Week 22 – Living today as if it were my last

Today is the last day that we will be reading Scroll V – I will live this day as if it is my last.  Reading this 3 times a day over the last month has really made me think about what I would do if I was told today was my last day.  Well, I know what I wouldn’t do.  I wouldn’t spend time on my cell phone, on email, on Facebook, watching TV.  I would find those I love and spend every minute with them.

I would make sure my kids and grandkids knew that I loved them without a shadow of a doubt and that I would be there with them.  When they think of me, I will be there.  I will be as close as the wind whispering through their hair.  I would want them to know that we are just one dimension apart and that I would be walking with them along the way.  I would want them to remember me with good thoughts.  When my Dad died, a friend introduced me to this song that I would like to share.  It is very touching and it makes me cry every time I listen to it.

I heard a talk show host this morning as I was driving to work talk about the regrets that dying people had.  They all said that they wished they had been more adventurous and taken more chances in life.  They wished they had had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not what was expected of them by others.  They wished they had not worked so hard.  They wish they had had the courage to express their feelings.  They wish they had given themselves permission to be happier.  They wish they had spent more time with family and friends.  Wow!  I don’t want to have any regrets.  I want to be true to myself and my family and friends.  I want to be more adventurous.  I don’t want to have any regrets at all.

Tim McGraw has a song that tells us to Live Like We are Dying!  That’s how I want to live (I just don’t want to go skydiving) 🙂

During this week’s webinar, Mark and Davene gave us a challenge.  They want us to spend 2-3 days  in silence.  Really??  That is so hard in this day and age when people are working 2 or more jobs.  I work 8-5 Monday through Friday and in my spare time, I have 2 other businesses where using my cell phone or email is vital.  But, a funny thing has happened.  My cell phone has gone wonkers.  It won’t hold a charge.  I can only talk on it for a short period of time without the battery running out.  Is this God trying to tell me something?  Is he telling me to go into silence?  I don’t know….but this all just happened starting yesterday!!!  Life’s coincidences come at specific times.  We need to listen to them and see what we are supposed to be doing.  God really does talk to us…is He talking to me today?  I know I need to go into silence and LISTEN!

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Week 21 – I wrote the check

One of my best friends, Lorie, told me a few weeks ago that I should write a check for what I want at my goal and put it in my billfold so that I see it every time I open it up.  It took me a little while to make that commitment.  I don’t know why.  She told me that her husband wrote a check to himself for a million dollars several years ago.  And, they sold their business at the age of 40 for probably well over that.  I know she said they were set up for a lifetime.  They have done well – invested it wisely – and were millionaires at the age of 40.  Wow!

So, yesterday, I wrote a substantially large check, dated August 16, 2021.  I put it in my billfold so that I see it every time I open it up!  In this week’s Master Keys, Haanel tells us to “Think Big”.  In 21.19, he says, “There is no limit to what this law can do for you; dare to believe in your own idea; remember that Nature is plastic to the ideal; think of the ideal as an already accomplished fact.”  So, I am believing in that money already in my bank account.

In Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, he states to “conduct yourself just as you would if you were ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MATERIAL THING WHICH YOU ARE DEMANDING, when you call upon your subconscious mind.”  He tells the story of the creation of the United States Steel Corporation and how Andrew Carnegie gave a figure of $600,000,000.00 that he wanted for the company and got it.  But, it was told later that if he had asked for more, he would have gotten that, too!  I think we limit ourselves on what we ask or think about.  If we just set our sights a little higher, we would probably get that higher amount.  Hill also says that, “THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS TO THE MIND EXCEPT THOSE WE ACKNOWLEDGE. BOTH POVERTY AND RICHES ARE THE OFFSPRING OF THOUGHT.”

So, we really can Think and Grow Rich if we consistently tell our subconscious our desires.  We must be consistent!

In Think and Grow Rich, Hill includes a poem.  He does not say who the author is, but it will definitely make you think.

 If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will –
It’s all in the state of the mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

LIfe’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 20 – Dreams / Imagination

My word in the Franklin’s Makeover exercise is Imagination!  There are times I think I don’t have much of that any more.  Can you lose it as you get older?  I think you can believe you can because many of us are realists.  We KNOW the realities of life.  So, unlike a young child.  I watch my young grandson as he “imagines” he is in the dinosaur world.  He truly believes he is right there with the dinosaurs and controls their every move.  He even roars as he pushes the dinosaur toward me and believes he has control over whether that dinosaur can attack me or not.  It’s amazing to watch him and see his naivety.  Oh, how I wish for those days again!

