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Think and grow slim!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The common thread running through all of the self-help authors is that your mind controls what happens to you. What you are is determined by what you think.

Ask any hundred people in the world what the most powerful nation in the world is and they will usually respond first with their own, then United States, Russia, China, or where ever. In fact they are all wrong. The most powerful nation in the world is imagination!

It might have been Epictitus who said "Nothing is but that thinking makes it so" Since there are very few people around who actually knew Epictitus, I will go ahead and attribute the statement to him.

In the 1930's Napoleon Hill wrote a book called "Think and Grow Rich". This is an extremely powerful book and recommend it to everybody as a must read. In that book, Hill cites example after example of people who believed in what would happen and sure enough it did happen. This idea continues.

W. Clement Stone: "Success comes to those who try and keep trying with Positive Mental Attitude"

Zig Ziglar: "Get a check-up from the neck up and don't be a victim of stinkin' thinkin'"

Walt Disney: "Think, Believe, Dream and Dare!"

Marcus Aurelius: "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve!"

Believe you can achieve your goal and you will. There is no force so strong as an idea whose time has come (Panasonic quoting Thomas Edison)

Think and grow slim!

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WEEBIT50 7/8/2009 1:07PM

    I've heard this to be true,i have even tried it ,i think it does work. But you still have to work at anything you want out of life.It was very interesting to read your comment about this emoticon

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Dance in the Rain!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

"Don't wait for the storm to end. Learn to dance in the rain!" There is little advice better than this. Like the bumper sticker says, Stuff Happens.

There is going to be bad stuff in your life. Get over it!

You simply cannot wait for everything to be right. Imagine a train which has to travel from New York to Los Angeles. If the engineer waited until all of the switches were in the right position and there were no other trains on the track, he would never leave New York. instead, he leaves New York, confident that when he reaches each switch, it will be in the proper position and that the oncoming trains will be directed to a siding or a parallel track to allow him to pass.

Right now, the economy stinks! (That is probably an understatement) So should we stop all activities until the economy rebounds? NO! We have to make corrections and accommodations. Maybe we cannot afford the European vacation this year. Should we sit at home and mope about not being able to go to Europe? NO! There are a lot of vacation opportunities close to home. it is amazing how many people have not visited the attractions in their home town but have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to visit similar attractions. Hotels are currently offering attractive rates because business travel is down and they need to fill the rooms. Maybe the hotel will not give you a preferred rate. OK. You have two choices. Either speak to the manager and see if he will negotiate or try a different hotel.

Mark Victor Hansen in "The Aladdin Factor" tells us we can have anything we want if we will only ask for it. If you ask for something and don't get it, you have either asked the wrong person or you have asked in the wrong manner. Ask again or ask someone else or do both.

In the movie "O God", George Burns, playing the part of God says "I created the rain so you'd appreciate the sunshine." Rain is a good thing. It helps plants grow. It fills lakes. It washes away dirt and grime. Most importantly, it helps us appreciate the sunshine.

Dance in the Rain!


Be yourself, no one can do it for you!

Monday, July 06, 2009

The title comes from the Talmud. Similar ideas have come from a myriad of sources but the Talmud is perhaps the oldest incidence of the idea.

Shakespeare says "To thineownself be true and it follows therefore, as surely as the night the day thou canst not be untrue to any man"

The quote for the day today is attributed to Bill Cosby "I don't know what the formula for success is, but the formula for failure is to try to satisfy everybody".

Two more recent quotes are "If it's to be it's up to me" and "The me I see is the me I'll be"

All of these platitudes reiterate the same thing. If you are in control of yourself, you are in control of your fate. Nothing is but that thinking makes it so. James Allen wrote an essay based on the Bible verse "As a Man Thinketh in his heart so shall be be".

Assess you situation. Ask the hard questions. How did I get here? Where am I going? Am I happy with where my life is heading? Where would I like to be going? What can I do to get there? Remember the simplistic definition of insanity is to keep doing things the way you have been doing them and expecting different results.

In "Garden Party", Ricky Nelson repeats the refrain "You can't please everybody so you've got to please yourself"

Be yourself, no one can do it for you!


Embrace today!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Sanskrit tells us yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is but a dream but today, well lived will make every yesterday a happy memory and every tomorrow a dream of hope.

Today is all we have so make the most of it. The current weather is overcast and it is supposed to rain. So? We need the rain, it's cheaper than running the sprinklers and it is a forced break from the outdoor activities that have occupied the past several days. Sometimes we just need to kick back and reflect on what has been happening and recharge as we prepare for tomorrow.

Whatever today brings, embrace it. Live each day to its fullest without burning yourself out trying to pack just too much into the twenty-four hours available.

Embrace today!

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    I agree 100% with you. To have a grateful heart and an optimistic attitude makes life so much sweeter. Thank you for sharing that. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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Happy Birthday USA!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Despite our best efforts to keep her from doing so, our republic has survived 233 years, longer than any democracy type government in history. Lat us take a moment and take a break from the hot dogs and the fireworks and the beer and remember that this day is the anniversary of our freedom. I received an e-mail this week outlining the sacrifices that the signers of the Declaration of Independence actually made to assure our freedom. Almost to a man they died penniless, but free. Yet I think that if you asked them if they would do it again, to a man they would respond with a resounding yes!

I have pasted below an e-mail I received today bemoaning the fact that so much is being made of Michael Jackson's death when so man of our finest young men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is sad that we have such clamor over a pop stars death and not over our service people especially since the service people died to that the American public would have the freedom to mourn the death of Michael Jackson, or Farrah Fawcett.

God bless America, land that I love
Stand Beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies
To the ocean white with foam
God Bless America
My home sweet home.

While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.

Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.

These American military members died in Iraq this month:

Sergeant Justin J. Duffy

Specialist Christopher M. Kurth

Specialist Charles D. Parrish

Lance C or p or al Robert D. Ulmer

Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo

Sergeant Joshua W. Soto

Captain Kafele H. Sims

Specialist Chancell or A. Keesling

And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:

Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.

Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.

Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.

1st Sergeant Blair, John D.

Sergeant Smith, Paul G.

Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua

Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.

Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.

Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.

Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.

Lance C or p or al Whittle, Joshua R.

Maj or Barnes, Rocco M.

Maj or Jenrette, Kevin M.

Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.

Specialist J or dan, Jeffrey W.

Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.

Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.

Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.

Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.

Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.

Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.

Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.

John Martin Miles

Law Offices of John M. Miles
Counselor at Law, P.C.

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KGPOSSIBLE 7/4/2009 9:46PM

    Thank you!! I appreciate you taking the time to remind us what is truly important in this great country we live it!!

Enjoy your 4th of July...and thank you to all the men and women who have made it possible......


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    Thank you!
Happy 4th!

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