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Quote Of The Day

 “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

~ Thomas Edison
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. What ideas do you have?

Posted in Constitution, Life, Political, Positive Thinking, United States

Bribery

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In a world that is turning upside down with Climate Change and disrespect for values that are the foundation of the United States I am choosing today to simply post the definition of Bribery.

Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

Bribery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offeringgivingreceiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.[1] With regard to governmental operations, essentially, bribery is “Corrupt solicitation, acceptance, or transfer of value in exchange for official action.”[2] Gifts of money or other items of value which are otherwise available to everyone on an equivalent basis, and not for dishonest purposes, is not bribery. Offering a discount or a refund to all purchasers is a legal rebate and is not bribery. For example, it is legal for an employee of a Public Utilities Commission involved in electric rate regulation to accept a rebate on electric service that reduces their cost for electricity, when the rebate is available to other residential electric customers. However, giving a discount specifically to that employee to influence them to look favorably on the electric utility’s rate increase applications would be considered bribery.

A bribe is an illegal or unethical gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be moneygoodsrights in actionpropertyprefermentprivilegeemolument, objects of value, advantage, or merely a promise to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.[3]

I am also adding two recent articles about Bribery as it relates to the Constitution of the United States.

@ https://www.lawfareblog.com/constitution-says-bribery-impeachable-what-does-mean

@ https://www.lawfareblog.com/bad-arguments-trump-didnt-commit-bribery

The second article is long and should be read in it’s entirety for full comprehension. I am also including the last paragraph here which summarizes the article.

The Founders made “bribery” one of only two specific offenses warranting impeachment precisely because they were concerned about the potential for officers to be corrupted by personal interests. They understood the term broadly to include not just the payment or receipt of a bribe, but also the offering or solicitation of one. And they would have understood anything of value to the officeholder, and not just cash payments, to have the potential to corrupt him or her. If indeed, as the evidence now suggests, Trump was pursuing his personal interests in seeking a Ukrainian investigation of his political opponents, rather than the interests of the United States, then he committed the kind of bribery that the Founders made impeachable.

These articles reflect my opinion which I understand may be offensive to some readers. i feel strongly about this issue and need to put this out into the world. It may not make a difference to anyone’s viewpoint, but it is such an important issue in our life that I feel the need for my own sake to add my voice.

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a nice day.

Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Joy, Life, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

Do You Set Daily Intentions? Why They Are Beneficial and Can Change Your Life

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“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.”

― John C. Maxwell

There is a difference between having goals and having intentions.

We may have goals of what we would like to accomplish. Goals are specific and measurable and have a quantifiable ending point.

You set a goal, and it has a start date and an ending date. i.e., I am going to paint the house, and I am going to start today. I have to have it done by the end of the month.

Daily intentions are different because they are all about what you are doing now. Intentions give you purpose and help you remain focused.

Goals have a limit or an end-point; intentions do not.

Intentions are about your values and what you want to accomplish today and in your life. How are you going to contribute value to yourself, your workplace, your family, and friends? What matters most to you? Setting intentions and reflecting on them at the beginning of each day will help throughout your day.

An intention is more about your attitude toward life. I believe living with intention is being mindful, and it is more thought provoking, more emotional.

 “Our intention creates our reality.”

Wayne Dyer

Intentions are positive. They are related to your thoughts and values. Intentions made at the beginning of the day help you move through your day with a clear purpose. Setting intentions will make you more productive; they will give you better control of your life.

Living your life with intention is a practice, a way of life. Your intentions would be different than mine because everyone will have different views on how to live. We have different passions.

I believe the most challenging part of setting your intentions is self-reflection. We rush through each day, and we do not spend much time thinking about who we are and what we want out of life. That is why deciding on practicing intentions is so powerful.

Spend time with yourself in a quiet, safe space, close your eyes, and reflect. What is it you want? Where are you now and where do you want to be.

It is not necessary to start big; you can start with small intentions and reflect on those. Ease yourself into living a more self-focused life.

Write your intentions down and look at them every day. Read them before you go to bed so you can reflect on them and make it a practice of looking at them again in the morning; maybe when you have your coffee or when you are exercising.

