“I truly believe the intention of creating positive change is so important to the collective consciousness. When you have a group of people that have the intention and the capacity, talent, and intelligence to actualize those intentions, then you have something really powerful.”
The key thing for me is to bring that experience into my daily life. I realize I have to take precautions in all areas of my life because of the world we are currently living in. I also know that the same collective energy that is created at the Jazz Fest can be
created in our home environment and then brought into everything we do and everyone we touch.
That is why I subscribe to multiple newsletters many with daily messages dispelling the focus on fear by offering positive possibilities. The following from Jennifer Hoffman’s newsletter has been modified to briefly give you her basic message. Jennifer is an international renowned intuitive, Energy Master and popular radio host whose broadcast reaches a global audience.
Here’s my paraphrase "The power of our shared intentions carries a lot of power so rather than allow the doom and gloom prophecies scare you (which is why I never make them) we can set a positive intention for us to see things as a blessing, not a curse, and whatever happens will be OK.."
I am not advocating taking foolish risks. I do however suggest that we need to be cautious of allowing our lives to be controlled by the fears and negative opinions of others. The key way I do this is to surround myself with people who are focused on positive possibilities and can see the potential for good in so many people and circumstances.
“There is no exercise better for the heart
than reaching down and lifting people up.”
As a young person I often heard the words “Choose your friends wisely because they will be a reflection of you and who you will become.” It is a message that still influences me and today I am blessed to be surrounded by generous service-minded friends.
It is easy to lose hope and trust in others by focusing on the news that continually highlights troubling local and world events. At times I find myself thinking somebody in power should do something about that and at least give equal time to great things that are happening. Of course that thought releases me of any responsibility. For years I have been working on what I can do to make me a better person so that I can have something to offer those seeking change. By doing this I have attracted likeminded people into my life who are making a difference.
My wife and I are firm believers in tithing. It has been one of the safest investments we have made and the return of those investments has always paid huge dividends. When we were raising our family a major part of the tithing was in being of service to others. That was when we did marriage preparation programs for engaged couples, taught a marriage course in high school and worked on a team giving Marriage Encounter weekends.
Recently my wife and I have been blessed to work with a team of four couples who are tithing their time by devoting many hours to prepare a liturgical and dinner celebration for a group of couples celebrating 2200 years of marriage. This is an event Jeanne and I dreamed of for the year of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. It is truly a phenomenal sign for us that what you give out comes back. Our efforts to elevate the Sacrament of Marriage 45 years ago are coming back to us a hundredfold. This event could not have been possible to achieve alone. It is taking a team effort to pull it together.
Another tithing gift that has come back a hundredfold is my “habit” of giving books that inspired me to family and friends. Some of these books have been on finances, others on personal and spiritual enrichment and wellness.
Over the years I have received several calls letting me know these books inspired them and initiated positive changes to create the life of abundance they seek. A recent call I received was from a 50-year-old man who implemented an investment and budget plan I suggested to him 30 years ago. He also read several of the books I gave him and implemented many of the ideas he received. He said last week he was told by his financial advisor that if he continued his present contributions he would far surpass his million dollar goal by retirement.
Tithing is a gift that can be used in several different ways and at all ages and regardless of financial means. Our grandchildren are doing this by service hours they give as a requirement of their school curriculum. Senior citizens are doing this by sharing their expertise of their lifetime career.
Our friends are doing this in many ways but one that has involved our social group is the adoption of a family in need every year at Christmas. The generosity of the group has touched many lives.
Each couple/person puts their cash contributions in a sealed envelope. The group is told the total amount collected and it is then given to the person or family in need.
Several years ago we attended a workshop by Dr Wayne Dyer on his then newly released book “Manifest Your Destiny.” He said the following “Giving and receiving are a natural function of life. The natural flow of giving and receiving can be stopped by stinginess and hoarding. The process works in the same way on a spiritual level. You send out love and kindness and it returns to you tenfold. The old saying, ‘What goes around comes around,” is much more than a pithy homily. It is a fact of the universe at all levels of awareness. In fact it is what this whole business of manifesting is all about.”
A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.
When you go public with your beliefs it is risky. That is why I spend time seeking signs to support what I am doing and to discern the topics of my blog postings.
The signs I receive through the response of my readership are obvious. The subtle signs that I sometimes miss are the ones that are most important.
I wrote the following in my journal before interpreting the dream I had the next night. "I am grateful to release my ego, my control and let God and the angels direct me with my writings for my blog."
