Eliminate The Cause… Eliminate The Problem

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Fear is what causes people to excessively drink, drug & gamble... eat, cut & purge... lie, cheat & steal. And guilt causes people to continue to partake in these destructive behaviors. How can we fix this problem before it completely destroys us? First we eliminate guilt by not doing the things that make us feel guilty... so we can stop. Next we get rid of fear by telling ourselves the Truth... so we can stay stopped. The goal for today: let Truth & right action put a stop to our self-destruction! Have a great day everybody!
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Respect… Help… Love

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I'm a veteran... & I had to pick up an antibiotic at the VA hospital the other day. I'm fortunate in the respect that I'm in good health & I don't find myself at the VA hospital very often... but every time I do find myself there, I am overwhelmingly inspired. The way that most veterans interact with one another is the way that EVERYONE should interact with each other. They care about each other... they respect each other... they can't wait to help each other... because they love each other. The goal for today: respect, help & love each other... no matter what! Have a great day everybody!
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The Standard

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In the end, there is only one question that really matters... "Did I do what I know in my heart is Right?" I watched a movie last night that stood as a stark reminder of the destructive nature of pride & ego. When we abandon the truth & compromise our morals, values & ethics, simply to prop up our reputation... then we are no longer the same people that we were so proud of being to begin with. The goal for today: screw pride, ego & reputation... just do what's Right! Have a great day everybody!
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My Chat With God

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One day I was feeling lonely & unloved, so I had a chat with God. Me: God, why do I feel lonely & unloved? God: I don't know my son... I filled your heart with exactly the same amount of love that I give to ALL of my children. Have you been GIVING love out freely to others? Me: No, I can't love others if I don't love myself first. God: My son, the only way to love yourself, is to love others first... & if you will do that, you can never feel alone. The goal for today: altruism! Have a great day everybody!
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Can It Be That Simple?

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Once upon a time, I was trying to apologize & make amends to someone & I asked a friend... "What should I say to them?" The answer my friend gave me was incredibly complex & complicated! He said... "Why don't you tell them the truth." Profound doesn't mean complicated! The moral of the story is that life is not nearly as complicated as I always made it out to be. Truth is simple... tell it! Love is simple... give it! Life is simple... love it! Humanity is simple... live it! The goal for today: let life be simple! Have a great day everybody!
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Fortitude

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"Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason" ~Sir Francis Bacon. Fortitude is defined as courage in the face of true adversity. So, when the shit hits the fan... will I look to God to govern my thoughts? Can I line my will up with God's? And once the mind is right & the heart is willing... will I have the strength & courage to follow my God given reason & do what's Right? That may sound like a tall order, but we all have that strength & courage in us... we were born with it. The goal for today: strength... courage... God! Have a great day everybody!
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Giving Is Deserving

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Did you ever make a mistake? Would you like people to be understanding of your mistakes? Do you believe that you deserve to be forgiven for your mistakes? Should you be given a second chance? To answer these questions, I must ask myself another question... & that question is this: Do I extend understanding, forgiveness & second chances out to others? If I give these things out freely to others... then, & only then, can I expect to receive them for myself. The goal for today: don't expect to get things that I am unwilling to give! Have a great day everybody!
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Fear & Tension

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"He is under constant fear and tension, and that makes for more..." trouble. When I tense up & make decisions based on fear... trouble always follows. This trouble comes in many forms... it causes alcoholism, drug addiction & gambling addiction; it can cause relationship troubles, emotional upsets or psychological disorders; it causes all sorts of problems that we wouldn't normally attribute to fear. The goal for today: know that fear is only a weakness when we don't spot, admit & correct it! Have a great day everybody!
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Mandated Happiness?

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Love is only loving if it's voluntary. Kindness is only kind if it's voluntary. Generosity is only generous if it's voluntary. Charity is only charitable if it's voluntary. We have a tendency to believe that people should be forced, by law if necessary, to do the Right thing... but life doesn't work like that. When we attempt to mandate things like love, kindness, generosity & charity... we actually destroy them! The goal for today: do the Right thing because it's the Right thing to do... not because someone ordered you to! Have a great day everybody!
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True Pleasure

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I got to really help someone last night! When someone really lets me in... is genuinely seeking the Truth... & trust me enough to help them find it... NOTHING feels better! I used to look at helping people as a chore... an unenjoyable, arduous task, that I didn't want to partake in... but I had to. Now I look at helping others as a privilege... an honor... a pleasure... the single most enjoyable aspect of life! I don't do it so I can feel good, I do it because it's the Right thing to do... but it always does feel good! The goal for today: help somebody... & see what true fulfillment feels like! Have a great day everybody!
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