September, 2012 Archives


Today’s Brilliance from Zara Singh

I found a key, That unlocks a treasure chest,  Is it empty?  Or is it filled with jewels and diamonds,  Silver and gold? The key was hidden  But now it is in front of me,  If only I knew,  Just what the chest holds. The key sits in my hand,  Slowly warming with the heat of my heart,  The choice is mine.  Do I take this key,  And open the chest now?  Or leave it,  For another time? I found the key,  That unlocked the treasure chest.  This key of gratitude,  Unlocked the treasures of my soul.  The treasures are… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Focus on Being Positive

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Focus on being positive. Stop yourself from saying things like “I’ll never finish this project” or “I’ll never have a good relationship.” Replace these thoughts with hope and positive statements, to help good things come into your life. Try meditation. It will help you to better cope with the stressful things in your life. Avoid self-criticism if possible. If you find yourself being critical, stop and just take a moment to readjust your attitude. Treat yourself more kindly; it makes a big difference. Figure out what your calling in life is. If your work doesn’t make… Read more.

An Open Letter to Mikko McPuppers

By B. Lynn Goodwin. On our first walk you rounded the corner with pride, and looked up to say, “See how well I do this? I don’t tug on the leash. I don’t even stop and sniff. Please take me home.” At that moment I decided we needed each other. I took this photo of you on the grass by the pool before the lifeguards came out and before I realized dogs weren’t allowed at the pool. I had no idea it would become your author photo five years later when you became a columnist for Silver Rescue. When I… Read more.

Who Rescued Who?

By B. Lynn Goodwin. “See the decal? It’s a dog’s paw print that says, ‘Who rescued who?’ Good question, don’t you think?” Even though I was picking up his prescription, Mikko stayed home, as he usually does now. He had a small stroke about six months ago, and even the walk between my condo and garage is too much for him some days. He’s become an old man, a little crotchety and semi-immobile, and sometimes incontinent. He looks at me with sweet, loving eyes and he tells me he loves me and he wants to still be here. So he… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Darryl Easterling

Only the strong survive, the weak will fold. Life isn’t always easy. Being strong and courageous is doing what others are afraid to do. Don’t be afraid to pave your own way. Take chances and take them frequently. Taking chances and risks will spark an undeniable curiosity that has to be quenched. You can’t fear failure. Embrace it. Accept the fact that failure is possible and everyone, at some point in their life, fails at something. The key is to learn from your mistakes and grow. Always move forward. P.U.S.H.! Pray until something happens. Surround yourself with successful people. Even if your definition of… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Azziza Salem

Inner Peace = World Peace. Think about it. If we all just focused on achieving inner peace, wouldn’t world peace be a byproduct? Inner peace can be found by following your passion. Your passion is built-in and it is your job to excavate it. You have a purpose that no one else can fulfill. Your purpose can be found by following your passion. It is a burning desire to do that which brings you bliss. Follow your passion with unshakable relentless persistence. Don’t let temporary setbacks make you feel like a failure. Each setback is a lesson and a stepping… Read more.

Harness the Power of Laughter

If you want to feel better, here’s a suggestion for you that has worked well for many others: Do more, be more . . . and LAUGH more! Laughing is healthy. It helps the body’s immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it’s invigorating, it’s rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects and laughing is nothing less than a miracle drug! Laughing is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet, and is 100 percent wholesome. Laughter has no pesticides, no preservatives, and absolutely no artificial ingredients. There are no movable parts, no… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jessica Bacon

Wisdom is knowing how to appropriately use the knowledge you have already acquired, but to pass on what I’ve learned in five hundred words is a challenge. As a incoming Sophomore in high school, I have seen how many children and young adults act under today’s pressured society. Many have caved into peer pressure wanting to be seen and popular, yet afraid to walk down the hallway without being judged. So many are afraid to show what true talents and works of art they can be associated with, but too weary of how they may be reflected back by their… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Living the Conscious Life

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Have you ever thought about the power of gratitude? We’ve discussed the idea of a gratitude journal before. What emotions are linked with happiness? Optimism, hopefulness, curiosity and gratitude are all emotions that go hand in hand with happiness, but are just a few of many others. One emotion that is most valuable is gratitude. The exercise of keeping a daily Gratitude Journal is a tool that builds happiness. Every day you can write down in your Gratitude Journal the things that you are grateful for. Journaling pushes you to notice the good things that happen… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Simon Tam

Make every word count. I once heard that “language is the primary moral choice in our life”. The words we choose can build communities, reunite loved ones, and inspire others. They can be a catalyst for change. However, our words also have the power to destroy and divide: they can start a war, reduce a lifelong relationship to a collection of memories, or end a life. If there is anything in life worthy of consideration, it should be the way that we use words. In nearly every creation story, life begins from words. In every civilization, it has been the… Read more.

