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What ideas use you?

How many times a day do you think you get an idea in your head. Which ones do you decide to act on which do you push aside?

I believe that when ideas come to us, it’s because we have summoned them from deep down in our soul. We have asked for the idea, the insight, the inspiration to help us fulfill what we’ve asked to come here to do. So why then do so many of us disregard them as meaningless thoughts or worse still, give in to the negative self-talk that says we’re not smart enough, young enough, rich enough or good enough to do anything with the idea? But as Alfred Adler advises above, be grateful for the idea that uses us. It’s a gift not to be squandered.
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Raising our collective frequency through inspiration

I love the limitless feeling I get when I’m inspired. I feel like I can do anything, and in fact I can! Think of an instance when you experienced the exhilaration of a new idea. How did that make you feel in your body, in your heart? Some people say they feel liberated, others like they are 20 years younger or even ageless.

Inspiration is such a powerful catalyst for enhancing our imagination as artists will attest to. Just read what Michelangelo had to say when asked how he could carve such incredible works of art from just a slab of marble. He simply said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That genius talent came as a result of activating those “dormant forces, faculties, and talents” that Patanjali spoke about, through his innate ability to be inspired.
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Shine bright like a diamond…

At the risk of sounding corny and quoting contemporary song lyrics like those sung by Rihanna, these few lines from the beginning of the song will help me illustrate my point for this week’s blog. Sing along if you know it…

Find light in the beautiful sea I choose to be happy You and I, you and I We’re like diamonds in the sky


O.k. I know, now you won’t be able to get that tune out of your head all day. Sorry. So here’s my point.
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Service as a Virtue

Several years ago, I was introduced to Sean Young, a “serial entrepreneur”, as he called himself. And he certainly lived up to that moniker -- always on his own terms (which in my opinion is one of the best ways to live a joyful life!)

At one time, Sean had a company that trained front-line retail staff in the art and skill of good customer service, with the emphasis on service. In fact he explained that he saw “service as a virtue”. That phrase always stuck with me.

I particularly like the way Wikipedia defines the word “virtue” as “moral excellence.” What a wonderful virtue to aspire to!
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The Joy of Service…

“There is joy in being wise and just, But above all there is the beautiful, The immense happiness of serving.” ~ Gabriela Mistral

Those of you who know me, know that I love writing and reading poetry that moves my soul. So when I ran across this great little poem by Gabriela Mistral about service, I knew I had to share it with you for this week’s blog.

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The Power of Optimism

Here’s an excerpt from my new book Being Joy™ about the power of optimism.

I’ve sometimes been told that I’m naïve, too impressionable, not a realist – usually by people close to me who are concerned that I’m setting myself up for disappointment. But I’ve always been an optimist – one of the most essential qualities for joy I believe.
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