A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
~Earl Nightingale, American radio personality, writer, and author of The Strangest Secret
An attitude of gratitude has always been the sweet elixir that can heal all that ails us. When we feel stuck in a rut, looking at all our blessings may just be the key to turning things around. Gratitude is one of the greatest keys to unlocking the bliss within. When we truly acknowledge and are grateful for our victories and successes rather than focusing on what is lacking, we make a habit of adopting an attitude that can magically connect us to our dreams. By repeating affirmations of appreciation coupled with incredible and powerful visualizations of possibilities, such as magic, the light in our souls gets fired up as the necessary connections appear and inspire things to happen. Putting out our positive and powerful intentions to the universe with a grateful heart, we will start to see others wanting to assist in opening doors to help us move forward on our journey. With a great attitude in life that is linked to the beauty of gratitude, we develop a sense of being plugged into an abundant energy that is ready to be shared on a daily basis. With a miraculous change in our attitudes, we should not be surprised that the world will respond to our hopes and dreams like never before. And when we stand in awe, now living the reality that was once only a dream, we will happily delight in the serendipitous opportunities magically revealed before our eyes. When that happens, we are thankful for that, too!
Magical Key to Bliss: Connect to your dreams by stating what you are grateful for.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
~George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and author of Mrs. Warren’s Profession
If you got up this morning and started your day deciding to rise to any occasion no matter the circumstances you face, give yourself a golden star. If you found yourself facing a difficult challenge during your day and decided to shift your perspective from victim to victor, then give yourself another star. If you looked for the positive despite being surrounded by the negative, then give yourself another star for having the courage to raise your vibration to a level of joy and light. Keep track of how many stars you have earned during your day. Take the time to acknowledge that you are getting on in this world in a way that you can be proud of. Your stars are a reflection of your ability to look for and to find the circumstances that make life worth living. These stars are glorious reminders of your choice to see yourself as happening to the world with optimism and success. These stars are evidence that you have decided to find something to be grateful about in every situation as you go about your day. Your determination to recognize all your great accomplishments will empower you to catapult your life in the direction that you choose, happening to the world with enthusiasm as you go.
Magical Key to Bliss: Buy stars and give yourself one each time you feel accomplished!
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
~Hebbel, German poet and dramatist
Every one of us was born great. Sometimes we seem to forget how truly unique and special we are, but we were all born with amazing and unique talents and attributes that this world needs at this time to move forward. We are not here by mistake. By acknowledging this fundamental truth, we no longer question our worth and in turn free ourselves to explore the world, not needing to prove anything to anyone. We must identify what makes our hearts sing. There we will find the key to energizing our bodies and souls. Passion in life comes when we are able to use our God-given talents toward something bigger. When we align ourselves with positive energy and open our eyes, we get a glimpse of the amazing interconnectivity of the universe that conspires in our favor. And in that moment, we can feel empowered to claim our greatness. With passion and our bold actions, we have the opportunity to make an incredible difference in the world as we change from within. For when we claim our greatness, we get closer and closer to realizing the freedom of living a life of passion. When we accept our calling, we are balanced and exactly where we need to be.
Magical Key to Bliss: Figure out what you are passionate about, and take the next best step in that direction.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
~Dale Carnegie, American writer and lecturer
Take on a no-fear approach to life. Put your “only ifs” on hold, and step outside your comfort zone. Dance, sing, create, or explore those things that are in line with your heart’s desires. Don’t wait for when you are thin enough, pretty enough, successful enough, or just enough. Believe that you have the confidence to put yourself out in the world now. Then seek out opportunities to build relationships that will allow you to make the most out of your life. The time is now to get busy and act. The time is now to face your fears. Name them, and they lose their power over you. Set out your goals in whatever way you can. Explore and get comfortable with your life. Be at ease in the skin that you are in. Do one thing every day to face your fear, and one day soon that fear will be a thing of the past. No regrets. Act. Don’t sit back and think that you have missed the boat; instead, find a new boat and start paddling. This is your one chance, this is your life, and the time is now to make the most out of it. You have something important to share with the world. Get inspired, get busy, and share it. When you do, confidence will come, and with courage, you will have everything to gain as your life miraculously unfolds, leaving fear as a thing of the past!
Magical Key to Bliss: Decide what you would do if you knew you could not fail.
September is the time of year when the temperature begins to drop, and the leaves on the trees in cooler climates change colors. There is a natural beauty as a new season is introduced, and Mother Nature shows off her incredible masterpiece. Sweet inspiration surrounds us as the air is a bit crisper, and we take deeper and fuller breaths, meditating on the divine influence all around.