I love the idea of creating something artistic such as a notebook or journal where you can add drawings and photos that symbolize your intentions, evoke emotions, and resonate internally. Something that will make you feel happy and content.

How do you feel? Be as specific as possible about what you want to happen and how you will feel when you accomplish it.

Think about your intentions, envision them, and relax. Do not let the process overwhelm you. Having a tangible written slip of paper, or a page on your computer, that you reference each day will allow you to go about each day without actually focusing on it like you would a goal. They will become an automatic part of your life.

So what would you choose as an intention for living your life every day?

Here are a few examples:

I will be happy today.

I will smile and enjoy laughter.

I will be open to success.

I will be financially stable.

I will always set a good example.

I will be a good writer.

I will be kind.

I will be calm.

By setting intentions, we are planting seeds in our minds. We plant the seeds, we tend to them every day, and then we let them grow. We internalize our intentions, and we absorb them. A mind is a powerful tool; use it and accept that human consciousness is powerful as well.

Being intentional is a choice. It is a way of thinking about what you want your life to be and becoming aware of the changes you need to make. It is a concept that can work if you allow it to. Live a mindful life and embrace your intentions. You can make your life better.

 “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

— Maya Angelou

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a good day.

Posted in Communication, Motivation, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

How Do You Create and Maintain A Positive Attitude ?

“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”
Ghandi

Do you have a difficult time being positive ? or do you live or work with someone that tends to be negative ? Some people always seem upbeat and positive and are always smiling and happy. What makes them that way and can you do something to be that way too ?

Every morning when we wake up we have a choice to make. What will we do today and what will our attitude be. How will we choose ? Will we be happy or sad ? Will we be positive or negative ? The choice is there each and every day and, yes, we do have a choice.

There may be things in place we have to do like going to work, getting the kids up and ready for school, walking the dog, buying groceries. Sometimes we cannot change our schedules but we can change our outlook.

Everyone has days, weeks and sometimes months, if not years, when life isn’t the greatest. We have all been there in one form or another. Sometimes it is very difficult to change and some of us will need help coping. That is OK. Seek the help you need and move forward a step at a time.

We can make changes in our lives, simple changes, that will make us more positive. Take some quiet time and think about what you like to do that is relaxing. Write your thoughts down at the end of the day; what did you do today that made you smile or feel relaxed. Write down what makes you feel tense or irritable.

When you practice this and do it consistently you will probably see a pattern. You should make two columns on a sheet of paper, one marked with the things that made you feel good and one with the things that made you feel bad.

Look at the list and decide if there are things you can eliminate from the negative side either by just not doing them, or if that is not an option, finding someone else that can do them for you, either a member of your household or by hiring someone to do it.

If it is work related can you talk to your boss and see if that particular task can be changed in some way to make it easier to do or have it assigned to someone else. Explain why and ask if there is a trade off. Perhaps there is a different job you are more qualified to do and would prefer doing. Talk to your boss and see if they can move you into that position.

It is always a good idea to be able to perform all jobs within your area; it makes a more skilled and satisfied employee. If you like the company you work for talk to your boss about developing a course of action so that you can continue to grow and move forward within the company.

You will be more satisfied, less stressed and you can move the problems you had with your job from the con side to the pro side of your list.

When you look at the positive side of your list is there something that you can do more of? How can you incorporate those things both at work and at home. If you want to be more active perhaps you can walk on your lunch time. Walk around the block or if there is a park nearby eat your lunch there, listen to music and then walk back to your workplace.

At one of my work places I would get in my car and drive to a pier at a nearby lake, park the car, listen to music and watch the water while I enjoyed my lunch. It was very relaxing and a nice break from anything that might have been stressful that day. It changes your perspective in a good way.

I love being outside, taking my dog for a walk, doing some gardening. Listening to music always relaxes me. Each of us has something we like to do that makes us feel better. Perhaps reading a book or cooking/baking or doing something creative is your thing that you like to do and find relaxing.

Meditation is interesting to me but I have not actively pursued learning how to do it but just taking quiet time to relax has worked for me. I love showers but some people find the ritual of a bath with all the special soaps and lotions totally relaxing.

