What an Awesome Life

I love my life so much… If I were to write a book about my life it would be nearly impossible because it would take so many books. I do refer to segments of my life when I write, so I write… and reveal stories, if appropriate and applicable.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

Sometimes life goes the way I expect, other times I am surprised and shocked. I find that my life’s journey is accompanied by joyous tears of gratitude and sometimes sadness making me love it even more.

Onlookers who love and care about me express deep concern when witnessing my experience facing life events that would appear to be insurmountable for someone else. They might try to console or counsel me, encouraging me to consider living a life more mediocre.

Mediocrity is not an option in my life. I am enjoying living my life full on and all in. Granted, this leaves me more vulnerable to disappointment or heartache but it also means that I enjoy and achieve more than someone afraid of taking the risk of living a wildly fulfilling life.

Life is like Walt Disney World. Some people are content looking at the view from their Orlando hotel with a WDW-facing view, that’s good enough for them. Others might enjoy getting a day pass ticket, actually go in, buy some food and souvenirs, walk around, take some pictures and buy a tee-shirt to prove they’ve been there. Then, there are the adventurers who have to do it all.

I’m the adventurer who wants to feel the thrill of the ride, wondering for a moment if my next breath will eb my last, to feel the exhilaration that comes from discovering that the ride continues. “Whew, made it past that,” just to be surprised by what comes next. And don’t forget, I want to be crying my eyes out to Jiminy Cricket and the Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom before I call it a night.

In my humble opinion,

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

I am living my life as though I had a chance to select it from the universe’s largest catalogs of life, like picking a movie from all the movies ever made, and after reading the synopsis for this one I said, “That’s the one,” and booyah, did I get my money’s worth!

I realize that this approach to living a better life where anything is possible may be too much for most people to handle, and that’s okay. I don’t judge, and honor your life’s journey and your choice to live it out any way that brings you the most satisfaction, especially if you’re loving your life as much as I’m loving mine.

For me and my life, I’m lovin’ every minute of it. If you are not…

Well, maybe you just wanted to breeze through life without any surprises, or maybe you wanted to know what it would be like to live a life full of fear with impending suffering and danger… and if you are, consider this:

Is it possible that you chose to live a life that started out with lots of challenges only to make the happy ending that much more amazing?

Consider starting the most amazing part of your life today.

How much better does it get?

Innovative Ideas

I have a client who has a project so big that it could literally change the world as we know it.

Certain challenges appear when you’ve been put in charge of innovative ideas so incredible that it is nearly impossible to explain to people ill-equipped to be receptive to an idea that is so incomprehensible because it represents an entirely new and unique approach and type of thought counter-intuitive to accepted and established streams of consciousness.

The main obstacle to overcome is disbelief. When not only the general public but the system that supports and promotes all accepted and embraced technologies, trains of thought and belief systems reject your product or idea due to its truly revolutionary and inconceivable concept, the road ahead is not an easy one.

It takes an extraordinary individual, who may not have an inkling of how to change the world, to accept the responsibility of taking on a project that is so grand in its scope so as to potentially change our planet and its peoples far into the future for generations to come. These may (or may not) be million dollar ideas.

Certainly, we can look back and historically recognize there were people who changed the world, those to whom were given the charge of innovative ideas that changed science, technology, sociology or philosophical thought in the past. Many of them presented innovative ideas that were rejected at the outset, and some did not live to see their idea become accepted as the new revolutionary factual basis allowing us to progress or evolve even further into a brighter future.

innovative ideas from the universe

We live in the most exciting times

For the most part, within the last 150 years, there has been an outpouring of new thought bombarding those unique individuals open to the idea that the universe is eager to disseminate some of the newest technology innovation and best advancements for our planet and its inhabitants to benefit from and enjoy. Beyond doubt, these individuals have proven that one man can change the world.

What if you are selected as one of the minds to be trusted with an innovative idea?
What would you do if you were given a new thought to share with the world?

A

Will you take it, accepting your destiny and charge forward past the point of no return with boats blazing through the torrential terrain into the uphill unknown abyss for the greater good?

