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My Life, No Apologies

My Life, No Apologies

By: Jay

Today is my day and I refuse to sit and weep over anything that has been less than marvelous.  I do not apologize for being me—no more trying to please the world and throw myself under the bus.  I am a helluva lot more than you see.  I am more than a body.  I am more than can be imagined.

For far too long I’ve denied myself the joy of being me and enjoying all that I am.  I am moving forward with greater self-acceptance.  I am more receptive to and grateful for all the good that is now flowing into my life, every moment of everyday.

My life is precious for, “woe is me,” and promoting negativity concerning my life and life in general is cast out of my thoughts, out of mind, from this point forward.  No longer do I merely exist but I Am Alive.  I am living the life I am meant to live.  I toss out all thoughts, concepts and beliefs that have been and are contrary to achieving my goals here and now.  I focus on life; on living, living freely, richly, joyously, prosperously, successfully and all those wonderful and fantastic adjectives that describe the life I now live.

I do not apologize for being me, strange and unique as I am, I am a worthwhile individual filled with creativity, ability and talent. This is my truth and I accept it.  I am unique and spectacular.

I am living the life I choose and I choose only the positive, the great, the wonderful and all the good that life has to offer.

I am now a healthy and wealthy individual that not only shares my great wealth but mentors along the way.

I celebrate me and all that is in my life.  No longer is my life lived in complacency or in denial of my good.

Life, my life, WOW!!     

Winter Tree

Life In December

By: Jay

The end of the year is upon us.

For many it consists of sending holiday cards and gifts, weaving through crowded parking lots hoping and praying that a parking space opens up near the store or mall entrance.  Some are getting all the food and ingredients for holiday festivities and family gatherings.  Some of us are traveling to see family and/or friends for the holiday(s).  Some are staying home and having a quiet celebration.  We are all busy one way or another.

Over the past year we have all had challenges in some area of our life, i.e. health, financial, work, etc.

As we move through this “uniqueness” and range of emotions we focus on moving forward and setting goals for the rest of the year and the New Year.  It is important for us not to get so caught up in the problem that we are unable to see the forest for the trees.  The more we focus on the not so wonderful situations the more prevalent and intense they become.

Thus, the reason for this article.  No matter what comes down the pike it is how we decide to handle said situation.  We can either react or act.  The choice we make is important.  By reacting we are allowing the situation to control us; by acting we are taking control of the situation.  This is not to say we aren’t experiencing a slight panic or full range of emotions, it means we are deciding not to allow our emotional state to dictate the goings on.

So, on your Holiday To Do List take a bit of time for yourself and think of the goals you want to set, breathe, relax a bit, get focused and move forward with a song on your lips and in your heart.

Celebrate the beauty of life that is within you and let that glorious light of yours shine to the world and behold the miracle of you.

Let your light so shine…

Pax Domini,

Jay

A Walk in New York, Sept. 11, 2001, Remembering

  

Dedicated To

My Cousin,  A Firefighter

The Heroes  And Those Who Lost Their Lives On This Infamous Day 

I have just returned from a trip, which included a stay in New York City. On our ride from the airport to the hotel in midtown, we looked out across the river at the majestic New York skyline.  The Empire State Building, standing tall and proud punctuated the sunset of bright pinks, oranges and grays, its upper stories bathed in red, white and blue lights.  To the far right, in the financial district, a gaping hole, evidence of the destroyed World Trade twin towers.  As we pointed out the WTC area a hush fell over us, a usually joking and laughing group.  It was an especially sobering experience for me, a native transplanted to the south.

When I was informed of this trip I told my wife I was going to go to Ground Zero to pay my respects and pray for those who were killed, also, to give thanks for all the heroes who were and are still at this site of horrific devastation.

On my way to the office I met a co-worker.  As the conversation turned to; “Where are you going?” I said,New York City, and that I was going to Ground Zero.  Our short conversation ended with him asking me to ‘shed a tear’ for him.  My friend, I shed many a tear at Ground Zero, as am I in writing this story.

When we arrived at our hotel each of us went out on our own.  We were to meet the next morning to go to Ground Zero.

