Archive | April 2015

Claim Your Prize

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Every so often, I receive a forwarded group email message that inspires me to pass it on to others. I received the one shown below this morning, and thought it was a great reminder of how to spend each day.


Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. 

However, this prize has rules:  

  1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  3. You may only spend it.    
  4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning.

Each of us is already a winner, and the Prize is *Time*

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us. 
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending!”

What will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?


Clean Your Mental Filters

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Spring is a great time to spruce up our external environments, and our internal ones as well. It is a time to wash away the accumulation of the old, and get a fresh perspective.

Much like dirty air filters can block good circulation in our homes, our negative mental filters or thought patterns, can block the circulation of good feelings within us as well.

By focusing only on the negative aspects of a given situation, and filtering out all of the positive aspects about it, we miss the blessing within them.

For instance, sometimes our seemingly ‘bad’ feelings are alerting us that something or someone in our life is not in our best interest, and to pay attention to that.

Without the discomfort, we might not otherwise investigate a potentially harmful situation, speak up or explore healthier environments. In that way, our unhappiness can be a blessing that leads us to more personal awareness, and better choices.

Additionally, our life challenges, and the way we handle them, can be an inspiration and catalyst for others to expand their vantage point as well. There are endless examples of people who defy restrictive thoughts, and go on to show us other ways to handle disappointment or misfortune.

For example, I have been watching Dancing with the Stars, and it is an amazing experience to watch one of the contestants on the show this season, Iraq War Veteran Noah Galloway.

He is missing parts of his limbs, but is not missing on strength or determination. In spite of his circumstances, he rose above defeated thinking, and is showing us anything is possible.

Watching people like him is a good reminder of how positive and courageous thinking can wash away limitations, and that there are many ways to handle challenges beyond what we believe is possible.

It all depends on what lens or filter we are looking through, and how we decide to face any challenges that come along.

Action Step:

Ask yourself what your discomfort is telling you today? Is there a positive side to the experience?


Awaken the Kid at Heart

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As a child, I remember being at parties where we were instructed to make words out of other words, and whoever came up with the most would win a prize.

For example, if the party was for someone’s birthday, we would use their name or take the word birthday, and make other words from it such as:

  1. Birth
  2. Day
  3. Rib
  4. Rat

It was fun because it kept us entertained while waiting for our pizza or whatever food was being prepared.

Plus, the anticipation of a prize was fun too!

So, for the holiday, I thought we could use the word Easter in the same way as described above, for the kids, and the kid at heart.

Additionally, the word can be used to express what this holiday means to you or for identifying positive words that you associate with a contented life, or that simply make you feel good.

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                                                             Below is a sample.

                                                                             E = Enjoyment

                                                                             A = Acceptance

                                                                             S = Serenity

                                                                             T =Transformation

                                                                             E= Enthusiasm

                                                                             R= Rejuvenation

What positive words would you use?

Happy Easter to all!