Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Waitress's Kind Act Moved These Tired Firefighters To Tears

After a long night on the job, New Jersey firefighters Paul Hullings and Tim Young stopped at a diner looking for a hot meal. What they got was much more.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 25, 2015

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

Belief is something wonderful we can gift to ourselves. When we truly believe, it’s as if a veil has been lifted from our eyes and we are able to see more clearly. However, it’s up to each and every one of us to realize there is a veil there in the first place and then work to remove it or brush it aside. This also gives us the ability to “see” perhaps only with our mind’s eye, the wonderful, magical and inspiring people or places in spirit form we would never be able to see with the naked eye.


Five Reasons

Give yourself five reasons why this will be the best day yet. You are skilled and experienced at engaging your imagination, so put it to use in a positive way.

How many times have you considered doing something, and then thought of all the reasons why you cannot? Today, use that same power to think of reasons why you can, and why you will.

It is just as easy to be positive and ambitious as it is to be negative and disillusioned. The difference is in the choice you make.

Direct the power of your thinking and the power of your life where they will do you some real good. Create an inspiring scenario in your thoughts, then step forward and live the reality of those thoughts.

Choose an attitude and a set of expectations that will support your life and your highest dreams. The fulfillment of those dreams is not only possible, it is yours to start living right now.

Get in the habit of listing all the reasons why you can, why you will, and why you must. Then get busy, for where your thoughts lead, your life will surely follow.

— Ralph Marston

Everyone Has A Story The World Needs To Hear

Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New Yorks Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. Isay is the 2015 TED Prize winner, with an award of $1 million to fulfill a wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Listen to Isay's vision to take StoryCorps global and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Young Grocery Store Bagger Helps An Elderly Woman To Her Car In The Pouring Rain

A bagger at a North Carolina grocery store was photographed helping an older woman to her car in the pouring rain. Now it's going viral.

Princess Anna From Frozen (Kristen Bell) Calls A Little Girl Who's Fighting Brain Cancer

Despite the last few weeks being a nightmare for the Huffman family, there are moments like this where they can forget, even for just a little bit, the awful battle Avery is going through.

Florida Beachgoer Brings An Injured Hammerhead Shark To Shore To Save Its Life

Two brothers fought to save an injured hammerhead shark on the Destin, Florida shoreline as beach-goers watched in amazement.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 24, 2015

“Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible.”

Now do I really have to explain or elaborate on this one? Thought not! There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for not being kind. We are all capable of bestowing kindness. It doesn’t take any special skill or ability. It needn’t cost us anything, unless being kind in a particular situation, means actually spending a little too. If you take time to think about, there is never ever a time when kindness is not possible unless you yourself decide not to be kind! But, then again, why wouldn’t you? Of course you wouldn’t…..would you?


Proven Path

An action that doesn’t get very good results is still better than no action at all. Being mediocre at doing something is better than being highly skilled at doing nothing.

Your initial effort at solving the problem or reaching the achievement may not work. But that’s no reason to avoid the effort.

Even if you fail, and fail again, you can still reach the success you seek. However, if you let the fear of failure prevent you from taking action, you will never achieve that success.

Do your best. If that’s not good enough, get better.

The way to get better is by doing. Whether the results are what you intended or not, every action makes you stronger, more capable, more experienced and more effective.

Develop your best strategy, take action, learn from it, and do it again. That is the proven path to wherever you wish to go.

— Ralph Marston

Music And The Developing Brain

Can music make you smarter? Research demonstrates it most certainly can. In fact, a 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. But, what is the connection? And, more importantly -- why would acquiring musical skills influence language and other higher brain functions? Read this fascinating article to learn why.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baby Orca Can't Stop Jumping For Joy After Miracle Birth

An orca preschool in the Salish Sea continues to be encouraging news for members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 23, 2015

“The door you open to give love, is the very one through which love arrives.”

Lovely, isn’t it? Makes sense too. If we keep ourselves closed off from allowing love access, i.e. keeping our own personal “door to love” firmly shut, then how is love ever going to gain entry? It’s obviously not is it and, let’s face it, we all need love in our lives. Love is like the rain that falls and nourishes the earth and everything that grows upon it. It encourages us all to reach for our own personal sunshine and bask in the knowledge that we love and are loved in return. I believe the world would be a much better place if only each and every one of us who inhabit it allowed love to flourish.


Different In a Good Way

Would you like to get a leg up on life? Then be reliable in an unreliable world.

Be truthful in a world in which dishonesty is all too easy and all too common. Be authentic in a world that is weary of people pretending to be something they’re not.

Be persistent and consistent. Be compassionate, friendly, helpful, and full of pleasant surprises.

