Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 from all of us at the Marian Shrine, Stony Point, NY

Saturday, December 28, 2013

No Excuses

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...it is our light NOT our darkness that most frightens us. For as we let our own light shine we unconsciously let others do the same. Don't allow fear to stand in the way of your dreams.
Watch this great short video today and please share it with others.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Does Fear Paralyze you?

Welcome to today's coaching session from MyInspiration4Life.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must out-run
the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion
wakes up. It knows it must out-run the slowest gazelle or it will
starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle: When the
sun comes up, you'd better be running!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seven wonders of the world

It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle today that we naturally begin to take some of life's most beautiful gifts for granted.

I love watching this story unfold through the eyes of a child. It's a reminder that our most priceless possessions were given to us free at birth. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Marian Shrine Community, Stony Point, NY

Every one!!

May the
Love  of Christmas spread in your heart and home. 

I am sure this will  put you in the Christmas Spirit as this is really what Christmas is about especially the last song!! 

Wishing you a 
 season filled with beauty, joy, love, happiness;

May you be blessed with the Lord's love this season and always.  
Wishing you  a sparkling New Year filled with success today and always. 
Have a blessed Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas from the 
Marian Shrine Community
Stony Point, NY

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Power of Gratitude

It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best...

"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that is present...we experience heaven on earth."



Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Land of Truth

A certain man believed that the ordinary waking life, as people know it, could not possibly be complete. He sought the real Teacher of the Age. He read many books and joined many circles, and he heard the words and witnessed the deeds of one master after another. He carried out the commands and spiritual exercises which seemed to him to be most attractive.

He became elated with some of his experiences. At other times he was confused; and he had no idea at all of what his stage was, or where and when his search might end.

This man was reviewing his behavior one day when he suddenly found himself near the house of a certain sage of high repute. In the garden of that house, he encountered Khidr, the secret guide who shows the way to truth.

Khidr took hihm to a place where he saw people in great distress and woe, and he asked who they were. "We are those who did not follow real teachings, who were not true to our undertakings, who revered self-appointed teachers," they said.

Then the man was taken by Khidr to a place where everyone was attractive and full of joy. He asked who they were. "We are those who did not follow the real Signs of the Way," they said.

"But if you have ignored the Signs, how can you be happy?" asked the traveler.

"Because we chose happiness instead of Truth," said the people, "just as those who chose the self-appointed chose also misery."

"But is happiness not the ideal of man?" asked the man.

"The goal of man is Truth. Truth is more than happiness. The man who has Truth can have whatever mood he wishes, or none," they told him. "We have pretended that Truth is happiness, and happiness Truth, and people have believed us, therefore you, too, have until now imagined that happiness must be the same as Truth. But happiness makes you its prisoner, as does woe."

Then the man found himself back in the garden with Khidr beside him.

"I will grant you one desire," said Khidr.

"I wish to know why I have failed in my search and how I can succeed in it," said the man. "You have all but wasted your life," said Khidr, "because you have been a liar. Your lie has been in seeking personal gratification when you could have been seeking Truth."

"And yet I came to the point where I found you," said the man, " and that is something which happens to hardly anyone at all."

"And you met me," said Khidr, "because you had sufficient sincerity to desire Truth for its own sake, just for an instant. It was that sincerity, in that single instant, which made me answer your call."

Now the man felt an overwhelming desire to find Truth, even if he lost himself.

Khidr, however, was starting to walk away, and the man began to run after him.

"You may not follow me," said Khidr, "because I am returning to the ordinary world, the world of lies, for that is where I have to be, if I am to do my work."

And when the man looked around him again, he realized that he was no longer n the garden of the sage, but standing in the Land of Truth.
– "The Land of Truth" by Idries Shah

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Carrots, eggs or coffee beans

All of us at one time or another have experienced a difficult situation, had setbacks, or dealt with our share of disappointment. Most things that happen to us on a daily basis we can't control and I can honestly say (with conviction) that it is not what happens to us that matters but rather, how we choose to respond.

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee Beans, which one will you be? 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christian the lion

Love knows no boundaries. In 1969 John Rendall and Ace Berg saw a Lion cub for sale in Harrods. Cramped and lonely in a small cage, the decided to bring him home.

Christian soon outgrew their home and John and Ace decided to reintroduce him to Africa. This is the story of their reunion.

