November, 2012 Archives


Today’s Brilliance from Lisa Lockwood

People reinvent for different reasons: to get a better life, to be more respected, to make more money, to be happier, to get a stronger body, to find a better relationship, to know God, or to make life more interesting. If your ears perk up when you hear about the lawyer who gave it all up to become a fashion designer or the auditor who ditched her accounting firm to start her own pet clothing company, and you wonder how they did it – reinvention is the answer. If you are curious about what is typical and what is rare… Read more.

How You Can Motivate Others Everyday

Believe in yourself! You are capable of doing anything you put your heart and soul into. I only choose to focus on projects I am passionate about and can dedicate 110% of my time and energy. Dream big and set high expectations for yourself. You are your best cheerleader, so make personal goals you want to achieve and focus on those. Write those goals down and periodically read them to see which ones you have already reached. Decide if you should alter or change any goals to better suit your ideals as you change. No matter what others may say… Read more.

Flying on Veteran’s Day

My husband’s eighty-nine-year-old father passed away at the end of October. His memorial service was held in Corpus Christi on November 10, 2012. We flew there for the service. My husband is a pastor, and he conducted a memorable celebration that honored his father’s life. I’m new to his family, and it was a privilege to watch his siblings and his offspring interacting. It had also been a privilege to know his dad very briefly. We flew home the following Monday, and the head of our flight crew was an exceptional woman named Mary Hannold. A former teacher, she is… Read more.

13 Reminders to Start Your Day Out Right

Never give up on yourself. You are, and always will be, the most important person in your life, for your life would not exist without you! You are capable of anything. In order to attain any accomplishment, you must believe that you are worthy of achieving it! Everything in your life can assist you in some way, but if you focus on the have-nots, then you will always be wanting for more. Shift your focus onto your innate worthiness. Worthiness does not have to be achieved or bestowed upon you; your worthiness is already there, because it is an integral… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Ken Foster

Rethinking the Next Stage of Your Life

Imagine a GPS that is set on a certain course. You know where you want to go, you type in the address and then trust that it will direct you to your destination. One thing that the machine may not comprehend is that there are times when detours, accidents and road construction get in the way of an otherwise direct route. What does the voice in hand-held device calmly and in a matter-of-fact manner say to you? One simple word: RECALCULATING. Then it goes about its job of re-directing your trip. In 2008, my inner GPS did a major recalculation. My… Read more.

Refuse to Be What You Don’t Want to Be

Refuse to be anything you don’t want to be, period. And that’s it. Sounds simple, right? It is, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. I can tell you that this philosophy has helped me through a ton of crazy stuff recently. Are you facing haters at school or online? Refuse to be bullied. Do people say mean things about you behind your back? Refuse to be victimized. Are you shy or self-conscious? Refuse to be insecure. Do you feel as if no one is listening? Refuse to be silenced. Are things not going your way, in general? Refuse to… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Hattie Retroage

There are countless individuals all over the world who dread getting older. They may even fear that it will ruin their lives. Goodness knows, that’s how I felt for years! As soon as I realized that transforming this negative mindset was the only way to insure life-long youthfullness, I got to work! No way, did I want my fears to determine my destiny. Attitude is a very powerful force in controlling our lives. We know how important it is to maintain a positive attitude in all areas of life. Who hasn’t experienced discouragement and depression when faced with daunting challenges?… Read more.

What Matters Most is How You See Yourself

By Vicki Savini. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Better yet, what do you feel? You may think a mirror is just for brushing your teeth, styling your hair, or examining your overall appearance, but the mirror can actually be a very powerful tool. I am the youngest child in my family. I grew up with two loving parents and three older sisters, so I certainly wasn’t starved for attention. I was a dancer, a singer, an artist, and even a writer. I had hard working parents who taught us to be kind, generous, and always… Read more.

What’s The One Thing You Want to Accomplish?

If you had only one thing that you could accomplish in your lifetime, what would it be? Just one thing…. not your entire bucket list. Limiting it to just one thing forces us to focus on what’s really the single, most important thing that we still want to achieve. Perhaps it’s writing a book that will make a difference to millions, raising our children to be good adults, sailing around the world, performing on Broadway or becoming an accomplished artist. Whatever it is for you, bring it to your mind right now. If you don’t know what that one thing… Read more.

