Week 18 – Happy!

Many years ago, I color coded my Bible with pencil crayon.  Whenever I read anything about the mind or thoughts, I colored it red.  I colored a lot of verses red.

This is one verse that I have always remembered:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8.

These are magnificent words of encouragement for today, and every day.

When I think about such things, and dwell on them, and focus on them, my days are happy.  Very happy.  I see beauty all around me, in people and in nature.  I see courage in others, and in myself.  I see kindness and love, and I give kindness and love, and then I see even more kindness and love.

When I speak about such things, out loud to others, together we get to experience happy, soul-rejuvenating moments in our days.  Our spirits are lifted.  There is a bounce in our step, and joy in our hearts.

This is being a light in the darkness, and isn’t the light beautiful!

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 17 – Puzzle In A Box

For 4 months now, I have engaged in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) experience, and as a result, I now see, with much clearer focus, the significance and the role my mind and my thoughts play in how my life unfolds.

I look back over my 51 years and I see the various seasons of my life: of purpose and contribution; of hurt and pain; of healing; of achieving dreams; of aimlessness; of discovery.

Life is truly a glorious journey.  I am who I am because of how I have responded in each of these seasons.  I’m thankful for all of them.  In this very moment, I am in a season of discovery, and I am so thankful for this.

The past is over, done, gone, past.  The future holds the results of the choices I make now, in this moment.

And now, in this moment, I examine and take control of my thoughts because I know that what I reap in my thoughts, I sow in the conditions of my life.

This is the toughest personal training I’ve ever attempted.  It’s exponentially more demanding than any physical training I’ve ever done.  It’s not easy to take control of my thoughts.  It’s not easy to discipline myself to concentrate.  Truly concentrate.

I practice.  I fail.  I make another attempt. I know that the life I desire depends on my success in this.  So I concentrate on courage.  I concentrate on abundance.  I concentrate on health.  I concentrate on love.  And every time I fail in my concentration, I make another attempt, and another, and another.  And I keep going.

If my life is a “puzzle in a box”, the box has been opened, the pieces laid out on the table, and I now put the pieces together carefully, deliberately, intentionally, knowingly, purposely, purposefully, consciously…

Love and Big Hugs,

Monica

Week 16 – Constructive Thinking

I’ve heard it said a few times over the years…”schedule thinking time into your day”.  In addition, I heard that if you’ve got a very busy day ahead, schedule a significantly longer thinking time that day.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to do constructive thinking for 30 minutes a day.  My first 30 minutes of constructive thinking time began Thursday morning.  It was a great time, and when the timer went off 30 minutes later, I was sad that I hadn’t set more time aside for this.  Later that evening I took another 1.5 hours to continue with constructive thinking.  On Friday morning my 30 minutes of constructive thinking time turned into 4 hours.  It was incredible!!!  I basically wrote a talk during that time.  Again I was sad that I couldn’t carry on for longer.

Since then, I have deprived myself of time for constructive thinking, and I recognize that I have been craving it.  Why have I deprived myself?  A lack of discipline. Not deliberate and focused.  Letting old habits win.  Self sabotage.

Bottom line is, I loved my constructive thinking time.  I felt inspired during that time.  I felt fulfilled, productive, deliberate, focused.

It’s time to make it a new, good habit.  I know the effort will be more than worth it.

Big Hugs,

Love,

Monica

 

Week 15 – Knowledge Does Not Apply Itself

People erroneously throw around the phrase, “Knowledge is power.”

No, it’s not.

I ‘know’ a lot of things.

And it makes absolutely no difference in my life what I know, if I’m not going to take that knowledge and apply it to my life.

Application.  That’s where the power lies.

Taking action on what I know.  This is power.

Knowledge does not apply itself.

How much longer do I want to hang out where I’ve been hanging out in my life?  How many more years?  Honestly?  No more years, and no more days.

What I do with my life and with the knowledge I have NOW… this makes all the difference.  NOW is all there is.  Now is not yesterday, and now is not tomorrow.  It’s right now.  That’s it.  That’s all I have.  That’s all I’ll ever have.

