Does Being Politically Correct Make Things Right?

“In this era of political correctness, some people seem unaware that being squeamish about words can mean being blind to realities.”  Thomas Sowell

Words are real things, they bless or they curse, they lift up or they knock down and they can just plain hurt.  When I was a kid we used to always quote the line, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”.  Kids are always out to put each other down in their formative years and we used this little “untruth” to save ourselves from being hurt, it didn’t always do the job.  I agree with the importance of being careful with our words in order to avoid unnecessary hurt, but I believe that this whole idea of being “politically correct” has been abused and misused to justify what should otherwise most certainly be condemned.

Let’s look at crime for example, we naturally feel that it is only right by law to not condemn anyone without following the “due process of the law” so,  although we may have on film an individual such as Jared Lee Loughner who committed multiple murders in the town meeting that Sen. Giffords had held in Arizona, it is stated “correctly” that he “allegedly” shot and killed that day.  We had to wait until he went through the whole process of expensive court hearings to condemn him.  But it all depends of course where the crime was committed and by whom to then find it perfectly within our right to “execute” the likes of Osama Bin Laden, or Gaddafi without holding a trial.

Is all really “fair in love and war“, as the old adage goes, which I thought was just yet another little line we used to playfully excuse our personal lacks in certain circumstances, or is it actually a crime being committed legally? Let us talk about other politically correct statements that we read about on a daily basis.  We pick up our paper and read, “35 (to give a number that was reported when in reality the number is more in the hundreds) people were killed today by “collateral damage“.  Oh gee wiz, gosh sorry about that, we were aiming at that dirty rotten terror enemy, and happened to have taken out a neighborhood of innocent men, women and children, but we didn’t mean it, they were just “collateral damage”.  Certainly to you, the reader, “collateral damage” sounds fine, it doesn’t make you toss and turn in the night with the thought of your troops having “accidentally” taken out hundreds of innocent people.

How about the unfortunate “friendly fire“?  Oh, darn!  Two men were taken out by a mistaken shot, but it was unintentional, and all was erased and forgotten in the minds of the everyday reader in the comfort of their home thanks to these two partially easy to swallow politically correct cliché’ “friendly fire”, but is it really right? And when does the “freedom fighter” become a “terrorist”,  well that just depends you see, which paper are you reading and where you live on the planet.

Folks, words are truly still hurtful, no matter how “politically correct” you try to be, because remember, political is an imaginary line drawn to separate states, or better said people.  By being “politically correct” you are only being “correct” towards a given populace, you are not being “correct” but rather, you are simply attempting to justify what you perceive to be right and attempting to convince the world that your cause is justified. But is it?  Which should we have done or not done?  Taken Jared Loughner out back instantly and shot him right in the dead,  or possibly assured that Osama and Gaddafi were taken safely into custody and tried in an international court?  Both perhaps, or neither?  It all depends on what side of the street you live on, it all boils down to an opinion, but who’s?  So which is “correct”.  History reads differently as you travel the globe, you may attempt to justify murder, but it will always be just that, simply murder.

Are you really righteous or just being politically correct?

Hardships and How They Help Us

“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.”–Henry Emmerson Fosdick

Going through a difficult time is never easy!  We are not particularly thrilled when we are in the middle of hard times, and often are filled with feelings of resentment towards the situation, circumstances, others who are involved and then God usually tends to get blamed for far more than His share in our process of poor choices.  Going through these times seems to last forever as time tends to come to a stand still. You know the saying that “time flies when you’re having fun“, but then there is the flip side, it tends to stand still when we are battling with something.

But there is a positive side to all of this and believe it or not, you tend to gain so much more after having passed through tough times than if you were to continue sailing through everything without adversity.  We tend to take for granted what comes easily, and will appreciate much more the things that we have to fight for.  There is no victory without a battle, there is no triumph without a trial, there are no roses without thorns, to gain beauty you often have to suffer a bit.