Monday, December 16, 2013

"Someday" never comes

It is not discipline, willpower, or pressure from others that
facilitates adherence to a challenging course of action; but rather the
freedom to choose among alternatives, the personal commitment to a
mission, and the willingness to take responsibility for the consequences
of one's decisions that embolden the spirit.

Just click on the link below and this week's session "Someday Never Comes - Do It Now!" will begin.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time waits for no one

You must make the most of every moment you have.

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back."
~ Harvey MacKay

To purposefully bring into your life the things you truly want you MUST take advantage of every moment you have. Below is a very clever video that puts this all into perspective...sit back enjoy and share it with others.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The choices we make

This short 1-minute Guinness basketball commercial reminds us how important the choices are that we make every single day about the kind of people we are, and who we associate with.




The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.

It's up to us to choose wisely...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Attitude determines action

Each day brings an opportunity to make choices about your life, the
most fundamental being your choice of attitude. If you can choose to get
out of bed and do whatever you do each day, you can also choose to have
a positive attitude and find ways to enjoy even the most tedious tasks.
The choice is always yours. 

So sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy today's video I made for you - don't forget to share it with others!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Live like your life matters

Live Your Life with Passion, Purpose, and Focus.

As different as we all are, we also have many similarities. With few exceptions, we all have fears and desires. We all want to love and to be loved. We all want to do good and meaningful work. We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Most importantly, we all want to know that we matter … that we are special. But those “wants” can only be fulfilled through action. If we want to feel special, we have to BE special. If we want to leave a mark, we have to MAKE a mark. If we want a life of purpose and meaning, we have to LIVE with purpose and meaning.

Let this 3-minute movie inspire you to truly… Live Your Life Like It Matters!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Growing Spiritual muscles

A few weeks ago I was spending time with friends, and we were sharing all of the gifts and challenges in our lives.

As one of them shared about a difficult experience he was going through, and the process by which he was transmuting that difficulty into strength, someone shared a visual metaphor that came to her about shredding muscle.

That really resonated with me.

In an oversimplified nutshell, the way to grow physical muscles is this:

  1. Intensely exercising them to the point of trauma.
  2. Once the muscle breaks, the body heals the break.
  3. In healing the break, the body develops new muscle which is greater than what was previously there.
Growing spiritual muscles is basically the same.

Step 1:
Intensely exercise our skills of self-awareness to the point of seeing the limiting beliefs, painful stories, and traumas that are holding us back.

Step 2:
Once those stories and limiting beliefs 'break,' use the powers of Presence and Truth to heal the break.
Step 3:
Notice how our spiritual self develops a greater capacity to handle future situations, including the same adversities which we had to 'break' in the first place.

The alternative to growing muscles isn't pretty...

A lot of people say they want bigger physical muscles, but aren't willing to do the painful work to -break- their existing muscles and create room for something new.
With spiritual muscles, again, it's exactly the same.

Most people want bigger, better, more abundant lives. But they aren't willing to do the serious inner inquiry to -break- their existing limiting beliefs and painful stories to create room for Presence to fill them up with the gifts of true transformation.
It's reasonable. We are instinctively pleasure-seeking-pain-avoiding creatures. Comfort is what we seek. Most of us do not want to delve deep into our pain and be with it with Presence and Truth. Most of us just want to be rid of the pain without understanding it. The thing is, understanding our pain through Presence is what actually releases it.

Unless we're willing to break our spiritual muscles, at best, comfort is all we'll really get.

And I don't know about you...

But when given the choice between comfort...

And a truly incredible and great life...

I'm happy to shred the spiritual muscles of comfort knowing that the following growth will be beautiful and wonderful beyond my wildest imagination.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Change the World

The power each of us has to make a difference in this world begins
when each of us believes that we can make a difference.

To put it another way...everything begins with changing ourselves FIRST.

I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, "It is not fair to ask of others,
what you are unwilling to do yourself"

Today's video is a great story and captures the essence of what Eleanor
was talking about. I hope you enjoy it! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Paper Airplane

Imagine what we could achieve if we made the impossible possible?

Our new Paper Airplane movie will unleash your imagination to explore a realm of unlimited possibilities. Author Michael McMillan shares a compelling story of how a grade school science experiment changed not only his reality, but also that of his classmates, and his teacher.

