25 September 2018      

Good day, and welcome to our final issue of September!  Time keeps
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what used to be the future, but is now the present and will soon be
our past.  Please make the most of all your present moments this week!

Dare to Dream Again
Chris Widener

The Person and the Opportunity
Orison Swett Marden

What Attitude Today?
tom walsh

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It is far more important to be content with what is actually happening than to get upset about what might be happening but isn't.

John Heider

Your giving is sacred and therefore should be kept secret.  It is wise to give quietly with no strings attached.

Catherine Ponder

Our greatest power is the power of choice; our greatest freedom lies in the exercise of our power of choice.

William Curtis

  
Dare to Dream Again
Chris Widener

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."   -Teddy Roosevelt

Do you remember when you were a child and no dream seemed too big?  Some of us thought we would walk on the moon; some dreamed of riding with Roy Rogers; others imagined stepping to the plate in a big-league game.  Every one of us, when we were young, had a common trait - we were dreamers.  The world hadn't gotten to us yet to show us that we couldn't possibly achieve what our hearts longed for.  And we were yet still years from realizing that in some cases we weren't built for achieving our dream (I realized about my junior year of high school that I was too short and too slow to play professional basketball.  The dreamer is always the last to know).

Eventually we started to let our dreams die.  People began to tell us that we couldn't do the things we wanted.  It was impossible.  Responsible people don't pursue their dreams.  Settle down, get a job, be dependable.  Take care of business, live the mundane, be content.

Do you know what I say to that?  Hooey!

It is time to dream again!

Why?  Here are just a few reasons:

* Avoiding regret.  The facts are in, and someday we will all lie on our deathbed looking back through the history of our lives.  We will undoubtedly think about what we wished we had done or accomplished.  I for one don't want to regret what could have been, what should have been.  So I am deciding today to pursue my dreams.

* Making the world a better place.  All of the great accomplishments that have ever happened began with a person who had a dream.  Somebody rebuffed the naysayers and said to himself or herself, "This can be done, and I am the one who will do it."  And in many instances they changed the world for the better.  It isn't just the Martin Luther King's and the J.F.K's either.  Think of all the people we have never heard of who have started things large and small that help people world-wide every day.

* The world needs people like you to dream of something great and then to pursue it will all of your heart.  Maybe you belong to a business, school, or organization that started out with good intentions but has settled into the same ol' same ol'.  Shake them up and remind them of how they could really help people if only they would dream!

* Personal and family fulfillment.  One of the things that happens when we stop pursuing our dreams is that a little piece of us dies and we become disheartened, if only in that area of our lives.  Stepping up and pursuing your dream rekindles that passion and zeal that everyone has the capacity for and lets us experience fulfillment.  Having a purpose puts the zip in our step and the zing in our emotions!

* Leaving a legacy.  How will your children remember you?  As one who sought all that life had to offer, using your gifts and talents to their fullest extent, leading the family with a zest for life, or as an overweight couch potato who could have been?  Our children need to see that we dream; that we search for something better.  They in turn will do the same!

So where do we start?  Here are some ideas:

* Reconnect with your dream.  Set aside some time to let yourself dream.  What have you placed on the backburner in order to live the status quo?  Settle on one or two dreams that you can and will pursue.  Don't come up with too many.  That will only deter you further.

* Decide that you will do it.  This may seem elementary but many people never decide and commit fully to their dream.  They simply keep "thinking" about it.  Tell others that you are going to do it.  This puts you on the record as to what you are dreaming about.  It makes you accountable.  It will help you do it if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassment!

* Develop a step-by-step plan.  This is absolutely essential.  You must sit down and write out a few things:

1.  A timeline.  How long will it take to the end?
2.  Action steps.  Point-by-point what you will do and when you will do them.
3.  Resources you will need to draw from.  What will it take?  Who will need to be involved for help or advice?
4.  An evaluation tool.  You need to evaluate from time to time whether you are progressing or not.
5.  A celebration.  Yep, when you are done you should already have planned what you will do to celebrate.  Make it big!

I have found that there is no better time than now.  So set aside some time today to get started on your dream.  Follow the action plan and set your sights for the top of the mountain!  You will be glad you did!

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Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success, a company helping individuals and organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in every area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine.

   

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The Person and the Opportunity (an excerpt)
Orison Swett Marden

"What we call a turning-point," says Arnold, " is simply an occasion which sums up and brings to a result previous training.  Accidental circumstances are nothing except to people who have been trained to take advantage of them."  An opportunity will only make you ridiculous unless you are prepared for it.

