Do you want to abandon snow?
You have a goal for the way things should be in your life. Perhaps financial. Unless you believe you already have financial abundance, you will never have it. Because the truth of the matter is, you are already being taken care of very well. How do I know? Somehow you have internet access so that you can read this.
Our problem often is, we want things we think are beyond our reach. Things that money can buy, more money than we have available today. So how do we get the money or things we want? The first step in the process is being grateful for what we already have.
Be Grateful For Your Current Abundance
Take a look around you. Are you able to eat, shelter, and clothe yourself? Be grateful for all that you have! Detail the things you have that you are grateful for and put them onto paper. Thank God for all you have. Feel the joy of knowing you have plenty of abundance right now. Of course you want more, we all do, but how are you ever going to be satisfied with things if you cannot be happy with what you have now?
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I am not a doctor. Nor am I a priest or a minister. But I do know that people sometimes have a hard time forgiving themselves. That is really the first person you must forgive. If you cannot forgive yourself, take your case to God and ask for His forgiveness. Ultimately you must get beyond the pain you are inflicting on yourself by forgiving yourself. Without personal forgiveness and healing it is hard to achieve success.
Forgive Others Privately
The next person or persons you must forgive is anybody who has done harm to you. This does not mean that you tell the person you forgive them unless they are asking for it, you just need to forgive them privately, to yourself, and let it go if possible. Similarly to not forgiving yourself, not forgiving others does you more harm than you imagine. Go through the process of forgiving others. If God can forgive, why can’t you?
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Memorial Day in the United States for 2017 is May 29. Memorial Day originated as “…Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic… established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.” (Wikipedia) Memorial Day became the last Monday in May with the passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968. The meaning of Memorial Day in the United States varies by age group, locale, and service in the armed forces, but generally it is a day to honor fallen soldiers from past wars.
Traditionally Memorial Day is mean to honor war dead and decorate their graves, but also marks the unofficial start of summer with Labor Day marking the end. Memorial Day is also the first widely observed holiday in the United States following New Year’s Day, although there are several minor holidays, often called banking holidays, in between.
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My mind is busy today with all kinds of things so I thought I would write. By write, I mean something a little more interesting than some of the dribble I have been publishing lately. So today, grasshopper, I am going to teach you how to calm your mind.
As always, I like to write about things I have problems with myself. Quieting my mind so I can focus is one of them. But I know some things that work for me and perhaps they will work for you too.
Stop and Stare
Often busy work gets overwhelming, especially if it is not productive busy work. Reading email, checking out social media, surfing the web, or interrupting myself with a random thought that leads to more busy work. The best thing to do when you need to regain your focus is to stop and do nothing. I usually stare at my computer until I can regain my composure.
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I am having one of those days. One where I have tons of work to do but cannot seem to focus on it. Why do we have such a problem getting the things done we know need to be done? How can we avoid being scattered to the wind and regain our focus? This article will explore focus and give suggestions on regaining focus for what you need to focus on.
Need To Change Your Prescription?
Sometimes when we think focus we think about our eyes. How when our eyeglasses or contacts start to age how we can see things fuzzy. Then it is time to visit the eye doctor to update our eye glass prescription so that things appear to be in focus.
Similarly, our mind can blur and think about a hundred things at once. We can try to start on one think only to be distracted by another, often finishing neither. Somehow we need to find a way to tackle a task, preferably our most important one, before we move on to the next.
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When we talk about God, or Jesus, or eternal life, we are venturing from facts and figures into faith. Faith is not a bad thing, just saying that Google will not tell you if heaven is real or how long God has been alive. It will tell you about people’s beliefs on such subjects, but cannot possibly tell you if these beliefs are facts.
A new health area has cropped up in recent years that is searching for ways to keep people alive longer, much longer than ever thought possible, and healthy for that matter. Is this humanity’s answer to eternal life? Of course, you cannot prevent accidents but you can theoretically prevent disease and postpone aging.
What Kind Of Eternal Life Are You Searching For?
So this begs the question: Are you looking for ways to extend your human lifetime, or are you looking for a spiritual eternal life? And what could I possibly have to write about either? Yes, true, I know what I believe about spiritual eternal life, but I cannot really tell you that what I believe is fact. What I believe is faith. So could that possibly even matter to somebody searching for answers? Unfortunately I do not think you will find anything better.
