Friday, September 4, 2009

Before You

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.
~ William Arthur Ward~
I used to have this quote taped on my desk at my business office.  I looked at it every single day and I absorbed the words like a sponge.  This is one of the most profound things I've ever read.  It's simple, but an inspiring way to live.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm In The Process of Becoming........

I really like learning about the Law of Attraction.  I believe it works.  My favorite teacher on this subject is Michael Losier.  His explanation of how it works is simple but goes further in explanation than The Secret.
He says that the Law of Attraction is always in motion and that we attract what we vibrate.  Yes, even the negative.  You may be saying, but I didn't want that in my life, why would I be attracting something so negative?  Well, according to Michael it's the vibration that you are sending out.  If you constantly observe negative people, negative events, negative news on tv, then you are attracting what your are observing.  There are ways to turn that around.  Check out his website to learn more.  I think you will be quite fascinated when you put his theory to test.  He also has worksheets that you can download to help you clarify what you want to attract into your life.  You can get his worksheets here, You can also hear Michael on his own radio show on Oprah Radio.  You can browse the archive of shows and listen here.   Allowing is the key.

One of my favorite sayings from Michael Losier is, "I"m in the process of becoming."  The purpose of that statement is to put out a positive vibration for what you want to become.  For instance,  just stating an affirmation is not enough.  I could say, I am a photographer.  But if I lacked any belief or confidence in that statement subconsciously, then I would be undermining my affirmation.  The doubt would cancel out the statement because my mind tells me it's not a true statement, even though I go around snapping photos and tell people I'm a photographer.  Now, to make the same statement in a different way to where the mind analyzes it as a truth,  I would say, I am in the process of becoming a photographer.  There is possibility in that statement, it is a truth, therefore the mind allows that positive vibration and I will attract things to help me become a photographer.  Allowing is the key to attracting what you want.

"Observing what you DON'T like or DON'T want causes you to attract more of it. " ~ Michael Losier~

What are you in the process of becoming? 

What is it that you've been observing and focusing your attention on?

Monday, August 24, 2009

A song in my heart

Ah, the good ol' days. Today's quotable comes from my childhood. This is a little ditty my papaw used to sing to me when I was a little girl. It's a song that he made up especially for my sister and me.

"Hello, little girl, who made your britches? Papaw cut em out, Mamaw sewed the stitches."

So simple, and yet so poetic. When I hear this in my head it makes me think of such happy times. I sing this song to my dog sometimes. Silly, I know. But it always cheers me up. I miss my Papaw and my Mamaw every single day.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

An Old Recipe For Washing Clothes

I received this e-mail from my mother-in-law today. I thought it was so cute that I just had to share it here. I'm sure you will get a chuckle out of this and feel the sweetness of the letter as much as I did.

Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: this is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water. Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch. Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch. Hang old rags on fence. Spread tea towels on grass. Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water..
Turn tubs upside down. Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Now didn't this just make you smile. I'm counting my blessings that I have a modern washing machine, but how I love the simple pleasures of life. I certainly am blessed, and I hope to remember to count them every day.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Delete, Delete, Delete,.....goes my finger on the keyboard

I don't know about everyone else, but I get really tired of getting forwarded e-mails. I usually scan the body of the e-mail to make sure it's not something really fantastic and worthy of saving, but most times I find myself pushing the delete button. Sometimes, though there will be one that stands out before I send it to that trash bin in cyber space.

Today, I was cleaning out my mailbox when I came across this forwarded e-mail that I think is worthy of being quotable.

Four things you can't recover:

The stone.......after the throw.

The word........after it's said.

The occasion.........after it's missed.

The time.........after it's gone.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. ~Seneca

Tomorrow, I am flying to Nashville, TN to meet with my sister who is there on work assignment. I was in Nashville once before back in 1995. It was a late honeymoon that my husband and I took, and because he knew that I had always wanted to go to Memphis to see Graceland, that's what we did, but only after staying in Nashville for a couple of days. I fell in love with the state of Tennessee. I have never seen such beautiful scenery or had the priviledge of meeting such warm and friendly people. I left that beautiful state feeling like that's where I belong, almost as if it was calling out my name. I've been to lots of beautiful places and I've met lots of warm and friendly people, but this experience was different. The only way I know how to describe it is to say that it felt like I was returning home to a past life. It's a knowing deep inside that you can't really explain, because if you do most people will think you're crazy or on the edge of crazy.

I am happy and ecstatic to have the opportunity to return to this lovely place even if it is only for a couple of days. I've been containing my excitement but it's now starting to show. I will revel in my journey of thoughts and imagine myself full of energy and happiness, and seeing everyday things in a new light.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Gratitude

This is a re-post from something I wrote a couple of months ago on facebook. Just wanted to share it with my fellow bloggers.

Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 12:16am
My innermost thoughts are private, but sometimes I share that part of myself with a select few. I feel inspired to write. Life is good. I appreciate my husband and I am so grateful that he is without a doubt, rock solid and very good to me. I am so lucky. I'm not saying this because something spectacular happened, or because he did something to surprise me, or anything out of the ordinary. It's just that when I really bring myself to a higher consciousness, it makes me aware of how things are in perfect alignment for me at this point in my life. When awareness strikes me like this I just have the urge to express my gratitude to God, the Universe, and to my husband.There are times when my thoughts stray to the what if's. Fantasies of grandeur play like motion pictures in my mind. They make me smile and feel good inside, but those are just fantasies. My reality, my life, my friends, my husband......that is the here and now and it is what makes me happy. It's what makes me strong. It's what fills my bucket. And I am most grateful.

