Within

The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

One of the basis of self-improvement is the ability to “see” within. So what exactly does that mean and why do I even want to concern myself with it?

Ok, fair enough, good questions and ones that I have even asked myself from time-to-time. So let us answer them. Continue reading

Moving the Universe

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There are universal laws which govern the movement of the universe, laws created by intelligence greater than us. We often call this intelligence God. I also use the term Divine Providence, which, for me, includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Continue reading

Getting There

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. – Kevyn Aucoin

Sometimes we get confused, well me, I get confused all the time. Which got me to thinking about my future, my goals, and my dismal success record. Well I call it dismal as I am not where I want to be, but maybe that is a good thing. Anyway it was this thought that caused me to ask the question: Why am I not where I want to be? Continue reading

The Dream

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –  C.S. Lewis

It has been said by the many self-improvement experts that one should “dream big” in order to move ahead.

Well enough I suppose but there is a lingering question that never seems to get answered: How does one “dream big”? Continue reading

A New Year

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ — Alfred Lord Tennyson

As we bid farewell to 2016 I find myself looking forward to 2017. Then I found myself asking a question: What is there about a new year which changes us, often affects us, and sometimes leaves us full of dread?

On the calendar, January 1st is just another day. In the life of the planet the sun rises and sets like it has for millions, billions of years. So why do we consider the day different? Continue reading

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. — Melody Beattie

As we approach 2017 we look back upon the year with amazement. There can be no other way to describe 2016. So many things happened in 2016 it rattled our brain. Of course the main thing that happened was this country (except the socialist state of California) elected a non-politician. Continue reading

Motivate Thyself

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. — Norman Vincent Peale

Sometimes I feel down in the dumps. The bills and debts are high, the road is hard and all uphill, things are always going wrong, and there are times I feel that I am losing my mind. Continue reading

Denying Reality

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

This election has proven to be very interesting in more ways than one. First let me be very up front with this: I voted for Donald Trump. I support him and I believe in him. Continue reading