wk 1, Getting It Right

I tell myself to DO IT Now.

But I’m still late.

And yet as I struggle within myself to manage the accomplishment of my desires, needs, and must do’s, I know that acceptance of whatever head way I make is good and necessary.

The habit is forming and sustainable.

No red pen here.

No chastising, just encouragement for a better next time.

Two words I really like are perseverance and sustainability.

In the journey I let go of apprehension and criticism, absorbing and embracing the new emerging me.

mostdaringone

August 24, 2016

 

“I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day.  Today, I control my destiny”

These are the words of Og Mandino.

What if—-these were the words on the “chalk board” in every classroom?

Would it make a difference in the behavior of the students?  I think it would.

Reviving the practice of repetition of thought allows the application to be automatic.  Whether the individual is of maturity to understand the statement doesn’t matter.  Reading it and hearing it enough times the meaning comes through.  And with the meaning a pride in knowing we have self control.

Personal responsibility.  No excuses.

As human beings we are great because we have the consciousness to know what is moral, ethical, and decent.  If we question whether our thought or action is appropriate, we have already answered the question.

There is no try, only doing you best.  We are all endowed with unique talents waiting to emerge from within us.  We can be good or we can be great.  The choice is ours.

To Opine or Not to Opine

I do a lot of reviews for the places I patronize.  Many of them are with Trip Advisor and some are directly with the businesses.  I remember what Gramma used to tell me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”   Well, I’ve always applied this line of thinking to my reviews.  When I am silent, then you know my opinion is not good!

I don’t care what anybody tells me about how bad or distasteful something is.  There has to be a redeeming quality hidden somewhere.  It may be a mystery.  If I was put in a room full of horse poop, rather than complain, I’d be the one needing a shovel.  Because I’d be sure there was a pony in there somewhere.

One key word that comes to mind is Observation.  This includes the entire experience.  Not just what we see, but what we feel, smell, anticipate, or an expectation.  Anything less is just fear of disappointment.

With an expectation of a pleasurable outcome, we observe and anticipate the positive. When I’m disappointed, I allow the folks in charge to do their best to help remedy the situation rather than trying to tell them what to do.

I was writing a review for a hotel in Cardiff, Wales and read a few of the recent reviews before adding mine.  I was surprised that someone had had the exacted same experience as we had, but with a much different attitude and outcome.

We checked in and got into our room to find that we were freezing and could not get the room temp adjusted to a comfortable level.  We realized that was partially due to our slow acclimation to the environment.  Upon calling the desk for help, we were supplied with a solution.  The porter brought us warm blankets (they were actually warm) and then offered to give us a different room.  We were so delighted with the blankets, (they must have heated them in a warmer unit or heated dryer) and having so much fun in the toasty comfort, we didn’t need or want a different room.

So whatever situation you find yourself involved, be the observer and look beyond your focal point.  There is always something good out there, or in there to be found.  It may be a mystery, but worth the effort to solve.

And yes I did share my warm, toasty blanket experience in the review.  May we always joyfully accept the blessings presented to us.child-and-warm-blanket

Yes, I Can Be Great

“I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day.  Today, I control my destiny”

These are the words of Og Mandino.

What if—-these were the words on the “chalk board” in every classroom?

Would it make a difference in the behavior of the students?  I think it would.

Reviving the practice of repetition of thought allows the application to be automatic.  Whether the individual is of maturity to understand the statement doesn’t matter.  Reading it and hearing it enough times the meaning comes through.  And with the meaning a pride in knowing we have self control.

Personal responsibility.  No excuses.

As human beings we are great because we have the consciousness to know what is moral, ethical, and decent.  If we question whether our thought or action is appropriate, we have already answered the question.

There is no try, only doing you best.  We are all endowed with unique talents waiting to emerge from within us.  We can be good or we can be great.  The choice is ours.

Happiness Can Be Getting Stranded in Paradise

Lots of changes and decisions to be made

I decided last year to leave a part time job–I enjoyed it, but it was hard for me physically and required more travel than was good for my family.

I made my decision and was happy, but now have been pulled back into working.  Two sessions, good money, and I had fun.  I really missed my compatriots and it was like a home coming to see them again.  I appreciated the gratitude expressed for a job well done.

Wow–that’s reinforcement to go back!!  I was actually thinking of jumping back into the “business”.  Until late last night after working.

I have been laid up and hurting since then with an active injury.  Had to cancel my tennis today, which is one activity I eagerly look forward to playing.

I can barely walk.  I am getting better and moving with less pain. But…..

do I take this as a sign that I’m done with that position?  Because I am not Happy when I hurt.  Who IS.

It’s amazing how while resting up today message after message came to me through different means.  Do what makes you happy. OK that’s easy enough.

I watched a movie on the Hallmark network called, “Stranded in Paradise”.  In one scene the star has lost her job after expecting to receive a promotion. Then after a week interlude of being unemployed,  she is called back by the boss who has realized his company cannot function without her expertise and offered the promotion plus pay raise.  Just what she had wanted.

She declined the position and when asked why replied,  “It won’t make me happy.”

How enlightening.  No longer was she going to do what she thought she should, but now was going to take the leap into the unknown, outside the normal, and take a chance on finding her nirvana here on earth.  Shouldn’t we all be so enlightened.

So with that I will find someone that can use my uniforms and politely decline working.  There is something else out there for me and I will find it!

Music True to One’s Nature, in Harmony — Be the Observer

Tonight I met with good friends…where else but Stooges Restaurant ‘where great music happens.’  Also great food–baby back ribs, fresh chips, and just made coconut cream pie, still warm with lots of meringue.

The Dan Martin Band was there.  This guy is unique, down home, and an easy listen.  His songs create impressions with which everyone can identify.  My favorite was about about the WWII naval cannon now gracing the yard in front of an elementary school.

I hesitate to make comparisons because his music is his own.  As he began his first song, I asked myself,

“Are there some hills in Oklahoma I’ve missed?”  It must have been the dynamic mandeline that reminded me of the music of the mountains.  The harmony they created was a perfect “Poetic Melody”, as described on his website .  And with that I found myself putting my feet up and sitting back in my chair to get “a good listen”.

I just couldn’t shake the notion, that its about time for a new musical story teller to be “on the block.”  A favorite of mine is John Prine.  Thanks Dan Martin, Cody Woody, and Jake Flint for the more than pleasurable evening of superb music.

Watch for The Dan Martin Band coming to a venue near you!

 

Week 24: Ending With the Beginning

Where do I go from here? …..

I am now the Observer-powerful in the respect of altering the world around me just by my observations.

The virtues I recognize are already a part of me and all I have to do is let them shine through me.

With every hug given, I purposely direct an energy flow of vitality, health, and love to the recipient.

As always I seek ways to be of service and encourage others involved in such service.

Where do I go from here?….

I continue…. being true to myself, sharing my gifts, trusting my true nature and living with vitality.

I am….You are…and we are all nature’s greatest miracle.

Where do I go from here?….

thevistaI’m  going forward.