What is the Difference Between Fate and Free Will?

By Tara Taylor. I frequently get asked what my belief is on the difference between fate and free will is. Fate is that we are meant to meet certain people in our lives and then free will is what we choose to do with that encounter of the situation. Fate is that we all receive messages from the divine; free will is our choice on what we will do with that message. The best way to help you choose a higherself solution is to ask yourself: “Am I treating others the way I would like to be treated?” No matter what… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Checking in with Hal Elrod

Today’s Brilliance from Keanu and Tristen Ellen

Both of us have two-fold inspirations, Tristen’s is family and the grateful smiles on the people when you help them. Keanu is not very different, his inspiration comes from family time spent together, and philanthropy. As brothers, we have learned the value of family, brother power, and the joy of helping others. These are the three things that drive us every day, make us sensitive to the needs of others, and appreciate what we have. It has molded our characters, taught us right from wrong, and inspired us to start our organization, Turn Kindness On. Our Mom and Dad have… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Getting Unstuck

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Are you stuck? Do problems always seem to get you down? Are you waiting for the right things to happen so that you can finally be happy? For many people, happiness is an enigma. Happy feelings come and go, yet it is not something that is a constant state of being in life. But it doesn’t have to be this way! It is yet possible for happiness to be one of the most dependable elements of your life. When we get trapped in the little boxes that we create for ourselves, we find ourselves feeling miserable,… Read more.

Your Personal Emergency Kit

While I was tramping through the Kenyan bush some years ago with my new wife, our safari guide gave our small group specific instructions as to what to do if we encountered certain dangerous animals. “If an elephant charges our crew, everyone has to scatter–they won’t bother to chase a lone person.” In my head I mapped out what direction I would run and what I would do if my wife tried to team up with me. (Scold Laura nicely, and then run the other way.) “If a rhinoceros charges you, run in a zigzag pattern to confuse them–their eyesight… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from David Patten

What I have found through a tumultuous and difficult early life is that acceptance is the road to freedom. Because of my inability to function “normally,” I was not able to fit in to mainstream society. In the eyes of the culture and consequently my own eyes, I was flawed. I tried over and over again to figure out how I was going to be part of society… get a job, an education, have a family. But no matter how hard I tried to think my way out, I always ended up in the same place. No different than I… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Deb Hirschhorn

Not every marriage is happy. You may ask, how could this person who makes you miserable be your soulmate? And my answer is that you’re asking the wrong question. Just like the way to be happy in this world is not to sit back and wait for goodness but to search for it and then see it when it’s in front of you, the way to find happiness in your marriage is to become your spouse’s soulmate. The potential is there already. So the real question is: How do I see a soulmate in a person that right now I’m feeling… Read more.

10 Tips for Becoming Positive When You’re Down in the Dumps

By Heather Legg. Being down in the dumps can become a cycle of sadness, so it’s important to get yourself out and feel positive again. When you’re down, it’s easy to look at the dark side of things, but remember that there is always a brighter one. Here are some tips for becoming positive when you’re feeling blue: 1. Take Your Dog for a Walk If you have a pet, play with him. Take your dog for a walk; play with the cat. Animals have an innate ability to make us feel better. Even if you don’t have a pet,… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Dr. Raj Parti

Today’s Brilliance from Dr. Raj Parti

There is one word that is not well known – but needs to be. The word is “seva,” which in Sanskrit means “service.” I’ve learned that Seva is not just any kind of service, but rather selfless service performed with a sense of gratitude. It is service infused with kindness and respect for the ones served, and it arises from a place of peace and love. If we do our work and carry out relationships in accordance with seva, the world would change profoundly. Seva is not about taking a few hours out of our busy week to help others…. Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from TJ Prodigy

1 in 6 students are bullied in school on a daily basis. I am one of those kids… or well, I was one of those kids. This year I am being homeschooled, because I couldn’t take the bullying that I was going through in school any longer, and my school wouldn’t do anything about it. Unfortunately our teachers tell us to speak up and tell an adult when we are being bullied, but what happens when the adults don’t listen? I’m only 12 years old but I’ve learned so much about people in the past few months. I’ve learned that… Read more.

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