I guarantee that watching this movie will change your perception of reality, too!

If you want to embrace creativity and a future of unlimited possibilities, watch it now.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Ripple Effect

When you toss a rock into a lake you see a splash and the ripples spreading out, but those ripples can go far beyond what you see.

The same is true in life. Our actions, the things we say create a ripple effect that has a huge impact on you and the people around you, even when you don't see it or aren't aware of it.

Today's video is all about the powerful impact of the Ripple Effect and how when understood and used appropriately can change your life and the life of those who are touched by your influence.

So sit back, turn up your speakers enjoy the video and pass this along so others can watch it as well. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gratitude... Moving art

I just watched an inspiring video about gratitude that I just had to share with you today. It really made me think about all of the wonderful things we have to be grateful for.

Lots of folks in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, but this video is for everyone on the planet.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy!

Don't forget to share this with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Acres of Diamonds

Right now we all live in a time of infinite abundance and a wealth of possibility. Each of us is right in the middle of our own "Acre of Diamonds", if only we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging off in search of greener pastures.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Are we truly poor?

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?", asked the father

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added...

"Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

P.S. One aspect I love about this story is that it holds two messages simultaneously: One is that we can feel abundant no matter what we have, and two, that we all deserve abundance however we define that to be.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."
-Frederick Koenig 

Denis Waitley once said, "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."

That's why I'd like to share this movie with you today...to encourage you to experience each moment with love, grace and gratitude!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What you see is what you get

To set up today's video consider the following old saying:

Two caged men looked out of the same cell bars, one saw mud, the other stars.

The key to how your life is right now or how it will be tomorrow and in the future is your ability to understand the source of your attitude. And the source of your attitude is your belief system - the way you see yourself and the way you see the world you live in.

So sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy - and feel free to pass this along to others. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Inner Critics

We are all born with a C3P0 of an Inner Critic babbling away in our head...

Constantly telling us how the odds are against us and we should just give up.

In order to get anything done we have to silence that self-critical voice. It is the primary barrier to our changing our lives for the better. That's why once it's out of the way, we can truly begin our incredible hero's journey – whether it's one of self-discovery, of changing old habits, a new career or learning a new language.

But as long as we have this neurotic voice in our heads telling us why we can't do something then we will never make as much progress as we are truly capable of.

When the Inner Critic is out of our lives (or at least silenced), we are able to fully engage with whatever program, book or teacher we are studying. We're able to manifest the things and people we want more easily, and able to connect more fully.

Our Inner Critics love to tell us that we can never learn __________

Or that we can never practice ________

Or that we'll never become _______.

Our Inner Critic doesn't really care what "blank" is – it tries to tell us that you can't do it.

"Photo-reading? Mind power? Italian? Martial arts? The Law of Attraction? You can't learn that!" says your Inner Critic. "Who are you kidding? Or even if you did make some progress it wouldn't produce any real results. You could have spent that time enjoying yourself -- watching TV, going shopping, or even some superficial chatting with friends."

Sometimes our Inner Critics are direct like that, but not always. It can actually become far more stealthy than that. Still, some subconscious or conscious variation of this Inner Critic dialogue is true for everyone who isn't living their ideal lives.

(however they define those to be)

The thing is, our Inner Critics don't want us to change our lives. It only wants to keep us "comfortable."

If we have enough food in the fridge, our Inner Critic might not punish us. If we paid the rent or mortgage this month, things are probably good (enough).

Like a baby the Inner Critic is primarily concerned about survival: eating, sleeping, pooping, peeing... Or much like our caveman ancestors who did not know how to stop food from rotting or to farm – the kill of the day was all that mattered.

But we are neither children nor caveman. We want so much more from life.

We DESERVE so much more from life.

And while we may enjoy some of the the distractions that 80% of the population embraces as a lifestyle – celebrities, sports, beer – to live that way constantly just isn't fulfilling enough for people like you and me who want, and deserve, to live up to our greatest potential.

We all want to move forward. We all want to discover what our purposes are here on earth and what we are truly capable of.

Unfortunately, our Inner Critics get in the way of that.

They have to go.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Giving Thanks

The season of thanks and giving is upon us. Giving thanks for family and friends, for life’s gifts and simple pleasures, the smells coming from the kitchen the hugs, the love, the kisses, the football!  And peace within my walls & prosperity with my palaces.

