Mind Over Matter

I never used to believe the whole ‘mind over matter’ thing until I experienced it.

A few years ago I was laying on my couch, crippled with the flu. I had a fever of 104 and literally felt like I might die.

I was about to go to the emergency room when my phone rang… someone needed my help.

For the 20 min. I was on the phone focused on helping them… I felt fine.

I always have to throw this disclaimer out there… problem solving is not a magic trick! Talking to someone on the phone didn’t make my flu go away but it was certainly proof that whatever I give my attention to dominates my life.

While I was focused on helping them solve their problem, I wasn’t giving my problem added power to work against me.

The goal for today, give my attention to positive & constructive things & feel good!

Have a great day everybody!

Sworn Ally

Céli Dé is a Latin term that means ‘Sworn Ally to God’.

For some reason, it’s dominating my thoughts. I dreamt about it… I woke up thinking about it… I can’t seem to shake it so I thought I’d share it.

A group of monks from Scotland & Ireland adopted it as their name… these men were tasked with looking after the originally written bible & I believe that the Knights Templar were tasked with looking after them.

I’m intrigued by this part of history & I’m intrigued by the thought of carrying on their legacy.

The goal for today, swear allegiance to God!

Have a great day everybody!

Self Interest Vs. National Interest

Someone recently said to me… “Everyone votes based on self interest” & I agreed.

I couldn’t deny the statement… it was perfectly accurate but it didn’t sit well with me… it was an uncomfortable acknowledgement.

The more time I spent mulling it over… the more I begin to realize that self interest & national interest are no longer one in the same & that’s why it felt so uncomfortable.

We are no longer voting based on what’s best for the country… we are now voting based what’s best for us as individuals & that’s where our problem lies.

“Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” ~Calvin Coolidge

The goal for today, break the viscous cycle of selfishness & laziness in myself & get back to working hard because I love my family & friends… because I love my neighborhood & community… because I love my God & my Country!

Quid Pro Quo

“Love will never look for a quid pro quo” ~Emmet Fox.

Giving Love out ‘FREELY’ to others is the will of God & the purpose for our existence!

Love works kinda like electricity… power flows from the transformer, into the house, out to the light bulb… it NEVER flows from the bulb, back out to the transformer.

Love flows from God, into our hearts, out to others. It never flows in the other direction… God doesn’t need me to give Him my Love… He needs me to give you His Love!

The goal for today, don’t give Love looking to get some in return… give Love because it’s the right thing to do!

Have a great day everybody!

The American Spirit

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” ~Thomas Jefferson.

You can’t kill the American Spirit with a bomb or a bullet… it will live on in the hearts & minds of Free men & women forever!

We will band together again in this tragedy… like we ALWAYS do!

Today, I give my thoughts & prayers to those who were directly effected…

My heart & mind to the vigilant pursuit of Peace & Freedom…

My spirit & soul for the Love of God & Country!

Have a great day everybody!

Don’t Take It Personally

I don’t take it personally anymore when people do or say hurtful things to me.

I was once dating a girl who was nearly 10 years younger than me & one day she made the remark: “You’re old & you have no teeth… you better hope that I don’t leave you, because no one else will want you.”

I’m 40 years old & I do have dentures… I’m not a model, but I’m not a bad looking guy & my fancy plastic teeth are nicer than most people’s real teeth. Furthermore… I’ve spent a few years finding out who I really am & putting a wholehearted effort into the practice of being selfless, honest, pure & loving toward all… I know today, that I’m a good person.

I have some self-confidence & self-esteem now, so my initial reaction was not one of anger or defensiveness… I tried the mindful, understanding approach instead.

She made the statement… I stopped for a moment & thought to myself… why would someone say something like that? & the answer came to me…

She said what she said because she thought that if she could just take my self-esteem from me & convince me that I couldn’t do any better, then I wouldn’t leave her & she could feel safe & secure… she didn’t want to lose me… she didn’t want to be alone.

Now, without this understanding… I probably would have reacted like an ass & said something like: “Well your no prize yourself sweetheart!”… I could have taken the bait & thought… she’s right & cowered to her every demand so that we could live happily ever after drowning in insecurity & fear of being alone…

-Or-

I could take the time to understand the Truth of the situation… I could feel flattered, instead of hurt, that she would go to that length to hang on to me… I could KNOW who I am rather than allowing someone else to dictate it to me.

In the split second that all of this thought & realization came to me, so did the thought that there is one & only one… right reaction!

I smiled… put my arms around her & said “I Love You!” & I meant it!

The goal for today, know the Truth & the Truth shall set you Free!!

Have a great day everybody!

Fear Causes Lies

“The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear…” ~Anon.

Now that I know this, I don’t take it personally when people lie to me anymore.

Fear is what causes a person to lie. I used to think that people lied to me to maliciously hurt me but now I know the Truth. People don’t lie to hurt others… they lie to help themselves (self-centered).

Example: The 1st couple weeks, maybe even months, of most relationships is really great.

Why is that?

Because I’m afraid that you won’t like me, so I pretend to be a better person than I really am.

After a few weeks or months, once we are firmly together & it’s getting harder to keep up the facade anyway… then I can show you the real me.

It is extremely important to understand that I didn’t deceive you because I wanted to hurt you… I deceived you because I didn’t want to get hurt.

But now, I know that there’s a better way… If I want you to love me for who I am, then maybe I should make sure I’m showing you who I really am… right from the start.

Today I want to know the Truth about myself & then wear my heart on my sleeve so everyone else can know the Truth too!

Have a great day everybody!