Happy Valentine’s Day

For some, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show loved ones how much they care, but for others, it is a holiday they would like to forget.

There was a time in my life when I disliked this holiday because it was a reminder that I was alone, and therefore, it became another reason for me to feel self pity, despondent, and remorseful. Although it was true I was alone, it was also true that I had no connection with a Power Greater than myself.

Once I found that Higher Power (who I choose to call God), I found Love that was constant and unconditional. It did not matter if I had a significant other or not, I knew I was loved and my primary purpose was to express that Love no matter what my circumstances were.

For me, God is Love, and knowing that, I also know that I am never alone, that there is a Presence and a Power that not only loves me, but cares for me and gives me strength to walk through whatever life brings me.

Love should be celebrated not because someone gives us flowers or candy, but because we are Love created by Perfect Love.

Quote of the Week

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Rumi

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Humble and Kind

In the hectic world we live in, sometimes we forget some basics, such as being humble and kind.

We read articles about the importance of confidence but we confuse confidence with inflated ego. Humble people do not need to boast or show up others – by their very nature, their words, and actions, they become a positive influence in the lives of all who know them.

Kindness is as simple as treating others the way you would like to be treated. Quite often we feel too rushed to take the time for simple acts of kindness. We forget how such acts have been important to ourselves in the past. I know, for me, I can easily remember such kindness and it warms my heart years after the deed.

What can you do today to be kinder to others? Try treating others today as you would want to be treated tomorrow. Remember that we all can make a difference – maybe we can’t change everything but we can make a difference in one person’s life. If we have done this, we have helped to make our world a better place for everyone.

Quote of the Week

“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” Dalia Lama

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Failure and Success

I head someone once say that they had achieved two black belts in life – one in failure and one in success. I think most people could say the same thing – I know I can.

The more you read about successful people the more it becomes apparent that these two things, success and failure, are entwined together. Life is a series of ups and downs and what separates the ones who achieve much from those who do not, is they do not let failures discourage them nor are they afraid to fail.

Such successful people as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, etc. all suffered failures in their lives and yet they used those failures to make them into the successful people we now know them to be.

Do not let yourself get discouraged by what may not have worked for you. If you are persistent in doing what you know you were created to do or be, then keep moving forward. It’s the only way to cross the “finish line”.

Quote of the Week
“…It’s about how much you can take and still keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” Rocky from movie “Rocky Balboa”

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Little Victories

Most of us do not win the lottery or finish first place in an athletic competition. We may not be a big star or never had some truly major accomplishment in our lives. However, it’s not the big stuff that makes up a life, but the little victories we all have had, that sum up a person’s life.

Every time we overcome a challenge, walk through difficult times, keep keeping on, no matter what – we have achieved a little victory. The quality of our lives is determined by whether we choose to look at our glass half empty or half filled.

If we are having a financial crisis, rather than looking at what we do not have, we can be grateful for what we do. If we lose someone we love, we can appreciate all the time we had with them and how our lives were blessed by knowing them. If we are facing a health challenge, we can be grateful for what we have, rather than what we don’t have.

No matter what we have gone through in our lives, we all have had little victories even if it might just be that we made it through them. Let us learn to celebrate the little victories in our lives – the results can, and will amaze us!

Quote of the Week

“Take it from me, these little victories are all a heart needs”.
From the song, “Little Victories” by Blue Sky Riders

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Are you a spiritual or human being?

Most of us have heard the expression, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”, and we say we agree. However, we rarely look at what this means, and how it affects our daily lives.

Being a spiritual being having a human experience is very different from being a human being having a spiritual experience. The difference is whether we live our lives from the inside out or the outside in.

People who live their lives from the outside in, believe that their life, and what they do or do not do, is determined by what happens to them! They look at themselves as victims. People like this can, and often do, have spiritual experiences through surrender, prayer and meditation.

People who live their lives from the inside out do not see themselves as victims but co-creators with their Creator. They take responsibility for their lives and know that everything is a result of their consciousness. If something is lacking in their lives they either adapt or open themselves up to the Divine Wisdom, Guidance, and Order that is always available to them.

If you are a human having a spiritual experience, know this – at any time you can begin to change this thought by replacing it with a New Thought – we are spiritual beings and as such have access to everything we need to be all we can be. This is the essence of being re-born or being born again…living life from the inside out rather than from the outside in.

Quote of the Week

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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