In situations where tempers are flaring, be patient. Amid the noise and confusion and distractions, stay focused.

Though you may look foolish, you can be optimistic and then act on those optimistic expectations. Even when it may seem that no one cares, you can be positively purposeful.

Be different in a good way, and the world will take note. Live true to your highest values, and spread richness throughout life.

— Ralph Marston

Saying Farewell To A Family Pet

There are many in life who walk beside us. Be they human or animal, we are touched by those beings who accompany us through the unfolding mystery of space and time. And even knowing that the spiral of life moves ever onward, from birth to death and round again, how, when the time comes, do we say goodbye to those we love? Shannon Hayes shares the story of Spriggan, and of holding sadness, joy, and truth in the moment of a friend's passing.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wisconsin Marching Band Surprises Woman Exiting Hospital On Her Last Day Of Chemo

When Ann Trachtenberg joked she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little did she know her niece would have The University of Wisconsin Marching Band do the honors.

This Photo Of Two Dogs Hugging Saved Them From Certain Death

Exactly 2 hours and 6 minutes - that's how long it took an amazing community of animals lovers to come together to save the lives of two canine friends.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 22, 2015

“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”

Need I say more? I have witnessed people who attend Church faithfully every Sunday and profess themselves Christians be guilty of “casting the first stone” or never practicing what they preach. I especially dislike the riches and treasures some religions seem to consider their “due”, while their followers are rife with disease because they can’t afford medicines, starving because of a lack of food, have no roof over their heads or no clean drinking water etc. What’s that all about? Personally, I think it’s obscene and it really saddens me, as I guess it does you. I try to live my life being the best I can be and treat other people the way I would like to be treated. It works for me. What about you? What do you think?


The Difficult Stuff

Don’t be afraid of the difficult stuff. Get enthusiastic about it.

Don’t avoid the hard, complicated tasks. Run out and greet them with open arms.

Imagine how great it will be to have those things done, and to have the value they will create. Imagine, then jump in and enjoy bringing that value to life.

While everybody else is complaining about and avoiding and resenting what they must do, leap out ahead and distinguish yourself. Embrace the challenges and activate your resourcefulness to transform those challenges into achievement.

Great opportunities are everywhere in this world. Let yourself know the joy and satisfaction of making those great opportunities into shining new realities.

Go ahead and put forth some challenging effort in the service of a meaningful purpose. And see how quickly it energizes your life.

— Ralph Marston

Eulogy Vs Resume Virtues

Do you want to be remembered for the bullet points on your resume, or for the way you interacted with others on a daily basis? In a culture that often greatly favors the former, how do we cultivate the intangible values that form the cornerstones of a higher self? New York Times columnist David Brooks wrestles with these complex questions, and poses further inquiries to help guide our thinking and growth.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 21, 2015

“To be alive, to be able to see, to walk….it’s all a miracle.”

I must admit I have been guilty, many times in my life, to have taken for granted the blessings I have, in just being able to see, hear, walk, touch etc. It’s so easy sometimes just to feel sorry for ourselves over something trivial. Perhaps bemoaning the fact that we haven’t got as much money as we’d like, or are as successful as we’d hoped, etc. etc. It isn’t until we read something in a newspaper, hear a comment on the radio, or view a program on the television, about an individual or a group of people who can’t see, hear, walk or are suffering some catastrophe or hardship, that we realize that actually, you know what, we are truly blessed with the gifts we have and should take the time more often just to give thanks for what we do have. I do now.


Active and Creative

Creativity is powered by activity. If you’re not feeling creative, idleness will not help the situation.

When you can’t think of what you want to do, say, write, paint, build or compose, then do something else. Anything that gets you up and going will refresh your supply of ideas and insights.

Put the whole of yourself into life. That’s how you’ll discover ways to get the most from it.

If you can be of real service to others, that’s even better. Stimulate your creative power with the experience of making a difference.

Passion, innovation and creativity go hand in hand with action. There is action you can take right now to get the juices flowing.

Get active and you’ll get creative. Participate in this moment and you’ll unleash a whole new stream of creative energy.

— Ralph Marston

Stop Worrying About How Much You Matter

There are some who will exude happiness well into their nineties. And, others who will fall into the predicament of feeling life has lost its purpose. But, what makes the difference? And, more importantly -- how do we maintain our inner sense of relevance through every circumstance? The answer could be much simpler than you might realize. Read on to discover simple practices to infuse a little more joy into your day.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Teacher Wins $20K On Game Show, Will Buy Every Student At Her School New Shoes

An Australian teacher who won $20,000 on a TV game show is buying new shoes for the students at her school.