Two magazines that encourage growth spurts in me.

My two favorite magazines are completely opposite in nature. The first, is Woman's World, a very thin magazine for women that is loaded with tons of useful information on food, health, money, relationships, etc. It's simple and to the point. All of the bits of information are given without long, drawn out, wordy paragraphs. Straight to the point without all the mumble jumble. You don't have to invest a lot of time reading about one subject. I learn more from this little magazine on food and health than I do anywhere else.

Success Magazine is my other favorite magazine. I have been a subscriber to this magazine for quite awhile now. I think it is the best magazine for anyone who is interested in personal development, growing confidence, and building successful relationships, and businesses. It is packed with inspiring stories of real people who have obtained success. It features some of the most acclaimed motivational speakers, and leaders of our time. I refer to this magazine quite often for ideas, inspiration and motivation. It is one of many tools I use as a guide to help me along my journey of personal growth.

Today's noteworthy quotables come from my two favorite magazines.

Woman's World: Being kind and thoughtful has its advantages:
a survey of employers finds that conscientiousness and politeness are five times more likely to impress your boss than your intelligence or skills! "Things like returning calls promptly, sending thank-you notes and greeting co-workers every morning can go a long way in your success." David Niven, Ph.D author of The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People.

Success Magazine: "Whatever good things we build end up building us." ~Jim Rohn

What tools do you use for your personal development? What are you reading, doing, participating in that feeds your passion and helps you grow?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Simple Solution For Rejuvination

Red Rock Canyon; Las Vegas, NVDrive yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy the solitude and the quietness of being alone. (Well, almost alone)
Find a place to pull over and breathe in the air. Take a walk and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.

Let you dog come along and explore with you. Consider it bonding time.
Don't you feel better already?
The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. ~Author Unknown

Sunday, August 2, 2009

What have you learned today?

The Wisest Mind Has Something Yet To Learn. ~George Santayana~
Yesterday, I browsed and I learned how to make an on-line dream board. Most of us know about vision boards in regard to The Law Of Attraction. The idea is to paint, draw, write, or cut out photos and/or words of things that represent your goals and your dreams and then put them on a bulletin board or in a box. You're supposed to look at it often as a reminder of where you want to go. It's supposed to be a motivator of sorts, an inspiration to make your dreams come true.

The on-line version is the same thing. You can look through a catalog of photos from Oprah's web site, or you can upload your own photos. You can rearrange and resize the pictures, add text and change font size and colors.
I had a lot of fun putting my dream board together. The only drawback is that you cannot copy it or move it to your own file. I was hoping to post it to my blog, but it won't allow you to do that.

I think I have just been inspired to create my own dream board through my own means. I'll post on here if it turns out.

What have you learned today?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Manly Man

This picture has been hanging around our house for years.
My husband acquired it before we ever met.
It's one of his all time favorite quotes, and he reminds me quite often that he doesn't much like people. Well, he didn't much like dogs either until he met me, but that's a whole other story.
Ordinarily, I balk at his taste in home decor, but there is something about this picture that draws me in. It exudes a kind of Clint Eastwood, don't mess with me, make my day kind of attitude.
I like it.
I like the dog in the picture too.
It reminds me of a simple life.
The kind of life where small pleasures are the ultimate treasures.

"I'm the dullest tool in the shed" ~ My husband J
You see, my husband likes it when people underestimate him. It gives him the upper hand.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

On Friendship

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."- Anais Nin
My friend Gail just called me out of the blue and asked me to meet her for lunch. This is a wonderful surprise because she lives in another town about an hour and a half away. Gail makes me smile because at the age of 70, she still loves to pose for the camera, and I mean she really hams it up. Confidence oozes out of her. She is independent and is crazy about fashion and shoes. She dances with the Silver Tappers, a group of dancers in Pahrump, NV who put on shows at various events.
A colleague of hers nicknamed her "Old Buzzard", but I think she's more like a "Designer Chick"
She's one hot mama!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What does your soul's garden grow?

A good quote can spark an explosion of creativity and ideas to burst forth. ~JarieLyn~

Sometimes a good quote can alter the direction of one's journey. Paradigm shifts, inspiration, motivation, and enlightenment are all a part of that journey. The more I read, the more I grow. I'm starting this blog because I want to share the quotes and other sayings that have uplifted me, made me laugh or pissed me off. Mostly, it will be all positive but not in a controlled, structured way. This is my embarkment to personal development. This is what feeds my soul. Maybe by feeding my own soul, I'll be watering yours as well. What does your soul's garden grow?

I intend to post a lot of original quotes from friends, family and myself, as well as known published quotes from famous people. Whatever moves me in the moment....... I will allow the universe to speak to me, whatever I post will be meant for someone who needs to hear those words. So, if you happened upon my site, you are meant to be here for a reason.

Today's quote is from one of my best friends. I've known her for about 28 years. Her trademark signature at the end of every e-mail is her own original quote.

She says......

You have a magnificent mind, change it often. ~ Cindy Gregory