Week 16 started out with the warm Chinook winds blowing through, giving us great relief from the cold outside, while my body dealt with chills, fever and a temperature over 101 degrees. Due to the illness, most of my experiences for this Kindness Week had to do with me being a gracious receiver of kindness.
By Monday I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I started medication that day and overnight had a serious and severe reaction to the medication. On Tuesday morning my 70-year old aunt drove me back in to the doctor, and to the pharmacy to get a new prescription.
By Wednesday, with my temperature now below 100, I decided to go in to work. When I let someone in to the traffic flow ahead of me, I missed the early train by 1-1/2 minutes, there were still seats available on that early train. I knew the next train would be crowded with no seats available. As I took my place to stand for the ride into downtown, a young man suddenly offered me his seat – I was so grateful, tears came to my eyes. In the 1-1/2 months I have been riding the trains, I have never seen anyone offer their seat to anyone.
On Thursday morning, I was much later than usual because of a difficult night with the pneumonia. Once again there were no seats on the later train, and unbelievably after a few minutes, a man looked at me and offered me his seat! Such a relief. Later that day I had to leave the office early to go to Emergency due to severe drug reaction. My sister was able to give me a ride to the hospital. The staff had to run 3 medications through IV lines to help me. While I was there, all I could do was give out great compliments to everyone who cared for me. I kept dishing out great humour and they returned great smiles. Then my daughter picked me up and gave me a ride home. It was amazing to see how many kindnesses from other people got me safely through the day. I was extremely grateful.
I had to go to see my doctor again on Friday morning, and it was such a relief that the elevator in his building was finally working! It had been out for over two weeks.
Early Saturday morning again back to Emergency. My daughter took me in even though she was pretty tired. I remembered the attending physician from a previous bout of pneumonia. She did not remember me, and continued to treat and question. Later when she saw me dressed in my Canadian Sport Institute shirt, she suddenly warmed up to me and engaged in conversation. One of our lab techs had just been accepted and started medical school here this past fall. Her colleague in another Emergency ward in another hospital had just made the Women’s World Cup Skeleton team and they trained at the facility my shirt had logos from. I had worked for all of the directors there. She gave me extra medication so that I wouldn’t have to go and get a prescription filled and medication and a device to help me with my breathing. She told me I did the right thing coming in and to not hesitate to come in if it happened again. So many extra kindnesses.
Haanel ends with, 16.37: “Try to bring yourself to a realization of the important fact that harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do not depend upon material things.”
“…if we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern should be to acquire the mental attitude which will bring about the result desired. This mental attitude is brought about by a realization of our spiritual nature and our unity with the Universal Mind which is the substance of all things. This realization will bring about everything which is necessary for our complete enjoyment.”
Now that I am feeling much better, I know it will be a great week of continuing to give out Kindness.
I end with a tune that helped me get through the week – Stand by Me (Playing for Change version)
Week 15 started out with a brisk Arctic front blowing in. The city became a giant skating rink, it brought to mind that old Paul Simon song, “Slip Slidn’ Away”. This got me to thinking about how do you get traction on ice? Mark J has mentioned often ‘traction points’ in your business. I saw and felt what it was like to walk and drive on ice – a treacherous venture. How do you safely cross a huge skating rink without ice skates? Slowly, cautiously and with focus, if you get distracted, you are going to slide, and probably not in the direction you want to go.
This ties in with Week 15 of the Master Keys, in 15.3 Haanel says, “Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out (let go) what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.” Then in 15.4, “Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new, of the good for the better; it is a conditional or reciprocal action, for each of us is a complete thought entity and this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give.” Finally, “We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have.”
We learn that it is love which imparts vitality to thought and thus enables it to germinate and lead to growth. Thought leads to action, thus if we wish desirable conditions we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts. Since we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.
15.30 For this reason Insight must be exercised so that the thought which we entertain contains no mental, moral or physical germ which we do not wish objectified in our lives.
So, like getting traction on ice, the only way we can get ourselves to apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort.
Mark J said, “Light it Up, Let it Go, Let it Shine!” We are increasing our Awareness, leading to Growth.
