Harmony in Life

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I was with this person the other day who just didn’t like anything. I mean anything. Didn’t like getting up, going to bed, walking, riding, etc. They just thought life sucked. It’s sad when you meet people like that, but sometimes you just need to leave them alone before they pull you down in the mud with them.

Over the years I’ve learned to try to balance my thinking by going to the opposite thought. Looking around me I realized that life has a harmony about it. If there is a right, there has to be a left. If there is up, there is going to be down. Front, back; in, out. You get the picture.

So if I am feeling down about something, I need to balance it with an up thought. For example, I messed up something the other day and proclaimed to myself, “I’m an idiot.” At the moment, the statement had some merit, but it was only half the story. My balance statement was “I’m very cleaver.” Both statements are true, so why just dwell in the negative? There are probably a lot of things we have done wrong in our life, so isn’t it refreshing to know we have done so many good things too. 

One of my thoughts during my journey was the desire to write a book. It took fifty years to finally balance “I can’t write a book,” with the thought “I can write a book.” It brought such harmony I wrote several. Check out my progress (Click Here).
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Simple truths

 

    This is wheat. Wheat produces seeds which when planted in the ground produce more wheat. If you plant wheat, you will not harvest corn, you will harvest wheat. It is a simple lesson in sowing and reaping.


    This is anger. Anger produces seeds which when planted in the universe around you will produce more anger. If you plant anger, you will not harvest peace, you will harvest anger.


This is a negative attitude. Negative attitudes produce seeds which when planted in the universe around you will produce more negativity. You can’t plant negativity and expect positive harvest.

Simple lessons in sowing and reaping .  This is my new series: 

If you read it you will have great joy  and so will I. (click here)

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Living in the Now

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Today is a great day. It is the only today I will ever have because it will become yesterday when I reach tomorrow.

 I have concluded that if I spend too much time thinking about yesterday, I will not enjoy today.

 On the other hand, if I spend all my time worrying about tomorrow, I will once again not enjoy today. 

So my intention is to simply enjoy today! So far – so good. 

Want a good stress free way to enjoy today? – try my award winning book Forever Yours. 

 A couple explores the adventure of life from college in the 60’s to retirement in the 2000’s. Of all my books, this is the one I enjoyed writing the most as it was about my generation’s journey. Take a look at Amazon to see all my books.

What is, is!

Listened to some people the other day as they talked about their lives.

Seemed to me they were spending a lot of time worrying about what might happen in the future, and then filled the spaces in between with being depressed about what had happened in the past.

I decided two things,

 1. I didn’t want to listen to them anymore

 2. It is a lot better if we just live with three words,  What is, is.

Can’t change the past, and sure don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that right now, what is, is. If you continue this thought, you will also realize the another truth is “This too shall pass”.

So there are now 7 words for peaceful living; “What is, is” and “This too shall pass.” This leaves me in a place where only the current moment exists and as far as I am concerned, it is good.

In my book FOREVER YOURS, a couple explores the adventure of life from college in the 60’s to retirement in the 2000’s. Of all my books, this is the one I enjoyed writing the most as it was about my generation’s journey. Take a look at Amazon to see all my books. BookCoverPreview.do

 

 

New Orleans Inspiration

As a writer I find I have to make trips to certain areas to receive inspiration for new thoughts new orleansand plots. One of my favorite places for this is New Orleans Louisiana, a part of America that is different than anyplace in the country. History shows the territory was run mostly by the Spanish, but the impact of the French is found throughout the region, mostly due to the impact of French Canadians in the early years of New Orleans development. Then there is the strong influence of the Caribbean Island reflecting the days when the city was a major port for slavery. In my book “Hook, Line and Sinker”, Steve Sanders, one of the main characters describes New Orleans as follows:

A block away I heard the “clang, clang, clang” of the big green trolley as it moved down St. Charles Street toward the divide through New Orleans. This was definitely a crazy town with a flavor unlike any place I’ve ever lived. Often called “The Big Easy”, a title reflecting the almost daily party-like atmosphere perpetrated by the inhabitants, the city replicates a culture and heritage not found in the remainder of the country. As a person raised in the eastern section of the USA, I pictured my country’s history through the eyes of our ancestors who landed on Plymouth Rock, declared our independence in Philadelphia, fought the British in Boston and then spread out over a semi-inhabited land to establish America.

