Here’s some interesting facts about the word “googol” which is unlike the company “Google” we are all so familiar with.
A googol is the number 10100 (or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000). The word googol was first used by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner. Sirotta made this word in 1938, for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. It is said that the word “googol” was chosen to represent this number because it sounded like baby talk. The company Google was named after the number “googol”. It was named this because it was said that not only did google sound like googol, but Google had a googol search results.
Sounds like some strange animal or a creature from outer space, doesn’t it? But it’s neither of them. A googol is a number, a very large number. You are probably familiar with numbers such as: 1 + 6 zeroes = 1,000,000, one million 1 + 9 zeroes = 1,000,000,000, one billion 1 + 12 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000, one trillion 1 + 15 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000, one quadrillion. But did you know that there are names for numbers larger than these? 1 + 18 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000, one quintillion 1 + 21 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one sextillion 1 + 24 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one septillion 1 + 27 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one octillion 1 + 30 zeroes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, one nonillion. The largest number with a name, however, is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. That is a googol. It was named by the 9-year old nephew of a mathematician, who was explaining to the boy what that 1 with 100 zeroes after it looked like. When he asked the boy what that number should be called, the boy answered, a “googol.” And that name stuck! This is what a googol looks like. 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
William Pardon Tankerfield the Third was mighty smart, wishing for a Googol of Wishes! Or did he have another thought in mind? How do you think this turns out? This is a fun bedtime adventure for kids, parents and grandparents alike.
Once you awaken during the night, it may be tricky getting back to sleep! Appreciation games can keep your mind occupied away from negative worry and needless concerns. You can make positive impressions while slipping back into a comfortable snooze!
I tried this game last night. It was a gale-warning night outside. The banging of a summer umbrella left open woke us up. Here’s how I played: With each letter of the alphabet, name a feeling word of gratitude. You know what they say, gratitude is the healthiest of emotions! Matching appreciative feelings to a letter may take a lot of time and you may fall asleep right away. If you wake up again, pick up where you left off. It will look something like this:
A – apple The delicious APPLE pie I ate last night.
B – backyard. I love the little yard on the side of my house. It’s like a safe cloister.
C-can’t think of anything… nodding off to sleep!
C – couches. I love to work from one of my couches and look at the scenery.
D–door. I love my new front door. It’s so welcoming!
E–envelopes. They are handy, aren’t they? I appreciate having them around.
F-family. I seem to appreciate family more and more lately.
G-giraffe. What interesting animals. So graceful!
You get the point. Have fun. Use your awake time to explore just how many aspects of your life you feel gratefulness. Appreciate your surroundings, people in your life, things you like to eat, places you like to go. Head toward appreciation and for a moment, let go of your concerns.
You can play this game during your five-minute time-out. Notice emotions of irritation, anger, disappointment, worry, even sluggishness? Then stop. It’s time to look for things that make you feel better. What better way to do this than plan the Appreciation Alphabet Game. You can get back to your happy lifestyle in no time.
What if you think of love as an energy force that mirrors whatever it hears from you? What if you think of love as an energy force that is as close to you as you are to yourself?
You use a heart drawing as a symbol of love. I heart you. Everyone recognizes its meaning.
The heart has been beating ever since it became a heart. It continually beats without stopping until the day you leave your body. This symbol of love reminds you that life is constantly working in the background and constantly available to you.
When you do not understand how life works, you can become confused and feel like a leaf whirling about in the wind. Yet the energy of love continues to beat within every situation at hand. Because love is non-physical it has the power to expand and duplicate situations that match your desires. If you run, your heart beats faster. If you go to sleep your heart beats to a slower pace. Love expands all physical situations and is attentive to whatever direction you wish to take. You may think you want to be happy, but your inner conversation complains about this or that. These complaints are heard and activated. Your complaints are what love expands for you. Is this something you have ever thought about?
You may not be aware of this interpretation. I hope it is helpful to you. You may not be aware that love gives you whatever you want! Now that you are aware, be careful about what you ask for in you thoughts and conversations. And, what about complaining? When you complain you send requests that say you want to experience what the complaint looks like.
This sense of expanding seems like something new, You find yourself in a situation you do not like and you become frightened by the situation. You become more and more concerned and the situation seems to get worse. More things happen that make you frightened.
