Enjoy the Journey

July 18, 2014

I have always enjoyed long road trips. As a child and teenager my family took several road trips from Long Island to Florida to visit my grandparents. I enjoyed these trips so much that it was always a dream of mine to travel completely across the country from New York to California.

That dream of mind was eventually realized. I am reminded of it now because it is almost 10 years to the day that we began that wonderful trip. The destination of that trip was San Diego, and visiting my brother in law and his family. However, there are so many memories of what occurred on the way there. We drove through big cities, farms, plains, mountains, and desserts. We visited museums, friends houses, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. We experienced 80 degrees and humidity, along with 110 degrees and arid conditions. We had a great time with family. However, even though it did seem long and tiring at some points, the heart and soul of this trip was the joy of the journey to get there.

I share this story as an application to life in general, to a concept I was reminded of recently. It is important to set goals in life and to live with that destination in mind. Yet I am learning more each day that what is even more important is the journey to arrive there. Before you arrive at your destination, there is so much to see, experience, and learn. There is beauty to take in. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the obstacles that arrive. There is character to be gained. There are smaller, unexpected blessings and miracles to be thankful for. The list can go on.

What is your present goal? Fix your eyes and mind on it and work from the end of it. However, I encourage you to also experience the journey. Avoid considering it work or a burden. Yes, just as our 2500 mile drive become drawn out and tedious at times, you may feel that way on your journey. However, be sure to see the sights, and take in every new experience of the journey towards you destination. Cherish it, and let that be just as much of a positive memory as reaching the goal. In fact, you can take those memories and lessons learned and use them to reach your next goals as well.

I understand that it is sometimes very easy to keep our eyes so focused on the goal that we don’t pay attention to the journey. It has happened to me many times. These days I am more willing and able to pay attention to the small beauties of the daily journey of life. When you do that, life is more enjoyable and rewarding, and in many cases your goals manifest rapidly, and you arrive at the destination even sooner than you would have thought. I wish this for you today. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How ‘Bout Labor Day Every Day?

September 2, 2013

Here in the U.S. we celebrate Labor Day today. It’s a day off in honor of all of the workers in our country. After all, we work hard in this country, don’t we?

The answer is an obvious yes. In fact, I will take it a step further and say that we work too hard. I find it sad that, in many ways, work and career have become more important than family and leisure. The devastating effects this has had on the family and quality of life are obvious as we see families and lives crumble every day. So I ask this question…do we really have to work so hard?

I am not implying that work is not important. The Bible is full of verses about the importance of doing work. In I Thessalonians it stresses the importance of work in order to avoid being a burden to others. You can’t eat if you don’t make money working, right? Proverbs is full of warnings to avoid being idle and lazy, and how the hard-working man prospers.

Work is necessary. In fact, I admire those that continue to work, even though they are past the age where they can retire. However, I believe we must avoid working too hard. This is the cause of much of the stress related problems we see in our society today.

I believe the solution is a simple one. It is to work more effectively than to simply work harder. It is not at all difficult to accomplish. The best way to accomplish this is to pray for God’s guidance, set goals for each day, focus on those goals, and do all you can do within your control to accomplish them.

The key is to leave it in God’s hands. I was reminded of this verse in church recently…Matthew 11:28 says…”come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. I take this as an invitation to leave the accomplishment of the task in His hands. If you have faith, He will help you get it done. Your job is to simply seek His guidance and take the steps you can take at that time to get it done. Don’t go ahead of this divine guidance, and don’t worry about things you can’t control at that moment. Simply do all you can in the present moment in a focused, confident manner, and He will take care of the rest.

I cherish Labor Day each year. It is an extra day to relax at a time of year where an extra day of relaxation is usually needed. I also like the fact that my working efforts are being honored. I realize that we can make every day Labor Day. We can do our work for the day, but take time to relax as an honor of our focused efforts. Does that sound like something you can work on?


8 Ways To Bring Your Life To a Higher Level

August 20, 2013

There is so much excellent information available about success and ways to take your life to a higher level. Every once in a while I find some absolute gems.

