Showing posts from April 27, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for May 3, 2014

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” - Louisa May Alcott I experienced the worst thunderstorm of my life the other night. The lightning seemed so close, I expected it to reach right through the window. If a door were opened, the winds swept in rain, branches of trees and other debris. The storm lasted for hours, practically the whole night through – and I slept fitfully. In the morning I woke to the contrast of a bright, fresh dawn, and I felt silly as I thought about how we worry about so many things where in truth, we end up surviving just fine. We are powerful spiritual beings in a world where storms are essential to the maintenance of balance, and no matter what happens, odds are we’ll find a way through it, just as we always have.

Rise To The Challenges

Just because the job is challenging doesn’t give you an excuse to be less than your best. In fact, what it gives you is the opportunity to rise to the challenge. Great success is not achieved by just doing the easy stuff. Great success is the result of being willing to, and even enthusiastic about working through the challenges. Each challenge you encounter can either be a reason to quit or a pathway to achievement. Through your attitude and your actions, you decide which it will be. Difficult, complicated, challenging work is not a curse, but rather is a valuable blessing. It is your chance to learn, to grow, to become stronger and more capable, and to achieve. In every challenge is a way for you to make a meaningful positive difference in the world. Welcome the challenges, and you welcome the potential for new richness into your life. You are much more powerful and effective than you’ve ever experienced. The way to know that without a doubt, is to rise to the challenges.

The Realness of Who We Are: Thoughts On Life & Crafting

"For a long time I hesitated to call myself an artist. I mean artist in the most playful, experimental, fearless way. I believe we are all born creative. If we weren't meant to have some creative capacities, the human race would have failed by now. Creating is innate. Handcrafts were a natural extension of the artistic interests I've cultivated and as a way of expressing two things: what it means to be human in the world, and how to uniquely express who I am in this world. The by-product of those expressions is beauty." In this engaging interview, a vibrant artist and keeper of many talents eloquently shares her perspectives on the importance of crafting.

Daily Inspirational Message for May 2, 2014

“I would like to repeat the critical importance of committing your plan to writing. It cannot be over-emphasized!” - Paul J. Meyer of Success Motivation Institute Many wise teachers suggest that writing down our goals is very powerful. When we keep them “in mind” but don’t write them down, they tend to stay in our minds, and never actually happen in “reality.” By writing them down, we initialize the chain of events that has to happen for our goals to be attained. A friend of mine who is a veritable expert on goal setting recently informed me that only one person in 10,000 actually writes down their aspirations. She told me to imagine walking all over a busy metropolis, and potentially never seeing another person all day who puts their plans in writing. Maybe all those other people don’t know how powerful writing their goals down can be! Now that you do, what will you do?

Honesty of Being

Instead of striving to figure out what to do, just do. There is no need to program or plan out every last detail of your success when you are simply and elegantly living it. Rather than putting a lot of effort into understanding yourself, be yourself. Instead of collecting mere tokens of your desires, spend your time living and fulfilling your actual desires. Don’t frustrate yourself seeking some arbitrary ideal of perfection. Fulfill your best possibilities in each and every moment through the simple, direct honesty of being. Rather than striving for a specific result, put your energy into what you truly love. With authentic love as your motivation, the results you get will be very much to your liking. Stop trying and start being. Stop trying and just start doing. You can do truly amazing things when you give up the burdensome need to be amazing. Be, do, and live the wonder. — Ralph Marston

She Lost Her Legs But Not Her Dream

Sri Lestari is a paraplegic who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. She lost the use of her legs while riding as a passenger on a motorcylce and, for ten years, never left her home. Indoensia, like many places in the developing world is a hostile environment of people with disabilities. Not only are the streets, footpaths, and buildings inaccessible, but their physical limitations carry broad stygmas. But Sri was tired of life as a shut-in. So she raised the money to buy a modified motorcycle she could ride from her wheelchair and began to re-engage with the world. Now, she and her bike are on a 12,000km journey across the Indonesian achepelago, both to celebrate her own freedom and to inspire others with disabilities to find their own.