I was just thinking of a tough project I had gone through not too long ago where we were trying to set up a youth center to train young people for volunteer work.  We received a large property with an old style farm-house on it that lacked heating and some of the more basic necessities. It was given for our use for a very low price because we had agreed to fix it up in exchange for a long-term contract for our work.  Not having a great financial backing we had to approach different businesses to ask for their help in the way of donating the needed supplies.  The work on it was huge and we were for the most part new at this type of work, but with time we were given a lot of help by experts to do the more technical jobs.  The house had, no heating, well water that needed a purification system since it came from an impure source, and the walls and windows had to be redone.

We went on with this work for 4 years, 3 of those 4 years we had no heating as this was the most difficult item to get help with.  Thank God the first winter was very mild, but that did not last all that long.  The area where this farmhouse was is known for its humidity and when winter set in, almost every day there was a thick fog that took half the day to dissipate.  Each year that went by was becoming more and more difficult to face, and the situation became a bit depressing, to say the least, as the cold would reach deep down into the bone! We finally got the heating working and then our time was up for this particular project.

You might think, how can there be anything positive come from torturing yourself for these 3 years?  Well, I’ll tell you that , since this time after having spent most of my living years in the comfort of a warm house and environment, today, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for heat, clean water to drink from the tap and a comfortable place to lay my head.  Even the seemingly simple and “normal” things of life can be taken for granted and overlooked, until you have had to experience a time without the things that today you just take for granted!

My parents, as those of many others who have gone through a World War, and the Great Depression learned through those times to appreciate the value of everything they ever had.  We grew up with most of what we needed and even wanted!  Today, however we are faced with a serious economic situation that is surely going to help us to grow to be wiser, more saving, more thankful tomorrow, once things finally start turning around.  There is so much that you can learn through adversity and times of trial and tribulation that whilst in the midst of it all can cause you great despair.  In the meanwhile, hold on tight, don’t lose hope …ever, once the roller coaster comes to a halt and you finally get down, you will feel a bit wobbly for a  little while , but once you find you footing, you will be strengthened more grateful that it is over with and that you are still alive to face the next adventure!

Have you had it rough and learned from difficulty? I really do like it when you comment!

Accepting Differences–Without Forcing Them On Others!

The end result of your life here on earth will always be the sum total of the choices you made while you were here.”–Author Unknown

For the record, yes I do believe in God, and I believe that He has placed us here on earth to make choices, choices that we alone can make and that even He has limited Himself in such a way to allow us to choose.  I also believe that with every choice that we make in life that we will then be left to live with the consequences of those choices and that what might be OK for one person does not necessarily mean it is for another.  There are so many differences between us, and thank God for that, there is male, female, tall, short, blonde, brunette, dark skin, light skin, the list is too long to enumerate here and I lack the time.  Well in the end there is just about every flavor on earth to satisfy everyone, if we just learn to accept them.

We are blessed with what I will call here “the majesty of choice”, a gift given us at birth that no one can take away from us but ourselves through our own choice to relinquish it according to our own will (or unless it is taken from us through some act of war).  There are choices that we make that are “good” choices that will bring us to greater and more wonderful things in our lives, as there are “poor” choices that may bring us to hard places and difficulties that, had we chosen the other way, perhaps things would have ended up better.  If you are able to discover this on your own, without outside interference, then you will be convinced beyond any shadow of doubt whether your choice was the better of choices. But “a man convinced against his will, will remain of the same opinion still”  In other words, if a man is coerced into believing something, or there is an attempt to push him to believe in a certain way, he will never be totally convinced until he personally chooses of his own volition!

We live in a society that is so diverse at this point that there is no way that you can place boundaries where one person is totally wrong and the other is completely right in all his ways.  If we cannot learn to accept others for who they are, instead of insisting that they be just like us, then we can move forward in unity despite our differences.  There are so many things that others do or lifestyles that others have chosen that I do not agree with, but it doesn’t give me license to condemn them or to criticize. I just choose to agree to disagree.

