Phone in the River – Making Good Out of Bad


I am constantly making good things out of bad moments.

Hello, my friends. We’ve had an amazing nearly three weeks in Kauai. Yesterday we did something I’ve wanted to do since we started coming here 15 years ago. I was so excited!

We would be kayaking the Wailua River and the hiking through the Kauai jungle to Uluweli Falls – AKA Secret Falls.

The weather was glorious, as we started paddling down the river. I took some video of us leaving the marina and was so stoked to get video and photos of the adventure. I stuck my phone in my swim trunk pocket and began paddling.

About five minutes into it, I heard a disconcerting – OK an oh shit – sound. It was the sound of something heavy and plastic striking the fiberglass kayak. I had a sinking feeling I knew what it was. I reached for my pocket – no phone. I searched under and around me – no phone.

Yep! My phone had taken an unplanned dive to the bottom of the Wailua River!

I had about two minutes where my mind ran through all the ways the day would be ruined. No cool images to share with family and friends of our adventure. Dealing with phone insurance claim. Getting a new phone. What a disaster!

Then I made a conscious decision. I’d waited 15 years to do this adventure and do it on such a perfect day. There was no way in hell I was going to let this ruin it. I have the best cameras – eyes – and the best memory card – the human brain – on board. I would soak in every moment of this experience and I wouldn’t be doing it looking through my phone all day.

The kayaking was amazing. The hike through the jungle was just as I imagined it. Secret Falls was a magnificent reward. I wouldn’t have changed ANYTHING about the day.

Maybe the challenge you’re facing today is a lot bigger or a lot smaller than a drowned phone. I want you to hear this, though. You may not have a choice in the situation, but you most certainly have a choice in how you deal with it and what the outcome is.

Take the situation and apply the power of your mind to making it the best it can be for you. You have to choose which is going to dominate your thinking today – the challenging situation or your choice to think a better thought.

Trust me, you have it within you to make the proverbial lemonade out of life’s lemons.

Keep putting your mind on your side.


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Dealing with One of Those Days – Day 81 of 365 Days to a Better You

What do you do when it’s just one of those days?

We all know it! “Life,” as the saying goes, “is not always a bed of roses.” Some days, despite your best intentions and efforts, go off the rails early and often. That’s just part of the human condition.

Today was one of those days for me. I had a plan this morning and by midday it felt like I’d not had the time I needed to get to my agenda. I felt frustrated. I’m sure you can relate.

Who we are when that happens – when life squeezes us – says a lot about us. Wayne Dyer talked about our reactions under pressure in one of his famous PBS fund-raising talks.

Wayne makes such an important point here. We can feel all evolved and educated and zen and then life happens. Someone says something to you on social media that sets you off. The news is all negative. Your plan for the day has gone down in flames.

What comes out of you? Well, I didn’t like what was welling up in me. That “poor me” voice was taking over.

I closed the door to my office for a few minutes. I closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths, and did a little self-talk. I reminded myself, “Ray, you know you have some karma to wear off. Today is as good a day as any. Even if today doesn’t go as planned, your big picture is still on track. These days happen to everyone and you’re not exempt. Keep doing what you’re doing and good things will happen.”

I opened my door and continued with my day and this afternoon has gone much better. I accomplished a couple of key things on the day job, I took a nice stroll in with my black lab in a gentle rain, and now I’m sitting here writing to you. Life is good!

You and I are going to have days like this as long as we draw breath here on this tiny planet. Keep in mind we have amazing days that more than balance them out. Keep being you. Keep smelling the flowers even when you just stepped in….well…you know. Most of all, keep on dancing, even if it rains!

Have a GREAT evening!


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Roadblocks are Shortcuts to Something Better

Today’s Affirmation:
“Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.”

Today’s affirmation is a testament to our ability, indeed, our necessity to turn life’s obstacles into opportunities. There’s an old saying that life is what happens to us on the way to our dreams. We think we are so smart and we have it all figured out and yet life, inevitably, throws us for a loop.

We have a choice. We can sit and pout because things didn’t turn out as we’d scripted them. Or, we can push forward with renewed determination.

Sometimes – as much as we hate to admit it – the universe’s wisdom or God’s is sounder than our own. The very thing that messed up our perfected plans turns out to be the key that unlocks a brand new future.

However, we can’t find that key as long as we view the detour as a curse rather than as the blessing that it truly is. When you see these crazy, unrelated things working to achieve exactly what you’ve been asking for, relax and let the universe work its magic.

May your day be filled with roadblocks ready to transform into shortcuts to your success and happiness.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!


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

anunnaki_cover_full_colorHe is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.