Monday, November 13, 2006

A Better Bomb

Crayola Bomb

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with their imagination.

Robert Fulghum

Robert is the author of the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. There is a 15th Anniversary edition available with 25 new stories. I can hardly wait to get my own copy. You can't get too much inspiration, if you ask me.

Precious Gifts

This is an awesome story I came across at Emotional Freedom Technique is a sort of accupressure tapping technique that helps clear our pain and stuck emotions to pave the way for healing and moving ahead.

We all have precious gifts within us that are intended to be expressed for the blessing and healing of ourselves and others. The more we express these gifts, the more we grow, heal and experience the abundant life that is intended for all of us. The wonder of love is that it is never diminished in the giving, just as a candle flame can light countless other candles without ever losing it's fire.

So, the story goes...

"There was once a wise woman traveling in the mountains who found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and she opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked if she might give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But only a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman who had given it to him.

"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I'm giving it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. I want you to give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
-Author Unknown

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Gift of Proportion

Wow! I just opened up this e-mail from Michael Norwood, author of The 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul, and I loved what I read. This is the kind of insight that has helped me tremendously over the past few years.

Michael writes, "Whenever I think of the extraordinary Gifts we receive when
we live through a major adversity, the Gift of Proportion is
the first that comes to mind.

Surviving a major adversity gives you the opportunity to be
able to put 'in proportion' every other adversity you face.

The Gift of Proportion enables you to use your greatest
adversities as a Resource of Strength rather than an excuse
for weakness or failure.

Your roadblocks, your setbacks,your disappointments and your
mistakes, through the Gift of Proportion, all are
automatically transformed into stepping stones to your
greatest triumphs."

You can actually read The 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul free for 21 days. What a courageous thing to do!