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Checkout this more extensive list of Be The Change Affirmations on the TAS  website.

An Object in Motion – Day 306 of 365 Days to a Better You

You probably remember a phrase from your school days that goes something like this, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest.” This is a folksy articulation of Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion.

It’s as true of human action as it is of a ball rolling down a hill. Momentum breeds momentum. Stagnation breeds more stagnation.

Now the most important part of Newton’s First Law often gets left out. The end of law states, “unless it is acted on by an external force.”

How does this apply to you and me and our personal development? For us, thoughts and emotion are those external forces that change our motion. Positive, determined thoughts and emotion drive positive action. Negative can take the wind from our sails.

Once you get moving, you’ll tend to keep moving. You’ll get things done and tackle your challenges. Have you noted that on those days when you get something done right away you tend to get more done? You get a cadence and a momentum pushing you forward.

Conversely, if you start slow, it’s hard to get that momentum going. This isn’t a value judgment. Sometimes being is more important than doing.

However, if it’s a moment that requires action and you’re feeling sluggish, here are some ways to get your momentum flowing?

  1. Do one thing. Put yourself in motion and let Newton’s Law work fort you. Once you’re in the flow the second task is easier.
  2. Do the hardest thing. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to do the hardest thing first thing, That way the rest of the day is easier. Focus on how good it’s going to feel to have that done,
  3. Do the smartest thing. There are things you just don’t want to do, but they have to be done. If the task is inevitable, do the smart thing and knock it out now. That avoids stress and scrambling later.
  4. Bargain with your brain. When there’s something you’re procrastinating about or feeling stuck on, make a deal with your brain. Tell it you’re going to start the task and work for 20 minutes. If it’s not going well, you can stop. More than likely, once you going, you’ll work much longer than 20 minutes.
  5. Jump in the pool. Your biggest blocks often center around fear and doubt. These can often be alleviated by starting and seeing it’s better then you thought. You’ll learn to “swim” as you go. The fastest way to force movement is to leave yourself no choice. Count to three and jump.

I hope you’re having an amazing Friday. In case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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