Today I am Thankful for You!  You are making a difference, whether or not you feel like you are. The way you touched someone’s life yesterday made a difference. Your smile, your encouraging word, your willingness to just be "emotionally present" with another, has touched people in more ways than you realize.

Please take a few moments today to enjoy this Thanks Giving Movie … I hope it gives you a smile.

We welcome you to use this movie in the ways that are of best service and to forward it on to those who will appreciate you thinking of them.

Reaching out to let you know … I Am Thankful for You!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Years are short

This short movie reminds us that no matter how long the days may feel, they pass faster than we can possibly imagine. It reminds us to live in the moment before it passes us by forever... 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Its the little thing that matters

Every day, every hour, every moment of your life, you face a choice. 
You can take a simple, positive action that can bring success to your
life or you can take a simple, negative action that will produce
different results.

Simple actions, repeated over time, will determine the life you lead
both personally and professionally.   Your coaching session today is all
about the "Little Things That Matter."

So sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy the session.

Watch - It's the Little Things that Matter >> 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Believe in yourself

Most of the time...less is more. And sometimes, certain things viewed in certain ways have the ability to make an impact on our life in a positive way.

In light of today's movie, I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it quite well:

"It is not fair to ask of others, what you are unwilling to do yourself."

This quote pretty much sums up what this great little 3 minute movie is all about... enjoy!

Most of the time…less is more. Sometimes, certain things viewed in certain ways have the ability to make an impact on our life in a positive way. I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it best:
"It is not fair to ask of others, what you are unwilling to do yourself."
That thought-provoking quote pretty much sums up what this great little 3 minute motivational video is all about… enjoy!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The parents creed

Live Your Life with Passion, Purpose, and Focus.

As different as we all are, we also have many similarities. With few exceptions, we all have fears and desires. We all want to love and to be loved. We all want to do good and meaningful work. We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Most importantly, we all want to know that we matter … that we are special. But those “wants” can only be fulfilled through action. If we want to feel special, we have to BE special. If we want to leave a mark, we have to MAKE a mark. If we want a life of purpose and meaning, we have to LIVE with purpose and meaning.

Let this 3-minute movie inspire you to truly… Live Your Life Like It Matters!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

The empty pickle jar

Sometimes, life can be very stressful. Lots to do, but not enough time. This 3-minute movie will put it all in perspective. It's all about our priorities and the choices we make. I'll guarantee...it will make you smile, make you think, and make you want to share it with everyone you know. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


In my many years of business and life, I realize that there are quite a few things that separate the good from the great. But, if you asked me to pick only one reason why some are more successful than others, I would offer you this…your willingness to PERSEVERE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Devastated Philipines

...Our Missions in Devastated Philippines
You can help save lives in the wake of this disaster.
Our deepest gratitude to those who have asked, "How can we help?"

PRAY! Then JOIN our Sisters, VIDES Volunteers and other lay collaborators in the midst of the devastation

Make an emergency gift to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund >>  

Typhoon Haiyan is one of  the most powerful storms to ever hit land. Communication lines between some provinces are cut and many areas are experiencing total blackout.

The seven (7) FMA (Salesian Sisters) communities along the path of typhoon Haiyan that slammed the Philippines Nov 8, sent initial reports of their situation and the emergency assistance that they are giving to the victims.
The typhoon made two landfalls in the northern part of the island. The FMA presence in Minglanilla-Cebu is along the coastal areas of the island which makes it strategic for evacuation in the event of typhoons. 800 persons were accommodated in Mary Help of Christians School.

The Sisters had packed food supplies ready for delivery in the earthquake-ravaged island of Bohol when
One of the effects of the earthquake before the typhoon.
typhoon Haiyan lashed out the country. 
Families accommodated in our school
These food supplies were then used to feed hundreds of evacuees in the classrooms of the school. The Sisters and volunteers took turns cooking noodles, rice, and canned goods. They also provided for their basic necessities, listened to their stories and consoled them. There are heavy damages in the houses of oratorians and students. Electricity and communications were cut off in almost the entire province and were partially restored after several days. A lot still needs to be done

At St. Mary Mazzarello School, trees were uprooted, electric posts fell down, and the roofs of the library building stripped off and flew away. Electricity was restored in the school after two days but a large part of the neighboring towns will take a lot more time to restore electricity. Classes are still suspended. Several students lost their houses while others suffered heavy damages.

