INSPIRED LIFESTYLES NEWS August, 2014 Issue #229

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Promotion of the Month
  • Inspired Quote for This Issue
  • 10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years
  • Hocus Pocus – Magic Does Exist!
  • I Believe
  • A Touch of Humor: Teenagers and Cats

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INSPIRING QUOTE FOR THIS ISSUE:

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” — Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, American Author, Trainer


10 CHOICES YOU WILL REGRET IN 10 YEARS
By Angel Chernoff

“If only”¦”Â  These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language.

Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them:

1. Wearing a mask to impress others. — If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it.  Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are.  So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you.  You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people.  Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

2. Letting someone else create your dreams for you. — The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find.  A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams.  Do you have people who disagree with you?  Good.  It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path.  Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.  Read The 4-Hour Workweek.

3. Keeping negative company. — Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you.  Don’t let them get to you.  They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun.  When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.

4. Being selfish and egotistical. — A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone.  Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired.  So carve your name on hearts, not stone.  What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.

5. Avoiding change and growth. — If you want to know your past look into your present conditions.  If you want to know your future look into your present actions.  You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back.  If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success.  Read The Power of Habit.

6. Giving up when the going gets tough. — There are no failures, just results.  Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up.  Learn what you can and move on.  The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end.  Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory.  It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.

7. Trying to micromanage every little thing. — Life should be touched, not strangled.  Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.  Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight.  Take a deep breath.  When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great.  Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

8. Settling for less than you deserve. — Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.  Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again.  Don’t settle.

9. Endlessly waiting until tomorrow. — The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do.  But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do.  And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.  Read The Last Lecture.

10. Being lazy and wishy-washy. — The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something.  So stop daydreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone.  Take full responsibility for your life — take control.  You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

Author Profile: Passionate writers, admirers of the human spirit, and full time students of life, Marc and Angel Chernoff enjoy sharing inspirational advice and practical tips for life on their popular personal development blog, “Marc and Angel Hack Life.”Â  Currently the site contains over 600 articles on happiness, productivity, emotional intelligence, relationships, and general self-improvement. http://www.marcandangel.com


HOCUS POCUS – MAGIC DOES EXIST!
By Nisandeh Neta

Lately, our little daughter has been afraid of dragons. Some witches and the neighbor’s black dog have also been causing her concern.

We taught her the magic spell: ‘Jimalaya…Jim!’ and since she’s been using it, the dragons, witches and even the big black dog, aren’t bothering her anymore.

How come? It’s magic!

When we cannot comprehend how something works or happens – we call it magic.

Our lives are full of magic. As kids we live in a constant state of wonder. As ‘mature adults’ we’re constantly seeking explanations or proof, thus killing magic.

In this article I offer you a few magic tricks for grownups. They work! Just lift your magic wand, postpone your judgments and let mystery prevail:

The magic of INTENTION

Intention is a way to focus, and bring your mind energy and power to work for you in the physical universe. Your intention can be, to be joyful, to gain clarity, to solve a problem, to bring a new relationship into your life, to be financially independent, etc…

The procedure or “how to” intent is not important. You can go within and think about your intention. You can visualize it or meditate on it. Any method that brings your focus and attention to your intention is sufficient.

To reinforce your intention you can create or use a physical representation of that intention (write it on a paper, select a card for it, use a picture, etc.) or you can sing it aloud repeatedly.

The magic of NOURISHING YOURSELF

When you give to yourself, the universe receives the message that you are worthy and as such, begins to treat you in that way, in fact giving you more. The essential ingredient is persistence. Don’t give to yourself only once, because it is your birthday.

Nourish yourself on a regular basis and the results will be beyond your wildest expectations. Tip: most of us lack physical and emotional nourishment, silence and contact with nature.

The magic of GRATITUDE

The bottle of life is at all times both half full and half empty. We’ve become accustomed to focusing on the empty half. One of the fundamental universal laws is that you manifest in your life what you’re preoccupied with. Thus, the more you concentrate on the empty half, the more of it you create.