Or

B

Will you think, “Oh, that was a good idea.” Share it with a few people who agreed with you but also noted that the idea was somewhat crazy or weird, and decided that pursuing it would be too hard for you.

The people I work with choose the A approach to the idea. They are the chosen ones.

It doesn’t take long for them to realize it is likely too much for them to handle alone, so they set out to assemble a team. I (and others, like me) are a part of the teams assembled to assist the revelation of this product, project or idea to the world.

I am both honored and blessed to have the ability to assist these individuals with all my knowledge, contacts, talents and abilities – to do whatever it takes – to move these innovative ideas forward and ultimately make the world a better place.

Having an entirely new innovative idea bestowed upon you is a blessing but moving it forward (especially if it represents a widely unaccepted concept) can be a long and fierce journey to be avoided by the faint of heart.

But know this

If you were the recipient of such an idea, God saw in you all the components necessary to bring this idea to the world. It is up to you to accept and step into your calling, or roll-over and go back to sleep.

If you do not accept the challenge to be one of His people that changed the world, it will be given to someone else.

At least you can rest assured

You were God’s first choice

 

Your Great Idea

You wake up at three o’clock in the morning with an innovative idea, the most amazing idea. You think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that before?” There’s nothing like it available on planet earth and this one thing would make life so much easier and the world a better place. You have received a gift from the universe, and you go back to sleep.

You are in the right place at the right time to receive the idea what will you do

In a universe where anything is possible, it was assumed you were the right person, in the right place at the right time to receive this amazing gift. What will you do about it?

After you get up in the morning, the idea seems just as good as it did in the middle of the night, and you think to yourself, “This really would be a great improvement in the world.”

Later that day, you tell the idea to a friend, who enthusiastically reinforces what a great idea you have. The friend says he/she wants to buy one when it becomes available. even knows someone who might be willing to invest in your idea, if you pursue it and congratulates you on potentially being the next millionaire.

This could be it, your golden ticket. After work you met up with a trusted friend and tell him/her about your idea. In this instance you are cautioned that your idea is so good that you should never mention it again because if anyone ever heard about it – they would do it without you – and you’d end up with nothing.

You are asked, “Do you have a patent?” A patent attorney will run about $5,000 to get started… Is it worth $5K to pay, just so you can talk to someone about your idea without the fear of losing it? Even so, do you have the money to defend your patent if someone steals your idea?

Days go by, you want to talk to someone about your idea, but you fear someone else will take it and run with it, leaving you with the empty bag. All the while having a feeling that this may be the next best thing the world is waiting for.

You start to question your worthiness. Why did you get the idea in the first place? You’re not qualified, don’t have the skill set, don’t have the equipment, raw materials or financing needed to make it happen. You don’t know how to do it, never have done it before, can’t do it by yourself, don’t know the people who can help to make it happen and couldn’t afford to hire them if you did.

Wait, you remind yourself about a story you heard about, where this person had a great idea – just a regular person, like you and me – who didn’t give up, shared their idea with a key person who took the idea and ran with it, paying the person who had the idea millions and millions of dollars for sharing it with them.

That’s it! You think; if I could just get my idea in front of the right person, then I could bless the world with my idea and make a fortune: If I could just get on Shark Tank. You’ve heard about the show, but never really watched it. So, you set out to watch a few episodes to get the address to submit your idea.

shark tank original idea millionaire tv show

After watching Shark Tank, you realize that you’re not prepared enough to even consider pitching your idea to anyone yet. Now, you’re even more confused.

You find yourself thinking about it too much and unable to do anything about it. You’ve found yourself in the state of paralysis of analysis. You are so focused on the process, the obstacles and second-guessing yourself that you’re unable to make decisions or take action.

Finally, you’re just too exhausted from the whole ordeal. You lock away the idea, and wait for someone to magically appear and offer you millions of dollars for your idea; otherwise it is a faded memory.

Until the moment when you see your idea is now available via TV, the Internet or seeing it for sale in the store.

Aargh!” You slap your forehead and say, “That was MY idea!

How does it really work?

