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“Life holds so many simple blessings, each day bringing it’s own individual wonder.”
John McLeod has gone through many challenges. He had a very big learning and reading disability and as soon as he knew how, he began writing poetry to cope with his situation. He would write about his own life experiences and he began to realize the real power of words and how inspiring they can be. John passed away a few years ago but he left behind plenty of wisdom an inspiration for future generations.
All of us have challenges through life. How we are reacting to them is what shapes our future. I can relate to Johns life. I had a slight reading disability when I was younger. Very few people know about this but in High School I sacrificed my lunch hours to take a special reading class. That class was another life saver for me. Because of that, I was able to read and comprehend better and get better grades in my classes. Still today I have my few grammar follies and get hung up on big or new words, only now I just laugh when people call me out or make fun of me because they have no idea how hard I worked, who I was then and who I am becoming now. All they see is the negative. Every book I read every blog I write strengthens my abilities for improvement each time. I am grateful that none of this has held me back from being a great person, trying my best at everything I do and achieve all that I want to achieve.
I have discovered just as John that each day is a new day and each day has so much to offer. There is so much wonder in our lives but we need to be open to see it. We get hung up on our big goals and big changes. We don’t realize the small blessings in life. What makes you smile, how many times has someone said thank you or how many times have you said it? Be yourself, be generous, and be grateful; you are building wonder within yourself and at the same time blessing others with setting them up to find their own wonders. We live in a wondrous world why not encourage that wonder as much as possible.
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It’s The Journey That’s Important . . .
Poet: John McLeod
Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our ‘living memory’
A softly spoken prayer:
“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”
Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life’s road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We often question and compare . . .
“Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?”
And thus it’s always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages . . .
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:
“It’s the journey that’s important,
Not the getting there!”
A lot of people these days have should buts. Looming in the rear, they really stick out sometimes. You don’t even realize how much your should but is slowing you down either. When you are walking around in public people notice your should but, and are turned off by it. You have trouble getting in the door, you have trouble attracting that good relationship, and your should but is certainly connected with your eating habits. Climbing a mountain, getting on a plane to travel, starting a new job, popping the marriage question; all things you can forget about doing unless you take care of your should but first.
Now lets take our mind off our beautiful rear ends and back on track. What I am talking about is your words and your attitude. How many times have you said you wanted to do something and it still has not happened? How many things in your life do you think you SHOULD be doing BUT you are making excuses for why you are not? You should quit smoking but, you should ask that girl out but, you should eat healthier but,you should get your foot in the door at a new job but. If I keep going with that list we are all going to be depressed.
Think about your list of thing you should do but have not yet. What has been lingering on for a long time? Why have you been where you are? The great fix is to just build up your confidence, and your level of risk taking, then just make it happen. The first approach to this is eliminating the word “should” from your vocabulary. Turn your should into what you WILL do. That alone is going to change your mindset and put you closer to your goals. You will quit smoking, you will ask her out, you will get into that job, you will start eating less and eating better. By doing so, you are mentally putting yourself there now, instead of wondering and waiting.
Use your WILL-power and leave that “should but” behind you. You can do anything you put your mind to and this is a great start by changing your vocabulary. There are plenty of other negative and unmotivating words, when you start recognizing this one word “should” you will discover many other words that are getting you no where that you are telling yourself everyday. Find those negative words in your vocabulary and eliminate them.
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“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
In my search to love everything in life I was introduced to the writing and speaking of Wayne Dyer. My new friend Tammy only told me about him a few weeks ago. He is a very well know American self-help author and a spiritual motivational speaker. Early in his career he had resisted his spiritual title only to fully embrace it later on. He has been put under fire many times for his views in writing and speaking, but I believe he has such a new way of thinking that the world is just not used to. I think he has a lot more to prove than your average speaker to be accepted.
His quote here certainly speaks true to his career. Opportunity is everywhere you just need a strong determination to go after it. However, sometimes what you want to do with the rest of your life does not seem like it will pay out to your wishes. This thought is that lack of resolve in your lifestyle. Put your thoughts of money aside and put your head down and go after what you truly love, your life will shape around that! If you really want something you will do whatever it takes to get it. If you are falling short of determination for something then your falling short of a great passion for what you seek, and maybe it is time to seek something new.
Find things in life that you really love, then you will find a career path that gives you that joy you are looking for. They say it is hardly work if you love what you are doing. The thing they don’t say is sometimes the road to what you love is hard and full of challenges. A journey worth while to pursue what you love to do.
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Now, what is the most beautiful sound you could ever hear?
