September, 2013 Archives


Rough Break Ahead

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Recently I was driving and came across this sign, informing me that there was a “Rough Break Ahead”. I burst out laughing and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if life gave us signs like this?” And the more I thought about it, I realized- it does! For most of us, we move along our path fairly obliviously, with a few bumps in the road and don’t realize we’ve hit a rough break until we’re there. Then, we look back and wonder what just happened. However, I believe our personal signs are there as well, IF we’re… Read more.

Don’t Regret Your Experiences, Embrace Them!

We all have stories that make us smile and others that we prefer to forget. We all have experienced personal and professional ups and downs. This is part of the human experience and we should appreciate every moment. Do not regret the past, as difficult as that may be. The past is behind you with nothing but knowledge in its wake. You can’t change the past, so why not make it an educational tool no different than when you first learned to ride a bike? Do not be disappointed or discouraged about today. Today is temporary and tomorrow is on… Read more.

Inspired Interview: David Mezzapelle

The Time Is Now

Have you ever thought that you somehow missed your turn in life and are not where you are supposed to be? Can you pinpoint that one decision or step that keeps you constantly wondering how to correct your situation or have less stress and more fun? Now is the time to stop looking back and understand that, as creatures of habits, we have the ability to choose and change our situations at any time! We all have been conditioned to believe that winning or losing can be traced to a single play or, in our case, a single action. You… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Carter and Olivia Ries

We only have one shot at making our world the place we want it to be. To make it something we can be proud of and something we would proudly hand over to the next generation. It is time we all looked at our everyday life and asked ourselves, “What can I do today that will help the next generation so they can live the life I envision?” Each one of us has the ability to better our world and it is our responsibility to strive to find solutions to the problems we inherit. We see so many opportunities to… Read more.

How to Truly Sparkle!

I am a Nature fanatic! I love all the ways she calls to me to notice her magnificence. The birds (my favorites are hummingbirds, hawks, and herons), flowers (orchids and roses), trees (the dogwood and Norfolk pine), and environments (the beach) are ever present for us to experience. The seasons signal with their own specific energies. There is always something to give loving energy to. It’s fabulous! It’s as if Nature is a fashion show and it’s constantly getting all dressed up. She sparkles! Like her, I feel extra sparkly when I dress up. Getting ready to go out for… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Stephen Edwards

As a life-long learner, one of the most important things I can share with you is the power of the simple act of forgiveness. I want to share this piece of “Soultry”, because it really brings the act of forgiveness to life. For Ever and Ever Sometimes it’s hard to take things in your stride,  To turn the other cheek, look away, and swallow your pride. But some people strike out in their anger and pain.  And we must forgive them, again and again. Try to understand, that although it’s not okay It’s not your job to make them pay…. Read more.

4 Essential Strategies for Changing Your Life

Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the doors to your heart and opens your world up in ways previously unimaginable. Gratitude is the stage and the players are joy, peace, love, acceptance, belonging, and compassion. Make time to be grateful and happiness will be your reward. When you find yourself spiraling into thoughts and attitudes of scarcity, stop yourself and think of what you have to be grateful for. Stop spending time wishing things were different and focus on the good things in your life, at this very moment. It is no secret that where our thoughts go our lives go as… Read more.

How Do I Find the Courage to Quit?

“I really need to quit my job but have a family to support. The biggest obstacle is money and time. Can you please provide any tips on courage and taking the business leap?” ~ Erick, Henderson, NV For starters, you could start a side business and keep working until the side business generates enough income to quit. That is what I did when I first quit my job. Fear often replaces courage when we become overwhelmed by the monumental nature of the task ahead, like “how am I going to build a business with enough income to support my family.”… Read more.

Inspired Interview: David Christopher

Mind Your Stories

Mind your stories.   Mind your stories; question them often. Nourish those that serve.   Change those that do not. Far easier said than done, yes? For many of our darker stories have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches- and the river of mind all too easily turns back into these dark and shadowy valleys. So mind also your story about changing your story; be quick to forgive both yourself and your world should the story be slow to change.   Mind your stories; know them for what they are. For more than it is through your… Read more.

