December, 2012 Archives


REVEAL Your Truth to the World

As the end of another year comes to a close, I have been spending a lot of my time lately in deep reflection. I find this time of year tends to bring forth a more reflective and contemplative mindset for many others as well. It is a time to look back on the year, recount all that we have experienced, and set goals and intentions for the year ahead. However, the end of this year in particular, 2012, doesn’t just mark the end of another year but quite possibly the end of life as we currently know it to be…. Read more.

Inspired Interview: Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Brilliance from Michael Cupo

What has truly inspired me the last five years of my existence has been to find a way to bring more Love into our world, both my Love and that of others. The more that I Love, it seems the more I am Loved. The whole of existence is to be the Love that we are. We seem to have lost our way as a species, but this is mostly due to ignorance, not because we are bad people. I know I was lost for forty-nine years and then one day I was not. This change has led to a… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Tommy Lichty

What I have learned about life is to never take anything for granted. Always live each day to the fullest and give 110%. Don’t let anything or anyone tell you that you can’t live out your dreams. Always believe in yourself and know that anything is possible with hard work, determination, and passion. When life hands you a challenge, face it head on with the attitude of coming out on the winning end of that challenge. Just because you have some type of disability, it doesn’t mean that you have to “sit on the bench” – get into the game… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Own Your Own Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. If you had to publicly share every decision you make with the world, which would you bear more often: a scarlet letter or a badge of honor? In our exceedingly fast-paced world, we are bombarded with situations that demand immediate decisions and judgment calls. Unspoken email etiquette requires a same-day response to each message that lands in our inboxes. And the assumed rapid response to text messages is even more demanding: Societal conventions say that if a few hours pass before you respond, you’ve dropped the ball. Gone, it seems, are the days of decisions made… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Judi and Shari Zucker

At a very young age, we understood the importance of living a healthful lifestyle. Cliché;s like “You are what you eat” and “Your health is your greatest wealth!” resonated with us. We were young and healthy and wanted to preserve that feeling as long as possible. We viewed a nutritious diet coupled with proper exercise and healthy lifestyle habits as “preventive medicine,” and we wanted to share what we learned with others. In this life, we are given only one body, which is why it’s so important to take care of it! If you are good to your body, it… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Michael Crossland

Question the status quo and ask more questions, dig deeper and fight harder, to inspire more, to laugh louder and to smile bigger and brighter than ever. Live into your premise, find your purpose and begin to rejoice. Don’t accept being ordinary, set goals, visualize happiness and become extraordinary. Look at every problem in your life and see it as an opportunity to grow and develop. Believe that everything in life happens for a reason and focus on shifting your mindset and investing in your business and your family but most importantly, invest in yourself. It is critical to know… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Grace Ho

You have unlimited choices and potentials in your life. So, when you face a “crisis,” take it as an opportunity to grow and it will take you to the next level of abundance. In the Chinese and Japanese languages, the word “Crisis” is written with two words: Danger and Opportunity. As the Principle of Yin and Yang teaches us, everything has two opposing facets: Negative and Positive, or Good and Bad. And it is up to you to focus on Negative or Positive aspect of life. In other words, the crisis (or issue or problem) that you are facing right… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Dane Pavlik

I became a church Altar Server at age nine and was occasionally paired to serve with a young man with Down’s Syndrome. I was nervous at first because he was “different”. I learned at that young age that what made him different was his honesty, sincerity, lack of hypocrisy and his smile came from the heart. I no longer feared altar serving with him but looked forward to it. I’ve been privileged to be counselor at a camp where children and adults with mental and physical disabilities have a summer they will never forget, and I won’t either. Each counselor… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jeannie Kang

It is such a blessing to share this experience called life, with our family, friends, mentors and peers. They each contribute to our growth and understanding of who we are, and to the world around us. The memories we share in those moments of joy and happiness, are the treasures that hold us through the tough days we all must face. And through it all, it helps to remember that we are all here to be of service in one way or another. Wake up each morning and, in your heart, feel truly grateful that you can breathe. Start the… Read more.

