One Common Heartbeat

“God will put a wind at our back and a rising road ahead if we work together as one.”

— Desmond Tutu

It’s amazing what happens when we work together. The synergies created by the whole quite often exceed the sum of the individuals.  Even more so when the work is based in compassion and love.

We’ve all witnessed the results when we collectively come together to aid and comfort those in times of darkness. The unity of the cause creates exponential energies. You can feel the presence of spirit which acts as a divine wind at our back.

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Words of Wisdom From Dr. Seuss

Wise advice from my favorite doctor:

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

So much about the quality of life is really how we chose to look at it. It’s where and what we chose to focus our attention on. The quote above, from Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, perfectly illustrates that point.

Think of anything good that has ever happened in your life. A special relationship, a great vacation, the best school year ever, an incredible concert, your business taking off. Anything. The laws of the universe dictate, unfortunately, that all things will eventually come to an end. At some point, something is gone. A void will be created. When things that matter no longer exist, we are conditioned to focus on the loss and sadness that accompany it.  It’s a very natural reaction, one that I’ve quite often experienced myself.

WHAT IF… With our understanding of the temporary nature of all things, what if we could use that wisdom to change our response to life when what was no longer is?

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How To Take Your Life For Granted

Every once in a while I’ll come across something that for some reason makes me stop and reflect. That was the case when I discovered this quote from Aldous Huxley:

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”

I’ve been thinking and reflecting a great deal about life these days. Probably because I’ve recently celebrated another birthday. Another mile on the odometer of my life. At some point in life birthdays become somewhat humbling, especially when you realize that the majority of your birthdays are probably behind you. The once infinite future seems suddenly finite. Not so much that the end is near; rather, you gain a new found respect for this thing we call time.

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Something To Think About…#20

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Your level of happiness is predetermined. The good news is that you are the one who gets to predetermine it. Happiness can mean many different things to many different people, but the one thing about happiness is that it is a choice.

Your choice.

It’s the decision to see opportunity in times of change. It’s the decision to be grateful for what you already have. It’s the decision to see the beauty that already exists within you. It’s the decision to celebrate the wonderfully unique collection of talents, gifts, and abilities that only you possess.

Material things can sometimes make you feel good for a short while, but they will seldom ever make you truly happy. True happiness comes by simply making the choice to be happy and living accordingly.

It’s your choice.

Five Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Has anyone ever made your day?

Do you remember how it made you feel?

I had a great experience recently. It made my day. I received a message from someone in response to a comment I made on her blog post. She had eloquently written a piece that resonated with me at a very deep level. Her words prompted me share my honest appreciation for what she had written. Later, she sent me a warm reply which included these words: “you made my day”.

Wow.

I was stunned. I made someone’s day? Me? How did that happen?

I don’t know if I’ve ever made anyone’s day before. If I did, no one ever told me that I did. But the funny thing about being told that you made someone’s day is that, in turn, it makes your day as well. I can still feel the physiological changes that instantly radiated within me. Four little words, a simple expression of thanks and gratitude, made me a better person that day.

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Something to Think About…#19

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”    

— Lao Tzu 

In the material world, it is often difficult to see simplicity, patience, and compassion as “greatest treasures”. So much of our collective energy is focused on the attainment of possessions, position, and approval, all external by their very nature. All polar opposites of simplicity, patience, and compassion. 

A life where these three internal attributes flourish is an enlightened life. It is a life where the material becomes immaterial, where stressful frustration is displaced by trusting and knowing, and love guides all that you do.

Embrace the transformative power of these three “greatest treasures”.

How To Guide The World To Greatness

Funny, you don’t look like a light house.

But that’s exactly what you are.

For centuries, mariners have relied upon light houses to guide them through times of poor visibility, helping them avoid the jagged edges of rocky shorelines that can splinter even the strongest of ships. They serve as navigational landmarks, sending their powerful beacon of light miles into dark and stormy nights, guiding the lost and the wary home to safe harbors.

Light houses serve to guide those navigating the seas. What kind of light houses do we turn to to navigate our life?

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Something To Think About…#18

“The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows.”

— Milton Glaser

Without action, what good are all the talents, gifts, and abilities that you uniquely possess?  What good are all the dreams that captivate your heart?  Your true greatness, your gift to the world, can only be manifested by taking action. 

Do you have the “will, desire, and persistence” to become all that you are capable of becoming? 

Be inspired by your own greatness and in awe of your own magnificence.  Bask in the world of abundance and possibility. 

Your greatness is calling you to take action.

Today.

Something To Think About…#17

“You don’t need to make headlines to make a difference.”

— Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A

You’ll never make headlines because you volunteered to coach your daughter’s soccer team. You’ll never make headlines because you checked in on a neighbor who hasn’t been feeling well. You’ll never make headlines because you decided to spend a couple hours a week mentoring a troubled high school student.

But you will make a difference.

We all have the ability to make a difference each day in the lives of all those we come in contact with. It could be as simple as sharing a warm smile or offering words of encouragement. Don’t underestimate the positive and uplifting impact you can make in the life of another human being.

What will you do today to make a difference?



Something To Think About…#16

“Every human being’s essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature.”

–Lao-Tzu

Crashing waves, over time, can reshape even the hardest stone. The crashing waves of life can also reshape our perceptions of who we think we are. But unlike a stone, we can restore ourselves to our original “essential nature” of our own perfection…of our own greatness.

It’s one simple decision away.

And you get to decide.