An act of Kindness….pass it on

AN ACT OF KINDNESS….PASS IT ON!

It was my birthday on Friday, and this year I finally did something that I have been wanting to do for a while, asking my friends to do some act of kindness when it presented itself for someone else.

I think the thought first came to me when I read the book, “Inspiration ….your ultimate calling” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. I’ve just looked through the book but can’t find the precise examples I am looking for, in which he talks about paying for coffee for the person behind you, and how you can start a chain reaction of kindness that way. The same had happened when he or someone else had paid the toll fee for someone behind them.

There are many other examples in his books. He calls it being of service to someone else and says he looks for opportunity to do that every day. So a few years ago, I made a conscious decision to be extra kind whenever the opportunity presented itself. I bless my bus drivers when I get on the bus, and I thank the people with the hardest jobs…the most most menial jobs….for the work they do. As a result, I have found that when I need help, it comes to me so easily, and sometimes people are so kind to me for no reason at all, that I am amazed. However, I know it is all in the blessings.

Often too, I find that when I give up my seat on the bus or train, someone else will offer me a seat, and that will continue happening for days….someone giving up a seat for me. Every day at work, the opportunity presents itself for me to do an act of kindness for someone else. Usually when a person is enthused with thanks, I simply ask them to do something nice for someone else.

I know that on my birthday, I was actually looking to do an act of kindness (I don’t work on my birthday) but the only thing that really showed up for me, was to say “thank you” to the lady who cleans the Park, for the work she does. She gave me the biggest smile ever and had the most beautiful teeth. It made my day to be able to put a smile on her face. She had just given me directions for the closest exit from the park. About half an hour later who should I meet waiting for the train, but this same lady. I wasn’t totally sure it was her, but she sat directly opposite me on the train and when she saw me, she gave me another huge smile, and then we had a short conversation, with her telling me how the heat made it so hard to work outdoors. (Thinking about it now, makes me realize that I need to be grateful for my work enviroment and not complain about it being so cold. I have options,  but those who work outdoors have no way of keeping cooler).

I want to say here that this article is overdue and should have been written and published at the time that I sent out my request. For some reason, I kept putting it off as being too tired or not mentally prepared. Tonight however, I awoke thinking it was morning…time to get up. I looked at the clock and it was only 3 am. I could not get back to sleep and so I had to get up and write, and here am I at 4.30 am doing just that.

I know that means that there is someone somewhere out there who needs to read this post to be of service to someone….to be the answer to someone’s prayer. Whoever you are, do not hesitate to do the good that will have a great impact on someone else’s life. I have been at the receiving end of someone else’s goodness, often enough to know the truth about that.

Remember too, that it may not be something that you have to do, but rather something that you have to say…..a few words that may be a consolation or a confirmation to someone else….a sign that they have been waiting for.

As Dr Wayne Dyer did, I too will quote you Napoleon Hill….”If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.”

Marathon of Life

Life is like a marathon.

You have to prepare for your participation. The preparation is usually three phased:physical – your body has to be in top physical condition; mental – you have to focus on the positive, and convince yourself that you can do this; spiritual – spiritual preparation such as meditation, prayer and reflection helps you to believe in your ability and to trust in a higher power when all else looks impossible.

If you’re ahead in the race, it takes alot of stamina to try to keep your pace. If however, you are in the back, you’ve got to inch your way forward and keep pushing as far ahead as possible.  It’s not easy…you’re hot, you’re thirsty, you’re tired, your feet are aching but you keep going.

DON’T STOP NOW!  DON’T QUIT!!

You have  trained for this all your life. YOU are on the home stretch. The end is in sight. Quicken your pace to the finish line.

When you think about it, in a marathon some people never move up from the back, some move forward who and fall back again.  Others give up and drop out of the race….but victory comes to those who keep running against all odds.

Where are you in the marathon of life???

Spring Cleaning your Life

Spring is….
A time of renewal and revival…..a time for planting and pruning.
A time for cleaning out the cupboards and clutter and dusting out the cobwebs.
Every year, we look forward to the springtime, when the weather is warmer, the days are longer and everything is brighter. Colorful blooms replace the dreariness and withered twigs of winter.

Every one is happy…..

Some of you have already started with the spring cleaning, I’ll bet.
It got me thinking…we do this spring cleaning annually but how often do we spring clean our lives or maybe just our minds.
Are there any cobwebs in your mind …leftovers from those days of “Great Expectations” that did not materialize.? Get that duster out and vigourously brush them away. They serve no useful purpose in your life…they just take up space.
What about the clutter of grudges held maybe from childhood, and thoughts of people who you think don’t like you, and all those labels you place on yourself, like “I’m too fat”. Yes, these too can clutter your mind leaving no space for new and positive thoughts, and resulting in some kind of mental paralysis.
Wipe out those unforgiving thoughts, burn the anger and recycle the garbage that accumulates there without permission.

