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Purpose Behind the Problem

Too many times a problem can consume.  It can ruin a day or week or longer if you let it.  It changes attitude, outlook and can pull you from your true purpose.  Suppose the problem was actually the solution.  A necessary step to allow abundance in your life.  What if life was all about the problems and how you chose to deal with them?

A life void of problems would also lack purpose.  Choose to embrace problems as a necessary step in life.  You can’t control what comes your way, but you can control how you handle it.  Stack on the problems, buckle down and move forward toward your purpose.  What a journey it will be!


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Just For Today

Living for today is a hard concept.  The deadlines of tomorrow and the unfinished business of yesterday keep today as just a space in time.  No attention or focus on what has been giving us but looking over today into what tomorrow will bring.  Shocking that tomorrow is never guaranteed yet it’s were we all tend to want to be.  But “just for today”, make a change!

Just For Today

By Sibyl F. Partridge

  1. Just for today I will be happy.  This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.
  1. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.  I will take my family, my business and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.
  1. Just for today I will take care of my body.  I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.
  1. Just for Today I will try to strengthen my mind.  I will learn something useful.  I will not be a mental loafer.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
  1. Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways; I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out.  I will do at least two things I don’t want to do as William James suggests, just for exercise.
  1. Just for today I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress as becoming as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.
  1. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
  1. Just for today I will have a program.  I will write down what I expect to do every hour.  I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.  I will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.
  1. Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax.  In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.
  1. Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

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The Power of Positive

Positive thinking can influence every aspect of your day.  The power of positive will influence your actions, your words and even your relationships.  If you don’t believe this try the opposite.  Try focusing on the negative.  Talk about what is going wrong in the world.  Point out all the flaws in your spouse  and reflect on all the you children have done wrong.  Sounds absurd doesn’t it?  The sad truth is that this how the majority go through a day.

Positive words have been shown to resonate at higher frequencies.  Studies have shown that words carry an energy.  See:


You have the power to speak things into action.  Not just a bunch of hype or weekend seminar mumbo jumbo.  True life giving words.  Think about it.  Besides what’s the alternative.

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Pain That Was Never Intended

Too many times I see people letting go of a life they were meant to live.  I mean truly live.  A life interrupted.  A muted version of the full expression of what life has in store.

Pain, physical or emotional, was not intended to be part of life.  No, we were created for so much more.  We were created to live a life uninterrupted, fully connected.  To fully express life.  To give each day the talents, the words, the rev, the wisdom, the experiences that are built in.  I often think of a brand new red sports car.   Sleek lines, horsepower waiting to be unleashed and every little detail needed to fully express what it was intended to do.  Go fast.  Nothing was left out that would keep it from fulfilling its purpose.

That same potential exist within you.  It is the human potential.  A God given horsepower.  What a shame to sit in first gear.  I reflect back to the people letting go of life.  Putting the cover on the sports car.  It was never intended to be that way.

Has the pain of life kept you in the garage?  Have you let the pain that was never intended take control?  Life has so much store for all of us but sometimes it takes a realization of the way it is supposed to be so to not let the the way it has become be normal. Drop it into second or third for that matter and let go of pain that life never intended for you.

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Ever Feel Disconnected?

Ever feel like you’re not resonating well?  Constant struggles.  Little things happening all the time.  The flat tire, the headache, the strife in a relationship, the sinus infection, the fender bender bender in the parking lot.  You can create your list I’m sure.  Too many time though human nature is to shrug it off to a bad day, to the stars being misaligned or what about the full moon?  Most never take it any further and never question these little barrage of mishaps.

What if these little mishaps were symptoms?  A symptom or a warning sign calling out to let you know something underlying is not connected or not connected well.  I contend that this may be the case yet due to lifestyles that are created to meet the hectic demands of today’s society we often ignore or actively numb these symptoms only to become more disconnected physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Let me show you a common example.  A headache is a symptom of underlying problem.  It could be physical like tension, chemical from foods we eat (like MSG, caffeine, sugar) or emotional (like stress, relationships issues, finances, etc).  So unless an underlying change is made as to the cause, the headache will re-occur.

What if the oil light on your car were to come on.  It’s a danger sign that your car is vitally low on oil probably because it is leaking out somewhere.  Now you could just keep pouring oil into the engine but that would ignoring the root problem and many mechanics would say you are disconnected or truly don’t understand how a car works.

A disconnect can happen physically, emotionally and spiritually as well and these symptoms that are shrugged off to a bad day, too often ignored or numbed, are signs that there is a root problem.  We tend to dampen symptoms with a plethora of numbing agents.  From alcohol and drugs to television.  Some turn to pornography or sexual affairs. Some may use excessive spending or food consumption as if it were our last meal.  We use different ways to numb our symptoms.  As simple as Excedrin for a headache we consume our daily dose of whatever it takes to numb the symptoms life has so graciously handed us walking through life as if we were on novocain attempting to ignore a true connection in life.

So with this said I contend that it might be more than a bad day.  Each time you experience symptoms it’s an unbelievable opportunity to take a look at how well you are connected to life.  An opportunity if you take it.

