Archive for the 'Personal Growth' Category

The Sky is Not Falling

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Yesterday, I heard from someone looking to buy a new home closer to his work. He shared some exciting news; his current home had sold in only a few weeks and would be closing by Labor Day.

This is great news. Why don’t we hear this from media? The fact is homes are selling, and some still sell very quickly. There is good news out there - even if we have to dig it up ourselves.

Our economy reflects our collective beliefs. It will change when we change. Look around you and find some good news of your own to celebrate. Do it now, and don’t be surprised if you soon begin to notice more, and more things that are going right, rather than wrong.

Independence Day: Choose the Thoughts You Will Entertain

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I started thinking about this day and what it means, in light of the current economic and emotional climate, early this morning. Our founding fathers, member of the 2nd Continental Congress, announced their intention to adopt the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776. They declared their right to form a new country, to govern themselves and to CHOOSE a new way of thinking that elevated Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness in the consciousness of their citizenry.

This day we celebrate is in commemoration of our collective spirits standing together and saying, “We will partake of our unalienable right to live our lives with Liberty and in the pursuit of Happiness.” It is NOT a day where we are to shrink with fear about our futures.

The U.S. has been through some pretty tough times in the last 232 years, starting with the fight for our independence, the Civil War, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, other recessions, etc., and now our current travails. The reason I point this out is that we’ve survived and even thrived after all these shocks to our collective systems, and we will again survive and rise from this low-point again too. That’s just who we are.

I wonder what the signers of The Declaration would say to us if they were living in these times?

I think they would tell us to un-plug from the collective fear that’s paralyzing our national psyches and start focusing instead on what we want to accomplish – not on the fear driven headlines. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence faced terrible circumstances for their stand on the Declaration. Some were killed by the British, or had family members killed, many went broke and lost everything they owned but they felt the outcome was worth their sacrifice and so they pressed on despite the odds. And that’s what we have to do now. Press on and focus on the good that exists right now in our lives – now matter how small it appears.

I’m going to begin my celebration of this day by focusing intently on what I know is the Truth about the USA. We are a great and resilient people and I see us prevailing and prospering thanks to each of us exercising our Independence from the collective negativity we’ve allowed to take hold of us. Opportunities still exist. It’s up to us to begin noticing them. Not unlike when we buy a new car and start noticing that car everywhere afterward, we must practice focusing on seeing opportunities. Whatever we choose to focus on expands.

I choose to focus on limitless opportunity for all. What about you?

All is Well And I Have Enough

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Yesterday Steve made the following comment about the post, Is Advertising Making Us Poor?

We recently watched “Finding Nemo” on network TV. I was floored. It was nearly impossible to watch with all the commercial breaks. We decided to time it as I was sure the breaks were longer than the movie bits. Sure enough, eight minutes of Nemo, and 13 minutes of advertising. Unbelievable. No wonder kids have ADD, and want everything they see.

“The things we own, end up owning us.”
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

Angela writes:

Isn’t amazing what we’ve learned to put up with? I say - Turn off the TV!

First we’re bombarded with advertising to buy, buy, buy, and then we’re barraged by headlines saying that the economy is tanking. I think we need a national media black-out day where everyone just lives their lives and listens to their heart instead of media. Whatever we focus on expands.

Let’s all start thinking - All is well and I have enough!

Would our world change if we all collectively changed our thinking? My gut says YES.

Let’s get a dialogue going on this topic. What do you think?

Is Advertising Making Us Poor?

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I read somewhere that on average Americans are exposed to between 500 to 1000 advertising messages per day. This bombardment comes to us in from television, radio, magazines, newspapers, the sides of buses, taxis and trucks, labels, logos, T-shirts and the Internet, to name a few plus other sources I may have forgotten to include. Advertisers spend billions of dollars each year to compel us to buy their products – and it seems to be working. We are a nation of debtors living in a nation deep in debt.

This statistic about advertising made me think of how much stuff I already own. In my adult life I’ve moved 8 times, and each time I threw, or gave away things I was no longer using, or had never used in the first place. After getting rid of these possessions not only did I feel lighter and freer, but I never missed them, and not for a second did I wish I’d kept any of it. The other thing that amazed me was that when I went to move the next time, I’d acquired as much stuff as I’d given away all over again.

I’ve now gotten to the point in my life where I no longer wish to add to my possessions. I’ve come to see that owning more stuff makes me less happy as I have to find the means to safeguard all of it. I’m tired of being driven to distraction by all the advertising pushing us to buy and own more and more. In a way, I think all this stuff clutters the mind and obscures the simple essence of what life is all about; enjoying time together and making memories with the people you love and care about.

Currently, the advertisement I find most annoying is one for Macy’s Department Store where every celebrity hawking a brand is in the store checking their wares. I absolutely hate this commercial. I am not interested in making any of these celebrities any richer, nor am I interested in buying their products. When did we all become such suckers that the mere dangling of some shiny object in front of us by some celebrity makes us run out and buy it?

The other thing that drives me crazy - store sales during holidays like Fourth of July, and Memorial Day, and Presidents Day, etc. Just because the store is having a sale must we run out and buy more of what we probably already have? I cannot think of a worse place to spend an afternoon on a beautiful day than inside a mall.

I can and do buy things when I need them, but I have to really need it. In these difficult economic times, I’m thinking more about my purchases and putting back more things than I buy. You can absolutely live without most of the stuff you take to the check-out counter, or order online. And, you can absolutely be happier when you aren’t receiving credit card bills in the mail that you have no way of paying off. Think about it – as soon as you put something on credit you become a slave to it. Is that the kind of life you want?

How much more precious time could you spend with friends and family if you weren’t shopping, storing, cleaning and maintaining more stuff you probably don’t need in the first place?

More Depressing News About the Housing Market

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

U.S. Housing Rebound to be Prolonged: Harvard Study

By Lynn Adler

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Record foreclosures and limited access to credit will make it harder than usual to rebound from this U.S. housing market slump, the worst at least since World War Two, according to a Harvard University study on Monday.

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This isn’t the news anyone in the real estate industry wants to hear, but I can’t say I’m surprised. My gut feeling is that we will not see a real thriving RE market for another 5 years, or so. That said, I think it’s time we Americans re-evaluate our continual striving to trade-up and take on more debt. Maybe this go-round with a depressed housing market/economy will allow us to ease-up on ourselves and be happy with what we’ve got?

Would you rather have a really big house, or really big life?

Any opinions on this? Please share.

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