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Week 9 – Gratitude Pays Dividends

Today, Thanksgiving Day, is one that is set aside for doing something we must do daily and that is to express our gratitude for who we are as it relates to God; what we have because of His favor, mercy and grace; and the wonderful gifts of the capacity to think, feel, and love.  This week in our Master Key Mastermind reading we continue examining this capacity to think and reinforcing our commitment to begin each day with love in our hearts.

One of the statements made by Haanel is that “Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the evil ones?”  A simple answer is to keep good, or rather great thoughts readily available to feed your mind, promptly rejecting anything with a hint of negativity.  Here are some of my favorite quotes, thoughts and questions related to gratitude to bolster your repertoire:


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?  ~G.K. Chesterton

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.  ~Kak Sri

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.  ~G.K. Chesterton  What things might you begin saying grace before?

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.  ~Robert Quillen

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  ~Epictetus

Gratitude is the best attitude.  ~Author Unknown

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.  ~Chinese Proverb

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.  It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.  ~Joseph Addison

Gratitude yields joy, a sense of peace and a flooding of love.  Gratitude indeed pays dividends!!


Week 8 – Love is Indeed a Many Splendored Thing


This week we began each day saying, “I will greet this day with love in my heart.”  Love was to be the lens through which we looked at everything and everyone.  And when we did — and when you do — we are refreshed, inspired and renewed…born again!  The reading from the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino goes on to break the application of this principle down as follows:

“I will love the sun for it warms my bones.”  It also bolsters my energy and stimulates my body to ultimately make more vitamin D.  It’s the earth’s highest-watt light bulb that makes it easier to see everything and everyone in a bright light.

“I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.”  Although I really am a big lover of the sun, I also very much appreciate the rain.  There is something “cozy” about being inside on a rainy day…something reflective.  Perhaps it’s the symbolic thought that the rain washes away anything unwanted, flushes our hearts and refreshes our mind.  Additionally it can be considered a form of a reset button because we know once the rain is over the air will be fresher, pollen reduced, trees and plants perk up from their watering, and more.  Rain can also camouflages  our tears giving our soul an opportunity to purge relatively unnoticed.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.”  We all need at least a little light on that next step of our life journey.  This provides a level of assurance that you are on the right road–at least a road you can see.  As for the darkness, often people associate evil with darkness and surely many people who are proponents of evil deeds tend to prefer the covering of darkness however, when we approach it with love we choose to focus on the beauty that also lives in the dark.  The amazingly bright full moon and the twinkling stars making up the various enormous constellations are nearly impossible to see in the day–and how magnificent they are.  And the whole idea of rest, which for most of us occurs at night, is a truly beautiful thing darkness symbolizes.

“I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart, yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.”  Welcoming happiness is an easy thing for us.  It’s the sadness we tend to avoid.  Realize that enduring sadness has an important work to do in us that only it can do.  It often causes a recalibration and expands our capacity to understand, connect and love.

“I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due, yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.”  Similar to the previous statement, acknowledging rewards is easier and a better issue to work through (for those shy) than not being acknowledged.  It is the obstacles that many of us often want to avoid.  Like sadness, obstacles are the weights we use to strengthen our character.  When we think in those terms it is easier to love obstacles or at minimum embrace them.

Love indeed is a many splendored thing.  From this day forward I choose, (or encourage my “Subby” to choose) to greet this day and every additional day God gives me, with love in my heart.  Won’t you join me?

BONUS:  This video is an example of experiencing something totally  beautiful from an unexpected environment.  Be slow to judge appearances…

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Week 7 – From Idea to Reality – Try it!!


What an amazing gift we have been given…the ability to turn a chosen thought (idealization) into a more detailed vision (visualization) and ultimately manifest it into reality (materialization or manifestation). This week in the Master Key Mastermind we focused on this very process.  Try it.  Think of an idea.  Then flush it out (or color it in, or whatever metaphor you’d prefer) into a very detailed vision in your minds eye.  Then hold that vision as often as feasibly possible all day every day until it materializes.  The complexity of the the original idea will contribute to the timeline of manifestation but what a wonderful gift.