Now is the time to get rid of that clutter …toss it all out….and open yourself to new possibilities, new opportunities and new beginnings. Don’t just plant spring blossoms in your garden but plant them in your mind and in your life.
Plant some seeds and watch them grow: seeds of gratitude, love, joy, and kindness, growing into the most beautiful garden in your mind and spreading into the rest of your life.
To quote the words of Les Brown, Inspirational Speaker…..”It’s possible.”

Happy spring cleaning to you.

Today’s a New Day

Today’s a new day

by Cathy

That’s right!!!

Today is a new day, and a new day means a new beginning.

Gone are yesterday’s old hurts and animosities.  You can choose to start over again.

Hit the START button to make today a better day….at the job, at home, with your spouse, with your kids.

Change the way you think, and the things you think will change.

So rather than think, “I can’t stand this job’, why not change it to I am so grateful to have a job today.

Instead of calling your spouse ‘useless’, how about, I am grateful to have a loving supportive spouse.

Instead of, ‘this is not a good day’, try  Today is a wonderful day and I am happy to be a part of it.

So now you’ve got the idea.  always remember that you create your own reality.  We all get off track because there is so much negativity floating around us; but if you can be aware of those moments and bring yourself back to center, it will certainly become easier to maintain a positive frame of mind and to enjoy the day by living in the present.

If you remember that not all those who start the day, will be around at the end of the day, maybe that will help you to enjoy what the day has to offer…..it could be warmer weather than expected, a walk in the park, a beautiful  photo moment, a call from a loved one, an enjoyable meal or an unexpected compliment.

Whatever it is that rocks your boat, just be grateful for it, and savour the moment.

Today is indeed a new day!!!!   Make it count!

The Challenge of Fear

Napolean Hill, in his book, “Think and Grow Rich”,  writes as follows:

“Before we can master an enemy, we must know its name, its habits, and its place of abode.”

So in order to take on the challenge of eliminating fear in your life, I ask you the following questions:

What is your greatest fear?  Go ahead and name it and please be truthful to yourself.

According to Hill, some of our greatest fears are: POVERTY, CRITICISM, ILL HEALTH, LOVE OF LOVE OF SOMEONE, OLD AGE, AND DEATH.

Where does it live?  Is it only in your thoughts, your mind, or does it reside in other places like your job or your relationship?

What feeds your fears…or what triggers the emotions that fear brings with it?

Ask yourself, what is the worse thing that can happen if your fears materialized?

All human beings encounter fear in their lives or in various situations or circumstances.  The difference will always be in the way we respond to fear.

Oprah in one of her Life Classes, mentioned that she really experienced fear for the first time, when she decided to embark upon her OWN TV Channel….but she did it anyhow.

Do we “Feel the fear and do it Anyway,” as the title of Susan Jeffers book suggests, or do we allow fear to render us paralyzed and unable to move from our situation or mindset.

WHAT IF YOUR THOUGHTS REALLY DO CREATE YOUR REALITY?

Do you have the courage to change your way of thinking?

Napolean Hill considered Fear to be the first of the 7 Major negative Emotions.

They are Fear, Jealousy, Hatred, Revenge, Greed, Superstition and Anger.

Can you see how these emotions can feed upon each other?

“Faith and fear make poor bedfellows.  Where one is found, the other cannot exist.”

Those are also the words of Napolean Hill.  Today’s popular Preachers say that fear is the opposite of faith or faith in reverse.

Hill was of the opinion that “Fears are nothing more than states of mind.”

“Powerful and mighty is the human mind.  It builds or it destroys”.

Your mind is your spiritual estate.  Protect it, and use it with the care….to which divine royalty is entitled.

You either control the mind or it controls you.

All of the above are direct quotes from Napolean Hill’s, “Think and Grow Rich.”

The book was first published in 1937, during the Great Depression, and is still very relevant in today’s world.

When I started this post, the intention was not to make it a by product of Napolean Hill’s book,  but that is what showed up in my Notebook and that is what my fingers typed.  So for whatever it is worth,  I share it with you today.

I now understand what Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Neale Donald Walsh talk about when they say that words come to them and not from them.

Guess I am in pretty good company..

Maybe you will be encouraged to get a copy of that book and to read it, if you have not done so yet.  It’s worthy of being in your library collection.

As I leave, I want you to know that I too have my own fears, so I also speak from the experience of being paralyzed by fear.  I have had people say to me, “you have fears..I would never think so.”   Yes, I do.  After all, I’m human.

However, if you can go back to how it was to take your first step as a baby, you can treat fear in the same way.  Take one small step, one action to achieving your goal or to begin to eliminate your fear, and don’t look back…just keep moving forward.

Remember, in the words of William Ernest Henley,” I am the master of  my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Control your mind, control your thinking, and in so doing you will move towards controlling your fears and improving the quality of your life.

You can read Susan Jeffers, The 5 Truths of fear at this website: http://www.susanjeffers.com/home/5truths.cfm