Saturday, July 23, 2011

You're only supposed to be influenced by your circumstance, not controlled.

It's easy to get lost when you're mired in the middle of the mucky muck. Every direction looks like the wrong way and all the details of the past seem to support the notion that you're supposed to be there.

While our present is the result of all our past thoughts and actions, that only explains HOW we got here; not WHY and certainly not WHAT NEXT.

Simply put... you are not your circumstance. Sure, you're here, and yes, you've got to get yourself out of it... but it isn't you; and you aren't it.

Circumstances are here to teach us things about ourselves. They reflect what's going on inside, so just in case we missed the point, here it is staring us in the face.

So look around you. Respect all that is and all that got you to this place. Ask yourself what is it that you're supposed to learn... then learn it.

By taking in the lessons, you gain control. They may be painful ones, or silly ones, but by accepting them, they give you the power to change them. It's only a problem when you think they're bigger than you, or more powerful, or more important.

When you look in the mirror, who's more important, you or the reflection?

(Hint: I'm talking to YOU, not the mirror!)

So take in, then take on, your circumstances.

And as always,

Keep the light on!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A life filled up with excuses leaves no room for success.

You know, I was going to get to this post sooner, but I just got so busy and then the weekend came and I had soooo much to catch up on... and then this other thing happened, and... hold on a minute!!

You don't really care about what stopped me, do you? All you know is: this is getting done now, and not sooner. All that hullabaloo up there is useless... in fact, it's kind of a downer, isn't it?

Most excuses are like that.

Oh sure, they'll make sense most of the time... and you'll get excused for them (I mean, isn't that what an excuse is there for?)... you might even get sympathy... and then get an earful of someone else's excuses, so you can both feel better about not doing something.

But that doesn't get you very far, does it?

While an excuse might get you excused from failure... it also gets you excused from success as well.

Excuses are like candy... they taste good at the time and even fill you up for a little while... but they leave you feeling empty (or sick to your stomach) and you want more an hour later.

Success is more filling... and fulfilling... and tastes far sweeter than any Nutty Excuse ever could.

So even if there are reasons why this happened, and that didn't... cut the junk. Save your hunger for the really big stuff in life.

Here's to your success!!

Keep the light on!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Detours are the next best thing to getting there.

You're traveling along your usual route, humming your favorite tune, when all of a sudden you're stopped by that giant arrow that says "DETOUR". You don't know where it's going to take you, what it's going to be like and how much time you're going to lose.

Don't you just find that annoying????

Well, I don't.

It's an adventure! I'm going to see things I hadn't seen before... and besides, something is wrong with the way ahead, and someone else went ahead and create a way around the problem.

How awesome is that????

How we greet detours say a lot about how greet everything in life (after all, life is a journey, right?)

The important thing to keep in mind is the destination (i.e. Goal) we want to reach. The more open we are to alternate routes (i.e. more flexible and adaptable) the higher our chances of actually getting there.

It's only a 'problem' if we take the detour seriously, and let it actually change our direction for good.

So relax and enjoy the view... and if it gets too dark along the way, just remember to...

Keep the light on!


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

If you want to be surrounded by teachers, become a student.

There's a saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." It sounds so magical, and indeed it is, yet it's not necessarily magic.

The secret is that anyone (and anything) can become your teacher, if you are willing to learn. The Universe is filled with this deep Knowing, that permeates everything within it. It bubbles up and sparkles all around us, every moment, everywhere. We're just too preoccupied to notice.

There's all this darkness and fear that needs our attention, after these messages from our local sponsor... and we have to constantly watch our backs because THEY are coming... you know the ones, who look and act and speak and love differently than we do... I mean, who has time to stop and see a magic show?

And besides, we already know all there is to know, right? We don't need no education!

But... all that aside... when you're ready to put all of that behind you, and open yourself up to learning, you'll see that the teachers have been here all along. They're your friends and family, and the stranger on the train; the cashier and delivery person; the CEO and the homeless; the elders at the home and the children on the playground; the birds and the trees and the stars and the wind... and me.

And you.

See the light on,