The universe longs for us to have the best life possible, so it selects someone to receive ideas that will benefit mankind and could likewise have huge monetary rewards rewarding the recipient for sharing the gift with the world.

When you are blessed with such a gift, the idea is like precognition in that you have received a glimpse of something the world needs and will have in the future.

After sharing the gift with you, the universe taps its foot and watches to see what you will do with it. If you do nothing and bury it, the idea will be given to someone else… and the process continues until someone takes the action to release it to the world.

You might consider readying yourself for the next lightning strike.

Unconscious Competence

When you’re honing your skillset you start with an introductory level of expertise, but something amazing happens when you practice your craft regularly. After time (less time with individuals predisposed to a particular skillset that resonates with their innate skills) the practitioner achieves a level of mastery, referred to as unconscious competence.

playing the piano unconscious competence mastery

Unconscious competence represents a level of proficiency that has you skillfully performing your particular skill expertly without even thinking about the process, procedure or circumstance at hand.

An example would be driving an automobile. Remember when driving a car was complicated at first? What with keeping track of speed, all the other drivers on the road, directions, maintaining a safe distance between the vehicle ahead, looking forward at upcoming intersections to be prepared for what lays ahead, signaling well before turning, being careful not to step too heavily on the break, etc.

It took all your attention to just safely get from point A to point B in those early days, and look at you now: You can safely drive while you carry on an animated conversation with a passenger, singing with the radio blaring, talking on the phone, eating lunch, putting on your makeup, checking your map or email.

Multitasking is child’s play when one of the skills performed includes the proficiency of unconscious competency.

You have reached the level of unconscious competence in driving. With practice, you could achieve this level of performing a skill without thinking, as if it were second nature while playing a particular sport, keyboarding, playing a musical instrument, or any set of manual dexterity tasks moves from having to think about it to basic muscle memory and becomes as easy as tying your shoes.

The most effective therapists, coaches, counselors, consultants and other professionals utilize the learned skills of active listening and communication skills often enough that patients or clients perceive these skills as innate gifts and talents, as if they were born with it, even though they obtained the skills through education and practice.

How long it takes you to achieve this level of expertise depends on a combination of your innate skills, natural abilities and how much you enjoy performing the skill at hand. It could take anywhere from 500 to 10,000 hours of practice to achieve unconscious competence.

Whatever you do, whether professional, in business, personal or social skills you will find particular skillsets that you will desire to increase your mastery to expertly execute them without having to think about your performance.

One of the best ways to hone your skills while practicing them would be to teach others the same skillset, this helps to keep you on the leading edge. The conundrum rearing its contradictory head is the lessened ability to teach the unconscious skill because you just “do it” naturally now, while the steps and/or details are not comprehended, making it more difficult to explain how it is done to someone else because it has become a part of you and who you are.

Achieving your level of mastery or unconscious competence, takes time to educate yourself and practice the skill enough that the mind compartmentalizes all the functions of the skillset to the unconscious part of the brain. Then your confidence and competence are so naturally attuned that you feel as though you could do it blindfolded.

Mastering a particular set of skills is an important component when setting out to achieve your highest and best.

Slow Moving Vehicles

My regular work week includes a great deal of travel. Yesterday, while traveling by automobile, I found myself in traffic trapped behind slow moving vehicle followed by yet another slow moving vehicle. I thought to myself, “What is this? International Slow Moving Vehicle Day, or what?”

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Other people who heard me tell this story, apologized for my inferred frustration but their conclusion was far from accurate. I’d rather go with the flow and enjoy the ride rather than frantically try to negotiate every delay along the way, like the driver who passed four cars and the SMV, only to find me behind him at the next stop light.

I gave up being in a hurry long ago

grocery store checkoutIt’s like the day before when I was standing in line at the grocery store… the line was progressing as one would consider normal, then when the clerk rang up a 6 pack of soda pop for the older woman in front of me, the woman (watching the monitor as she scanned each item) politely mentioned, “No, that’s not the right price.”

The clerk insisted that the price was correct. The woman told her that the flyer she had received in the mail said it was available at a sale price and that was what she expected to pay. The clerk said, “No, that’s only if you buy four six-packs. I think it’s clearly marked on the display.”

