Showing posts from July 26, 2015

This Officer Responded To A Lost Mentally Disabled Woman. What He Did Next Is Beautiful

A video of a Bloomingdale Police Officer helping a mentally disabled woman has gone viral.

This Boy Asked His Mailman For JUNK Mail. After Learning Why, He Responded Spectacularly

Ron Lynch, a mail carrier for the USPS in Salt Lake City, was initially confused by a 12 year-old's request for junk mail. When he found out why, he knew he had to do something.

This Diver Was Exploring An Old Shipwreck. What He Found Is Worth Over $1 Million

Eric Schmitt found the artifacts in 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce, approximately 130 miles north of Miami.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 29, 2015

“Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will have.”

This is down to individual choice isn’t it? We choose who and what we allow into our life so it follows that we know what we are getting into right? If only it were that simple? Sometimes the choices we make begin very promisingly and everything in the garden is rosy so to speak and we’re happy. However, perhaps somewhere down the line, things don’t stay rosy and actually turn into something very different. This is where we have to make a choice. We either stay in the situation as it is, aware nothing will change for the better, or we choose to leave. If we do stay, fully aware of the latter, then the consequences are on our own head. I know what I’d choose…what about you?


Work Past The Disappointments

Don’t dwell endlessly on what’s wrong. Do something positive, and change your momentum.

When things are tough and life is unfair, the least effective strategy is to complain about it. The most effective strategy is to get busy.

You’re better than the problems. The way to prove that to yourself and to the world is with your actions.

You deserve to feel like you’re on top of the world, so give yourself what you deserve. Embrace the effort, persist through the challenges, and experience the satisfaction of making a real difference.

Treat every situation as an opportunity for positive and meaningful work. Seize the treasure in every moment by doing something useful with the moment.

Delight your senses and your sense of purpose by jumping into action. Work your way past the disappointments, and up to a whole new level of fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

Getting Hands On With Nature

The joy of children encountering the natural world on their own terms is becoming a lost idyll, no longer an integral part of growing up. There are many reasons for this loss -- urbanization, the changing social structure of families, the fear of stranger danger. But also much of environmental education has become restrictive and rule bound, taking on a museum mentality, where nature is a composed exhibit on the other side of the glass.  This thought-provoking article explores what it means to get hands on with nature.

The Arizona Cardinals Hire The First Female Coach In NFL History

The Arizona Cardinals have hired the first female coach in National Football League history.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 28, 2015

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

We can be extremely talented and skilled at what we choose to do in life and may even be respected and admired because of it! However, rightly or wrongly, other people judge us by the company we keep, the words we utter, and how we conduct ourselves in private and in public. They do this for the simple reason that these tend to truly reflect the choices WE make and, in turn, show us for who we really are. Therefore, wouldn’t it be to our advantage to put thought and care into these choices? I know I do.


Good Place for Everyone

There are a lot of other people in this world. You’ll do much better in life when you are good to those people.

There is one of you, and billions of everyone else. The more of those billions who have a positive experience with you, the better.

Being considerate to others is old fashioned. That means it has stood the test of time.

Before you act, before you speak, think of the impact it will have on everyone else. Then make the choice that makes the world where you live a better one.

Take care not to sacrifice the goodwill of others just to grab yourself a momentary advantage or convenience. Live with respect and consideration, even when it is not noticed.

The behavior of each person directly influences the kind of world we all live in. Make it a good place for everyone to be.

— Ralph Marston

The Life You Could Save

Armed with degrees from both Harvard and Yale, Kentaro Toyama has spent the better part of his adult life trying to come up with technological solutions to help quell social problems that continue to befall some of the world's poorest societies. But in his quest, Toyama ultimately discovered that it's people and not technology, that is the real driver of social change.

She Promised Her Friend If the Worst Happened She'd Take Them. When It Did, She Followed Through

If anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls. Laura Ruffino agreed, never expecting to have to follow through.

