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Cracked Pot - Waters the flowersAn elderly woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments
but the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side“?

‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them..”!

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table“.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Author Unknown

( It has been stated that this is an old Indian parable others say it is an old Chinese Parable, so today it is a parable as we are all one, we are all related)!

Peace, love, light and blessings on your pathway!
“White Eagle”

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Have you ever noticed that when you perceive that you have too much to do, or you have to do things in a day that you really would prefer not to do, that you really struggle getting out of bed?

I just fell into the old trap of not having choice again so  I chose to sleep in!

Now I have prolonged the whole process, so today I am going to learn to find joy in doing the things I do not want to do because I know that joy comes from me, not from what the outside wants me to do!

Peace, love, light and blessings on this joy filled day of moments!

“White Eagle”

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For many years of my life I tended to blame others for who I was, where I was at in my life, and what I could and could not become.  All of these things were not up to me, it was in fact for other people to decide based on their issues and their problem…..Not mine!

In a strange way, someplace within me I knew that this was a smokescreen meant to keep me safe and secure in old behaviors and ways of being that I believed were comfortable for me!  I couldn’t have been more wrong for me in that moment!

One day I had the realization that time was going by and I had not shifted, readjusted my needs, wants, feelings and beliefs to fit with where I was on that day!

What a realization, I was 20 years behind myself!

It was time to change but how on earth was I to do that?

I worked and worked at attempting to come up with a plan and finally I got it!  Just be me, but I certainly had no idea of what that meant and who I was!  That is the day I began to live in the moment and be really focused in that moment as it arose!

I learned that:

  • Being in the moment is being me
  • No one really knows themselves unless they do live in the moment
  • My thoughts change momentarily
  • My behaviors change momentarily
  • My feelings change in an instant
  • No two situations are identical, nor have they ever been identical
  • My beliefs change with me as I learn and grow
  • I am totally responsible for me
  • I am response able for my actions, I decide
  • My thoughts create my reality
  • I choose it all in my life
  • THEREFORE, I create it all ….my thoughts, behaviors, feelings and beliefs!

Knowing these things today has freed me from having to put up smokescreens with my behaviors and actions to keep me safe…..I have learned to be safe, just as I am, in this moment, right here, right now and I do have the choice in this moment to be me, real, alive and move from moment to moment with or without any preconceived beliefs and outcomes.

Peace, love, light and blessings

“White Eagle”

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Along with the birth of a New Day, everything in my world is born anew, re born in this moment!

With each moment that exists today there will be a new thought, action, feeling and belief! It truly is a wonderful day of many wonderful moments!

Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”

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In my lifetime I have sure run into my fair share of problems.  Is it any surprise that one of my chosen professions is coaching an applied problem solving course called Life Skills and training coaches to deliver this program to people who are wanting to create change in their own personal lives.

When I first began facilitating these programs, the problems that I ran into were immense and seemed to have no answers for me or for the others who were going through the stages of problem solving.  It was unbelievable how easy it was to get stuck in the problem that was at hand and end up wallowing in the problem with no ability to move beyond the wallowing to get into the solving of the problem.  I remember the day when I recognized that this course provided me with everything that I needed to know to determine what the gift was for me in the middle of every problem that I encounter in my life, including the problem that I had in not understanding what problem solving was to begin with!

I learned from not knowing how to work through problems that using a system of problem solving can really help me to move through the process to come up with the learning for me!

There are six steps to the Problem Solving Process and they are:

  1. Recognize the problem and describe the problem!
  2. Define the problem, ask questions and determine what is the crisis and what is the challenge!
  3. Generate ideas that will  help to solve the problem, brainstorm solutions and don’t judge the solutions, just write them down or store them in your memory until you:
  4. Make a decision and prioritize the steps to the solutions!
  5. Implement the decision, anticipate any pitfalls or problems you may encounter in solving the problem, and design an action plan for dealing with the problems that may arise…….
  6. Final step is the Evaluation…..Determine what happened, was it a success or failure and if it was a failure take what you have learned and start the process over again!

During the evaluation of the whole problem solving situation is where the Silver Lining appears and allows me to have the love and understanding for myself and others involved in the problem solving to move through our lives with ease rather than dis….ease!