What I have a hard time with is when people make personal choices, and want to be accepted for who they are, but then they go beyond seeking acceptance and begin to impose their lifestyle on others.  Take for example homosexuality.  I do not agree with it, but I am willing to accept homosexuals for their personal choices and if they are happy with their choice, then fine.  But what I am not in agreement with is how their cause has not stopped at acceptance only of their personal lifestyle, but it has gone way beyond to the point in the attempt to rewrite how we should live our lives as a society.  Schools as early as kindergartens have felt it necessary to advertising that they are “gender neutral” which begins to make subtle suggestions in the minds of impressionable children that “maybe” they are homosexual.  To me that is way overboard and is exactly the same of what they accuse the “hardline religious” for being dogmatic. It is an example of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.

As for my sexuality and what goes on in my bedroom it is NOYB as for your sexuality, it is NOMB, and I am perfectly fine with that, so what I am trying to say is, respect, and be respected.  Live and let live, because at the end of the day, we have to decide for ourselves.  So as for the myriad of choices that we make in our lives, be they religious, sexual, careers, habits, free time, etc.., they are all personal choices and should never stand in the way of our walking hand in hand as people, or a nation.  And please, do not force your choices on others, share how you feel, then leave room for others to choose on their own.

This is just one example, that I feel strongly about and it is not meant to attack homosexuals, but rather to suggest to anyone who has chosen a certain lifestyle, live it for yourself, share with who voluntarily wishes to do the same, just don’t push it on others who do not agree.  Agree to disagree, join hands and look for common ground.

As usual, your thoughts are always welcome.

Complaining Criticizing and Mud-slinging

He who throws dirt is losing ground! –Author Unknown

It takes no effort whatsoever to criticize another, especially since we have no idea what they have gone through.  It cracks me up to see someone watching a soccer, football or basketball game and their comments are, “what an idiot, why didn’t he just do this or that“.  I’ve been guilty of the same, and then you stop and wonder if it had been you in that game under the same circumstances whether or not you would have been even capable of even a fraction of what this guy was able to perform.  It is too easy to make these comments when we are seated in the comfort of our living rooms sipping on a beer or a some drink and eating potato chips!

We are all so quick to judge, but we tend to measure other people’s performances from our personal perspective and perhaps we are right to arrive to a certain conclusion, only if it were ourselves in that specific situation.  But we are all different, come from different backgrounds and experiences, so to sit comfortably and pass judgement on others is simply not right or fair.  I believe that it is possible to overcome difficult circumstances to achieve great results, but it is up to the individual to get to that point!  You can try to help others to understand that all things are possible if you put enough effort, but as the saying goes, “you can take a horse to the water but you can’t make it drink” not everyone will decide to take a drink. We just have to take them as they are.

Some people seem to thrive on putting others down and poo poo anyone that dares to say that you can overcome, or that you can make it if you try hard enough.  Just the other day I was on Twitter and I saw the most ridiculous tweet that read something like “positive thinkers and self-improvement guru’s are to blame for the current economical problems” .  It made me sort of chuckle to read such a silly comment and most likely this is the sort of person that thrives on putting anything and everything down and sings the “it can’t be done”  dirge in the attempt to justify their own in-capabilities.

I have a deep admiration for the seemingly underdog who has defied all odds and has come out a winner.  I cannot stand instead to constantly hear how it can “never be done” from the whiner.  If your circumstances were to truly dictate your ability to make it in the world, then Oprah Winfrey should go back to an abused household and the ghetto.  So if you are not making it in life, if you are in a dilemma, get busy and do something about it, don’t spend your minutes, days, hours, weeks, months, or years belly aching and complaining about why you are not able or shouldn’t be expected to get anywhere! What a waste of time! And if you are busy trying to criticize others and put them down, be careful you are only putting yourself down and wasting precious time!  If you want to be miserable, go in your closet and be as miserable as you want, but don’t share your lack of faith, don’t tweet about it, get up off of you a** and get busy doing what you can.