With this in mind, this week I end with my tradition of a video, Let it Shine – Tyler James Williams:
This week we had a tough assignment, watch one or more of the following movies: Cool Runnings, Door To Door, October Sky, or Rudy. I chose the one I had not seen before which was available for free on YouTube. I made a big bowl of popcorn and sat down with my two miniature poodles (who had to share the popcorn, by the way) and we watched Door To Door.
The movie was based on the life of Bill Porter, a man with cerebral palsy who was told he was not employable. He was the embodiment of Persistence. I loved the beginning when he went in to the Watkins office and said, “Give me your worst route, an area that nobody wants, what have you got to lose?” All he wanted to do was be a salesman. Despite his medical condition, he would walk 8 to 10 miles a day to meet his customers. When he started his route, the background music was so funny, “I owe my sole to the company store”.
Bill had wonderful support from his mother. She would drop him off and pick him up at his territory, help with his deliveries, and encourage him with things like writing “Patience” and “Persistence” on his sandwiches with food coloring. Despite the setbacks and challenges he faced on his route, he would say things like, “I’m building – it takes time.”
Amazing that Bill Porter ended up being the Watkins Salesman of the Year many times – what an accomplishment! This was definitely an inspiring film, and it brought back childhood memories.
When I was a little girl, I distinctly remember being a passenger in the back of the car with a couple of my siblings, while my step-father went to see customers and deliver products for Watkins! We found a way to entertain ourselves in the car for hours at a time. Thinking back, we were pretty good kids. It was actually quite boring for us in that empty car by ourselves. No video games, no cell phones, no technology of any kind (funny it was about the same time as Bill Porter was doing his route down in Portland). I guess that’s where I first learned about Patience and Persistence too! The Watkins company touched a lot of lives in many ways.
Part 14 in The Master Keys focused on Harmony and developing a harmonious mental attitude if you want harmonious conditions in your life. We are told that if you want to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision. Concentrate. Focus. Apply. I always used to say to my children, “Saying and Doing are two totally different activities.”
Similar to the ending of Door To Door, I end with the Harmony of Luciano Pavarotti & Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
This week’s theme included Gratitude and Mark J started with, “Don’t give up on your dreams.”
Part 13 of the Master Keys by Charles Haanel, tells why the dreams of the dreamer come true, explaining the law of causation. The section gives some background on thought and creative power. In 13.16 – thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude.
In 13.18 we read that “what everyone is seeking is Happiness and Harmony.” But we cannot be happy unless we have health, strength, congenial friends, pleasant environment, sufficient supply not only to take care of necessities, but also for comforts and luxuries. And on this point, I don’t think anyone would disagree. So what do we do?
13.22 tells us we must put our knowledge into practice. We will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first and the giving is a mental process, therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind, we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect. Now I understand why Mark J is always saying, “give more, get more!” The wisdom of the ages!
Then Haanel goes on to explain that thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed. The consciousness must change, and as it changes, all conditions to meet the changed consciousness must gradually change, in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.
So that’s what’s going on – there is a change occurring deep inside of me. At least I seem to notice my thinking and reactions to what I am observing over the last 13 weeks is changing. I’m calmer, more peaceful, take things in stride, and seem to be happier. I think it’s working! Haanel states toward the end of this section “recognition brings about realization” and he promises that once this permeates our consciousness, we will come to an understanding of the grandeur of the transcendental opportunities which have been placed at our disposal! Now that’s something to look forward to, something I could dance to (me, the former ballroom dancer)!
Love and Gratitude to all of you! I end this week sharing a fun video, The Gratitude Dance by Matt Harding (it reminds me of the movie, Happy Feet).
The week, Haanel states, “it is necessary to center your mental force upon a specific thought and hold it there, to the exclusion of all other thoughts … Unless you can concentrate upon the object which you have in view, you will have but a hazy, indifferent, vague, indistinct and blurred outline of your ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture.”
In 12.18 Haanel says, “Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.” And finally, in 12.21, “it is the combination of Thought and Love which forms the irresistible force, called the law of attraction.”
This week our assignments include writing out at least 30 cards with positive things we have accomplished in our life. A great exercise, that I have never focused on in the past, because a life of quiet desperation is more focused on survival, not so much on successful accomplishments.
In addition to continuing to be the observer, this week I continue to focus on the Law of Growth – what we think about grows. As always, I end with a little tune . . . Have a Little Faith in Me (John Hiatt version).
On Week 11 Mark J started out with Press On and Claim It !