The trouble with us is that we are ever looking for a princely chance of acquiring riches, or fame, or worth.  We are dazzled by what Emerson calls the " shallow Americanism" of the day.  We are expecting mastery without apprenticeship, knowledge without study, and riches by credit.  Because the politician acquires power by bribing the caucus, influence by "standing in" with the saloon keeper, wealth by fraud, and immunity from conviction by packing the jury, we are cozened into looking at life through a distorted lens.  These are opportunities to be shunned like the cholera.  They appear to rest upon a solid foundation, but they lead to infamy, and crime, and harmfulness to mankind, and perhaps suicide.

It is a common saying that "Luck beats science every time."  But this is the gambler's maxim, the fool's motto.

Young men and women, why stand ye here all the day idle?  Was the land all occupied before you were born?  Has the earth ceased to yield its increase?  Are the seats all taken? the positions all filled? the chances all gone?  Are the resources of your country fully developed?  Are the secrets of nature all mastered?  Is there no way in which you can utilize these passing moments to improve yourself or benefit another?  Is the competition of modern existence so fierce that you must be content to simply gain an honest living?  Have you received the gift of life in this progressive age, wherein all the experience of the past is garnered for your inspiration, merely that you may increase by one the sum total of purely animal existence?

The new is supplanting the old everywhere.  The machinery of ten years ago must soon be sold as old iron to make room for something more efficient.  The methods of our fathers are daily giving place to better systems.  Those who have devoted their lives to the cause of labor and progress are constantly falling in the ranks; and, as the struggle grows more intense, men and women with even stronger arms and truer hearts are needed to take the vacant places in the Battle of Life.

Born in an age and country in which knowledge and opportunity abound as never before, how can you sit with folded hands, asking God's aid in work for which He has already given you the necessary faculties and strength?  Even when the Chosen People supposed their progress checked by the Red Sea, and their leader paused for Divine help, the Lord said, "Wherefore criest thou unto me?  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward."

With the world full of work that needs to be done; with human nature so constituted that often a pleasant word or a trifling assistance may stem the tide of disaster for some fellow man, or clear his path to success; with our own faculties so arranged that in honest, earnest, persistent endeavor we find our highest good; and with countless noble examples to encourage us to dare and to do, each moment brings us to the threshold of some new opportunity.

Don't wait for your opportunity.  Make it, make it as the shepherd-boy Ferguson made his when he calculated the distances of the stars with a handful of glass beads on a string.  Make it as George Stephenson made his when he mastered the rules of mathematics with a bit of chalk on the grimy sides of the coal wagons in the mines.  Make it, as Napoleon made his in a hundred "impossible" situations.  Make it, as all leaders of people, in war and in peace, have made their chances of success.  Make it, as every person must, who would accomplish anything worth the effort.  Golden opportunities are nothing to laziness, but industry makes the commonest chances golden.

  

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Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction.  We are not
saying you can't change the world, right wrongs or replace evil
with good.  Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful
action.  If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way
it is, you will have difficulty changing it.  Moreover, if you
don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know
if the situation should be changed.

John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Life 101

   

 

What Attitude Today?

Today has just started for me--actually, it started almost an hour and a half ago, when I woke up, but I haven't gone outside yet and I haven't gone to work yet.  So most of the day still lies before me, waiting for me, full of opportunity for me to get an awful lot out of today.

And as I sit here wondering about my day to come, I have to ask myself what kind of attitude I'm going to take with me into this new day.  The temptation is to get caught up in worries and problems (and there are plenty of both, believe me!), because that's somehow the easiest way to approach a day.  My mind really likes it when I focus on negative things because then my mind doesn't have to do anything productive--it can just sit there, thinking about bad things, creating new imaginary scenarios to make the negatives even worse.  It can create situations and actions and reactions that turn me into a victim, that make my life look terrible.

   

Our attitudes control our lives.  Attitudes are a secret
power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad.
It is of paramount  importance that we know how to
harness and control this great force.

Tom Blandi

   

My ego likes it when I do things like that.  Because if I can see myself as a victim, if I can see life and life's circumstances as being "against" me, then I'm focusing on my own importance.  I'm making myself so special that life is going out of its way to make me miserable.  The truth is, though, that life doesn't care whether I'm miserable or happy--that's my own choice to make, my own reality to forge.

The fact is that the attitude that I take into today is going to be one of my own creation, and the attitude that I create today is, for the most part, going to create the reality that I live through today.

