I have always had a hunger for knowledge. If I didn’t know how to do something, or didn’t believe what I heard or read about it, I sought more knowledge. I also ask people questions about their lives and store that information away. I am always really curious about what may be out there, how other people see and think about the world and — most of all – about their hopes and dreams. It is amazing to see all the different energy there is in the world and where it can take us.
One thing that surprises me a lot – and maybe it shouldn’t — is the lack of motivation and sheer entitlement that I see in people today. Dreams don’t work unless you do. We can all dream, but at some point you have to get out there, release the fear and take a risk with your dreams. I always pursued my dreams whenever I could, after hours, before hours. I even dream about my dreams.
I find that too many people today just want to get paid. But they want the payoff without making the investment in time and effort to earn it. Of course being paid is important. What I now realize though is that when I stopped living just for a paycheck and started living for my dreams as well, things really came together for me. Really hunger to do and be the best you possibly can at everything you do. Work hard at it, pursue your dreams, and you will be surprised how naturally abundance will flow to you.
Sure things make us feel comfortable. But do they exist?
It’s great to know your job is secure and your family and friends are safe. It’s nice to know there is money in the bank to pay your bills, buy food and essentials with enough left over to save for a vacation, or a new car, or a rainy day. But we soon learn there are no real sure things in life.
The more we face this fact the more we grow. We are all hanging on by threads of imagination, hope and delusion and must live each day to the fullest by working hard, spending quality time with our loved ones. We must confront the fact that sure things are a lovely ideal, but no more. The more I realize this the more sure I become that we must appreciate and be thankful for everyone and everything we already have around us in our lives. They are the closest we get to “sure things”. They are there to build our lives upon and with a big leap of faith move forward with joy and inspiration every day.
I have to say that growth and change in others is really hard for people to handle. I thought it was just hard on me. It is not easy looking into the mirror and seeing real changes, even if they are for the better. It also takes being really honest with yourself and moving on through uncomfortable situations. But it also means generating negative thoughts in others who can’t accept the changes they see in you.
What I didn’t realize about this process was just much how it could affect everyone around me. I have such a loyal family that I forget about those who are not on the same path to bettering themselves and feel entitled to benefiting from my success. I have news for them. No matter who you are, you cannot dim my light. To the family I have moved on from, God Bless you, because all the truth you revealed to me has set me free. So I am truly grateful for all you have done for me.
The universe conspires to make me what I am. If you knew the formula you too could be successful. It is not complicated. It consists of releasing yourself from hate and envy and finding your purpose in life. Put simply, it’s called letting yourself be guided to do the work you were intended to do. It’s waiting there for you to find it.
I tend to make decisions based on what I believe is the greater good — both in living my life and pursuing my goals. I used to live very conservatively, but I did not feel fulfilled. I never felt I was living up to my full potential. So I started making decisions that have taken my life in a different direction. I also took on more risk.
I know a man who is very conservative and has lots of potential. But he avoids taking any risks and I believe it holds him back. Yet we are not that different. Sometimes I envy a life lived without conflict or upheaval — and sometimes success may make you avoid taking risks, to not “rock the boat.” The problem is the desire to succeed lives in your heart and your emotions, not your intellect. As lonely as it may be sometimes, I appear destined to continue on a road that may not lead to popularity, but will lead to what is right for me and all those closest to me.
It’s been years since I’ve followed the latest popular television shows and movies. What with all the demands on my life from family and business I haven’t always had time to become a fan. For example, I just finished watching “Breaking Bad”, which ended nearly three years ago! Now I am into “Sons of Anarchy” whose finale was in December, 2014. Better late than never! I really love “Sons”. There’s never a dull moment and I have to pay close attention, or I get left behind. And that makes me take a break from my everyday life from time to time.
I do actually learn things from these shows. One thing I’ve learned from “Sons” is that when you make things too personal it can hurt your team. Things may not always be as loving or in agreement as you might like them to be, but that’s life. So conflicts that arise have to be put in perspective. Do the pros of winning an argument outweigh the cons of the disruption that often occurs? Maybe not. When there is to much conflict, an organization may start to fall apart. Sometimes psychologists create “teams” just to make sure everyone is on the same page! So to achieve success you need to maintain stability and consistency even if everyone working with you is not a perfect fit. Thank you “Sons of Anarchy”!