Slowly walking down 8th Ave., I felt a difference in this city that never sleeps.  The aura of this city was not the same I knew as a boy or adult.  A clear and heavy hand reached down and touched my soul that evening.  Continuing my evening walk, the street and sidewalks were empty, I paused at a restaurant with a lighted sign at the door stating dinner specials, at the bottom in large writing it read, “Donations accepted here for WTC fund,” underneath it was a pink heart, I wiped away my tears.  Yes, this city had changed at the very depths of its being.

Standing at the corner of 8th and 50th I phoned my wife to share with her my evening experiences and the dramatic change in the aura of this great city.

The next morning we took the A train to Canal St.  As we walked up the stairs to street level the faint odor of smoke grew stronger.

We passed a dirty red brick building, a two-story handmade sign hung from the windows, it read, “I LOVE NY & HEROES,” a chill ran up and down my spine.  

As we walked, each block taking us closer, the odor of smoke intensified.  The sight of ashes on windows and buildings was now obvious.

Walking around City Hall droplets of ash and water fell upon us from the window washing crews.

Blown out windows, tarps on the sides of buildings, security personnel in greater numbers; the outer edge of a war zone.

Down to Wall St.  As we continued our walk, the strong odor of smoke assualted our nostrils, ash covered buildings filled our line of sight.

Our first sight of Ground Zero was minimal.  The more we walked, the more we saw.  A clothing store with a half-open door still had clothes on the display racks from September 11th layered in a beige ash.  Windows, which once displayed glittering jewelry held black velvet covered in the ashes of death and senseless destruction.

I was oblivious to my co-workers, the crowd and the noise.  All I could say was, “Oh my God,” as we walked the fenced perimeter.  Workers filed in and out of this secured area.  A haggard firefighter walked by, wiping dust from his brow.

Numbed by what I saw I could not believe the vast destruction.  My mind and emotions were overwhelmed.  We passed fences with posters, pictures, flowers and prayers attached to them, candles flickering in the morning breeze on the sidewalks with prayer cards at their bases, all along the fenced off areas.

Standing at a barricade I leaned forward watching our flag proudly wave in the wind over the rubble that was once the WTC, tears began to flow.  I prayed for all.

Phoning my wife at work I told her I was at Ground Zero watching the cranes remove twisted steel and concrete.  To my right the remnant of a building, steel beams twisted and misshapen.  Tears flowed.  I told her I’d call her back.  My sobbing was uncontrollable.

There was a large bronze memorial statue by our hotel, dedicated to all the rescue workers.  It portrayed an exhausted firefighter down on one knee.  Candles, flowers and prayers covered the platform.  My eyes filled, I blinked back my tears.

Unkown to me at the time my cousin, a firefighter in midtown, died trying to get people out of the towers.

A Time In Life

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 By: Jay

There comes a time in life when one must take that dreaded first step to new beginnings.  It begins as a bit of a nudge and grows into a full-blown kick in the shins, should we decide not to listen or understand the meaning of the nudge and the direction it is guiding us to for our greater good in life.

No worthwhile thing in life is without risk, without girding our loins to go after that which we seek..  Yes, sometimes we have to make what we want to happen by creating the means by which our success can begin to take form and lead us to bigger and greater things.  It could mean creating a new business out of our garage or spare room, creating a demo tape or writing a script, producing it and starring in it to have our talents recognized.  It can encompass Inventing a new gadget or way of re-designing an existing product to make it better, etc.

Life is about creativity, about creating something tangible from the invisible ethers of our thought.  Life is about birthing and bringing forth a dream, a desire, to express ourselves in a positive and constructive manner to benefit the world in which we live.

Moving forward necessitates us to take chances, to risk, to initiate the ways and means necessary to achieve our goals in a positive and constructive manner.  Life will always give us hints about what we need to do if we but listen to that still small voice inside us.  We are not without power, talent, creativity and ability to bring forth new ways to our success.  If Life be for us, then, we darn well should be too!  We cannot continue to live in fear of being successful or fear failing at a venture or taking a step or two back so long as we learn along the way, which translates to success.

