The World We Seek – Day 296 of 365 Days to a Better You

The world we are seeking is not a world of bare minimums for everyone, though that’s a start. It’s a world of universal abundance of mind, body, and spirit that lives in harmony with nature rather than in conflict with it.

To achieve that, requires us to ask questions we’ve never before asked, consider possibilities we’ve never before considered, and release old paradigms that no longer serve us.

The road to that world will not be easy. Many are simply unwilling to ask those questions, consider new options, or release old thinking that comforts them. For many, attachment to outmoded labels and, frankly, just the inertia of habit make the world that can be seemingly impossible.

For those of us who do see that world and its necessity, we must be willing to stand courageously against the tyranny of the status quo. We must be wiling to lay out the vision of what’s possible, even against naysaying we will encounter. We must hold firm to the principle that what is is, but that doesn’t mean it’s what has to be.

Why not a world where every human being has basic needs for shelter, sustenance, health, and education met simply for being born into the human family? Why not a world where every human being, their basic needs met, strives to become the best version of himself or herself and make the contribution to the world he or she was born to make?

Utopia? No. It’s simply an enlightened civilization where every human being is valued and his or her contribution welcomed. Too much to ask? Only for as long as we believe it is.

Star Trek has been talking about such a world for decades. Though it appears we need not wait for the 24th century technology to make it so. We’re on the precipice of technology that could make all this possible right now.

Science historian James Burke laid out this vision thirty years in the last few minutes ofthe final eposode of the seminal series The Day The Universe Changed.

Let us proceed with our hearts and minds set on a world like that. To those who say it’s impossible, just watch us!

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

Ray

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Open Hearts Open Minds – Day 295 of 365 Days to a Better You

Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything else. It’s virtually impossible to create a better version of you or a better world with a closed mind or a closed heart.

Change, by definition, is about openness to new ideas and new possibilities. It’s not as if you live in a universe that gives you a choice. That universe is in constant motion whether you are or not.

Setting your feet in cemented ideas may feel safe and it may feel strong, but at the end of the day, you spend all your energy trying to stay in place against the current of change.

Now, of course not all change is automatically positive. Fortunately, you are a powerful creator able to shape the change that flows through your life and into the world.

Here are some quotes and #RayQuotes to inspire you to be more open, receptive, and co-creative in this ever-changing world.

    ANYTHING is possible for determined minds and open hearts.
    Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. -Sir James Dewar
    Open hands can capture nourishing rain water. Closed hands just get wet. Minds are like hands.
    Closed minds expand limitations. Open minds expand possibilities.
    What the world needs is Paul Reveres sounding the alarm to the closed hearts and minds everywhere that it’s time to open.
    Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of the moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
    Free hearts and open open minds the world over are saying, “Enough”. The few must no longer rule the many.
    What good is an open society, if it is filled with closed minds? Let’s create a world where open minds embrace open society.
    With open eyes, is the truth seen. With closed minds, is the truth obscured.
    Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything.

In case no one else has told you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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5 Motivational Quotes by the Timeless Lucille Ball

 

Born August 6, 1911, Lucille Ball was a model, actress, and comedienne. She was the namesake of arguably TV’s first great show – I Love Lucy. She consciously broke barriers for women in the entertainment industry, becoming a studio head and decades-long fixture on American television.

  • Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

  • I’m not funny. What I am is brave.

  • It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

  • I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

  • The more things you do, the more you can do.

58 Things We Can All Be Thankful For

Today’s Affirmation:

My life is filled with one positive experience after another. I make use of every experience in my growth.

Here are 58 things to be thankful for. Some may seem counter-intuitive. However, even the negative sometimes is worthy of our thankfulness. I’ve probably left some off my list. Leave a comment today and let me know what you are thankful for.

