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How Would You Spend $1,000,000?

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The most common answer i have heard to this question is very revealing.  First, let’s assume that all of the people i’ve asked this or have heard answer this, did not have one-million dollars.  The general reply goes something like the following:  after spewing out a few of the top-of-mind toys, trinkets, homes and vehicles, the awkward silence begins… i inquire further about the remaining several hundred-thousand dollars.  This is when it gets really sweet … “I don’t know, but i bet i’ll know what to do with it when i get it.”  Imagine someone saying this about a motorcycle or a starring role in a Hollywood movie or a trillion-dollar debt or the partner of their dreams.

Admittedly, having a million dollars and being a millionaire are two uniquely different states of being.  Being a millionaire is probably much more work (thinking) than most people really want to embrace in their lives.  Having a million dollars, i contend, for most is much like having a pony or a puppy or any other thing the acquisition of which demands of us something more than the original picture might have suggested.  Nonetheless, we fiddle around the margins of enjoyment in the fleeting moments of achieving the goal, which much sooner gives way to the fragile frustration of dull responsibility and infringement upon one’s sense of freedom.

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Narrowing the focus and being specific and clear about what we really want in our lives, is certain to produce monumental (and tangible) results in very short order.  For instance, instead of saying you want to be a millionaire, you might start with … “I would like to have more money than i know how to spend.”  While that’s still pretty general, it’s probably a lot closer to what your true heart’s vibration is signaling.  You get what you ask for from LIFE (God, the Universe, Higher Power), based on what you really feel (the desire of your heart) rather than just the words you dribble from your mouth.  The words of protestation of our desire for wealth are much like the haggard and woefully ineffective pick -up lines spouted by pikey ne’r- do-wells in watering holes from Harlem to Harvard and from Oakland to the Outback.  The results are artfully similar.

Through experiences, your life has provided you with sufficient contrasts to set your heart (that inner voice) on a path of attraction to (and of) that which will best fulfill your pursuit of joy and happiness.  That outer voice (distractions) is often mesmerized by the latest fad, catch-phrase or hype.  Words like “rich” and “famous” cloud the clear signal coming from our heart (spirit) that says things like, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could work for someone I like?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could go to a movie and dinner on a weekly basis without concern for money?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could take a vacation once a year?”  These are the longings that are likely to be in the range of those that are most dear (and consequently most vibrationally powerful) to the average citizen of the USA; maybe the world.

These clear signals are losing strength and being watered down by the incessant drumbeat of the inconsequential side-show that we allow to take center stage in our LIFE.  It is no wonder we feel such a sense of frustration and loss of control when mired in the rhetoric of politics, a faltering economy, death and mayhem.  Those things are not where the larger part of our being (our heart) is drawing us.  In fairness, if indeed you feel a strong attraction to being a millionaire or having a million dollars, i suggest that you begin immediately to feed that focus with both your time and curiosity.  Your homework for tonight is to quietly and considerately begin to answer your own query … “How would you spend/apportion $________________.00.” You’ll need to get good numbers on how much the items and/or services will cost or earn.  For instance, you might want to know how much interest would accrue on any deposit of funds you might make.  How much interest do you earn on one-million dollars?

Yesterday, (exactly one month after my EarthDay (birthday)) i reached a milestone by becoming a millionaire! It was indeed a most fulfilling, rewarding and elating experience.  I learned what it was like to spend $3,000,000.00 (US).  I also learned that a more accurate description of what occurred is probably apportionment.  Once you become a millionaire, you won’t be inclined to view your resources as things that are spent (wasted, reduced, minimized, relinquished or gone) that includes your money.  Rather, all resources are apportioned and assigned to maximize enjoyment and flow.

Most importantly, i learned that in the seconds before i hit the subjective benchmark and the seconds that immediately followed, i was spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally no different.  I understood then, as i do now that the trophy of success is HAPPY and the mandate of LIFE (Living In Full Enjoyment) is to BE the journey!  (BTW, $800,000 compounded monthly @ 4%, without annual additions, earns $2,716.08 per month  … in case you wondered … 😉 )


Dream Big … Live Bigger!

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Fun Begins Here!

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Along the road of LIFE (Living In Full Enjoyment), i came to BE … not someone, something or somewhere … just BE … just ME! That’s when the fun began.

