The Power of Positive Thanking While life is not always fun, it is always a gift. When we accept that truth, we can live in gratitude that good thing by good thing and disaster by disaster, we are becoming better people. “Gratitude has a cleansing effect on the soul,” according to spiritual leader and author, Marianne Williamson, “healing us from the inside out.” The very act of saying “thank you” makes us humbler, gentler and more loving people. “When something good happens and we give thanks for it,” she goes on, “then its positive effect expands within us.” What about expressing thanks for gifts we would rather not have received? What a powerful practice a word of appreciation becomes when even in the face of a serious diagnosis, a child in trouble, or unexpected financial reversals we can say “Thank you, God!” People who in the throes of receiving a gift wrapped in heartache rather than in beautiful ribbons and bows don’t ignore the facts, but who remain grateful are “schooled in using the act of giving thanks as a tool for the assumption of spiritual victory.” It is out of being grateful that we can know that there is a gift here, and even if we can’t see it, gratitude keeps us open to receive it. “Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings,” states Ms. Williamson. “Gratitude journals are not just lovely, they work,” When we say “thank you” we are reminded of our place in the great and grand design of things. While life is not always fun, it is always a gift. When we accept that truth, we can live in gratitude that good thing by good thing and disaster by disaster, we are becoming better people. “While I cannot say I am grateful for my pain, I am grateful for the fact that it is never meaningless,” Marianne writes. “I have been given a chance to learn” ultimately attaining a sense of womanhood that I can call my own.” Out of every gift the Universe has to offer there comes the opportunity to be grateful; to allow our thanksgiving to reverberate through our entire being. And in that very act, we touch a nerve not only within ourselves but within the universe itself unifying us with the glorious One , and giving us the true sense that Life is grateful to us as well.
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Integrity: Doing What is Right BECAUSE It is the Right Thing to Do. Integrity is NOT: simply standing by your own ideals just to be rigid. The dictionary defines integrity as: Adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. Adherence to strict moral and ethical reasoning is different than sticking by something you just believe in solidly or choose for you desires. Moral and ethical codes have within them a sense that these ideal transcend individualized agendas and instead are codes which apply to a wider group than just yourself. Why do I bring up integrity ? Because all to often we get so focused on our own agenda, our own goals that we forget to take time to verify if we are doing “what is right” along the way. Becoming wealthy can be quite a noble venture– especially when the one becoming wealthy plans on using that wealth to assist others. But, gaining wealth my dishonesty, or any other means of compromising ones character, does not justify the end result. An example of living on target for integrity’s sake is : Andrew Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie became America’s richest immigrated citizen after years and years of hard work. At age 65 he sold his company and devoted his remaining years to giving away his wealth. He funded the building of over 2,000 libraries within the English speaking world. And gave away somewhere close to $350 million total to those needing various forms of assistance. One reason I like Andrew Carnegie: he was honest about hard work. He was once interviewed and asked if he had ever had a clue his life would turn out the way that it had. His response was something to the effect that had he known all that lay before him — he might never have been able to get up on any given day. BUT you see– he did get up. And he did what was before him each and everyday, for the right reasons and to the best of his ability. Again, integrity means doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. Some quotes I’d like to share with you on integrity follow: ** The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. ~ Zig Ziglar ** We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move–and he, in turn, waits for you. ~ Aristotle ** Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to. Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for. ~ Harold Kushner What are your dreams? How are you going about their achievement? When you come up to the choices and the challenges– be sure to take the path of integrity. You may get there faster by an alternate route; however, if you take the path of integrity you will like yourself enough to enjoy your dreams once they come true.
