A Powerful Quote to Bring Positive Change to Any Situation

June 16, 2020

I read a quote yesterday that I’ve read hundreds of times. I’ve also believed these words, but for some reason when I saw the quote again this time, it impacted me more than it ever has. The quote is from one of my favorite authors, Wayne Dyer. It says, “change the way you see things, and the things you see will change.”

As I said, I’ve always believed this. One book where I first read this idea discuss a situation where a woman loved her job but began to truly hate her boss. It detracted her passion so much that she came close to quitting this dream job. She then learned this concept and began practicing it. The result was that her strong distaste for her boss disappeared quickly. In addition, the boss’s attitude towards her became different. The boss seemed to treat her much more fairly, even asking for her input and knowledge on important projects. A simple change of attitude towards this boss changed the whole atmosphere at the job, and her love for her work there returned.

I have also experienced this truth on many occasions. Whether it’s people or things, changing the way I’ve looked at situations has dramatically changed them. I can relate to the job story. I am proud to be a middle school teacher. However, there have been times where my passion has been lost. I work in an environment that can become very negative. Many of my students are low-income city kids that don’t exactly take education seriously. It is easy to get sucked into the negativity and look at my job as a burden. It is easy to think negatively of difficult students who I sometimes feel are learning nothing of what I am teaching them. However, I have learned that as soon as I shift my thinking, the circumstances dramatically change. When I think about how lucky I am to be in the position I’m in that can positively impact lives in a major way, those impacts start happening. When I think positively about my students, they don’t instantly become educational geniuses. However, they do seem to respond much better to what I have to say. This all changes my emotional state for the better.

This concept is true in other areas of life. My wife and I are as different as night and day, and this causes much friction in our marriage. There have been plenty of times where I did not guard my mind and I allowed negative thoughts about her to dominate my mind, or even fearful thoughts that something I said or did would cause a negative reaction in her. This only makes things worse. When I catch myself and change my thinking, things become much more peaceful. Instead of thinking negatively about her, I become thankful that God put the ideal wife and mother of my kids in my life. I pray for her asking for God’s greatness in her life. When I change the way I think about her, it’s amazing how there is so much less tension, even if a negative situation comes up. She is much softer to me, I am much more at ease, and the overall environment in the home is amazingly positive. We have also had difficult financial situations that have been changed by changing our thinking. I went from thinking about the difficulty to being thankful for the money we had, even if it wasn’t quite enough at the time. I changed the way I looked at our situation, trusted in God, and the situation improved sooner rather than later. It didn’t put a million dollars in our account, but somehow the necessary funds showed up, and we got through the difficult situation.

Today in our world there is more negativity than ever before. As I write this, we are in the middle of a global pandemic that has kept us locked up in our homes, kept many people out of jobs, in addition to getting many people sick, and even dying. In the middle of all that are racial riots, political chaos, and much civil unrest. It’s easy to get sucked into that negativity, and even this generally optimistic person has at times. I’ve looked at the inconveniences of stores being closed, not being able to watch sports, and had doubts about my own health, even though I know God has told me through His word that I’ll be fine. However, as soon as I change my perspective, my emotional state changes. There is still a pandemic, and the racial protests haven’t stopped. Yet when I change the way I see this whole situation, it’s amazing how the personal blessings manifest. I thank God that because I have so much more time on my hands, I can write more. I can spend more time with my family. These blessings have been priceless. I realize how much the protests (the legal ones) are helping to bring about the much needed social changes our society needs. It’s seeing things this way that puts me in a better state and opens me up for greater blessings.

The Law of Attraction says that you will experience in life what you think in your mind and feel in your heart. The Bible says we reap what we sow. It then makes sense that the way we look at things determines how those things turn out. Knowing this, I challenge you (and me) to watch the way you look at things. Do your best to see the good in people and in things. Look for positives in every situation. When you do, those positives will manifest, sometimes in miraculous ways. Change the way you see things, and the things you see will change. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Powerful Spiritual Quote

April 9, 2020

I’m going to keep things simple today. I’ve been struggling the past few days, feeling spiritually dead. I prayed for guidance this morning and I was reminded of this quote by Wayne Dyer… Focus on being a spiritual being having an occasional human experience instead of being a human being having an occasional spiritual experience.

This was certainly the wake-up call I was looking for! It helped me greatly, and if you’ve been struggling spiritually I hope it helps you too. Let your spiritual focus come first! Yes, we all need to deal with the occasional human experiences. However, when you do them from a spiritual point of view, they seem to go much smoother.

Remember, “seek first the kingdom of God and all else is added onto you.” Let your experience be a spiritual one today, and let the spiritual presence guide you everywhere you go. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How Was 2014?

