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.

 

 

Master Key Experience Week 17 Hero’s Journey

What is a hero? “A person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities,” “Any person who tries to improve the world has courage, is a hero.”

IMG_1278We have been invited to become a hero in our world.  We all have the power within us to be heroes, perhaps just to our family, perhaps to our community, perhaps to the animal kingdom or a rescue organization.  We can become heroes by making our personal environment a better place to live, perhaps not a big hero like Nellie McClung, but a hero nonetheless.

As a young girl, Nellie McClung questioned traditional “women’s roles.” She recounts, for example, being an excited nine year old looking forward to her first small town public picnic. “I was hoping there would be a race for girls…. But the whole question of girls competing in races was frowned upon. Skirts would fly upward and legs would show! And it was not nice for little girls, or big ones either, to show their legs! I wanted to know why, but I was hushed up.”

Nellie didn’t give up.  Nellie McClung’s personal commitment to women’s rights became her political cause as well. I persist until I succeed.

In 1912, Manitoba women formed the Political Equality League to improve women’s working conditions.  To rally public support, the League held a Mock Parliament on January 28, 1914. The subject of debate was whether or not men should have the vote. A male delegation presented its case for male suffrage, and then “Premier” Nellie McClung rose to speak. She complimented the men on their splendid gentlemanly appearance, then she launched into her satiric attack: “Oh no, man is made for something higher and better than voting…Politics unsettles men, and unsettled men mean unsettled bills ? broken furniture, broken vows, and ? divorce!” The resounding success of the Mock Parliament lent energy and support to the League’s campaign. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

On January 28, 1916, Manitoba became the first Canadian province to give women the vote. Nellie McClung continued to fight for women’s suffrage in other provinces, and saw, slowly but steadily, tradition giving way to equality. What we think about grows.

How things have changed in the last 100 years.  Nellie may not have seen herself as a hero, but women today certainly see her as a hero.  Women not only have the right to vote, but they also have the right to hold some of the highest political positions in country.

How can you become a hero in your world?  Can you make changes that will ultimately make it easier for your family to pursue their dreams?  If you were able to do something, which would allow your spouse to not have to work, make you a hero?  If you could take your children on a vacation of their dreams, would that make you a hero? If you take in foster kids, cats or dogs, you will be a hero to them.  We have all kinds of heroes in the world both big and small.  What kind of hero do you want to be?

Master Key Experience Week 17 Getting the Message

I think I am finally getting it, and I am getting it from more than one source.

Give more get more.  I have decided to ramp up my kindness project.  My goal is to give out 1000 love letters during the next year.  Don’t ask me how I came up with these numbers, but I decided that in order to make up for times I wasn’t able to give out as many as I like, I would concentrate on giving out 21 cards a week, an average of  3 a day. I sat down and wrote out messages I found from the love letters website, and I found some awesome quotes from authors such as Og Mandino, Wayne Dyer and even Dr. Seuss.  As I went about my day Wednesday, I handed out 20 letters.  The responses made me feel so good.  It was an awesome experience for me.

I only saw one person read their letter and it was when I was on a cardiac ward of a hospital.  A woman, who hugsappeared to have a lot on her plate dealing with some medical issues with her husband, was waiting for him outside the bathroom.  I gave her the letter and said “I think this is for you because it has your name on it.” It was addressed to: YOU, as were all the letters.  I glanced over and saw she was reading it and then she came over to me with a tear in her eye, holding out her arms to give me a hug and said, “Thank you.”  I love hugs!

I recently watched a segment of Dr. Oz was on TV and he had a guest Iyanla Vanzant.  She had some interesting things to say about the subconscious mind and the universe.  She said we spend too much time worrying about things we can’t control.  She said your creator or the universe is responsible for what goes on in our world and in the lives of the people we love and care for.   She said we should be spending our time looking forward to our vision, and if we do that we IMG_6806will be much happier and we will attract more good to ourselves.  Of course The Law of the Subconscious Mind says that “What we think about grow” so there is pretty good chance that we will get what we think about.  It was a reminder for me to concentrate on my own goals and vision and what I need to do to make my goals my reality.  There should be no plan B or C, only our vision for things to come.