Look at the Helpers

Years ago I decided that no two brains are wired the same way. I know DNA influences and that nurture is often more powerful than nature. I also know that we’re each responsible for our own choices. I’m not sure where mental illness leaves off and evil takes over, but I got new clues last Friday as I watched the coverage of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Like everyone, I’m deeply saddened. The inspiration I found in this horribly grim tragedy came from a line spoken by the late Mr. Rogers, who told children, “When… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Master Charles Cannon

Ever Wonder Where Your Favorite Artist Got His or Her Inspiration?

By Cara Aley. When you make a living as an artist, there are inevitably people, places, and things that inspire you to create your works of art. It’s always so interesting to learn where our favorite artists draw their inspiration from, so we’re profiling several. James Taylor. Long-time singer/songwriter James Taylor cites some interesting early guitar and vocal style influences – he went to a boarding school where he was exposed to the Church of England hymnal music night and day. He also cites folk and Celtic music as influences, in addition to Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Taylor also draws… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Craig Hamilton

In our deepest spiritual moments, we’ve all sensed that an extraordinary transformation is possible—a radical realignment at the deepest levels of our being that would not only liberate us from our personal suffering but would infuse our lives with a sacred, cosmic sense of meaning, purpose and wholeness. Yet, in the face of life’s challenges, it’s easy to lose touch with this deeper sense of potential, and even begin to doubt that such a lofty possibility really exists. I want you to know that the highest possibility you’ve glimpsed, the most glorious potential you’ve sensed is not a figment of… Read more.

Home Alone For The Holidays – Finding Joy

This time of year so often seems to fly by for most of us, but perhaps not so fast for Baby Boomers who are alone. The many office and neighborhood parties, family visits, shopping, and tree lighting ceremonies can be difficult for someone who is alone for the first time in years. Many of our Baby Boomer friends and family members are struggling to keep the joy of the holiday season while their minds are full of thoughts and memories of a loved one who has recently passed on. It’s very difficult to keep a smile on your face when… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Bill Gladstone

Today’s Brilliance from Caleb

I’ve heard it said that some people are just dreamers, as if to dream is less than to do. That’s not how I see it. From where I stand as a 14 year old, dreams are what give life a purpose, what brings us to another place, a greater place. When a person has a dream of something better for him or herself or for human kind, they should be encouraged to follow their dream and be supported in their quest. The dream has to come first and is most important. The dream is what inspires us to act. I’ve… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: 24 Virtues

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. When the going gets tough, everyone reverts to a different weapon of choice. And our arsenals are jam-packed with weapons that injure our foes: Sarcasm, pouting, snippy responses, the cold shoulder, anger, and denial, just to name a few. But when was the last time you thought about how you actually feel when you activate your defense mechanism of choice? Life can be constant warfare. Prickly personalities rub us the wrong way in checkout lines, and drivers who cut us off or forget their turn signal irk us on the roads. At the office, coworkers with… Read more.

Change Your Life With Forgiveness

We are beings of energy and light. The energy within each one of us carries a vibration that can be felt and/or sensed, with a polarity of low and high. The higher end is where we connect with spirit and our higher self along with other high vibrating energy like love, joy and abundance. The lower end is where negativity resides with anger, fear, sadness, illness and suffering. If your life does not match what you desire, raising your vibration can change it; forgiveness is the way. Life is too precious to squander our time living unhappy, angry, sad or… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Kim Somers Egelsee

Many of us are confused as to how to get our life completely in balance and in harmony. It all begins with a commitment to work on ourselves. Some of us get so caught up in daily life that it can become monotonous and robotic. There has to be a way to shift out of this, make some amazing changes, and move forward with enthusiasm. The good news is that there are numerous ways. Sometimes, one small shift and your entire life can change in enormous and amazing ways. If you can say that you have harmony in all areas… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Michelle Phillips

If you could have all of your dreams come true, what would your ideal life look like? I’m talking about much more than just the job you want, it could be family life, relationships, or any of the things that would be a part of your happiest, most secure existence. It may seem like an easy question but for the majority of people I work with letting themselves dream seems to be the hardest part of growing personally or professionally. When I ask a simple question like, “What would you like to do?” it is usually met with either “I… Read more.

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