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Creating a Potent Personal World

Posted on March 27, 2018 in Giving Back

I wish peace for myself. I am motivated by a desire to make my world a better place. If I am motivated by love, rather than by resentment, bitterness, feelings of betrayal, doubt and self-loathing, then all this baggage, all the negative beliefs I’ve dragged around with me most of my life will simply… fall away.

I must check what my motivation is before every decision I make. Before I make a decision, I need to stop myself and ask, with complete honesty, what is truly driving me? Why am I going to do what I am about to do? If, after realizing that complete honesty is required, my answer is that I am being motivated by resentment or vindictiveness, fear or doubt, betrayal, or by any number of other little pieces of garbage I’ve been carrying around with me most of my life, and I am not being motivated by a desire to make my community, my world, a better place, then I need to stop myself from making that decision, regroup and purposefully redefine what is I seek.

So then, peace, for me, comes from being motivated by making my community, my world, a better place. How do I accomplish this? How do I go about making my world a better place? Firstly, I need to define the boundaries of what I call “my world” or “my community”. My personal world, at this moment includes the computer that I am writing this on, my office, and my apartment. I am alone here when I write. So how can I make this personal world a better place? I can organize this space more effectively. I can ensure that what I need is within reach and I can reduce the amount of interference that might prevent me from achieving this day’s goals. I can turn my cell phone off. I can close my email program. I can eat a healthy breakfast and limit my coffee intake to two cups. I can stretch and exercise for a few minutes before beginning my daily activities. I can put myself into a positive mind-set through affirmations and meditation. I can practice a sense of gratitude and thank the universe for providing me with the opportunity to continually realize my potential. I have power here in my personal world. I operate from a position of power. I am powerful.

As I expand out into the larger community, I can affect this same world-view on a larger scale. I can maintain a positive attitude and hopefully infect others with this same approach to life. I can compliment the check-out lady on her efficiency. I can let my neighbor know how much I appreciate the work he puts into making his yard look outstanding. I can help someone new to the area find the location they are searching for. I can smile and say thank you. I can offer a “have a great day” to a stranger. This may seem antiquated or idealistic to some, but I believe, I know, through personal experience that it works to make the world a better place; even a world as it is today, a world of self-absorbed individuals who would rather wear ear buds on the light-rail than engage in conversation with a stranger. I get it; the world we live in today seems much scarier than the one I was raised in. Conversing with a stranger has plenty of potential pit-falls. Who knows who the person sitting across from you is? But living a life in fear is no way to live. Risk often results in reward.

Am I being motivated by fear? Am I being motivated by resentment? Greed? Betrayal? Regret? Why do I do the things I do? This question must inform each decision I make. If I am motivated by love than the decision can be counted on as a good decision. If I am motivated by kindness, compassion, mercy, or an attitude of abundance then my decision can be relied on to lead me in the direction of my goal – to realize my life’s fullest potential.

Making Life Happen By Enjoying the Small Moments

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Change and Growth

Create a Powerful Life - Realize You Fullest Potential

I want to eat an antipasto salad and a pomegranate and an order a steak fries. I want to watch a bird go about its business and I’d like to discuss physics. I want to roll a hefty stone down a hill and sit on a tree branch about a third of the way up. I want to glance very, very briefly at the sun (so quickly that it doesn’t hurt) and wash the dirty pots and pans. I want to stay up all night and feel good about how suede feels when you rub it against the grain. I want to ride in an old rusty wagon where one slightly out-of-true wheel struggles to keep up and compliment the check-out lady on her efficiency. I want to feel good when I hear a dog scratching on the screen door with both paws; wanting to be let in and I want to learn to appreciate the simplicity of an abacus.

I want to watch a major rocket launch and have my time consumed watching ants go in and out of their anthill. I would like to discover a new method for determining the distance to Jupiter and land on its moon, Europa (at least in my imagination). I want to sleep in late on Sunday and work as a hod carrier. I realize that carrying hod is hard work but so is living, sometimes. I want to read a novel of pulp fiction and value the intricacies of virtual particle theory. I would love to learn to dance Argentine Tango and then master the art of rhetoric. I would like to read Dante’s Inferno and War and Peace but I feel they are too dense for me.

I would like to fall into a field of dandelions and pull a kid around on a large piece of cardboard and pretend I am a horse pulling a wagon in the old west. If the world were flat, I would walk to the edge and look over. I’m not afraid of heights. I don’t gamble but I’m not averse to taking risks. I love how babies look at you and I wonder what they are thinking. I feel good after a late afternoon thunderstorm when everything has an electric feel to it. I want to experience a total solar eclipse where the world looks like an alien planet; black in the middle with stars out, and red at the horizon. I fear that I’m getting old sometimes and I want to immediately remember that I’m actually very young. I want to sit in the library and giggle over some silly comment the librarian made.

I want to tell my neighbor that his dog barks all night long. He must hear it barking.

I would love to see my cat and best friend Rascal again. I want to tell my father how much I miss him. I’d love to go back in time and not say half the things I’ve said. I want to listen actively and speak more precisely. I’d love to see a bright orange Tanager in a green bush.

I want to watch a baseball game and ask the guy next to me which one is the home team. I want to strike up a conversation with a stranger on the street and ask for their opinion. I want to feel the sand between my toes and taste the salty ocean. I want to sit under a big cottonwood tree and watch the sunshine dapple the cool shade. I want to float upon the laughter I hear. I want to tell someone that everything is going to be okay. I want to still my mind and embrace all of my emotions. I want to be free. I want to love and be loved. I want to become a champion.

I know this is a lot, but I believe I can do it.