What My World's Like



your power is yours.


your power is yours to keep. it exists within your thoughts, feelings, and choices. it belongs to you. don’t give it away. and don’t condemn others when you choose to give your power away because they chose not to. choose again. empowerment never comes from an external source.

suffering is a decision.

perception defines the inward experience of anything. choose better.

sit with that. feel it out. take it in.

to imply that choice alone is the difference between feeling bad, good, or great, or between feeling powerless and powerful is almost tauntingly, if not deceptively, simple sounding. however, it is simple, but not necessarily easy. the trick is that a half-hearted commitment won’t suffice. there is no middle ground.

here are some things that have helped me retain my power:

  • decide to feel good by being appreciative. thank your way through whatever you’re dealing with.
  • create meaning for yourself, your circumstances and life in general.
  • keep your focus on your goals and what makes you feel good.
  • smile anyway…just because it actually makes you feel better.
  • here’s to happy living!


    great words…


    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat,
    known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way
    out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity,
    and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness,
    and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

    – Elizabeth Kubler Ross

    slow down.


    sometimes the only way life can reveal its truth is to us is to stop us. when it halts you, don’t resist it; pay attention and take heed: slow down.

    there are major lessons to walk away with. find the good. find your gratitude. find your patience. find your understanding. find your silence. find your peace.

    we will find ourselves renewed when we relax into the flow of life.



    “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
    It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
    We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

    – Albert Schweitzer

    Be here now


    We often ask for divine gifts
    eyelids sealed and clasped fists, we dare
    requests or wishes via prayer
    while missing beauty that exists
    surrounding us, we must cherish
    like tangerine hue of sky’s dawn
    lyrics from your favorite song
    warm embrace of one who loves you
    the flavor of the sweetest fruit
    or image drawn with child’s crayon

    – Speaks Beliefs, Décima of Forgotten Miracles



    “In everyone’s life, at some time,
    our inner fire goes out.
    It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
    We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

    – Albert Schweitzer

    The end of complaining



    A Complaint Free World issues a 21-day challenge to halt all complaining.  Author Valerie Frankel responded to the challenge by enlisting her family.  She even offered her daughters $100 at the beginning of the week.  Each complaint they made during the week cost them $1.  Whatever remained at the end of the week was theirs to keep.  Here she documents their first six days on the challenge, including her insights and observations.

    It’s pretty interesting.  Since last week’s revelation, I’ve been working on nixing complaints.  Frankel considers it to be a viable and perfectly acceptable form of communication and ultimately found herself limiting her own expressiveness by not complaining.  While I do believe it’s important to express the full range of one’s emotions, it’s not what you do, but how you do it.  There’s a difference between pointing something out and harping on it.  We can express dissatisfaction without being consumed by the act of doing so. 


    A little bit of random: reminders

    • I’ve heard “you have not because you ask not.”  Maybe we should append “you have not because you don’t appreciate.”
    • Trite yet forgotten wisdom: it’s not about what you say, but what you show.  Actions really do speak louder than words. 
    • Everyone who is in your life has the option to be there or not.  Respect their decision and appreciate it accordingly. 
    • “Life is a theater. Invite your audience carefully.” – DJ Krush
    • (more…)

    Are you an ingrate?



    I had a conversation with myself the other day that went a little something like this:

    “I would like to have this, that and the other.  I would really appreciate that.”

    “Would you?”

    “Would I?  Ye—no.”

    No.  As it currently stands, my record is precisely not to appreciate so many aspects of my life.  I’ll be very decisive about something I want, get it, and then complain about it or take it for granted.  Either way, there’s not a lot of actual appreciation.  True appreciation is more than an intellectual concept; it requires action.  It means to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on.

    How much in your life do you “appreciate” without truly appreciating?  What can you do to express the importance of the things, people, and situations in your life, even if just to yourself?