If you read the quote at the top of the page it really does break down the actions we should incorporate into our daily lives.

“Keep your thoughts positive because you thoughts become your words.” Sounds easy enough right ? I have mentioned several things we can do to feel more positive and improve our negative thoughts, our outlook. There are many things we can practice each day and make habits to improve our life.

“Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.” Negative words, we hear them all the time. There always seems to be at least one person at work, in our group of friends and acquaintances, at the store and most events that is a negative person. If we watch and listen to them you will probably be able to detect an overall negative attitude. Something is always wrong, it is not their fault, why did it happen to them and so forth.

Sometimes that negative attitude is a learned behavior. Someone grows up in a household where a parent uses negative language. They feel like a victim when in reality their viewpoint is distorted. When you live with someone like that, or you develop a friendship with someone who is negative, it is very likely that you may mimic the behavior. But you do not have to and you can change.

As a child you may visit, and spend time with, other families and start to question how their lifestyle compares to that of your own family. You may observe happy people, who enjoy each other, who do not belittle each other and do not use foul or negative language. You realize you like being around them and you start changing your behavior to be more like them.

That can happen at any time in our life.

“Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits.”

What you do each day are your habits. In the scenario above a child lived in a negative household and was learning those same habits but he, or she, learned through a friendship that there was an alternative way to act. If they were to continue on that same path they were in the process of learning new habits which could be incorporated in their life going forward.

The same thing happens day in, day out, in different households around the world. We learn early on from the people we are exposed to, especially our families, but as we grow we learn from others that there is a different option for almost every aspect of our lives. At some point we make a choice as to which path we will follow. We can change and we can improve. Negative or positive, which do you want to be.

“Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.”

So we have decided to be positive. We realize it is the way you want to live your life. It is a habit to live that way and we work hard to maintain that same attitude by focusing on and adding positive value to our life each day.

Our habits have now become our values. Our values are what determine how we live our lives. Our values are the standards we use to determine what we do both at work and at home. We use our values to judge how we are doing; are we successful, are we leading a good life, are we where we want to be.

My values will not be the same as yours, nor should they be. We may have similar values but it is not important rather they are the same. Each person arrives at, and determines, their values from their own life experiences.

“Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”

Our values are important because they will flavor everything you do, every decision you make, not only for you but for your family. Your values will be the image you project out into the world. People will judge you by your values. Where you decide to work and rather you are successful at work, and elsewhere, will be determined by your values.

Can you change your values ? Certainly, but it is not an easy thing to do. Your values are probably the same or very similar to your parents. That is usually what happens and then we may adjust them as we have new life experiences.

Depending on your age you will probably have been exposed to many different things than your parents were. It is a rapidly changing world, so it stands to reason that you may have a different way of looking at things then they did. Will that affect your values ? Possibly. If so, it may be a slow process and that may the best approach.

Whatever you do in life, what type of work you do, where you live, the activities you participate in and the amount of money you have and how you spend it, or don’t, all reflect your values. At the end of your life ,and you look back, how will you feel about your life ? That will be determined by your values.

Choose wisely because our values and how they guide our life are our destiny. Make it a good one.

As always, Thank you for reading my blog. “Wake Up and Live”.

Posted in Motivation, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Improvement

Happiness – Do You Hold The Key ?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”– John Lennon

When I started writing my blog I had the purpose of assessing my life, looking back at what I had done and also looking forward to what I still want to do. Life is short and I do not think we truly appreciate that until we are a little older. We are not mindful.

We are too busy living our life to step back and appreciate it. What a gift ! There is so much joy available in virtually most any experience. The simple things that are there everyday if we would just slow down a little bit. To me it is like Spring, that wonderful season when everything is new and fresh. The “greening effect” of the buds on the trees, flowers popping out of the ground, the sound of a Robin, the “peepers” sounding by the pond. Glorious !

All those things make me happy and there are so many other common everyday things like my first cup of coffee and the second cup in late afternoon. My cat waking me in the morning and then leading me to the outdoors to start my day. My happy little dog who always brings me something he loves; one of his balls, a worn, chewed stuffed animal or his favorite squeaky.