Want to Find God? Meditate

Given 30 seconds to say what is most important in life, it’d be simple: give yourself to God. God gets a mixed review, obviously a favorable spin from religious or spiritual types, but still one with vague undertones of uncertainty. The advice I gave sounds good but what does it really mean, why is it important, and how should one go about doing it? Let’s cut to the chase. Life on earth isn’t easy. Even when wealthy or healthy, people may be miserable. With no way to know what’ll happen one minute to the next, control and security are illusory…. Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Jeffery Straker

I’m a singer-songwriter-pianist touring about 100 shows a year. In my ‘former life’ though, I worked for a big marketing company. It was a good job, but when I listened to my heart, it wasn’t quite fulfilled. I was a trained musician and realized I really wanted to pursue music as a career but the switch seemed overwhelming. I’d been performing some of my songs at open-mic nights as a hobbyist for a few years ‘dreaming’ of a full time music career when I was slapped in the face by a big dose of reality. I visited a great aunt… Read more.

3.74 Degrees of Separation – Social Media and the Algorithm of the Human Heart

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. I’m no Kevin Bacon, but I just found a batch of research that says the degrees of separation between me and the rest of the world are decreasing. And it’s no surprise that social media has a lot to do with it. Take Facebook, for instance: Mark Zuckerberg and co. say that I’m only 3.74 degrees away from any other user on the social network. That’s less than 4 connections separating me from President Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, or even you. Small world, huh? And the numbers get even more mind-blowing the more you think about… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Craig Handley

My advice to help you today is to share with you a truth that you need to “buy into” in order to reach your dreams. Success is something that happens by turning a wheel a little bit at a time. To turn the wheel you need strong people and smart people, night owls and early birds, starters and finishers… all working together. I’m a great networker. I am not great at working out all the detail after detail needed sometimes to get a great idea executed. I had to find my polar opposite in order to be successful. You will… Read more.

Why Am I See-Sawing Emotionally?

“Sometimes I feel so excited about the things I’ve got going on in my life, but then, that all goes away, and I just can’t manage to get into any of it. I almost feel manic-depressive. Is that normal?” ~ Riley, Fayetteville, AR Everything goes in cycles. We see this everywhere in life, and we are generally happily accept it — outside of our own selves. But we have to realize that we are not immune to the cycles of energy and growth. Daily life is like swinging: when we are flying forward it feels exhilarating, wholly empowering. We love… Read more.

The Path You Need to Live in the Flow

Look at the shining sun, listen to the singing water, feel the unpredictable wind. Are those ever completely still? Not really. They are in fact always in movement, always flowing. Anything that is alive is always moving and changing. And so are you. Whatever your circumstances are, they are already changing, right now. And in what direction? That depends entirely on you. Every single thought that crosses your mind, every single action you take is the foundation of who you will be right around the corner. That’s why, whatever you are feeling today, remember that you are already becoming somebody… Read more.

Love is The Solution To Any Problem

Love is a weapon – and I prefer to kill with kindness and torment with tenderness. When we do this, our natural tendencies towards aggression are utilized in creative ways through work, sports, games and hobbies, and not through destructive behavior. A child’s brain wave pattern up to the age of six is like that of a hypnotized individual. So your messages can stay with them for a lifetime. If they are mottos to die by, and the child does not make a conscious effort to eliminate and abandon them, it does lead to their illness and early death. A… Read more.

More Brilliance from Charlene Potterbaum

I would share the same words I shared with a young mother whose lament sounded the same as mine when I was in the business of raising my six wonderful kids. I remember well having some of the same feelings she expressed–overwhelmed, overburdened, wondering if having made the decision to be a “stay at home Mommy” might have been a wrong decision after all! I told her that there was no older woman for me who could help get me back on track, so God did it for me. I was cleaning out the little boy’s room, turning yucky socks… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Charlene Potterbaum

15 Reminders for Facing Adversity

Two things can happen when your world turns upside down with tragedy, such as blindness or the murder of your child. Either your life becomes a mess or you reach deep within. Choose the latter and, through the power of God at work, you become the messenger of the greatness that is yours to share. And while sharing, there’s a secret to live the abundance of life, to relish in the richness of each day and to delight in success and triumph. And that triumph isn’t in a book or hidden in mysteries untold, or even in philosophies to ponder… Read more.

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