Monthly archives "September 2016"

i think i’m an 8 1/2

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Whether it’s wearing the proverbial shoe on the other foot, turning the metaphorical tables or figuratively trading places; take pause. Take pause as to who you are, where you are and what you have.

Compassion is something that is always at a shortage. It’s also something that can never be overdosed on. There is someone, always, not far away from where you are right this very moment that needs help. When you’re looking for a place to charge your phone, someone is looking for something to eat. Or, somewhere to sleep.

I think I sort of get it; compassion is a tough go. Not only does it seem like the world’s problems are insurmountable, but I think we think that acting with compassion or exercising empathy means we, too, will be sad. It stands to reason that thinking about those less fortunate doesn’t really make a person feel that great and, probably, that there’s just too much to do. And so, where’s the allure of compassion and empathy when it just seems like it’ll drag us down or it’s too much work? Guess it depends upon how you think about it.

The most underused cliché is that “one person can make a difference”. Ever heard of Mother Theresa? Probably. Mahatma Gandhi? I’d hope so. How about Narayanan Krishnan, Betty Makoni, Dr Jim Withers or Robert Lee. Could you imagine one person multiplied by a billion, trying to make a difference?

Your thoughts are your power. Your power is your thoughts.

Anybody who ever believed they couldn’t do “it”, probably didn’t. Anyone who believed they could, gave themselves a chance. Compassion isn’t asking you to change the world, it’s asking you to change yours.

Live your life. Drink that overpriced coffee, watch Netflix until your brain seizes, buy stuff you don’t need. Do all of those things. Do whatever is enjoyment to you. But, maybe every time you have that coffee, you sock away $1 for someone that can’t afford the very same. Or, for every season of some junk you watch on television, you volunteer an hour at a soup kitchen or mission. And, every time you buy another new whatever-it-is you don’t need, you donate an old whatever-it-is that you don’t need.

View compassion as an opportunity. An opportunity to create something better than what it was. An opportunity to be someone’s light. An opportunity to be your own light.

And hey, maybe you don’t want to do any of those things; that’s fine. Maybe it’s just more than a person is willing to do. But then I ask, smile, at least. Be cheerful to the people you know and the people you meet. Give compliments, patience and hugs. Whether it’s the shoe, the table or the place, we all like we get those things. Be responsible for the energy you bring.

No one’s asking you to change the world, just ask yourself to change your own.

Be Love.

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it costs what for shipping?!

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You ever buy something on eBay, whatever it is, with the claim that it’s a “genuine” or “authentic” insert description of item here. Yet, you know it just can’t be “genuine” or “authentic” because, aside from just knowing better, it costs about one-eighth of what you know it should cost, the pictures aren’t helping the cause and “genuine” or “authentic” is spelled incorrectly.

Yet, sometimes, not always, maybe more than we’d like to admit, we still buy the junk.

Why? Well, it’s cheap. It’s easy. And, we probably kinda hope and think that it’ll turn out ok. Even though the little voice inside of our heads is telling us not to click the button. The ironic part about it all is, even though we’re the ones buying, you actually try to sell yourself on the idea.

But, you know what the real kicker is? We just know better. And, we still do it.

We live our lives, too much, as though we’re trying to get away with using junk. We’re not our genuine selves, or act from a place of authenticity. We take shortcuts. Yet, even though we know better, we try to sell ourselves and the people around us, on the idea that the easy way can be the right way. But, it’s not. It’s junk. Eventually, sooner than later, whatever it is will expose itself as junk and the cost to take the right path will be greater than had you just started there to begin with.

There is nothing we need to sell anyone. There is no two-way transaction here. Ultimately, nothing of what you do, think or act upon changes hands. It is simply you. Think of it as though you were the only person on this planet. Would you feel the need to impress anyone? To judge? To speak louder than you need to? No. There wouldn’t be an audience for any of it. It would just be you.

On your own, none of any of that junk would do anything for you. It wouldn’t further who you are, it wouldn’t make you feel better about yourself and it wouldn’t contribute to your evolution. It’s a distraction. That’s not to say that the people around you and the experiences you have are a distraction, it’s to say that they can act as a distraction to the genuine and authentic nature of your true self. I don’t feel inclined to give a list of the most common examples because I think we’ve all been a part of it at one time or another. We’ve all felt when we’ve tried to make that “sale”.

The Universe isn’t trying to put you to task. It’s not a bunch of trick questions on a pop quiz. It’s not trying to sell you on anything or get you buy something. It’s actually really really simple; be that of which you been armed with, Love. You. Every time you feel like you’re getting that pull that just doesn’t feel right, ask, “Is this Love? Is this really me?”

Truth is, as soon as you need to ask those questions, you already have the answer.

Be Love.

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this definitely says, “just go”!

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Not everything needs to be a process. Not everything needs to be thought over and over….and over, again.

Sometimes, eight words are better than eighteen. Or, even still sometimes, none are better than any. Especially, when they all say the same thing.

Whatever it is, just go.

Not trusting in Love, in the Universe and yourself, slows you down. Not that you need to be in a rush, but don’t you want to see what’s next? Isn’t the destination really the journey? We spend so much time with pros and cons, goods and bads, this will happen or that will happen. You know what you get when you sit on your hands and think and think and think? I don’t know, either. Sweaty hands?

Just go.

We all have that flash in our Heart for everything we need to do; everything that crosses our path. It’s that flash that guides us. But, we don’t trust it. We trust analytics and outlines, weighting calculations and rating systems. I can tell one consistent product of all of that, every time; fear. Or, apprehension, doubt, insecurity; it’s all the same. Things that pull you down not lift you up. It’s not You.

It’s okay to think about things. We all have our decision making process. But, the Universe has a decision making process, too. And, it trumps yours. It’s already decided, long ago, that you’re here to succeed.

Imagine the power you would give to yourself if, for any path you take in life no matter how big or small at the time, you were to say, “I will succeed at this”? Regardless of what the possible outcomes are perceived to be, you just say, “I will succeed at this”. How could it not go your way? It would have to because it would go the way the Universe intended for it to go. Which, is the way it needs to go because the Universe knows everything. And, if the Universe is on your side toward success and it knows everything and whatever it is in question goes the way the Universe wants it to, then doesn’t that mean you can’t fail?

Be yourself. Be the Universe. Be Love. Be as big as you can possibly be. And, once you’ve been all that, be even bigger. None of us can even begin to comprehend the expanse of our being. It’s not even close to; if you should take the job or ask the girl out or buy a new car, whatever, whatever, whatever. That’s just all the stuff that’s happening while you evolve. You are here to evolve. To broaden your thinking, to get bigger, to evolve, to be invincible.

MC Hammer had it right; “can’t touch this”.

So, just go.

Be Love.

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