If my attitude is positive and cheerful and creative and open to new things, guess what my day is going to be like?  Bad things may happen, but guess how I'm going to respond to them?  What do you think will happen to my energy level all day long?

    

The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can
alter their lives simply by altering their attitude of mind.


William James

    

If my attitude is closed and resentful and negative and fearful, can you imagine what my day is going to be like?  How am I going to react when some sort of setback or something else negative occurs?  Am I going to have much energy today?

If I spend my time focused on what I see as negative aspects of my life, how do you think that life is going to mirror back to me my own perspective?

But if I spend my time focused on the right here and right now, and if I don't spend time worrying about what might happen in the future or how the past has been, what do you think that life is going to show me?

   

Each of us makes our own weather, determines the color of
the skies in the emotional universe which we inhabit.

Fulton J. Sheen

   

I'll be honest--I will run into some people today with whom I'm not completely comfortable.  I will have thoughts about many things that could take me over and overwhelm me, including relationships, financial situations, work conditions, the lack of opportunities in certain areas, and much more.  My challenge is to acknowledge those things and accept them, and then return my focus to the positive, to the potential, and to what I can do as opposed to what I can't do.

A man named John Dryden once said:  "Only humans clog their happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be."

It's a sobering thought that I may be able to destroy all the potential and possibility of today just by carrying a negative attitude with me.  I can't even begin to think of listing all of the potential good that's out there for me on this day, and I most assuredly can miss it all just by focusing on what I see as negative.  My ego may like being in charge that way and bringing me down, but the ego is only a very small part of who I am, and today, I won't live for the ego's sake--I'll live for the good of my entire self, and I'll do my best to contribute some positiveness and some good energy to the world as I make my way through it.

   
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I realized that living in the present is not an idea.  Itís reality.  Itís like taking one step at a time.  Sounds good.  Good philosophy, right?  Then it occurred to me, Have you ever taken two steps at a time?  We canít.  Itís as simple as that:  we canít.
   Itís the same with living in the present.  Our thoughts may wander to the past or the future.  Yet, our thoughts are just thoughts.  Our bodies are in the present.  We are in the present.  Thatís just the way it is.

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The Waiver (an excerpt)
Melody Beattie

Before you can jump out of the airplane, before you can fly solo in an airplane, before you can go on the whitewater rafting trip, before you can make a bungee jump, you have to sign a waiver.

The waiver is a document that says you realize the dangers in what you're about to do, that you and you alone have made the decision to participate in the activity, and that you and you alone are responsible for the outcome.

You sign away your right to sue, whine, complain--to do anything except risk your life for a new experience.

You sign the waiver to protect others from being liable in case of an accident.  I think waivers are a good reminder that ultimately no one is responsible for my life but me.  There is no one to blame, no one to sue, no one to ask for a refund.  I make my own decisions and I live with the result of those choices each day.

So do you.

It's your life.  Sign a waiver saying that you take responsibility for it.  Set yourself and others free.

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Read the following waiver carefully.  Fill in the blanks, and be aware of what you're signing.  Take responsibility for what you do.

Waiver

I understand that during the course of my life I will be required to make many decisions, such as where I want to live, whom I want to live with, where I work, how much fun I have, and how I spend my money and time, including how much time I spend waiting for things to get better and people to change, and whom I choose to love.

I understand that many events that occur will be out of my hands and that there are inherent dangers and risks in all decisions I make.  Life and people have no obligation whatsoever to live up to my expectations; I have no obligation to live up to the expectations of anybody else.  Life is a high-risk sport, and I may become injured along the way.

I agree that all the decisions I make are mine and mine alone, including how I choose to handle the events that are beyond my control.  I hereby forfeit my right to recourse as a victim, including my rights to blame, complain, and whine or hold someone else responsible for the path I choose to take.  I am responsible for my participation--or lack of it--in life.  And I take complete responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of all decisions I make, understanding that ultimately it is my choice whether I become happy, joyous, and free or stay miserable and trapped.

Although people may voluntarily nurture and love me, I and I alone am responsible for taking care of and loving myself.

Signed:  _________________________

Date:  ______________________

   

  

People who are ďbeingĒ are fully present.  They are totally engaged in the moment.
This engagement includes an easy appreciation and sense of connection with
whomever or whatever they are relating to at the time.  These people are aware
of a job well done or a difficulty surmounted and will respect and often
acknowledge the person who has accomplished it.  ďBeingĒ is a state of heart
and mind that is receptive and able to listen carefully.

Sallirae Henderson

    

  

   

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