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Daily Inspirational Message for December 7, 2013

Today I want you to ask yourself this one question. Why not you to do something for work that you love? Why not you to have a healthy body? Why not you to be, have, or do anything you have ever dreamed?! We are so quick to think others are deserving over ourselves. The truth is that we are all deserving. So why not YOU?! -– Jillian Michaels

If you can think of someone you admire who is living a life that seems vastly better than your own, I’m here to tell you that this person has nothing on you – except for maybe one small but very powerful thing: they love themselves enough to allow themselves what they really want, and they believe that they can have it. Are you letting yourself go for what you really want, or are you doing what you think you ‘should’ do for some reason? Ask yourself if you’re living the life of your dreams, and if not, why not. Getting those answers will show you where fear and limiting beliefs are holding you back, which will empower you to begin to flow toward a b…

Who To Blame

When a law has been broken or a contract violated, it is important to determine who is to blame. For most other things in life, however, being concerned about blame is largely a waste of time and effort.

Yes, it matters who is to blame. Yet there are plenty of other things that matter much, much more.

Punishing those who are to blame does not undo what they have done. Time and effort put into assigning blame take time and effort away from moving forward.

Let go of the need to blame. Embrace the freedom and the opportunity that forgiveness can bring.

It is better to make new progress than it is to fight battles from the past. Instead of becoming obsessed about who is to blame, become passionate about the good things you can now do.

Your best options are found by looking forward, not back. Make the choice to make the best of what has happened, starting now.

— Ralph Marston


The Art of Missing

Artist and architect Maya Lin is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. Her latest memorial has satellite sculptures and multimedia installations throughout various cities, but the core of the project lives on a cool website called What Is Missing? The site honors extinct or endangered animals and their habitats, ecosystems lost or degraded, and, on a positive note, conservation efforts that have done some good. Learn more here.

Daily Inspirational Message for December 6, 2013

When you find yourself in a fury, the person you perceive as causing it is your greatest teacher at that moment. That person is teaching you that you have not yet mastered yourself, that you still do not know how to choose peace as that button is being pushed. -– Wayne Dyer

We all have our buttons, by which I mean those sensitive little spots where we are not 100% okay with ourselves, where our faith in our own divine perfection is wobbly and where our trust that everything will be okay has worn thin. For example, someone could call me a bad mother or a bad friend, and I wouldn’t bat an eye, for I know I’m a great mother and a fantastic friend, thank you very much. On the other hand, someone could call me fat, and regardless of how fat or thin I may actually be that day, I might be instantly plunged into a dark well of self-doubt and self-recrimination. They could say that I’m far too sensitive, and I would start beating myself up for not being tougher. When someone upsets us, it may b…

Live Smart

Don’t just think about how great life can be. Live those thoughts.

In your own unique way, you are incredibly smart. So use the opportunity of this day to live smart.

Your best ideas deserve much more than to be stuck in your mind. Bring those ideas to life.

You intuitively understand what it will take to make a positive difference in the world. So go ahead, and actually do what it takes.

Put your thinking into action and truly experience how great life can be. Translate your intelligent thoughts into effective, rewarding efforts.

You’re smart enough to know what it takes to create the fulfillment you desire. Put that great intelligence to use, today, and make it happen.

— Ralph Marston


Remembering Madiba: Timeless Wisdom from Nelson Mandela

"We have lost Nelson Mandela, unequaled patron saint of equality, peace, and human rights. But while the body might be gone, the spirit remains forever with us -- a spirit that not only changed political history, but also tirelessly elevated humanity into a higher version of itself." Maria Popova shares timeless wisdom from Mandela's remarkable life.

Daily Inspirational Message for December 5, 2013

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
– Benjamin Button (from the movie The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)

I once knew a very wise old woman who gave me some great advice when I was trying to decide whether or not to leave my first marriage. She said that if you see two paths before you, and you can’t decide which one to take, you should take the one that scares you the most, for that is the path lined with the blessings of your desires, whereas the other path will feel dead and constricted by the limits o…

The Moment When You Can

Now is the most important time in your life, because now is the time you can do something about. Now is your most powerful moment, because now is when you can exercise the power of your intention.

Don’t waste this powerful moment complaining about the past or worrying about the future. Invest your time, this time right now, in living with purpose, passion, creativity, effectiveness and joy.

This is not a time to be timid or vengeful, angry or disappointed. This is your time to find sweet fulfillment in using your wisdom and your efforts to make a difference.

It doesn’t really matter what’s been happening lately, or whether you’ve been falling behind or speeding ahead. Now is a valuable new moment, filled with new possibilities, ready for you to live with all you have.

Now is jam-packed full of great opportunity. Grab some of that opportunity, right here, right now, and do something beautiful and meaningful with it.