Unexpected Answer

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Yesterday I opened iTunes and clicked on my Garth Brooks file, so I could hear an old favorite, “Unanswered Prayers.” “Just a little diversion,” I told myself as I uploaded a book review to Story Circle Network while Garth strummed the opening chords. Just the other night a hometown football game My wife and I ran into my old high school flame And as I introduced them the past came back to me And I couldn’t help but think of the way things used to be… That started me thinking about the way things used to… Read more.

10 Commandments for Success

I did not realize the level of sacrifice that would be required to become not only an entrepreneur, but a successful entrepreneur. I wish I had understood the value of investing when I started out. I would done the things that I needed to do in order to “produce” and to make money very differently. The most important rule I have learned in life is to never, ever give up, no matter how difficult the situation may be. For every situation there is a solution! We dream and we dream big, but dreams are one thing – bringing them into… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan

No one on his deathbed ever said “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” Don’t get me wrong. Work is a wonderful thing. It can be very fulfilling and can provide meaningful service to others. But personal relationships are the most important things in our lives. It’s through relationships with others that we learn about ourselves, about how to make choices, how to self correct, how to grow and develop, how to contribute to the human community, how to turn dreams into reality. And listening is the most important behavior in those relationships. Really listening. This requires using your eyes and your… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Ken Budd

Our time here is short. The average human life lasts only 650,000 hours. It was a lesson I learned in 2005, when my father collapsed from a heart attack. After his sudden death, friends wrote letters saying how he’d supported them, made them better people, and I thought… What will friends say when I’m gone? What am I doing that matters? And then I volunteered in six countries around the world. That journey changed my view of life. I learned that there’s power in small gestures. In many Third World countries, parents will send their kids to school – rather… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Sean Martin

I think you do not know love and appreciation until you rescue or adopt an animal. With so many homeless animals, I wish more people would ADOPT, not shop. I understand wanting certain breeds, but why not save one from a breed rescue or shelter? Adopting older dogs or cats is also good because they have probably been in the system longer. Puppies and kittens usually spend less time in shelters. When an animal spends less time in a shelter, that animal will be able to live a happier and more fulfilling life. One of my dogs, Coconut was one… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Laughter Is My Gateway Drug

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. They’re not kidding when they say laughter is contagious. Just think back to the last time you really laughed. No, a quiet chuckle under your breath doesn’t qualify; I’m talking about real deep-in-the-gut laughter that makes you forget about all the lousy things going on in your life. The kind of laughter that for an instant makes everything seem simple and carefree. When was the last time you experienced a natural high like that? Laughter is the ultimate escape from the high-drama, success-driven world in which we live. Once you experience the overwhelming positive effects of… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jeffrey Marks

There’s a phrase that says “when one door closes, another door opens.” The image conjures up a sense that somehow you are at the mercy of a string of corridors – much like a maze – and the success of your path will be determined by someone (or something) either allowing admittance into certain areas or flatly refusing your petition. However, this may not at all be the case. What if we were to discover that the doors were something we could open and close ourselves – or better yet, they were all simply illusions? Modern day consciousness research is… Read more.

Write Your Bucket List

By B. Lynn Goodwin. I never saw Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List, but I know the movie inspired people around the world to make their own lists. In case you’ve never heard of such a thing, a bucket list is a list of goals, dreams, ambitions, and the experiences you’d like to have before you die. It can include countries and people you want to visit, events you want to see, and sports, hobbies, and activities you’d like to try sometime. Whether you want to run a marathon, learn a foreign language, see the Aurora Borealis,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Vicki Chelf

One definition of enlightenment is, “no problems.” I like this. At first it seems simplistic, but the more you think about it, the more its wisdom is revealed. Everyone desires to be healthy and happy, and as I get older I am beginning to believe that it is easier than we think. There’s an enormous amount of confusion, guilt and dysfunction surrounding how to take care of ourselves. This, I believe, is reinforced by industries that profit from our ignorance. There are only two dietary and lifestyle choices – either we choose to live, and act accordingly, or we choose… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Sean Patrick

Today’s Brilliance from Ashley Berry

Bullying is a problem that affects too many people and it needs to stop. To those being bullied, know that it’s ok to talk to someone: a parent, friend, trusted adult, teacher, sibling or anyone else that you feel safe with. Even if you’re scared at first, it will pay off in the long run. I believe it’s important for everyone to be themselves. Other people need to accept you for you and not someone you’re trying to be. The world would be really boring if we were all alike, but think of how wonderful it is with so many… Read more.

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