Positive Attitudes Soar Over Fear

You probably havel been surprised by some compelling situation that calls out your fearful side.  Perhaps it was an over-due bill in the mail or a very real concern that you could lose your job.  There are so many situation where fear can usurp all of your attention.  The situation appears to be bigger than you are.  This appears to be the situation that you always feared would come.  It takes command of your very self.  You are taken by the attraction of fear  and it seems impossible to do anything but be a victim.

Then you may hear a faint, soft, breeze-of-a-voice, whisper that there is nothing to fear.  You can’t yet take your focus off fear, though.  You know better.  This time things are really going to be bad.  You knew it would come and here it comes!

The voice  may be quiet but it holds its own strength and does not rely on you.  It  continues to urge you not to believe in the situation.  This time you listen to this soft voice from within.  You tacitly, at first, choose to create in your mind a happier scenario as to what is going to happen.  You calm yourself and know that happiness is the only thing you wish to cling to.  This fear contains no happiness.  You cannot cling to this fear.  You must let it go, even though it seems to envelop your entire being.

Maybe it was just a spark of a moment, but a moment it was and you  turn your attention to something a bit brighter.  You listen to some music.  You wash the dishes in your kitchen or vacuum your floor. You like how you feel and you have heard that you can choose happy over fear. Fear tries to remind you of the situation and begs to get your attention.

This time, you will not believe in the fear. You tell yourself that fear is dark and happiness is light — bright light.  You begin to sing a song you learned as a child, This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, all the time, let it shine.    You begin to feel better and you know you are back in the happy zone.

And then comes the most amazing thing.  Your whole situation vanishes.  What you thought was going to happen, is transferred into an entirely different scenario.  Instead of the bill being overdue, it has a credit on the collection line.    Instead of you being fired, you are called in to participate in a new project and even get a raise.  These things happen in the happy zone.  And it’s available for everyone.  Your decision to choose to focus on what you wanted and not on what you did not want changed everything right before your eyes.

Today, meet each challenge with a little confidence.  Know you are a wonderful  super someone who is still uncovering what is, very joyful and wishing to stay that way.  Know you choose to live a life of love.  Love is always the answer.  Take it with you throughout this day.


Each of us can do our part to get rid of semi-automatic assault guns


This is my contribution.  I am writing to those who, like me,  are not particularly inclined to speak up politically to deaf ears.

I am proposing very elementary first steps in bringing a change to the presence of semi-automatic assault rifles.  Perhaps they have already been addressed.  But they are important enough to me to chance repetition.

Arguments with the NRA or the current government electorate appears to be ineffectual.  I live a peaceful life.  But even I feel I must try to do something about people being shot randomly while going about their peaceful and productive lives.

It now is perfectly clear to me that what is referred to as assault rifles are designed to kill people in large numbers.  Peaceful people don’t really think about guns, especially rapid firing guns.  Perhaps we can remain peaceful, and yet create a non-governmental solution to the challenge of non-peaceful people taking our lives prematurely.

ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE, without even leaving our homes:

  1. Retailers:  Discontinue selling semi-automatic assault rifles and any other guns that can produce rapid fire on groups of people.  Do this today.
  2. Consumers:  Discontinue to shop in stores where these assault rifles are sold, including gun shows, to encourage the elimination of this inventory. Do this today.
    1. Use social media.  Visit these stores’ pages and continue to comment your encouragement to discontinue selling assault rifles and empty your inventory responsibly.
    2. Become familiar with gun show conventions.  A simple google search will uncover a world that most of us are unfamiliar with.  Encourage the dis-allowing of assault weapons inventory at conventions.
  3. Manufacturers:  If you must make assault rifles for armed forces, stop making financial  gains by selling to the public for sport.  Keep assault rifles out of the hands of civilians and peace officers.
    1. Use social medial.  Visit these manufacturers on-line and continue to encourage manufacturers to open their minds to the well-being of ordinary people.
  4. People who already own these assault weapons:  please oversee the destruction of these weapons.  These are not sport weapons.  The risk of owning these assault weapons (getting into the wrong hands for mass murder) far exceed the benefits of having fun. 
  5. Everything is possible in love. As you write and talk with people, stay within the power of love.

I realize that fear is a self-created emotion that causes some to defend illusionary enemies.  Until we can get rid of this fear, let us take defensive assault weapons out of the equation. Let us do this first in the market place. I hope these comments are helpful.  Please do what inspires you to bring about a more peaceful world within you.

Don’t need to go too far to locate my best self.

Thee Great Outdoors1

These are the thoughts that came to me after painting this picture yesterday.