You are here, this moment is here, the possibilities are here, and you can …

A Shift to Humility: Resilience & Change

Andrew Zolli, the curator and executive director of PopTech, was interviewing a farmer in Kenya where climate effects have dramatically shifted rain patterns to the point where their crops have stopped growing. These farmers, mostly women, have had to leave their homes near schools, hospitals, and fixed infrastructure in order to survive. During the interview, she looked at Zolli in the eye and said, "You're coming here to study me. But I have to tell you, I am your future."

Daily Inspirational Message for December 4, 2013

Life is supposed to feel good to you. You’re not here to endure trials and tribulations in order to find out how tough you really are so that you can buck up and be brave in the face of windy weather. -– Abraham-Hicks

This morning while driving, I heard the old tune Feeling Groovy by Simon and Garfunkel, and all of a sudden it hit me that I haven’t felt really groovy in a very long time. As I listened, I remembered many days in the past when I felt wholly in love with life, like the world was a magical, beautiful and wonderful place to be. For a moment, I decided that decades ago, people probably felt a lot better a lot more of the time than they do today because life was simpler and less stressful, but then it hit me: life is the same – it is individual people who change. If we want to feel good, we have to allow ourselves to feel good, expect to feel good, and look for reasons to feel good. Feeling great is an art form we can master: If we view life as an ordeal, then that’s how it w…

Give Purpose to This Day

To get the most out of this day, give it a purpose. Instead of just taking whatever comes, experience this day the way you choose to experience it.

If this day has no clear purpose, then you’re likely to be tossed around by all the random things that happen. Yet when you’ve made a firm commitment to a specific result, your focused direction will enable you to rise above the distractions and diversions.

If you’re standing still, wondering what to do next, the obstacles will push you back. Yet when you’re already moving forward and you encounter obstacles, your momentum will help carry you through them.

Give this day a purpose that will excite you, motivate you, ignite your passion and compel you to get moving. Give yourself something good and meaningful to show for the time you spend living this day.

When the next step is clear, you’re much more likely to take it. When you’ve decided exactly what is to be done, you’re much more likely to do it.

There is enormous positive potential in this v…

Are You Living Your Eulogy Or Resume?

Author, Ray Bradbury, once said that everyone must leave something behind -- something our hands have touched in such a way that it leaves a place for our souls to go when we die. This is the truest reflection of our legacy -- that our spirit remains in these things long after we're gone. For some, a eulogy is the first and only time their life's impact has been celebrated. "Eulogies aren't resumes," writes David Brooks, "They describe the person's care, wisdom, truthfulness and courage." So, why do we spend so much time on that which our eulogy is not? Author, Arianna Huffington, explores the concept of the "Third Metric" in this brilliant piece on living life to the fullest, and most relevant, measure.

Letting Go of the Results

“This is how the spiritual path is. It is constantly evolving and changing, so holding onto the results we think we want simply becomes a futile absurdity. We have to have faith because there is so little we can ever fully know about the vastness of creation. In this humility, we embrace each moment with conscious dedication, and when the winds of change shift as they like to, we can change our sails to embrace this new opportunity and let go of the original destination. In so doing, we have space for something potentially more true for our paths to appear than perhaps we had originally imagined.”

Transcending Difficult Emotions

“Sadness is met the same way as the other emotions; you look at it. You sit with it. You listen to its story. Using the metaphor of sitting with a sick child works well here. Your awareness is so strong that the child immediately starts to heal as you sit with it in a non-reactive space. This can be intensely uncomfortable, however. The child may be screaming, snotting, and puking, and this is where we all learn how messy the spiritual path can get. But it does pass, and as you develop the inner fortitude to be with these messy emotions, you are also building up a greater capacity of patience and tenacity to be with whatever the outer world sends your way.”

Trusting and Developing Your Intuition

“Before you start trying to intuit major life changes, start simply. Start with getting a sense of what your body wants for dinner, or let yourself just drive by intuition and see where you end up. Practice on small issues, like which chores are most necessary to do around the house, and see what it feels like when you do those first. Do you feel more open and relaxed? There are all sorts of simple ways to play with intuition and keep it in a relaxed and easy space. That’s when we’re best able to hear our intuitions the clearest.”

Daily Inspirational Message for December 3, 2013

For the spiritual being, intuition is far more than a hunch. It is viewed as guidance or as God talking, and this inner insight is never taken lightly or ignored. You know from your own experience that when you ignore your intuitive proddings, you end up regretting it or having to ‘learn the hard way’…For the spiritual person, these inner intuitive expressions are almost like having a dialogue with God. – Wayne Dyer

When whatever I’m planning isn’t going to come together, my intuition tries to let me know via this certain subtle feeling; the energy feels slightly dead or off when I try to imagine doing whatever I’m planning on doing, which tells me that it won’t end up panning out. Sometimes I listen to that feeling and I change my plans. Sometimes the plan isn’t under my own control so I have to simply move forward knowing that, and enjoy NOT being surprised when it doesn’t come together. Sometimes, I ignore that feeling because I’m determined for things to go as I think they should, …

Choose a Positive Response

No matter what happens, you can respond in whatever way you choose. So make your response the most positive one for every person it affects.

