A ‘glass’ filled with the right things

This is the season for ‘thanks and giving.” Be sure to check your glass of life. The quoted message below is a reminder that it is not about the glass or the waterline of your perspective, it is just as important to notice what your glass is full of.  Give thanks:

” It’s not just whether your glass is half-empty or half-full that matters.

You also have to be mindful of what you’re filling your glass with.

Be sure to fill it with those things that satisfy your soul: good friends and family to love, passions to pursue, dreams to fulfill, and charity for others.  Because the only situation more tragic than seeing your glass as half-empty, is filling your glass until it is overflowing, and then realizing that there’s nothing in it to satisfy your thirst for a meaningful life.” ~Marc and Angel Hack

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Get Out the Box Cutter

“Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles Schulz

Take a dare today; use one of your unused gears. Mentally, get on your 10-speed life bike and ride it to uncharted experiences today. Open up, abandon the boxed-in sense of duty, and feel the exhilaration of your new discoveries.  You may want to explore painting, drama, feng shui, woodworking, yoga,reading, photography…do anything you have never done before and let the excitement of this new learning seep deeply into your identity.

You are changed by this new gear experience in your life. This new speed choice that you have made is exhilarating, liberating, and exactly what you needed to do for yourself right now. You have made a significant breakthrough, regardless of what life gear you chose to experience or the level of challenge it might have posed for you—the  principal here is that you did something new that pushed old boundaries. You stepped outside of your box, now refuse to go back to its confines.

Get out the box cutter when you try to re-fit yourself back into your space of comfort and begin to box yourself back in. When the intensity of your exhilaration begins to fade, when you begin to fear what lies ahead of your new liberation, or when your friends and family re-buff your discovered greatness box cut any negativity, doubt, suspicion or fear that comes to the surface.

SAY: Get out the box cutter: (let this be one of your 2013 mantras)

  • When a snide remark is made about your new hair color or haircut
  • When your inner voice deceives you into thinking “that was silly.”
  • When someone fails to compliment what you have done
  • When others stare because you play hop-scotch on the sidewalk all by yourself
  • When you whistle a new tune you composed on the spot and others don’t whistle back
  • When you write your best prose that others haven’t seen yet
  • When water washes away your sandcastle

Get out the box cutter! You are ready for something new-you are equipped for something new. Today, you are in the right space and you have the right amount of time to create and experience something new. Today only you can invite a special moment into your life and one way to do that is to box cut anything that  limits you.

“There comes a special moment in everyone’s life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” ~Winston Churchill

Your finest hour is here. Right NOW! Seize it, embrace this special opportunity that is only, uniquely yours. Don’t wait, thinking you will have a better life gear to exercise at a better time; you DON’T at the present moment. Right now is the time to act with the willing abandon so vital to your special moment.

Most people, who will admit it, prefer the safety of small boxes. But, you must constantly box cut any limitation. Consciously begin to expand your worldview, expand your frames of reference. Allow fresh new possibilities to emerge, provide a healthy challenge to your life.

Relax and give up the comfort and safety of what you already know just for today and then another day and then another and expand your capacity for thinking, creativity, exploration and awareness. Begin to envision all the possibilities that are available to you, right now. Hold tight to your core values while at the same time opening your heart and mind to new ideas, feelings, and experiences.  Your own perspective will grow stronger when you look at things from different perspectives and you will discover a lifetime of magic.

Get out your box cutter and speed on to new life gears that excite and liberate the special, real you.

Happiness: A-Z

Acceptance

Balance

Compassion

Direction

Exploration

Forgiveness

Generosity

Harmony

Imagination

Justice

Kindness

Laughter

Mastery

Nurturence

Openness

Praise

Quest

Respect

Serenity

Thanks

Understanding

Vision

Wisdom

Xpungence

Yen

Zeal

Daily Dos

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading.

Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.

Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.

It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”   ~Christopher Morley

Unity In Diversity

America celebrates inclusion. Actually, dissatisfied citizens around the world watched the evidence of unity in diversity in America and join the celebrants in America. Millions of disenfranchised, oppressed or marginalized people, especially women, worldwide who long for a different world of inclusion see the possibility.

Unity in diversity embodies more than skin color; it is a pledge of the acceptance of human dignity. The idea of unity that includes the diversity of humankind, progressive thought and equal opportunity signals inclusion. It recognizes the deepest human longing – fairness.

Goodwill unifies. Equality unifies. Fairness unifies. People in every hamlet, village, town, reservation, or country in the world cry out for fairness. Goodwill does not bend to politics. Goodwill opens the mind to inclusion rather than exclusion because of gender, race, geography or economic status.

Mankind is one. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, sacrificed much to free the people in her country.  Nelson Mandela sacrificed for the freedom of his people in South Africa. Shirin Ebadi of Iran sacrifices for justice in her land. President Obama in the United States of America, another Nobel laureate, believes “We will rise and fall as one nation, and as one people.” These Nobel peace prize laureates and many, many others struggle for fairness for all mankind across the world.

Women deserve dignity. The struggle for dignity extends to a former girl prostitute in India who was forced to sell her body. Sakena Yacoobi in Afghanistan fights to educate girls to fix the country’s severe gender imbalances. Layli Miller-Muro in the United States who protects immigrant women and girls fleeing the violence of genital mutilation champions dignity.   These conjoined problems of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality all over the world depend on restoring women’s dignity.  Read Half the Sky

Unity in diversity is vital to the equality, dignity, goodwill and protection of all people.

Give Yourself a Gift

It does not matter where you are or who you are-today is give yourself a gift day. This is important since you seldom pause long enough to be a self-gift giver. The world is locked in ambition, activity and automaton so much so that YOU are often forgotten, but not today. Today, and any other day you want to repeat this, give yourself a gift.

Make this pledge today: (You must practice this all day. This pledge can be repeated any time).

I give myself the gift of____________________

Don’t over think this-just give yourself a gift. Simple. (HINT) You may have more than one gift today.

Suggestions:

I give myself the gift of patience

I give myself the gift of truth

I give myself the gift of meditation

I give myself the gift of relaxation

You get the point, give yourself an inner character trait that strengthens your state of consciousness; please try to stay away from materialism – materials or longing for external stuff does nothing to advance who you are a person; one who is free from anger, envy, unhappiness, jealousy, sexism, or any other ego-centered feeling.

Instead, give yourself a gift that confirms and affirms the gift that you are.

Please feel free to share in a blog comment the gift(s) that you gave to yourself today on his blog. It would be exciting and healing to acknowledge your gift and pass it on to others as a gift from you.

Live your gift today!