Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! No matter what you do, if you stop, you close the doors to what could have been.
While gratitude as an attitude is a powerful feel good. It should not be considered as any more than being thankful.
A grateful feeling does not mean symbiosis, love, dreams come true, serendipity, or any such thing. It is the simple act of showing thanks when you can. Say “thank you” to others whenever you can, and mean it. Being kind and grateful truly is a wonderful state of mind. It will enrich your life. Being willing to endure small unconveniences to help another is a way to show gratefulness.
Let it open doors and give you new vistas but always remember gratefulness asks nothing in return and is only true as it is given. It is nothing to get hung on or put on a pedestal. Make it your way of life but put no expectations on it.
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This logo I created is based on the “Yin Yang” Symbol overlapping itself. The overlap creates the symbol of “infinity” in negative space. Inside each of the Infinity symbol spaces, the circle seen in the Yin Yang is placed as a sphere, symboling the universal balance that we all together as one create and that we unto ourselves are a world complete within our learning, growth and creativity. Surrounding the spheres in the infinity symbol is the overlapping Yin Yang which completes a larger encompassing circle of completeness and represents the “Together We Are One” Collective Consciousness.
Around the Symbol, the words are the circle of life, learning and creativity. They are the chapters in my book The Rule of Self. Begin! is the first step and to complete this step you must take another into creating in your image. You then must breathe faith into this creation for it to manifest.This must be done with equilibrium or the creation will be out of balance and balance will be enforced, making your creation something other than you imagined. Joyful expression is the realization of the creation being manifest which empowers you. At this point give gratitude because gratitude keeps you in harmony with life. Allowance is the next step, which in it’s own way is a evolution of balance in that you not only make your own creations but now empowered, realize that others not only have the right but are blessed to do the same. With this realization, rest and prepare for the next creative adventure, while you help to maintain your life in balance. Breathe, Meditate.
Thank you for reading and being part of my creation of “ThoughMotivator.” My intent here is to bring forth the best of me in sharing my ideas and what a beautiful creative life looks like, giving us all a way to get there easier and together, because, Together We Are One.
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It has been said there are two stories to tell: Good vs. Evil and Boy Gets Girl, Boy Loses Girl (Parent gets child, Parent loses child). They both come down to conquest. And it seems when you think about it, overcoming adversity is at the core of our experience.
Every moment comes down to a choice: Are you going to take action for good or evil? While these may seem like strong words, they illuminate the crux of the moment in decision. The symbol of the “original sin” in biblical terms is the very choice this signifies. The choice between good and evil is at the root of our separation from “God” or all that is as what you may call it.
What is Good? and What is Evil?
Good means win-win. An understanding smile calms. It is never just good for you while being bad for another and good never takes advantage of another. Good means Good-For-All. Evil is a concentrated energy that draws a vivd line between it and the world, it cuts like a knife taking down people as it touches them. It may seem good for the doer, but it is bad for everyone else and this bad usually comes around and is also eventually bad for the doer. Bad is Bad and evil is destructive in a bad way.
As a carrier of light, the choice becomes easier. Become a carrier of light by sharing good. A smile, a kind gesture, empathy and understanding, a good action asks for nothing in return, it brings a blessing into our lives.
Together We are One and in joy and acceptance we can find an easy path to make our choices, for good.
As we remember today and all those who died on 9/11 /01 and in other extremist evil acts in the world overall, let’s remember that in our hearts we are good and make good choices. We are all human and in this life experience together, peace can be found in kindness and allowance and gratefulness.
Smile at others, accept peace in yourself.
My Dad did a lot of great things in his life. He also made a lot of mistakes. He was not perfect except in the fact that none of us are, so he was perfectly himself.
He applied himself and had many talents, he was smart and he was generous. But most of all, he is remembered for his laugh.
I don’t believe I have ever seen a photograph of him where he is not smiling. The memory of him is not a sad one but a happy one, because he had a happy, satisfied public personality.
The lesson here is that we are all our own brand and our own resource to make it happen. And it will happen and we will be remembered by what we put into the world.
A smile, a laugh, a generous gesture. How do you want to be remembered? The best way is to be that while you are alive.
Thank you Dad for your smiles, laughs and generosity. And thank you for the loving, living lesson. I miss you and love you.
Photo by Bob Stone ©2011
I read “Indivisible” the book by James Robison and Jay W. Richards.
This book has a lot of right wing, republican views and is highly Judeo-Christian based. It is not in spite of this but because of it that I write this review.
