Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Word Play 2nd Edition

"To be or not to be, that is the question." Today I ask that you be happy. Regardless of what happens, no matter the circumstances, be happy. The question; "how do I do this" or, "how can I make this happen," may be your response. My answer? I didn't ask you to DO anything. I didn't ask you to MAKE anything. I just asked that you BE happy. You are a human be-ing. You go around be-ing all the time. I'm simply asking that you make a conscious choice to be happy.

Have you noticed that when you ask people what they want in life, the majority say; "I just want to be happy." They don't respond by saying I want to do happy or make happy, they want to be happy. So I say, "Wish Granted!" The power is yours. The choice is yours. Once you take on the responsibility (accountability) for your own happiness, it really doesn't matter what the provocation. You govern your world unilaterally, why abdicate your emotional well being to a usurper?

Since tomorrow is Christmas, why not give yourself a present? Pass an edict; issue a proclamation that declares happiness is the order of the day. And that the law will be strictly enforced. Violators can and will be subject to your very best smile.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Word Play

At the web site Home, I talked of certain qualities (ideals) that your personality might be drawn toward. One of them was "fearlessness." What do you think of when you hear the word fearlessness? Is it the literary or cinematic definition? Here the word usually means that there is no fear what so ever. The hero (heroine) bravely plunges ahead without a single thought of personal safety. But is that the right interpretation? Look at the word this way; fear-less. ("ness" is simply a "state, quality, or instance of being; greatness, sadness") So by definition, fearlessness is a state, quality, or instance where you are experiencing less fear. You fear less.

So how do we move in the direction of being fearless? One way might be to look at the word present. (as in past, present, and future) Most spiritual disciplines talk of the benefits of staying in the "here and now." Well, the here and now is the "present," is it not? And doesn't present also have the definition of "a gift?" If it were possible to integrate both definitions of present (here and now/gift) would outcomes be viewed differently? As in: OUT of the present COMES a gift.

At Christmas time when gifts are exchanged, isn't there an undercurrent of excitement waiting to open those presents? A delicious curiosity of what did he/she get me? Think about bringing that same attitude towards the unfolding of your life. That the present is a gift where the outcome will be exactly what you most need. (not want) That anticipation of the present, rather than anxiety towards it, is the way we become fearless.