There’s nothing to be gained by adding more negativity on top of negativity. You have the opportunity to break the pattern.

Instead of responding to anger with more anger, challenge yourself to respond with understanding and compassion. When you’re tempted to respond with frustration, make the more positive choice to respond with patience.

For your world to be a more positive place, you must take responsibility for putting more positive energy into it. Though a positive response may be the more difficult one, it is also the more valuable choice in the long run.

Rather than choosing a response based on what has happened, choose your response based on the direction you wish to go. Even when life has let you down, your best choice is a positive response that creates a more positive future.

Each response to life is an opportunity to make progress. Choose …

Childhood's Magic Milestone

"Betty Peck at 92 is full of a radiant loveliness that brings to mind fairy godmothers and enchanted gardens. Visiting her is a little like falling down Alice's rabbit hole. A train track with a real train runs around her Saratoga home. There are ivy-covered walls, crazy winding paths, tree houses, even a Rapunzel tower, and an amphitheater under the trees complete with a Romeo and Juliet balcony. Hundreds of children have played in the sun-dappled creek here, thrilled to the feel of soil under bare feet and rejoiced in a world brimming with creativity, beauty and wonder." This article offers a glimpse into Betty's magical world, and introduces a project that she is deeply excited about. A project that she describes in her own words, and that begins with a simple, yet profound question ... "I want to know how you learned to read."

Daily Inspirational Message for December 2, 2013

If you want guarantees in life, then you don’t want life. You want rehearsals for a script that’s already been written. Life by its nature cannot have guarantees, or its whole purpose is thwarted. – Neal Donald Walsch

A little while ago, I was talking to a friend who had gotten a great job offer and wasn’t sure if she should accept it or not because she thought there was a good chance that the company would be sold in a few years. She kept saying, I just wish I knew for sure that I would have a job for the next twenty years if I accept. I pointed out that no one in the whole world knows for sure that they will have a job for the next twenty years, even if they think they do today. We have only to look at the recent government shut-down in the U.S. to see that there are no guarantees in life. We think it would be great if there WERE guarantees, but would it really? I think a predictable life would quickly become gray, boring, and deadening to our spirits. I hope you reach for whatever c…

Build Great Strength

Don’t run from failure or hide from failure or avoid the possibility of failure. Use failure to improve.

If you’re not willing to fail, you won’t be able to grow. To become stronger and more capable, you must push yourself beyond what you already know you can do.

It is only by lifting more weight than you’ve lifted before that you strengthen your muscles. It is by experiencing failure that you discover new ways to succeed.

Failure and disappointment can serve as powerful steps along the path to magnificent achievement. In dealing with the difficult times, you build great strength with which to create good, meaningful, satisfying and fulfilling value in your world.

Success means nothing if it is not earned. Failure is an important part of earning success.

The road to achievement will constantly test you. Be willing to take those tests, and to work through those tests, and achievement is yours.

— Ralph Marston


A Letter From Fred

It didn't exactly conform to the rules of the online video contest for up-and-coming singer/songwriters, but when producer Jacob Colgan received 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh's handwritten lyrics in a mania envelope, it was an entry he couldn't ignore. Fred penned the song "Oh Sweet Lorraine" in memory of his recently departed wife of 72 years; but, as his letter to the studio said, "I don't sing. It would scare people." See how Jacob helped bring Fred's words to the ears of the world.

Daily Inspirational Message for December 1, 2013

Half the time you think you’re thinking, you’re actually listening. – Terence McKenna

Do you ever wonder where some of the great ideas that pop into your mind come from? We all do a lot of problem-solving every day. Whenever we ask ourselves how to get from where we are to where we want to be in our lives, we essentially ask the Universe for inspiration. If we are feeling stressed out, upset or anxious when we do this, we tend to get locked in very limited, rational thinking, and find it impossible to move forward. If instead, we engage in this process from a peaceful, relaxed, and trusting state of being, we vibrationally align with a higher level of guidance and can immediately tap into ideas full of the power and magic we need to transform our lives. If you’re feeling stuck, do whatever you have to do to feel really good; when you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, the solutions you’re looking for will come to you seemingly out of the blue.

Camille Seaman: We All Belong to Earth

Camille Seaman, world traveler and renowned photographer, says that "Part of the magic of an artist is being able to sort of draw from the intangible and create a physical..." But Camille's was a bumpy road, and her story is unusual. Not the least of it is her almost instant success in the art world -- she is now a senior TED fellow. Read about her fascinating life in this interview.