Week 22 with MKMMA

The following quote has been attributed to many sources. 

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

This is one of those “easy to say, not so easy to do” kind of things.

I feel that one interpretation could mean that in order to find our bliss, we need to find out what we excel in, work at developing it, then give it away.

The hard part is the self discovery, finding out what that one thing about us as individuals is unique. Whether that is being a teacher, a tradesman, a salesman, or whatever our calling. We each have our own gift, finding it or even just realizing it can be difficult, sadly some it appears, never find it. Never stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Finding our gift is only the first step, perfecting it and giving it away can be difficult as well. 

Some people are just not ready to receive our gift, they may have trust issues and will be suspicious and do not understand the concept of giving without expectation of reciprocity. They have not yet learned how to control their emotions. 

However, we understand the principle of being of service to others can be our pathway to finding our bliss.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

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Week 21 with MKMMA

This week we were enlightened to a quote that has been attributed to Albert Einstein. When I looked on the internet for the pertinent information about this quote, I found out that Einstein may not be the one who is responsible for it.

The quote in question is “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

However, as I choose to be happy, I don’t care who said it, I love it. For when we look around us, we see the miracles of nature everywhere. All the vegetation is pre-destined to grow into what is encoded into it’s genes. It gathers what it needs to fulfill it’s destiny, pulling from the Earth it’s life’s essence. Generation after generation, Ad Infinitum.

All the animal Kingdom, (as the vegetation does), also sets upon it’s pre-ordained task to become what it’s genomes have put forth. 

All this is built upon the smallest known building blocks the Atom. As far as we know all atoms have a neutron at it’s center and a valence of electrons, and a whole lot of empty space in between.

Referring back to “everything is a miracle” , it’s staggering to contemplate that everything, reduced to this level, has a connection the Universal, and doing exactly what it needs to do, exactly when it needs to do it. To follow the path it was programed to do, using it’s innate intelligence, by gathering unto itself everything it needs to become what has been destined.

So yes, knowing all this I choose to believe “Everything is a Miracle”, and I choose to be happy.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 20 with MKMMA

In the Greatest Salesman we learn to “live each day as if it is our last”We further read Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I”.

I have been reading these words, and inherently knew their value. But the meaning was really driven home when my wife recently called to tell me that she had been in a car accident. 

She had just picked up our granddaughter from her first grade class, and was driving to pick up our grandson from preschool. A tourist on a motorcycle realized he was on the wrong road and decided to make a quick, illegal U-turn over a double yellow line on a busy road. The car in front of my wife quickly slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the motorcycle. My wife did not see the illegal action taken by the motorcyclist and rear ended the car in front of her, hard enough to total our car.

My wife was quite upset, thinking I would be angry about the damage to the car. Of course instead of being angry, I was happy to know she was okay, banged up but alright; and the granddaughter was safe and sound. Our trusty old car had done an admirable job of keeping them safe. It will be missed, but can be replaced, after all, it is just an object.

 Today I grateful my family is safe. And I will embrace both of them with kisses and shower them with love.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 19 with MKMMA

In Og Mandino’s Scroll V we read, “I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?” And also, “Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.”

I have given this a great amount of thought, and I believe I have lived my life true to these words. 

However, I have a sister that has not. About 48 years ago, she and another sister were in a terrible accident. One perished, but the one that survived could never move on. The impact of this has devastated her life.

If only she could have understood that this one “ache of the heart” should not have defined her, maybe she would have had a better life.

I only tell this story to show how precious our time is, and the wisdom of moving on, letting go of our yesterdays, so we can live in the moment and not  destroy the last pages of our lives.

I do feel we should let the yesterdays go, but keep the lessons, so we won’t have to learn them again.

I’ll close with the words of Jesse Winchester, “Life is just too short for some folks, For other folks it just drags on.”

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 18 with MKMMA

This week we are supposed to read obituaries from newspapers, asking of ourselves 3 questions.

   a. What would that person give to change places with me and have just one more day?

   b. Who can I let know how grateful I am for their presence today?

   c. How will I behave today to finish the masterpiece of my life elegantly?

Profound questions, reminding us that we are each a Great Miracle of Nature, and live up to the promise and not just fade into the background.

During reading the GS scroll V, I see the connection between these questions and the real world obituaries and how if we haven’t lived each day as it were our last, living in the now, being a part of the lives of those close to us, we might just slip away with little regard from others, as if we were meaningless. 

I have also observed that these lessons are intended to help us overcome our fear of death, because when we do, we are free to live in the NOW, for we do not know when it will be our turn to pass on. So we should not waste our precious days, as every moment of our limited time here is indeed precious. Not living in the past, or worrying about the future, instead we need to focus on being an integral, positive, enthusiastic, loving influence in the people surrounding us.

I now see the real purpose of the Franklin Makeover. It is to remind us of these virtues that we all possess, but may have forgotten or pushed aside during our struggles to provide for our families, or “Get ahead”. By focusing on each virtue we are re-introducing these into the core of our being.

Never be afraid to tell those close you, I Love You.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 17A with MKMMA

Over the past couple of weeks my wife and I have put into practice some of the skills we are learning in MKMMA to help a family member through a tough time with a divorce from a 30 plus year marriage, and his sorting out his thoughts and possessions.

It seems to be helping as he calls daily for inspiration and someone to talk things over with. I have been sharing daily affirmations and gratitudes. Re-affirming his self-worth and re-building his self-confidence. Apparently his spouse had been putting layer after layer of cement over his Golden Buddha. 30 plus years of negative bias from the world without.

We have formed a Master Mind Alliance to restore his mental well being, from the world within. Helping him to understand that he is also “nature’s greatest miracle”.

