Snovember…Buffalo Snowstorm of 2014

November 19, 2014

I live in the town of Lancaster NY. It’s a nice town about 15 miles east of Buffalo. If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that we are being bombarded with snow. It’s easily the most snow I’ve ever experienced in one day. We received about 4 and a half feet in one day, with another foot or two yet to come.

We’ve had extreme snow before. After all, this is Buffalo. In January 1999 we received 7 feet in a month. In December 2001 we received 7 feet in a week. Now in November 2014 we may receive 7 feet (175cm) in 2 or 3 days.

I will honestly say I hate the snow. It’s my fault because I chose to live here (I moved here from Long Island 23 years ago). I knew what I was getting into, but I’ve grown weary of the snow in the past few years, especially last winter which was a brutal one. However, I promote the power of positivity at this site, and there are certainly some positives I can bring from this experience:

  • I work two jobs, almost 60 hours a week. Neither one is accessible, so I may end up with a 4 day vacation.
  • It could be worse. I am being inconvenienced and having to do hard labor in removing piles of snow. That’s it, and it’s only for a few days. I’m not losing my home or going through a life altering hurricane, tornado, earthquake or flood. In fact, as soon as I get tired shoveling (too much snow for the blower) I go back into my heated house.
  • Family time. None of us is going anywhere for several days. We are able to spend extra quality time together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re already making plans for the next few days as well :)
  • I’m living history. How many people can say they dealt with 4 feet of snow in one day? Even people that have lived here for over 50 years are saying they’ve never experienced anything like this. Let’s face it, we’ll be talking about this once in a lifetime (hopefully) experience for many years to come. As much as I dislike the snow, I admit that I am enjoying this moment of unique history and I can say I was there.

I will say that I don’t wish this on anyone. It only confirms my desire to one day move to warmer climates once my kids are done with their schooling. But as I said, it could be worse. If you need a visual of what this may look like, here you go. By the way, in the 4th picture with the “mountains” there are cars under there. Hopefully it will help you appreciate the weather in your part of the world. Have a great day :)

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Your Golden Ticket to Happiness

November 13, 2014

What is the golden ticket to happiness? Almost everyone I know wants to find it. As I pondered the answer to this question it came to me very quickly, almost automatically. I didn’t have to take the time to look it up.

I discovered that anyone can have this golden ticket to happiness, and can have it right away. The key is to appreciate what you have. I apologize if you are looking for some earth-shattering, life changing formula. This is it. Think about it. People are often at the most unhappy when they don’t pay attention to the beauty around them or the great things they already have. They are focused on what’s missing, things they don’t have, or the negative that is going on around them.

I am not naïve to the fact that we all have negative situations around us. I know there are things in life that we want but don’t yet have. However, I have experienced the peace and joy of focusing on the great things that I do have. I realize that I have a choice of where I place my focus. When I focus my thoughts on the wonderful blessings God has provided in my life and even the great things He will do, it brings an amazing joy, and steady stream of happy thoughts that automatically adds to the level of happiness I experience.

This is not rocket science. When you thank God for the little things, you are given bigger reasons to be thankful. Your level of happiness will not disappear unless you allow it to by focusing your thoughts on the wrong things. Once again, I understand negative things happen. However, by maintaining positive, thankful thoughts for the good that you have, the negativity will quickly disappear if you simply deal with the situation and stay positive.

I remind you again that if you want to be singing and celebrating your golden ticket like the kids in Willy Wonka, you simply need to focus on all the good you have in your life now and be thankful for it. Watch how quickly your attitude changes, and before you know it the chocolate factory will be all yours :)


The Peace of Knowing Your Desire Already Exists

November 11, 2014

I have read many books about the Law of Attraction and manifesting desires into reality. I continue to read a great deal about this today. One topic that I’ve been reminded about several times lately is the idea that whatever we wish for already exists. It is already a done deal. The key to manifesting its reality is to ask God for it, keep the mind focused on it (instead of the fact that your missing it), and demonstrate the faith that its realization is imminent.