  1. Sun – without it’s warmth and light we could not exist.
  2. Earth – the beautiful planet that sustains us.
  3. Water – the sauce of life.
  4. Life – each and every morning we wake up is a new chance to be the person we want to be.
  5. Shelter – something to shield us from the elements.
  6. Children – the happy nature and innocence of children remind us how we are meant to be.
  7. Food – an absolute blessing for those who struggle for it and something to be more appreciative of for those of us who never worry about our next meal.
  8. Faith – our faith in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
  9. Minds – the power to think, to reason, to grow, and to adapt.
  10. Lines – for making us slow down and enjoy where we are.
  11. Compassion – for getting over ourselves to consider and understand someone else.
  12. Hope – reminds us there is a potential upside to every situation.
  13. Giving – when we give we remember that nothing truly belongs to us and it frees us from our attachments.
  14. Receiving – the opportunity to have our needs met while allowing others to give.
  15. Fear – for teaching us love, strength, and humility.
  16. Work – whether a career, a hobby, or community work; the sense that we have something to do when we get up in the morning is something to be thankful for.
  17. Sleep – for providing a way to rest the body.
  18. Friendship – those people who choose to spend key parts of their lives with us.
  19. Family – those people we wound up with by fate, but stay with out of love.
  20. Anger – for teaching us the benefits of peace.
  21. Peace – peace within and as much peace without as we can muster.
  22. Sight – the ability to see the beautiful world we inhabit.
  23. Love – the glue that holds us together.
  24. Difficulty – for making us strong and giving us something to compare with the heights.
  25. Stars – the wonder and glory of the night sky.
  26. Hatred – for reminding us to love (may we need ever-less reminding)
  27. Surprises – the wonderful things in life that we didn’t expect.
  28. Visionaries – people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be.
  29. Change – the ever-present possibility of improving ourselves and the world.
  30. Purpose – the plan to achieve something in this life and the firm belief that you can.
  31. Wind – a source of comfort, energy, and a metaphor for change.
  32. Music – the soundtrack of our lives.
  33. Possibility – the memory that something more and different is out there.
  34. Today – an opportunity to make the most of what we have.
  35. Tomorrow – the hoped for opportunity to continue our dreams.
  36. Sorrow – for making joy possible.
  37. Joy – the deep and intense happiness about being alive.
  38. Freedom – the ability to think, act, and be who you are.
  39. Acceptance – the ability be at peace with how things are for the moment.
  40. Learning – the opportunity to enhance our potential.
  41. Success – the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our work.
  42. Adversity – for reminding us how strong we can be.
  43. Grass – for carpeting our planet and being a nice place to lie and look at the sky.
  44. Soil – a medium to grow food and plants.
  45. Moon – the most beautiful object in the night sky and the timepiece marking our lives through its phases.
  46. Innovation – for improving our experience of life.
  47. Dreams – the fuel that drives us through tough times and gives a reason to aim high.
  48. Options – the ability to choose.
  49. Sharing – the opportunity to pool our talents and resources.
  50. Flowers – they add beautiful sights and smells to our world.
  51. Clouds – for bringing the rain that cleanses and for helping me appreciate the sunshine.
  52. Mountains – they provide beauty, challenge, and the ability to see a long way.
  53. Oceans – beauty, unimaginable power, source of life and transportation.
  54. Competition – the opportunity to test ourselves and to improve.
  55. History – for teaching us the lessons we need to learn over and over until we get them.
  56. Future – for giving us the opportunity to try again.
  57. Death – for reminding us of life’s value.
  58. Meaning – the search for which makes our lives the journey that they are.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Affirmations Video

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Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss

Ray

Learning from Supernovas – Day 292 of 365 Days to a Better You

Life is short. It’s not exactly a unique insight, but it’s the reality for human life. We have a precious few decades to make our mark in this universe.

Supernovas are the explosions that end the brief lives of supermassive stars. These stars burn bright and die young, as stars go. Our sun has an estimated lifespan of 10 billion years. It burns slowly and relatively dimly. There are stars out there with a diameter of our entire solar system and they may only live 10 million years.

We share something with these stars. Our lives are brief. The difference is we don’t burn automatically hot and bright and go out with a bang.

We have to work at it and sometimes it’s hard. We can drift along invisibly for our time here and leave no mark at all. We have that choice.

If you believe, as I do, that we’re here to make some difference and that our existence is no accident, then you can use these stars as a metaphor. Your time like theirs is short, but you are going to choose to burn as bright as you can as long as you can. Then, one day, when your light does go out, you’ll be a bright burst of energy the whole will witness and miss.

If no one else has told you today, you ARE AWESOME! Shine on!

 Ray

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Start Your Day with a Thank You Shower – Day 287 of 365 Days to a Better You

We’re a little behind to finish this series by the end of the year. I’m going to double up some days, but if we spill over into 2020 so be it.

The great Wayne Dyer used to have a practice of saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” as soon as he awoke each morning. He said it put him in a place of gratitude to start his day.

I’ve taken his idea and modified it into what I call the “Thank You” shower. The word shower is a double entendres in this case. I often actually do this in the shower, but it’s also about showering the world around you with gratitude to start the day.

You can make your own list for your Thank You shower. Here’s some ideas to get you started.

  1. Thank you for a new 24 hours.
  2. Thank you for another chance to get better.
  3. Thank you for my (significant other).
  4. Thank you for my family.
  5. Thank you for my friends.
  6. Thank you for the gift of my life.
  7. Thank you for my talents that I have to share with the world.
  8. Thank you for the food I need to survive.
  9. Thank you for a warm/cool place to call home.
  10. Thank you for this beautiful planet,
  11. Thank you for this amazing universe.

You can direct your thanks however you’d like – toward God, toward the universe, toward the object of your thanks. You can say them out loud or to yourself. As you start your day with all those people and things you have to be grateful for, let that gratitude infuse your consciousness and inform your day.

In case no one else has told you today, you ARE awesome! Thank my amazing readers for spending a few minutes of their valuable time reading this blog each day.

 Ray

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