The woman countered, “That’s not what the sales flyer says. There’s no indication that a minimum amount is required to get the discount price.” The clerk secures her register and says, “I will go check the display to see if the signage is displayed correctly,” as she takes off from behind the counter.

I applauded the senior on her frugalness and she and I engaged in a bit of conversation while the clerk was running her errand. She apologized for delaying me in line, because she gets frustrated, “when someone holds up the check-out line,” when she’s in a hurry. I assured her with, “Oh, I gave up being in a hurry long ago.”

Just then, the neighboring clerk had opened her register and she offered, “I can help you, here, sir,” noticing my line was going nowhere. I said, “No thank you, I’m enjoying my visit with Mary, and I want to see how this turns out.” The woman with the basket behind me quickly scurried over to the other register while I continued to visit with Mary.

Our clerk returned with three six-packs to say, “That’s what I thought the sign clearly states that four six-packs are required to receive the discounted price. Do you want me to ring these up for you?”

“No,” says Mary, “I only want six, thank you, and flyer doesn’t say I have to buy four to get the price.” The clerk referred to a reference copy of the sales flyer and sure enough, she admitted that there was no indication of a minimum on the advertisement and called the manager to perform a price override for Mary’s purchase.

With a smile, I congratulated Mary as she left, when the clerk said, “I’m so sorry for the delay and making you wait in line.”

“Oh, no,” I said, “I gave up being in a hurry long ago,” and encouraged the clerk for conscientiously representing the interests of her employer and doing the right thing to assure customer satisfaction.

I believe that life’s little delays are always for our benefit. The best outcome is most likely the result of slow and steady, rather than fast and furious.

Two Paths

For instance, there is a hiking trail that goes around and around the hill to get to the landing area at the top. Norman, my wilderness friend wielding a machete, says, “Let’s blaze a trail straight to the top!”

I say, “No thanks, I’ll stick to the trail.”

Norman in the wilderness“Okay,” he replies, “I’ll wait for you to get there before we come back down,” as he started bushwhacking his way up the hill and I took the trail which was pleasantly landscaped, manicured and sprinkled with views from nice vantage points and petite wilderness creatures.

A sweaty Norman was proud to have made it to the top first, feeling quite manly from his adventure complete with battle scars and winded, but was a little disappointed when I appeared at the landing less than two minutes behind him, unscathed, calm and not out of breath.

We walked and visited on the way down as I showed him (who hadn’t seen a single woodland critter on his way up) all the things he missed on his path up the hill.

All that to say
Next time you feel in a hurry or frustrated when delayed
Maybe instead of feeling frustrated, look for the blessing in enjoying the journey
You might find the delay was an opportunity to relish the good things that surprise us when we’re busy about our everyday business.

Are You Psychic?

Ever wonder if there is such a thing as being psychic?

Society would like you to think that psychic abilities are mere fiction or something to be avoided (if it does exist) because it would be evil, if it did exist. The subject of psychic abilities has become so convoluted and filled with false information that you could hardly make any sense of the idea of the possibility of having psychic ability impossible to understand or even think about without confusion or fear.

Still, there is something inside of us that would like to believe that someone could possess psychic abilities, so we are attracted to various types of entertainment where we see performance artists who are skilled in using sleight of hand or mind tricks to thrill us with the idea that such a thing could be possible.

Not to worry, even if you were to start to believe in the possibilities, the system has already stacked the deck against your idea that psychic abilities might exist and there is a huge amount of data available to make you feel like a fool, even if you had entertained the idea that there is more out there than we could possibly decipher using pure logic.

This idea that logic and reason is the ultimate litmus test of what is possible and what is not is in direct contradiction of the advancements we have witnessed in the last 150 years. Many of the conveniences we enjoy today are the result of someone allowing their mind to expand beyond known and accepted reality. Those who were active participants in these advancements, explain the breakthroughs as, “coming from somewhere outside one’s self,” or “as seen in a vision.”

