You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss
We’re all faced with big challenges at some time or another. How do we handle them? What are we truly made of? What assets and strengths can we bring to bear? What can we be proud of? Who can we rely on? How serious are we about self-transformation?
It’s up to us! We can choose our goals. We can use our brains, our assets, our gifts, our strengths and plow our way to the destination we choose! Let’s accept no excuses whether they come from us, others or even our own assumptions. Let’s claim our heritage as children of God and refuse to be defeated!
Daily Affirmation: Today I choose my destiny!
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one’s fellows. – Jesus, Urantia Papers
This is a big topic everywhere we look. Why? Because a lot of our regular failings or shortcomings can be tied to a temporary or permanent lack of self-respect. We don’t trust our own value, we don’t think we amount to much, we know we’re not great and believe we’re not good enough. How to fix this?
Spiritual living comes from at least a few of the following conclusions:
- That we were created.
- Therefore we matter.
- And that everyone else matters too.
That’s the theoretical part. Spiritual living becomes practical when…
- We serve others every chance we get.
- We think of the larger good in all our undertakings.
- When we think selflessly.
Spiritual living builds a healthy self-respect which leads to emotional stability which equals happiness! Who will we serve today?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a servant of all!
Recommendation: The Urantia Papers
You are born into the world, but no amount of anxiety and no manifestation of impatience will help you to grow up. You must, in all such matters, wait upon time. Time alone will ripen the green fruit upon the tree. – Jesus, Urantia Papers
it takes time & space!
Time and space … think about it … why do they exist? They exist to allow for experience and growth to occur. When we’re observant experience leads to wisdom. Wisdom leads to happiness and a better life. How to get there?
Patience comes from breathing deeply and realizing that it takes time and space to accomplish all. Patience come from having faith. Hurry produces worry. Worry leads to poor mental and physical health. Which means we can’t be very clear about our soul direction, which in turn means we’ll never be fulfilled or happy! So let’s breathe deeply and take it easy. No one is irreplaceable…
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a deep breather!
Recommendation: The Urantia Papers
Many persons call a doctor when all they want is an audience. – Reader’s Digest
How can we impress anyone? How can we help anyone instantly? By simply listening to them. Most people like to talk, even those who don’t talk much love to talk when given a real chance. Just like people love to hear their name, they love even more to hear their own voice! When we give that gift to anyone, we are more appreciated than we can imagine!
7th Principle: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
This simple technique works wonders. But let’s not use it as a technique. Let’s use it to genuinely listen and learn about others, their problems and goals. Then we can be better equipped to help them in their journey.
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a real listener!
Recommendation: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How is it possible that 6.9 billion people can all claim to want the same thing (peace, security, opportunity, prosperity, happiness, and love) and be singularly unable to get it? – Neale Donald Walsch
what we seek
We all seek ‘peace, security, opportunity, prosperity, happiness and love’. Do we not? Have we been able to achieve these goals personally? Collectively we have failed quite miserably to achieve these goals.
What’s keeping us from achieving that which is most important to us? Why do we keep failing? Why do some societies achieve some of these goals and many don’t? Are there certain personal and societal assumptions that keep us from making headway? What are some possible solutions?
Daily Affirmation: Today I converse about important questions…
Recommendation: The Storm Before the Calm by Neale Donald Walsch
What is to give light must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl
We were born to be ‘lights’ to others around us. We already are. How? When we highlight the amazing strengths and creativity that we already possess and use them for others’ benefit. How can we transform our selves to burn even brighter?
Notice the challenges and travails that kids go through. They might be overwhelmed and feel as though their world was ending! But adults often know better … that a broader perspective might be applicable to their situation. We also know that the experience might be a teaching moment for them. No brain surgery here, the same logic applies to our own suffering and challenges. Let’s apply a higher perspective when we can!
Daily Affirmation: Today I see from a higher perspective!
Recommendation: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl
Ever wonder where the phrase ‘back to square one’ came from? This phrase had popped into my head while writing this blog so I went and researched it. Apparently it came from games kids play like hopscotch or snakes and ladders! Makes sense. Also makes sense that whenever we’re straddled with a tough situation at hand we must hop back into square one!
Square one is us. We must stare at the mirror and reaffirm that the main way we can approach life problems and challenges is by changing self. Life begins with us and ends back with us; we must get back to square one and ponder what needs to change!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM at square one!
Recommendation: Arriving at Your Own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn