12 Pieces of Unwise Conventional Wisdom – Day 222 of 365 Days to a Better You

Axioms, idioms, proverbs, aphorisms; whatever you call them these tiny tidbits of “wisdom” permeate the popular consciousness. Many are very useful. Others, such as those below, offer abysmal and disempowering life advice.

  1. Better the devil you know than the one you don’t. This is one of those things a protective mother might tell you to keep you safe. It sounds like risk aversion advice, but it’s worse. It acknowledges that you’re dealing with a person or situation worthy of being called “the devil,” but encourages you stay put because taking a chance on change is supposedly more dangerous.
  2. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln said this one so it must be true, right? Well, it’s pithy and could be true in some situations. However, most people have a hard time finding their voices. They don’t speak up, make their contribution because of fear of appearing foolish. That’s what makes this bad advice. The team, the country, the world is better off when everyone feels empowered to contribute without fear.
  3. Curiosity killed the cat. This is another one that assumes the worst and culls one of our most important traits as humans – our curiosity. Celebrate and be inspired by curiosity. Don’t fear it,
  4. Do as I say not as I do. This one requires little commentary. Never use this in someone else and never let it be used in you.
  5. Do not upset the Apple cart. Um, look around at the world. We need more people willing to upset the apple cart not fewer.
  6. East is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet. This one is a battlecry for dogma. What is is. There are absolutes that can’t be changed. So why try? Nonsense. Beyond birth and death little else is unchangeable.
  7. You can’t teach and old dog new tricks. This one claims that once you reach a certain age, it’s too late to learn or change or that people can never change. Neither is absolutely true. As long as there’s breath there’s hope. It’s never too late to be the person you came here to be.
  8. All’s fair in love and war. Here’s a mindset that’s simply justification for bad behavior. No wonder relationships are in such chaos in our culture. Love is not a competitive sport. It’s not an excuse to become cut-throat. Aspire to something higher in your relationships.
  9. Every man has his price. This assumes that all people are unprincipled if tempted enough. It also is saying that normalizes this idea.
  10. Fight fire with fire. Here’s the mantra of people content to be vengeful and get even. Consider putting fires out in the world rather than pouring oil on them.
  11. Great minds think alike. I get that this one is usually said in fun when two people have the same thought. In truth, though, great minds think for themselves.
  12. Ignorance is bliss. This is among the most commonly used on this list and among the worst advice. It promotes apathy, disempowerment, and dependency. A strong human being ought never live in more ignorance than his or her seeking to date has left undiscovered.

There are more of these and I may do a second post on this down the line. Just because you’ve heard something said you’re whole life like it’s wise, doesn’t mean it is.

You’re all amazing. Take that to the bank! Have a great Sunday.

Ray

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Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside You – Day 49 of 365 Days to a Better You

Don’t die with your music still inside of you.

One of my favorite moments in Spring is the first time I see and hear a cardinal sing. I love red and so I find cardinals to be stunning birds. The best thing, though, is their amazing song. I can’t get enough of it. I’d love to hear your song too!

The late Wayne Dyer often encouraged his listeners with this aphorism. I never heard Wayne say it, but I’ve always believed he was referring back to another proverb of indistinct origin. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has the answer, it sings because it has a song.

Did you know you have a song inside of you? I believe we all do. You may call it your bliss, your mission, your path. It’s that thing that we cannot imagine dying without having expressed, experienced, and shared. Yet, many of you reading this, have not blessed the world with your song.

“Well,” you might think, “No one really cares about my song. It won’t change the world or my situation.” Are you sure? Who among us knows how a word, a gesture, a thought from you might change everything?

Whether you “singing” your song would shift the world or just shift a moment, read the quote again. The reason for singing your song is not because your song is the answer, though it might be. The reason for singing your song is because you have a song and it’s what you’re here to do. You won’t feel complete until you pipe up. So, pipe up!

It doesn’t have to be the most beautiful song or the most profound. It only needs to be the contribution you came here to make.

No pressure, but it’s time to start singing!

Have a fantastic and song-filled day!

Ray

Be HERE Now – Day 18 of 365 Days to a Better You

Be here now.

Today’s Affirmation

Today I harness the power of NOW to create all my tomorrows!

You are doing great! We are already up to the 18th day of our journey together.

Wisdom reminds us that NOW is all we have. Yet, we often live around it, ignore it, and leave it unattended on our flights of fancy into the future or our clinging to a past that’s now nothing but a dry river bed.

Whether they consciously know or not, happy and successful people are those who can right here right now. Now is where we can feel life, change life, and make a difference for ourselves and those around us.