One such article lists 8 powerful tips to bring more success to your life. The article is specifically about internet marketing, but the guidelines can be used to enhance any part of your life. Here’s the list:

  1. Remember why you’re doing it (why you want to succeed).
  2. Treat it like a business (treat it seriously, like your world depends on it)
  3. Be knowledgable
  4. Gain leverage by finding several ways to be successful
  5. Set deadlines for yourself
  6. Make “top 5” lists
  7. Assess your progress on a regular basis
  8. Celebrate your victories

Once again, this article is based on web marketing, but I love the tips provided. My recommendation is to determine what  you want to achieve. Then use these steps to help you get there.

For more details on this information, here is the link of the full article and more detailed explanations of each step. Here’s to your success : )

http://www.associateprograms.com/articles/8-life-changing-tips-to-make-you-more-successful.html


A Thoughtful Way To Gain Complete Control

August 10, 2013

Do you ever feel like you are losing control of the way your life is going? I believe you haven’t been living if you haven’t felt this way at one time or another. It happens to the best of us, even the most positive people.

A question is, how can you maintain control of life and prevent the situations where you feel helpless? There’s two ways to do it. One is to act on everything and try to control all of the circumstances in your life. The problem is that trying to do that doesn’t work too well. You spend all of your energy trying to control things and people that you have nothing left to give.

Another way is to simply control your thoughts and emotions. You have FULL CONTROL of the way you think and feel. Here’s the cool thing. When your thoughts and emotions are positive and aligned with God’s way of thinking, it affects all of the other circumstances automatically. If your thoughts and emotions are positive, the outcomes will be positive as well.

You may ask…”what about action? I can’t just sit back and let things happen, right”? Very true. However, when your thoughts and emotions are right, the action happens automatically. And it will barely feel like your are doing anything because the actions you take will be natural and productive.

Remember again, no one can control your thoughts and emotions besides you. You have absolute control. It’s not that you have to fight to keep every single thought positive. However, make sure that a majority of the thoughts you have are good and positive. In fact, your emotional state is an exact indicator of the quality of thoughts you are thinking, as the two go hand in hand.

The key is to spend time maintaining your thoughts. Even if it’s just a few minutes at some points throughout the day, it is valuable time well spent. If you are already feeling good, load your mind with more positive thoughts and images. If you notice that your emotional energy is low, then instead of fighting the negative thoughts, displace them with thoughts of positive outcomes, love, gratitude, or whatever beautiful thoughts you can reflect on. You will very quickly notice a difference.

The best advice my father ever gave me was to focus only on the things I can control. And I have absolute, full control of my mind and the thoughts I allow to enter it. The same is true for you. Take advantage of the full control you have of the quality of your thoughts and feelings, and watch how everything else is positively and powerfully affected. Enjoy the blessings : )


No Such Thing As Miracles?

August 5, 2013

“There is no such thing as supernatural or miracle, just something that is still beyond logic of the observer.” – Toby Beta

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I often talk about miracles and how you can see more of them in your life. So why would I all of a sudden share something like this?

For God and those with the the highest amounts of faith, a “miracle” is just another ordinary event. It’s just business as usual. The key is in the last line of the quote…It only seems like supernatural to those who deem these incredible events as beyond logic.

Here is the challenge I present today…bring your faith to such a level that extraordinary events are just business as usual. Make it so that they present no surprises. Still be thankful for them and awestruck by them. However, the less you are surprised by these extraordinary events, the more you will look for them and see them in your own life.

I would be lying if I said I was at a point where all miracles were expected. However, I have a come to a point in my life where I expect them a lot more, and these miracle events are not so illogical any more. It’s an indicator that my faith has grown a great deal.

I recommend you use this same indicator in your own life. Should you believe in miracles? Of course you should. However, the challenge is to grow your faith to a level that these “miracles” soon become regular occurrences. Although we never take them for granted, they become business as usual, as I mentioned earlier.