Initially I did not pay any attention to the dream. But I did write it down as I always do. I read it for a second time and decided to put some effort into interpreting it. In this dream I was outside with others and a man suggested I put saline solution in my nose to help me breathe better. He had a syringe with him and he proceeded to put in the solution in my nose. He then told me that my hearing would improve by putting the same solution in my ears.
I had no idea what the message was so I looked up the symbols in my dream book and also on dreambible.com. The first thing I do in interpreting any dream is to write down the key symbols. http://www.dreambible.com/
The following symbols were significant in this dream:
Man - My aggressive, practical, assertive side of self
Nose - Your intuitive sense, listening to your gut instincts,
or ability to feel a situation out
Ear - Being open to guidance for new ideas
Nose Spray - A high level of ease to alter a situation to
The message I got from this dream answered what I wrote in my grateful journal seeking guidance. Here’s the message I discerned. “I am aggressive and assertive about anything I believe in and want to share with others. I need to let go of control, flow with ease, listen to my gut instincts and be open to guidance for new ideas.”
Being the personality that likes recognition and appreciation sometimes keeps me from writing about topics. My last posting “Wellness is Abundance” was one of those topics I realized would not give readers warm feelings. It was challenging but it was a message I felt compelled to share. The dream confirmed that I have to always go with my gut instinct by listening to the guidance I receive.
Writing down the key words from our dreams offers a great opportunity to get powerful messages and guidance in our quest to create a life of abundance. To start this practice it is suggested that there always be a pen and notebook on your nightstand. It is so important to immediately write the symbols down upon awakening. Our dreams fade away very quickly once we start our daily routines.
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise
we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
A major block to creating the life of abundance we seek is not investing the time and energy into wellness, both mental and physical. We take better care of our cars than we do our bodies. I have never missed a timely oil change or run out of gas in my car.
There are many obvious ways to nourish our bodies with healthy foods and nutrients that give us physical energy and mental alertness. What I hear from many of my readers raises a red flag. By making a few changes they could easily create the abundance they are seeking.
A few years ago my blood pressure went out of control. I was also carrying around an extra 14 lbs. of body weight. The desire to get control of the situation forced me to make some changes. I seriously re-evaluated my diet and physical exercise. I looked long and hard at the stresses in my life, many of which could be made less impactful once recognized. My action plan worked and I was able to reduce my medications, achieve ideal body weight, and regain my high level of energy.
The following are the things I am still doing to keep stress manageable, sustain energy, and maintain clarity in my thinking, all of which enables me to live an abundant life.
With my first cup of coffee in the morning I write in my grateful journal. When I first started doing this I wrote a few sentences but now the words seem to flow and it is a full page. Being grateful sets the tone for the day. I then read a few pages from spiritual and uplifting sources. Meditation is the final part of my daily ritual.
Many people will say they do not have the luxury of time to incorporate these practices into their daily routine. The same principle works for Healthy Living that I used in saving small sums of money to create a retirement nest egg.
First things first: Set the alarm to wake up 10 minutes earlier and use that time to start one practices. You may be drawn to quiet reflection of the many blessings in your life. You may be drawn to reading something inspirational. You may be drawn to a specific prayer.
Many people are so rushed in the morning they skip breakfast. They manage to get a cup of coffee down and have a slice of toast. They miss the opportunity to provide the fuel of a quality protein which their body needs to start their day. For the past 35 years I have consistently drank a protein drink with fresh fruit after my cup of coffee. A good protein source in the morning is key to maintaining a high level of energy throughout the day.
When my blood pressure was out of control one of the first questions my cardiologist asked me was did I cut my own grass or did I hire someone else to do it. I told him I did it myself. He said that was great!
He also encouraged me to incorporate both cardio and weight barring exercises into my routine three times a week. He said nautilus equipment was not just for young people wanting to increase muscles mass, but also for seniors who wanted to keep healthy bones. That is why anyone with osteoporosis is encouraged to use weight bearing exercises.
He suggested it would also be better to eat a substantial lunch and a very light dinner before 6 p.m. After 2 p.m. the body goes into a rest cycle and it’s more difficult to digest heavier meals. A habit that truly does affect our digestion is watching the news. We should never engage in this activity while eating!
BUT watching the late night news can have horrendous effects on our overall health. The overwhelming negativity can create anxiety, and cause interrupted sleep patterns.
Many of our choices make a major difference in living a healthy life of abundance.
“It’s not what happens but what you do that makes a difference.”
A few days ago I wrote about the slump I was experiencing. It was time to put into practice what I teach our grandchildren. Life was indeed serving me lemons. I shortly realized that it was time to make lemonade. Then the most amazing things started happening.
Our State tax refund that was randomly pulled for review and would possibly be delayed for 90 days was released and deposited in my checking account.
