If money is your measure of how successful you are in life, get a new ruler.

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Speaking out

When you do, does that mean you should be negatively labeled as outspoken. I don’t think so!

Speaking up is okay too.

If you have something to say……say it.

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An exchange at the bank

Yes I was there to do a transaction, but the exchange wasn’t about money. It was an exchange of thoughtful words essentially between strangers. The short conversation between the bank teller and myself went like this….

Me: “I would like to transfer some funds and get a money order”

Her: “Who would you like it made out to?”

Me: “A law firm” (and I gave her the correct spelling of the name of the the firm and the amount)

Her: “Oh, are you buying something?” 

Me: ” I wish I was, but I’m just paying my legal fees”

Her: “Maybe you are buying something…..maybe you’re buying peace”

I looked at her in utter amazement and quickly realized that she was actually right, or at least that was the long term intent. I smiled at her and said “yes, that is what I’m buying” and told her how much I appreciated her insightful comment. 

I will never forget this short exchange. Yes it was meaningful but more than that it made me realize that unless we are truly authentic with ourselves and others, even if we don’t know who they are, this would never have happened. It was a subtle positive affirmation for me and it more than made my day… a very peaceful way. 

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It’s official. Today is the first day of spring!

Today symbolizes growth, newness and energy. It means we are going to experience longer days, warmth and types of outdoor activities that mean we can relax a bit.

So, let’s shed some layers of clothing and open up our minds to the possibility of new beginnings and opportunities.

It’s official. Today is the day for a new and improved and positive attitude. Enjoy!!

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How to be more happy

This is only one way but in my view one of the most important. You will be happier when you have more friends. 

Want to know how to make more friends? Don’t be interesting, be interested.

Want to keep the friends you have? Nourish the friendship with a “Crackerjack moment”. Offer up a little surprise which can be a small gift, a card for no reason or even just a kind word. It will be so appreciated and remembered. 

Now go hug a friend….and both of you will be happy!

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Understanding the vegetarian diet

This is the best explanation ever…..”don’t eat things with faces”. Short and to the point and made me laugh…..

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Kismet, coincidence or probability

Kismet is when you encounter something by chance that seems like it was meant to be.

Coincidence is when two things happen accidentally at the same time.

Probability is when there is a liklihood that something will happen. 

We all experience events in our daily lives that sometimes seem weird or strange when they occur. Often, they are hard to understand and explain or even kind of mystical. 

Coincidental accidents can happen and probability is based on emperical data or a ratio. 

Kismet requires a belief that it even exists. Kismet events are kind of a spiritual moment because when they do happen they seem so implauseable they are kind of ‘out of this world’.  They can stop you in your tracks making you wonder how the hell did that happen or how is that even possible. I choose to accept that events can be signs of things that are just meant to be and these confirmations can be both very inspiring and comforting. 

I wonder what comes first? The belief that kismet exists or the event itself? I choose to believe.

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Positive journaling – continued

If you want to see how you did today, in terms of productivity, and if you want to measure your purpose, in terms of focus, at the end of the day go back and read what you wrote in your journal this morning!

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Positive journaling

I’m one of those people that has a need to keep my thoughts and ideas. Often, I will think of something and if I don’t find a way to keep it, it’s quickly forgotten. 

In an attempt to end the frustration I bought a journal. It’s working. I now have one place to capture my personal thoughts and observations. Unlike this blog, I do not intend to share what I write in my journal….something has to remain private!

My entries are not a daily “to do” list, although I do find myself thinking in detail about short and long term goals, or things I want to accomplish.

As often happens to me, once I start something I will stumble on articles online supporting what I am doing. Sure enough, in a kismet kind of way, in one of the many blogs and newsletters I subscribe to, I find an article about ‘positive journaling’.

The suggestion, to create a positive mindset, is to do this daily:

  • List three amazing things that happened yesterday
  • How could I have made yesterday a little bit better?
  • Today I am grateful for?
  • What would make the rest of today great?
  • Today I strive to be?

There are two immediate results by doing this every morning. It keeps you in the moment of today and it wakes you up very quickly. I see other positive benefits happening too, so I will let you know about my experience in future posts.

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Do you have a big but?

In many ways I think we all do. A big but is nothing more than a weak excuse holding you back from doing things you need or want to do. A big but is procrastination’s jet fuel!

Your big but is in your head. You know the types of buts….I’m too old/young, I’m too fat, I’m too dumb….but I don’t have time, I can’t afford it, I’m too busy,  but what will people think…..and on and on and on.

Start paying attention to when and how many times a day you use the word “but”, it will shock you. Write them down and ask yourself what can you do to reduce the size of your big buts. 

I wonder how much more we could accomplish if we just got off our big butts and started to do what needs to get done? Have a great day and go kick some but!!!!

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