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  • The Christmas Truce or “What Man Can Conceive . . .”

    “I think I know why the callers were in tears. The Christmas Truce story goes against most of what we have been taught about people. It gives us a glimpse of the world as we wish it could be and says, “This really happened once.” It reminds us of those thoughts we keep hidden away, out of range of the TV and newspaper stories that tell us how trivial and mean human life is. It is like hearing that our deepest wishes really are true: the world really could be different.”

    To read the beginning of The Christmas Truce please go to http://www.wanttoknow.info/christmastruce

    And to hear the song that brought the listeners and callers to tears:

    http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/audio/christmas_truce_in_the_trenches

    When humans listen to their hearts and act on that, instead of the dictates of state and religion or the misinformation served up by the media, peace on earth to men and women of good will, will be real-ized.

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    Believing IS Seeing

    Let’s use the ever useful “Half-Empty or Half-Full glass” question. And what most of us have been taught to do: See first, then believe our eyes.

    Seeing first, and describing LITERALLY what we actually do observe, we see that the glass is BOTH half-empty AND half-full AT THE SAME TIME. Isn’t that so?

    But by CHOOSING to BELIEVE first that the glass is EITHER HALF-EMPTY OR HALF-FULL makes whichever condition we attend to SO. Not that the other condition isn’t so AS WELL, but that it isn’t BELIEVED, so it isn’t SEEN to be so.

    Now try this in your life. The next time you’re facing an argument with a loved one, or a colleague, choose what to attend to. Choose what to believe first, and see what you see. Then articulate that or it won’t become REAL.

    Remember LANGUAGE creates REALITY.

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    Don’t Work On Yourself. Simply Take On Something Bigger.

    In my last post I wrote that there is nothing to be done or thought, that we are each “perfect” already and that we had just to allow ourselves to be who we already are.

    Here’s an expansion of that.  Let’s take on the concept of Mastery. Because while I do believe we each are “perfect” and that we should not work on ourselves,  there are areas of our lives that we have yet to Master.

    So how can we accomplish that?

    By taking on something we do not yet know how to do. Something bigger than us.

    Until you or I are willing to take on what we do not yet know how to do will we put ourselves in the opportunity to transform. And it is in the very process of getting it done that we grow .

    This does NOT negate our current “perfection”. Nor is the work suggested here to be done on ourselves but rather on the situation at hand. Only by taking on such a “game” that we don’t know yet how to “win” can we develop Mastery . . . of Ourselves!

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  • Whatever You Do, DON’T WORK AT IT!

    There is nothing to be done. Or thought. 

    You are perfect as you are if you’d only allow yourself to BE who you ARE.

    Maybe that’s why the idea of Personal DEVELOPMENT makes some people cringe.

    What do you think?

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    8 Jul 2010, 6:10am
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  • There Is NO Time But NOW

    As some may know I moved back to my “old neighborhood” three years ago. When my mother’s health was fading I decided to move back and bought the 4-family in which I grew up.

    Now when I walk the streets I see a pastry shop with two sets of eyes and ears – a young boy’s and a grown man’s. It is vitally important to me to balance the boy’s memory with what is there before me NOW.

    Why you may ask? Why not be nostalgic?

    Because memory can be a very limiting factor. Instead of being a help, memory can enslave you.

    I heard it again this afternoon, passing one of the pastry shops. Three men in their early to mid-sixties were sitting enjoying  coffee. And the memories were rolling on.

    “I remember we used to take the #26 bus down to West Farms. They used to have some great bands at those dance halls. And the girls! We used to dress up . . . ”

    So far so good. Then . . .

    “Not today. They don’t do this any more. Today they’re like blah blah blah. . .”

    Memory has obliterated Now.

    When you experience something, details are recorded in your memory and from that you draw conclusions and you’re convinced you know something or what it’s like. As a result you believe your experience is the gospel truth and consequently your experience never changes.

    You live that over and over again thus remaining at the mercy of your beliefs, especially the belief that there is no way out – or back. You have never been able to realize that your thoughts gave birth to the experiences that enslave you.

    Stated more eloquently by George Lavenia, “Your experiences in life are a reflection of your ideas and your beliefs.”

    There is nothing but NOW and it is a gift which is why it is called the Present.

    Why not choose to create a reality that works, rather than one that doesn’t?

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    Sorry, But I Don’t Believe In Work

    I included the apology because I’m sure I’ve offended some.

    It seems that work to those offended not only defines their lives but exists as a badge of honor, their metric to measure just how serious they are. You know, the “I mean business” mindset.

