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The Christmas season focuses on loving, giving and sharing. As this season draws to a close do our thoughts continue to focus on love or do we move our focus from giving to getting? This post focuses on the need for love to be a primary force in our life. In scroll 2 Mandino focuses on the importance of love. It has been my experience that love focuses on the giving not the getting. The expression ‘give more, get more’ has been frequently used in this course. However, I believe that if we give out of love and caring we are not looking for what we will receive in return. I believe the instruction not to expect reciprocity from the recipients of our gifts is a key indicator that the gift is what it important not a potential return.
BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE
We have been focusing on gratitude—recognition of gifts we receive. I believe these unsolicited gifts are indeed evidence of the benefits of love and giving. I am uplifted by the thoughtfulness and caring I receive from others. However, my day is so much brighter when I can add a smile to someone else’s face. So, what’s love got to do with it? It brightens the day of the giver and the recipient. It smoothes the path and makes the burden lighter when it is shared by someone else.
Haanel discusses the creativity of the mind in Week 14. Since we have discovered the power to control our thoughts, we can let this power guide us to creative solutions to the life challenges we encounter. We can use love rather than hate to accomplish our goals. We can use helping and caring as tools for success rather than blocking and disrupting someone else’s progress. We can focus on positives rather than negatives. We can view others with love and caring. We can carry the loving spirit of the Christmas season throughout the year. That is what love has to do with it.
One of the team’s major tasks this week is to turn off the television for seven days. How can I enjoy life without television? Is there life without TV? What do I use to fill the void that is left? Can I survive seven days without entertainment? How will I fill my time? I suspect that many of the first-time travelers on this awesome MasterKey journey experience similar thoughts. As a repeat traveler, the task is easier for me, yet I too experienced a void this week.
Sassy [my 4-legged daughter, small terrier] and I have been overwhelmed by the silence. There are just the two of us. So, when she is not actively pursuing her role as massive protector and guard dog, barking at intruders [passersby outside] there is nothing but silence. I have noticed that my attention now seems to remain more focused. I have fewer distractions and the ideas seem to come and flow more quickly and smoothly as I write. I seem to be completing my morning routine more quickly.
I have also discovered that I enjoy this peace and quiet. Where before I used the TV as a company-keeper, I am discovering that perhaps it was just distracting noise. Due to previous MKMMA experiences I had reduced my TV time significantly, but gradually was falling back into old patterns of behavior. I appreciate this week’s task as I now intend to schedule TV time instead of turning it on in the morning, supposedly to hear the news, and leaving it on. The following strategies help me make effective use of my quiet time.
MY STRATEGIES FOR ENJOYING THIS QUIET TIME
1. Embrace the time. I utilize the quiet time to complete tasks that require concentration, precision and persistence.
2. Plan alternative entertainment. I determine what alternative activities I can engage in to replace my normal TV time. Some that I consider are chatting with family/friends; reading; listening to music or the radio, etc.
3. Remind myself that I control my thoughts. When I view this quiet time as an asset to work completion it becomes a positive rather than a negative.
Thanks Mark J and team. As always you continue to provide experiences that shake up my life.
One of the tasks of week 6 is completion of my vision of success—my movie poster. As an experienced traveler on this MKMMA journey to self-direction and success, I am pleased to report that for the first time I had fun completing this poster. It was so much easier just copying and printing images and taping them to my poster. My first time around I searched magazines and cut out the pictures. This was very time consuming. Also, I resisted the temptation to avoid the task and use last year’s poster. I am so proud of my finished product. It energizes me and I can see its manifestation. In fact, some of my smart goals have already manifested. Below is a snapshot of my future me and future success.
Persistence and determination have been keys for me. I am a concrete and pragmatic individual. Yet, I am also a convicted Christian believer. My Christian beliefs and implementation of the MKMMA tactics and procedures that I am internalizing are working together to smooth, facilitate and accelerate my success and manifestation of my DMP [definite major purpose]. I am experiencing joy and real satisfaction from extending kindnesses and reaching out to others.
Thanks Mark J and team for continuing to provide inspiration and guidance that help me advance on my path to self-direction.