Example One: You find that your coffee machine is broken. It makes you clearly upset because you won’t have your coffee before leaving for work. You begin to feel bad about your whole life. While you get dressed, you remember how unlucky you are that you never have won the lottery. It’s a recurring thought and it seems perfectly normal to have this thought as you get ready for work. You go into your closet and feel you can’t find a thing to wear! You walk out to the car and step in a muddy puddle. You say, Well, that’s just fine! I’m a total failure!. You go in and clean up your shoes, and your internal conversation goes on. You think about how your mother told you how careless you are. You begin to believe her. You stand up, look at the clock on the stove and see you are running 15 minutes late. How did that happen?! Can’t I even keep track of time. No wonder I don’t get promotion! You get in and start the car, and drive to the end of the street. Sure, the traffic light can’t even help me! you yell. It appears that the light is stuck! You wait and wait and wait! …and feel miserable!
Example Two: You find that your coffee machine is broken. You are surprised, but you are trained to STOP and PAUSE. You look out the window and see the beautiful sunshine and watch a bird pecking around in your garden. You look back at the coffee machine and remember it appears broken. You then remember that you have a French Press somewhere in the cupboard. You get some water to boil. You begin to feel that this day is going to be a fun adventure. You remember how much you love French Press coffee, and now have this opportunity. While you wait for the water to boil, you finish dressing and think about how much you love the outfit you’ve put together. You turn on some music, put the water into the French Press, squeeze the grounds and enjoy the aroma of the coffee. Everything good always happens to me! you hear yourself say. You put your coffee into a traveling mug and head for the door. You feel great and enjoy the front yard You see the mud puddle and miss it entirely. You drive with ease and care. You are ready to stop at the traffic light, but it continues to be green. You begin to think about work and how you can make it a better place today! There’s a parking place right in front of your workplace, and you weren’t even looking for one. Life is always great for you!
These examples demonstrate how the energy of love expands and contracts according to your thoughts. Change always matches your inner conversations, your inner attitudes, your fears and your confidence. If you have been following these blogs, you know things are going to continue to expand in a direction that of your thoughts. Your love energy is matching your internal conversation just as it matches the beating of your heart when you are running or sleeping.
You may have been threatened by the expansion and contractions of situations Up to now, you may have become fearful of bad situations and changes in your life.
How can we handle the fear of change?
Previously we have talked about listening to our emotions.
You can first STOP/PAUSE and look away to something more pleasing, then look back at the changed situation with new eyes. Unless there is a true life/death situation, you do not need to react immediately. And, you never need to give into negative impulses.
Ask yourself, how will this situation change with negative attitudes? if I allow negative impulses to direct me, how will I ever get out of this situation? You are in a world where the basis of who you are matches your every thought. When you don’t like something, STOP/PAUSE. Then ACCEPT THE SITUATION. Accept it as a mirror of what you’ve been thinking about lately. Make a note to change your way of complaining or talking or thinking. Start looking at a brighter side of life and brighter situations will naturally follow.
When you begin to experiment with this basic idea, you will see just how futile it is to place blame on others. You are free to suffer and you are free to flourish. Negative thoughts can only produce negative situations. Positive thoughts can only produce positive situations. …. Something to think about today.
Who is controlling thoughts? When I was young I was taught that I have happy thoughts and bad thoughts. I remember a story that was read to me. It was about the good angel and the bad angel who sat on my shoulders. The good angel whispered thoughts that were good. And the bad angel whispered thoughts that were bad. I loved when my mother would find time to read to me at bedtime. Little Tommy would be tempted to steal a bicycle, — or maybe it was a pair of skates that were fastened under his shoes, — from a neighbor’s house. He could be fooled into thinking that his actions were good when, in fact they were not good for him in the long run. After taking the skates, he had to return them. He felt oh, so bad. He had missed the happiness mark and was now separated from everyone else. He felt all alone by what he did and I felt bad for him. I was taught about choosing good and avoiding evil by hearing these stories over and over. The good angel sent happy emotions and the bad angel sent unhappy emotions. I was learning to listen to my emotions to help me make sense out of life.
In remembering this, I begin to check with what is serving up my inner conversations. I seem to Happy have a playlist that is not serving me at all. I want to keep checking these endless, inner conversations that produce and often times, prevent my actions.