Daily Inspirational Message for May 1, 2014

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson When our feelings are hurt, or we feel alone and misunderstood, it helps to remember that we’re in good company. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers, artists and teachers have not only been rejected but positively maligned by the societies they lived in. What’s one argument or some heartless gossip compared to being excommunicated or put to death for your beliefs, for just being who you are? When you’re feeling down about your life, ponder how the most respected people throughout history must have felt about life at times – it will certainly put your own sorrows in perspective.

Live In Harmony

Do what you wish to do, live the way you wish to live, and achieve what you choose to achieve. Yet do it all not in opposition to others, but in harmony with all that is happening. You don’t have to fight to get your way. It is far more powerful and effective to achieve your aims through love, understanding, and giving. Sure, there will always be discord in this world. Yet it does not ever have to come from you. Put your energy into positive achievement, not into spite or anger or jealousy. Use your moments to pull yourself forward, not to push others back. The best possible world you can live in is a world in which everyone prospers. Make it your business to support, encourage and enable such a world. Go peacefully with life’s flow, and make use of it to fashion your own unique fulfillment. Live your dreams with true authenticity so that others may live theirs. — Ralph Marston

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

"What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success...The five components of emotional intelligence, as defined by Daniel Goleman, are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy. We can be strong in some of these areas and deficient in others, but we all have the power to improve any of them. Not sure how emotionally intelligent you are? Here are 14 signs you have a high EQ..."

Daily Inspirational Message for April 30, 2014

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” Dr. Seuss I recently took in a movie with my children and my parents. As my parents very rarely go to movies at all, it had been many years since we’d all attended a film together. Something in the movie struck my mother as so funny that she was still in tears when we left theater. This set off a chain reaction, with my father laughing until he cried, and the rest of us chuckling along, even though we didn’t know what was so funny. The two of them couldn’t even look at each other without doubling over again, and could not catch their breath long enough to explain. How delicious it is to laugh until we cry! The whole experience made me realize anew that for those of good humor, life is full of things to laugh about.

Lighten Up and Live Well

You are an important, indispensable part of life on this day. Yet that is no reason to be arrogant.   You have a vital job to do. Yet that doesn’t mean you must be stuffy and overly serious.   You do things best when you do them joyfully. Lighten up, have fun, and spread true joy everywhere you go.   Be mature and responsible, but don’t be dull and brooding about it. Be purposeful and determined, but don’t be uptight about it.   Demonstrate your determination not with a rigid scowl on your face, but with joyous achievement. Life is an amazingly grand adventure, so allow yourself to experience and express delight in every moment.   See yourself as happily dancing through the moments of this day, and nothing will be able to bring you down. Live lightly, live joyously, and live well.   — Ralph Marston

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

"Even when we're not at a fork in the road, wondering what to do and trying to hear that inner voice, our intuition is always there, always reading the situation, always trying to steer us the right way. But can we hear it? Are we paying attention? Are we living a life that keeps the pathway to our intuition unblocked? Feeding and nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life," says Arianna Huffington in her book, 'Thrive.' Our intuition is always there, whether we are aware of it or not. Intuition can serve as a compass and people who are highly connected to their "gut feelings" often do things a little differently, as described in this piece.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 29, 2014

“At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person.” (Mister) Fred Rogers What you want, wants YOU. You don’t have to do all the work – you can just tell the Universe what you want, and it will lead you to it! This doesn’t mean you should do nothing; it means that whatever you need to do to attain your dream, you will feel inspired to do. You can find a downhill path where work feels like play, where you can embrace pleasure with full knowledge that the Universe is on your side.

Essential to Life

You are not too old or too tired or too broke or too disadvantaged. You are uniquely qualified to add substance to life. Don’t get caught up in making judgments about what is fair or unfair or easy or difficult. Just get on with the satisfying and fulfilling business of making a real positive difference in the world. You’ve done it many times before and you know you can do it many more times again. You know how great it makes you feel to know you truly matter. So get busy, get some good stuff done, and feel that great feeling again and again. Forget about the silly excuses and focus on the significant difference you can make. There are lots of great people in this world. Yet there is no one who can do a better job of being you than you. Life is great, and you are essential to that greatness. Do your part, in your own special way, and feel how truly great it is. — Ralph Marston

Sophisticated Simplicity

"When we consider the powerful forces transforming our world -- climate change, peak oil, water and food shortages, species extinction, and more -- we require far more than either crude or cosmetic changes in our manner of living. If we are to maintain the integrity of the Earth as a living system, we require deep and creative changes in our overall levels and patterns of living and consuming. If these sorts of powerful forces are tugging on your consciousness, read on to hear Duane Elgin's insightful arguments in favor of a "sophisticated simplicity" for all.

Conscious Past Life Memories in Children

“Perhaps the strongest and best documented evidence in support of reincarnation comes from the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, a Virginia psychiatrist of impeccable credentials, who began studying cases of conscious past life memories in children in the late fifties.”

The Purpose and Function of Reincarnation

“Reincarnation is an idea that may seem strange, exotic, or even a little nonsensical to the western mind, but in fact it plays a vital role in understanding our purpose in the universe and why we spend time on this planet at all. In fact, it is almost impossible to understand how spirituality works without touching upon the subject.”

The Gift of Reincarnation

“It’s not unusual for a person to believe in reincarnation nowadays. In fact, it’s almost become commonplace, especially in the Shirley MacLaine/Oprah Winfrey age in which we live.”

Daily Inspirational Message for April 28, 2014

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” - Hans Selye I recently realized that I can make all kinds of things official “goals” that may not normally come to mind. For example, a certain individual has made the past couple of years extremely stressful for everyone else in the family, to the point where I’ve often found it difficult to remain centered in divine love. Once I decided that my goal was to no longer allow anything this individual does to stress me out, suddenly I was just plain OVER it. Maybe the key was finally learning via all my experiences that getting stressed out does absolutely no good anyway. The dramas continue to unfurl with ever more fury, but I’m impervious to it now, for I’ve decided that no matter what happens, I own my own serenity, and no one can take it from me.

This Very Day

Don’t wait any longer. Live your very best life today. Don’t hold your happiness hostage waiting for some imagined perfect circumstance to come along. Choose to be happy, joyful and truly thankful for the moment you’re in. You deserve a life that is magnificent. And you deserve to let yourself live it right now. Don’t put off until someday the richness that you can live on this very day. Remind yourself what a fantastic opportunity you have, and go with it. You can add unique beauty to life, so do it now. You can live in harmony with your highest vision, so do it now. This very day, this very place is where you have the good fortune of being. Live it fully, with love, with commitment, with joy and grace, and live it now. — Ralph Marston

A School and a Future for Blind Children

Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg are co-founders of a school for blind teenagers in Tibet. Tenberken, who was born in Germany and has been blind since the age of 12, attended the University of Bonn and studied, among other things, the cultures of Central Asia. From there, she traveled around China, Nepal - where she met Kronenberg - and Tibet, where they started their school, Braille Without Borders. In this talk with Knowledge@Wharton, Tenberken and Kronenberg discuss the meaning of social entrepreneurship and what it takes to train and inspire true visionaries all across the world.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 27, 2014

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.” - author unknown I know so many people who are not happy with their current employment or who wish they were self-employed, yet are intimidated by the thought of making a big change or taking a chance. They associate being employed by someone else with “security,” even if their employer is not someone they trust or respect. As I listen to people’s dreams and their excuses for not pursuing them, I have to point out all the businesses that are flourishing in the world. Think about it! Every single business you patronize or pass by or see advertised or even hear about is owned by someone. It was created by someone with a dream and the courage to take a risk. Surely if all those people can make their dreams work for them, you can find your way to what you want too.

Talking Trash With Jeff Kirschner

Jeff Kirschner believes litter should be approachable, noticeable, and a spark for thinking about how we look at packaging and trash. He is an evangelist for the power of consumer engagement and education. He is also a believer in our shared impact using social media - including its built-in metrics -- to change public perception and stir public action. That's where Litterati comes in. Jeff is building a crowd-sourced platform to inspire us to clean up our streets and to reconsider what we buy based on what we find "just lying around."