Paradise can be deceiving

Paradise can be deceiving. Sometimes what you see on the other side of the fence (as in this picture) might look idyllic for some, but in actuality it’s just a mural on the façade of a building.

Sometimes paradise is right in front of you staring you in the face. Reach for the stars and dream, but remember, you don’t always have to go to exotic locations to be in paradise––pure happiness and paradise can be right where you are.

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Let’s Make September Electric

I hope that you had a great summer recharging your batteries. Whether you are heading back to work or heading off to college for the very first time, I truly hope that your September will be electric!

I hope that you will make new connections in September and sparks will fly. I hope that you join a new network of friends and peers and you become a conductor of energy that flows throughout them. Sometimes having all of this energy and electricity running through you might create some tension with others. If that’s the case, act like a lighting rod and deflect all of the negative energy and electricity and bury it in the ground.

As long as you have the nourishment you need to keep your body healthy, you’ll have the energy to do whatever you want. Channel it and put it to good use.

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Thank Your Spouse Day

Behind every good artist, writer, musician, teacher, carpenter, race car driver, bobsled racer, tennis player, electrician, bus driver, gallery owner, welder, officer of the law, blogger, pilot, DJ, mountain climber, chef, politician, mail carrier, accountant, is a really GREAT spouse.

Make sure you thank yours today. They put up with a lot of your stuff. You wouldn’t be the person you are today without them.

#ThankYourSpouseDay

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These 4 Words Can Help You

Networking, Connections, Mentors, Inspiration

These are some of my favorite words––words that I use a lot. What makes these four words so important is that they are linked––well, at least I consider them linked. For instance: when you are “networking”, often times you are building new “connections”. These new bonds, over time, could lead to one of your connections becoming more of a “mentor” in your life who might support and give you some “inspiration”. Some people use their networking abilities to meet more like-minded individuals who are following down a similar path. They use their connections to opens doors for themselves both in business and in life.

But a word of caution: Don’t just take, take, take from your network, connections and mentors. If you finally get to that fourth word and find “inspiration”, and you owe some of it to the people in your network, you need to flip the script and learn to give back. Become a mentor yourself, and inspire a whole new generation. Be that connector in your group. This is when life really gets interesting.

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Thursday’s Thoughts: Some Experiences are Humbling

When I was 13 or 14 years old, I got my first guitar. I learned a few chords and tried to play along to my favorite songs. More than 25 years later, I bought myself a new guitar, and here I am, trying to re-learn everything that I once new.

It’s a humbling feeling when the teenager in me knows the tunes, but my 42 year old fingers keep messing up the songs. Even an old dog will have to re-learn his or her tricks if they’re not used to doing them. Practicing is how you create your rhythm. Artists, athletes, and musicians, just to name a few, practice their crafts to become proficient. The ones who practiced a lot are easier to pick out of a crowd. You can see it in their presentation, their preparedness and their confidence. Once you get into a good rhythm, the things you “like” to do ultimately become the things your “love” to do. Keep practicing what you love to do every single day. You may never perfect your given craft, but if the spotlight was on you, you wouldn’t be afraid to stand up on that stage and play.

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Illuminate like a Lightbulb

When a lightbulb is on, it illuminates a room. It helps us to see clearer and enables our eyes to focus so we don’t have to strain them.

When off, the glass of a bulb reflects the contents of its surroundings, as long as the glass isn’t frosted.

If you yourself were a lightbulb, do you think that you illuminate the people that surround you, support and care for them, congratulate and promote them, or do you reflect them, pay them no mind, toss their ideas to the side only to concentrate on yourself.

If you have just realized that the latter sounds more like you, don’t fret, you’re in luck. There is an easy fix to this: flip the switch up to the ‘on’ position. Be the filament that brightens someone else’s day!

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Simple Ways to Enrich Your Life

Today couldn’t get any better!

I can’t wait for what tomorrow brings!

Why isn’t today enough? Why does it seem we are always looking for something better–something bigger and brighter elsewhere.

Why don’t we just marvel at the life we have today? Don’t let a second pass without taking a deep breath and appreciate what you have.

No one has ever found that pot of gold at the other end of the rainbow. The simplest way to enrich your life is by looking within yourself.

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Gratitude: Stand Up and Be Counted

The time to express your gratitude towards another for their kind deed doesn’t have to be the second after or even a minute after they do something for you––as long as it eventually happens. There are a lot of giving souls in this world. Don’t you want to be counted as being one of them?

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Stephen Sheffield, Time Keeper, 2010