Not one of them indicate any idea that their inspiration to approach something completely inconceivable as having any connection with any psychic ability whatsoever. Instead those who possess these abilities use more acceptable terms, like creativity, ingenuity, having the ability to use forward-thinking imagination or to see things from “outside the box;” all socially acceptable concepts to diffuse any psychic offense.

are you psychic do i have psychic abilities

The reality of it all is that human beings are blessed with all kinds of psychic abilities that vary in type, style and function from one individual to another and most of them have been suppressed by many methods. Social mores would dictate any reference to psychic abilities are folly, misinformation dominates the information highway and in our modern world even elements introduced to the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water that we drink may inhibit the development of our innate psychic abilities.

We are all connected to something so much more outside of ourselves than we could ever imagine, yet we are distracted by any means possible to keep us from embracing the idea by our fear-focused attention to the media and flood of data bombarding us 24/7. How could we even manage the space in which we could initiate an original thought on present-day planet earth?

Take a minute to think about this: If psychic abilities were the nonsense that we’ve been led to believe it is, then why would the government be spending billions of dollars researching and weaponizing all things psychic and paranormal?

Regardless of what they’d like you to believe, you have an inner knowingness that there exists some psychic ability inside of you. You know that you have had psychic experiences. You may have “felt” someone looking at you, and turned to catch someone doing just that. There is no way you could have known otherwise.

In fact, you have intuitively known many things that might be conceived as precognition. You can’t explain how you “knew” something, like there was an impending danger prior to an accident, knew someone had ulterior motives, something was “wrong” with a particular person or animal, or you “felt” as if you might be going the wrong direction.

Call it what you want these abilities abound within you, though they may be mostly dormant and could be awakened. Your psychic abilities can have a profound effect on all that you turn your attention toward including your profession, business, athletic performance, philosophy, creative endeavors and the arts as well as personal satisfaction, greater love, fulfillment and happiness in life.

Not to mention that embracing one’s psychic abilities (or however you feel comfortable referring to it) is an integral part of the next phase of our human evolution.

This awareness is awakening within you now as you evolve.

Friends and Success

It has been said that your level of success will represent the average level of success of the five people that you spend the most time with. These are your friends and associates; they support you, pay attention to you, tolerate you, listen to your troubles and laugh with you when you are happy.

Consider making new friends for a better life

Your friends and associates may be a challenge preventing your personal growth, especially if they view your desire to be successful as folly… It is not! Rise above the negativity by joining with others, just like yourself, who seek to be successful and are taking the steps to move above and beyond the negativity, to embrace a successful lifestyle.

We’re not talking about toxic individuals in your life so much as people who slowly drain your enthusiasm and drive to break-through to your more productive, abundant and blessed full expression of your life.

Does that mean ditching your friends?

This is a decision you need to make on your own. Are your friends holding you back? Maybe it’s time to consider making new friends…

I met a man by the name of Darnell, who was at 26 years old a felon and already served four-and-a-half years in two separate incarcerations of his adult life and had spent countless time in the juvenile system during his youth.

He came to me in a coaching relationship seeking a better life. The first words out of his mouth to me in our first session were, “My life’s a mess and it ain’t gonna change unless I change and I can’t change unless I change my life, where I live and ditch my best friends.”

These are the kinds of clients that I attract. Some people may call me a motivational coach, but it’s just not true because I don’t motivate anyone. People who are motivated to change their lives or uncover their life’s hidden treasures, discover and share their gifts with the world to make it a better place.

The people who work with me bring their own motivation when they seek me out. I love working with people committed to change, personal, emotional, financial and spiritual growth. I truly have the best job and attract the best clients.

Could your friends be the chains that bind you

Darnell knew – without me even hinting to it – that his current environment, life circumstances and friends (some who were lifelong friends) were holding him back. And any time that he might make the least amount of progress, the whirlpool of his life that he had come to know as his, “normal,” would suck him back down the drain.

Darnell needed to create a, New Normal, and he was self-motivated, committed to his goal and I was honored to be invited to watch his story unfold. He started a business and began the creative process of building the business, creating his brand and promoting his business, while working on his own lifestyle readjustments along the way but it didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of work, dedication, cutting ties and building new relationships.