I am not a highly religious person but I believe in living a live of faith that is larger than yourself. I differ from the writer that our life’s are to be lived through being grateful for our “suffering”. Rather I believe earth is the garden and in each moment we make a choice to bite the apple or live within joyful creative gratitude. A physical life of growth is paved with learning and no one is perfect. Living on a timeline that is indelibly stamped as a unknowing baby and growing into old person with perspectives based on an imperfect life surely makes mistakes along the way. This is not suffering but learning how to define our moral boundaries. Yes some people “bite the apple” and get seduced by it and create upheavals and live in the negative and disruptive garden. This is the garden of suffering. Others create productive joy and give gratefulness and these people are living in the garden of creative peace and grateful joy. I refuse to accept I was put here to suffer or feel guilty about being alive. Rather I am here to learn, grow and realize that I do create the world I live in through my thoughts, feelings and actions as these are my expectations, whether negative or positive.
It this reason that the book was a good read. Though I disagree with the premise of a fearing God and that we are suffering for his love, I do agree with many of the philosophies as set forth. They just make good common sense for the goodwill of people on earth.
On with the review. As the book states, people thrive where there is property ownership and freedom to do and be. Government or government programs that cap either freedom or property hurt people in general and create and enlarge the divide of those who have and those who don’t. This makes sense. It is a good idea to center a book around.
This idea goes on in that the more functions the government takes on, the more it takes away freedom. Take education and medical care for example: It would be better for the government to create private enterprise education where competition would create the best product at the lowest price. As an example, consider Kahn Academy, (www.kahanacadamy.org). In this scenario, the most the federal government would do is create the rule that Kids must have k-12 eduction and attend school, it would be up to the states to enforce this. The government might collect the money for this endeavor through taxes to help ensure adherence, but would give it back to people as vouchers to pick the school they want to give it to creating competition (the best product at the lowest price). Medical is different because it involves Insurance companies. However and without getting into the debate, the same idea applies: Enforce the rule and create private enterprise competition.
Some other nice points in this book to further show you why it is a good read in spite of itself. The “It takes a Family” chapter has some important information, and helps through ideologies, explain why the intact family is important to our culture and how it is a private endeavor that actually helps keep the Government within it boundaries.
The chapter, “All Men Are Created Equal” is another good chapter spelling out the danger of spreading wealth. It is difficult to wrap your head around this but a government that is structured to give a free ride to those in need, must take money from those who have to pay for it. By taking money, more than a fair share in taxes, to spread the wealth, gives no incentive for either side to make money. Yes some will make money in spite of it and some will climb out of the bottom rung because of it, but in general, it creates no incentive, where competition to serve this need creates ideas and goals and incentive on both sides, those who have and those who do not. Spreading the wealth is a vexing crux between the People and the Government and while it makes sense that a competitive structure creates better incentive than taxation and spreading wealth, it is difficult to see how we move from here to there. This book helps in that idea.
In the Chapter “Till It and Keep It” It reminds us that we, as individuals and the families we are, and the teams we belong to that we are our best resource. People are thinking, inventing, problem solving incredible Beings who are our own best resource. We should then have a government that recognizes this, not one that tries to resolve our problems for us. No, the Government should just be protecting us so we can solve them ourselves. To quote the book, quoting C.S. Lewis, “There are no ordinary people.” We are amazing as individuals and even more amazing when we team up and work together. People create wealth from nothing by using resources from the world in creative ways. Having a government that does not recognize this and structure itself in a way to allow this to prosper is the wrong government and those people need to be voted out.
In a nutshell, this is the book and why I recommend you read it, even with the God fearing references. Many of these ideas get saddled on the right-wing Republicans and that is unfortunate as the Republican party is a mess. If they were all living the aspects of this book, it would be hard to refute the reasoning.
My sense about God and religion, is that you can have your own relationship with your faith and can even talk about it, but the best, most proper way, is to behave in the manner that you believe your God wants. Do not use any such God as a crutch. “God” “Nature” and the world work best when a person is taking action as a creator, not calling on a creator and I believe any such God would praise such action. “Be It” in action. Talk is cheap.
Thank you for reading this. I am interested in your thoughtful response and additions, I have read some reviews and some people blast this book for cyclical arguments, uneven writing and such, but I found the ideas sound and the book has a lot of good information and ideas and it makes you think. I recommend it and am happy I read it. It gives me a clearer lens with which to look at the government. Take the good out of it, there is a lot of good in it.