Charles Haanel in Part 11. 7 said in part, “need, want and desire, in the largest sense, induce, guide and determine action.” And the exercise for the week is based on Mark 11:24, “all the things you pray and ask for, have faith that you have received them, and you will have them.” This in turn reinforces the Law of Growth – whatever you think about grows. And this in turn reinforces Faith, the assured expectation of things hoped for.
Finally, we were reminded that Persistence is a habit, a byproduct of 4 tiny habits essential for success:
- A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.
- A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
- A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
- Friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
They are the steps that convert dreams into physical realities!
So while I’ve been challenged with life happening, and I don’t get it all, I have to have the faith and , I persist. I can be what I will to be. I’m whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. And, I Press On . . .
This week we start on Og Mandino’s Scroll 3 – I will PERSIST until I succeed. Perfect timing for me – this is the week my self-doubt was pushing for a take-over big time! I started a new work assignment, in a sector I’ve never worked before – oil and gas. While this is a strong oil and gas community, I’ve been tucked away in the post-secondary education sector for most of my career. The physical location is in an area I have tried to avoid for the past 20 years here – downtown! Parking rates downtown equate a large mortgage payment, so I’m using the transit train to commute – a whole new world for me. The positive side of it is, I don’t have to pay attention to traffic, and can listen to my recordings every morning and evening on the ride to and from downtown.
The longer days and intensity of learning a new industry distracted me from diligence with my MKMMA reading and exercises; reading, writing and commenting on blogs; and my Twitter activity ground to a halt.
On the positive side, I did keep repeating my affirmations, and listening to all my recordings – I’m so happy I recorded the Scrolls to music as well. Again, this week I read many well-written, thoughtful and inspirational blogs. Inferiority started rearing it’s ugly head, and I felt like I was sliding off the edge of the cliff. Hanging on by my fingernails. Oh dear, the affirmations were coming fast and furious. But I was out of words to express myself – like one of our exercises (visualizing with a blank wall) – I was looking at a blank page. Trying to think, wanting to think, and pfffftt . . . nothing – what’s going on? I guess I can say it was another successful week of observations with no opinions.
I thought I learned a few things about persistence when I first moved to this city, nestled at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Only three months after arriving here, I was hit by a truck in the pedestrian cross walk.
To make a long story short, for a while the doctors didn’t know if I would ever be able to work again. I was new to the city and didn’t know very many people, but I was determined. I told the doctor, “I may not walk again, but I sure will dance again!” I was a ballroom dancer at the time. I underwent at least 12 years of physiotherapy and many, many procedures were done to me. All the while, single parenting two young teenagers. Not only did I walk again, and work again, I went on to compete and win the Grand Championship Trophy for my division in one of the largest competitions in Western Canada. I didn’t even know I won until a week later, my instructor presented me with the trophy in class. I had left the competition early, because I was so exhausted and in so much pain.
At that time I knew nothing of Mandino or Haanel, or much else. However, I did have great faith and believed that the most powerful thing for healing was the human brain. That’s why I think that a brain injury is such a challenge.
MKMMA to the rescue! How very grateful I was that I had made connections to Master Mind with several people in the MKMMA course. We formed a small group with two people in Europe, one in the USA and me in Canada – usual challenge of finding a mutual time between the four time zones and a few technical challenges – but we persisted and it was well worth it! The connections were not always long, but were just what was needed to keep me encouraged and on track – encouraging text messages, brief phone calls, and email – also using other things like Viber, Whatsap and Google Hangout (you can teach an old dog new tricks!). I also successfully connected with a couple other individuals who contact me regularly for mutual encouragement and sharing.
All is well that ends well, and the week ended very well. I end with this happy tune . . .
This week there was a lot of life happening all around me, and while my writing got left behind a little, my thoughts kept on circulating. When it came time to sum up the week, the expression that kept coming to my mind was, Who Has Seen the Wind? It was the title of a book by a Canadian writer, W.O. Mitchell, the story of a prairie boy and his ‘insistent curiosity to discover the world within and beyond himself.’ It is set in the prairies with the common theme of the spirit that moves through everything: the wind.