At Mary Help of Christians School, roofs of the boys' dormitory were stripped off and flew away, trees were uprooted, and drainage was blocked causing high floods.

The typhoon made its sixth and last landfall in the northern part of this island while the FMA community is in the central part. We did not receive yet any news from this community. In Coron, the exact place of the typhoon's landfall, our Sisters reported that families sustained heavy damages to properties but they are unharmed.
As of this moment, from the news that we received, the families and relatives of the Sisters are safe but in the hardest hit city of Tacloban, 90% of the buildings were flattened. We don't have news yet from our Sisters' relatives from there.   

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The worlds friendliest restaurant

Tim Harris, owner of Tim's Place, is the country's only restaurant owner with Down's Syndrome, and the joy he gets from serving people good food carries over into his diner's most famous export: hugs! Watch, love, and share Tim's inspiring story! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

No Glass ceiling, just blue sky

If you need a "shot of inspiration" just watch this beautiful 3 minute movie that shares some of Marcy's secrets to success. You'll love the music, the beautiful photographs and, the ideas will speak to your heart. 

Phillipines Relief Efforts

Greetings from Salesian Missions! 
Salesian Missions is in close contact with our confreres in the Philippines and with the Salesian NGOs of the Don Bosco Network In working out a coordinated response to assist the victims of the typhoon.
Thanks to all those confreres, communities, and apostolates who have promoted the Salesian Missions Philippine Appeal Link on their websites, email blast, and social communications vehicles (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)!  So far over 94% of our relief donations have come thru the web. Thanks ever so much for your help in spreading the word.
We have a dedicated link for our relief efforts which is  http:/www.salesianmissions/typhoon.  In whatever way you could spread knowledge of this link would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to the communities that have already sent  in contributions for the funds and for the planned fundraisers in the various apostolates.  On behalf of our confreres in FIS and all our suffering brothers and sisters in the Philippines, many and sincere thanks for all your efforts.
PS: If there was a need for our Salesian Presence to street children in the Philippines before the typhoon, how much more will there be after the typhoon with so many children having lost their parents and families.   This video might help to show the impact that the Salesians in FIS have on street children  http:/www.salesianmissions.org/dream
Fr. Mark Hyde, sdb
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Our mission has given hope & opportunity to more than 3 million children around the globe.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pep talk from kid president to you

It's not always easy navigating your way through life...
Taking the "road less traveled" can certainly make it all the more challenging!
Whatever path you have chosen, or find yourself on right now...
This short, funny movie will inspire you to walk tall and proud, and create something that will make the world awesome.
If nothing else, we hope it'll make you and your loved ones smile!
After all, if life is a game, aren't we on the same team? 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Believe in yourself

If you believe yourself to be an exceptional person, with talents and
abilities, one who is friendly and kind, healthy and energetic and
destined to have a terrific life, this belief will lead you to set
goals, work hard, develop yourself, treat others well, bounce back from
adversity, and ultimately succeed in any endeavor you choose. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The fork in the road

Every day we're faced with forks in the road. Specifically, we have to make decisions about whether to stick with the familiar safe route, or venture off into uncharted new territories. Most of the time, we choose the safe familiar route.
And for many people, this means they work hard and play by "the rules" (whatever they define those rules to be). Unfortunately, following this process means that many people don't accomplish everything they'd like to.

(or even a small fraction of it)
It's like every time they take a step forward in one area of their lives, another area seems to get neglected...

And if that sounds like you, just know that it's totally okay. You're not alone and you're not doing anything wrong. In fact, it's normal if you resonate with the scenario above. I know I have.

It seemed like whenever I'd get ahead in one area of my life, another one would fall to the wayside. The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way.

I know because the more I step into my personal best, I realize that more of my life aligns together more effectively and easily. It's something I'm still working on, and it's improving. Still, I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Change your thoughts, change your mind

Welcome to today's coaching session from MyInspiration4Life.

We have all heard the phrase, you become what you think about.  So as long as you are going to think anyway, why not think positive thoughts and get positive results?

