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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.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 23: The Law of Least Effort

I’m out visiting my dad again and he gave me his ticket for the Kristen Chenoweth concert with the OKC Philharmonic.  What a unexpected treat.  She is such a lovely person and quite a dynamic talent.  This was a coming home concert for her and she showed her appreciation and gratitude to her mentors, teachers, students, and the people of Oklahoma.  My favorite song was a tie between Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Little Sparrow.  Please, please look this up and check out her music.  She is a true all round performer.  “Music is my life, and is how I share love.”  I paraphrased this but she uses her music to share happiness and comfort.

I must give a shout out and much thanks to Devon Energy for funding the event and Sonic (her absolute favorite place) for their support.  Without gifts such as theirs concerts like this one would be fewer and father between.

This week I was traveling and couldn’t get on the webinar even by phone!  I eagerly awaited the post of the recording and was surprised again by the content.  Marvelous it was.

My husband frequents our local library so I had to pick up some extra reading.  My pick last week was Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.  Well to my surprise I was more than prepare for the webinar.

The chapter that hit closes to home for me was the Law of Least Effort.  Sounds like something everyone would strive to reach doesn’t it.  It’s only three parts; acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness (detachment).

  1. Accept this moment as it is, committing to it because it is as it should be.  “You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment”  D. Chopra
  2.  “Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself.”  D. Chopra
  3.  Once you practice defenselessness (detachment) you no longer need to defend your point of view.  If this is practiced, there can be no argument.  And you gain enormous amounts of energy that otherwise would have been wasted.

What if we could all do this consistently?

One quote from D Chopra’s friend that I really liked follows.

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift.  That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.”

Please relax and take the 9:39 to watch this Hero’s Journey.  You’ll hear his lovely song, FIREFLIES.  It’s special to me because my Precious Caleigh gave me the CD and said, “You’ll like this.”  And I did.

 

Week 22A: Those Kids Today!

IMG_2493Isn’t that what we all say eventually?  What if all young people had the opportunity to become self directed in their thinking?

I’d have loved for my children to have had the opportunity in public schools to attend classes focussing on self directed thinking like the Master Keys.

When you see the #NothingLikeIt, you are only getting a small sense of what the Master Keys could do for you.

What ever you do, or say,  you have already prepared yourself to do or say that, whether you’ve realized it or not.  Our reactions are a choice for which we’ve prepped.  So shouldn’t we “prep” ourselves to make decisions and choices in the direction that we want to go,do or be?

The Master Keys give the answer to being the best we can be.  Many other scholars and teachers instruct the same path of reaching one’s true self.  Whether you prefer the language of The Sit, Meditation, Prayer, or just quiet/lone time, it is all the same idea.

We need time to shut out the extraneous noise and distractions and focus our thoughts/thinking on just being, accepting, forgiving, giving, loving and edifying our core beliefs.  So simple to say, but with practice easy to do.  We reach levels of realization at different paces, all in out own time.

The photo above was taken around 1941.  As you can see the pilot if giving the photographer the A-OK sign, with a big smile he’s living his dream.  Of course he wished the circumstances had been different.

What this photo cannot tell you is what steps this young man took to reach this position in life.  He grew up on a farm with lots of siblings.  Had a team of mules at around age eight.  He helped work the farm and then milked cows, selling the milk to earn money to buy a car.  This was unusual as only the “rich” kids had cars in high school.  He played football, but when the season ended he went out for basketball.  Well that didn’t work out.  The coach suggested he try track and field.  So instead of staying at school that last hour, he drove to the next town about 20 miles north where there was an airfield. He took flight instruction.

He completed his training, passed his flight checks, but had to wait until he was 16 to get his license.  Upon graduating at 17, he applied for and was accepted into the Army Air Corp flight training program.

I wonder what the adults thought of him during those youthful years.  He reminds me of my youthful years often, and accordingly I’ve still got “a lot of learnin'” to do.  At 92, he’s earned the right to comment,  “Those kids, today….

 

Week 22: Shhhhh, It’s Quiet Time

I had a wonderful experience this week.  I met up with a fellow MKMMAer.  We talked for over 3 hours.  It was outstanding and so very interesting to listen to her experiences in the program.  Our blogs only tell part of our stories.  What surprised me most is how very much alike we are.

Yes,  there are of course many differences,  but also many similarities.  I truly wish for everyone in the class, to have the opportunity to meet some of the others taking this journey.  Of course many of you will attend the retreat and it will be grand.

I also had an experience where I applied my knowledge of self control and forgiveness.

Yes, you might have guessed, it was on the tennis courts.  After the match my partner was still upset about a misunderstanding on the score.  We straightened it out immediately,  but for some reason my partner could not release the emotion she felt.

We talked after the match because she was still a little upset.  I shared how her apology could only be offered.  She could not make the other gal accept it, nor could she control the reaction of the other gal.  And that the apology was really for her, to release the negative emotions.

My partnered smiled and thanked me.  It seemed to help her put her emotions in perspective.

The challenge this week of spending time in quiet solitude and contemplation is proving to  be tough for me.  So wishing everyone great joy and realization.    Shhhhhh…..It’s quiet time.