This has a wide rang of answers: Flowing water through a stream, the wind blowing thru the trees, a new-born babies cry for the first time, or maybe your significant others delicate breath as they fall asleep in your arms. There are so many beautiful sounds and they are all right answers…..until now!
The most beautiful sound is actually hearing YOUR NAME !
Yes think about all the times you were excited to hear your name. As a child your parents call you to dinner. As a teen your friends are screaming for you across the halls at school. As an adult you can hear your name rattle through a room from people talking about something amazing you have done. At the doctor, Marc come on in! How many times have you been addressed by name at your job? Are you in a customer service job? Do you have a name tag? How many people have addressed you or thanked you by name? Don’t you feel a little bit better afterwards, more then before? When your significant other calls for you, when they add your name in there don’t you just melt a little?
With the same idea that we love hearing our name, when you call other people by name, you should know already how excited you get, imagine what it does for others. When you talk to people look for a name tag and use it. What is the reaction you get? A smile at the very least. Even when you walk away turn back over your shoulder and I guarantee you are going to see a bigger smile then there was before. If there is no name tag or if you are just casually talking to people, introduce yourself. Typically you can slip the name in at the beginning and end of a conversation but try to appropriately use their name throughout longer conversations. I will tell you, not only do you get a heightened sense of happiness from hearing your name, and others do too, but it is really exciting when you can feel other peoples emotions from using their name.
Our names means that we are someone, and someone special. It adds a great level of affection to our lives. It’s a security of wonder if they are really talking to you and about you. It is the greatest and easiest repetitive bliss. The same idea floods over to nicknames and married names too.
Now I know for some people it takes a lot to memorize people’s name, but that is alright. The more you use someones name the easier it is to remember. So everyone you talk to today address and speak to them by name! New, stranger, anyone. If you don’t see their name ask for it. Light up a few lives today while comforting your own as well.
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“If you’re smiling so hard you think you look ridiculous, you’re doing it right.”
Greg may not be famous but I guarantee he knows people all over the world. He is a recruiter from Starboard, the company that hired me on. I do not know if this is his quote or not but I heard it come out of his mouth! It is so true, the bigger you smile the more ridiculous you feel, but the results you get in return are something you have never seen before.
Today I don’t really want to tell you a million ways why smiling is awesome, I really want you to see for yourself:
– First I want you to walk around and look at everyone else, How many people do you see smiling. Sadly not many, even if you are on vacation.
– Now walk around with a smile on your face and make eye contact with people and see how many others you can get to smile back. It is going be almost everyone!
– Go to a mirror and smile as big as possible, you look and feel ridiculous right? Challenge yourself to go out in public looking “ridiculous” with your smile! People are going to start talking to you, people are goong to start watching you and wondering why you are so happy. You are giving out so much positive with that bigger smile and it all starts coming right back to you. I can prove this every time.
-Try smiling all day. Keep it on your mind and catch yourself every time it goes away. Your going to have fun and when you are around more people you are going to get more positive feedback.
Everyone’s smile is beautiful. When you smile you are giving everyone a fast pass to your heart. Smile so big it hurts. Move past being self conscious and just do it. I have 2 big chips in my front teeth and I have had them sense 4-5 grade. When I smile big those show big time, but I don’t care anymore. When I smile really big it gets the right kind of attention anyone would look for. You would not believe how many greetings I receive just by smiling at people. I am not afraid to smile at anyone. Smile at couples, kids, elderly, others on the road, people from across the room or just anyone. It gets to a point were it is fun and you forget your smiling. I am sure there are lengthy books out there on the power of smiling but right here in a short post you have everything you need. JUST SMILE your way thru life and watch it transform.
Happy Valentines Day everyone. How many people can you get to smile, how many peoples heart will you see today? Will it be just your sweetheart or will it be everyone?
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As some, most or maybe all of you know, I drove up to Toronto for an all day group interview for a long sought after shipboard cruise ship position. I would like to talk about my trip there. I know my blog went from posts about positivism to events of my life, however, my life has taken such an overwhelming positive direction and so many great things are happening with my life. Sharing them really amounts to share more about positivism. For the regular followers, all those family and friend that support the great changes in my life and those new to my life and my blog I thank you. What you put out into the world you get back. The more and more positive I share out into the world the more there is that seriously comes back. For me it is happening. I have looked at all these new positives in my life with gratitude, a blessing in disguise, and just plan good luck. I realized last Wednesday, those are all true but it is also those positives I have given out coming back to me. When you hear great sayings and great quote and see that they apply directly to your life it brings and chill of happiness through your body that is unmatched.