Let’s conduct an experiment, with the aim to create a different experience. For 24 hours choose to be only grateful. Find reasons to appreciate everything, and experience what miracles occur.

* It’s a beautiful day – THANK YOU WEATHER.
* Dinner wasn’t appetizing – HURRAY! – I can maintain my diet.
* The kids are healthy – WOW!
* I’m stuck in traffic – GREAT! – I have time to organize my nourishment plan.

Two little magic tricks for FINANCIAL ABUNDANCE

We all like to receive money. Most of us don’t like to give it away. However, money is simply energy. All that is attached to it is our own interpretations and values.

One of the universal laws is that energy needs to flow. Energy circulates, as does money. If you want to have money (as well as anything else in your life) you should invite it in and let it go in the same gracefulness.

Here are two small rituals that can help familiarize you with this flow.

When you receive money: Hold the cash, check, or bank slip in both hands, go within and say (in your mind or aloud): “Thank you for this money that came to me. May this money come back to the one who gave it to me a thousand times. May this money, when I spend it, come back to me a thousand times. Thank you.” And really allow the meaning of the words to permeate you, filling you with a sense of abundance and worthiness.

When you give money away: Give it with a smile, joyfully, easily (even if it is your phone bill or taxes that you are paying), and say to yourself (with a convincing inner voice): “May this money I spend help with creating good in this world, and may this money come back to me a thousand times to create good in my life. Thank you.”

Life is a wonder cruise. Don’t miss the ride.

Author Profile: Nisandeh Neta, trainer, success coach and healer. He is the founder of Open Circles, a center for personal-growth and leadership. Visit http://www.opencircles.nl to learn more about how you can make a difference, through living your dreams.


I BELIEVE
(Author Unknown)

  • I believe that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
  • I believe that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
  • I believe that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
  • I believe that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
  • I believe that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
  • I believe that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.  It may be the last time you see them.
  • I believe that you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
  • I believe that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
  • I believe that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  • I believe that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
  • I believe that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
  • I believe that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time
  • I believe that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
  • I believe that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
  • I believe that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to does not mean they don’t love you with all they have.
  • I believe that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
  • I believe that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.  Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
  • I believe that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
  • I believe that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
  • I believe that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret.  It could change your life forever.
  • I believe that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  • I believe that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
  • I believe that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you,  you will find the strength to help.
  • I believe that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

A TOUCH OF HUMOR: TEENAGERS AND CATS

For all of you with teenagers or who had teenagers, you may want to know why they really have a lot in common with cats:

  1. Neither teenagers nor cats turn their heads when you call them by name.
  2. No matter what you do for them, it is not enough. Indeed, all humane efforts are barely adequate to compensate for the privilege of waiting on them hand and foot.
  3. You rarely see a cat walking outside of the house with an adult human being, and it can be safely said that no teenager in his or her right mind wants to be seen in public with his or her parents.
  4. Even if you tell jokes as well as Jay Leno, neither your cat nor your teen will ever crack a smile.
  5. No cat or teenager shares your taste in music.
  6. Cats and teenagers can lie on the living-room sofa for hours on end without moving, barely breathing.
  7. Cats have nine lives. Teenagers carry on as if they did.
  8. Cats and teenagers yawn in exactly the same manner, communicating that ultimate human ecstasy — a sense of complete and utter boredom.
  9. Cats and teenagers do not improve anyone’s furniture.
  10. Cats that are free to roam outside sometimes have been known to return in the middle of the night to deposit a dead animal in your bedroom. Teenagers are not above that sort of behavior.

Thus, if you must raise teenagers, the best source of advice is not other parents, but veterinarians. It is also a good idea to keep a guidebook on cats on hand at all times.

And remember, above all else, put out the food and do not make any sudden moves in their direction. When they make up their minds, they will finally come to you for some affection and comfort, and it will be a triumphant moment for all concerned.



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