He relocated only half-an-hour away from the place that he felt held him back, giving him enough room to remain independent while still being able to interact with family with the option of being able to easily disconnect and drive home where he was building his new life.

While reinventing himself, he didn’t completely disassociate with his old life, but only visits occasionally, though due to his commitment to change, many of his former friends have lost interest in him. It’s been five years since Darnell sought me out and now he is enjoying his new life, new friends, was recently married and is starting a family.

We all could learn a lesson from Darnell. Maybe our current family, friends and environment… that part of life that seems normal could be the influence that is keeping us from achieving greatness, sharing our message, embracing our gifts or enjoying the fullness of our inspired human potential.

In business and in life, the people that you hang out with can make all the difference. It is one of the basic tenets of success. After all, we are who we spend time with. It may not be necessary to disassociate from others who might be holding you back, if simply making new – more positively supportive and synchronistic – friends and associates would do the trick.

Is it time to re-evaluate and make a change? Is it necessary for you to consider adjusting your social matrix, evaluating potentially unhealthy relationships (possibly using a T chart) to move forward into the better life that is calling you?

What Have I Done Today?

The most important question you could ask yourself is, “What Have I Done Today?”

Think about it; if every day you could just make one small step toward your goal, you could be so much closer to your goal. The movement between here and there may not look like much, but if you could just make consecutive small movements in the direction of your goal, how much closer would you get if you made small incremental steps every day, rather than not making movement at all.

So many times, we second guess ourselves, stall or procrastinate only to find that yet another day has passed and we have made no progress toward the prosperity that we long for.

What have you done today to accumulate financial success

We can adequately see the difference between where we are and where we want to be and the chasm seems so far from here to there… yet, if we just made some progress every day, in a week we would be seven (albeit small) steps closer if we make some movement in the right direction every day.

How much closer would you be in a month? In a quarter? In a year?

The only thing that stands between where you are today and where you want to be is you.

How many times have you started on a path toward a goal, and made some progress, only to feel a little less motivated the next day? On that day, you may have not made any progress toward what you desired so much the day before. What happens on the next day?

Is it easier to keep your commitment to yourself to make progress daily?

Or is it easier to relax into what you know?

Is there safety in mediocrity?

If you do not try, then you have nothing to fear… you cannot fail, if you do not do.

It’s so easy just to rest back on your laurels always wishing that things could be different, but this one thing is for certain: If you do not move, you will remain where you are.

Is it uncomfortable to move, or change? Is it hard? Could there be a possibility of failure?

Yes, yes and yes – but if you truly desire to see your life different, you must make – not just an effort – but a commitment to take action – every day and you will see the change.

If there was one thing that was clearly the difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person it is simply in the doingness. Doers do.

Sometimes the only difference between doing and not doing is just the simple gentlest nudge into taking that step.

Maybe we felt more motivated yesterday, but today we’re feeling less confident for whatever reason, and it’s easier to just relax. Maybe yesterday it was easier to believe in the possibilities of success, but today, you look around to see yourself surrounded by the status quo. The status quo does not want you to stand out in the crowd embracing all your gifts, qualities and speaking the truth of your calling.

… and today, it’s easier just to blend back in… and so, you blend…

There’s still time. Daily ask yourself, “What Have I Done Today?” This is your litmus test for your traveling toward the greater good.

Celebrate Good Times Come On

Every now and then good stuff happens… and it’s easier to document now, more than ever. Most everyone has a cellphone with a camera built in. I’m still getting adjusted to all this communication technology, where we’re all more connected digitally, thanks to the high-tech gadgets and apps that keep coming out regularly.

Even though my kids live out-of-town, we can keep in contact in real-time and I absolutely love sharing in all the little celebrations, no matter what they are or where they are.

I share in their wins, celebrating with them, and share the celebrations with my friends, like, “there’s a party going on right here…”

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It is so important to celebrate all the things that happen in your life – even if they are small wins – you should celebrate them in a big way.

Why?

