Have you made decisions about what to do or what not to do based on how you feel? Ever made plans to attend a meeting or a class and then decided you were just too tired, overwhelmed or overworked and just don’t feel like it anymore?
When we make decisions out of how we feel instead of keeping our commitments, we have broken agreements with ourselves or others. Our word becomes powerless. We become ineffective. Our feelings change moment to moment. They are fleeting. Our word is what counts.
We make many choices throughout the day. Our choice becomes our commitment and becomes our word. When we make choices and stand on our word, the Universe rushes forward to help make our word a reality.
I choose Love. I choose Peace. I choose Joy.
What do you choose?
When I find the constant drone of the media exhausting and the political divisiveness irritating, I know there’s only one place left to go. To prayer. Ernest Holmes says it best.
My Prayer for My Country
by Ernest Holmes
Believing in the Divine destiny of the United States of America and in the preservation of liberty, security, and self-expression for all, I offer this, my prayer for my country:
I know that Divine Intelligence governs the destiny of the United States of America, directing the thought and the activity of all who guide its affairs.
I know that success, prosperity, and happiness are the gifts of Freedom and are the Divine heritage of everyone in this country.
I know that success, prosperity, and happiness are now operating in the affairs of every individual in this country.
I know that Divine guidance enlightens the collective mind of the people of this country, causing it to know that economic security may come to all without the loss of either personal freedom or individual self-expression.
I know that no one can believe or be led to believe that freedom must be surrendered in order to insure economic security for all.
The All-Knowing Mind contains the answer to every problem which confronts this country. I know that every leader in this country is now directed by this All-Knowing Mind and has the knowledge of a complete solution to every problem. Each is compelled to act upon this knowledge to the end that abundance, security, and peace shall come to all.
And I know that this spiritual democracy shall endure, guaranteeing to everyone in this country personal liberty, happiness, and self-expression. Amen.
Is it ok to ask for what you want without feeling guilty? Yes, if you understand the Law of Receptivity: Whatever I give out graciously, comes back to me multiplied. Usually guilt crops up if we’ve been afraid to give because we believe there’s not enough. Then we are hesitant to ask or even receive our good because we’ve already been stingy and fearful and holding back with our giving.
Practice giving a compliment, a card, an email, a phone call. Then work your way up to taking someone to coffee or practicing an act of kindness. Stretch your giving genes and open the space to receive. God has plenty to give when you are ready to receive. Praise God!
I’ve been working with forgiveness for the past few weeks. Mother Theresa said, “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” I noticed how limited I am when I am feeling separate from others.
It is easier to forgive when I learn to reflect and not react. Reacting to behavior of others causes stress and pain.
Dr. Wayne Dyer stated it best, “How do you get world peace? You get world peace through inner peace. If you’ve got a world full of people who have inner peace, then you have a peaceful world.” I’m practicing.
Have you ever noticed when you commit to being more loving in your life, your mouth speaks unkind words or your brain thinks angry thoughts? You’re not crazy. It’s all part of the healing process.
Whenever we declare our highest intention, everything unlike that comes up to be healed. Unless we are aware of this fact, our experience can be discouraging and disappointing. It’s like a spiritual rotor rooter cleaning out all the old feelings so our new intention can shine through.
The first time I declared joy as my purpose, I cried at least once a day for 30 days. I was so frustrated until I understood the process. I let myself grieve and released all the pent-up pain and suffering. The crying eventually stopped and the quiet presence of joy filled my heart.
Whatever divine ideal you claim for yourself: joy, love, peace, wholeness, is already working its way into your thinking, your speaking and into the cells of your body. Just be patient. It has to do a little spring cleaning first.
My client was frustrated. She provides a valuable service and has an easy time meeting people. She was stuck when it came time to telling them about her business. She didn’t want to be a pushy salesperson.
The word ‘salesperson’ is so 1970’s. I know very few salespeople. The guy who sold me my car was one. The telemarketer who tried unsuccessfully to sell me a vacation in Las Vegas was another. They weren’t interested in me; they wanted me to buy what they had.
I shared with my client that she didn’t need to sell anything. She has been in her industry for 20 years, has a wealth of information and a list of successful clients. Her job is to get to know people and what they are interested in. The more engaged we are in others, the more engaging we are to others. The power is in building relationships. Businesses become successful because of our relationships and how much we care for each other.
I’d like to take credit for this insight but it came from observing my beloved husband Laurence. I watched as he built his business from the ground up. I noticed how he paid attention to people and remembered facts about their families and interests. His legacy was that he sincerely wanted to see others succeed. In return, he excelled and prospered in his work.
The gift is living by intention and having that intention be focused less on the desire to possess and more on being inspired to express. Love works.