December 30, 2014

End of Year 2014

We have already arrived at the end of this “new” year (seems like it just started yesterday) 2014. I hope yours was a great one.

As I like to give me readers occasional glimpses inside my head, I will complete one of my annual “selfish” posts and share some of my own reflections of this past year. For me, 2014 was like the past five years. I was optimistic that this would be the breakthrough year where my greatest dreams would come true. Although it didn’t quite happen, it was a year of serious personal growth that has taken me steps closer to realizing my ultimate goals.

My greatest growth was a spiritual strengthening and renewal. My Christian walk has grown steadily for the past few years. However, I realized more than ever that the kingdom of heaven is within me, and that God’s spirit is not only near me, but an actual part of me. Reading books like Wayne Dyer’s “Wishes Fulfilled”, and St. Germain’s “I Am Discourses” really enlightened me to this truth and helped me begin to live it out. I also benefited greatly from learning more about the importance of living in the present moment instead of dwelling on past or worrying about the future. Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of the Present Moment” was a great help in getting me there. It’s a book I tried to read in the past but found it very difficult to understand. I guess the timing was right this time around and it truly resonated each time I read it. Regardless, I discovered that living in the present moment is truly one of our greatest powers.

In other areas of my life, there was some growth, while some areas didn’t grow as much as I would have liked. The greatest blessing was in the financial area as this was far and away my greatest financial year. We were able to put a significant dent in out debt and paid most of it off completely. I was provided a different part time job in addition to my teaching that paid twice what the previous one did.

The one area that still needs great improvement is my leadership at home. People tell me I am a good father, and I believe it. I still feel like I could be a much better husband and leader. I am home less due to the work schedule, which makes it a bit difficult. That will be major focus for next year. Speaking of jobs, I am less than happy with either of them. On the other hand, I am extremely happy to have them, and thankful for the income and impacts I can have on other people, especially adolescents. My ultimate goal is to work one job from home, and steps were taken this year to potentially make that happen.

Finally, I can also be thankful for the great health of myself and my family. We are very well protected, and none of us was sick for an extended period of time. Even among my crazy schedule, I did not miss any days because of extended sickness.

The bottom line, as I end another year, is I have SO much to be thankful for. I serve a God that has only my best in store, wants to bless me abundantly, and is a part of my very being. I take this with me as I head into 2015. I am setting some major goals, and look forward to the journey to reach them.

I thank you for staying with me for one person’s take on this past year. I invite you to share how 2014 was for you. I hope you have grown and can also eagerly look forward to 2015. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


I Have PMS… And It’s a Good Thing

December 23, 2013

I have a confession…My name is Joe, and I have PMS. Yes, Joe is a guy’s name, and I am a guy. I can understand what you’re thinking. You’re a guy so how could you…? What do you mean? Huh?

Please allow me to explain what I mean, and why it’s a good thing. I’m not talking about THAT PMS. What I have is Positive Mental State. It’s a good thing because the more positive my mental state is, the more I open myself for blessings, and the more of a blessing I am for other people.

Sorry ladies, I don’t mean to downplay the PMS you regularly experience. I would never do that since I can never understand what you go through. I only see what it does for the three females that deal with it every month in my house. However, this message is for everyone. The more positive mental state you put yourself in, the more you reap positive benefits.

I once read a quote from Wayne Dyer that said when you are in a positive mental state, you not only affect your own life, but you can potentially affect hundreds or even thousands of other lives in a positive way. I can’t pinpoint the truth of this statement with exact statistics. However, what if it’s true? The possibility alone is enough to make me want to keep myself in PMS as much as possible.

Another great mystery I’ve learned is this…we are all connected in this world. God’s Spirit is within every one of us. We are all part of the One Spirit of all. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense that if a part of the whole is increasing in positivity and greatness, that it would affect the other parts? When you enhance the part of the Spirit that is you, you ultimately enhance the whole since you are one with it. That positively affects the other parts. That’s why I take Mr. Dyer’s statement as completely true.

Once again I will say that I cannot take away the negative effects of the physical PMS. However, I can promote the positive ones. Keep yourself in a positive mental state. You will reap the benefits in your own life, and will create a ripple effect of blessings for many others. Enjoy : )


A Selfish Way To Positively Impact Many People

July 20, 2013

If you are like me, you have a sincere desire to positively impact those around you.  I am constantly trying to find ways to better serve others and bring people to a higher level. In fact, that’s the main reason for this blog!

I once read a very interesting fact in a Wayne Dyer book (I’ve actually read many interesting facts in his books). It said that when we are in a high emotional state, we can impact many people because of it. This is not only true for those around us, but it says this high energy you create can impact many beyond people your realm. He also says that if your energy is negative, it can have negative effects. He jokes to watch your energy level because you could be potentially depressing someone in Bulgaria(or whatever far away place) right now.