There was a song that I used to sing years ago (yes I sing sometimes even outside the shower stall) and the chorus goes like this: Walk a mile, walk a mile in his shoes, don’t put down criticize or accuse.  Take the time to feel the things  he’s going through, see just how it feels to walk a mile in his shoes”  There are those who know how to overcome, others that are in difficult situations that may need some understanding and a helping hand, but that does not mean that they are any worse than you are. Whichever the case, we should make the attempt to understand where they are coming from and empathize with them and to accept them as they are.

Are you a winner or a whiner?

Keeping Your Head Above The Water

“Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover the losses due to mismanagement.”–Dan Quayle

The above quote takes a comical look at the more serious situation that we are faced with today.  Unfortunately, those who have mismanaged the money are not the ones that are being penalized for their lacks, but rather the overall economy.  Instead of lowering the pay for those who are responsible, the interest rates continue to be lowered to accommodate their lacks, and now the latest move is to make you pay a °service fee° for your account.  The reason for this post is not to rant about that, although it is one of the issues that begs to be addressed, but I wanted to share more about the importance of managing your personal finances in such a way as to be always prepared for a rainy day.

Why has it been so difficult on the home front, well basically we have become so addicted to credit that it is all too easy to leave the “real world” and start living in “la la land”.  There has been a major problem with mismanagement at the household level which needs some “regulation” to be put in place as well. To stay solvent it takes discipline and this has to be you disciplining yourself.  The rule of thumb being, if you do not have the money or the income to cover an expense, then do NOT make it!  To be wealthy does not always mean to have a 6 digit income a year.  There are people who have a 7 digit income, but they are not able to manage their income properly and live as if there will be no tomorrow and end up broke within a few years.

If you can learn to live within your income, and not only that but being consistent to do so, regardless of your income, put aside a certain percentage of your income a month for savings, then you will become wealthy.  If you do not become wealthy, you will at least be ready for that time of need when it arrives instead of finding yourself on the street.  Sad to say, not everything is guaranteed not even your job or career.  It has become necessary to be ready to take on even a totally different career if need be, but to be at  least prepared for a possible change in order to stay up to date on your payments.

There are so many temptations everyday, to buy this, buy that at “only” $29,99 a month!  Well, if that means to dig into what you designate as savings, then you cannot afford it.  It would be far better to save up month my month and purchase it in cash then to pay the “just” $29,99 a month!  I have credit cards too, and I have a potential outstanding debt but I never buy anything that I am not certain that by the end of the month I cannot pay in full.  Partial payments on credit cards are a major drain of your money, and buy falling for the temptation of buy things just because you have “enough credit”,  is a sure way to becoming poor, and that quickly!

If you really think you need something that bad, consider an activity that will earn you additional cash, but don’t get fooled into the credit trap.  Those of you who have been there know what it is like to pay thousands of dollars in interest, when you would have lived just fine without that wonderful gadget you got on credit!  Spending can be addictive just like alcohol or drugs, and you might just need help or counsel.

So what to do?  Budget your income to cover all of your monthly payments.  Decide what percentage to put aside for any additional luxury item you might wish to eventually buy and start putting aside for that.  Make sure you have 10-20% of your income available to place into savings that you are NOT going to touch unless it is an absolute emergency. (absolute emergency does not include the release of the latest iPhone 4s) And if you want to really grow prosperous, then put aside a certain amount each month to donate to your favorite cause! You will eventually find yourself becoming wealthy regardless of your actual income!  Management of your finances is what will make or break you!

Have you battled with a personal financial crisis? Do you have some additional words of wisdom?  Please share it with us!

United We Stand Divided We Fall

“In this decisive hour of our national history, union means life and division means death“.–Bao Dai (Vietnamese Statesman)

On the topic of the current Occupy Wall Street movement and along the lines of the 99% vs. 1%, I wanted to expound on the topic that I had begun the other day.  In particular I would like to share one important point and that is, I do not seek to find fault in either the Democrats, or the Republicans, in one President or the other, but rather I would like to highlight corrupt politics in general.  Today’s partisan environment has been one of the main culprits along with what I have already shared about greed and gain and this has been a problem on each side of the aisle.  As I touched on in a previous post entitled “The Pot and The Kettle are Both Black“.