This is not always easy to believe and do. However, besides the fact that following these guidelines can rapidly manifest your desires, I discovered a peace that knowing your desires are already here can bring.

I am working two jobs that I don’t particularly care for. I have been focusing on praying for and attracting a new job that will provide more flexibility and income so I can work just one job and have more free time. I spent quality time focusing on the fact that this job exists and is mine for the asking. I even spent time thanking God for it, even though I am still not living it yet. That in itself brought incredible joy and peace. In addition, I had difficult days at both of these jobs recently. In other cases I may have left frustrated and even more anxious to escape. Instead, due to this knowledge of my desired job already existing, I was able to laugh it off, continue to provide my best effort, and leave thanking God even more that He already has the desired job gift wrapped and ready for me.

Perhaps you too are in a frustrating situation or you have a burning desire for a new direction life. I challenge you to focus on the fact that it already exists. Yes, it’s hard to believe when you can’t see it yet, and may even be nowhere near it. I have learned from experience that even in those cases, if you can focus on the desired outcome and remain faithful to its fulfilment, things happen much sooner than you can ever realize. Know that God already has your dream gift wrapped and ready to deliver it to you when you are fully ready to receive it. Hopefully knowing this will bring you the peace it has brought me, and will rapidly manifest the desires of your heart. Enjoy the blessings :)


Can Thinking of What You Don’t Want Help You?

November 3, 2014

If you know anything about positive thinking and the Law of Attraction, you know that negative thinking is not very helpful. This is because when you focus on what you don’t want, you attract more of it into your life. One of the main keys to rapid manifestation is to focus positively on what you want. That’s how you are most likely going to see it happen.

It is very important to maintain positive thoughts. However, I’ve recently been presented several takes on the importance of knowing exactly what it is that you DON’T want. Why? Because everything you don’t want has an exact opposite….that is what you DO want. I was reminded that when you know exactly what you don’t want, it helps bring to mind what you do want. I tried this, and here’s an example of how easy it is. At this time in my life I don’t want to work two stressful, unfulfilling jobs as I do now. This reminds me that what I DO want is a job that allows me more freedom, more income, and greater fulfillment. I can take it a step further by being even more specific. I want to work from home doing something that brings greater joy and positivity to thousands of people.

Once I realize this, I focus my thoughts on this goal. I visualize myself enjoying the extra freedom and income this job provides. I feel the joy of knowing that God is using me to bring happiness and fulfillment to many others. In as much detail and clarity I replay these positive scenes in my mind and feel the immense joy of this mental movie.

The next step is to act on opportunities to make it happen. I don’t force the issue. I simple seek answers and solutions then act on this inspiration with the joy and peace of knowing that it is leading me closer to the goal.

As mentioned, dwelling on negative thoughts and what we don’t want is not helpful, and only pulls you further away from what you really want. However, I share with you what I have learned…the fact that at times it is important to think about what we don’t want and use that to become completely clear about what we do want. Then we take the necessary steps in that direction.

I ask you…how do you deal with negative thoughts when they arise? I would love for you to comment and share. It would certainly help me and anyone reading this. I thank you in advance and wish you tremendous blessings :)


In 5 Years Movie

October 18, 2014

I received this wonderful inspiration today and wanted to share it with my readers…

 

Here is what I know to be true…brbrIf you are willing to start working on yourself, never give up on the pursuit of your dreams and make the most of the moments you’ve been given…You WILL accomplish extraordinary things in a very short amount of time.brbrAnd to prove it…I’d like you to watch today’s video and see how much you can get done when you put your mind to it.

via In 5 Years Movie.


A Clear Definition of Humility…And How to Practice It

October 13, 2014

I have often had difficulty determining the fine line between being humble and being overly submissive. I imagine that I am not alone in this confusion.

Many of us have a misunderstood conception of what humility really is. Being humble is often seen as being soft and allowing people to take advantage of them. Or, sometimes people find being humble rather difficult because they believe they have to completely abandon themselves in favor of everyone else. Some may also feel that they cannot be proud of their accomplishments at the fear of being considered arrogant or prideful.

