Some Days The Bear Gets You

The underrated philosopher Commander William T. Riker once said, “Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you.”

Do you ever have days where it feels like there is some advanced consciousness working against you from the moment you roll out of bed?

I call them karma days. They’re days where you use up some of that bad karma you’ve stored up and the universe proves it has a sense of humor.

These days used to make me angry. Now, I find them kind of funny. I’ve learned they are necessary to the journey and they can be quite comical, if you allow it.

Overnight the the antibiotic I’m on for a bout of sinusitis began manifesting a rather unpleasant side effect.

This morning I went to log in to two systems at work. Both normally log you in automatically. Neither did today. I had to scramble around to find little-used passwords.

Then I ran some errands. I had big rig truck decide to stop right in front of me and conduct a three-point turn on a two lane road. I arrived at the bank ATM to find two vehicles in front of me. The first finished their business. The one right in front of me pulled up. The guy got out. Placed a couple cones between our vehicles and opened up the machine to work on it. These two incidents happened within five minutes.

I laughed, pulled around him to go find another bank, and noted to myself it’s one of those karma days. It seems I have about 10 of them a year. The lengths animate and inanimate things will go to to make things just a little more challenging than normal is amazing.

These days seem relatively immune to the power of our minds or our will. I think, instead, they are meant to teach us the valuable lessons of patience, compassion for the struggles of others, and the value in laughing at ourselves and not taking this big game as seriously as we sometimes do.

I’ve learned to ride the wave of insanity these days create and come out on the other side smiling.

I know I’m not alone in having these days. I know they can create stress, fear, and anger. I swear, though, if you’ll take a breath and a step back, you’ll find the humor and the value in them.

After all, the flower only grows when it receives the sunshine and the rain. So do we.

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

Ray

Either/Or Thinking Limits Humanity’s Options

Either/Or thinking could still be humanity’s doom. You can’t live in a universe of infinite possibilities, when your mind operates on either/or thinking. It’s the equivalent of putting a golf cart motor in a race car.

We do live in a universe of infinite possibilities and we are powerful, manifesting beings.

But, low vibration thinking that cuts off a thousand possible solutions to our challenges and our destiny is no way to take advantage of the opportunities before us.

We must be willing to learn, to change, and to adapt. Otherwise, we will never fulfill our destiny or live up to our potential.

What are your thoughts?

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

Ray

Better and Better Days Ahead

Each of us, all of us must believe that better days are ahead for humanity. To believe even a little, and especially a lot, that our thoughts create our world; we must take ownership in the world we are participating in creating.

If we contribute our thinking and energy to creating chaos and dystopia, then that is what we shall have. If, instead, we put our focus and encourage others to put their focus on humanity’s highest potential coming true, that is what we will create.

Not one of us is or can afford to be a by-stander in raising our thinking and raising our eyes and creating the world we want for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and generations to come.

Oh, and just in case no one else reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Heroic Acts

What constitutes a heroic act? One thing’s clear. It’s different acts for different people.

Some may do deeds in front of the whole world, astounding the masses and earning accolades. There’s not a thing wrong with this. It’s simply not the only way to commit heroic acts.

Some people act quietly and purposely away from the spotlight, but achieve enormous good.

For someone battling COVID or cancer or struggling with chronic conditions, a heroic act may just be getting out of bed today.

For someone who’s been victimized or horribly wronged, the act of trusting people again is a heroic act.

For the addict, saying no to one drink, one hit, or one bet is heroic.

Heroic acts come in all shapes and sizes and can be very situational. That’s why I argue with conviction we all have been heroes at one time or another. We all have a hero within us.

Don’t allow the great and public acts of heroism, deserving of praise as they are, diminish or discourage your small act of heroism where you are right now.

They all add up. Every heroic act makes someone’s life or the world a better place.

Appreciate the heroes around you. Own and embody your hero within.

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

Ray

Reach For The Stars!

REACH FOR THE STARS!

Hey, everyone

GOOD morning!

Hard as it may be to believe looking around you right now, all of this craziness is presenting us with OPPORTUNITIES for a FAR better world and a FAR more compassionate civilization that serves the needs of ordinary people.

Like all things in life, it’s a choice. We can seize these opportunities or we can be seized by a million possible dystopias that fill our minds.

When we do the latter, who wins? Not us.

I’m a FIRM believer that despite the human past and even the human present, we are a good species at heart. We have enormous potential. We are meant to reach for the stars literally, but first we must raise our faces out of the dirt and toward the sun.

We have 10,000 years of conditioning that mostly divides us, mostly makes us afraid to trust, compels us to hold on to our dogmas in ways that don’t even serve us.

We are better than that. You are better than that. I am better than that.

The inertia of our thinking pulls back into our divisions, back into our fears, back into our tribes.

Just like a rocket headed for space, we have to achieve escape velocity, if we are going to escape the gravity of the past.

It’s hard work. It’s easier just to fade back into “Us” and “Them” thinking. It’s easier to say I’ll do it tomorrow or next week or next year.

It’s tough to say it begins right here and with me.

People often say, “I’ve tried positive thinking and it doesn’t always work.”

It’s true positive thinking doesn’t always work, but it GREATLY increases your chances for happiness and success.

Sadly, negative thinking does nearly always work. No one who ever thought they couldn’t did. No one who ever doubted humanity contributed to its advancement.

In two days here in The United States, we are going to celebrate these words…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

That’s still the dream we ALL have. We all seek life. We all seek liberty. We all seek the freedom to pursue happiness.

We’ve all fallen short. You have. I have. Our “adversaries” have. The man who penned those words did.

Yet the principles embodied in that statement transcend all our failures to live up to it. Those words brought a change in law. It’s time for us, 244 years later, to finally make it a change in hearts.

We come into this world naked and crying. We all leave the same way. It’s the difference we make in between that matters. I know you came here to achieve something great. We all did.

Let’s get to it. If we all focused more on what we’re here to do and less on the hurdles. amazing things can and will happen.

Everyone stay safe. Everyone stay well. Everyone reach for a star today.

Ray