The first weekend in September, we take time to rest and celebrate Labor Day. While we recognize the things we do to maintain our lives and provide for our families, to uncover our bliss, we must make an effort to find inspiration through work this month. All too often, our work is a task we approach with dread. All too often, work is the source of our misery rather than a well of inspiration. So your assignment for September is to find work that inspires you—whether volunteer work for your local community organization, a part-time job doing something you love, or even a full-time job pursuing the vocation of your dreams. In September, take advantage of all the creative influences in nature and otherwise, and get inspired to make a life that matches your internal passion. You should strive for your work to inspire you as well as get inspired by your work! Make an action plan for what you need to accomplish to make a career move a reality. If you put your nose to the grindstone, you can make your work go from a burden to a joy. After all, when you enjoy your work, it is no longer…work! Get some sweet inspiration and let’s go!
On this last day of August- the celebration of friendships:
Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.
When you set out to live the proverbial play that is your life, make a conscious effort to draw in characters who reflect the kind of journey you wish to experience. To feel more alive, set out to attract the kind of person whose mere presence lights up every room that she walks into. To feel passion in your soul, set out to embrace the kind whose enthusiasm for life and adventure is contagious. To leave your positive mark, set out to know the kind who makes you want to make a difference and leave this world a better place. To feel love deeply, set out to know the kind who goes the extra mile, lending an attentive ear as well as a compassionate heart. You can make conscious choices as to those characters you relate to. When you choose to surround yourself with people whose primary theme in life is love, your soul will be nourished by the connection, and your spiritual cup will run over, allowing you to shower that affection on others as well. If you are lucky enough to meet someone who embodies all of the above, then hold on tight, honor that relationship, and be incredibly grateful for the blessing because it is the greatest gift you will ever receive. One person’s light shared enables your light of love to shine as well.
Magical Key to Bliss: Write your own story, and reflect on what kind of friendships you want in your play.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.
~Henri Nouwen, Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and writer
While in a vulnerable place, they sit beside you and hold your hand. While looking for answers out of the confusion, they communicate in silence that you are not alone. While you may feel lost and lonely, you know the presence of a true friend as your heart recognizes an energy that can only be described as pure love. For there you know that it is safe to share your soul without having to be fixed and without needing permission. There you know that even in your darkest hour, your true friend will hold the light of hope until the joy and laughter can break through once again. There, in the caring presence of a true friend, you can just be who you are as you feel the emotions that arise from life’s toughest experiences. As you safely find the connection in your most difficult hour, when you make it through, that same friend will be there to rejoice with you as well. Because when you have a friend who is there for you, you are reminded by his presence alone that the beautiful colors of the world still exist and will return to your life again; it just takes time. Be grateful for your friends. It is amazing to know that you have a safe place to share your soul.
Magical Key to Bliss: Confide in a good friend and share your soul.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
~Jim Morrison, American singer and songwriter
There is the hope that we all will experience a liberating moment when we make the decision to totally embrace our holy place in this world. There is a tremendous gift when we are given traveling companions who encourage that freedom to just be who we are meant to be. With true friends, we get to see ourselves through the eyes of love. With true friends, we get to know ourselves by experiencing pure joy. With true friends, we celebrate the connection to another soul. With the support of true friends, we are able to risk and follow the heart’s greatest desires, learning from both the smooth and the rocky parts of our journey. Free to be all we are meant to be—what a blessing that is! When we look into the eyes of our true friends and feel their complete acceptance, knowing that we are not in this world alone, we are invited to celebrate life. There is no greater freedom than that!
Magical Key to Bliss: Thank the true friends who give you total freedom to be yourself.
That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.
~Walt Whitman, American Poet, excerpt from O Me! O Life!
As we awake to this journey and embrace our role, life unfolds before our eyes. We are here at this point in time, dressed in a personality that is all our own, armed with talents and skills that will aid us on the path of our choosing. Yet, thankfully, we are never really alone here. Each day, we are introduced to different characters placed along the way to participate in our powerful play. We are presented with angels in time, our tribe, who are in our lives for a reason, season, or lifetime, each one serving a distinct purpose. All present so that we can better discover our own unique purpose through challenges, celebrations, companionship, and conviviality. We are grateful as it goes on that we do not have to go it alone. We turn to the other offering a warm embrace, asking so simply in this powerful play of life, “How may I help you find your verse?”
Magical Key to Bliss: Spend some time thinking about your verse, your legacy.
You have to believe in yourself; that’s the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.
~Charlie Chaplin, English Actor and Filmmaker
Regardless of what anyone says to you, you must be your biggest fan! You and God—or your higher power or whatever you want to call it—are your biggest cheerleaders! When life gets you down, cheer yourself forward. Tell yourself that this, too, shall pass, and believe that it will. You are special and unique; tolerate no treatment from yourself or others that is less than fitting for a superstar. Enjoy your own company and be the best at whatever you choose to do in life. There is magic in believing. You must be your own best friend and do what you can to build your confidence and self-esteem. Whatever you want to be when you grow up, visualize yourself as the greatest. Whatever you want to do, see yourself as a success. Whatever you imagine for yourself, the secret is to already know that you are triumphant. You must be your biggest fan! When you start from there, you will believe in your greatness and empower yourself to go far.
Magical Key to Bliss: Repeat a mantra that helps you to believe in your ability.