At first, I questioned how this could be true. However, I went with it because I know the importance of maintaining a positive, high energy emotional field. However, as I’ve learned more, I realize the potential we have to impact many.

I have learned a great deal lately about the power of connection. In fact, I recently wrote an article about it that you can check out here..https://powerofpies.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/a-connection-to-an-old-commercial/ 

How does this power of connection help you impact people? This principle states that you are connected to everything and everybody in this universe. This is because the Godly spirit that is a part of you is a part of everything else.

Ok, so how can I take advantage of this connection to positively impact those around me. you ask? My answer may seem very ironic at first. However, once you read the explanation, I believe the light will go on for you as it did for me. In order to impact the most people, you need to…pay strict attention and focus on giving the absolute best to….YOU!

Have I lost you yet? How can focusing on the supreme best for you help others? Again, it’s all in the principle of connection. You are connected to everything. When you enhance the good for you and take yourself to the absolute highest positive energy level, you are automatically doing it for everyone else. Since you are connected to everyone else on this planet, when you shine your own light brighter, you are literally shining the spiritual light of everyone else. You are adding energy to the universal light if you will.

This can enhance your life in other ways too. For example, if you want to “add light” to your bank account, just increase your positive vibration when you think about money. Know that you are connected to every single dollar in the universe. When you increase your own positive vibration about money, you are in turn increasing the positive vibration for all money as a whole. As a result, you attract more to yourself. I believe this is one of the big reasons that the world’s economic situation is as difficult as it is. There are so many individual minds thinking negatively about money that it impacts the negative energy about money itself as a whole.

Remember that you are connected to everything and everybody in this universe. Which part of that connection do you have total control of? That would be you. I remind you again that when you maximize the positivity and greatness of your part of that connection (which you automatically have in the Spirit of God that is part of you), you maximize the qualities of the connection as a whole. In this case, it’s OK to be selfish because in your “selfish” act of making yourself better, you are automatically taking everyone and everything else with you. Hopefully that’s a great idea you can connect with. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Helpful Way To Find Your Purpose

June 22, 2013

Many people are searching for their purpose in life. For some, it’s an easy decision. For others, it’s a constant struggle.

The question many people ask is…”what is my purpose in life?” A follow-up is…”how do I find my purpose?” I apologize that I cannot answer these questions here. However, I believe I can lead you in the right direction with some helpful advice I was given.

I was reading information from author Wayne Dyer about purpose. He provided this advice that I will never forget, and has helped me move closer to finding and achieving my purpose. The advice is this…as individuals we have different purposes for being here. However, we all have one universal purpose. That is…to love and serve others. It’s as simple as that.

Can it really be that simple? I have found that it is. This doesn’t require that we do something earth-shattering and overly above and beyond for everyone. It requires simple acts of love and service. It can be anything from a hug, a note of encouragement, doing a helpful chore, a smile…anything positive.

Several things happen when we perform these small acts of love and service:

1. Positive energy – One small act of service can create a tidal wave of positive  energy for you and the person you serve. This energy opens the door for miracles.

2. You can potentially change someone’s life – I’ve heard countless stories of people who were ready to give up, until they received a note of encouragement or a random act of kindness that changed everything. In many cases that simple act of kindness was the spark to ignite the fire of greatness in their lives.

3. It helps you find your greater purpose – Since love and service is one of your purposes in life, consistent practice of this purpose will lead you to your own individual purpose. As Wayne Dyer says…”when you make your purpose to love and serve others, your own purpose finds you.”

I believe there are many other benefits to loving and serving others. However, when you do this consistently, you are already living your life on purpose. You are a blessing to others, and the blessings in your own life will be countless. There will be no issue in finding purpose because in many ways you will already be living it. Now I encourage you to think of someone you can serve today. Then go love and serve on purpose. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Simple Way To Inspire Others

June 2, 2013

One of the main reasons I have this blog is to inspire others. I have been inspired by so many people in many different ways (and this continues every day). For that reason, I feel the need to pass on the information and helpful ideas I have learned.

Perhaps you have the same desire. You wish to be an inspiration to other people. You may ask “is there an easy way to do this?”. My answer is certainly yes.

Before I reveal the easy key, I will share a definition I learned from Wayne Dyer about inspiration. He breaks the word up to “in-spirit”. It makes complete sense. When one is inspired, they are literally “in the spirit”.

That leads me to how you can inspire others. I will say that the secret lies in you. It is simply to constantly be in the Spirit. The closer you are to God and remain in His spirit, the more people you will inspire. It’s as simple as that. Matthew 6:33 says “seek first the kingdom of God and all else shall be given to you”. When you seek God and His spirit first, you instantly become an inspiration to others!

