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Quick Thought 2019-03-18   1 comment

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden you realize you’re way farther down the road than you expected?  Perhaps you’ve been “working” in your office when you notice an hour has gone by and your cursor is still in the same spot on your monitor as the last time you looked.  Or here’s an embarrassing one.  You’re talking with someone when you realize they’re looking at you, waiting for your to respond.  Problem is you have no idea what they just said.  The bottom line in all three cases is that your mind wandered.  It happens to most people, so nothing to feel bad about.  We all lose focus from time to time.  The funny part is that we often don’t even recall our train of thought when we have these lapses in awareness.  So here’s a fun little suggestion for figuring out what you spend your time thinking about when your mind wanders and you don’t know where it’s been.

Either on your phone or watch set a timer for a random amount of time.  By random I mean avoid times like 15 minutes or  2 hours.  Times when you’ll see the alarm coming, like on the hour or half hour.  You want the alarm to be a surprise, out of the blue.  It’s even better if you can find an app that will alert you at random times during the day.

Every time the alarm goes off, jot down what you were thinking right then.  Don’t analyze or critique it, just write it down.  If the alarm goes off and you were wondering if Darth Maul could take Darth Vader in a fight, write that down.  If you were wondering where all those extra socks you lose in the dryer go, write that down.  Do this over the course of a few days.  After a few days logging go back and review what you’ve written down.

Now go an extra step.  Would you classify the majority of thoughts as happy, sad, or random?  While random thoughts, like is it better to put the toilet paper on the roller overhanded or underhanded in orientation, don’t hurt you, they don’t really help you either.  If your thoughts are predominantly sad or angry, why?  Is life really that bad?  Maybe you should police your thoughts better.  Focus more on happy thoughts.

Were the majority of the thoughts positive, happy, or uplifting?  Then good for you.  If you’re writing these down at random and it’s coming up mostly happy that means your mind spends a lot of time in your happy place.  Be proud of that.

Either way you get a good glimpse into what’s going on upstairs when you don’t even realize it.  Do this exercise from time to time to get a gauge of where you are.  Because whether you know your thoughts or not, what you keep your mind on you attract into your life.  Best to keep it positive then.  Have a happy day.  A happy week.  And hopefully a happy life.  Peace.

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As I drive to and from work I like to make use of the alone time to get some thinking done.  It varies from drive to drive, but often I like considering ideas for my blog or vlog.  This morning I was considering such an idea when a funny and reassuring incident happened.  Almost like the Universe gave me a little wink.

I was thinking about focus and how it affects vision.  I remembered when I was considering what car I would get when I had moved down to Washington State from Alaska.  I had left my 98 GMC Sonoma up there and needed a new vehicle.  As I was going to have to drive 60 miles each way to work the Toyota Prius was at the top of my list because of the mileage it got.

Even though I didn’t recall seeing that many Prius before I decided to get one I was seeing them all of the time when I did.  It was so weird.  I mentioned it to a coworker who offered a plausible explanation.  The number of Prius hadn’t changed, I was just noticing them more because I was focused on the Prius as a car to own.

I was remembering that this morning as a blog post idea.  I thought about how I could explain it and decided that a thought experiment would be a good idea.  What you’d do is focus on a car you’d buy right now if you had to get a new car.  It just needed to be one in your price range that you could buy in the area.  So nothing exotic like a Ferrari or anything.  Then a funny thought popped into my head.  I live in northern Alabama now and the people around here love their big cars.  So in my head I jokingly told myself that you’d need to rule out a Smart Fortwo as well because you’d never find one here.  And no sooner had I thought this, a red and black Smart Fortwo drove by.

I might have overlooked it had I not been thinking about it.  So it reassured me of the importance of focus.  It also reminded me a bit about a way I was told to test the Law of Attraction.  And that was to picture something unusual coming into your life.  Something odd that could only be explained by the LOA.  The example that was used was a blue apple.  And shortly thereafter the person received a plastic, blue apple.  An item you aren’t likely to come across arrived in their life in close proximity to wishing for it.

It was the same thing for the Smart Fortwo.  Now keep in mind that I don’t recall ever seeing one between today and when I arrived here in July 2017.  It’s certainly not a common car around here so to drive past one right after thinking that funny thought would be an amazingly huge coincidence if that’s all it was.

But I’m more inclined to think that the Universe was having a little fun with me.  Giving me a little nudge and a wink, if you will.  The message was a reminder that you attract what you focus on, even the unlikely.  So I enjoyed a little chuckle as I drove the rest of the way to work.

The signs and messages are out there if you just stay focused on them and are ready to receive.  Stay open and inviting this week, friends.  Have a great day.  Peace.

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I’ve talked a bit about the Law of Attraction.  I’ve mentioned how it’s important to have faith that the things you wish for will come your way.  Jumping without a net level of faith, even.