Just like us, changing his subby to positive bias will take time and work. I have encouraged him to join MKMMA  this September.

The affirmation I shared with him today was Haanel’s   “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”. He was stunned, commented how powerful and enlightening it was. I told him to repeat it aloud 3 times a day.

Moving forward he will be in a better place mentally, become stronger than he realizes, and get back to being his old kind and loving self.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 17 with MKMMA

In week 15 we were introduced to the list known as the “Franklin Makeover”. Each week we focus on one of 13 virtues. In week two we all focused on the virtue of kindness. Not wanting to rely on my perception, I looked up the word, this is what I found.

kind·ness ˈkīn(d)nəs/ noun

1 the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

2 synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care; More consideration, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, selflessness, altruism, compassion, sympathy, understanding, big-heartedness, benevolence, benignity, friendliness, hospitality, neighborliness;
generosity, magnanimity, charitableness
“he thanked her for her kindness”

3 a kind act.plural noun: kindnesses “it is a kindness I shall never forget”

 

So with that info I started to observe acts of kindness for the week. I was really surprised at how often other people are kind to one another. I suppose with our old negative bias subby we forget to see this virtue in others.

I really enjoyed observing and participating in kind acts. Some are seemingly insignificant but are such a powerful influence on the positive bias, not just for the beneficiaries of the act, to all those who observe it.

While watching Mark and Dayna give the free hugs, I noticed some people were not impressed and held back. Most others seemed delighted to get their free hug, and were all smiles as they left. I’m sure they carried good feelings with them for the rest of their day, and also performed random acts of kindness of their own.  Small acts of kindness, great rewards.

By continuing this virtue of kindness we can have global ripple effects, thereby not only enriching our own lives but all lives.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 16 with MKMMA

In this month’s reading of Scroll IV of The Greatest Salesman, one paragraph hit home. Without knowing it prior to reading it in the book, I have actually been living it.

The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love”.

When I started out my electrical apprenticeship 30 plus yeas ago, I was fortunate enough to be working with a very intelligent journeyman. This mentor of the trade explained how when I was on the job, I needed to focus on the job and not let problems at home interfere with job performance. I didn’t quite get it right away, but listened to him and tried to put it into practice. 

The electrical trade can be very hazardous, and I started hearing about some of the misfortunes of others. Some had minor electrocutions, others have had electrical burns severe enough to spend time in the hospital, and a few of my brothers, we buried. Perhaps their thoughts were clouded and lost their focus.

Armed with the wisdom of this man, I put these words into practice and have successfully completed my career, and retired from this trade with all my body parts intact. 

I had also put into practice the part where I didn’t bring home the job with me. Only sharing interesting and funny events or conversations, never the complaints, frustrations or the construction language. I always felt that my home should be a safe place for my family.

Og explains further, There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both”.

How fortunate I had been that my journeyman took the time to tell me this, and I always passed it on to the apprentices that came to work with me.

Thank you Og, for putting this into perspective.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 15 with MKMMA

Chapter 15 of the Master Keys, very powerful. We see many of the truths we have been working on for these many weeks. Various laws that must be followed in order to re-wire our sub-consciousness, how we bend ourselves to these laws, destroying old habits to make way for new, good habits in order to be in harmony with the vision of our future selves.

Every time I read it, I see more evidence of how we are achieving what we have set out to do, and the means by which these accomplishments are made.

Paragraph 3 explains why I had to make 10 revisions of my DMP, and change one of my PPN’s.  “Difficulties, in-harmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require” This was my problem. It became easier after I accepted what I needed and gave up what I didn’t.

Early on, I had trouble trying to express what my vision of my future self would be. I had been expressing negative thought bias without seeing it. Thanks to the gentle encouragement of my guide, I persisted and removed the negatives and only expressed the positives.  Thus bringing my DMP into compliance with par. 21 “Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given”.

In par. 14 we read, “This leads to the inevitable conclusion that if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage”.

Now I understand, this is why we need to express ourselves in the positive, to seek out the harmony in every facet of our lives. 

Peace and Aloha, Steve

Week 14 with MKMMA

Week 14

Over the Christmas holiday we were assigned to watch and relate to one of a list of movies. For no particular reason I chose to watch Rudy, set in the mid 1970’s, and based on a true story.

What a feel good movie. Against all odds, Rudy managed to accomplish something no one believed he could. Even without the belief of others, Rudy believed in himself.

While watching this movie I observed several instances of the very things we are learning in the MKMMA. Such as the DMP, POA, persistence, ignoring the nay sayers, and visualization.

Rudy had a vision of one day playing for his families favorite football teams Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish. Even though he was only 5’ tall and weighed barely 100 pounds, and was told he had hardly a speck of athletic ability.

Rudy persisted, his DMP would not let it go. Even in the face of his detractors, he persisted. He developed his POA, and persisted.

Through the Law of Attraction, Rudy brought into play others that would help him in seemingly impossible quest. First he had to get his grades up to even get into Notre Dame, the Priest there helped him to get into the Holy Cross college. During his time there Rudy kept applying for admission to Notre Dame. After many attempts, he was finally accepted and could try out for the team. Rudy was determined to do the best he could with the physical limitations he had, he made the cut.

Rudy exhibited persistence in the practices and won the respect of his teammates. Enough so that the team forced the head coach to let him suit up for his very last game. Rudy’s family agreed to come to his game and watch him on the field. However, his team wasn’t satisfied with him just warming the bench, so in the last quarter they forced the coach to play him, causing his father and brothers to finally acknowledge Rudy’s lifelong dream of playing for Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

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