My thoughts, however, were more on the physical aspect of the wind – who has seen it? We see and feel the effects of the wind, but we don’t actually see the wind. Similarly, we see the effects of electricity, but we don’t actually see it. Much like faith. And the exercises in the MKMMA course – an act of faith, because we don’t always know ahead of time what we are trying to accomplish. As Yoda said in one of the Star Wars movies, “There is no try, just do.”
This week the reading from Haanel focused on change –“If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.” The key – the Law of Growth – whatever we think about grows; what we forget atrophies. In fact, all of the Seven Laws of the Mind were referenced: Law of Substitution, Law of Relaxation, Law of Practice, Law of Forgiveness, Law of Dual Thought, Law of Subconscious, and finally, the Law of Growth. It was interesting to learn that there are only three things which can possibly be desired in the “world without” and each of them can be found in the “world within” – Health, Wealth, and Love.
There were three events that got me thinking about my DMP and PPNs. One of the coldest days so far this year was upon us along with snow and a blustering wind. That day my sister and her husband left for the Caribbean for a 2-1/2 week cruise. Then I learned that my nephew and his wife had just recently left for Nicaragua for 6 months of volunteer work. And finally, a new friend and his wife were heading off to Hawaii for 10 days. Interesting that all were destined for warmer climates. My movie poster is filled with images of blue skies, blue water, sandy beaches, and palm trees! My DMP and PPNs also include volunteer work, and seeing my nephew already engaged in the activity not only got me thinking even more, but also inspired me.
This week I also read many well written, thought provoking and inspiring MKMMA blogs. I felt like I did not have anything inspiring or thought provoking to contribute. So I continued with observing; not offering opinions; substituting positive thoughts for negative thoughts; sending wishes of love to everyone I encountered; recording (affirmations, blueprint builder, Scrolls from Og Mandino, DMP and Press Release) with great background music; and thinking about faith, and our new affirmation, “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy!”
It was the connections to the Master Mind Alliance groups that really kept me going and encouraged this week. While we are still early in the process, the connections we are making are very helpful for me. Since I didn’t have much inspiring to write, I thought I would close with a song which this week meant a lot to me, Stand by Me.
This is my first reblog. The video of Jim Carrey’s commencement address is so profound I had to share this again. Thank you to Rip Yegerman for his original post.
Week 8…already two months in? I took my birthday off and made it into a “me” day, a real “me” day. My concentration was placed on getting much of the things done that I had to and I actually became happy with myself again. I also realized that I am very hard on myself with what is called the “red pencil” syndrome – looking more to beat myself up over not having done things that I should have rather than appreciating what I did get done. Rewind this thinking to grade school: why do teachers grade with a red pencil making X’s on the wrong answers and count those rather than grading with a green pencil and making check marks on the right answers and counting those? Why are we taught to “conform” to what society deems as socially acceptable verses to be guided to follow our own path and…
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Addiction? What addiction? Yes, it’s true, addiction to so many things – critical, destructive, weak, harmful, negative, self-defeating thinking, and outside influences like TV, internet, and other devices. Distractions everywhere.
Now we focus on the Law of Growth – “Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.” When dealing with the negative things, we continue to invoke the Law of Substitution, substituting constructive positive thoughts. Another effective antidote is to keep on giving out more love and kindness, for love conquers all.
John C. Maxwell, in his outstanding best seller, Failing Forward, gives some great practical advice: “To move forward today, you must learn to say goodbye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can’t build a monument to past problems and fail forward.
An addition to the 7-Day Mental Diet (eliminating negative influences) is NO TV (or any other devices which bring in negativity and act like ‘time vampires’) for the next week. The first thing I became acutely aware of was how I had been using the TV as a background filler to keep me company. I would listen to the morning news, traffic and weather updates as well as catch up on a couple of daily shows that were recorded. I can see now those things stimulated me to vent opinions, not good for my new Mental Diet. So turning off the TV has helped with my New Mental Diet. My awareness of what’s on the radio when I drive has increased – if something negative comes on, I change the channel. At home, the purchase of my new Bluetooth Bose speaker has helped tremendously to stream beautiful music which can follow with ease to any room I go!
86,400 – the number of seconds in a day – everyone starts with the same number each day. The question was posed, How do we want to spend this new deposit every day? Now with the TV off and the internet distractions eliminated, I can focus more on reading, writing, and working on my exercises for developing my imagination, faith and vision of my future self.
I thought the following video tied in with our NO TV exercise this week . . .