We also learned that by conscientiously following this process it will bolster your faith, confidence and your ability to concentrate which is vitally important since excluding extraneous thoughts is essential to optimal success.  Faith, confidence and the ability to concentrate are valuable in all aspects of your life and totally worth developing…another great reason to try it.  Think of an idea.  Flush it out into a very detailed vision in your minds eye and then hold that vision long and often every day.

Further it is important to note that clarity and accuracy in the process matters…significantly!  You must build it firmly and securely in your mental world before it can take form in your outer world.  Go ahead and try it…do it now!  Think of an idea.  Imagine the details of every aspect of that idea and then hold that detailed vision in your minds eye every waking moment you can.  Imagine what it feels like in your reality and begin enjoying that feeling even before it actually shows up in tangible form.  How cool is that–to experience the joy, satisfaction, or whatever feeling your idea manifested will bring, now and then.

From idea to reality.  Is that really how things happen?  Great question.  To find out…try it!  Do it now!!


Days before Week 7

images-5I just received the email from Mark J. with the link to sign up for our next MasterKey Mastermind webinar — Week 7. My immediate thoughts were as follows:

Seven (7)…the number for completion.  As I see it for me, it is the completion of the intro/orientation/adjust and make it work phase.  Now is the time to recommit, rev it up and press through for a break through.  In anticipation of a most amazing revelation and unprecedented use of my personal power (seeing it clearly in my minds eye) I begin celebrating today…now!

In this context Week 7 is related to our MasterKey Mastermind journey (for my fellow MKMMAers) but it can represent many other facets in life.  Some of us begin exercise programs that start off on fire and begin to fizzle around week 7…if not before.  Others of us choose to begin eating better or sleeping more or any number of various growth and development efforts only to find that by week 7 unexpected and unanticipated struggles cause us to waver, rethink and/or re-evaluate our decision.  That old blueprint just doesn’t want to let go…

Yes, the past week has been “character building” yet I declare that today, as I approach week 7 on this journey that indeed I recommit to the vision, roll up my sleeves, turn off the outside noise and get moving with a renewed vigor. Where do you stand as it relates to your Week 7?

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Week 6 – Love Rocks!


What an awesome privilege it is to give…to those in need and those not in need.  What a joy it is to share a word of encouragement with everyone you encounter be it via a word or a simple smile knowing it is a valuable deposit into a life.  What an opportunity it is to express your appreciation to those who have contributed to your life experience in some way or other be it ideal or not.  Indeed we receive a truly great gift when we express LOVE.

Love is like perfume…you can’t sprinkle it on others without getting some on yourself.  It is a magnificent power that we all have that can lift a heavy spirit, open doors that seem closed, and connect you to most anyone in any part of the world…it is universal, intoxicating and has the power to change and in some cases actually save a life.   It puts a pep in your step and delight in your heart.  Truly love rocks!!

This week as part of our MasterKey Mastermind readings (facilitated by Mark Januszewski and the Fabulous Davene) we shifted to the second scroll in the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.  It’s main theme is, “I will greet this day with love in my heart” making “expressing love” a top of mind intention for us all as we navigate each day.  Just imagine for a minute if everyone in the world, or our country, state, city…or even our immediate family was committed to greeting each day with love in their hearts.  What transformation we would see immediately…what a welcomed breath of fresh air we would experience.

A few of my favorite statements in the scroll are: “I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.”  “…for just as my love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger.”  One additional passage suggests a really great idea for us all to employ…check it out.  It says, “…how will I confront each whom I meet? …in silence and to myself I will address him and say I love you.  Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, un-wrinkle my brow, bring a smile to my lips and echo in my voice, and his heart will be opened.”  Can you imagine that.  Wouldn’t that just be terrific??

Harold Lane “Hal” David, an American lyricist pinned the words to an old classic song, What the world needs now is love.  They are…

What the world needs now is love sweet love.  It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.  What the world needs now is love sweet love…no, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain, there are mountains and hillsides enough to climb.
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross, enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  No, not just for some but for everyone.

Love rocks!!