Problem solving definitely provides me with the gift of learning, growing and changing in the moment!

How about you?  Are you learning, growing and changing by working through your problems?

Peace, love, light, blessings and change for us all!

“White Eagle”

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Every problem arrives bearing a gift in its hands.

 

What problems have you encountered that have provided you with some of your greatest gifts?

“Maurice”

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Risk more than others think is safe, Care more than others think is wise, Dream more than others think is practical, Expect more than others think is POSSIBLE,
Love more as if you never were hurt,… and,….

“Blessings and Light”

“Michael”

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When I was a young child of 10 years old I got my first job delivering flyers!

I lived in a small neighbourhood in a large city that had a private grocery store and that was where my family bought all of their groceries.

My family was not wealthy and each of the 5 children in my family learned that working was an important part of life if we wanted to have special things. I was the middle of the 5 children, and I was keen on having everything that I wanted.   When a job came about at the little grocery store to deliver flyers in the neighborhood, I jumped at the chance, applied for the job and got it.   All went well throughout the spring, summer and fall, however, when winter showed up it was sure a challenge for me to get all bundled up with parka, scarves, mitts and boots and walk through snow banks and snow drifts to deliver 100 flyers!

The Dollar sign stayed in front of me, and when I say dollar sign, that’s what I mean! I earned a penny for each flyer I delivered and at that time $1.00 made me  a very rich person with the ability to buy all of the candies and other things that I wanted.

One particularly cold day, in early winter, I grabbed my bundle of flyers and headed out into delivery hell, keeping the dollar sign in mind.  I had traveled about two blocks running up stairs to mailboxes when the cold became more than I could handle, and at that time I tripped, ended up in a snowbank with a flyer in my hand and that was the beginning of the end of delivering flyers in cold weather for me!  It was right in that split instant that making easy money became a reality.  I picked myself up, looked for the flyer that was buried in the snow, couldn’t find it and realized that it would sure be simple to deliver all of the flyers into the snow banks along the route, I would finish quicker, make the same amount of money and who would know!  The people who really needed a flyer, like the old folks on the route, I would deliver their flyers to them and the rest would be delivered into snow banks along the route.  What a time saver and great way to make money!!!!!!!!!!!!  Wow, it sure was simple!

This continued on through the winter, each flyer being buried deeper into the snow banks, and not once did my conscience kick in, after all, I was delivering the flyers and no one gave me explicit instructions to put them into the mail boxes so I was delivering them into the snow bank!  If anyone called to complain, I always had a few extra flyers and I would drop one off to them on my way to school the next day.  I learned to exercise caution when shoving the flyers in the snowbanks and the more removed the snowbank was from the beaten path the better it was for me.

Winter came and left and wow, what a shock I was in for as the snow melted and hundreds of flyers showed up on the ground!

It was impossible to pick them all  up, they were soggy, and would fall apart easily after their winter burial.  I knew it was just a matter of time before my mother would receive the dreaded call from the grocery store when someone reported the results of my work shortcut and when the call arrived I was sure in big trouble!

My mother approached me with a very stern look on her face and I knew this was the beginning of the end of my 1st job.  As the conversation with my mother continued, I defended myself well, saying at first that someone must have followed me, gone to the mailboxes, removed the flyers and then decided to stick them in the snow banks!  I noticed my mothers face change into an expression of incredulous disbelief at what she was hearing, but being the smart woman she was she allowed me to continue using my creative ability to add onto the story until I could have crawled into the snowbanks with the soggy flyers and never crawl out.  All of a sudden I realized how I had cornered myself in my lies and I started to laugh, she burst into laughter and she just kept shaking her head and saying over and over again that she couldn’t believe it!  When we finally stopped laughing I was made to be totally accountable for what I had done.  She went to the store with me to talk to the owner and I was fired at the age of 10 from my first job!

At the age of 10 my work ethics were strong, all because I was able to laugh at myself, my behaviors and my creativity in learning a most valuable life lesson!

Peace, love, light and laughter!

“White Eagle”

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Wealth is measured by what you give away!

Love, Light and Blessings

“Michael”

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“Laughter is the fastest way to the heart.”
“People will forget what you say, but they will never forget how you make them feel.” Did you make someone laugh today?

Love, Light and Blessings
“Michael”

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