    I watch sports, baseball primarily, football in the fall & winter and more recently some futball because of the World Cup. When I frequently hear athletes and coaches, especially broadcasters, declare they “work hard” or “have work to do” I laugh.

    It may seem like semantics but I was under the impression they PLAY baseball, football, basketball, futball, hockey, etc.

    PLAY.

    Where is the disconnection between the two words, PLAY and WORK?

    A recent blog of mine featuring a quote from the brilliant book by George Lavenia, What You Think is What You Get, highlighted the distinction. http://liveyourdream-ownyourlife.com/is-it-work-or-play

    Watch children play. Or your pets. Watch athletes play their sports.

    Then consider you at your work.

    I did and came away with the conclusion I was doing it all wrong. I just didn’t experience myself as I did the children, dogs and athletes experiencing themselves. They didn’t seem disconnected, struggling or at odds with themselves. They and their experiences were one and the same.

    I don’t call it my Business (Busy-ness) anymore. I now call it my Playfulness.

    A trick? Maybe, if you consider it so, but I’m having more FUN at work.

    OOPS! I mean PLAY.

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    Is It Work or Play?

    Why not both? 

    I had always envied those people who were able to say they “never worked a day in their life.” That everything they did seemed like play to them and whatever they played at they were able to get paid for!

    Talk about a Holy Grail! Or hitting a lottery!

    Can’t tell you how many self-development books I read and CDs I listened to or how many seminars I attended trying to wring out the secret these people held.

    I was stumped until I read this and real-ized how elegantly simple the solution is:

    “The difference between work and play is nothing more than your preconceived idea about the activity. It may sound crazy but it’s true.

    “The way you feel about doing something is directly related to the way you think. By choice, you are the one who determines the amount of enjoyment you get out of your pursuits. In fact, you can get satisfaction from everything you do by giving yourself totally to all of your endeavors.  However, the only way you can experience that kind of freedom is when you no longer associate survival with what you’re doing. That way, you’re not attached to the outcome, which means you have nothing to lose.

    “Now here’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you have nothing to lose, there’s no fear, and if you have no fear, you’re free – free from any idea associated with what you do.

    ONCE YOU GIVE UP YOUR CONCERN

    ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING,

    YOU CAN BE FREE OF FEAR,

    AND THAT’S THE ONLY

    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

    WORK AND PLAY.

    “By letting go of your concern, you are free of your mind’s influence. Then and only then can you get as much enjoyment out of work as you do from play. Then you can come from enjoyment rather than trying to find it. It is that simple!

    “As you can see, the way you experience something is totally up to you. To use this knowledge is your birthright –  your right to create the experience of joy in your life.”

    And joy in your work. Or is it play?

    – Quoted with deep gratitude to George Lavenia, from his book What You Think is What You Get.

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    The Beginning of Wisdom

    “The question of whether or not there is a God or truth or reality, or whatever you like to call it, can never be answered by books, by priests or ministers or rabbis, by philosophers or saviors. Nobody and nothing can answer the question but YOU yourself and that is why you must know yourself.

    Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. To understand yourself is the Beginning of Wisdom.”

    And Success.

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    The Aphorism Salon – The Bitterest Tears

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    “THE BITTEREST TEARS SHED OVER GRAVES ARE FOR WORDS LEFT UNSAID AND DEEDS LEFT UNDONE”

    So as the ad says, JUST DO IT.

    It IS later than you think.

    How do you feel about that?


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    The Aphorism Salon – Create Your Happiness

    “SOME PURSUE HAPPINESS, OTHERS CREATE IT.”

    This one’s short and sweet. And needs little explanation. some-pursue-happiness

    As Abraham Lincoln so famously said, “Happiness is a decision.”

    Have you ever tried to grab a fistful of water? It’s a bit like chasing Happiness. Or Money. The hotter the pursuit, the better the eluding done by the pursued.

    Makes sense, doesn’t it?

    Better hunters know that instead of expending energy chasing, it’s a better strategy to stay put and create a lure to attract the desired object. And this is where your Intention and Attention come in.

    Create your Happiness by determining and isolating in your Heart your Passion – an “inside job” if there ever was one. Then put your Attention on it by feeding it Action “out there” in the Field of Play. Not Activity but Action – laser-like, focused and determined Action with the desired Outcome already in Mind.

    That’s getting your Heart’s Passionate Intent and your Mind’s Quiet Attention working in a reciprocating loop creating your Joy and Happiness.

    How do you feel about that? Happy, Appreciative, Skeptical? 

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  • HAVE YOU SURRENDERED CONTROL OF YOUR MIND?

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