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Trust your inner voice

April 9th, 2014 No comments

We all have an inner guidance system and it is always more accurate than our emotions, feelings, judgments and opinions when it comes to the actions we take or the decisions we make. The question is – do you trust it and heed its guidance or override it with arrogance, ego, immaturity, ignorance or self-absorption?

Think about it – ever made a decision or taken an action that was contrary to the wisdom you felt coming from somewhere inside your self – your soul, spirit or heart? You can't always trust your mind as it is often filled with prejudice, fear, inappropriate knowledge or experiences.

One thing I have learned, but unfortunately I haven't always honored – is to trust the guidance and messages from within me and not my mind. I can't tell you how many bad decisions I have made or actions I have taken when I believed that I (my mind) knew best. Boy, if I could go back with what I have learned the past few years and redo some of these actions I could have saved myself a great deal of future pain, disappointment and heartache. How about you? Or – am I the only one who has learned something too late? The good thing is that I have finally learned it, but as a human I have to be vigilant every moment of every day to ensure I don't repeat theses earlier behaviors for the above reasons.

Where does this inner guidance come from? Well, it depends on who you ask. If you are a spiritual person it comes from your spirit which will guide you if you will let it. If you are not a spiritual person it comes from what you believe from previous experience. I am not going to argue which approach is right or accurate. The answer comes from your current circumstances. If life is working for you (and this depends on how you choose to define working) I'll bet in many ways you have heeded this inner guidance in the past. If life isn't working, I'll wager that you have ignored or over ridden this counsel.

If your inner voice comes from your spirit, evidence has shown over the years by many reliable sources that the single goal of the spirit within you is for your happiness, joy and peace. If this is true and I'm neither validating it or denying it then the spirit doesn't want you to make mistakes given the long term impact of actions and decisions. It doesn't control you, but guides you as your mind can refuse to accept this wisdom and act against it but there will always be consequences.

The spirit evidently has access to your past and your future as it comes from God (see numerous illustrations throughout scripture) and it only wants you to make decisions or take actions consistent with your future best interests, but you do have free will to act in any way you want for or against it.

I have witnessed numerous occasions in discussions with friends and family over the years where they did one thing when they knew deep inside they should be doing something different or even totally opposite and they therefore inherited some outcomes that they wish they could have avoided. Does the spirit know the future?

Don't know – but I do have an opinion which I will not share here, but in a separate conversation if any of you are interested.

The inner voice can take many forms – as intuition, a gentle inner nudging that you feel, but can't identify the source and sometimes yes, even hunches. But I'm not talking here about luck or good fortune just inner wisdom that we can pay attention to or ignore.

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
Goethe

In His Service, Tim

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The 10% Myth

March 25th, 2014 No comments

For decades motivational experts and Gurus have been heard saying "We only use 10% of our brain and brain potential on a regular basis." Well, having studied brain function for over thirty years and reviewing recent articles and statistics by a variety of well respected brain experts this simply is not true and never has been.

Let me give you a few basics first;

-There are over 12 billion brain cells in every human brain

-Each of these has over 10,000 connections to other cells

-That's' over 125 trillion brain connections

-There are over three trillion chemical reactions in the brain every second of every day (that includes while you are sleeping)

- Every cell in your body has nerve connections that directly or indirectly connects to some part of the brain.

-The brain uses over 25% of your bodies nutrition.

There are many more important items I could share, but I don't want to bore you with more statistics. What does all of this mean when it comes to brain function and individual performance?

For starters there are; attitudes, opinions, experiences, mindsets, values, beliefs, emotions, feelings, memories and mental conditioning that you received or experienced during your early years that have had a permanent impact on all of the previous items and influence them every minute of every day.

We were raised and nurtured in an environment we couldn't control, so much of what has become etched in our minds (brains) during our formative lives has little or no relevance to our current life or circumstances and yet we are still influenced every day by these early messages from parents, teachers, churches etc.

The mind forgets nothing and stores everything. Some of these memories, thoughts, experiences and words are deeply rooted in one or many of the 12 billion brain cells while others for a variety of reasons stay close to the surface ready to impact our actions, decisions and behavior in an instant.

Many people over the years have just thrown out this 10% number indicating that we don't utilize 90% of our brain or minds. As I said, this is not true. The mind is active every second of every day running a variety of bodily functions simultaneously. The human body and especially the brain is a miraculous entity and works constantly for many of us for 80 and 90 years managing a variety of body functions without our control or attention.