Everything you say, do or become had its beginning in your mind.  With that being said, is it any wonder that our first coaching session together titled, "Change Your Life by Changing Your Thoughts" is the foundation of all others?  Of course not!

We are so glad you're here...so, sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy your coaching session.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oil for your lamp

Mother Teresa said, "To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it." Most women are so busy filling the lamps of the people they love that they let their own lamps run low. Here is a little movie to remind all women to fill their lamp... 

Love is a gift

Welcome to today's coaching session from MyInspiration4Life.

Today's session is all about Love! And in an attempt to make love a little more macho I'd like to share a quote about Love from a pretty macho guy.

"I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that's love, even if it doesn't seem very exciting".
~ Sylvester Stallone 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Walk the Talk

Having values is important, but it is even more important, and challenging, to live the values you embrace and "Walk the Talk".

From family, to sports and politics, to our jobs and our communities we all need to learn to "Walk the Talk".

Let this great little movie be a reminder to us all...

So, sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy the movie


Saturday, November 9, 2013


Each morning you wake up, remind yourself that you have a choice. You
can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.
And since it is your choice, why not choose to be in a good mood? You'll
feel better and so will those around you.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Courage does not always roar

When we think about courage, it's usually stories of heroism that come to mind. But for millions of women around the world, courage comes in a very different way. It's a quiet voice that gives them the strength to go for another day.

Take 3 minutes and be inspired by this new movie celebrating the courage and strength of women just like you. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jim Carrey went from broke, unknown ...

The first time I ever heard of Jim Carrey, he was on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color." Shortly thereafter, was his movie Ace Ventura and then his career-launching film, "Dumb and Dumber."

To be honest, since all I saw was the "dumb" stuff he was doing, I thought that was all that Jim was made of.

Sure, he later went on to do a few more serious films like "The Truman Show" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Still, I saw those as being the exceptions to the rule and not really representative of the person I assumed / imagined Jim to be.

How wrong I was...

Did you know that he practiced manifestation back in the mid-1980's before it became known worldwide as the "Law of Attraction?"

Check out this video where he talks publicly about his transition from rags to riches (inner and outer) using visualization and manifestation...

On shows like Oprah, David Letterman, and more...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Just saying the word 'God'

Just saying the word "God" sends some people into a rage and others into profound peace. It causes wars and creates divine unions. People blame God for the bad in their lives while praising God for the gifts.

I find it amazing how one word can have such different meanings to so many people. There are as many meanings for the word "God" as there are people on the planet.

To some, God is personified - an all-knowing sentient being who consciously and intentionally creates situations.

(whether it's pleasure or suffering, peace or war, cancer or miracle healings).
To others, God is an omnipresent field of organizing energy which has no conscious awareness, yet all consciousness arises from.
And others don't even acknowledge the concept of "God" in any form.
Regardless of what you may believe about God...
Regardless of what you may have discovered to be personally true about God...
I think it's important to really acknowledge that God means different things to different people.

The thing is, none of this is really about God.
In this write up God is a metaphor for you and every experience you've ever had, are having, and will have.

Because each and every one of them, every thought, every emotion, every story you've ever told yourself means something different to you than it does to anybody else.

And if we can get so riled up about a three-letter word such as "God," consider how much more we get riled up each and every day with entire sentences...

P.S. Only by acknowledging how you fundamentally view the world differently from others can you develop the awareness to have compassion for those who are different from you.

P.P.S. And by "those who are different from you," I mean everybody you ever come into contact with. :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You get what you give

If you've ever doubted what difference you can really make in this world...

Then please watch this short, 5-minute movie that beautifully captures how the small things we do in our everyday lives can make a big difference.

Go on - inspire yourself with this vibrant message that reminds us...

If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own!


Monday, November 4, 2013


I don’t know what that dream is you have. I don’t care how disappointing it might have been as you’ve been working toward that dream. But that dream that you’re holding in your mind… it’s possible.

Some of you already know that it’s hard… it’s not easy. But in the process of working on your dreams you will grow stronger. 


Sunday, November 3, 2013

One Choice

One tree can start a forest,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One word can frame the goal,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,

And...one choice can change your life.

Think about that. One choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can change directions this very moment. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Finding Joy Movie

If you ever need a gentle reminder to remember what's most important in life... watch this beautiful 3-minute movie. I've watched it over 30 times and every time...I find joy!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Best video I've seen all year

And that's saying a lot because...

