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Master Key Experience Week 21 I Live This Day As My Last

“I will live this day as if it were my last.”

I had a problem getting the message from this chapter of Og Mandino’s book.  All I could think of is that if this is my last day, I will surround myself with family and friends and make the most of today.  I certainly would not be thinking of work!  I must really be a slow learner, because I have been reading this chapter for 25 days and the message is finally clear, at least my interpretation of it is clear.

“I will waste not moment mourning, yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad.”

If this is indeed my last day, what does it matter what happened yesterday.  Who cares if someone hurt my feelings yesterday?  Does it really matter whether or not I completed all my chores or assignments?  Perhaps I didn’t follow my healthy diet. Yesterday is gone and I don’t have to worry or think about it anymore.  Thinking of what coulda, or shoulda been done is nothing but a waste of precious time today.

And then we come to tomorrow.

“Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness?  Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass? No!  Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.”

Worrying about what might happen tomorrow is another waste of precious time today.  If today were my last day would I really care what someone might or might not do?  Does it really matter if it snows tomorrow?  Do I have any control over those events today?

Then there is another side of tomorrow, those things we put off doing today thinking that we will do it tomorrow.  Sometimes tomorrow doesn’t come and things keep getting put off.  All that does is cause me more stress because then I am even more behind in things than I was today.  Do not put off for tomorrow that which we can do today.

 

“And if is my last, it will be my greatest monument.  This day I will make the best day of my life.  This day I will drink every minute to its full.  I will savor its taste and give thanks.  I will maketh every hour count and each minute I will trade only for something of value.

The message I now have is that I should make today one of the best days ever.  I will work on accomplishing more things than ever before.  I will be kinder to others.  I will show more love to family and friends.  I will make the phone calls I need to make in order to make my business grow.  I will learn all I need to know to help me in my day-to-day activities.

“I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.”

Of course we all know that for me this is all a work in progress.  I think Bobby McFerrin sums it up best.  Perhaps this should be part of our mental diet.

Master Key Experience Week 20 Dog on a Nail

This week really hit the nail on the head for me and explains why I have not been as successful at my business as I would like to be.  I am living the life I have chosen and it is rather comfortable.

I remember hearing a story about a salesman who visited a farmer.  The farmer was sitting on the front porch and his old dog way lying beside him.  The dog was just lying there and howling and whining, something like this dog in the video.

 

 

The salesman asked what was wrong with the dog.  The farmer answered that the dog was lying on a nail.  Well, asked the salesman why doesn’t he move? The farmer’s reply was that it didn’t hurt enough yet to do something about it.

That is often the problem with those of us who are in a home-based business.  The nail isn’t hurting enough.  We may whine but we are comfortable in our present state and are, therefore, not motivated to get out of our comfort zone and change our situation. Sometimes we condition ourselves to become comfortable in an uncomfortable life.  The sad thing is the longer we wait to change the more difficult that change becomes.

Everything I have done in the past has gotten me to this stage, and it is a rather comfortable state.  We live in our own home, mortgage free and really lack for nothing.  We are both retired so don’t have to live by the clock. We could live in this existence, albeit boring.

You may ask, so what is the problem?   I want more.  I would like to be able to travel more.  I would like to have a housekeeper and gardener, which would give me the freedom so I can pursue other interests and not worry about day to day chores.  I would like to treat family and friends to special evening out and vacations.  I would like to help family more with their finances.

Haanal says in 20:17, An intellectual understanding will be of no assistance; The emotions must be brought into action; thought without feeling is cold.  The required combination is thought and feeling.

What am I pretending not to know?

I realize that my feelings toward my smart goals are not quite strong enough to get me out of my comfort zone and off that nail.   That means that I have to revisit my Smart Goals and tweak them so that I have the feelings that compel me to move forward.  Just like an airplane adjusts it’s course along the way, I need to make some small adjustments to my DMP.

I realize I am on the wrong nail.  I need to be on a nail that hurts enough and motivates me to get out of that zone,  I also need to chip away a little more off my old blueprint and the cement that I have built up over the years.

What is keeping you on your nail? What do you need to do to get out of your comfort zone?  Are you even on the right nail?
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Observations on my Notes of Kindness.

I gave a note to a receptionist and just after I got Kindnessseated to wait for my appointment, she came by and thanked me again.  She said she had passed the note onto the the Office Manager.  The law of growth.