I've never been sure of what people have meant when they said we only use 10%. Are they referring to; emotions? Memories? Feelings? Or something else? I know, they have been referring to potential. But consider – how can the brain function non-stop and then just decide on its own that we will only have access to or use only 10%? Ridiculous. Yes, many of us can't find our keys, can't remember names or lose control of our emotions from time to time, but this isn't the minds fault it just reflects the messages we send it by our senses, observations, experience, emotions and thoughts.

Everyone has creativity, but many people refuse to accept or believe they have it. We all have an imagination, but very few people regularly tap into its potential. This isn't because we don't have it, it's because we have developed attitudes, beliefs, values or mindsets that reject what is true for everyone.

Think about it – if we only used 10% of our brain function we would have a lot more to worry about than our use of our potential, memories or feelings. Imagine how many bodily functions like; digestion, heart beats, lung function etc. would work if the brain only used 10% of its ability.

While you are reading this article you don't have to pay attention to trillions of things that are going on in your body every second. Consider – just to take a single step requires the use of over 200 muscles at the same time. Ever thought about these while you were walking? I doubt it, but the mind knows what to do, when and how without your instructions.

In summary the mind is a tool – you can use it for your ultimate good or you can use it for your demise. The mind is not a judge it will let you do either, but it does take its guidance from what and who you are exposed to in your life. It takes it all in – the worry, regret, anger, disappointment, anxiety, frustration etc. or the joy, happiness, peace, contentment or satisfaction. All thoughts that are repetitive will tend to contribute to how the brain works for you – so if you want to change something in your life you must first change your thoughts. And often before you can do this you may need to change something else in your life – who you are around, what you read, what you watch and how you behave.

Decisions, choices and actions are ultimately the results of what you have fed into your brain through your senses; eyes, ears, mouth, nose and touch. Want better outcomes – control what your senses are exposed to.

There is one other area that determines the use of our brains and bodies therefore ultimately our outcomes and this is the spirit of God (or soul) that we all have in us. In many ways this is our inner guidance system that when we permit it to impact our actions, choices and decisions and yes, thoughts, will give us better outcomes. But I'll save this discussion for a future article.

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."

T. Roosevelt

In His Service, Tim

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Enthusiasm – the key to enduring success

March 19th, 2014 No comments

We've all heard it, this phrase has been spouted for decades,

"If you want to become enthusiastic – act enthusiastic".

Well – yes and no!

Let me explain.

Enthusiasm is not an act but a belief, a mindset and a life outlook. Many people would have you believe that if you just go through life saying to yourself and others "I am enthusiastic" that this attitude will become a reality. There is ample evidence that words repeated to yourself will not change behavior. In order to change anything in your life it has to be grounded in strong belief and beliefs are developed over time through the internalization of feelings, experience and how you respond to those experiences.

Positive affirmations are a wonderful self-help tool to change your life for the better just as much as negative affirmations over time will keep you stuck where you don't want to be – however – keep repeating to yourself you are; stupid, shy, not friendly and these words will not keep you in these types of behavior. But, if you believe you are stupid etc. and keep repeating these, yes, you will continue with these types of actions or behaviors.

The opposite is true. If you believe that you are happy, regardless of outer appearances, and you keep telling yourself this – you will become happy over time. The change in behavior or attitudes is not due to the words themselves, but the combination of the words, beliefs and acting as if these things are yours now regardless of what is actually going on now in your life.

The unconscious mind controls or impacts all of your actions, decisions, attitudes etc. The unconscious mind does not judge, accept or refuse any belief. It is a neutral system that will over time change what messages it sends to your conscious mind where actions are taken and decisions are made. These directions from your unconscious are nothing more than stored information that you have over time believed, felt or experienced and it has come to accept this as truth for you.

The mind is a powerful tool that when used properly can guide you to achieve all of your dreams and desires. If you behave in an enthusiastic way no matter what is going on in your life your unconscious will come to believe and accept that you are enthusiastic and will reinforce these attitudes with consistent messages to your conscious mind.

I can't tell you how many books I have read and seminars I have attended where the author or speaker told me simply that all I had to do was repeat to myself numerous times a day "I am enthusiastic". Trust me this is very misleading and if this is all you do you will be extremely disappointed with the outcome.

In order to own a behavior or an attitude you must act as if you are or have it no matter what is evident in reality. In other words you have to act as if it were trueandbelieve that it's reality now even though it isn't.

Here's the key. When your unconscious believes something is true it will act accordingly and send various messages to your cells or organs reinforcing what it believes. So when your mind really believes you are enthusiastic guess what? No matter what is going on will not change your demonstration of enthusiasm.

You could be going broke, sick, out of work, riddled with adversity but no matter – you never lose your enthusiasm regardless of what is going on in your life. Sound crazy? Well to non-believers it is, but to people who understand the power of the mind to determine their destiny they get it and they consistently use this tool to its full advantage.

Want to change any area of your life – relationships, financial status, health, happiness or success? Then believe that you have it now even though circumstances are inconsistent with your inner beliefs.

Remember, words are not enough. You must develop the feelings that reinforce these words and continue to believe them no matter what is going on in reality. Once you can accomplish this – you can do anything. We're talking here about harnessing the tremendous power of your imagination, mind and its thoughts and potential.

If you are having communication breakdowns with anyone or someone's behavior is disappointing you or you would like to improve a relationship with anyone I urge you to order a copy of my latest book. . . Blah, Blah, Blah – see the special offer that follows;

"Years may wrinkle the face, but to give upenthusiasm wrinkles the soul."

Watterson Lowe

In His Service, Tim

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Let go of limitations

March 7th, 2014 No comments

One of the biggest factors that prevents people from achieving their dreams is their willingness to give in to self-imposed limitations that have been nurtured over the years. Some of the causes of these self-inflicted beliefs are:

- A lack of self-belief in ones abilities and possibilities.

- The fear of failure.

- The fear of criticism or rejection from others.

- A fear of success.

- A lack of desire.

- Giving in to the expectations and rules of others.

- A desire to conform.

- A lack of clear goals.

- Inadequate passion.

-The need for acceptance from others.

No wonder so few people realize their dreams in life. There seems to be an unlimited number of mindsets that can sabotage our willingness to stretch out and reach for more as we move through the days of our lives and march to an unknown drummer. I am one of the fortunate ones. Yes, many people have seldom given in to what can't be done but what is possible. Oh yes, possibly there is more they could have done if they had had:

-A better leg up in life with wealthy parents.

-A better education.

-More money.

-A career advocate early in their life

-More successes than failures during their years.

And the list goes on and on, but what is – is and what was – was. So just get over it and move on.

Many have chosen to follow the philosophy: start where you are, do what you can with what you have and don't worry about what you can't do, don't have and have not become yet. It hasn't always been easy for them to hold on to yheir dreams for: happiness, achievement, peace, harmony, balance, success and recognition – but how important are any of these – if you lack a contented heart – knowing you have done the best you could with the gifts of time and talent you were given by life and God?

Most limitations are nothing more than an internal speedometer that is stuck on: be safe, don't risk, be careful, don't fail, what will other's think, don't be different and any number of internal messages that we have been given or adopted during our life. Life, my friends is too short to live without 'going for it.' What would you try if you knew failure was impossible? If success was assured? Why wait. Get started. Do it now. You have nothing to lose that matters but, you have everything to lose if you end your life with: Why didn't I, I could have, I should have…

"Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities."

Dalai Lama

In His Service, Tim

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Don’t wait for some day

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Tim Connor

Tomorrow I will….. I am hoping that…… When things change I will…… Some day when things are better I plan to….. When I win the lottery I will….. Blah, Blah, Blah. Tomorrow is not certain. No one knows what waits around the next corner. Yes, waiting can be an effective strategy if you take daily or even weekly steps or actions to help them become a reality but even if and when you take these actions there is no guarantee that they will create the outcomes or results you planned or hoped for.

Ever been disappointed? Ever failed to reach a goal? Ever had something take longer to become a reality than you anticipated? Ever looked back on some aspect of your life and felt regret, remorse or disappointment that you didn't do something different, better, sooner or not at all? Come on – get real here. We all do this sooner or later in our life – that's the reality of uncertainty in life no matter how precise, confident, detailed and certain we are that things will happen.

Some day – when is some day? Next week… next year… before you die… when someone else or something else improves or changes for the better… or possibly… never!

Disappointment is as much a part of life as every heartbeat you get. The only way to avoid it is to lock yourself in the closet for seventy years or never take a risk, try something new or different or just wait for – whenever.

