Archive for April, 2008

2008/04/25

Quote of the Day 20080425

Today I’m going to post the Spiritual Message that I received from the Daily Guru.

Friday 25, April 2008

What are your priorities today?

“Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do.”

— Kathleen Winsor

When we clearly set an intention, our conscious and subconscious minds mobilize to help us meet that intention. At the start of each day, thoroughly review what commitments you have made to others for the day, and decide what commitment(s) you will make for yourself.

What can you do today that will move you one step closer to your personal goals? Own your power to choose to meet your own needs. After all, we are much better able to help others when our own needs are met. And at the end of the day, when you’ve honored your commitment to yourself, acknowledge your success.

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”

— Lee Iacocca

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2008/04/25

Gratitude Journal 20080424

I am thankful for or that

  1. I could take MJB to the doctor for his ear ache.
  2. We have health insurance via LEB’s job.
  3. MJB’s Rx’s cost less than $5!
  4. I had money to buy us lunch from Subway.
  5. LEB was able to carpool to work.
  6. Left overs for dinner.
  7. The ceiling fans in 4 rooms of our house.
  8. Portable fans.
  9. A beautiful, sunny and warm day.
  10. Our hammock in the back yard.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Being a responsible parent and taking MJB to the doctor.
  2. Being helpful by taking MJB to the doctor.
  3. Being helpful by doing a couple loads of laundry.
  4. Being family oriented by eating dinner with the family.
  5. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  6. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  7. Being generous by not insisting on watching basketball and giving LEB a chance to watch what she wanted on TV.
  8. Being patient with GAB.
  9. Being open to learning.
  10. Being health focused by going to bed at a decent hour.
2008/04/24

Quote of the Day 20080424

“I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out, that’s when I’ve really learned.” — Carol Burnett, Actress and Comedian

If the substance of this quote is not specific to Carol Burnett thus is applicable to everyone, and I believe it is, then this last year and has been one of the most educational of my life. My marriage was on very shaky ground, the engine in my Isuzu Trooper died, I left a high paying computer consulting contract to make a go of a 100% commission business and didn’t really make that go through my lack of consistent effort, spent most of my savings, started a new consulting gig, bill collectors calling. Challenge after challenge. By the end of 2007 I was really down in the dumps. I’m actually just now getting my act back together. I kinda’ feel like I retreated from charging through the jungle as a rhino to passively grazing in the pastures as a cow. I’m not comfortable in the pastures though. I can feel my rhino spirit struggling to be released again. What kind of challenges did you face in 2007? How have you overcome them? Or are you still struggling?

2008/04/24

Gratitude Journal 20080423

I am thankful for or that

  1. Mrs. JM could give me a ride to pick up the van from BiLo where LEB had left it after meeting her carpool.
  2. My work is flexible so I could go and pick up MJB from school.
  3. Being able to pick up LEB from her carpool meeting point after she got off from work.
  4. LEB went to pick up GAB from color guard practice after school.
  5. GAB and LEB cooking Salmon, rice and broccoli for dinner.
  6. My cell phone.
  7. High speed internet.
  8. Word Press!
  9. LEB for picking up ice cream from Brewsters.
  10. That I had money to pay for the ice cream.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Focusing on health by taking a 40+ minute walk.
  2. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  3. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  4. Being helpful by washing a couple loads of laundry.
  5. Being helpful by cleaning the master bathroom sink.
  6. Being helpful by filling and running the dish washer.
  7. Being helpful by feeding and watering the dog.
  8. Beng family oriented by eating dinner with the family.
  9. Being generous by not insisting on watching basketball and giving LEB a chance to watch what she wanted on TV.
  10. Being health focused by going to sleep at a decent hour.
2008/04/22

Quote of the Day 20080422

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” — Wayne Dyer, Teacher, Author, Speaker

This is a really interesting concept. I’m trying to figure out how best to apply the notion of personal responsibility with the ideas I’m learning in the book I’m currently reading, Learned Optimism. The studies cited in that book show that optimists are in general the most successful people in any field of endeavor, are healthier and at less risk of depression.

One of the characteristics of optimists is the tendency to see “bad” events as due to external causes, temporary and specific. On the other hand, pessimists see those same types of events as being their fault, permanent and pervasive. These findings are back by decades of research into the subject. How can we reconcile these two view points? If I see myself as responsible, as a co-creator of my universe how do I maintain a positive attitude when things go wrong? How do I avoid depression?