So I was heading up to Toronto for this amazing interview opportunity, I brought my Himalayan salt rock and my lucky black squirrel. I decided to make a detour to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The drive was easy and beautiful, well worth the trip for sure. So many people talk about how beautiful the Niagara Falls are in the summer, but the beauty in the winter is just another spectacular canvas for mother nature.
Now on to Toronto, found were my Interview event was then found my hotel. I checked in and went for a walk. I was on a search for a famous Canadian dish, Poutin! It is traditional fries with gravy and cheese curds, but they have entire restaurants with many varieties of Poutin, I even found vegetarian options. You name it, they are putting it on their fries. I love fries…who doesn’t? On my way to and from my glorious Poutin experience I realized I was in China town of Toronto and literally right outside the main downtown area. The diversity of individuals was amazing. Everyone was so nice. I rarely heard a horn honk and their train cars went right down the main streets. The graffiti was actually inspirational instead of obnoxious.
So comes the big day, and the walk to were the event was. I am used to the high winds and arctic blast and snow from Chicago so I bundled up in preparation. It was snowing heavily and intermittently windy, but all an all the walk was a piece of cake. I was wearing dress shoes the whole walk and I was actually disappointed that my socks never even got wet! I was anticipating having to dry them. Most of the people who were at the interview were Canadian, obviously! They were amazed that I walked. I was baffled, I said “Um I am in Canada right? you guess are used to this kind of weather I thought?”
The Interview event was all day and amazing. There was about 30 of us taking in tons of information and participating in many individual and group activities. It funny that I say this but I did so much research beforehand that hardly anything I heard was new information. I had hoped to convey that I was well prepared and eager to participate and nail this job. At the end we had to give a presentation to promote a product. This was a huge key to the job. During mine a very interesting thing happened. I messed up my presentation in my eyes but I just kept it going and kept it strong. Now what happened during my presentation was amazing. I was tuned in on both of the recruiters that were there and I could feel their opinions of me click over to a good impression! I actually paused because the connection was so strong and caught myself off guard. That was a great feeling for me but not a %100 you are hired just yet.
Let me rewind just a bit, I got caught up on the actually interview but the people who were there are amazing. A few people from around the world and 2 others from the United States. Sitting right next to me was a former Chicago Fire soccer player. If you don’t know I am a big Chicago Fire fan so that was amazing. Then there was a girl I had met there from Canada with a fantastic name. Her name was Geneva Hug. Yes, now you know where the title came from. It was such a unique and beautiful name, and a wonderful individual. It was a name that was hard to forget and if she sees this I hope she does not mind my use of her name! It was so nice to meet Kim Kyle and Greg Scott the recruiters, they had such fantastic personalities.
The deed is now done, the interview is done, I headed back to my hotel rewardingly stuffed my face with more Canadian cuisine all that is left now is to wait! The next morning I started my trek home. Back in the states I stopped in Michigan for lunch and check my email on my phone. There was already an email from Kim. She wrote” I am fairly confident you will join pretty fast…. Welcome aboard Marc.” I almost spit out my lunch. I was expecting to wait a week but here it is. I had to call just to be sure. I was not even home yet, she was not even home yet and here it is. I have purchased reading material and cruise company reference guides. I was exhausting even the internet’s amount of information on getting a cruise ship job. I was applying nonstop, each effort got better and better. I was networking like crazy. I punched through so many challenges in this life changing opportunity. It was long and hard, but I never lost hope. I could feel everything start to come together, I could feel myself narrowing in on success. I AM HIRED!
The support from family and friend is and has been amazing. I posted of my success on Facebook and the congratulations that came in really surprised me. There are so many people following this journey of mine it really warmed my heart. Not even my best day in the blog world can rival the attention I am still getting from all of the congratulations. I am so grateful for so much support and encouragement.
The biggest reason people go for this job is to travel and make money. Those are bonuses for me but the main reason for me was to meet new people, see new cultures of positivism around the world. Geneva Hug, though we did not say much to each other, is the start of my path to meeting more wonderful people around the world.
I have the job but the deal is not sealed, I now wait to be assigned to a ship. I also have to pass a very extensive physical examination and gather enough money to start this venture. I will figure it out and I will succeed. I have come too far to fail now but once on board a new set of challenges will be presented. I AM READY!
By the way this was the short version. So much has happened just on my trip to Canada alone. All signs in my life are pointing in the direction I am going and it certainly helps keep me going. Thank you very much everyone for all your support. Please take a little time to go and like my Facebook and follow more positivism from Up With Marc.