Saturday, March 31, 2012

Seven Wonders

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." 

-Walt Streightiff


I like this quote because it should help to remind us of all the wonders of our amazing planet. There are so many neat and exciting things that we don't even see on a regular basis. If we just slow down and take the time to look at our Earth, we will see how amazing it really is.

Small children question just about everything. They are in a constant state of amazement. Everything they see is new and exciting for them. Everything is a new wonder. Even watching a small child play is adorable. Their eyes are wide and filled with astonishment. The excitement cannot be contained. They want to learn and know about everything. Everything they touch and feel is new and stimulating. And we used to be the same way. Over the years we grow and we learn what things are and they become less thrilling. After time we decide the things we once were in awe by, now, are nothing new. But why not? Why is it that our world has become so mundane to us? Why has it lost its sparkle? It's because of the way we choose to look at things. Because we are absorbed in our work life. Because we don't have time to stop and smell the roses. Well, we have to make the time. Time doesn't stop or slow down. Neither will our life. We need to make the time in our lives for the extraordinary. 

We need to realize what is all around us and stop taking it for granted. Nature is a beautiful blessing that we should never take for granted. Nature has so many wonders, many that we have never even discovered. Have you ever stopped to watch an ant colony? Have you ever stopped and noticed all the details of a plant? My son loves sticks and rocks. Imagine how old that rock is? I bet it's a lot older than us. Imagine what that rock has seen in it's lifetime, or even how it may have traveled. How about that tree? Or the river? When was the last time you noticed the clouds and the shapes they take? Or when was the last time you sat out and watched the stars? How about the local animals that live around your area? There is so much life out there. There are so many amazing things that we take for granted, mostly because we are just to busy to allow something else into our thoughts or life. Well slow down a bit. What is important in your life? We make time for the things we choose.

Take the time and look at our world through the eyes of a child. When you can do this, then you will truly appreciate the life you have been given. Each day is a gift. Each day is new. Don't settle for the ordinary routine. Expect great things and choose to look at the world differently.

Boulder, Colorado, United States


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Affirmation

The pen is in your hand. Write the story.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Free

So we live in our old van
Travel all across this land
Me and you

We'll end up hand in hand
Somewhere down on the sand
Just me and you

Just as free
Free as we'll ever be
Just as free
Free as we'll ever be

We drive until the city lights
Dissolve into a country sky
Just me and you

Lay underneath the harvest moon
Do all the things that lovers do
Just me and you

Just as free
Free as we'll ever be
Just as free
Free as we'll ever be
Ever be



"Free" by the Zac Brown Band

Spy


Monday, March 26, 2012

Loveland, Colorado, United States


Happiness is an Attitude

"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. 
The amount of work is the same."

-Francesca Reigler


Happiness is an attitude. It is a choice.We make our world based on our decisions. How is your life going? Is it everything you've dreamed of? Or are you constantly looking for more? Are you happy or miserable? What are you thinking about?

We all have emotions. We all go through troubled times. It is how we choose to deal with our problems that makes all the difference. What are we choosing to think about? What is our focus? Are we looking at all the bad and constantly thinking about it? Or have we accepted it and moved on? We can move on at any point. It is all our own choosing. Instead of constantly thinking about all that is going wrong, why don't we think about all the things that are going right? We can choose to make ourselves happy by focusing on all the wonderful things this life has to offer. Or we can choose to be miserable by focusing on all the things we don't have or the problems. What is your choice? What do you want to think about? 

We put the same amount of energy into choosing happiness or sadness. Which will you choose? Joy or Disappointment? Don't let your emotions get you carried away. There are so many ways we can change our thinking and change our mood. Choose your attitude. Choose to be happy. It feels so much better.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California, United States


Let's Make a Night to Remember

I love the way you look tonight
With your hair hangin' down on your shoulders
And I love the way ya dance your slow sweet tango
The way ya wanna do everything but talk
And how ya stare at me with those undress me eyes
Your breath on my body makes me warm inside

Let's make out, let's do something amazing
Let's do something that's all the way
'Cuz I've never touched somebody like the way I touch your body
Now I never want to let your body go

Let's make a night to remember from January to December
Let's make love to excite us, a memory to ignite us
Let's make honey baby, soft and tender
Let's make sugar darlin', sweet surrender
Let's make a night to remember all life long

I love the way you move tonight
Beads of sweat drippin' down your skin
Me lying here and you lyin' there
Our shadows on the wall and our hands everywhere