I brought out previously the fact that  particular interest groups have been in control of the economy now spanning each and every administration from the time De-regulation had begun as a practice.  These folk have been appointed and not elected by “we the people”. These are the ones who tend to capitalize on the growing economical demise that the 99% face, and therefore are not so interested in finding a fast solution.  They are also the ones that tend to control who gets elected, if they will be re-elected, and what the general foreign policy will be as long as it will go along with their continued financial gain.  In the end, they have been buying your Government, bringing corruption through lobbying and offering their support in exchange of continued bad financial practices.

In war, psychology is used to in order to steer public sentiment to either support or stand against the opposition.  In politics it works much the same. In every war there will be an attempt to sow division amongst a population in order to help topple a regime, or a Government that the aggressive nation is trying to defeat.  Just after the tragedy of 9/11 there was naturally a tremendous amount of emotion and hatred stirred up against the enemy heralding a much-needed unity within our country. Not only because it lacked unity within the States, but the Government also needed that unity in order to get a stamp of approval to make the necessary moves in order to go to war against “the enemy”.  The only problem was, who was the enemy? Al Queda claimed responsibility, but was not a nation and so it became tough to find out just where Al Queda was.

Well, we knew that it’s leader was hiding out in the mountainous area of Afghanistan, and we didn’t really like the Taliban either, so it made perfect sense to invade Afghanistan and get rid of the Taliban.  But, then things got a bit foggy when news started being disseminated that there were “arms of mass destruction” in Iraq, so a campaign was made that we needed to intervene on Iraq, depose of that awful dictator Saddam Hussein (who previously was placed in power with the help of the USA). But this all went forward thanks to the fact that we were able to capitalize on the spirit of unity at the time.

In order to win any warfare, any election, any game, anything at all you must have unity! And one way to beat the enemy is to create as much confusion as possible within their ranks to cause a spirit of disunity.  Once this is accomplished, the victory is almost certain! Today, as in 2001 we need to have unity.  Today the enemy is not a terrorist group, a nation, a certain political party!  Today our enemy is the current economical problem that we all face and the only solution to win the war is to recognize who the enemy is, and then to unite and fight!

As long as everyone is trying to blame a certain person, party or group we will never win the war! It is time now to expose the real enemy, unite and agree to stop the leaks, the greed, the agenda of who is really draining the system, taking advantage of the chaos that has arisen through partisanship and childlike bickering and squabbling, and roll up our sleeves and eradicate the real problem! Corruption in general in our politics for personal financial and or political gain! Whosoever is seeking, at the hurt of the nation and it’s unity, and is trying to gain for themselves is the enemy, division is a tool of the enemy, don’t be a part of it!  United we will stand as a nation, divided we will become a second-rate, weak and broke nation!  You choose!

I spoke my peace, what thinks you?

My Take on 99% Vs. 1%

Well, there is so much in the news today about the 99%ers and the #Occupy Wall Street so I thought I would add my 2 cents on the subject.  It is a fact and has been for quite some time that the middle class is growing more and more a thing of the past and has almost become extinct.  It has actually amazed me at how long it has taken the general population to stand up and say something, but then again as long as there is some food on the table and some form of entertainment, the masses will remain distracted. How sad.

One simple fact that I am not sure if the 1%ers realize is, once there is no longer a middle class, who is going to be able to even afford to buy anything anymore which is the only way that anyone can be on top in the first place?  I am in no way shape or form in favor of communism and socialism, in fact, although China is a “communist” government they are more capitalist than the capitalist and have been going in that direction since Deng Xiao Ping.  Communism simply does not work, in that, the great majority of people will never be motivated enough to produce unless they are gaining greater benefits from their labor for themselves.  The ridiculously scary thing about the current economic climate is, as it stands today, what the 1%ers are doing is they are forcing the masses into a socialist mindset because the American dream is disappearing!