How do I develop this faith, you ask? The best way I’ve found is to visualize. See them happen regularly in your mind. Then when they happen for real, you are not surprised. This practice also develops the positive thoughts and emotions it takes to succeed in all endeavors of life.

Please know there is such a thing as miracles. Please believe it. But also know that all things are possible with God, and in His eyes nothing is a miracle. It’s just business as usual. If you walk around with that kind of faith, you will have the whole world in your hands just as He does. Enjoy the blessings : )


Life Is Ironic…Don’t You Think?

August 2, 2013

Yes, I’m stealing part of a line from the Alanis Morissette song. It’s one of my favorite songs ever, and I hum it often, especially as I live through the ironies that this life brings us.

What’s the irony for me now? I’m a teacher on summer vacation. This is the time I dream about all year. It’s the time I have the freedom to focus more on my passions that I can’t do as much during the school year, like this blog for example. I am so happy with how this blog has grown and the positive impacts it has had on people (thank you for sharing those impacts, by the way). So with this time, I can take it to a totally higher level, right?

It hasn’t worked out that way. In fact, I’ve spent less time here and doing other hobbies in these past few weeks than I have during my busiest times of school. I will say that, as good it has been to have this free time, this summer vacation has been a struggle. I won’t get into detail, but things have caused a strain with my wife, finances, etc, and I have felt an unusual level of frustration.

At this point, my regular readers are saying…but wait a minute…don’t you preach positive thinking, mind power, high emotion, faith, etc on this site? How can you be talking about difficulty and frustration? I will say that those things happen to the best of us, even the most positive optimistic people. God says ALL of us WILL have trials and obstacles in life. I’ve had a period where I’ve had to face a few more.

Here is where the irony lies….even though I am struggling and have been down and frustrated at times, IT’S ALL GOOD! As things things are happening, I am seeing how some of the pieces are starting to fit together. I am seeing that these obstacles are taking me closer to my goals instead of bringing me away from them. That’s where positive thinking and faith come in.

If you are struggling now and feel like the accomplishment of your goals is nowhere in sight, I challenge you to have faith. Try and see how the obstacles now are actually setting you up for success. Something that helps me is to think of past obstacles or difficult situations. Think of how you got through them, and how certain events were actually setting you up for the success you were looking for. Then have the faith of knowing that the same thing is happening for you now.

I apologize to my regular readers who have come here looking for uplifting information lately, only to find another blank each day. It is my goal to write here most days, but the other distractions have taken me away from that. However, I hope this inspires you today. Obstacles are unavoidable, but if you maintain positive thoughts and demonstrate faith, you will know that it is all for your good, and actually taking you where you want to go if you simply allow it. I look forward to writing again soon. Have an excellent day!


Can Thoughts Make Your Life Interesting?

June 29, 2013

I will begin with a quote that I believe will answer the question presented in my title…”The happiest people in the world are those who have the most interesting thoughts” – William Lyon Phelps.

I am a firm believer in the power of our thoughts. When you think positive thoughts, your outcomes in life are positive. The same is true for negative thoughts.

We have full control of the thoughts we think. Besides maintaining positive thoughts, we have the gift of imagination. This gift is not just limited to small children playing games. This gift does not get old with age. It is still readily available to use at any time.

Based on the quote above, why not use your imagination to create the most interesting and ideal thoughts? Visualize scenes of experiencing the success you desire. See yourself living your dream life. Feel the unlimited Godly power that is a part of you. Envision yourself as free from financial worry, with your dream partner, in your ideal body, with a smile constantly on your face.

When you visualize these types of scenes, this life eventually becomes part of you. You eventually can’t see yourself living life any other way. As a result, your life is full of the joy and happiness you are seeking. It’s all because of the beautiful thoughts you are thinking, and the beautiful scenes you are creating.

I will pose a question that I would love to know your opinion on. What are interesting thoughts? This answer may be different for everyone. I invite you to share. I also challenge you to keep them a part of your regular thinking. After all, the quality of your thoughts directly affect the quality of your life. Have a wonderful day : )