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 🙂

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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 : )