My thoughts, my feelings, my actions, and doing something now, in this very moment in time, is what can change my experiences in this world.

For the majority of my life, my actions have been governed by custom, precedent and habit.  They still are.  However, over the last few weeks, I’ve been developing some new, good habits in my life, especially around my thoughts.  I have committed to zealously and constantly inspect my thoughts.

To carry on with these good habits, daily, takes a determined conscious effort.  This is not child’s play.  This is me making a firm decision, resolved that I only allow myself to entertain positive thoughts.  This is me acting with critical awareness.  This is me vigorously, seriously, consciously, and with determination and discipline, exerting power to make these changes, moment by moment, now.

Does this sound difficult or like too much work?  It’s not.  I just keep practicing.  With disciplined focus, I realize more success each day.  And my days keep getting happier and happier.  It’s totally worth the effort already.

I love my experience of now!

Big Hugs!

Love,

Monica

 

 

Week 14 – Knock, Knock. Who’s there?

Bill Porter.  Incredible man.

He was born with cerebral palsy, yet as he was growing up, his Mother told him he could do anything. He wanted to be a door-to-door salesman like his Dad, but was deemed unemployable by the state.  He refused to go on disability. He exemplified persistence and patience, finally convincing Watkins Inc. to give him a door-to-door salesman job, selling their products on a 7 mile route that no one wanted.

Think about door-to-door sales.  Not an easy gig to begin with.  I know.  I did it for 6 years.  When I imagine Bill Porter, for over 40 years, everyday, greeting people with his slurred and laborious speech, only having the use of one hand and carrying his briefcase in that hand for miles everyday, knowing that walking was very painful for him…I am truly astounded, impressed, and inspired to step it up big time in my own life.

He didn’t let any of his limitations stop him from doing what he wanted to do.  He had a positive mental attitude, and made himself a success. He did what it took.  He had customers fill in their own order forms.  He used his typewriter to type out his orders and delivery instructions using one finger, and typing one letter at a time.  It took hours. After his mother got Alzheimer’s, he would take the bus everyday to a downtown Portland hotel, where the bellboys would straighten his collar, put on his tie and cuff links, and tie his shoes.  He couldn’t drive, so he hired a teenager to deliver his orders for him.

When he was hit by a car, and was unable to walk for several months, he adapted and continued his sales by phone.

Bill Porter eventually became Watkins’ top seller, working for the company for over 40 years.

20/20 aired two segments on Bill Porter.  This is a quote from the second one: “He’s a source of strength, because what he believed he could do, he did. And all the voices in his life that told him “No” were silenced by the whisper of his will.”

  • He devised a system that worked from his first mile on.
  • He stuck stubbornly to the order he had established.
  • Rain or shine he walked his 7 to 10 miles a day, often painfully for around $300 a week, never complaining.

Bill Porter passed away on December 3, 2013 at the age of 81, yet his legacy lives on.  That legacy for me is his positive attitude, stick-to-itiveness, resourcefulness, passion, determination, dedication, commitment…and the list goes on and on.

Bill’s life shines a light on the many ways, over the years, that I’ve quit on myself, on living up to my potential, on following through on promises I’ve made to myself.  I choose to not dwell on this though.  Rather, I see clearly how I can play much bigger in my life, be significantly more disciplined on a daily basis, and rise to fulfilling the big dreams I have for my life.

It’s a New Year.  2017.  I take Bill Porter with me in my heart this year.  The times that I feel like giving up and quitting on my commitments to myself, I pull out his picture and remember his endurance, stamina, staying power, persistence, perseverance.  The times I feel fear, I pull out his picture and remember his convictions, courage, bravery, non-conformity.  The times I feel tired, I pull out his picture and remember him walking in pain 7 to 10 miles a day, typing with one finger for hours… And I am inspired to be grateful, to carry on, to push forward, to not settle, to live boldly, to live well, to really live.