That’s a very high level of faith.  And you might think that I’m saying it will only work if you’re willing to put all your eggs in one basket without any concern for the future.  To be clear that is not what I’m saying.

Nothing in the LOA says that you have to put yourself in a tenuous spot for it to work.  Nothing in the LOA says that you can’t prepare a little just in case.

Think of it this way.  The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a pretty fast car.  It can go from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.  So just a little faster than my Prius.  It is a well-built car with many safety features like ABS brakes, traction control, and Active Handling.  So it’s designed to be driven hard while maintaining a good level of safety.  And I like to think of myself as a pretty good driver.  One would think between my good driving skills and the Stingray’s safety features there’s going to be little chance of a crash.  And yet I still put on the seatbelt.

I don’t put on the seatbelt because I don’t have faith in the Stingray’s design.  I don’t put on the seatbelt because I lack faith in my driving skills.  I put on the seatbelt because it’s prudent.  Because no matter how much faith I have in the myself and the Stingray there’s a world out there beyond the two of us that we have to deal with.

So don’t mistake me for saying that if you want to become rich with the LOA you need to take all your money and invest it in something risky because that’s the only way to show true faith in the LOA.  Feel free to invest some money with absolute confidence things will turn out well, but hold a little to the side.  Again it isn’t a lack of faith, it’s just prudence.

The LOA is here to help you, not ruin you by taking unnecessary risks.  Just know that when you do use it that the LOA will provide, and it will.  But feel free to be prudent and wear your seatbelt as the LOA sometimes gives us what we need, not what we asked for.  Have a great day.

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Remember when you were a kid and you had climbed a little higher than you should?  So high you couldn’t get yourself back down.  An adult, maybe a parent, came out and found you in your predicament and held their arms out to you and said “jump.”  Of course actually jumping was a little easier said than done.  Even though part of you trusted the adult to catch you, the same fear that kept you from descending by yourself also made you a little worried that they wouldn’t be able to stop the fall should you actually jump.

The problem was you didn’t have faith.  As an adult the equivalent might be wall climbing at the gym.  If the wall is high and you’re not very experienced they’ll put you in a harness for safety reasons and up you’ll climb.  If anything happens you know you can safely jump away from the wall and the harness will keep you safe.  Funny thing about that is you still don’t have faith.  You have knowledge.  You logically know that the rope is designed to carry your weight.  What you’re making is a scientific assessment, not a leap of faith.

Faith requires true belief in something that you can’t otherwise know to be true.  It’s jumping without the rope, or outstretched arms, to catch you knowing you’ll still be fine.  The only way you can truly believe is to accept it on belief alone.  Any doubt means a lack of faith.  This is important to know because that’s the level of belief you need for the law of attraction.

It’s why, despite most everyone you know dreaming about being rich, probably none of them are.  I dreamed of getting fit for the longest time.  Visualized it in my head often how great my life would be when I had bulging biceps instead of a bulging belly.   But for the longest time I didn’t get into shape.  My dreams of being better weren’t enough.  And then I started the ketogenic diet.  I can’t explain how, but I just knew this was the one.  I had faith it would work. And sure enough a year later I’m down 85 pounds.

I’ve stated before that how the law of attraction works isn’t really important.  And I still believe that.  Whether it’s self-fulfilling prophecy, a beneficent god, or a magical energy field doesn’t matter.  What does matter is for it to work you truly have to believe.  You have to have faith.  You must be certain in your mind it will happen.  That’s when it will.

So in the days to come think about what you really want to come into your life.  Be it money, or love, or health, whatever.  Just know it’s what you want.  And then take the next step to attract it into your life.  Truly believe that it is already yours.  That it’s a certainty you’ll have it.  It might come to you as a blessing from above.  It might be that you’ll become a vibrational match and you’ll attract it into your life.  Or maybe you’ll just finally do the things you know you need to do to make it happen, without any supernatural help.

However it happens, if you have faith, it will certainly happen.  Maybe not in a few minutes, or hours, or days, but it will happen.  Your faith will see to it that it does.  Have a great day.

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I’ve mentioned before about the importance of being of service to others.  I think it’s one of the requirements of getting something out of life.  Kind of like karma if you will.  How can you expect good things to come into your life if you haven’t increased your worthiness via good deeds of your own?

I mentioned a few ways that cost absolutely nothing in which you could be of service.  Holding a door open for someone, or just giving them a smile when they look like they could use a little happiness.  There are many other ways that are of no cost to you as well.  If your neighbor is sick or elderly mowing their lawn for them (or shoveling snow this time of year for some) is a free way to help that is sure to go over well.  Perhaps you’re good with managing your money, but know a friend who struggles in that area.  Why not sit down with them and help them to better understand how to budget and save?