When I spend any time with nature, (even imaginary nature), I begin to see the current of life hidden within everything.  I begin to feel about my life in a different way — everything I focus upon appears special and I am an integral partner. Through this attentive attitude I am at peace.  I am satisfied.  I experience all that is good and happy.  In the quiet of nature, I feel connected to every fabric of my being, every molecule, every thought, every tiny speck; in other words, in all of me.

I love coming back to these quiet times.

Groovy Daydreaming

Groovy Daydreaming

I am in the process of creating an environment that includes the beach in the front of my new home.  The best way I see for creating this is to see from my eyes what the room would look like and what my view out the window would look like.  I began with the view of the waterfront.  The poster is available.  Now I am in an upstairs room, relaxing with a good book in what I believe will be our library/office.  It is so fun to daydream.  Think I’ve been doing it since early childhood and it has always served me well.  Enjoy!

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Storm Tonight?

Storm Tonight1

It appears that we continually ask ourselves whether we should prepare for the next storm, the next storm, the next storm.  This painting suggests that it might serve us better to look for the beauty in movement.  Focus on the colors, the joys, the hope of life and we just may draw that sort of experience to ourselves.  In other words, let go of your concerns that continually imagine bad things coming in the future, and enjoy what is right in front of you.  It is possible to live in a bubble of well-being.


This photo is available at Art.com in a 36″ x 48″ poster, framed or unframed.

The Happy Dance: Thoughts About Achieving Happiness

Bright Idea

I like to be happy.  I like the feeling of well-being.  I love to wake up in the morning with thoughts of quiet enthusiasm.  I love to be happy.

But setting out to achieve happiness creates the opposite effect!  Really.  It is impossible to experience happiness by pursuing happiness.  it can’t be done.  The more happiness is pursued, the more it is elusive.  Happiness cannot be objectified.

Think of happiness as your heartbeat.  You probably have nothing to do with the beating of your heart right now, yet you are experiencing the fine effects of its presence.  Think of happiness as your lungs, breathing air in and out.  You probably have not even thought about the fact that as you read these words, you have been breathing in and out and sending what we call oxygen to all parts of your body.  You may try to keep outside influences away from preventing a good heartbeat and air supply, but, when you think about it, you are the heart and the lungs.  You do not need to pursue the heartbeat or the breathing.  You came this way.

Happiness is similar.  You came to earth with happy.  Whenever you are not bothered by worry, concern, duty, internal argument, and pessimistic acceptance of doom, you naturally rise back to the vibrations of happy.  Happy is your natural, hard-wired state.

Just like removing smoke from your lungs, or muscle stress from your heart, deciding that you do not choose to hold concerns, duties, arguments, frustrations, fears will allow your natural ability to experience well-being, happiness is continually possible — automatically.

There are levels of happiness.  Happiness is eternal.  It develops to unimaginable delights the more it is experienced.  Happiness dances vibrations that can only be experienced to be appreciated.  You cannot talk or really write about happiness to achieve happiness.  You can only stop thinking about old ways of approaching life that get in the way of happiness.  When you stop and clear out old ways of thinking, you permit happiness to penetrate you and your life, and the lives of those around you.  

Stop thinking about happiness.  Start eliminating worry about whether you have enough money, or enough friends, or enough anything.  Eliminating duty and enjoy everything you have.  Stop trying to get more and enjoy what you have.  Stop trying to get well and enjoy the health you have.  Stop trying to find the love of your life and enjoy yourself and those around you.  Stop trying to be the best Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Teacher, Boss, Worker, Driver, Dancer, Actor, Trainer, …. stop it…..Enjoy who you are!  That is where happiness lives.

Stop worrying about your city, your schools, your government, your leaders.  I know it sounds like that is very poor advice.  But stop giving attention to all the things that are wrong with your world and give attention to what is RIGHT with your world.  That is the only way you can let the good things in.  

It is you who is stopping your own happiness.  You cannot keep blaming others.  You cannot keep wishing for better times, while feeling like you are continually stopped by some outside force.  Nothing can stop the one who is within you.  You are your center of happiness.  You are your power for good.  There is no other.

So stop thinking about achieving anything and live.  Trust yourself.  Make way for yourself, your truest self, your happy self.  Make way by eliminating every worry, every concern, every frustration.  Refuse to give your attention to negative thinking.  The most powerful tool you have in achieving anything you desire:  happy family, happy job, happy finances, happy surrounding, is to be appreciative of what is right in front of you.  This simple tool will open opportunities for more.  Dance through the day and forget trying to achieve.  See if your day does not provide delightful surprises of what you now consider success.  It is achieved through the door of appreciating and through happy dancing!