Oh when I think about you all the time
Can't you see you drive me outta my mind?
But I'm never holdin' back again
Yeah I never want this night to end
'Cuz I've never touched somebody like the way I touch your body
Now I never want to let your body go

Let's make a night to remember from January to December
Let's make love to excite us, a memory to ignite us
Yeah let's make honey baby, soft and tender
Let's make sugar darlin', sweet surrender
Let's make a night to remember all, all life long

Let's make out, let's do something amazing
Let's do something that's all the way every day
Let's make honey, let's make sugar
Let's make a night to remember
Let's make love, slow and tender
Let's make a night to remember
Let's make love






"Let's Make a Night to Remember" by Bryan Adams

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Connections

Stress release can be very simple if we allow it. We release stress by having fun and doing things we enjoy, all the things that make you feel good. What makes you happy? The things that make you happy are the things that will keep you alive! We must always make time for the things we love and enjoy.

There are many ways we can release stress by doing the things we love. What are some of the things you enjoy doing? What are some of your hobbies? I love to play board games, make candles, and do scrap booking. Some people enjoy playing sports or video games. Many women like to go shopping. Watching movies, playing an instrument, or even just listening to music are other great ways of relaxing and dissolving stress from life. Any sort of creative process where you are actually making something with your own two hands is great for the mind and a perfect way to ease stress from your life. Pottery, drawing, painting, and carpentry are all wonderful ways of expressing creativity. Horseback riding, bicycling, or hiking are great ways to get outside and appreciate nature. There are so many options.We need to find things and activities that we really enjoy, and make time for them regularly in our lives.

Another very important area we should focus on is making time for our friends. This may seem like a simple idea ,but how many of us make time for our friends on a regular basis? So many times we get caught up in our daily lives with work and children and new relationships we tend to put our friends on the back burner. They are there for us when we need them, but how about all that time in between? Do we talk to them only when we need something or have a problem? Or do we show them that we appreciate them in our lives?

As humans we are naturally social animals. Just like animals in the wild, we have our own packs, our own herd that we belong to. The people in our lives are not here by mistake. Everyone in our lives make an impact on us; they influence us. We need to appreciate our friends and realize what a true blessing they are in our lives. It's not always easy to come across a true friend; a real friend who is there because they want to be. Because they see what's inside of you, the real you. The friends who are there through thick and thin, no matter what happens. Those are the friends we need to make time for. We need to show these friends that we appreciate them by keeping in contact with them on a regular basis. When is the last time you had lunch with your good friend? Did you remember their birthday?

When we love and appreciate our friends then we are creating more joy, in both our own life and theirs. It feels good. And when we feel good then we are releasing the built up stress in our lives. Keep in touch with old friends. It's good for your health.



 "Foster connections - There is no question it is the connections with others that bring richness to our lives. Strong social connections and shared experiences create the foundation on which happiness can thrive. Pick up the phone; email an old friend."

"Chicken Soup for the Soul - Find Your Happiness. 101 Inspirational Stories about Finding your Purpose, Passion, and Joy." by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Boulder, Colorado, United States


The Best

"You won't find happiness by always striving to be the best."

"Chicken Soup for the Soul - Find Your Happiness. 101 Inspirational Stories about Finding your Purpose, Passion, and Joy." by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark


Think about it. When someone is striving to be the best and that is what they are focused on, then they are unsatisfied with their current state of being. We must turn our thinking around. We must first be loving and accepting of where we are at now and then we will find true inspiration to change for the better. But we should not insist only on the best, because if we do then we are judging and not accepting of ourselves at the current time.

Striving to be the best all the time can be very tiresome. It is no way to live. Many can become obsessed with the idea of becoming the best. It consumes them. It becomes what they live and breathe. It is what they are thinking about and what they are doing. This will set you up for unhappiness. How can one be happy when all they can think about is what they want to become? If that is what you are thinking about, then all you will notice is your short comings, which will also lead to more unhappiness based on the Law of Attraction. There are many things a person can become obsessed with. Some people have to be the best when it comes to work and money. Others choose to strive to be the best looking. Sadly, many people develop eating disorders and do crazy things to try to compare to what our society shows as attractive. I have a friend that works out for four hours a day! FOUR hours! God, that is crazy! Granted she lost 50lbs. Other people want to be the best with their grades in school. Others may  want to become the best at sports. There is nothing wrong with setting goals and trying to achieve them as long as you are honest and fair with yourself. Only you can judge whether you are truly happy. If it makes you happy, then more power to you, but sometimes our minds can become clouded with the idea of becoming the best. So be real with yourself and be sure that you have safe and healthy goals.