Right around this time of year, I always share it again. And every time that happens, everybody loves it!

Even people like me who have seen it several times and still enjoy it.

In fact, it is the most-forwarded video I've ever shared with you. :)

I remember the first time I watched Change for a Dollar...

I was only a minute into the movie and I couldn't stop watching.

I kept waiting to see what would happen next. And then next. And then after that. Then it was over.

And now I pass it on to you... :)

Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?
Follow a man as he affects multiple peoples’ lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn’t take much to be the change in someone’s life.
Written and directed by Sharon Wright
- See more at: http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/making-a-difference-videos/change-for-a-dollar/?fsid=ad947a6f77741276a14bad3e1e218486#video

Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?
Follow a man as he affects multiple peoples’ lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn’t take much to be the change in someone’s life.
Written and directed by Sharon Wright
- See more at: http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/making-a-difference-videos/change-for-a-dollar/?fsid=ad947a6f77741276a14bad3e1e218486#video
Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE?
Follow a man as he affects multiple peoples’ lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn’t take much to be the change in someone’s life.
Written and directed by Sharon Wright
- See more at: http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/making-a-difference-videos/change-for-a-dollar/?fsid=ad947a6f77741276a14bad3e1e218486#video

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Strength in Adversity

Last week's video we talked about Changing Your Thoughts...Can Change
Your Life. Today we want to discuss finding your strength when life is
not going according to plan.

Whenever we're faced with bad news, a difficult person, or a
disappointment of some kind, most of us get into certain habits, ways of
reacting to life - particularly adversity - that do not serve us very

However, what we hope you gain from today's video is best described by
this saying, "When there is no struggle, there is no strength."

So sit back, turn up your speakers...enjoy the video and share it with others! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weekly Devotionals

Weekly Verse
"Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD."
-Psalm 31:24
Weekly Quote
"We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength to do His will, waiting for the endless good which He is always giving as fast as He can get us able to take it in." -George MacDonald
Weekly Thought
What keeps us from attempting—let alone accomplishing—great things? None other than fear! No wonder the phrase "fear not" is found more than 100 times throughout the Bible. The opposite of fear is courage. But how do you get courage if you're afraid? Unlike the Cowardly Lion, it's not like we can follow the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and Toto to see if a wizard will bestow courage on us.

The psalmist tells us that there is something we can do to build our courage: hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24). There's no other starting point. It's the only thing that enabled David to face Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-51); Gideon to lead a small rag-tag army against the might Midianites (Judges 6:1-7:25); Joshua to cross the Jordan River and later conquer Jericho (Joshua 3:1-17); Peter to walk on water (Matthew 14:22-29). And it's the only thing that enables you and me to face any giants and challenges that come our way.

Is your hope in God?

Oh Lord, I do put my hope in you this day. Give me the courage and strengthen my heart so I can do something great for You. Amen.

Monday, October 28, 2013

"How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world." – Vicki Robin

P.S. In regards to the above quote from Vicki Robin...

Everything we spend money on is a silent agreement that we support it's existence AND how it came to be. For example, when we purchase blue items we are quietly 'voting' for blue to exist in the world.

Or when we purchase non-organic food, we are quietly 'voting' to have pesticides and GMOs in our food.

When we purchase books from a certain author, we are quietly 'voting' to support that author and all the messages that author seeks to bring to the world.

Then there's things like charitable organizations. When we support Pachamama Alliance, we're voting to protect the rainforests of the Amazon.

Those are a few examples.

It goes on... basically everything we purchase is our way of saying "I want more of this in the world."

That's why I'm voting to bring conscious movies to the mainstream media. :)

 P.S. I also recognize that it's not always just "black and white..."

Sometimes our choices are limited. Perhaps we can't afford to eat organic food, so we must eat conventional. Or maybe we live in an area where organic food isn't even available, so we eat conventional food full of pesticides. Maybe we can't afford to donate money to support Milton's Secret, so we share it on Facebook.

Still, the fundamentals are basically there. Usually we can do -something- to vote with our money or at least our actions that can effect the energy of money. Whether it's just one very small change... perhaps even a $1 donation to a favorite charity or conscious movie production, or to commit to just purchasing a few organic fruits, and so on.