How well are you connected physically?  Do you eat well, exercise, drink water and get adjusted regularly?  Do you listen to your symptoms and make changes?

How well connected emotionally are you?  Do you express your feeling often or do you let things build up into anger and frustration?

How well connected spiritually are you?  Do you connect daily with God.  Do you spend time asking purposeful questions?

Try listening to life.  Look for a cause of the symptoms you see around you.  As you engage you might just find that the bad days become fewer and fewer.  The little mishaps, well, seem little and life seems a bit more connected.

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How’s your spiritual health?

So many times we relate health to our physical being.  Do I have symptoms?  If not, I must be healthy.  If I do, I must be sick or unhealthy.  But is there more to health than just symptoms or lack of?

Let me continue.  If you are going through a rough divorce, a bad break up or losing a friend because of a fight would you say this could impact the way you feel?  How about if you lost a job or were demoted because of poor performance? What if you are verbally abused, could this impact you?

If the answer is yes, than you have expanded your definition of health.  You see if something can negatively impact your health the opposite must also be true.  That is if you work on changing or improving an area of life the impact on your health will be very positive and the result… feeling better.  Have you ever had a relationship where things were going well and a loved one gives you a compliment.  You leave each engagement feeling refreshed and energized… ah healthy!

Now consider the spiritual component for a moment.  It is an integral part of your health just as finances, relationships or the physical aspect is ultimately, true healing occurs on the spiritual plane. With growing evidence of the power of prayer and the health benefits experienced by those who regularly worship, it’s increasingly clear that our spiritual health is a factor in our overall health.

How connected with God do you feel? Do you enjoy a sense of purpose and peace? Do you regularly study, meditate, pray or worship?

Consider the following aspects of spiritual health and then rate your current spiritual health across these areas:

  • Faith
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Reading and study
  • Knowledge of faith
  • Meaning of life
  • Sense of connectedness
  • Forgiveness
  • Tolerance
  • Loving others

If you have read this far and pondered these question you are healthier!   Just as if  in the physical aspect you were to have walked for 15 minutes.  Congratulations.  Keep pondering on these questions and work on it as you would other aspects of health… you’ll be amazed on how good you’ll feel!

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Little Johnny…

This is an interesting look at our culture and what we repeatedly teach our children.  How many times have we ritualistically done things that cause a situation and then get frustrated at the circumstances we are in.  It’s not uncommon to give a treat to a child when they get hurt and then wonder why so many turn to food when they hurt in a relationship or over finances.  Read about little Johnny:

“Little Johnny was born in the hospital. His mother was given medications to “assist” her in the process. The drugs slowed her contractions and as a result, it was recommended by the experts that a caesarian be performed as to not risk the damage that a protracted delivery may cause. The motions around Johnny’s mother became frantic, and after cutting her open, they grabbed Little Johnny’s necks and twisted and pulled. There was great concern in getting him out. There was little concern about the excess physical, chemical, and emotional stresses caused by the process.

When Little Johnny was an infant, he “caught” a cold. The people who loved and care about him the most put a medication formula in his bottle and smiled as he drank it because they felt assured that he would now get better.

At five years of age, Little Johnny fell off his bike, scraped his arm and “twisted” his neck. The people who love and care about him the most, his parents, cleaned his wounds and gave him two St. Joseph’s aspirin. They smiled warmly and explained to him that now he would be fine and that the pain in his neck would be made better by the aspirin.

At nine years of age, Little Johnny was playing little league football. Going through the line, he took a hard hit to the helmet. He came off the field complaining of neck pain. The next morning, he woke up with a scratchy throat and congestion, his neck still sore. The parents felt reassured because now he was old enough for Junior Tylenol. How wonderful, they thought, that their boy was getting old enough to have more medications available for use when necessary. The people who loved and care about him the most gave him the drugs, feeling good because their fears were laid to rest as they helped their boy. At 12 years of age, that same sore throat and congestion came back. However, this time the Junior Tylenol didn’t work. Johnny’s symptoms persisted. So now the people who loved and cared for Johnny the most took him to the person they respected the most in such matters, they guy or gal in the white coat, the pediatrician. The pediatrician did a very thorough evaluation of Johnny, talked to his parents, and then gave Johnny drugs.

Johnny’s experience for his entire life has been when he felt bad, the people who loved and care about him the most gave him drugs. The people we respect the most as having the greatest amount of knowledge in these matters gave him drugs.

Now Johnny is 16 years old and in high school. He doesn’t make the basketball team and the girl he likes rejects him. He feels bad. What has been his training and programming his entire life? And we can’t understand why the youth of our nation take drugs when we’ve programmed them to do it their entire lives.

The average 18 year old in the USA has seen 20,000 hours of drug commercials! Imagine the contradictions we feed our children as they are taught to “just say no” to drugs, while we feed drugs to them in record proportions. We are not winning the drug war in this country, nor shall we, as long as the culture persists in such a way. To paraphrase Einstein, “ You cannot resolve problems with the same level of thinking that existed when the problem was created.” We have a problem. What is your level of thinking?”  -Patrick Gentempo, DC

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