Japan Is Turning Abandoned Golf Courses Into Solar Power Plants

Japan has been searching for an alternative energy source after the 2011 Fukushima disaster made nuclear energy an unattractive option. With the rise of abandoned golf courses, they came up with the perfect solution: solar farms.

5 Reasons Route 66 Is Haunted by Richard Southall

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

For those unfamiliar with Route 66, it is a 2,448-mile roadway that was commissioned by the federal government in 1926 for people to have one main route from Illinois to California. Rather than creating a new highway system, Route 66 was comprised of several different roads that already existed. Route 66 started in Chicago, Illinois and ran through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally ended in Santa Monica, California.

Shortly after Route 66 was commissioned, entrepreneurs opened businesses to accommodate the increased traffic, which led to some one-of-a-kind places for the traveler to visit while driving cross-country. Route 66 passed by several historical landmarks and towns, many of which have local stories and legends associated with them. Although some of these legends were created in order to draw tourists, most were at least partially based on actual events and have a paranormal twist to them.

Although I believe that many of the hauntings that I have described in Haunted Route 66 are based on actual ...

Gettysburg: Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt by Jack Roth

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

It’s hard to go to Gettysburg and not run into someone who has had a “strange” experience there. From true believers to outright skeptics, everyone reacts to these experiences with a sense of uncertainty, and the one thing they all have in common is the fact that they can’t confirm what happened to them. Maybe a compelling photo was taken. Perhaps an EVP recording was captured. There may have even been multiple witnesses to the same event, but in the end, everyone is left to interpret the experience in their own way. Inevitably, doubt eventually creeps into the psyche. “Did I really see what I think I saw?” “Maybe what I heard was really a wild turkey and not a ghostly manifestation of the rebel yell.”

Paranormal research can be thrilling and rewarding. The rub? You can never truly verify anything. A few years ago, I remember talking to Andrew Nichols, Ph.D., a parapsychologist and director of the American Institute of Parapsychology, about the challenges associated with dedicating your ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 20, 2015

“Go out looking for one thing and that’s all you’ll ever find.”

This reminds me of horses with their blinkers on, unable to see anything but what’s straight ahead. They don’t have a choice about whether or not to be blinkered but we do, don’t we? If we choose not to see the opportunities and possibilities “outside the box” then we have only ourselves to blame. We should strive to be open to every opportunity that comes our way in life. We don’t need to take every one presented to us but we should at least acknowledge it as an opportunity, consider it, and either discard it or go for it! Who knows what adventures we will have and the treasure we will discover? Wonderful!


Sincerely Effective

The more sincere your efforts are, the more effective they will be. Ultimate effectiveness comes from the highest degree of sincerity.

When you’re acting from your essence, you’re acting at your highest level of strength. Let the real you come forth in whatever you do, and it can be almost magical.

You have great value that’s yours and yours alone, but if you keep that value hidden away, it is of no use to anyone. Put the value of the inner you into your outer life and actions, and everyone will benefit.

Allow sincerity to infect your thoughts and actions with its positive power. Use your time and energy to contribute to life rather than concealing yourself from life.

Go with the most sincere choice and say the most sincere thing. Be open and honest, allowing your uniqueness to shine through.

Be sincere. And get more results, more influence, more life and richness from your time and effort.

— Ralph Marston

Martin Luther King on the 6 Pillars of Non-Violent Resistance

Non-violence is a term one often hears next to names like Martin Luther King and Gandhi. It may bring to mind boycotts and "passive" forms of resistance -- but when one digs deeper into the writings of Martin Luther King, we find so much more underlies the spirit and loving force of non-violence. Maria Popova of Brainpickings walks through six tenets of non-violent resistance, as outlined by Martin Luther King in his essay "An Experiment in Love."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 19, 2015

“Love….if you don’t have it, no matter what else you may have, it’s not enough.”

I couldn’t agree more! Those who aren’t fortunate enough to have love in their life spend all their time and energy searching for it. Although, according to most of what we read online, in popular magazines or publications, we are all striving to look young, beautiful, thin and rich, in no particular order. Yeah right! Anybody possessing at least one functioning brain cell knows that if you have at least one person in the world who loves you, or indeed you just love yourself, unconditionally, then you have it all. Sure, it helps if you have a roof over your head, food in your stomach and enough money to pay your way in life, but love is like the icing on the cake and what a cake!!


Uncommon Gratitude

"When I consider the places I've loved and lost, I long to bring them comfort...I who have been gifted by a place wish to figure out some way to return the gesture. But what kind of gift would be right for a scraped hillside slated for fracking? For calves confined to life in crates? For all the polluted rivers, clear-cut forests, diminishing wildernesses, and smoldering dumps?"