Why is it important to run playlists that are happy? Happy thoughts serve me! Happiness allows actions that support health, wealth and peace of mind. Happiness produces clarity and stamps out confusion. Happiness allows love to energize me. Connect to feelings of happiness and I will act in ways that help me lose weight, create wealth, and live a peaceful life. Happiness is my guiding force to help me get what I want.
Who is the gatekeeper of thoughts, if not me?
I bring out all sorts of thoughts on any subject matter without even being aware of it. I can be unconscious and let an assortment of past experiences, mostly bad experiences, play on a looped setting. I can play this endlessly until I become conscious and choose to change my thoughts. If I check, I can recognize that only one thought can be entertained in any given moment. It is very reasonable then, to change my negative and hurtful thoughts to thoughts more positive and supportive of me.
Negative thoughts that are looped brings discouragement and self-doubt into my existence.
What does all this mean? How can I make a happy day out of this?
Happiness is the core value of my life.
Begin and end my day with a moment of quiet. Focus on nature: waves, trees, flowers, animals, rain, snow, sunshine. Focus without attaching any judgement or description to it. If I become aware that I am lost in thoughts about the tree, (like I find I am thinking about how dry the tree looks and how I better water it), I will bring myself back to meeting the object of my focus as if I have seen it for the first time.
I have stopped the looped playlists when a deep breath, perhaps a yawn, takes place, but don’t wait for it… that will be a thought.
Commit to regularly checking in with my feelings. When I am unhappy or anxious, I will veer my actions toward something I particularly like to do.
New, improved actions can bring about new, improved thoughts.
Keep refining a list of actions that particularly allow happiness to shine through to my conscious mind. Keep 5 actions updated and kept in a place I will view frequently during this day. Locate actions that increase my ability for happiness on a daily basis.
I am hopeful these two actions can help me change my direction
We have lots to do on this journey of life. If you haven’t The Longest Journey, perhaps that will be helpful also.
I’ve heard it said, and I’ve said it myself on numerous occasions: The longest journey you will ever make is from your mind to your heart. This morning as I had a little pep talk with myself in the mirror, I replaced mind with negative thoughts and replaced heart with a state of happiness:the longest journey I will ever make is from my negative thoughts to my state of happiness.
This is helpful to me. This mysterious influence of thoughts have the power to defeat every attempt in allowing happiness. Negative thoughts can be like gray clouds that form and make visibility difficult. Like clouds, these thoughts often go unnoticed until the cold or rain interfere with our lives, our feelings of well-being.
The way we translate the experience of people, places and things, the way we perceive the world around us, is through our five senses. Thoughts are interpreted through senses, past and present, and are the gatekeepers to our happiness. Our thoughts act as guards to how we feel at a particular time. If we want to feel better, we can always consciously change our thoughts by sensing something more pleasant.
For instant, we may be thinking about something at work that is unpleasant. Perhaps our boss talked to us about how she thought we were not performing as well as we used to. We are home and feeling bad and don’t feel like doing anything but complain to our dog about how bad our life is. Once we become aware of our poor feelings, we can choose to experience something new with our senses, quick before we think about it. Perhaps we go out and water the flowers. We feel the warm air outside. We smell the beautiful roses. We begin digging around the flowerbed and sit down and feel the warm dirt . We choose to feel better by doing things that make us feel better and our thoughts are focused away from an experience at work. When the old thought comes back, we gently remind ourselves that we will change what we can change but we have no power over the opinion of our boss. We will accept the conversation as what it was and realize it is now in the past. We will do what we can to improve. But for now, we are going to enjoy this moment with the outdoors. We are going to choose to do things that make us happy.
Now, as we become more aware of our thoughts and mold them into friendly greeters and facilitators between bliss and our existence in our bodies, the easier we move about the earth. This is important to me.
Here are five ways to help mold your thoughts into friendly greeters:
List five activities that consistently bring you into a happy state. Examples: taking a nap, listening to music, doing the laundry, rearranging the furniture, taking a walk, going to the beach.
Put this list on a business card for your wallet or print it on a post-it for your bathroom mirror, or on the desktop display.
The moment you realize you feel poorly, congratulate yourself for being alert, and move toward that list
Pick one and do it. If you do not feel better, cross that item off your list
Revamp your list for better feeling activities.
This journey is the never-ending journey. We are destined to move forward to better and better ways of feeling, of living in our hearts!