The knowledge we gain from life, when things don’t go as planned, gives us wisdom in the way we carry on to our goal.  Knowledge and wisdom are our partners in life and allow us to find them in the most unusual and sometimes most ridiculous ways.  Never discount a chance encounter and always listen to that still small voice of intuition when it speaks to you. 

Today, engage life and your creativity to live life anew.  Today is your new beginning; embrace it and rejoice in your new and successful journey in life.

Carpe Diem, Seize The Day, my friends. 

 Jay

FYI On Change

pca logoThis FYI On Change article is in answer to a question I was asked over the weekend, “What does it take to begin to change your life?”

It was a rather long conversation so the following is a shortened version.

“What does it take to change your life?”  This question came out of the blue and was totally unexpected.

First and foremost we need to choose, make a decision, as to what area of our life we want to change.  Is it in the arena of money, work,  or relationships – personal and/or professional?

Next we need to ask ourself, “Am I willing to give up/change those beliefs, concepts, and thoughts, I currently  hold to that are keeping me where I am in life?  “Am I willing to see myself in a new light of understanding that I am capable of change and need not be stuck where I am?”   If so, what are your goals; short, medium and long-range?  Can you see yourself at the attainment of said goals, enjoying the fruits of your labor and not canceling them with negative thoughts and comments?  Are you willing to change, to enjoy a better life and lifestyle of well-being, success, and prosperity? “Are you willing to pursue new avenues of education, seminars or other ways of improving your life? 

To change our life requires persistence, changing our perceptions of ourself, life, and our life experiences.  It is about coming to the realization that, “I am capable and worthy of the highest and best that life has to offer.”  This is the first step in changing our life and will always be the first step no matter how successful and prosperous we become.  Life always honors us by reflecting back to us what we believe to be true and this causation is seen and experienced by us, which is the effect. 

By changing the way we perceive and believe about a situation the situation changes accordingly, life is always lived from within.   Change begins within our mind with the upgrading of our thoughts and beliefs.  The results will be seen in our life according to the degree/depth we believe about ourself and said situation.  By changing our thoughts we can change our life.  Not always the easiest to begin and give those old comfortable thoughts and beliefs the boot, which have limited us but when we begin and persist, we win in the end, and life becomes to us that which we have worked toward. 

Life is for us, so why are we against us? 

Remember, you are here to experience life  and all it has to offer to further your well-being, success and prosperity. 

Smile, the Infinite is showering you with new possibilities, reach up and grab one, you deserve greater good in your life, here and now.

Jay

Remember

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Today, take time to remember the day is filled with unlimited potential. 

Today, remember there are many opportunities presenting themselves to you.

Today is your day to shine!  Be open to all the possibilities and opportunities around you.

Today, this very moment your success is being born, welcome it with open arms and an open mind.

Today is your day.  This day is filled with success, prosperity, joy, happiness, harmony, right knowing and right action.

Today, you are glowing with success.  Listen to your intuition as it guides you forward.

Today is yours, claim it for all the good it holds for you and yours.

In this very moment you are the success you desire.

Jay

2013

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Hello Everyone,

Now that we are in the first week of the New Year, 2013, and getting into the flow of things we can look back at 2012 and say a welcomed, good-bye.  Yes, 2012 had its good and not so points and some that were merely points on the path.  It is now time to take a look at what we overcame and learned last year.  Give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for all you accomplished and how your knowledge base has increased.

The time to set our goals, personal and professional, is now, with an affirmative vision of what it is we desire to accomplish, write them down, create a treasure map (keep it in a place only you can see it).  Set goals for yourself which are realistic and at the same time make you stretch. 

As this is a short note on a Friday I wish you a great weekend and know that you are and have the power and the authority to attain your goals.

Remember these three words, “Conceive, Believe, Achieve.”  That which we can conceive of in our mind as being part of our life experience and believe it is now in our life, we can achieve.  Make use of your imagination, visualize, meditate to keep focused and on track.  Keep your personal goals to yourself; be flexible in achieving your goals.  All things are possible.  See the article, Is It Really That Outrageous?

Stay well and enjoy the ride to success, health, wealth, prosperity and all the good in life and living.

Jay

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