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I had a rough winter. One that was only two years after my last rough winter. And it has not gotten much better since. Sure, we are getting by, but do not have enough business to get ahead. We are still much better off than others in our same situation. I am speaking of my consulting business. By March/April, I have always been very busy, not this year. Should I lay down and die, just be depressed, or is there another option? There must be good ways to deal with business problems.
It is easy to do. Wallow in self pity. Be depressed about your situation. But it is certainly not constructive. Spending your time worrying about what is going to happen will not do anybody any good. Instead, problem solve your situation.
So how do you problem solve your situation?
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We now live in a world of facts and alternative facts. Just to make it clear, facts are true and non-facts are not true. True and false. Black and white. Could facts turn out to be non-facts? Sure, it is possible, but scientific truths, i.e. facts, are usually measured, tallied, counted, concrete, and iron. They are the things we know, for a fact, are true. Things like global climate change.
A hypothesis, on the other hand, is a strong theory based on the facts that is likely. There may or may not be a way to prove it absolutely true, but the facts point to it being true. A scientific hypothesis is often backed up by other scientists, published in a journal, argued, debated, and open for discussion.
Why would I write about global climate change, being a business writer? Because as business people, we often have to make tough decisions based on the facts. If there can be two sets of facts, well then, how do you make good decisions?
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It is an interesting twist on reality. Some believe that you create your world with the things you think and believe. That you can bring wealth by believing you are a wealthy person. That you can get your dream house by believing you already possess it. I am here to tell you that it is true. But how is that possible?
Some would say that the universe bends to your thoughts. I am a little more pragmatic than that. I believe magic exists in reality. Not that magic is real, but sometimes reality can look magical, and sometimes it can be interpreted as magic. Or perhaps as the universe giving you what you really want.
I do not see this as religion. I just believe that your thought life can have a real impact on your real life. That the things you think show up on your face. That the way you deal with problems is impacted by the negative outcomes you think about. Having a positive attitude in your thoughts shows outwardly to other people, and makes you more attractive. People help people they like more than people they do not. It could just be little things like making an introduction, or it could be bigger things like offering you your dream job.
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Sometimes I want to do what is best for the customer at all costs. That objective sometimes creates an emotional trap when considering price increases, service changes, or product discontinuations. Yes it is a good and noble objective, but you really can’t always do what’s best for the customer in all cases. I mean, you can’t sell your best product for nothing for instance. You may not be able to provide 24 hour customer service. You may not be able to be the best or fly across country at a moments notice. There is some limitation to what you can do for your customer.
The same could be said of any of the truths you hold to be self-evident. Are all men really created equal? Do we all have the same access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is lying always wrong? Do we owe our shareholders more than our community, or vise versa? Must we lay off employees when times get tough, or not lay off employees at any cost?
Rather than answering these questions, I would like you to know that some choices are very tough and take careful consideration. Some choices that look easy may have unforeseen consequences. If possible, you really need to take a step back and consider all the ins and outs of a problem before you do something about it. And that means initially setting aside you long held beliefs and come from a position of logic rather than emotion.
Is this yet another long, boring discussion about ethics? Well, no. People are emotional about all sorts of things. It is usually because you paint yourself into a corner about something and have no options when you encounter a problem that doesn’t fit. Try this on for size: “I will never…” or “I will always…”; these can be problems because what if you must or must not? What kinds of things do you use these phrases with? “I will never leave the house without an umbrella.” What if you left your umbrella at work? Silly, eh? Well people paint themselves into corners with these kinds of things all the time.
While having absolutes makes things difficult, there is one absolute. You must always follow the law. Think you must break the law? Consult with an attorney. Don’t know the law? Learn it. It is said that ignorance of the law is no excuse. You can go to jail for decades for ignorance. Do you have a good excuse for breaking the law? Again, pass it by a knowledgeable attorney before you do anything. He is likely to tell you the consequences.
How about you? Do you recall having an emotional response about a question somebody asked you? Or a problem you were working on? Or just responding to something somebody else said?
Originally published 8/8/2011 on businessfizz