I recorded this brief video about this concept last summer.

This one doesn’t take a extra work or effort. It simply requires conscious awareness – when you leave this moment – to breathe and come back to NOW.

Power hack: Blogger and coach, Catherine Beard, offers these 12 fantastic tips for being more present.

Stay inspired and have a great day, my friends!

Ray

 

Affirmation: Happy Healthy Wealthy Wise

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Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss

Ray

My 15 Favorite Albert Einstein Quotes

Today’s Affirmation:

When I am open to bigger possibilities, I am open to bigger outcomes!

Many think of Albert Einstein as that wild-haired mathematician, physicist, smartest guy of all-time, or the E=MC2 guy. Today many have forgotten that he was also a great thinker, philosopher, statesmen, and advocate for humanity in his time.

His ideas led to massive advances in many fields, including warfare and weaponry – the atomic bomb. He was keenly aware of the responsibility humanity had to use his genius – our genius – wisely.

He had is flaws and his personal problems like the rest of us. To me, that only makes him more human and his genius more approachable.

Today I am sharing my 15 favorite Albert Einstein quotes. Some of them will not be new to you. I hope a few of them will provide new insights into the man and into yourself.

  1. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  2. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  3. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
  4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  5. “I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of a university.”
  6. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  7. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
  8. “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  9. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
  10. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
  11. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  12. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  13. “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
  14. “Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Finally, Einstein wrote:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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The Parable of the Man and the Elephant

Today’s Thought:
“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
~Niels Bohr

Do you ever get so focused on one thing that you miss the totally obvious? Truth can be a blissful experience and cause us to miss the obvious. We humans are especially fond of our truths. We argue over them, kill over them, and divide ourselves with them. We also find peace, happiness, and Nirvana through them. There is ancient story from India about a young man who is given what he believes to be a most profound truth by his teacher. This story has so many lessons for all of us. I encourage you to read it through a couple of times and really think about the many levels of meaning here.

A young Brahmin sat at the foot of his teacher. The teacher was explaining how all in the Universe is one.

“We are one with God and God is one with us,” said the teacher.

The young student pondered this for a moment and asked, “So, I am God? You are God? This building is God?”

“Precisely,” assured the teacher.

The young man was quite amazed by this concept and decided to go into the city and meditate amid the hustle and bustle to fully understand the teaching. He seated himself near the road and began meditating on his mantra, “I am one with God”.

Just about then a man riding an elephant approached. Suddenly the man lost control of the elephant and it began racing uncontrollably toward the young man meditating on the side of the road.

“Get out of the road you idiot, you’ll be trampled and killed,” shouted the man on the elephant.

The young man continued his meditation. Now he was saying, “I am one with God. The elephant is one with God. All is one with God.”

The man on the elephant now frantic shouted, “Are you a fool? Get out of the way. You’ll be killed.”

Still, the young man held firm, saying to himself, “I am one with God. The elephant is one with God. All is one with God.”

When the elephant was upon the young man, he lifted him up with his trunk and flung him into the ditch.

The startled young man, a bit bruised and muddy, went back to see his teacher. He recounted the whole story. He asked, “I am God?

“Yes,” said the teacher.

“And the elephant is God?”

“Yes,” said the teacher.

Sure he had his teacher, the young man asked, “Why would God fling God into the ditch?”

The teacher smiled and said, “Ah, you should have listened to the voice of God yelling at you to get out of the way.”

It pays to pay attention. It pays to remain flexible and listen to all possibilities. We never know where the message is going to come from. Sometimes the obvious is the profound. Sometimes the obvious is meaningless. We must keep an open mind and be ready to listen to truth, whatever its source.

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

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Why You Should Prosper Even Though There’s Suffering in the World by Sonya Derian

It is a rare treat to come across such insightful and impacting article on a topic we all think about. Sonya Derian’s article addressing why we should pursue our dreams in a world where there is suffering and want is such an article.

The article appeared on the blog tinybuddha: simple wisdom for complex lives. Sonya is a regular contributor on that blog and has her own wonderful blog at OmFreely.com

I’m pleased to share her wisdom. The article came in response to the following question from a reader.

“… I guess what I’m getting at is if everyone had a choice, treating sewage would be the last thing one would want to do. Isn’t it? Well yes I’m making that judgment. If everyone was Wayne Dyer or that money guru lady Suze Orman, we’d all be reaching fantasy levels of achievement. That is what they seem to be proposing is possible.

Read Sonia’s wondeful response.

Stay inspired!

Ray