Yes, we all want better, sooner or even now (a rather idiotic life approach in my opinion) but, nonetheless millions of people around the world spend far too much time waiting for someday.

Is there a better approach than waiting? Yes, no and maybe.

Yes – The answer to this one is simple – act, do something to routinely move closer to your dreams or goals, but beware of the impending uncertainty and reality that always waits in the wings to disrupt or derail your goals, plans or dreams.

Any mature individual who has experienced disappointment uses it to grow and learn. People who see themselves as victims always blame or point the finger at someone or something else for their failure or negative outcomes.

Get it – you can't control the future and you can't change the past – all we can do is do our best in the present with the resources, knowledge, experience and guidance from others to work towards our desired outcomes accepting with poise, courage and confidence what happens using it in some way to impact a better future. Any other life strategy is dysfunctional and stupid. Life owes us nothing. The world owes us nothing. The government owes us nothing. Our parents owe us nothing. Uncle Bill owes us nothing. What we have, do and accomplish in the end is entirely up to us.

Yes, you may have inherited a fortune. Yes, you may have been handed an ideal life by your parents and yes you might be the luckiest person who ever lived but beware – sooner or later any of these benefits come with responsibility and ultimate consequences – some positive and some negative.

No – Again a simple answer. Waiting is senseless in most cases when it replaces action, the right behaviors and planning (again plans are only a road map they are not certain).

I'm not talking here about waiting in a line at a retail store or for the server to bring you your meal in a restaurant. I am referring here to waiting for the larger things in life – the right life partner, the ideal job, business success, and your health to improve without proactive actions.

Maybe – This is a tough one as many people who wait ultimately get what they want but it often doesn't look like they thought it would. Many people wait and get exactly what they want.

What's the difference? Read the two above again and it should be clear. Waiting works when we don't attach to predetermined outcomes/expectations and do what we can while we wait.

"Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future and he  
inherits his own past."

H.F. Hedge

In His Service,
Tim Connor

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Make Small Commitments. Get Big Changes.

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Taking Care of You

Drink plenty of water.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
Eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less that is manufactured in processing plants.
Avoid eating food that is handed to you through a window.
Live the 3 E's — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
Play more games.
Read more books than you did last year.
Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
Sleep for 7 hours.
Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Your Outlook

Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
Dream more while you are awake.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Forget issues of the past. Don't remind others of their past mistakes.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
Learn a new word every day.
Smile and laugh more.
You don't have to win every argument.

Your Relationships

Call your family often.
Each day give something good to others.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.

Your Life

The worst promise you can break is one made to yourself.
Do the right thing!
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
The best is yet to come.
When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
Your Innermost Self is always happy. Follow it.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Keep these rules handy and review them from time to time. Follow them and small, almost imperceptible, changes will accumulate into something big. Your life will change.

Decision, Decisions and More Decisions

February 9th, 2014 No comments

Facing a difficult decision? Expect to have to deal with one in the near future? Putting off a decision for any number of reasons? Let's talk about it.

I'm sure you have heard the phrase – failure to make a decision is to make a decision. Decision – something that somebody chooses or makes up his or her mind about, after considering it and other possible choices. The ability to choose or decide about things in a clear and definite way without too much hesitation or delay. (Just wanted to make sure we are on the same page.)

First of all, making the decision is the easy part – it's the action that must follow the decision that is often the most difficult or challenging for many people. To decide is meaningless unless it is followed with appropriate action.

People make decisions every day; to lose weight, start exercising, to learn a new skill, to clean the house or get to work earlier every day, but these are meaningless when all you do is decide. It's the action that is the most important part of the decision process.

So, having said this, why do people procrastinate when it comes to certain decisions and/or the action that must or should follow? Too many to list, but most fall into the following categories; fear of failure, fear of success, fear of possible consequences, a concern that you won't be able to handle what happens as a result of your decision, the concern for others opinions, past history of a lack of action, the wrong motives, doing it because someone else (spouse, friend, parent, boss) wants you too, laziness, a lack of discipline, a lack of commitment etc.

And, I'm not just talking here about major decisions; who you should date or marry, what career steps you should take, whether to move to a different part of the country, to buy or sell a house, to stay in a negative relationship, where to invest, but also things like; what to wear to a special event, what to say when your views or opinions are challenged, whether to initiate something – anything, what to do this weekend or what to eat or not eat.

Keep in mind that all decisions, followed by action, have consequences. Some can be negative while others could be positive and some are long term (years) while some can be instant.