I gave a young man one of my notes and told him that if he liked the message he should pass it on to someone else.  As I got in my car I noticed him read the note, smile and then take a picture of the note with his phone.  That made me smile.

Master Key Experience Week 19 Love Is All You Need

I watched the amazing movie “I Am”. This movie really made me think about life and the message the movie of Filmmaker, Tom Shadyac tried to portray.  Shadyac interviews philosophers, scientists and others to find out ways — individually and communally — that people can improve the way they live.

He questions evolution and says Charles Darwin in his famous book, On the Origin of the Species, actually mentioned the word love many more times than he mentioned survival of the fittest.  In fact, he wrote about “survival of the fittest” twice, but mentioned “love” 95 times and about “moral sensitivity” 92 times and talked about the “mind and the brain” 200 times.

Have we got this whole evolution theory wrong? Is it love that really makes the world go around?

What does all that have to say about modern man and how we live?  We appear to worship money and all that it can buy instead of showing empathy, compassion and love for one another.  I can see why the Master Key experience is intent on helping us practice some of these virtues, especially kindness, which we are encouraged to practice every day.

Haanal 19.12 “We are in the presence of continual change, and we know that this change is but the evolution of the Universal Mind, the grand process whereby all things are continually being created anew, and we come to know that matter is but a form which Mind takes and is therefore simply a condition.  Matter has no principle; Mind is the only principle.”

Maybe it is time that we changed and practiced the virtues of empathy, compassion and love .

Mother Teresa:  “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis…it is the lack of love and charity; the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor.”

Napoleon Bonaparte:  “Alexander, Caesar. Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon Force.  Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.

I know that I really have to change my old blueprint and replace it with a new me.  I  need to concentrate on what is really important in life, and what is not important is how many things I can accumulate and how big a house I live in.  I need to evaluate my DMP and goals to reflect what is really important to me, and what it is I need to be truly happy while practicing these virtues.  My goals need to reflect how I can help others and how I can practice these virtues.

As I was out and about today giving out my notes of kindness to strangers, one woman read her note and thanked me profusely.  She then asked if this was something that should be played forward and should she give it to someone else.  I told her that I thought that would be a wonderful thing to do.  I am going to start adding a line to my notes to encourage others to pass the note on.  Can you imagine?  My goal is to hand out 1000 notes in the next year, if these notes are passed on from person to person how many people would receive these acts of kindness?  Mind boggling!

Master Key Experience Week 18 We Can Learn From Our Pets

IMG_0926It was a sad day yesterday because we had to say goodbye to a furry member of our family, Scooter the Chihuahua plus. Sixteen years ago my daughter was asked if she could look after him for half an hour.  That day turned into approximately 16 years.  He brought us joy and love for the time he was with us.

 

 

I know you are asking yourself what this has to do with the Master Key Experience.

“Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I have departed.  Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? ” Og Mandino

I think of all the things this little dog accomplished in his lifetime.  He gave unconditional love to 2 adults and 6 children, who lived in the house.  He had a special bond with another little girl, The Princess, who joined the family and had all sorts of health issues including a couple of open heart surgeries.  He was her Scooter Boy. Scooter slept with her almost every night and he was very protective of her.  He would even try to bite anyone who might try to kiss her good night. She would always bring him with her when she had a sleep over with us.

He was also my daughter’s kayak partner.

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I think of the virtues we as humans are trying to recognize and improve and I see some of these virtues that this little dog possessed:

Persistence:  We have all heard the story about the dog with a bone, well, he was no different.  Although some of his persistence was not always virtuous, like when he frequently tried to hump the cat.

Enthusiasm:  Nothing can replace the enthusiasm of this dog so happy to see you, running around with the tail wagging so hard you think it is going to fall off and of course barking, cause that is what little dogs do.

Courage:  There was no such thing as another dog or human that was too big for him to go after if he thought he had to protect his family.  Most of the time it was barking and the snapping of teeth and no real harm was done.

Specialized knowledge:  Unconditional, unlimited love and loyalty to all he considered his family.

I think it is safe to say that Scooter accomplished his purpose in this life.  I ask myself what do I have to do to accomplish my purpose?  During this MKE we are working on 13 human virtues to recognize, relate, assimilate and apply.  It is a work in progress and I hope I am able to apply IMG_0559these virtues to my life and become a better person as Scooter was able to do with just a few of the virtues.

 

 

RIP Scooter.  Enjoy life on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.