I looked a bit further into the origin of the word inspiration. The original Latin meaning is “to breath into”. To me this says that when you are in the Spirit and deliberately try to share it with others (kind of breathing it into them)that is what true inspiration is.

The bottom line is that, when you are in the Spirit and seeking God first, people will notice. They will want the peace, happiness, and abundance that you have, and will be drawn to you because of it. And when you make it a priority to share these spiritual qualities with others, there is no limit to the number of people you can inspire.

If it is your desire to be an inspiration to many people, simply seek God constantly and live in His Spirit that is a part of you. Seek opportunities to share this with others. They will be inspired, and you will be blessed in a major way. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes, and the more rewarding your life will be. Enjoy the blessings : )


What Can I Do For You?

April 21, 2013

One of the best books I’ve read about self-development is “The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer. It has countless ideas and techniques that will bring you to a higher spiritual level and change your life. I strongly recommend it.

I’ve read this book several times, and each time I read it I find something new. It’s funny how it’s always something I’m going through at that time. The relevant thought this time is this: “If you stay focused on making demands on the universe (God), you’ll feel as if demands are being placed on you in your life. Stay focused on lovingly asking ‘how can I use my innate talents and desires to serve?’ And the universe (God) will then respond with the identical energy by asking you, ‘how may I serve you’?” (p. 156-157)

Bam! This one hit me right between the eyes. I have spent so much time in my life wondering how what I do will affect me. I love and care very much about other people. However, I have spent far too little time thinking about how what I do can best serve them instead of me.

That tide is changing, and I already see results. When my focus is on serving other people, it’s amazing how I am automatically served. It’s like I don’t have to think of my own concerns, because they are divinely cared for.

I strongly believe in taking “me” time. You need it to bring yourself to a place where you can be of best service to others. However, if you are one of those who, like me, is seeking to remove the focus from self to others, I challenge you to think about how you can use your gifts and talents to help others. You will make a difference, will feel great, and in turn see your own needs met as well. If you don’t know what to do, just ask and pray, and God will guide you.

This concept is in a chapter in the previously mentioned book called “Living Life on Purpose”. It mentions how many people are confused in life because they haven’t found their purpose. The author stresses that if you make serving others your purpose, your purpose will find you.

If you are one of those many people seeking your purpose, I recommend you start with the above advice. I can tell you first hand how much of a difference it makes. I certainly hope this information serves you well. Many blessings to you : )


A Powerful Question That Serves Everyone Well

April 15, 2013

A friend of mine recently shared a very inspirational video with me. It’s a movie called “The Shift”. The movie combines the stories of several families, along with the teaching of one of my favorite authors and speakers, Wayne Dyer.

There are many gems of advice provided throughout the film. However, what stood out most was when Wayne challenged people to ask an important question. That question is…what can I do to serve others?

One of the reasons God put us on this earth is to love and serve those around us. However, many people get caught up in their own worlds and sometimes can’t even serve themselves. I include myself in this category because there have been times in my life where this question had no part in my conscious thinking.

Think of how you feel when you spend time serving others. No matter how big or small the task, the people you serve are blessed, and your own life is touched as well. We are also fulfilling our mission here on earth, and we will be rewarded for it. Jesus Himself said that he was here to serve others, and taught His followers to do the same. I believe it’s a great example to follow.

I challenge you along with myself, to ask that question at least once a day. What can I do to serve others today? The answers will arrive if you seek them, as will the blessings for you and those you serve.

As always, I invite you to share your stories and victories here. Enjoy the blessings : )


Let God Handle It

March 20, 2013

Why do we often struggle through our day, trying to do everything ourselves and stressing about all of the obstacles we face? It’s a battle I faced for a long time, until I realized the value of surrender. I realize that I often have very little control of some of the obstacles that enter my life.

I can certainly control how I handle the difficult situations. But why should I? There is a God who is more than willing to handle the difficulties, obstacles, and whatever negative situations enter into life.

I was reminded of this fact after reading a quote in a Wayne Dyer book. He said there is a sign in his house which says the following: “Good morning. This is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a miraculous day”.

I am fully confident that God keeps His promises, so why not just step out of the way and let Him do His thing. Let go and let God. Go where you feel like He is leading you, but leave the stressful details to Him. It’s a great way to remove stress and get things done. In fact, much more gets done through His power than trying to do everything on your own. Not only will you will be less stressed, but you will be more blessed!

I am thankful for this quote, because there are still days where I forget, and I try to do too much. If you do too, remember to leave the problems and difficulties to God. They will soon disappear, and you will be very thankful for it. Enjoy the blessings : )