The question is – do you have a decision strategy or process when it comes to deciding – anything or do you just leave it all up to how you feel that day, the weather, chance or just luck and whatever will be -will be?

What exactly is a decision process or strategy? Without giving you more information that you want, let me just repeat that making decisions is the easy part especially if you have a history of not following through on decisions. So, the real challenge is not the decision, but the will, courage and confidence to take action.

I recall my friend Charlie Jones telling me years ago – "Stop trying to make good decisions. Sometimes good decisions can turn out wrong and bad decisions can turn out right. The key is to make the decision and then make it turn out right with your actions, attitudes and behavior."

A simple decision process is; consider all alternatives and their potential consequences (you can't guarantee any of these), stay in reality and not fantasy, deal in truth and not just personal perception as perceptions are often based on many false premises, decide, develop a plan to implement your decision and make sure it includes possible obstacles, opportunities and the potential for failure, write down the plan, give it a timeline for results or outcomes, keep inspecting your actions and adjust as necessary, if you find that you don't have passion, courage or confidence in the actions then re-visit the decision.

There are many more steps and I have not delved into the details of the previous steps – the thing to keep in mind is that – if you want something to happen – be better, happen sooner, not happen etc. the key is in the actions, but you must have faith in the decision otherwise the actions will be nothing more than imaginings.

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw

In His Service, Tim

Everything Ends (on earth that is.)

January 5th, 2014 No comments

Ever experienced an ending? A relationship – a career – a business – a way of life – or any major or minor life situation? The answer for everyone is – Yes.

Having experienced a number of endings during my life I was thinking today about how temporary life is (on earth that is).

 

Last year I wrote a book (not published yet) called endings are just new beginnings in disguise. The basic message is simply that sooner or later everything ends whether a career, relationship or your life. I am not going to delve into the spiritual realm of endings as I believe that death is also a new beginning and not an ending but in this article I would like to focus on how short lived and temporary everything in this life really is.

 

Why do we fear endings? Why are so many of them so painful and why do some things seem to come to an end before their time or when we are ready for them to end? So many questions when it comes to the reasons for endings in life but let me share a couple of simple yet profound ideas with you that if you are currently dealing with an ending or can't let go of the pain from a previous ending that might help – they are helping me.

 

Endings – first and foremost are teachers trying to get us to learn one of life's many basic tenants – life is short so live life to the fullest while you can so you can leave here with as few regrets as possible. They want to teach us to learn to embrace the joy, blessings and adventure of a situation (relationship, career or general life circumstance) while it is present in our life. It wants us to learn to move into the next chapter of our life with courage, faith, hope and understanding. It wants to teach us to learn to embrace what we have while we have it – for many this is not an easy task – thus the pain of endings we must all endure.

 

Endings are a routine part of life and you can't escape them but what you can do is be a willing student as you pass through each ending regardless of its cause or circumstances. If we fail to learn what an ending is trying to teach us it is guaranteed that sooner or later we will face a similar ending that could be even more painful as the previous one.

 

What else are endings trying to teach us? It depends on the unique mindsets, attitudes and values that you have but in general I believe they are hoping we will learn to; trust God and life, accept all He brings into our life with a simple thank you and that we need to finally grasp that there is only one thing that doesn't end and that is our relationship with Him.

 

I have lost parents and many friends and peers to death during my life and only a few of them lived each and every day with peace, joy, passion, gratitude and compassion while others were wrapped up in the temporary nature and perceived value of things or stuff they owned, desired or had lost for some reason.

 

Endings are the one certainty in life that you can't avoid and if we will let them, they will serve a valuable growth lesson enabling us to say goodbye to many of life's circumstances, people and memories with poise, maturity, love and understanding.

 

The second thing that is valuable in an ending is your willingness and ability to look deep inside yourself to determine who you are, what you value, what you really want from life and why you have it or are still searching for it.

 

Awareness, introspection and self-evaluation are the only reliable approaches to changing something in your life. You can read hundreds of books, attend seminars until you are blue in the face but if you are unwilling to bring the learned concepts and ideas inside yourself for careful and thorough contemplation, the learning and the time spent learning will be of ultimate little value. All inner and outer change requires surrender, courage, persistence, practice and self-accountability none of which are easy when you have a history of opposite behaviors, attitudes or mindsets.

