Yesterday someone asked: 'Do you really believe that we get to choose how we feel all the time?'... that's a great question! I don't want to write a bunch of inspirational sounding stuff that can't be applied to our daily lives. I won't ask anyone to do something I don't believe is possible & if I haven't seen it done, or done it myself... then I won't suggest it. My answer was: 'Yes... I don't practice it perfectly, but when I practice it... it works perfectly'. The goal for today, live inspiration... don't just talk about it! Have a great day everybody!
Someone once said to me... "I'm untouchable today"... & he explained that he was in a frame of mind where it didn't matter what anyone else said or did, he could still be happy. He wasn't going to allow other people or circumstances to dictate his mood. He was going to feel good & be happy, no matter what! By the end of our talk, he convinced me that we, in fact, do get to choose our mood. I have since had many of these 'untouchable' days & the goal is to have another one today! Have a great day everybody... insist upon it!
"Let go & let God"... what does this mean? I used to think it meant that I don't have to do anything... I can just kick back, watch some tv or take a nap & God will fix all of my problems for me. What it really means is that I don't get to control everyone & everything... it means that I should stop playing God... it means that I should ask God what He would have me do, instead of me telling Him what He should do for me. The goal for today, let God play God... & I will very humbly play the role of Jeff! Have a great day everybody!
I never want to take pleasure in other peoples suffering. I never want to play judge, jury & executioner. I never want to harbor resentments or seek revenge. I want to practice sympathy & compassion. I want to help people learn how to properly & fairly judge themselves. I want to Love people unconditionally & fully understand them. The goal for today, I want to put an honest & genuine effort into treating others the way that I would want to be treated... I want to help you be happy! Have a great day everybody!
"Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do" ~Luke 23:34. The greatest example of tolerance in human history! He could have said "I hope you rot in hell!"... he could have said "karma is a bitch!"... but he didn't. He asked for forgiveness for the people that were killing him. I held grudges for years over some pretty trivial things & then you have this guy forgiving his own murderers; maybe I should try to follow his lead. The goal for today, practice things like tolerance & forgiveness. Why?... because I know it's the Right thing to do! Have a great day everybody!
"Attention is the key" ~Emmet Fox. It used to be easy to lie to me because I wasn't paying attention... today it's nearly impossible. Attention is a skill that we have from birth, but we must practice it, in order to stay sharp. The only way I can be lied to is if I'm too lazy minded to give the required attention... or I don't really 'want' to know the Truth, so I will deliberately not pay attention. The goal for today, practice the art of attention so I can protect myself from your lies... & my own! Have a great day everybody!
"And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" ~Mark 2:16/17. Avoiding negative people will not necessarily make me a positive person. I have a better idea... be positive & the rest will take care of itself. Being positive will attract positive people... repel negative people... & put me in a position to be helpful to negative people that want to become positive... I don't want to miss out on an opportunity to be helpful.…
"Personal opinion is exceedingly likely to be wrong" ~Emmet Fox. If you had a choice to make a decision based on fact or opinion... which would you choose? Would you even know the difference? There is a very simple way to tell the difference between a fact & an opinion... one works & one doesn't. Opinions don't solve problems... they add to them. The goal for today, ask myself "How's that working for you?"... then I'll have my answers... I'll know the Truth... I'll be armed with facts! Have a great day everybody!
Fear leads to dishonesty... which leads to selfishness... which leads to resentment... which ultimates in a destructive lifestyle. Example: At 14 a girl broke up with me & the fear of being alone entered my life. That fear caused me to lie to myself & believe that I couldn't be happy without 'this' girl. That lie caused me to selfishly pursue her & when my selfishness drove her away for good... I turned bitter & resentful. The solution is to trace my resentment all the way back to the fear that caused it & tear it out... root & branch. Again today, the goal is to be Selfless, Honest, Pure & Loving! Have a great day everybody!