This theme really does go hand in hand with the Memorial Day holiday this past weekend. (Although I must admit I never really thought of the connection until just now.) The freedom I am talking about is the personal freedom to sit at the beach, toes in the sand watching the waves without a care, completely in the moment. When you are living in the moment, you truly appreciate how beautiful the world can be.
(And it doesn’t hurt if the water is a perfect shade of blue.) The shimmering blue water aside, it is also about knowing your family is in a safe place where they can work toward their goals and have the freedom to do whatever, wherever and whenever they want.
Freedom is not just about being in a beautiful place. It is not dependent on your location. It is about being able to travel and experience the wonders of this world, large and small, as an integral part of your everyday life. Now THAT is so freeing to me I can taste it.
I feel like I am floating as I type this. I really believe if you work hard enough and follow society’s rules as best as you can, life can be whatever you want it to be. Each day I work to be the best for me and my family. I also work for my soul because within it I can breathe the pure air of freedom — and know what it is to truly be me.
When I was younger I didn’t have many friends. I used to wonder why. Although I still have relatively few friends I don’t wonder about it anymore. I am so excited about everyone I now share my life with, I feel truly blessed. It is my choice to be with them and I don’t make that choice lightly.
These days, I don’t waste a moment of my time on people I do not want to be with. Even if a work meeting is not going well, if it is past the point of no return and things are getting disrespectful, I will excuse myself. Life is too short for that. I have real work, a beyond-quality family, and a close circle of real friends.
Sometime envious people try to understand my life and how it works. I treasure the life I have been given, maybe more than ever before. So I tell them to work harder, focus on yourself and you may find the same appreciation and gratitude for life that I have found. And I tell them to really appreciate the friends and family you truly love.
When I first started to hear about positive vibes and the law of attraction I remember being skeptical. But then I started to practice positive energy myself and — slowly — I could see it begin to work. No matter how emotional I got, as soon as I refocused my energy in the right place, it became clear to me where and how I needed to focus. Sometimes I felt like I needed Super Powers when something, or someone, was in my mind and heart so hard I couldn’t refocus. But, with a little practice, I did.
Now, when I set my intention out there in the universe, it’s almost like I can see lazar lines leading me to what is possible. Now I watch as my visions turn to reality and I am able to live a life I never imagined would be mine. And once again I am beyond grateful!❤️
Lately I have found myself stuck in two ways. One is about my work and the other is purely personal. When I think about it, both have to do with negativity and jealousy. I realize now that negativity and jealousy appear when you don’t feel good about yourself and you begin to feel entitled to things others have. Why them and not me, you think! This is not a good place to be. Yet negativity and jealousy can teach us things about ourselves. The people we meet, even those that inspire negativity or jealousy, help us by teaching us lessons that help guide us on our journey.
Everyone deserves the good things in life including happiness and most of all – love. But it is hard to find the good things when you are worrying too much about what other people do, or don’t do. When you are distracted by negative thinking and jealousy you cannot live up to your full potential. You can’t be you. I love to be challenged since it expands my mind and helps me avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. Anything I have accomplished has come from my own hard work plus being receptive to the lessons I am taught every day. Success is there for anyone willing to work for it, but you must not be distracted by bad energy around you.
When people around you don’t follow through, make excuses, and otherwise inspire negativity and jealousy in you, run from that bad energy and turn to your own inner strength. Remember that we must all live our own dreams. Otherwise we are just part of someone else’s.
Recently the universe has brought some improvements into my life. One of them is exercise. I could never really motivate myself to exercise in a gym, a certain day at a certain time and stay committed to it. So I started doing exercises throughout the day, morning, mid-day and before bed. I have been keeping it up and feeling better and actually starting to see some results!
The other important new improvement is the revelation that anytime you start worrying about something, the universe keeps the worry coming. Once something negative comes up you will continue to encounter other things, or people who will conspire to keep the negative energy flowing. You must continue to think positively, know your goals and realize your purpose is much larger than anything, or anyone, trying to get in the way. Keep things in perspective and keep shining. Your gift is absolute in this world but the way you achieve it isn’t. After all, none of us were made perfect. We have to keep working at it!