Today’s Quote: Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. ~J. Phillip Everson

Today’s Affirmation:  I am inspired by my challenges and go forward with enthusiasm today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation:  We recognize that we grow every time we embrace our challenges.  Every time we consciously feel a restrictive emotion arise around a rigid perspective we release it and invite the possibility of a peace filled outcome; this is how we climb to the mountaintop of inspired leadership.


Daily Inspiration: Love makes your soul come out of hiding. ~Zora Neale Hurst

Today’s Affirmation: Love calls me forth through the challenges of my life today.  I Show Up!

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation:When our lives seem to be working best challenges often arise; they are opportunities to practice our highest truth.  How we behave in those moments defines who we truly are. They also define our present opportunity for growth.  Will you take that challenge today?


Today’s Quote: Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor the best opportunities they will never come. ~Janet Erskine Stuart

Today’s Affirmation: My challenges of today are the fertilizer to my joy.  I turn them over and add plenty of love; only good can grow in my soul today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: I get from life what I make of life in every moment.  And always the moment I become aware is the perfect time to take action.  It never serves to belabour the past; it is done.  Simply seize the emotional charge from the past issue that comes up in the moment and direct it toward release of the old and renewal of the vision, then let the Infinite do the rest.

November 21, 2007

My son has become a bit of a world traveler.  I think it’s good.  There is something deeply impacting to the psyche when witnessing the challenges of a third world country, in seeing true poverty.  I suspect depression is not nearly so prevalent in people who have shared life on that fringe of existence and then found their way into the prosperity of our world.  They know and will likely never forget how blessed they are.

It has now been many years since I traveled any distance.  Years ago I thought I might never stop traveling.  I wanted to see the world, see the people and help them.  Since then with the raising of family and new found passions I have discovered myself more than satisfied with all the ways I can help the world from my doorstep.

I have found the biggest differences I have been able to make have been with those who are closest to me.  I have found that learning to change myself, my ways of thinking and behaving, has been the most empowering action I have been able to consistently take.

Still I do my best to make a difference.  I suppose because in my heart I know how unnecessary lack and suffering are.  When I see another in pain I seek to be present in love.  This doesn’t necessarily mean giving anything beyond the affirmation that they are more than enough to overcome their challenges.  It does mean showing up with compassion.

Yet still I recognize there is no possibility of changing another person’s life.  Until that person has embraced a desire for something new there will be no lasting change.  There are a lot of people all over the world resigned to the belief that ‘this is as good as it gets’; and for them their belief has ensured they have the best they can have.   At some point they must declare to themselves there must be something more to life than this experience they seem to be stuck in.  They must come to doubt the validity of their beliefs.

 My faith is that every limiting belief will at some point show its limitations, and in that moment of revelation a new idea can begin the process of transformation.  My desire is to be available in that moment.  I don’t have to travel to witness a world in transformation; I only need to show up where I am, as I am.  I only need to believe in the incredible power of the human spirit to rise above the human experience.  I only need to believe in people, in each individual’s ability to find and do well in their world.  As I do they do. 

I no longer feel the burning desire to find new places or to change the world; I have found much peace in changing myself and touching the people at hand.  In this way I may actually be participating in global change.