Saturday, October 25, 2014

Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart--Here's How...

My only request, here at the beginning, is that you read these words with an open mind and an open heart.

Go back in time with me...

The year is 1900. Only about 30 percent of Americans owned their homes in 1900, compared to 70 percent today. And those homes weren’t much. Typically, they were unheated, crowded farmhouses or rundown tenements. Less than three percent of them had electricity; fewer than one in five had running water, flushing toilets, or central heating. Most Americans cooked on wood burning stoves and read, if they could read, by the dim light of kerosene lanterns. 

Working conditions were terrible. In 1900 boys typically went to work at age 14 and kept working—an average of 60 hours a week—until they died. No paid vacations, no guarantees of job safety, no job security, no retirement plans, no health care, no Social Security. Pay was low, averaging less than $4800 in today’s dollars compared to an average of about $32,000 currently. And you know how hard it can be to live on even that amount.

Women rarely worked outside the home at the dawn of the 20th century and they couldn’t vote. In 1900 almost half of the income had to go for food compared to about 10 percent today. Infant mortality was high, even in the upper classes.
In 1900 there were fewer than 5000 millionaires in the US. Today, there are more than eight million, and even 269 billionaires, two and a half times that of Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Britain combined.

A child born in 1900 had 60 percent chance of completing grade school and if they stayed in school, they only went to 8th grade. Fewer than one in four graduated from high school and only the very wealthy went to college.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Creating Jobs: How the 1% (One Percent) Can Actually Help...And Benefit in the Process

(Guest Article)

"To die rich is to have lived in vain."    
J. Krishnamurti

I saw a news story recently about a very wealthy person who was donating $500,000 in order for a school to be able to buy the steel needed for its reconstruction. It struck me as both kind and savvy.

You One Per Centers, the folks that the Occupy Movement is seeking to reach, here's how you could become very big in their eyes. Instead of constantly trying to increase your holdings, take those holdings and rebuild the communities that have provided you with the means and methods to build your little empire in the first place. Take some of that money or that land and give it to the schools, the libraries, and other civic institutions than cannot survive without your help. Provide jobs, help the homeless, make sure kids are fed, receive medical help, and education.

Damn it! Quit hoarding. It's a sickness. And it's a sickness that you can cure. Plus, you will set an example for those confused and chaotic members of Congress who just can't seem to get it together.

This isn't socialism. This is people helping people. It's providing jobs so that the people can once again contribute to the good of society.

You don't have to wait for the state or federal governments to act. You can start now. Just like the person who provided the steel to the school, search your heart and see how good your wealth can really be.

It sure isn't helping anyone by sitting in banks, stocks, and other illusory profit makers. And if you don't, there's a good chance your world will crumble along with everyone else's.

It's on your shoulders. Do the right thing. Spread the wealth.

You may well be the biggest winner!

Monday, October 20, 2014

WAAAAAA! Why Self Pity Is Your Greatest Roadblock--In Business, In Relationships, In Life

Here's lookin' atcha!

You might get a little bitchy after you read this (I hope)...

Poor me. I just can’t seem to get what I want. Things just don’t work out for me. I have had this consistent run of bad luck. I try and I try. Still, it seems God has it in for me. What the hell did I ever do to deserve all this mess?? Then, I read all the self-help and spiritual crap and they promise all the goodies. (Some don’t; they tell me material prosperity is a bad thing. Screw them. I want the material stuff anyway.) I do affirmations and I visualize a little. Still no change. Then the economy takes a nosedive, the weather is awful, people are rude, traffic is, well, traffic. There doesn’t seem to be any way out. I’m too fat; too sore; too scared. (Too lazy?)
Blah, blah, blah.
I call the above whiny, complainy garbage The Velcro Effect. It’s like you have this patch of Velcro on your forehead and the connector on the back of your hand. Every time some little thing goes wrong, up goes the hand, connects to the Velcro, and you walk around in a state of self-pity for all to see. And you actually think you are justified.
Bull Puckey!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Quit Worrying About How You Feel About Yourself

(Borrowed from my Hub Pages articles...)

“If I see myself today as I was in the past, my past must resurrect itself and become my future.” William James
(This is a very long article, more than 2700 words, so you may want to take it in pieces. Get a cookie, something to drink, and dig in…)
The Child with a Chunky Challenge
I am a true Fat Head. That means that even though I am not overweight anymore, I still see myself as a fat person. I’ve made the decision to be OK with it. There are those who say that seeing myself that way is not healthy. But I tell you this: Trying to eliminate the internal sense of being a fat person is even less healthy. It produces more anxiety than dieting. I know.
Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
Picture it. The year is 1954. Southern California. Cars have gotten huge; suburban houses are getting huge; TV screens are getting huge; grocery stores are getting huge. Everything in America is getting bigger and bigger—including the people. I was no exception. (You can get an idea from my picture, above. I don't seem too happy about it, either!)
Even though I was only nine in 1954 and my family was always on the verge of financial collapse, still my mother found ways to feed my father, two brothers and I the most fattening foods she could find. Her motto? “Feed ‘em full on what we can afford.” And that included cheap cuts of meat, especially hamburger, and lots of potatoes, pasta, pan-fried chicken (in lard), biscuits, floury gravies, and of course, cheese—cheap cheese. She made a kind of goulash out of macaroni, hamburger, and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce that we kids thought was the highest of gourmet delicacies. (Later, when I tried to make that stuff as an adult, I realized how awful it actually was!)

I grew up on simple carbs, fatty meats, and desperate love (Mom was fat, too). At nine, I was short and 25 pounds overweight. The kids in school teased me mercilessly. I was the ‘fat kid.’ They weren’t about to let me forget it. I cried on the way home almost every day. (I was the fat kid until my junior year in high school.)
One day, Mom took me aside, knowing I was miserable, and told me, “Son, just suck in your tummy and hold it. That way, you will look thinner.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Surprise! The Universe Likes You....

You Are More Important Than You Might Think... 
If all the insects were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, the rest of life on this planet would follow very shortly. But if humanity were to disappear tomorrow, the rest of life on the planet would thrive. Or so say the scientists.
How's that for knocking our arrogance down a bit?
There is a major difference between arrogant selfishness and a healthy self-interest. You are born with an inherent drive to survive. Naturally, you want things your way. And if you're still alive, you've gotten everything your way. Surprised?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The REAL Law of Attraction...And How to Use It

So, you've read about it, watched the videos, gone to the seminars and progressive churches...
The Law of Attraction
Well, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The entire Law can be summed up in one word:
No other 'rule' necessary.

Jesus suggested we cast our bread upon the waters. Which simply means, Always be ready to give in any circumstance

You have the capacity to share continually. And when you do, the return can and will be immeasurable. Count on it.

A bonus:
Open yourself up to receive, too.

Don't take my word for it. Give it a try, say, for six months. Then, come back and comment. I know you'll be as sold as I am.