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Archive for January, 2010

The Cookie Thief

The Cookie Thief

I was listening to a Wayne Dyer program on CD the other day, and I heard something really thought provoking that I wanted to share. The program is called "The Secrets to Manifesting Your Destiny", and if you've never listened to it, it really is a good one.  It talks about a particular type of meditation, and if you happen to be looking for a way to get clear in your mind and have more focus and control in your life, I would definitely recommend it. Anyway, during part of his lecture, he recites this poem that is absolutely wonderful.  [...]

A Tribute to my Grandma

A Tribute to my Grandma

I received some wonderful feedback from many of you regarding my last post.  Particularly as it related to my relationship with my Grandma.  Because of that, I have decided to share something that I wrote for her on May 21, 2000, the day after she died.  I have included it below exactly how it was written for her.  As a quick backdrop - I spent many summers with my grandparents in Tennessee.  I grew up in southern California, so the woods of Stewart County were like a different world to me.  My Grandpa was a carpenter, and he built their [...]

The Grateful Life

The Grateful Life

If you haven't taken the time to truly appreciate your brain, you should. If you are coherent and can think and can feel and can reason and still be touched by inspiration, then you are truly blessed. I know sometimes it's difficult to be grateful for all of the things that seem so natural to us, but I believe it's a cleansing and revealing exercise to take stock of your life once in a while, and really count your blessings. The reason that I am focusing on the brain is that recently I have been thinking about my grandma.  She was my [...]

Stop, Drop and Roll

Stop, Drop and Roll

If you ever happen to find yourself on fire, the stop, drop and roll technique could definitely save your life.  You probably learned it as a kid, and hopefully you've never had to use it.  Basically, in the midst of that awful scenario, you would stop where you were, drop to the ground and roll over as many times as it took to extinguish the flames. Great advice for a really lousy situation. Thankfully, not many of us ever have to experience the torment of being on fire, but in these difficult times, there is another kind of torment [...]

Good Fortune

Good Fortune

I had lunch with my wife today at this cozy little Chinese restaurant that we like.  It was really peaceful in there today...very quiet...and the food was fantastic, like always. So at the end of the meal we like to open our fortune cookies and read them out loud, imagining that the message inside is something that will play out for us in some meaningful way that day.  It's our thing...kinda silly...but it makes the whole process more fun. Hers said, "Happiness is trying to find you.  Look around". Mine said, "The biggest mistake a [...]

Optimize Your World

Optimize Your World

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Anne Frank.  She said, "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart". Considering what she went through in her life, it is a remarkable statement to say the least.  It speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit, and the unquenchable optimism that can take hold of a person, which is more powerful than just about anything else in the entire world. It is also probably one of my favorites because my wife and I were both in the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, [...]

Check Your Connections

Check Your Connections

You've probably seen the Verizon commercials on television where the guy who represents the whole operation is walking around with the army of people behind him that everyone refers to as "the Network".  They are great TV spots.  He used to go to all sorts of different locations and speak the famous words, "can you hear me now?" into the cell phone.  This was to show all of us that he was making sure Verizon customers would get reception in as many areas of the country as possible, by going everywhere himself to test it.  Again, great [...]

Real Life Perception

Real Life Perception

Perception is reality. You've probably hear that many times.  I know I have.  It took a while to really register with me, though.  How about you? It's a pretty deep concept, this whole notion that we are what we think we are, that we can do what we think we can do, and that we are happy to the degree that we can...well..be happy.  But it is a concept worthy of our attention.  And certainly worthy of attainment. The culture that we live in, particularly in America, screams at us that in order to be happy we have to possess [...]

Some Words About Action

Some Words About Action

Think about these phrases: "It's easier said than done" "Talk is cheap" "Actions speak louder than words" What do they all have in common? To me, they all say the same thing.  Talking about something is cheap, easy, and not real impressive.  Doing something is a whole different scenario.  Taking action is usually not the easiest thing to do, but it is always the more meaningful. You can apply it across the board.  Think of a husband telling his wife that he loves her, but never doing anything that might demonstrate it.  [...]

People Say The Darndest Things

People Say The Darndest Things

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. If you were ever in a situation where you were repeating that mantra to yourself...then you had obviously been hurt by what someone said about you.  It was probably when you were younger, although I know I've gone back to the vault and pulled that classic out a time or two even as a grown-up.  It seems these days that adults have the capacity to talk more trash than the best 4th grade bully I ever knew. The truth of the matter is that being called a name or having [...]

The Gift That Keeps Giving

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Judging by the title of the post, you might assume I was going to write about the wonderful Holiday Crud that has been circulating for a couple of months now.  It seems that about every third person I have run into lately has some form of a head cold, or sniffles, or allergies, or something...well...cruddy.  I picked it up from someone and managed to pass it along, and yes, it seems to be the perpetual offering that each of us have bestowed on each other as we closed out 2009 and leap headlong into 2010.  Nice gift! (heavy sarcasm). But, [...]

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