What is Your Dream Vacation? – The Affirmation Spot Saturday Survey February 8, 2008



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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life





Today’s affirmation is:


“Today I am one day closer to my dream vacation in _____________!”


Fill in the blank with your vacation destination and keep this affirmation with you everywhere you go the next few weeks. If you’ve already planned your trip, the affirmation will help you remember it is getting closer. If you have not planned your trip, the affirmation keeps that dream in front of you and helps you attract the opportunity into your life.

Kailua-Kona Hawaii
The Saturday Positive Thinking Survey gives readers of The Affirmation Spot an opportunity to express their views on a survey question related to positive thinking or positive change.

 







This week’s question

If money and time were not an issue, where in the world would you go on vacation right now? Have you been there before? Why is this your dream vacation?

Your Answer

Share your dream vacation by leaving your comment here.

My Answer

ray_kona.jpgLast March my wife and I were fortunate enough to take our first trip to Hawaii.  We expected to enjoy ourselves, but we were unprepared for the unbelievable beauty of the place and the feelings it evoked in both of us.


So, this April we are making a return trip. Last year we sailed aboard NCL’s Pride of Hawaii. That ship was reassigned to the Mediterranean Sea.

This year we will be aboard Pride of America. Cruising is a fantastic way to see Hawaii. You travel at night. When you awake in the morning you’ve arrived at your next destination.

It gives you a chance to get a taste of each of the islands.For months after our first trip, I would close my eyes and see the incredible blue water off Kona or have a brief memory of our two mile trek across the lava fields to see “the newest land on earth.” I think often about the miles and miles of gorgeous beaches on Maui and the unspoiled wonder of the Nipali Coast.

Perhaps the most amazing place was the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. In ancient times, it was known as the “Place of Refuge”. When someone was condemned to death their sentence was commuted if they could make it to this sacred place alive. Today this part of the Kona coast is definitely a refuge for the soul.

We are so looking forward to the return visit. After last year’s trip, we decided to make it a goal to move to Hawaii one day. This year’s trip will determine if we just had a crush or if it is true love. We’re pretty sure we already know!

This year I plan to blog from the ship during our trip. So I can share our Hawaii experience with readers of the blog.


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Be Peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Things I Learned from My Dog Part II – The Affirmation Spot for Friday February 8, 2008


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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life




Be sure and visit the blog Saturday for our weekly Saturday poll. Last week’s poll asked, “What one thing would you do to make the world a better place?”



mia_snow.jpgMia is our beautiful three year-old black lab. She is doesn’t know it, at least I don’t think she does, but she is a master teacher on the subject of life – a kind of canine Confucius. You see, she lives her life the way many of us set out to live ours. She knows what she wants and she goes for it and she never gives up.

You can characterize this trait as persistance.

When Mia wants something she can be highly persistent. For instance, I rarely get to sleep in on weekends anymore. Mia usually makes sure I’m up no later than 7 a.m. She doesn’t have to go out she just wants me out of bed. She has a very subtle approach and a clear strategy. She doesn’t bark or run around the room.

No, Mia persists with kindness. 

It usually starts with her getting up on the bed and finding a way to lay her head on my chest.This is usually enough to wake me up. Then the licking begins. She licks my hand until I sleepily hide it under the pillow. Mia persists. She inches up her way up so that she can lick my chin.I’ve always been a night owl. On nights when I don’t have to go into the office the next day, like Friday nights, I’m often up late reading or working. So, I’m pretty determined to sleep in until at least 8:00. Mia, however, has different plans.

She’s probably spotted squirrels out playing in her backyard. She is, afterall, the fiercest squirrel warrior in five counties. She wants me to get up and let her out.  I want to sleep for a little longer.

Now she works her way up to my ear and starts licking. I’ve had enough and I tell her to go lay down. She complies, but she doesn’t give up. Mia persists. Usually, within five to 10 minutes, she’s back. She jumps up on the bed and plants herself on top of me with a sigh. She thinks she’s a lap dog even though she weighs 55+ pounds.

I hide my hands immediately. I mean I’m smarter than the dog, right? So, she starts with the chin and starts inching her way up until she’s licking me right on the face. Not one or two kisses, mind you, but a full barrage designed to end the stalemate.

Sometimes, depending on exactly how late I’ve been up the night before, this can go on for two or three cycles before I concede the point and get up and let her out. On the mornings this strategy doesn’t work, Mia has back up plans. Mia persists.

She waits until I’ve just dozed off again and then she sits at the edge of the bed and makes “crying sounds”. It’s like one of those alarm clocks that starts out low and grows louder until you turn it off. If this doesn’t work, Mia persists. If this strategy doesn’t work, she turns to her last hope – April. She starts bothering April. She’s not really trying to get April to get up. She just wants April to convince me to take her out. I usually don’t make it to 8:00.

Looked at in one way, not my tired early morning view, it’s all pretty humorous.