We will never be happy with ourselves if we are always striving to be the best. If we are only focused on one thing and that is all we ever do or think about, then how can we truly be happy? We must be able to do the things we enjoy too. We must have balance in our lives. Balance is the key.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Let it Be

There will be an answer.
 
 Let it be.
 
 
  
 
"Let it Be" by The Beetles

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Harrison, Michigan, United States


To Pursue or Create?

"Some people pursue happiness, others create it."

-Margaret Bowen


How do you live your life? Are you someone who is constantly looking for happiness and chasing the idea? Or are you someone who appreciates everything that crosses your path? Are you looking for things to make you happy? Or do you already have reasons to enjoy life? We can choose to be happy with what we already have and where we are currently. Or we can always be looking for something else to give us a reason. Which are you?

Some people are always looking for that next thing, that next next person, that next paycheck, whatever it may be to make them happy. Why not be happy now? Why should we need something else, something new? Until we learn to be happy as we are then we will never be happy because we will never be satisfied. When we learn to be grateful for the blessings in our lives then we have found the key to happiness. Some people will always be looking for happiness. Others have learned to create it. There are so many things we can do in our own lives and the lives of others that can inspire happiness. When you have learned how to enjoy life then you will discover the ways of creating happiness and joy. We will learn that when we can create joy in other people's lives then we are creating happiness in our own lives as well. It feels wonderful to make others feel joy and happiness. When we can do nice things for others then we are growing spiritually. Soon it will become fulfilling to do nice things to others. It feels good to give to others, and the more we do it the more we will enjoy it and want to give more and more. Share with your loved ones. Share with strangers. Brighten the day of others. Make it your goal to create happiness in the lives of whoever you come in contact with. Choose to be happy.

When we can make others happy then we feel fulfilled deep down. To share our love with others is the best gift we can give. Instead of chasing happiness, let's choose to create it. What can we do to share our love? What can you do today to create happiness in your life and the lives of others? Don't hold back. Create and share happiness.

Monday, March 05, 2012

If Today was Your Last Day

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts 'cause there's no second try
So live like you'll never live it twice
Don't take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you're dreamin' of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it's never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
'Cause you can't rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin' stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side
 If today was your last day...


"If Today was Your Last Day" by Nickleback

Sunday, March 04, 2012

A Kiss

And what is a kiss, when all is done? A promise given under seal - a vow. A signature acknowledged - a rosy dot. A secret whispered to listening lips apart, a moment made immortal, with a rush of wings unseen. A sacrament of blossoms, a new song sung by two hearts to an old simple tune. The ring of one horizon around two souls, together alone.


"A Kiss" by Edmond Rostand

Friday, March 02, 2012

Boulder, Colorado, United States


Limitations

Limitations come up in our lives all the time. Everyone has their fair share of obstacles. It is what we choose to do with them. How do you handle obstacles? What are some great ideas to diminish any doubt or setbacks? How can we move easily past limitations?

We are all living and growing. We are learning and advancing each and everyday. But every now and again we come across a wall. Something in our path that slows us down or even puts us at a complete halt. What should we do when this happens? Sometimes this can be so frustrating and belittling. The best, and sometimes the only thing we can do is to stay positive. There is no good using energy on negative feelings. If we trust in the Law of Attraction then the best strategy is to stay positive and to have pleasant thoughts. Whatever we choose to think about will attract more of what we are thinking. So the best advice to is to stay focused on our goal and to never give up. We can start attracting good things by imagining the best possible scenarios. Things will always turn around. If we have an attitude of gratitude then we can find things to be thankful for. When we are being thankful then we are attracting more things into our lives to be thankful about. Whatever we are thinking, we are attracting so lets be thankful for whatever we can think of. Think of anything positive that gets your mind off the current situation. The more you focus and think about the bad, then the longer it is going to stick around. In fact you are attracting more mishaps and obstacles when your center of attention is on the bad. When we notice what is not right and what isn't going our way then unfortunately we are asking for more of that. We must turn our thinking around and choose to notice the good, and what is going right for us. Every problem, every circumstance is only temporary. Once we realize this then we can choose to make the change if we want to. Get your mind off the problem and focus on the good.

Do not be limited by your current state of where you are. There are ways around obstacles. And sometimes all we can change is our thinking. Once we learn to change our thoughts then we will soon see the direct results in our daily lives. The power of the mind is amazing.We can make a difference just based on our thinking.