But, I CAN have them!  By observing IMAGINATION around me, I am starting to see it in myself again.  When I was “sitting” today, I was imagining or dreaming of my future self.  I was seeing myself sitting on that porch swing in my new house in the middle of 75 acres.  I felt the breeze blowing through my hair.  I can SEE it!  I can BELIEVE it!  That is imagination!

As Napoleon Hill says in THINK AND GROW RICH, “Dreams are the seedlings of Reality.  A Burning Desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.  Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness or lack of ambition.”

I truly believe I have what it takes to IMAGINE anything my heart desires.  I say to myself everyday that “I can be what I will to be”!  And, I truly believe that!  We just need to open our minds, sit in the quiet of the day and BELIEVE!

I CAN DO IT and I WILL!!!

Week 19 – I am a Super Woman

I am a super woman!  I have the power within me to create the life I want.  I have the power within me to be a positive force in a negative world!  I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!

We watched a Ted Talk video this week that demonstrated how our body language could give us power or draw us in.  So, this week, I have started each day with my arms in the air and repeating that I am powerful and I am powerful to make my day a positive and effective day!  I have been using the motto of “It IS what it IS”.  I know that whatever the day is, it is! How I handle the things thrown at me, is what I make my day!  I have complete control over how I respond, how I act and thus how my day plays out!

Today is the Day that the Lord has made and I shall rejoice and be Glad in It!  The Bible speaks in several places that we must respond with Love!  We can make a bad day a good day by just the way we respond to it!  I know that I am happier today than ever because I will not let anyone ruin my day.  I will respond to the negative with positive and make my day the best day ever.

If this were my last day on this earth, I would be glad and rejoice in it!  I would love everyone around me and tell them so!  I would react positively to every negative!  So, this is the way I have CHOSEN with my POWER to react to my day, whether it is my last or the beginning of many more years!

up in arms

Week 18 – The obits

The last couple of weeks we have been assigned the task of reading the daily obituaries.  And, then we were told to ask ourselves 3 questions:

  1. What would that person give to change places with me and have one more day?
  2. Who can I let people know how grateful I am for their presence today if it is my last?
  3. How will I behave today to finish the masterpiece of my life elegantly?

Those questions bring a lot to ponder.  And, then Og says in Scroll 5 to live today as if it was our last.

I remember seeing commercials for Cancer Treat Center of America where a lady had asked the doctor how much time she had when she had been diagnosed with cancer.  He stated that we do not have an expiration date stamped on our foot.  But, I believe that God knows our expiration date and he teaches in His Word that we know not the day or the hour.  I think we should do as Og said and live each day as if it was our last.

To me, that means giving it your “all” each and every day, treating others “special” each and every day, and being the best you can be each and every day.  I would hate to leave this world having been horrible to the people around me and leaving that legacy.  I want people to remember me as the one who did something special for them, said something positive to them, always acted respectful of everyone and giving every task set before me the “best” of me.

When reading those obituaries, some of them were just that the person lived, died, left loved ones behind.  Some of them do not say what they did in their “dash”, that time between their birth and their death.  But, I would bet that most of them made some impact on the lives of those they left behind and the ones that went on before them.  Some of the obituaries have been elaborate, telling all the awards and accomplishments the person achieved.  I think the difference in those people is that they just had someone with great writing skills write their obituary.  The ones that seemed so simple may have actually had the greatest impact – we just don’t know unless we actually knew the person and experienced that person.

What would those people give to have one more day?  Would they change places with me?  I think not unless they had a regret of not saying something or doing something they wanted to do.  I think it is the people left behind that would want that one more day.  Depending on how the person died, the people left behind may not have been able to say their “good-byes”, say the last “I love you”, “I’ll miss you”.  I think THEY are the ones who would want that “one more day”.  Assuming those that died were people of faith, they have their eternal home, their eternal glory.  They are in the best place and probably don’t want to turn back.  I know I wouldn’t.

My dad died suddenly.  He just had a heart attack and fell over dead.  We didn’t have the opportunity to say anything to him before he died.  I would pay anything to have one more day with him.  But, I bet he is happy where he is.  It’s us who are not happy.  It’s been 9 years and I still grieve for him.  I would love to have that one more day with him.  To walk and talk with him, tell him how much he meant to me, give him one more hug.  But, would I know that it was his last day?  Why didn’t I do that on the last day I saw him?  Why didn’t I do that every time I saw him?

We need to tell the people in our lives how grateful we are for them, how much they mean to us, treat them special.  Then, when they are gone, we will have no regrets as to what we should have said or should have done to make their world a little brighter.

So, from this day forward, I am going to live each day as if it were my last.  I want to leave a legacy of always being positive, supportive and full of life.  I want people to remember me as a wonderful person.  I want people to smile when they hear my name.  I want my “dash” to matter!

The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?