The Greatest Money-Making Secret in History If you want money, you only have to do one thing. It’s the one thing some of the wealthiest people on the planet have done and are doing. It’s the one thing written about in various ancient cultures and still promoted today. It’s the one thing that will bring money to anyone who does it but at the same time most people will fear doing it. What is that one thing? John D. Rockefeller did it since he was a child. He became a billionaire. Andrew Carnegie did it, too. He became a tycoon. What is the greatest money-making secret in history? What is the one thing that works for everyone? Give money away. That’s right. Give it away. Give it to people who help you stay in touch with your inner world. Give it to people who inspire you, serve you, heal you, love you. Give it to people without expecting them to return it, but give it knowing it will come back to you multiplied from some source. In 1924 John D. Rockefeller wrote to his son and explained his practice of giving away money. He wrote, “…in the beginning of getting money, away back in my childhood, I began giving it away, and continued increasing the gifts as the income increased…” Did you notice what he said? He gave away more money as he received more income. He gave away $550 million dollars in his lifetime. P.T. Barnum gave money away, too. “There’s A Customer Born Every Minute,” Barnum believed in what he called a “profitable philanthropy.” He knew giving would lead to receiving. He, too, became one of the world’s richest men. Andrew Carnegie gave enormously, too. While some might argue that these early tycoons had the money to give, so it was easy for them, I would argue that they got the money in part because they were willing to freely give. The giving led to the receiving. The giving led to more wealth. Today it’s fashionable for businesses to give money to worthy causes. It makes them look good and of course it helps those who receive it. Anita Roddick’s Body Shop stores, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield’s ice cream, and Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia, are living examples of how giving can be good for business. But what I’m talking about here is individual giving. I’m talking about you giving money so you will receive more money. If there’s one thing I think people do wrong when they practice giving, is they give too little. They hold on to their money and let it trickle out when it comes to giving. And that’s why they aren’t receiving. You have to give, and give a lot, to be in the flow of life to receive. I remember when I first heard about the idea of giving. I thought it was a scheme to get me to give money to the people who were telling me to do the giving. If I did give, it was like a miser. Naturally, what I got in return was equivalent to what I gave. I gave little. I got little. But then one day I decided to test the theory of giving. I love inspiring stories. I read them, listen to them, share them, and tell them. I decided to thank Mike Dooley of tut.com for the inspiring messages he shares with me and others every day by email. I decided to give him some money. In the past I would have given him maybe five thousand naira. But that’s when I came from scarcity and feared the giving principle wouldn’t work. This time would be different. I delighted in giving the money to him. Whatever he did with it was fine with me. What I got was an incredible feeling of helping someone continue doing what I believed in. It was an inner rush to help him. I still rejoice at sending him the money. And then something wonderful began to happen. I suddenly got a call from a person who wanted me to co-author his book, a job that ended up paying me many times over what I given away. And then a publisher in Lagos contacted me, wanting to buy the translation rights to my best-selling book, “Spiritual Marketing.” They, too, offered me many times what I had given my friend as a gift. A true skeptic can say these events are unrelated. Maybe in the skeptic’s mind, they aren’t. In mine, they are. When I gave money to Mike, I sent a message to myself and to the world that I was prosperous and in the flow. I also set up a magnetic principle that attracted money to me: As you give, so you will get.
Give time and you’ll get time.
Give products and you’ll get products.
Give love and you’ll get love.
Give money and you’ll get money.
This one tip alone can transform your finances. Think of the person or persons who have inspired you over the last week. Who made you feel good about yourself, your life, your dreams, or your goals? Give that person some money. Give them something from your heart. Don’t be stingy. Come from abundance, not scarcity. Give without expecting return from that person, but do expect return. As you do, you will see your own prosperity grow. Try it and see.
Do You Try Too Hard to Make People Like You? If you find social interactions exhausting and keeping people interested in you difficult, it may be a sign that you try too hard. Too much of a good thing turns into a bad thing. It’s natural to want other people to like you. We are gregarious creatures after all. On the other hand, how you go about making this happen is a significantly different topic. One of the attitudes that will often backfire when dealing with other people is trying really hard, too hard to impress them. Let’s look into the psychology of this phenomenon and see why this is happening. It’s essential for you to understand that once people realize that you’re desperately trying to get them to like you, your behavior becomes a turnoff. You come across as a needy and insecure person who is desperate for the approval of others. This is definitely not the kind of people we like. On top of this, if people pick-up on your insecurity, some of them will use that against you. You’ve got to realize that not all people are well intentioned. If a lot of persons in your life are using you, this could be the sign that you’re letting yourself depend too much on the approval of others. There is another side to this story: the energetic one. When you’re always trying to figure out how you need to be in order to impress others and to pretend you are that way, it becomes emotionally and mentally draining. This is why such individuals often feel very tired after dealing with other people. It gets worse: as psychologists point out, when a person acts really out of character for a long time, they tend to lose touch with their natural self and get a strong sense of alienation. They try to be everybody they think others want them to be so they end up being no one person in particular. If you try too hard to make people like you, you may already experience some of the problems mentioned above. There are simple signs that something needs to change in your behavior and attitude. Realize that you cannot please everybody and you don’t need to please everybody either. It’s OK to want to put your best foot forward in communication, but you don’t want to be desperate for the approval of other people. Stay safe and warm.