I am all for capitalist gain, earn your fair share, but when it  comes to the point at which it begins hurting the overall economy, penalizing the rest of the population pushing them to extremes such as we have today where a large number of people are unable to find work due to the continual failing of middle size businesses, then that is like shooting ourselves in the foot. This all started back with the deregulation era when Reagan was president which seemed so great at the time and was heralded as genius and dubbed “Reaganomics”. Unfortunately, the same group of financiers are still steering the ship!  We talk about how bad dictatorships are, but then by allowing this type of economy to go on unregulated, before you know it we are creating a dictatorship of our own, not through violent means, but through voluntarily giving up our financial independents by wrecking the overall economy!

I don’t really like civil unrest, protests and mudslinging, and the blame game scenario of today.  However, I do feel that change must come and come soon, otherwise the 1%ers will have no kingdom left to rule over and the 99%ers will all be on street without home or food!  And not all of the wealthy are to blame either, there are so many of them who are wonderful and have gained their honest share.  Wealth is good, wealth is what you deserve when you have worked hard for it, made sacrifices to build your dream, but when it then becomes greed  to the hurt of your neighbors, community and nation then it is no longer a continuation of the “American dream”, it can only become an American nightmare!

Those are my thoughts for what they  are worth!  What are yours?

Life’s a Boomerang!

“The game of life is like the game of boomerangs, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy” –Florence Skinner

It is a truth! Life is a boomerang!  What you put in you get back, what you sow you will surely reap!  If you are there for others, it will amaze you that in the time of need others will be there for you!  Unfortunately, the adverse is also true, when you neglect others then in your time of need others will not give you a second thought!  You may argue this point, and I have heard it a thousand times, “all my sacrifices, all the hard work and care I have given others and look it never pays off”.  Watch out, it certainly does and if it hasn’t yet, it will.

One way or another our deed come back to either enrich us, or haunt us!  What you put into life, it will eventually come back to you in the same form or in another, in the same intensity in which you threw it out, it will come back to you!  Just watch out, sometimes without you even realizing it, it might come back and hit you from behind when you least expect it!  This is true in your daily interactions, in your business and in your love life, what you real you will sow, what you invest you will earn back with interest and when you love unconditionally love will come back in wonderful way.

This is a natural truth and it is believed regardless of your beliefs, a Christian believes what you sow you will reap, Hindis believe in Karma, and Buddhist are quick to burn what they wish to send to their ancestors for eternal use.  The fact of the matter is,  whether you  believe it or not, it is coming back your way,  just keep your eyes peeled, all four of them, because it could hit you from behind if you are not careful!

The secret is in what you give out, your return will reflect in quality and intensity!  If you are negative and go around sowing hatred, negativity, and doom, most likely that will be what you will also see coming back at you.  Instead, if you are giving out love, courtesy and kindness, you will find the same coming back you way!  Just try it out, you will see if you haven’t already taken notice in your life, the more you love, the more you will have love in return!  The more you hate, complain and grip the more negativity you will be faced with in return!

Knowing this fact, it comes down to, what do you want in life?  Do you enjoy being on a constant bummer, or do you enjoy the ecstasy of  love and positivity? I have even experienced on Twitter those who have taunted me with their negative comments to try to counter what I might have shared about positivity, it is fine by me, if they want to live in that world, then may they drown in it, but as for me, I will choose love!

Have you experienced the effect of the boomerang in your life?  What are you sowing?

Creatures Of Habit

“A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.” –Frank Howard Clark

It is really amazing how so little can get done if you just don’t put your mind to it!  Ha!  We are creatures of habit by nature and are pretty much content to keep going the way we always have, simply because it is the easy way!  As water seeks the lowest level, so are we inclined to follow that road because “that is the way it has always been done”! It’s also the easy way out.

Something funny (but at the same time totally ridiculous) that carried on for some time in my home was about the light in the upstairs bathroom.  There are two lights, one you can turn on at the entrance to the bathroom and the other near the mirror in front of the shower. The one that you could easily turn on at the entrance had a short in the ceiling that needed repair and for one reason or the other the job just didn’t get done for a few months! At night you had to slowly creep in touching and feeling the wall to avoid stubbing your toe on the step that there is in the bathroom in order to reach the switch to turn the light on.  Well, finally we got the light fixed, however the feely touchy creeping into the bathroom has continued on now for over a week since we have gotten used to the old way!

The funny thing about this is, as humans we are willing to go the long way around something just because “that is the way we have done it”.  That is how habits are borne.  It has been said that if you are able to do something consecutively for determined amount of time, I believe it is for about 90 days, it then becomes a habit.  Just like kicking a habit, you have to determine to do something over a period of time, stick to it and then you can either make it a habit or break the habit.  Like kicking the habit of smoking, you don’t just say, “tomorrow I am going to quit smoking”, and expect it to come naturally, it will initially take a great effort on your part to literally force yourself to stop, until it has become a natural thing NOT to smoke.

Building or breaking habits takes concentration, you have to be determined to change, put your mind to it and work at it. Otherwise you become like the “chained eagle”.  There was once a story told me of the chained eagle who was a pet to someone years ago.  In order for it to stay put, the owner had placed a chain on one if its legs and the other end on a pole.  It passed its day walking around and around the pole, so much so that it had worn a groove around the pole.  One day the owner felt bad about having confined the bird in this way and so he decided that it was time to set it free and let it fly.  He then cut the chain off the leg of the poor fowl and said his goodbyes and launched the eagle towards the sky.  To his surprise, after having circled the property the eagle came right back down again in the same courtyard, walked over to the pole, and began once again to walk a circle around the same pole!

We have great power within us to start on new and wonderful paths, and even to form some good habits, turning some bad ones even to good ones.  But in order to do so, we have to work at it in order for it to become a part of us. If not, we will simple go right back to the way things have always been!

How have you been successful in turning a bad habit into a good habit?  Are you stuck in your ways, or do you fight that lethargy to move on from good to better and from better to best?

Harnessing Inspiration

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force”.–Irving Berlin

I have a problem, well it is sort of blessing but it can be a problem if not used properly and if I am unable to learn to use it properly!  I am a person who goes largely by inspiration.  Don’t get me wrong, I really believe in the importance of inspiration as it can cause you to move on to greater things in life, to be inventive and creative.  However if you are  led solely by the inspiration of the moment, it can lead to trouble at times, such as in my case.

Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in the moment through inspiration that things can go missing that you should be taking care of and this is how it can lead to problems.  I get all excited about a project and jump in head-long only to discover that, due to my excitement, I leave behind other important matters that don’t get properly addressed or tended to!  Inspiration is important, as it can be the very fire that will bring about new ways of doing things, besides the fact that it inflames the desire to keep going. If everything is too methodical, it can grow boring and become a real chore and eventually you can lose interest.

You need both in the end, you need a “method to your madness”, if you are able to harness the inspiration in such a way that you don’t lose it, yet at the same time keep everything going so as  to not lose the progress that you have made then this would be the best balance!  But since none of us are perfect, the fact that we need one another becomes more evident!  There are some people who are gifted in being organized and methodical, they do great in bringing order out of chaos, and a certain rhythm to everything. Others of us who run more on inspiration, like I mentioned about myself, we get a new thought or idea, and off we go!  We need people to help us keep our feet on the ground!

One weakness we can have though as inspirationalists is, we can be overly protective of our new and “wonderful” idea that it makes it extremely difficult to take criticism or suggestions on how our idea could be modified to be even better. So, at times it is necessary to learn to harness our inspiration, not to forsake it as without it there would never be any change, and to learn to be thankful that not all of us all the same!

What do you think? Are you driven largely by inspiration or are you more methodical? If you have found a wonderful balance and have some tips to share, please feel free to do so!