 

Endings can be a great source for learning if we will use the emotional pain we are experiencing to take the necessary strides forward and make the necessary effort.

 

"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

Abe Lincoln

In His Service, Tim 

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Life is Short

January 5th, 2014 No comments

As 2013 comes to a close I would ask you to consider how you feel about what lies behind you and what is waiting around the next corner.

Life is short. How many times have you heard that from a friend, loved one or total stranger? How many times have you said it? I'll bet, regardless of whether you have heard it or said it, that you didn't spend much time contemplating the words or the true meaning behind the message.

I'll also wager that you spend very little time or energy during your life contemplating these three short words and their ultimate impact on the way you live your life.

I know I have said them hundreds if not thousands of times. And I also know that most of us never ask the follow-up question – How short is it really – for me?

We're here for a little while. What's a little while? Thirty years? fifty or maybe you will be one of the lucky ones who gets to spend eighty or even ninety years learning, growing, sharing and living. Living. Why do so many people take life for granted assuming that they will have all the time they need to do all the things they want, visit all the places they desire and accomplish all of their goals and plans?   Why do so many people squander their present moments or settle in life for a less than satisfying career or relationship? Why do so many people during their life waste thousands of hours reliving previous mistakes and failures, bad decisions and unfulfilled dreams?

Why do so many people want more or better but refuse to try or choose to remain stuck?

I don't have a clue. I have done it many times myself. So, you ask, what gives me the right to tell you how to live your life?

Please know this is not my intent. What you chooses to do with the time you have been given is up to you because it is your life and it too will be very short in comparison to the time that man has walked the earth or will walk the Earth for centuries to come.

Life is short and the older you get the faster it moves. Don't believe me – ask someone in their seventies or eighties. Once you hit fifty trust me, the hours, days and years will fly by and there isn't a thing you can do to slow them down. All you can do is put as much life as you possibly can into the years you are given.

Years ago one of my best friends passed away at age forty-one. I have had a number of mentors and heroes who made it well past ninety. Who is to say how many years each of us will get? Who has a contract with God that says you will make it to the ripe old age of one hundred and as spry, mentally alert and healthy as you were when you were in your teens? No one. Each day is a gift. Each moment is a blessing. If this is true why do so many people whine and moan about the quality of their life? Why do so many people wish their life were better?  

Sure I would like to have more money, be better looking and in excellent health but guess what – sooner or later life happens to all of us. No one sits around in their twenties planning their life thinking OK, let's make sure we include divorce, failure, bankruptcy, cancer, career disaster, discouragement, loneliness and any number of negative circumstances. But in the end we all get our share of both good and bad stuff.

Life is not what you get but what you do with what you get while you are here.

Some people leave legacies of love while others leave legacies of despair and hate. Some people leave having given more than they took and others leave having taken more than they gave. What will be your legacy? How will you live each of the precious moments you were given?

So friends, live your life to the fullest every moment while you can because before you know it, it will be time to say good-bye. A closing thought – what if you had been given a stop watch at birth with the total time of your life and as the years passed you watched it count down minute by minute, day by day and year by year. As you watched the time slipping away as you headed toward zero – think you might live each day differently as the time slips away?  

In His Service, Tim

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Christmas, another word for Love

December 21st, 2013 No comments

Those of you who have been reading my weekly motivation boosters for several years know that I don't send them out between Christmas and New Years day. This is time for family, friends, worship and just sharing love with those you care about. So here is my wish for you;

It is Christmas and another word for Christmas is – Love.

It is a time for;

   giving not receiving,

       sharing not hoarding,

          letting go not holding on,

                  believing not doubting,

                           feeling not thinking.

                              forgiving not grieving,

  and it is a time for loving,

                       those who are close and those who are separated by miles,

                              those who are near to you and those who might be separated by

                                      some negative emotions from the past,

                                                those who are similar and those who are separated by

                                                        differences, those whom we love and even those who we

                                                                                  can't find it in our hearts for some reason.

My best wishes go out to each of you – that you can experience the love of your family and friends this holiday season.

And that regardless of your circumstances whether your life is filled with prosperity or lack, challenges or peace, trials or abundance – that you are filled with gratitude this season and in the years to come and you enjoy the many blessings you have been given by God.

And, that during this hurried, stressful and busy time that you remember and reflect on the true meaning of this special day.

May God bless you, your loved ones, your friends and your life.

In His Service,

Tim Connor

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