Just One Moment

Many of us have one of those Tuesdays that’s Monday today. I hope you enjoyed the one thing in the universe proven faster than light – a three-day weekend.

There can be a tendency to feel like you’re a day behind after a Monday off. Instead, try seeing yourself as a day ahead all week this week.

One moment. They say some moments can seem like an eternity. They certainly can cast a long shadow across your consciousness. You and I have a “now prejudice” that unconsciously feeds us the belief that this moment is more real than the last or the next and that it could be permanent.

Yes! There’s a valid spiritual principle that says, “Be here now.” Often being here now and consciously touching this moment is an invaluable tool, That is until now becomes your tyrant. That is until now steals your Hope and your joy or encourages you to rest on your laurels.

Never allow this moment to overshadow your big picture. However wonderful, mundane or disastrous this moment is it’s just one moment. It can be exceeded, defeated, or forgotten.

It’s likely it won’t matter five years or even five minutes from now unless you attach yourself to it and become stuck.

If you feel one moment, however glorious or tragic, becoming the complete basis for your reality, cut it loose.

Get to the next moment and the next until you find one that allows you to plant both feet and start walking forward again.

There are only two unfungible moments – birth and death. Every other moment in your life is completely negotiable and subject to as much change as your thinking allows.

This moment will pass into oblivion like every other moment. Let it go and move on.

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember you’re awesome!

Ray

The Failure & Success Parable

Happy weekend, my friends! Success and failure are two words we use describe the quality of the results we achieve in our lives.

We often evaluate ourselves using these words and others do as well. We tend to evaluate our relationships, our finances, our careers, and other aspects of our lives in these stark terms, as if we get a pass or fail grade.

At their worst, these two words can paralyze us. We can become afraid of both failure and success. So, we get stuck or do just enough to keep us in a murky mediocrity that cannot be described with either word.

A few years ago, I wrote a very brief parable about a simple way to release ourselves from the twin fears of failure and success.

I recorded it this evening and posted it to my YouTube channel. I hope you’ll find it useful in moving these two words out of the road that leads to your dreams,

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember to let your kindness start with you.

Ray

5-Minute Morning Affirmations – Authenticity Affirmations Video

Hey, my friends! Happy Sunday night. I’m starting a new series of morning affirmation videos in my YouTube channel.

The concept is simple. Affirmations on a particular topic to get your day started right all in about five minutes.

The first video is on Authenticity. It’s so important, now more than ever, for us to be our authentic selves. These affirmations will help you by encouraging you to be more authentic in all your interactions.

Wherever you are on your journey today, remember you are awesome!

Ray

Download the MP3 Version of these affirmations.

Give Every Day a Chance

This morning I opened my eyes to horrible cold bordering on bronchitis. It wasn’t surprising. It had been building for several days.

I began saying my favorite health affirmation about a dozen times.

My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me right now!

There was a part of me that thought I should just stay in bed and relax today. Then my logical brain kicked in.

“You can’t take the day off. Today’s the train-the-trainer.”

Many of you know my day job is as an instructional designer for a major telecommunications company. I’ve been doing it for 20 years. My specialty is sales skills training. I’ve spent the past month working on a project I’m very passionate about.

Today was the day I was scheduled to hand off the content to a Brady Bunch screen full of trainers.

“I can’t be sick today.” I got up blew out and coughed up stuff unmentionable in a blog and took a shower.

The morning was spent in a series of meetings and doing my best to prep for for the big T3.

I keep my stock ticker up as I’m working and a pretty famous comeback stock I’ve been in for a while went up, up, up all day.

My wife went and got the mail and I joked, “I hope someone sent us a check.”

We got six. They were reimbursement checks from our pet insurance company and our annual rebate from Costco.

I started the T3 sure I’d do great, but not really sure how I’d pull it off feeling like I did. I kind of got in the zone for two hours and felt great after it. I’ve been doing these a long time and it was one of my best.

When I got off that call, I checked in on another high priority project that had been plaguing me for days. I found out one of my colleagues picked it up and finished it.

Finally, I’m sitting on the couch an hour after work. My cell rings and it’s my recently new boss. He proceeds to tell me how amazing I did today on the T3. He said it was one of the best he’d ever seen.

I hung up the phone and thought about the title of this blog. Give every day a chance. You never know. If I’d followed my first impulse this morning, I’d have been in bed missing it all.

Stay true! Stay you!

Ray


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The Present Literally Creates the Future

It’s a simple enough concept, but one we easily forget in the hustle bustle of our lives.

This moment, not any other, is busy creating the future. Just as previous moments created this one.

Your thoughts and my thoughts, your words and my words, your actions and my actions are busy creating the world we’re all about to live in.

If we considered that, we’d be more thoughtful about the vibrations we put out into the world. We’d understand the power to change the things that need changing lies within us – each of us and all of us – where it always has.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray