Saturday, June 13, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 13, 2015

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

The image this bring to my mind is of a miner’s lamp! You know what I mean, the lamp they have on their helmets so they can see in the darkness of the tunnels they work in? In life, there will be times when all of us encounter darkness, totally devoid of any welcoming light, and very scary indeed. However, perhaps by focusing and believing in the light, we can turn a tiny, tiny glimmer of light into a light bright enough to banish all the darkness and shadows surrounding us. Remember, this will take total belief and focus, but we are all capable of achieving this, so the next time the darkness begins to close in, you know what you have to do, don’t you?


A Common Humanity: A Conversation with Bob Sadler

I began thinking, What am I doing this for? And I just stopped and relaxed. Something shifted in me and I took in the moment. I saw what was in front of me. Sadler describes the moment that marked a turning point and led to the remarkable story detailed here, of how Sadlers photos of homeless men have been transforming lives.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 12, 2015

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Exactly! I couldn’t have said it better myself. We all know people who, when problematic situations, hard financial times, or personal strife happens to them, they sail through whatever it is and come out the other end better than they went in! Unlike us, who when things like that happen to us, boy do we suffer! However, maybe they tackle what comes at them in a different way. Perhaps, just by thinking positively, they already have a head start over the rest of us in overcoming whatever life throws at them. Maybe we should all try this for ourselves and see how we get on?


Temporary Situation

Failure is temporary. And so is success.

When you’ve failed, it’s good to keep in mind that you can go on to succeed. When you have had some success, it’s important not to become complacent.

The way things are today is not the way they will always be. Tomorrow will be different, and now you can have an impact on what that difference will be.

No matter how enjoyable or discouraging, exciting or troublesome this moment may be, it is a temporary situation. You will definitely move beyond it and the only question is, in what direction?

So focus your thoughts not on the pleasures or disappointments that have brought you here, but on how you will make good use of this moment. Envision a more positive and fulfilling world, and start taking steps to make it so.

Each day is a temporary situation, and yet you can use each day to move toward lasting richness. Grab the value of right now, and push it purposefully into your own bright future.

— Ralph Marston

Home: The Movie

World renowned photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, released "Home" on World Environment Day, June 5, 2009. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, "Home" is almost entirely composed of aerial footage showing how everything on earth is interconnected. Though the visually stunning images inspire a sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation for our home planet, this film was produced to awaken a collective conscience and responsibility. "Home" poses the prospect that unless we take responsible action to protect the earth's resources, we risk losing the only home we may ever have.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 11, 2015

“What is, is. What isn’t, isn’t. You become so obsessed with what isn’t that you miss what is.”

Exactly, how true is this? Basically, what this means is that occasionally we allow ourselves to focus on what hasn’t happened in our lives, i.e. the great job, the loving fulfilling relationship, winning the lottery, etc. All this does is to stop us from getting on with life and perhaps, by making the best of what we have, we can get what we dream of, perhaps not winning the lottery, but seeking out and pursuing better job opportunities, the possibility of finding that special someone etc. Doesn’t that make sense?


Empty Pursuits

There are plenty of things you can do to keep busy, to keep yourself feeling like you are doing something. Yet what you’re really after is not just the feeling of doing something, but the experience of doing something that matters.

Busy work is enticing because it doesn’t ask much of you and doesn’t force you to make any real decisions. Yet the desire to be busy will not be fully satisfied by busy work.

What you have is a desire to do something significant, that makes a difference. It is a desire to express your purpose through your efforts.

If you’re spending a lot of time doing busy work that’s mostly empty, you have an opportunity. You can decide to let go of some of that busy work, and suddenly you have time to do some truly magnificent and meaningful things.

When it seems there’s no time for doing what will make a real difference in the world, the problem is not a lack of time. The problem is filling too much of that time with empty pursuits.

Instead of merely appearing busy, fill your moments with purposeful actions. And know how great it feels to be making meaningful progress.

— Ralph Marston

6 Things The Happiest Families All Have In Common

Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well.  Or maybe you haven't started a family yet but when you do you want to do it right.  Aren't there some legit answers out there about what creates the happiest families?

How Our Bodies React To Seeing Goodness

"Researchers have a name for that high we get from witnessing human goodness: "moral elevation." And it has been shown to have many positive benefits. Past studies have found that moral elevation inspires optimism, and makes one want to be a better person and to act altruistically toward others." In this article, Jill Suttie, summarizes a new study which sheds some light on what happens in the body and brain during elevation, and why it has a distinct role to play in our human interactions.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 10, 2015

“We all cling to the past and, because we cling to the past, we become unavailable to the present.”

I don’t agree that we all cling to the past but I do believe that some of us tend to allow the past to dominate and affect our present. As a result, we are preventing ourselves from actually living life to the fullest at the present time and where does that get us? Stuck, that’s where! We can’t go back, as what’s done is done, and we’re not moving forward if we are continually reliving the past so up to us to realize this and release the past, “bye bye past and good riddance!” Now, bring it on……..


Whatever You Allow

The most miserable people are those who think only of themselves. Let go of self-centered concerns, and let the happiness that is your birthright flow forth.

The most desperate people are those who obsess over their needs. Step back, see that much of what you may think you need, you don’t, and free yourself to fulfill your highest values.

Whatever you chase, eludes you. Whatever you allow, gathers around you in great measure.
Allow your love to settle upon all those who surround you. Allow your generous nature to express itself in all you do, in what you say, and in the way you relate.

Allow your dreams, interests, passions, preferences and priorities to make themselves known, sincerely, honestly, lovingly. Allow and encourage the best in others, and discover how it brings out the best in you.

Allow this moment, this day, this life you share to be as beautiful as you know it can be. Allow true richness, and watch as it spreads throughout your world.

— Ralph Marston

Dare to Disagree

"Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counter intuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree."

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 9, 2015

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.”

Like most of us, I occasionally look back and wish I could change some of the things that happened in my past but I’m realistic enough to know this will never be possible. However, what all of us are capable of doing is deciding that, from now on, things are going to be different…..”I’m going to be different.” Even if it’s only changing your perception of someone or something it’s a start and who knows where it will lead…..somewhere better than your previous thoughts were taking you that’s for sure!


The Heartwarming Sidewalk Project

Once a month for the past several years, with the help of a makeshift ice cream cart and an old-fashioned sewing machine, Michael Swaine has taken up a spot on the sidewalk in one of San Francisco's neediest neighborhoods. His mission? Mending clothes, people ... and a community, one stitch at a time. "Meeting these strangers is really an interesting part of what I find special about being alive." Enjoy this short video of Swaine in action in his self-titled "Reap What You Sew Generosity Project."

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dealing with Anger

An Excerpt from Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman

Parents often bring their children to me because of their problems with anger. Sometimes the child has a difficult time managing his outbursts because his capacity to manage big feelings is underdeveloped because of immaturity or impulsive tendencies. But often I discover that Mom or Dad also have big tempers.

All of us — children and adults alike — are subject to strong emotions that we cannot always control. Some people are easygoing, hardly ruffled when life doesn’t go their way. But others struggle to keep frustration and disappointment from wreaking emotional havoc. If the root cause of anger is not addressed, we sometimes end up doing or saying things we regret. Using threats or punishments to deter our children from acting out angrily can drive unresolved emotions underground, where they can show up as eating disorders, addiction, or depression. It can also stockpile the fuel for a bigger explosion of rage later on.

Instead of shaming ourselves when we lose our cool, we need to step back, determine what we’re thinking or feeling, and identify the underlying source of ...

Modeling Good Manners

An Excerpt from Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman

“Me first!” “I want more!” “Those are mine!” are all the normal expressions of a child who hasn’t yet developed empathy or diplomacy. Children are naturally egocentric; if there’s only one piece of pie left, they’ll grab it. If your daughter is having fun on the swing set, she’s going to resent giving it up to another child waiting for a turn. That doesn’t mean she’s selfish; it just means she’s behaving like a child. A parent’s uncritical guidance helps young ones learn the basics of showing concern about the wishes and needs of others.

There is no better way to teach good manners than to demonstrate them day in and day out in the presence of your children. For instance, at mealtimes ensure that no one begins eating until everyone has been seated and served. If your kids forget, let them know that you understand that they’re hungry, while modeling patience as others dish up their food before you pick up your fork.

Help your children learn to share and take turns when they have a friend come over ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 8, 2015

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

I had to really think about this one and then it came to me! WE are what’s important in the grand scheme of things. What we have experienced in our past is just that, our past! What we have yet to experience isn’t known to us until we have lived through it and consigned it to our past. The one recurring theme in all this is US! I totally believe that each and every one of us is a unique being capable of achieving great things if WE only allow ourselves to believe in our own power in achieving what we dream of in life. Aren’t we just wonderful?


The Science of Productivity

In our perpetual rush to be productive, we often are undermining our very ability to consistently perform at peak levels. To unlock the secrets of sustained productivity, there's nowhere better to turn than the habits of the world's most productive people (many of whom sleep more than the average person). Read on to learn more about the Science of Productivity from Gregory Ciotti.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – June 7, 2015

“Once you awaken, you will have no interest in judging those who sleep.”

I take this to mean a personal spiritual awakening. A realization that we are all spiritually gifted and linked to each other just by being human beings. Personally, it took me a long time to become aware of my gifts and even longer to feel confident enough to use them in working professionally. Along the way I became aware that some of those not awakened spiritually tended to dismiss or treat negatively anything to do with spirituality. However, I am happy to leave those content to sleep to their slumbers without judgment.


The Music In You

With those who say, 'I can't carry a tune,' music cognition expert Elizabeth Margulis begs to differ. Psychologists discover that nearly all of us are musical experts in quite a startling sense... So why don't we realize how much we know? And what does that hidden mass of knowledge tell us about the nature of music itself?