2008/04/22

Gratitude Journal 20080421

I am thankful for or that

  1. High speed internet.
  2. My cell phone.
  3. The bluetooth ear piece for my cell phone.
  4. LEB’s car pool buddies.
  5. Having money to refill the van after our trip to Aiken.
  6. Being able to pick up LEB from her car pool.
  7. Being able to pick up MJB from his after school program.
  8. CIB walking home safely from school.
  9. LEB arranging for a roofer to give us an estimate on replacing the shingles on our roof.
  10. Being able to drive GAB to the youth group meeting at church.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Focusing on health by taking a 40+ minute walk.
  2. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  3. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  4. Being health focused by doing Hindu push-ups, Hindu squats and back bridges.
  5. Being helpful by doing several loads of laundry.
  6. Being helpful by feeding and watering the dog.
  7. Being helpful by driving family members around.
  8. Being consistent by keeping this journal
  9. Being focused on abundance with this journal.
  10. Being focused on gratitude with this journal.
2008/04/21

Quote of the Day 20080421

“There’s only one direction you can coast.” — Brian Tracy, Author

That direction is down, for example if you learn a language that is foreign to you and then coast along not using it, what happens to your skill and knowledge of that language? It declines. If you get in great shape, then stop exercising what happens? You lose muscle tone and begin to gain weight. Those are two simple examples, but examples that probably hit home with lots of people.

The question is why do people have a tendency to coast? I was listening to a an interview of Dr. Denis Waitley by Jerry Clark and one of the things he said was that people tend to coast when things are going well. They actually do their best work when things are not going well. In his own life, he wrote The Psychology of Winning at one of the worst times in his life and it is his best work.

How do you cope with the human tendency to coast?

2008/04/21

Gratitude Journal 20080420

I am thankful for or that

  1. We could drive to Aiken to visit LEB’s brother from Portland, OR – CWT -, her parents, aunt and brother BST.
  2. CWT decided to take a a couple of days at the end of a business trip to Santiago, Chile to visit his parents in Aiken, SC.
  3. I filled up the tank of the van with E-85 the night before.
  4. I had money to put $50+ worth of E-85 in the van.
  5. The chance to sit and talk with LEB’s dad, mom, brother and LEB.
  6. The chance to watch basketball w/ LEB’s dad.
  7. A safe drive home from Aiken to Greenville.
  8. I bought a beef roast, which we took along w/ us to cook for everyone’s dinner.
  9. LEB for making muffins before we left at 0645.
  10. I seasoned the roast before we left.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Being family oriented and going to Aiken to visit the in-laws.
  2. Being open to learning and advice from my father in law.
  3. Being relaxed enough to just chill and watch basketball.
  4. Being relaxed enough to sit out on the screen porch and just listen to the birds and the wind in the trees.
  5. Being helpful by cooking the roast for dinner.
  6. Being thoughtful of Grandma by bringing the roast.
  7. Being helpful by driving home.
  8. Being helpful by unloading the van.
  9. Being family oriented by listening to CIB talk about video games.
  10. Being OK with skipping working out in order to be with the family.
2008/04/19

Quote of the Day 20080419

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ” — George Washington Carver 1864 – 1943, Botanist

I thought about this quote for a while. Tried to come up with some commentary that would add value. I couldn’t. All I can say is that this is so very true, a great guide to compassionate living.

2008/04/19

Gratitude Journal 20080418

I am thankful for or that

  1. I had a light work load yesterday.
  2. A warm, sunny, Spring day.
  3. Beautiful flowers, trees, yards and houses to look at while walking.
  4. Quiet, low traffic neighborhoods to walk through.
  5. The bench swing under a tree in our back yard.
  6. Tennis balls to throw for our dog, Shadow, to chase.
  7. That MJB walked home safely even though he wasn’t supposed to walk home.
  8. Left overs for dinner.
  9. The checks I ordered finally came.
  10. GAB taking a mis-delivered package down the street to a neighbor.

I acknowledge myself for

  1. Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
  2. Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
  3. Focusing on health and taking a 40+ minute walk.
  4. Being health focused by doing Hindu push-ups, Hindu squats and back bridges.
  5. Being health focused by doing abdominal exercises.
  6. Relaxing and reading in the swing in the back yard.
  7. Being helpful by folding clothes.
  8. Being family focused by making sure CIB and MJB got to bed at a decent hour.
  9. Being disciplined and getting my hours entered into the time keeping system.
  10. Being disciplined and getting all my change requests closed out for work.