By far though the best no cost way of being of service to others is just to listen.  I went to Starbucks yesterday morning and there was an elderly gentleman there sitting by himself, drinking his coffee.  I sat down in the comfy chair beside his to enjoy my Iced Coffee and read more of my book.  He politely said hi, and I smiled and said hi back.  I opened my iPad Kindle app and was about to read when he asked me about my thoughts on the current government shutdown.

I’m sure he had noticed the iPad.  It was clear what my plan was.  But he asked anyway.  Why?  He wanted to interact with someone.  I could have politely dodged and went back to reading.  I could have been direct and said I came to read and not to talk.  But it was clear the older gentleman was desiring a conversation.  So I chose to be of service to him instead.

My book isn’t going anywhere.  I’ve bought it and it’ll be waiting on the app for later.  He had a need right now.  And it was clear when I replied that he was happy I wanted to talk, too.  We chatted for about 20 minutes and then he noticed his ride had arrived.  He politely thanked me for the conversation and left.  After he parted I went back to my book.

Now for you it might not be the older gentleman at the coffee shop.  It might be a coworker on break.  Or a person on the bus.  The lady in the grocery line behind you.

Then again it might be more.  Maybe a friend or family member has had a bad day.  Or maybe it’s a bad week, or month, or life.  Be of service by listening.  Sometimes people just need to vent.  They want to be heard by a sympathetic ear.  Often we want to help further by giving our take on the subject.  Or advice on how we think the situation could be made better.  I’d encourage you to be of more service to them by listening, and only listening.  If they ask for your advice or guidance by all means give it.  But if they don’t just listen.

Active listening is even better.  Even if you already know that you heard them correctly repeat back what they’ve said to insure you’ve heard correctly.  It lets them know you’re listening.  If there’s a long pause ask them how they feel about the situation.  If you need to speak, keep it brief, and preferably in the form of a question.  That lets them know you’re interested in hearing more, and also that the conversation is about them.  That is being of service.

So in the next few days look for ways to be of service by listening.  It’s easy for you, costs you nothing, and you might find yourself rewarded right away.  I had a pleasant conversation  with the older gentleman who smiled as he walked away.  He was happy.  And that made me happy.  Karma in action.  Have a great day.

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I remember an old joke from when I was a kid.  It goes like this.  A man was in his house when he heard the news that a flood was coming.  He immediately prayed to God to be saved from the flood.  He went outside in the knee deep water and waited for God to deliver him.  While waiting a guy in a 4×4 pulled up and told him to jump in the back and he’d drive him to safety.  The man politely declined saying “The Lord will save me.”  The water rose to the point where the man had to go to the second floor to be above the water line.  While sitting in his window a boat operator saw him and pulled up to the window and told him to jump in, he’d take him to safety.  Again the man politely declined saying “The Lord will save me.”   The waters rose again forcing the guy to climb on his roof.  A passing helicopter saw him and dropped him a rope ladder telling him to climb on board to be carried to safety.  The man politely declined saying “The Lord will save me.”  The waters rose again, and the man drowned. Upon entering Heaven the man saw God.  He walked up to him and said “Lord I don’t understand.  I prayed to you for deliverance from the flood but you didn’t save me.”  God replied, “I sent you a 4×4, a boat, and a helicopter.  What more were you expecting?”

I loved this joke as a kid.  Always got a laugh out of it.  But it contains a serious lesson we’d all do well to learn.  Sometimes we get so focused on our plan, or our expectation of things, we don’t see the good coming into our life because it doesn’t match what we were expecting.  Like the man who expected God to miraculously save him, we miss out on the good that is right there in front of us.  So this week pay attention to the signs coming your way.  If an opportunity presents itself that moves you in the direction of your goal, take a good look at it.  The universe is trying to help you get where you want, it just sees a better path for you.  Be open to the good that’s trying to come into your life, no matter the path.  And have a great week.

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If you’ve spent any amount of time driving I’m sure this has happened to you at least once. Maybe it’s a billboard you’re trying to read, the police pulled someone over and you just had to see who, or someone on the sidewalk you think is attractive. For whatever reason your eyes go from straight ahead down the road to the right side of the road.

What also happens, although you didn’t intend it to, is your hands go right as well. You generally find this out when you look forward again and realize you’ve drifted to the right. But occasionally you find out when your tire hits the shoulder and your attention is snapped back forward by the sudden change in road feel.

This is the nature of focus. Whether you intend it or not you head in the direction of your focus. And how far off the path you go is directly related to how long you lose focus on your true goal.

So for today make sure to stay focused on your true goal. If your goal is to be more positive, every time you catch yourself looking at negative “billboards” off to the side say to yourself, “remember, eyes forward” and refocus on being positive. If your goal is to lose weight, when you see that fast food outlet coming up, look forward down the road to how you’ll feel in your new body.

Whatever you’re doing keep focus on where you want to go. Because the reality is you’ll wind up where your focus is whether you wanted to go there or not. Have a great day.