The gentle man in the photo is neither rock star or reality show heart throb.  Yet, he is the envy and idol of millions across the globe.  His grand, yet simple accomplishment is revealed in his casual conversation about why he rides his evolutionary reverse-trike, Can-Am Spyder.  He offers two minor points for our consideration:  “It’s Fun and I can?”

So often, we go out of our way to confound the imbecile with the complexity of our passion for living, doing, being.  We drape ourselves in the euphonious plausibility of jargon and sayings.  To the chagrin of many, the joy of living remains an elusive chalice from  which drips the sanguine tears of a bleeding heart.

What does all of that mean?  KISS – keep it simple, silly!  Your simple is straight-forward and easily aligns itself with the comings and goings of your LIFE.  If it’s fun and you can … then DO, BE and HAVE! You deserve just such a LIFE.  LIFE on purpose … til death do we part!

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Seizure Affirmation

I seize the experience of each moment, with joy and gratitude.

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This is only a Test

hear_no_evil_see_no_evil_speak_no_evilLast week, i caught myself.  I was preparing to complain about the driving of my kindly chauffeur du jour.  I paused momentarily to consider how readily the thoughts of her seemingly poorly acclimated vehicle maneuvering techniques, managed to land the truck squarely in every newly uncovered pothole in a very wide street.

In that moment i wondered, “how quiet would my day be, if i never spoke of any one’s failings, misadventures, calamities or foibles?”  Hmmm, interesting premise for a Hollywood movie.  Anyway, i’ve started living the “TEST” and i must say it’s been insanely challenging, fabulously rewarding and fairly quiet/serene.  Therefore, i challenge you to discover the other side of that wondering.  Go ahead, it’s only a TEST.

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It’s The Journey, Stoopid!

life highway signLeaving from your door each day you set out, ultimately to arrive home in the evening or morning from a day’s labor, errands, visits or the like. The unveiling of the “stuff in the middle” is neither assured nor inevitable. The details that spring upon you as the day unfolds, gives rise to anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, laughter, joy, hope, satisfaction and dissatisfaction or any combination of a broad range of emotional possibilities. At the end, you are home, as you had planned.

Upon reflection, you assess the day’s unfurling as worthwhile … at least enough to do it again the next day. The happenings of LIFE occur in between the known variables of origin and destination. Yet, so much attention of our society is focused on the evaluation of LIFE based on the perceived proximity to a destination. Through that logic, leaving from your origin (and ultimate destination, in this case) should probably be considered ill-advised, as your proximity to your destination increases, putting you further from your goal… home.

the journey unfoldsHaving stumbled upon this self-inflicted lunacy, I began to be intentionally irreverent and disrespectful with myself in private conversation with … of course, myself. Some time ago a politico coined a term; “It’s the economy stupid,” in addressing what is and should be the obvious and main talking point concern of that campaign. So, one morning as I meandered through yet another waking routine, I shocked myself into a state of “presence in the moment by declaring “It’s the journey, stoopid!”

I no longer leave the house to arrive, anywhere. I leave for the experience of the journey. Certainly, I have a general outline of exciting points and sites I’d like to experience and explore. Yet, moreover, I give myself to the fluidity of the unexpected, unplanned and most rewarding of gifts to be bestowed upon humanity … choice. I find God, the Source, the All, peace, serenity, joy and happiness in the daily drama and circumstance of the choice, made manifest in the minuscule shaping of a moment.

We offer for consideration, leave this moment for the full experience of another; an experience and growth that can only be known in the journey of your choice.

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Relationship Affirmation

I have joyous, loving and harmonious relationships with all of my family, friends and humanity.

Keep It Movin’

Each Crisis reveals Opportunity

In times of crisis, it is easy and normal (in an abnormal sorta way) to become fixated on the pain and anguish of it all. The true uplift to each and all is made obvious through the shifting of perspective, hence perception. Changing one’s perspective or angle of incidence implies and requires motion… movement. As our continued progress brings us closer in alignment with our heart’s earnest desire for love, joy, peace, harmony and happiness, we are able to view each and every purported crisis in our LIFE as the abundantly abounding OPPORTUNITY that it truly is.

Beauty reveals her wonders to those who open their hearts to experience what their eyes behold.  Crisis and opportunity thrive as two sides of the same coin.