Because celebrating your wins enthusiastically acts like a happiness magnet. The more you celebrate the good stuff, the more good stuff comes to you.

 

Thanks to Kool and the Gang for the celebration soundtrack
 

Celebration Hack

Here’s a hot tip to supercharge your happiness, goodness and life moments worth celebrating:

Celebrate Enormously

If your celebration attracts more celebratory events, it stands to reason (and it’s true) the more enthusiastically you celebrate, the better the events to celebrate that are attracted for you to celebrate.

The benefits of exaggerated celebrating include the increased biochemical release of hormones like Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphins. It’s the perfect cocktail for a natural high, with the added benefit of attracting even more of the same. Based on your enthusiasm, you can expect even more in both frequency and volume.

I Don’t Feel Like Celebrating

It’s understandable that when you’re feeling blue or under the weather, you may not feel like celebrating much. This is when it’s most important to muster up as much celebratory ambition as possible, because of the whole attraction-thing.

When something good happens worth celebrating, even if it’s not about you (it might be something good that’s happened to someone else, like your friend, child, grandchild, relative or even a celebrity) just the act of sharing someone else’s good fortune helps to release the celebration hormone cocktail. So, brace yourself…

We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right

Even if you cannot manage to be feeling very happy at the outset, sharing it with someone who has more capacity to embrace someone else’s celebration, helps release more celebration hormones within you, like a happiness virus, it doesn’t take long and you’re feeling much better.

Want even more?

No problem, find someone else to share the same information with, next thing you know you’re a full-on celebration machine!

And as you ramp up all that celebratory enthusiasm, you know what happens next:

Ya-hoo!

Here comes even more stuff to celebrate

Comin’ down the pike

Say, “Goodbye,” to your funk and, “Hello,” to your best life of enthusiastic celebration.

So bring your good times and your laughter too

We gonna celebrate and party with you

See also: Happiness How to be Happy

One Day at a Time

Aren’t we all just trying to get through this life a little better than the day before?

You don’t have to be the most charismatic, influential, famous or rich person on planet earth but just being a little better, doing something – anything – to bring you closer to what you want or make the world a better place… that’s a day worth living in a life well-lived.

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“One day at a time” is not just a recurring mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous or the (trademarked) television show starring Bonnie Franklin. Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli… No, it is the baseline of each of us traversing our own individual journeys along our own life path.

How you make it through each day is not to be compared to anyone else’s day. Your life is for you, and you alone; this is not a competition.

I will admit, sometimes it’s hard to make it through a day at all. And as I look around surveying my people, the people I’ve known, been fond of or have loved… I can’t help but notice they have all but given up (and some of them have “thrown in the towel” even taken their own lives).

I have been blessed with the most amazing life. I wake up each day wondering

What will happen today?

Mostly, it’s with the anticipation of a child waking up to Christmas morning… though sometimes there are the darkest of mornings when I ask, “What will happen today?” feeling as though my heart cannot beat one more time or it’s too hard to take one more breath… but I do. And one breath leads to the next and the next comes a little easier and I find myself amidst yet another day.

Finding yourself amidst a day contains a challenge. A challenge not just to make it one more day, but to make this day a little better than the day before.

I am so grateful that making a day better than the day before isn’t always about me. Certainly, I am the key player in my life, but making someone else’s day a little better might just be the bright spot in my day. When I feel as though I have nothing left for me, I find blessing in the ability to encourage someone else’s day.

A simple smile, compliment or friendly wave might be all someone needs to encourage them to take one more step, making it closer to achieving one more day.

If I can encourage one person to keep striving to live a better life and to help others reach out to someone else in the same manner… This kind of viral love and compassion – even in the smallest doses – can help to ultimately make the world a better place.

And all it took was to take another breath, take another step and to show a little kindness.

In a world that’s off-the-hook with crazy insanity that can be so overwhelming that who of us has not considered that we might be better off somewhere (anywhere) else?

Yet, in this crazy world

You are the light

If even the smallest light, together we bring even more light to others… and the world.

Not only can you make a difference in this world

You are the difference

“Vive la difference!”

You make life worth living.