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Look for crumbs of joy, and trust them

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

“… the universe is constantly trying to use your JOY as a way of communicating your destiny to you. If you feel a hint of joy, that means you’re on the right track. If not, you’re going in the wrong direction. The scattered moments of joy that you feel in your life are meant to be clues: THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING; THIS IS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WITH; THIS IS HOW YOU ARE MEANT TO FEEL.

… if we refuse to seek joy, believe in joy, trust joy, and follow our JOY — then the universe will resort to using suffering and pain to try to get our attention…but God would really rather communicate your destiny to you through joy. So try that first.

Look for crumbs of joy, and trust them.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Read more here:
I want my joy back – Elizabeth Gilbert

Thanks Liz.

Home is where the heart is

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Wrong planet, John Carter?  It’s alright, I suppose, as long as he found it at last.

Joe Dominguez – Your Money or Your Life

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

 

Joe Dominguez, 58, Championed A Simple and Frugal Life Style

By CAREY GOLDBERG
Published: January 27, 1997

Joe Dominguez, a pioneering author and speaker in the Voluntary Simplicity movement, who urged Americans to relearn the lost art of saving money and to cut their profligate consumption, died of cancer on Jan. 11. He was 58.

Mr. Dominguez and his partner, Vicki Robin, wrote ”Your Money or Your Life” (Viking, 1992), a blueprint for personal finances that has touted frugality to more than 600,000 readers.

If people paid more attention to how they spent money, they could spend less, it contended; if they spent less they could work less; and if they worked less they could focus on things that meant more to them than accumulating possessions. The authors spoke at hundreds of ”Financial Independence” workshops and founded the New Road Map Foundation in Seattle to spread their ideas.

A warm, comical man, Mr. Dominguez acted as a living example of the frugality he espoused. After growing up in Harlem, he went on to earn a plump salary as a stock analyst on Wall Street, but retired at age 31 with a nest egg of about $100,000. For the rest of his life, he lived on the interest, about $6,000 a year. He avoided buying on credit, he bargain-hunted and he bought only what he truly needed. He devoted his time to the foundation and public service.

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/27/us/joe-dominguez-58-championed-a-simple-and-frugal-life-style.html

Portrait of the Artist

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

In the end, we arrive at a kind of model of the artist’s world, and that model is that there exist other, higher planes of reality, about which we can prove nothing, but from which arise our lives, our work, and our art.  These spheres are trying to communicate with ours.  When Blake said Eternity is in love with creations of time, he was referring to those planes of pure potential, which are timeless, placeless, spaceless, but which long to bring their visions into being here, in this timebound, space-defined world.

The artist is the servant of that intention, those angels, that Muse.  The enemy of the artist is the small-time Ego, which begets Resistance, which is the dragon that guards the gold.  That’s why an artist must be a warrior and, like all warriors, artists over time acquire modesty and humility.  They may, some of them, conduct themselves flamboyantly in public.  But alone with their work they are chaste and humble.  They know they are not the source of the creations they bring into being.  They only facilitate.  They carry.  They are the willing and skilled instruments of the gods and goddesses they serve.

—  Taken from “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

The Artist’s Life

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Are you a born writer ? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace ? In the end the question can only be answered in action.

Do or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way.  If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself.  You hurt your children.  You hurt me.  You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along the path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.  It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got.

—  Taken from “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

High speed learning from Grand Prix driving

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

You are driving too slowly. I want you to go faster.

I want you to go fast because speed will burn that fear out of you. Your fear keeps you stuck. You get up to your fear and then back off on the throttle. Your fear is still driving the car. That is why, when you get up to the fear, I want you to go full throttle.

You have to trust that there is a Grand Prix driver inside you. If you don’t go fast, you’ll never meet the driver inside you. I want you to push yourself, push that throttle, so the driver in you comes forward and takes over the car. If I let you go slowly, the coward in you is still driving the car. There is only one way the professional driver can come out and that is by pushing hard on the accelerator. When you go to full throttle, you have to trust that the professional racecar driver in you will take over.

Except taken from “Before you quit your job” by Robert Kiyosaki

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

“If you are not doing as well as you’d like, all that means is there’s something you don’t know.”

“The goal of creating wealth is not primarily to have a lot of money.  The goal of creating wealth is to help you grow yourself into the best person you can possibly be.”

“Every master was once a disaster.”

“To get paid the best, you must be the best.”

—  T. Harv Eker, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

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