Whatever our hearts are passionate about, we can choose more consciously to support them.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Make the unseen seen

A while back I was watching a wonderful movie, Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

There was a scene where several invisible characters are telling a girl to speak a "spell that makes the unseen... seen."

And it got me to thinking...

What exactly does that mean? In the context of the movie, the answer is simple: It's a spell that makes invisible people become visible.

What I find interesting is how it relates to our daily lives. For example...

How often do our thoughts go unexamined?

Reactions and historical conditioning drive the majority of our lives. That quick snap judgment without knowing the full situation, a moment of anger when we lack the full picture, eating the same meal day after day and driving the same path to work, and replaying the same relationship dynamics with each new partner...

All expecting different results but not really seeing any lasting, meaningful changes.

Those are all examples of unexamined thoughts directing our actions. In a way, you could think of those thoughts as "unseen." The benefits are that we don't have to think as much.

To the Inner Critic and our egos, life seems "easier" this way. That isn't necessarily true. It's just more "comfortable" to the unseen aspects of our subconscious minds.

As the scene progresses in the movie, the girl chants the spell that "Makes the Unseen Seen."

Immediately, all the seemingly savage invisible beasts reveal themselves as small, insecure, and fearful one-legged creatures. The warriors that those previously invisible creatures were attacking suddenly start making fun of the creatures... realizing how ridiculous it is that these warriors were afraid of creatures with so little power in the world.

That's exactly what happens when we take time to live consciously and examine our thoughts.

It's what happens when we stop taking the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" and the doubts, criticisms, and insecurities so seriously. We realize how ridiculous it is that we were scared of the "unseen" thoughts that used to dictate our actions, and consequently, our lives.

Since life isn't a movie, fortunately it doesn't require a spell to start working in our lives. :)

All it takes is a genuine desire to see, a map and a guide to support you in walking the paths on that map, and just a little bit (not a lot) of action.

Chris Cade

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chain of Kindness

Sometimes a good deed might seem to go unnoticed, but rarely do our good deeds come back to us from the person we give them to. It’s always from our heart that they return. This fun video represents what happens when we do something kind, but it also demonstrates what happens when we plant a seed – no matter how small – good or bad; it blossoms. Make random acts of kindness a natural instinct in your life and you’ll find yourself on the receiving end when you least expect it!

Friday, October 25, 2013


A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

Celebrate your treasured friendships today! Take a moment to enjoy the movie, Friends: The family we choose for ourselves

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life Begins when you do

Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams.

Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: “When things slow down…when I finish my degree…when I get certified…as I acquire a deeper knowledge base…when I have kids…when the kids are grown…when I get well…when I marry…when I divorce…when I retire…when I get that promotion, that raise, that job, that house, that whatever the fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life…”

Your Life Begins When You Do.

You may think you are postponing the longing of your soul until life aligns itself with your vision, until elements conspire to be more favorable...but as it happens, life just lolls along at the same remarkable consistent and disinterested cadence. Life is impartial. YOUR personal, subjective life (dreams, satisfactions, contentment, achievements, vision, fullness, passion, aspirations) begins when you begin.

From my teens into adulthood, I said, "I want to be an artist." One day I changed the sentence to, "I am an artist." My view changed. Life began. I looked behind me and saw that I had been accidentally living as an artist. I had been laying down a path that was only now visible to eyes that had begun to see. Beginning my life as an artist made my heart's longing and the small, tentative labors of my hands-visible and tangible. I began by opening the door and simply believing that I could live my dream. I began living that dream by seeing that I could.

Your purpose, that thing that among the many to-dos of your days, is what you must do. Embrace the truth of your purpose each minute of your precious life...for how very true it is that life begins when you do.

An Excerpt from Life Begins When You Do
by Mary Anne Radmacher

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rekindle your inner light

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light."
-Albert Schweitzer

We've all had times in our lives when we desperately needed a "shot of inspiration" to move forward. If that's ever been you, then I hope this short movie is exactly what you need!

Click on link below to watch.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Special Kind of courage

The primary test of courage is in the little things. Single great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of others.

The most obvious proof that an individual is experiencing learned helplessness is the repeated use of the words "I can't." To state the obvious, "can't" is a four letter word. It is one of those four letter words that you would be wise to avoid at all cost.