Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today I Will Do....

This is a quote you see in a lot of gyms...I've always loved it:

"Today I will do what others won't
 So tomorrow I can do what others can't."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Wisdom of 2-Ply

To be honest, I’ve fought writing this blog for a couple of weeks. It’s one of those topics where a lot of folks will see the title and automatically go, “ick!”

But, you're still here reading aren’t you?

Here’s the deal. A couple of weeks ago I got home really late, was draggin’ tired, and I’m…sitting…and…mmm…thinking about the fact that 2-ply is one of life’s wonderfully simple pleasures. And, I must say, I congratulated myself on appreciating this small, seemingly insignificant gift from the paper companies.

Even though Queen Elizabeth I's godson invented one of the first flush toilets in 1596, commercially produced toilet paper didn't begin circulating until 1857. Quilted Northern, formerly Northern Tissue, advertised as late as 1935 that their toilet paper was “Splinter-Free!”

Which brings to mind the fact that the 1-ply in my elementary school definitely was not Quilted Northern!

But, I digress…not long ago I had the opportunity to again encounter 1-ply; I think it was at a highway rest area. And, I’m thinking that, yeah, if you’re buying a gazillion rolls of tissue for the whole state, then 1-ply is a good use of taxpayer dollars. 

Later that week, though, I ran across 1-ply in a friend’s home. Now, this is someone for whom the choice of 1-ply or 2-ply, if it’s based on financial factors, is not going to have trouble buying 2-ply.

And I’m thinking…why?

Why not treat yourself to 2-ply if the difference in cost is so small? Now, my more logical, mature, financially astute friends will offer, “Well, if you add up the difference over the course of a year…” I get it. If I add up the difference in 1-ply and 2-ply over the course of a year it’s probably enough to buy another 8 rolls of 2-ply. So what? 

Buying 2-ply vs 1-ply is a wonderful example of doing small, inexpensive things to treat yourself. To remind you that YOU are a good person, you deserve good things, and you deserve to be happy!

I don’t know what it is about paper products, unless it’s the fact that they are relatively inexpensive, but another friend said that one of the small things that makes her feel prosperous is having Kleenex in every room.

What small purchases, gestures, items, and/or activities help you feel positive and prosperous? They don’t have to be expensive in terms of money, time or space, but they connect with you and make you feel good.

So, I’m going to continue to buy 2-ply; AND LIVE IT UP!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mother Teresa and Your Dream

Today, September 4th, Mother Teresa was declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

Few of us expect to be declared saints (although we all know some folks who believe they are already there) and Mother Teresa was no different. She simply--and that word certainly seems to be inappropriate in this case--did what she saw needed to be done, and in doing it she helped thousands.

If you read some of the reports about her organization, though, you don't get totally glowing descriptions. The comments range from extraordinary and wonderful to frightening and hygiene conditions resembling a concentration camp.

So often, if we have the courage to live our dreams life may not turn out to be blue birds and lemonade. Sometimes it comes out as vultures and battery acid. The key is to keep trying; to keep moving toward what your vision of the dream might be.

Mother Teresa heard the critics but, to her, the cries of the needy--the people whom her dream told her to help--were louder.

Mother Teresa:

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Where's Your Crack?

"There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in."

from Anthem, by Leonard Cohen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Boogie On for Better Brains

Ok, so it’s Thursday in my world and probably in yours. The weekend is close, but still a day away for most of us. If you live where I do, near the coast of North Carolina, it’s hot as blue blazes right now…and God Bless the people who have to work outside.

So, how can you get a little bit of summertime, a little bit of joy, a little stress-reducer right now? Music on . As soon as you finish reading this you need to go to and play some music. 

I’ve spent part of my morning using as the background for my work. So far, I’ve hit the Moody Blues (Question), Gene Chandler (Does She Have a Friend for Me?),  Nickleback (Just to Get High), Billy Joel (You’re Only Human) and a bunch of others.

Now, you’re smart folks so you know that music affects us in all kinds of ways.  It affects a wide variety of areas of our brains which I will not go into unless you want to spend the rest of this blog reading phrases like “dorsolateral frontal cortex,” which…I’m just sayin’…make MY brain hurt.

But, the fact that music can instantly put us somewhere great in our minds (and the cool thing is that part of our brain actually thinks we are there) is such a miracle…and we can access it anytime we want…come on!!! That’s about as cool as it gets!

And, right now, we could use some cool.

So, I’m clicking on the soundtrack from Happy Feet and watching the penguins dance to Boogie Wonderland.

Stay cool!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Faith or Hope...Which Are You?

Here’s the question: Do you have projects, dreams, goals, relationships you’re trying to succeed at; some issues in life that are really important to you? Hang with me for a minute and think about this.

What are you relying on to reach your goal?

Check this out: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 King James Bible

Newer Bibles quote the verse as “faith, hope, and love,” but for now…let’s focus on Faith and Hope.

Do you have Faith you’ll reach your goal, or are you relying on Hope?

Increasingly, here’s what I’m thinking: Faith does not have a time limit, while Hope does. 

If you Hope something succeeds, that’s a wish. You wish things will work out…and we all know how realistic wishes are. And, you probably have a time limit on it. You may not realize it, but at a certain point you may give up Hope.

Faith is very…very…different. There is no time limit on Faith. If you have Faith the situation will work you KNOW in your heart of hearts it will happen…it’s just a matter of when. And, by having Faith you are willing to deal with the difficulties you encounter, suffer through the difficult times because, again, it’s just a matter of time before your dream is a reality. 

Most of the belief systems followed throughout the history of mankind say what I just said in one way or another. Faith, the deep belief that the situation will work out, attracts the thing you want.

Hope, on the other hand, comes with doubt. You Hope it will work, but hey, it might not. And, you’re only going to give it just so much time before you’re thinking, “Nope, this isn’t going to happen.’

Again, belief systems show that the doubt you feel attracts what you fear.

Soooo….whatever you are seeing as your future, do you have Faith…or, are you Hoping?

If you are Hoping it will all work out you better Hope the Charity thing works…’cause you are already starting the race at a disadvantage.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Nothing's New

On Thursday night I was in Raleigh presenting the seminar, “ABCs of Starting a Small Business” for Wake Technical Community College.

A woman arrived at the classroom very early; over half-an-hour before the program was scheduled to start. 

I asked her what type of business she wanted to create. She told me and I remarked that the idea was something really needed and that the industry was growing like crazy. 

When she gave me a quizzical look I told her that a young friend of mine had started a business like she mentioned and was wonderfully successful with it.

She said, “Somebody’s already doing this?”

I’m hoping what I was thinking was not showing on my face…it wasn’t good.

I simply replied, “Yep, lots of folks, and I believe there is room in the marketplace for other competitors.”

During the program I watched her—she was sitting on the front row right in front of me—and from the look on her face she spent most of the 2 hours considering the impact of the realization that her idea was not the first time anyone IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE had thought of it. 

And she was amazed.

In today’s internet-ruled world it is absurd that anyone with an idea would not take a moment to check online to see who else has created something similar OR EXACTLY LIKE what they are thinking about. 

A totally new idea is rarely totally new. It is usually a spin-off of another idea. So, why not take a moment to see who else has solved the problems you need to solve before you spend tons of time trying to solve them. 

I just don’t get that sort of ignorance in today’s world. And, ignorance is not a bad word here. It simply means you don’t know that you don’t know.

In today’s information packed environment there is no excuse for not making efforts to know.

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