My stats of my weekly blog posting surpassed all previous weeks. On my Vision Board I had posted my dream was having 2000 viewers weekly. Last week 2212 people checked out my blog.
I received a letter from someone to whom I had written a letter of appreciation.
The following was helpful for me in moving forward:
I looked back to my resource material on the Enneagram to get a better understanding of myself and how I react to life's challenges. Once I understood what causes me to both thrive and survive I was able to “Let Go and Let God.” For those interested in learning more about the Enneagram I recommend this basic book to start, The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele.
I reviewed my resources of affirmations I use to help me change my thinking especially when I am not in control of what is happening in my life. Here are a few of those affirmations:
I am enthusiastic and I have an excitement for life.
I am creative and a great problem solver.
I am enjoying a life of spiritual and financial abundance.
My boss before retirement taught me a great lesson. He always caught me doing something right and broadcasted that to upper management. This caused me to get international recognition for my Creative Marketing program.
I decided to focus away from myself. I did what I was taught by catching someone doing something right and letting them know about it. I wrote a letter to the person who motivated me last week with his inspirational talk. I let him know how much his words meant to me and how he lifted my spirits. He wrote back and said he was in a challenging time in his career and my words of appreciation were appreciated by him
Lessons I learned:
Do not give up on your dream of living and creating a life of abundance.
Regardless of surprised curve balls in life, keep expanding the tools in your resource library. Quick accessibility to the adequate tools can expedite recovery.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
― Benjamin Franklin
What to do when the well runs dry? This is a difficult challenge for a Three personality on the Enneagram. There are times in life when everything seems to be at a standstill and the tools to create a life of abundance are not working. Being success driven person with a lifetime of sales experience this stagnation gives me a double blow.
I am currently reading a daily meditation from Fr. Rohr's book A Spring Within Us.. Coincidentally his writings are now focused on the Enneagram and the today’s reflection was on the Type Three: The Need to Succeed. To order Spring Within US click below:
Threes are the most disconnected from their own feelings and the most in tune to the feelings of a group or audience. Threes have a strong need to succeed, and they often do. They thrive on praise, recognition, and admiration. Mature Threes are able to use their tremendous gifts and energy to help other people competently and effectively, and to motivate them to discover their own potential.
Reading this about my personality lifted my spirits. I have often reflected on this but needed to once again instill this information in my mind and heart. It helped me to connect with my feelings that surfaced when the following events happened. Once I recognized the suppressed feelings I was able to move forward in spite of the challenges.
The following were the events that happened that put a dark cloud over my energy level:
Last month we were surprised when our CPA called and said we were getting nice refunds on our federal and state taxes. The Federal tax refund was deposited and within days we learned our car needed major repairs. The next thing was scheduling an appointment for major dental work. The combination of the two used up the entire federal refund with some expenses not covered. The next day I received a letter from the State informing me our tax refund would be delayed 90 days because our taxes were randomly pulled for review. This seemed ridiculous to me. Nothing in my income stream has changed since my retirement 10 years ago!
A few days later I cashed in a year’s savings of loose coins. That night our technical service man came to connect a new device to our universal remote. He informed me our remote was obsolete and we needed to replace it. The cost of the new remote and the two-hour service call depleted the money from cashing in the coins.
This almost seemed comical!
Thankfully within the following week I started getting signs from the tools I use from my toolbox that the storm had passed and better days were on the way.
This morning I read about the universal energy during the past week in one of my resource newsletters. Jennifer Hoffman said" if you had a tough time this last week all of humanity got squeezed through an energy portal that stripped a lot of old energy from our energy field. April should be a better month energetically." Jennifer has a blog “Enlightened Life” and conducts workshops worldwide.
The message from the Daily Word was Divine Ideas:
“ I open my mind to divine ideas. My way is made clear. Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10
The final inspiration came this morning from the principal of the school two of our grandchildren are attending. His personal story and the beautiful way he supported, encouraged, and complimented the children brought me to tears. He highlighted their many successes and affirmed their abilities to create an amazing future.
His words truly touched my soul!
I have often heard comments from my readers that facing the challenges of life is easier for me because I am always positive. But the fact is there are many times I have to choose to patiently turn negative experiences into Positive Possibilities.
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Inside every human being there are treasures to unlock.
This week a friend passed on to eternal life. We spent five years working with Larry and his wife offering Marriage Encounter weekends to couples in Louisiana and other states. We also assisted in establishing small communities for couples to meet weekly to strengthen their marriage by discussing concepts they learned on their Marriage Encounter weekend. Larry and Yvonne would have celebrated their 58th Anniversary on May 28. On that date a Memorial Service celebrating Larry’s life will now be held.