New Orleans is from a very different background and provides an abundance of history and culture, proving that my eastern America understanding was very presumptive. Created by the French, run periodically by the Spanish, inhabited by Canadians, molded by the Caribbean and planted in the south, it is a part of America truly declaring its own independence.

The afternoon breeze pushed through the banana palms with the promise of a cooling afternoon rain on this hot August day, a welcome relief in this tropical part of southern Louisiana. The air was filled with the smell of magnolias and gardenias reminiscent of a beautiful woman fresh from a long shower. The intense green of the tropical foliage seemed to have a strength and beauty not found in more urban parts of the world, and it all blended together in a rather mesmerizing place known simply as New Orleans.

So I, like Steve, am in need of New Orleans and thus I am going. It is French Quarter Festival time and I need to be inspired.

Gary “US” Bonds wrote a song that goes:

“Every Southern belle is a Mississippi queen,

Down the Mississippi,

Down in New Orleans.

Come on take a stroll down to Basin Street

And listen to the music with the Dixieland beat.

The magnolia blossoms fill the air

And if you ain’t been to heaven, then you ain’t been there.”

If you cant make it to New Orleans, you can catch some of it in my book “Hook, Line and Sinker.”

Check it out (click here).final cover

Feeling Small

IMG_0754 A few days each week, I journey into Manhattan NY. I do this to earn a living, not because I love Manhattan. I used to love being in the city, but those days are over. It isn’t exciting anymore, it is just busy, noisy, and really dirty. Some tell me it is because I’m getting too old to enjoy the city, but I think I’m just getting too smart to have to put up with chaos and pretend to enjoy it. To those who love the fast life, I am happy you have a place to go.

Frankly, when I’m in the city I feel very small. There are probably ten million people all around me, most of them moving at a pace that defies understanding. The huge buildings preclude sunshine, which I am sure is not the best for the human race. 

Went to the Grand Canyon once and really felt small there too. But it was a good feeling of being awe struck instead of being struck by a taxi. I know we all have our personal preferences and I am happy this beautiful planet provides so much diversity. The exploration of our life is also a place of diversity and if we can simply enjoy the moment we are in, then the journey becomes quite an exciting adventure. I simply like my adventure more when I’m away from the city. 

In my book FOREVER YOURS, a couple explores the adventure of life from college in the 60’s to retirement in the 2000’s. Of all my books, this is the one I enjoyed writing the most as it was about my generation’s journey. Take a look at Amazon to see all my books. BookCoverPreview.do

What??!!

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My profession in life is a psychotherapist for individual and couple counseling. Over the years there have been a lot of very interesting conversations and a few of them spun my ability to remain professional.

One time, over a year ago, I had a new client who came into my office and commented on how she liked my candle in the corner. I always keep a candle lit in the office to remind myself there isn’t enough darkness in the universe to put out light, but that’s another story.

Anyhow, my new client looks at the candle for a minute and then smiles at me and says, “I like incest.”

That got my attention rapidly.  “How long has this been going on?”,  I asked. The client replied, “I think since I was young, but I’ve liked it more in the last few years. I love the way it makes my house smell.”

At that point I was completely lost, worried about patient rights, concerned about reporting this if there was a victim involved and wondering what in the world to do next. The client then smiled and said, “I like the ones that smell like frankincense the most.”

I had sudden understanding. My client didn’t say she liked “incest”, she said she liked “incense”. Obviously the session went much easier once I made this distinction. Never did share the story with her, didn’t want her to know how weird her therapist really was.

My book “Psych” is a very interesting journey through some psychological insight. It is more frightening than my “incense” client. Click here for more information. front cover pic 2