Hearing the voices of my children and the wonderful “little” voice of my grandson. My teenage granddaughter who offers me so much hope for the world watching her grow and mature. See her forming her opinions and values and developing her wonderful artistic talents.

So why do we have a “problem” being happy ? We all have bad days and that is understandable. We work hard and we get tired. Something will happen that is discouraging and ,yes, bad things do happen. The loss of a good friend, an accident and someone is injured, you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with cancer. Just turning on the nightly news can be disheartening.

But why are we not happy with our day to day life, when it is not filled with the real bad stuff, but just those ordinary days. We get up, we have breakfast, everyone goes off to work or school, we come home, spend time together and then it’s time to go to bed. Those kinds of days, normal days. The feel good days that we take for granted.

When someone asks how are you and you want to answer honestly and tell them you are depressed, you are not happy, you feel lousy, life sucks. Do you even know why you feel like that ? Sometimes we wake up that way. You did not sleep well and you are tired but what is the real reason behind it.

Sometimes I think we expect too much or we try too hard. Everyone has expectations of how you will feel when you finish doing something; like planning a vacation or completing a big assignment at school or work. When you are home from vacation or you have completed that assignment you expect to feel good, really good, and then you don’t.

Kind of like the Peggy Lee song from 1969, “Is That All There Is?”.
https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858823646/

So what can we do to be happy ? I think it is possible to change our way of thinking about what we do each day and to adjust our way of doing things, change our perspective. Some refer to this as mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

I read an article by Paige Oldham for Simplemindfulness;
https://www.simplemindfulness.com/how-to-set-goals-that-will-increase-your-happiness/ . A great article which I recommend reading.

I really like how she expressed it, ” Living authentically and intentionally, doing what we love, and expressing our feelings with the people we love – these are the most common things people deny themselves of throughout their lives. ”

So how do we practice Mindfulness ? Like with most important things you have done in the past, or what you perceived as important enough at the time to put in the effort, you make a plan and you set goals and you form new habits.

First things first though, you have to decide what is important. What do you value, what makes you feel good, and at the end of the day you know it helped you feel happy ? I go back to those simple things in life that make you feel good and add value to your life. The things we usually take for granted.

If you are working there will be decisions to be made so you can balance your work and your happiness. Learn to schedule in little breaks whenever possible to do something that will bring joy and alleviate stress. Get up from your work area and move around, get some coffee, read a quote that makes you feel good, look at pictures of your family, make a quick call home. There are many things you can do to relax even when doing an important task at work. When in doubt just smile; it will make you feel better.

Whenever possible take a moment to do a mental scan of how you feel. Close your eyes and slowly think about each part of you. Are you relaxed ? Are you clasping your hands tightly in a fist, does your neck or any part of your body feel tight ? If the answer is yes then you are showing signs of tension or stress. Do an evaluation of what you were doing that made you feel that way. By doing so you are learning more about what causes you stress and you can look for ways to change.

I like to write things down. Make a daily journal about your day and how you feel. Make a list of what you do each day and break it down into pros and cons. Decide what it is that makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad. Then think about what, and how, you can change. Decide how you can spend more time doing what makes you feel good and how you can eliminate those things you spend time on that really do not help you or that make you feel bad. Make it a habit to once a week take some quiet time, read your journal for that week, and keep working on your plan.

We all push ourselves to move forward and make ourselves better and to make a better life for our families. Is that important ? Yes, of course, it is. But at what cost ? There is a balance that we have to learn and most of us ignore. There may be something in our subconscious mind that tries to tell us that we are out of sync but we usually ignore it and keep pushing forward. We are not being mindful.

We are competitive beasts and we always want more and that has become quite normal. Many people when they retire have a problem dealing with the changes retirement brings because they no longer have anything to strive for. They never learned to have a balance in their life and now they have nothing to turn to except maybe regret. They come to realize that what they had worked so hard for did not have the value they had thought. At the end they may ask, “Is That All There Is?


Learn to live in the present. Learn Mindfulness.

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a great “mindful” day.