Larry's daughter called in deep grief wanting to know if we had anything that her dad had written to or for us. She said she would greatly treasure having a copy of it to remember her dad. Larry was an eloquent writer and was gifted in the way he could express his appreciation of a friendship as he described the unique qualities of his friend in his written words. I remembered for my 40th birthday he had presented “a roast” of sorts at the surprise party my wife had planned for me. It was a hidden treasure I had filed away 36 years ago. I read it yesterday. My wife who is the number one member of my Positive Pops fan club said that Larry’s words written that many years ago describe perfectly the person I am to this day. I am sharing what he wrote with you in memory of a friend who lifted me up yesterday and whose words once again impact my life in a powerful way.
The “roast” is several pages long but I am only sharing a portion so you can get the message of the impact these words had on my life at 40 and once again today. I am somewhat reluctant to share this because he said so many positive things to say about me. Truly it is more about the character and goodness of my friend whose thoughtful words still impact me today.
Life is indeed short. You may want to write a letter to your spouse or friend and let them know what you see in them and appreciate about them. It may open a window into their soul. It may allow them to appreciate qualities in themselves they have perhaps overlooked. Larry left me a treasure, a perception from a very dear friend of a much younger me. It is so heartwarming to me to rekindle my memory of those wonderful years of such a unique friendship. It is also self -assuring to know that I am still that same person, a little older and wiser but basically the same.
Tribute to Jesse at his 40th Birthday Party 1981
by Larry Guidry
John Kennedy’s remarks about some men dream dreams and “wonder why” and others dream dreams and ask “why not,” is perhaps a fitting opening to this profile of a very dear friend. Each of us has witnessed Jesse’s dreaming and his “why not” attitude.
It is indeed further appropriate that Jesse’s birthday and the celebration of Columbus Day coincide. Columbus was a Fifteenth Century dreamed who dared to challenge the conventions of the medieval world. Setting out to find a passage to the East, he discovered a new world without falling off its edge. However, unlike Columbus who steered west to find the east, Jesse takes a more direct route and shoots for the moon, and only rarely falls on his ass.
Legend has it that Jesse came from another planet and possesses supernatural powers and that is why he sets his sights so high and sometimes appears to be flying in and out of the house. But more informed sources relate that he was a normal child, born of earthly parents, and it was the ravages of puberty that left him with indomitable optimism and stupendous energy.
Jeanne’s mother said he was shy and looked like a high school kid. He appeared to be walking on eggs, not water…or maybe he was hovering. (Evidently she had not heard the rumors about his super powers. Lutcher was a town of great skeptics in those days.)
Needless to say, the team of Jesse and God managed to sell Jeanne on Jesse. Jeanne of course, vowed never to reveal the source of Jesse’s power.
(Be it human or supernatural) under pain of becoming an energetic optimist herself. And so it was that they set up their own “little church,” to coin a phrase from one of their friends, and began to create a haven in a heartless world.
My own observations about Jesse are both humorous and heartwarming. He is a Quixote-like person, often jostling with windmills, but very often I discover that it wasn’t his mania but my own lack of perception that created the illusion.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
– Earl Nightingale
We all have passions in life that can lead us to living our dream. Our son has a passion for fishing and the outdoors. To start fulfilling the dream he bought a boat. He dreamed of owning a water site fishing camp to park that would be a nice, comfortable place his family could enjoy. These were indeed big dreams at this point in his life considering his young family and the eminent expenses of educating and raising children. He did not let that interfere with his dream. His love of fishing connected him with two other families who had the same dream. They formed a partnership and bought a water side camp. Our entire family went there this past weekend. The grandkids had a fantastic time. Boat rides on Uncle Brian's boat was the highlight of the day.
We are never too young or too old to experience “Living the Dream.” My next posting will be about how our 14-year-old granddaughter achieved her dream.
For most people talking about their age is not typically a topic of conversation. Even in the “younger” senior years they will often say “I’m too old to start something new!” At the age of 75 I decided to share with my grandchildren, family and friends the practices I have incorporated into my daily life to bring my dreams into reality. My blog is the resource to do this. Much to my delight the readership has increased tremendously in its second year.
Our longtime friends Peggy and Nolan are our ages. For years Peggy envisioned her dream to write and publish a book to share her passion to help others connect with one another in a meaningful way resulting in enduring relationships. In moving forward towards her goal she and her husband Nolan met in several small pilot groups to explore the techniques. They also actively sought out people to assist in the actual publication of her work. Her book is now available. Check out the details of Tell Me Your Soul Story on Amazon. It is wonderful and enlightening as it provides so many helpful suggestions on how to really get to know the people in our lives.