Persistence is one of those attributes that helps you go where you want to go in life. Unfortunately, you sometimes lose steam along the road to your dreams.

Here are Mia’s persistence tips:

  1. Be clear on what you want in your mind.
  2. Pursue your goal with all your might, but be kind. The world is full of mean people willing to succeed at the expense of others. Don’t be one of them.
  3. Be patient. The first lick doesn’t always do the job.
  4. Involve others and get their buy in to help you.
  5. Have back up strategies. Sometimes Plan A fails. That doesn’t mean your goal or your dream must fail. Devise new ways of succeeding.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Enjoy life. Mia always does!

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Portugal Sets Pace on Green Energy – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday February 6, 2008


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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life




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Today’s affirmation is:

“I am in touch with nature. Every day I feel my feet touch the earth. I feel the wind fill my lungs. I feel the water bring life to every cell of my being. I feel the warm sunshine on my face. I am in touch with nature.”

While larger countries debate “should we or shouldn’t we?” on renewable energy, Portugal has become the front line for renewable green energy sources.

In my mind, the debate on global warming is irrelevent when it comes to renewable energy. Whether human beings are contributing to global warming or it is simply a natural phenomenon seized on by power-hungry politicians and research funding seeking scientists; matters not. Cleaner, renewabale energy is the smart, positive way to feed our planet’s voracious appetite for energy.

In the United States, as well as many western nations, politicians have been talking and talking and talking about “renewable energy sources” and “energy independence” for decades now.

But, alas, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and other fossil fuel heavyweights always seem to be blocking the path. These companies make nice commercials about their commitment to renewable energy. Meanwhile, they bank roll politicians who talk and talk and talk, but never seem to get around to acting. 

“It’s not feasible,” goes the mantra, “alternatives are not competitive with fossil fuels.” 

While the U.S. and other western nations debate, Portugal is acting. While the U.S. spends hundreds of billions of dollars a year to support an offensive posture half way around the world to protect it’s “vital interests” (i.e. – oil), Portugal is proving that alternatives can transform a nation’s power use and its economy.

Whoever becomes our next president, we are going to hear more talk. The time has come for this nation to act and follow Portugal’s lead. Don’t let anyone tell you it is impossible. The sky really is the limit in finding new and better ways to fuel our advancement.

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Saying Goodbye to the Status Quo – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday February 5, 2008


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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life




Be sure and visit the blog Saturday for our weekly Saturday poll. Last week’s poll asked, “What one thing would you do to make the world a better place?”



stfrancis_desales.jpg“Have patience with all things but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

~ St. Francis de Sales

Face it! We’re human beings and we have faults. We had faults yesterday. We have faults today. We’ll have faults tomorrow. We had fears yesterday. We have fears today. We’ll have fears tomorrow. It’s called the human condition and we are chronic patients of that condition.

However, we are not powerless. As St. Francis reminds us, we have the power to take action. We have the power to change ourselves, change the world.  

The status quo is a prison not in reality, but in your mind. Although it seems to weigh a ton and is protected by the frightening ghosts of tradition and your own past, you can conquer it! You can move beyond its grasp and claim the promises you are making to yourself right this moment. You can see the world changed. You can see yourself changed.

If you could promise yourself anything, what would it be? What kind of person would you be? What accomplishments would you have? Where would you go? Who would you meet?

You see, everything enters the realm of possibility when you release the power of the status quo. Break its chains! Escape its gravity! Your dreams – see them, hear them, taste them, feel them, smell them -BE YOUR DREAMS!

“Rome,” as they say, “was not built in a day.” Your life may not change in a single day either. That’s OK. St. Francis reminds us that we have tomorrow and we can “begin the task anew”. 

Your fears and your faults may accompany you on the entire journey. In fact, your fears and doubts may grow stronger as you approach your goal. Too many myths and stories of heroes to name remind us that this is part of the journey. Expect them to flare up and try to distract you. When they do your dreams are very near.

The staus quo is no match for you, if only you have the courage to challenge it and exceed it.

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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What One Thing Would Change the World? – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday February 2, 2008


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A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship




drop_splash1.jpgThe Saturday Positive Thinking Survey gives readers of The Affirmation Spot an opportunity to express their views on a survey question related to positive thinking or positive change. 

This week’s topic: Positive Change in the World

This week I want to know what one thing would represent the most important change that you see is needed in the world.  What one acitivity or initiative, if undertaken, would have the most positive impact on making our world a happier and more peaceful place to live?


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This week’s three-part question:

  1. What is the one most important thing that human beings can address or do to create a more prosperous, positive, and peaceful world? 
  2. How would your goal create sweeping positive change in the world?
  3. What steps would be necessary to get your change started?

Here are some ideas, but please feel free to come up with your own.

  • World peace
  • Religious/ethnic/racial tolerance
  • Global warming
  • Economic reform
  • Space exploration
  • Religious freedom
  • Political freedom
  • Scientific advancement
  • Personal development
  • Alternative energy
  • Your own idea



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Be Peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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