A 4 Year-Old Fighting Cancer 'Married' Her Favorite Nurse In An Adorable Ceremony


Existential Maturity

An Excerpt from Life Purpose Boot Camp by Eric Maisel

Phil Jackson, the famous basketball coach, was fond of re-marking that while people never change, they do mature. That’s an interesting distinction, isn’t it? Apparently you must remain you, but you can become a mature version of you. The fact is, you can grow into a mature understanding of meaning and life purpose and as a result become an existentially adult version of yourself.

Having life purposes makes no one a saint. But deciding on your life purposes and trying to live them are signs of maturity. Living our life purposes on an angry day, when it would be so easy to lash out, may help us do the right thing instead of the wrong thing. Remembering on a bleak day that the experience of meaning can and will return helps us to opt for hope rather than despair. Living our life purposes may help us love a little more than is actually in our heart to love and hate a little less than is actually in our heart to hate. Our life purposes a…

Empathy As a Spiritual Power: What Type of Empath Are You?

by Cyndi Dale

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

I work with clients every day; they call from locations as far-flung as Japan and as close to home as Iowa. The reason I can provide this long-distance service as an energy medicine healer and intuitive specialist is the support of a vast network of satellites, electrical lines, and Internet connections.

Empathy works in a similar way. Typically defined as the ability to sense what’s happening to another (person, animal, etc.), empathy relies on an amazingly complex set of linkages. Most researchers point to interchanges within and between the brain, various neurological systems, and psychological programming. If you back a scientist in a corner, though, they’ll admit that there are unseen forces at play. I believe that these are the more interesting and productive factors to study, and that understanding the more “unusual” aspects of empathy can help you embrace the true power of being empathic.

And that’s exactly wha…

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 27, 2015

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

Makes perfect sense doesn’t it? We all have a past, and many of us have a past that perhaps contains memories of things we’ve done or had done to us that we’d rather not be reminded of. We are also ignorant of what the future holds for each and every one of us, but we all contain hope that it will be contain happiness, prosperity, love etc. However, the one thing that is constant in all of this is US! We are the “ship” that is sailing the sea of life. We are the vessel continually taking aboard what we pick up on our voyage. Hopefully, we realize and learn as we journey what’s good for us and also what’s not so good for us. However, the main lesson to learn here is that WE ourselves carry our past with us and will also absorb the future as we experience it so live in the moment and just BE!



Be inspired. And be an inspiration.

Let life inspire you in every little detail. Then pass that inspiration along, injecting your own flavor into it.

You don’t need a big, impressive event to be inspired. You don’t need a grand vista or an ornate cathedral.

You just have to step back and consider how vastly rich life is, in this moment. Simply be thankful for whatever is in front of you, and a little bit curious, and slightly adventurous.

Draw inspiration from seeing the brilliance, listening to the harmonies, feeling the textures and sensing the aromas of the world in this moment. Then push that inspiration back into the world with your own words and actions.

Wherever you are, take inspiration, and in whatever you do, give it back. Enjoy your part in a never-ending, inspiring cycle that continues to lift up all of life.

— Ralph Marston

4 Practices For Deepening Gratefulness

"Over the past two decades, much of the research on happiness can be boiled down to one main prescription: give thanks. Across hundreds of studies, practicing gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, reduce the risk of depression, heighten relationship satisfaction, and increase resilience in the face of stressful life events, among other benefits. The problem is, gratitude doesn't always come naturally." In this article, Juliana Breines shares four key research-based principles and strategies for turning gratitude into a lasting habit.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 26, 2015

“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.”

Everything or everybody we see is “colored” by our own personal perceptions based on what we’ve learned through time. That’s just the way it is so there’s nothing we can do about it right? Wrong! If we are fortunate in being aware enough to realize this is what we’re doing, we can take steps to change our thought process. See things from another’s point of view. Be more considerate and weigh things up before deciding to pass judgment. As I said, that’s just the way we are all shaped and colored by life so it’s no bad thing, just something to be aware of for the future.


Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

Why is it so difficult to forgive ourselves? One small, innocuous 'mistake' and our minds are instantly spinning. At times, it seems an endless battle between our inner critic and our inner protector -- with cynicism and regret often winning. But, what if we could turn it all around? In this article, author Rick Hanson explores practical techniques for 'hushing' our inner critic.