The timing of this book is excellent. There seems to be an overall interest in many churches and communities to foster and support a deeper sense of connectedness among its members. In the Catholic Church there is a worldwide focus on the "Domestic Church," the family. Small groups of couples are encouraged to gather once a month in someone's home to discuss the basics of their faith, exploring ways to preserve these traditions in their family life, and perhaps embrace new enriching practices. Bible study groups in many churches are creating that same environment in an effort to form bonds that go far beyond the meeting.
In our family we have grandchildren from the ages of 7 to 16. They have embraced the tool of the Vision Board to assist them in “Living the Dream.” Yes it is great to start young. However we must remind ourselves that we are never too old to achieve those dreams. I encourage you to take a few minutes to write down what life would be for you to be “Living the Dream.”
“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
– Joseph Campbell
For those of us in the Christian community this week is the beginning of Lent. The English word “Lent” is a shortened form of the Old English word len©ten meaning “spring cleaning.” It is a welcomed time for those of us living in New Orleans. Two weeks of nonstop Mardi Gras partying has been fun but the change of pace now is also appreciated.
As a kid growing up I made it a practice to give up something I really enjoyed (most often candy) for the 40 days of Lent. Of course on Easter Sunday I got right back into eating too much of whatever I had given up on the first day of lent. Today I have a different perspective regarding the benefits of the traditions of this season. These six weeks offer me the opportunity to implement some changes in my life that will not end in 40 days but will last a lifetime. My theme for the next forty days will be to “release resistance and improve persistence.”
Today both the Church and psychologists are expounding on the benefits of implementing a positive action in our lives rather than having a mindset of what I need to give up.
In the Clarion Herald Archbishop Aymond wrote an article entitled “Focus on one attitude or behavior change during Lent.”
In reading any article or book I highlight the message that speaks to me so that I can go back and reflect on it. The following message from his article really excited me. “I believe in Lent it is important to pick one area of our life, one attitude that God is calling us to change. At the end of Lent, it’s not to say I fulfilled my penance but, more importantly, how I have changed, how I have come closer to God’s dream for me.”
The following are a few excerpts from the article Psychological benefits of Spring Cleaning” by Liv Kelleher.
“Letting go is more liberating than you know. Spring is all about new life and fresh starts. This doesn’t just apply to nature. Take it upon yourself to use this changing of seasons to start a change in you as well. Get rid of the things that seem to hold you back and remind you of an old chapter in your life. If something is no longer has productive value to your life, don’t be afraid to let it go.”
One of the most difficult things for me to do is to let go of things I think should be working in my life and for some reason I cannot make it work. My sales background heightens this challenge. I can remember receiving the complement that I was the most persistent person because I never accepted a “no.”
In my introduction video of Positive Pops I have the balloons that continue to get in my way because of the wind blowing. At the time it was a distraction but I soon realized the significance of balloons in my life. I have a particular practice that has been very beneficial to me. I get two helium filled balloons and write a note to tape on both of them. On one balloon I tape the note of whatever I am releasing and on the other I tape a note of what I am attracting to replace what I am letting go of. This can be a situation, a particular person, an unfulfilling job or anything that is causing unrest or turmoil in my life. This works because when the thought pops up about that person or situation I remind myself that I have already dealt with this by releasing the balloons.
You may want to check out past blog postings. There may be an idea that you can embrace and implement in your life to create positive change. Regardless of your faith affiliation I invite you to participate in the Christian tradition during the next 40 days and implement just one thing during that time that will make a major change in your life and will open doors for living a life of abundance.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
Life often throws us curveballs and we are not prepared to catch them. When this happens we sometimes focus on the negative experience and never take time to appreciate the blessings that eventually materialize.
When everything seems bleak and resolving an issue becomes a challenge I go to my file folder of past successes. I have done this for years so I have a large resource right at my fingertips. This practice serves as a reminder that similar issues have happened in the past. It reassures me that not only have I survived them but there have been times where I have even flourished because of them.
In making major decisions I use the process of drawing a line down the middle of my page in my notebook labeling one side “Positives” and the other “Negatives.” I than make a decision based on the obvious conclusion shown in those two columns. This tool has assisted me in making decisions more quickly feeling confident in my assessment of the pros and cons.
In the following memo I received yesterday from my friend from Texas he supports the value of writing down both sides of the experience. It is a confirmation of the importance of writing down both the challenges and successes of a challenging experience or as in this case a week.
NMR’s First Two Weeks in February – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly