Friday, April 29, 2011

If you're not getting the right answers, check your questions.

Do you think the answer is in the answer?

Before you answer that, re-read the question.

So often we think that the answers are what dictate our lives... but do they really? Seems to me that we spend most of our lives IN SEARCH OF the answers, rather than finding the answers themselves.

And those that seem to have the answers have just become comfortable in not knowing.

It’s not that we CAN’T know the answers. It’s just my question is… “how important are those answers?”

Answers have this funny way of contradicting each other… and generating more questions with each new answer.

Sooooo… perhaps the questions ARE the answer.

After all, our questions say more about us than our answers ever could. They tell us what’s important to us, they give us hints as to what we really want to get out of this life and they let us know what we don’t yet know.

Isn’t that amazing?

(Now what did that last question say about me?)

You know the saying “the answer was here all along”?

Because the answer to that question is that question.

Any questions?

Keep the light on!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

You change the past more than you realize.

Every moment of every day, the past keeps getting bigger. It’s subtle, like a single raindrop changing the ocean... but still, it’s never the same.

But it’s more than that. The past is far more fluid than even the ocean. We often think it’s not, hiding behind the notion that ‘what’s past is past’... but is it REALLY?

What is the Past, anyway? Or the Future for that matter? Other than concepts that keep the Present moment held together?

The Past is an agreed-upon story that we choose to carry around with us into Tomorrow. No matter how heavy or burdensome; how ill-fitting and painful, we hang on to it, because somehow we came to think we owned it.

Now here’s the part of the story where I’d tell you to “let go” of the Past, but I’m not going to do that… because I’m going to tell you to “Exchange” it, like an unwanted Christmas gift.

It’s your Past, you can do with it whatever you want.

You do anyway. Every time you recall your sad, painful stories; or hold on to grudges; or when you relive the ‘good ole days’... you create, and recreate, the Past.

Come on, haven’t you ever had someone retell a story about something that you have NO RECOLLECTION of? (I’m not talking about College parties, which is another story entirely). How is it that they can have a completely different Past than you did? Even siblings, who grew up in the same household, with the same parents… can have totally different childhoods?

Because you make your Past what it is... and you can make it over the way you want it to be… without time travel!!

The power to change the Past is here... NOW.

So if you want a better tomorrow today, go change yesterday.

Keep the light on!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Think small only in the details.

Size matters. Not any particular size... Not one-size-fits-all size... Just the right size at the right time. Sometimes big, sometimes small.

It's just good to know what fits where when, y'know?

BIG. That's for when you're dreaming, when you're planning your BIG picture... when you're decided what sort of impact to make on the world.

Small. When you're turning those dreams into action, when you're making consistent, persistent baby steps along the way... and when you're making sure you've got every little thing going your way.

They're not to be used the other way around. Big steps don't fit into small dreams.

And neither do you.

So when you think small... Think lots and lots and lots of small... 'Cause you've got a lot of BIG things that are coming your way.

Keep the light on,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life doesn't keep score; it evens it.

Life doesn't have time to keep track of all the details. It has to keep moving.

'But wait, what?' I hear you wonder, 'what about Karma, isn't that keeping score?'

Yeah, well, sorta. But, then again, not really.

Life operates out of a sense of balance and only knows where you are now. It's not about 'when you were ten, you did this; now I have to do that'. It's about being positive or negative and what comes to you, so that Life can be even again.

That's why 'karma' doesn't look the same as what went out. It's equal value, not equal circumstance.

Now you've heard the saying 'Like Attracts Like' and that's probably confused you somewhat... Especially when you know that in Physics, it's Opposites that attract. So let me explain...

Positive is negative and Negative is positive.


(Go ahead read it again to see if it said what you thought it said)

Positive is negative and Negative is positive.


Take a glass filled with water and pour some out.

You gave out positive, which created a negative space. Now you have room for more water.

That's a very, very simple way to look at it. So don't get too caught up with the glass being full, or half-empty, blah blah blah... that's just to get you to understand how space comes from giving.

Life has to get back to zero. So when you give, Life fills up the space. When you fill up by taking, Life takes away from you... in order to get back to zero.

Now I know that your head's going to spin with all the ways that doesn't work... but it works anyway.

Of course it's not going to look like it works, especially if you think of Life as an 'eye for an eye'... It makes more sense if you accept that what comes back looks vastly different, yet holds the same value (like getting coins back in exchange for paper money... Completely different, yet worth the same).

So do you see why it's so important to give? To make room to receive. It's the most positive negative you could ever get.

Here's to getting even!

Keep the light on!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

To see farther, raise yourself higher.

There's a reason why ships put their crow's nests on the very top of the mast; same reason why people climb mountains... 'cause the view's better!

The same with Life.

Whenever you hang your head down low or, worse, bury your head in the sand, you can't see squat!

And by essentially being blind, Life just seems to constantly hit you with surprises, doesn't it?

It's not that Life has it out for you... it's just that those things were coming anyway, and you didn't see them with enough time to duck!

So if you want to see farther, then get up from where you're sitting, or squatting or hiding under cover.

Get! Up!

And not just up, but way up! "Up, up and away" Up!

Sure, you may lose sight of the ground... But what you WILL see will be absolutely out of this world!

See you up there!

Keep the light on!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

You can't make yesterday longer by using up today.

You know yesterday's gone, right? It ended at midnight.

It may have been a great day, or a boring one; it doesn't really matter right now... cause it's past the expiration date.

Yet how many people are still clinging onto it? Holding on tighter; trying to squeeze every minute out of today, hoping that yesterday will magically fall out.

It ain't in there.

I know you've heard about "living in the Now" and all that, but every moment spent thinking about, or acting upon, something that happened yesterday is just not living up to now.

And then what are you going to do tomorrow... look for today?

If you didn't figure it out yesterday, maybe you'll figure it out now... that doesn't work either.

Now is now. It fits perfectly into this exact moment... that is, unless you stuffed it full of yesterdays.

Besides, Yesterday fits perfectly where it was... before midnight. So let it stay there.

Fill up this moment with Now... and live it to its fullest.

That way, you won't have to fill up the emptiness with expectations of tomorrow.

Until then...

Leave the light on!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Remember, you are not the rain, even when you get wet.

"Into each life some rain must fall."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rain is part of life... A really good part, actually.

But when it pours and we're soaked and chilled to the bone; well, not so much.

Yet that's what happens when we're out in the rain, we get wet.

But you don't really think you ARE the rain, right? You know you're just wet.

So why do so many people go through life thinking they ARE their circumstance? Their situations? Their problems?

Granted we get caught out in it... But do we really need to get caught up IN it?

We have disagreements and disagreeable moments. Time's get tough. Struggles get old.

That's the rain.

You're not that.

You're separate from what you experience.

So don't think it's what you ARE...

Or you'll end up owning it.

So go dry off... and let some sunshine in.

That's the light to keep on!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Go ahead and fail. Just don't get good at it.

We all make mistukes.

It just doesn't fit... It doesn't work... It isn't wanted or needed... Whatever it is... It just isn't 'IT'.

OK... It happens.

Sometimes the failure is the problem, but most of the time it's how we EXPERIENCE the failure that's the problem.

Do you churn and yearn and burn? Or live and learn and earn?

Moving on from failure is the best reward... Whether it's just the joy of getting through it, or (better yet) rising up better and stronger and wiser from having been there and done that.

The only thing NOT to do is learn how to become really successful at failing.

You know the symptoms... Patting yourself on the back for 'trying'... Sharing your sorrows with others who validate your excuses... And giving up, so as not to have to go through THAT again.

If you learn how to quit, you haven't learned how to fail.

So here's to a lot of little failures and HUGE successes along your way!

Keep the light on!