“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”
I saw this video this morning and had to comment.
Social media has become this world where we are virtually attending our high school reunions, except on a much grander scale. Yet instead of just one night where we create an illusion to “in your face” to all who scoffed at us or treated us bad in high school, we have every day. We get to filter what people see and to a large extent, what they think. Our “profile page” on any available media, becomes this perfect view of who we are and perhaps, more than anything else, it is a sad reflection on our own opinion of ourselves. We can’t allow ourselves to just be us, we have to present what we think will make others “like” us. Continue reading
I once had to call a time out in one of the most crucial games for a girls team I was coaching. There was less than a minute left in the game and we were tied. The girls raced off the floor to get their instructions. In the middle of revealing my urgent master plan for us to win, one of the girls interrupted … “Mrs. Appleford?”
“Yes Jana?” I admit my voice was probably not warm and inviting. I had tried to ignore her without success. She was waving at me and dancing up and down as she bobbed in and around the other players trying to get in my direct line of view. Continue reading
“Remember that nobody is who you think. There is no person walking this Earth that you will ever fully know for you each have a different experience of each other based upon what it is in you that connects or does not connect with the other person. Know this. The truth is that the more you connect to your love and to who you are, the more clearly you will be seen by all. Some will not be able to see this. You will be invisible to them. Trust that. Allow them that. Just be you, unashamedly, and gloriously. You came here to experience being you; and the more you give yourself to the highest heights of that, the more you give change to the world.” Lee Harris
Death is a difficult time. The dynamics and emotions involved often create situations unlike any others you will ever encounter and despite the intentions of the best of families the situation often deteriorates into unhappiness for those left behind. Many of the incidents that cause the drama could be easily avoided with some careful planning.
“I like messy people; people who don’t fit in a box or stay between the lines, but who’s integrity is greater than any rule book and who’s loyalty is stronger than blood.” Jim Wern
When I say I am grateful for the people in my life, whose actions, although painful, have taught me much, I am not condoning their cruelty. That would be as ridiculous as appreciating cancer for taking a life, or failed brakes for causing a car accident.
Life gives us experiences. Some of those experiences are incredibly painful and they force us to dig deep to discover strengths and abilities we probably never knew we had. Sometimes those experiences force us down a completely different path that eventually opens us up to wonderful people and other experiences. My being grateful, is for the experience itself. I am grateful that I dug deep and found strength and that I took what was meant to destroy me and used it to move me forward without surrendering my heart or my integrity. I am grateful for the healing and what it taught me. Continue reading