There are people in my life that I consider to be very humble because of what they give to others at the expense of themselves. However, although we want to demonstrate a selfless attitude and avoid boasting about our accomplishments, demonstrating humility doesn’t have to be difficult. I recently found an excellent definition of humility in John Bevere’s book “Relentless”. He says, “those who are truly humble believe, trust, and obey God’s word over what they think, reason, feel, or desire. Consequently, they depend on God’s ability rather than their own”.

For me, this not only clarifies any fine lines regarding humility, but it also makes it easier to accomplish. It’s a matter of realizing that He has all of the power to make things happen in my life, and I have none. It’s a matter of believing the promises that are all over the Bible. These promises are as real as night and day. The key is to believe them and live them, regardless of what outer circumstances may indicate.

So how can you be truly humble? First of all, simply believe every word of the Word that you read. Submit to God’s power knowing that it can help you accomplish anything in your life, regardless of what circumstances or other people tell you. Then sharpen your intuition and stay in tune with where you believe God will have you go and what you are to do. Do your small part each step of the way and leave the rest to God. It is amazing what His power can accomplish in your life.

Another great thing about living this way is that it automatically affects those around you. You have more to give, and you can bring those around you to a higher level. You automatically fit the common definition of humility.

If you struggle in being humble or simply understanding what humility is all about, I recommend you follow this simple definition. You will receive abundant blessings in your own life and will have plenty to share with those around you. Then instead of being proud, be thankful for all that you have and all that you are. Enjoy the blessings :)


Remember the Feeling

October 6, 2014

I was watching a sermon from Joel Osteen last week. As usual, he said something that really made me think about how following this advice can enhance the quality of my life. I share it with you in hopes it can do the same.

Joel reminded the audience of how many blessings we have received from God. However, he also reminded us how we often take these blessings for granted. We feel great when we receive them, but as time passes, we lose the gratitude and positive feeling towards the great gifts we have received in life.

I don’t know about you, but I can certainly relate. I do appreciate the blessings in my life, but I often take them from granted as well. Just as I was thinking this, Joel then challenged us to focus on some of these blessings specifically and remember how we felt when we received them. He suggested to feel the same feelings of gratitude, love, and closeness with God that we felt at the that time. It was a very enlightening experience!

I pass this challenge on to you. If you are like me you sometimes take these gifts for granted. For example, I love my wife and kids. However, I admittedly take them from granted at times. I have a job that I had only dreamed about before. Yet I often find myself complaining about its difficulties instead of cherishing the opportunities it provides to positively impact young lives. I am sure you can think of blessings you’ve received where your attitude is the same. If so, follow this advice and put yourself back to when you first received your greatest blessings. Focus and re-live the wonderful joy and gratitude you experienced at that time. Carry it with you and keep that feeling in your heart.

I can tell you that when I practiced this (and continue to do so), it affected my entire world. I went back to the time I realized I had met my dream partner and how thankful I felt. I re-lived the joy of holding each of my girls in my arms for the first time. I remembered the joy of purchasing our dream home and the gratitude I felt for God removing all of the obstacles to do so. Even little things, like watching my high definition TV for the first time, or driving my new car, or whatever gift I’ve been presented.

Why is this process so powerful? I believe it is for two reasons. First, it helps maintain an attitude of gratitude. I know that when you are thankful for even the smallest things, God provides a stream of even greater blessings. Also, when our feelings and emotions are strong and positive, it affects our energy. When our energy and vibration is high and positive, it sets us up for the amazing blessings God has in store for us and they start pouring in. I believe that is what I experienced this past week.

Once again I challenge you to spend time each day noticing and appreciating the great things you have in life. Spend a few minutes re-living the joy, gratitude, and enthusiasm as you did when you first received your blessing. Retain this feeling and gratitude in our heart and refer to it as often as possible. Then watch the blessings flow. Enjoy every moment :)

 

 

 


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