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Ok, now I’m really thinking…for the past two days I’ve written about counting friends, love, health, etc. as assets in the bank account of life.  The spiritual bank account has as much or more value in your life than the financial one.  You know how we are all always wishing we had a bigger paycheck, car, house, computer, wardrobe….  What about the other bank account?  What about wishing for more love or better health?  Even more radical, what about being peaceful and happy with exactly where you are and what you have in your life AND recognizing that these things have tremendous value?

I am challenging you to make an inventory of your spiritual bank account.  You know, like a list of assets and liabilities that you would provide your accountant for a financial analysis.  I want you to get into the details of this list.  Of course you will list your loves, your friends, your home, etc., but I also want you to list the minute details that make your life rich.  For me, I’m thinking immediately of the flowers on my patio, my favorite sweatshirt, a hot shower at the end of the day.  These things will all be in the assets column.  Now, make another column for liabilities.  This will probably be a little harder.  What things, people or situations in your life deplete your spirit?

Once you have made your columns, do a mental tally.  The obvious conclusion is that the asset column should out weigh the liability column.  The difference between the two columns is up to you.  Maybe you are ok with a 50/50 ratio.  Maybe you have an 80/20 ratio.  Maybe your ratio is 30/70.  The point is, you are defining your spiritual wealth.  You will probably be surprised at just how wealthy you are!  Even better, you can make adjustments in your life to change the percentage.  Wow, this is very liberating.  All this time, I have been overlooking the real wealth in my life searching for a bigger house and more income.  I am actually humbled by this experiment.

How does your spiritual bank account look?  Are you already a  millionaire?  I bet you aren’t far from it…

Yesterday’s blog post about the value of a good friend got me thinking…what does it really mean to be wealthy?  In case you didn’t read the post from yesterday, I spoke about considering good friends as assets in the bank account of life.  Today I was thinking about the definition of wealth.  The dictionary defines it as “abundance of valuable material possessions or resources”.  We are all trying to make sure there is a big pot of gold at the end of our lives, but is that really what you want to be defined by, material possessions?  What if we defined wealth in a different way? 

The first thing that comes to mind is love.  A wealthy man or woman is surely surrounded by love.  This love comes from a variety of sources, family, friends, pets, community, etc.

Second, I think of health.  Anyone who has ever suffered a serious illness knows the value of health.  It can’t be replaced, you can’t buy health, you can only repair it.

The third thing that comes to mind is a home.  Some where you can recharge your batteries.  A warm bed for rest, a kitchen window for daydreaming, a little garden for growing things, etc.

Fourth I’m thinking of our deeds and actions in life.  The times when you comforted someone, or you inspired someone.  Maybe you fostered a child, or a dog.  You might have been a volunteer at your charity or church.  These actions are not only for people you know, but for those who are strangers as well.  Did you help someone who was down, either physically or spiritually?  You see my point.

I’m sure this list could continue.  You probably have your own list.  What I want you to see is that a man or woman who has material wealth, may not be considered “wealthy”, because they have no love, or health, or they have negative deeds.  Start thinking about your spiritual bank account.  How would you fill it?  Share your ideas with me.♥

They say if you have one true friend in life, consider yourself blessed.  Friend relationships are no different from relationships with your significant other, they take care and nurturing.  Friends often times can provide you with support and love in a different way from your spouse or family.  They are able to see the whole picture of you and your life, as an outsider.  Their feedback and guidance provides fresh perspective.  They are also likely to recognize when you just need someone to listen or to have fun with.

I have been truly blessed in my life to have many good friends.  I have met them in a variety of ways and at different stages of my life.  They almost always carry messages for me about life.   Some of them were with me for long periods of time and then our lives changed and we don’t see each other as often.  It doesn’t change the value I have for their friendship.  I know that at any time, no matter where each of us are in life, I can reach out to them.  When we talk it will be as if no time has passed.  The value of a good friend is measured in loyalty and love, and is not easily replaced.  Count your good friends as assets in the bank account of life.  

The wings of your ambition, those are the ones I’m referring to.  Those beautiful wings you’ve been strengthening for all these years, are they ready to fly?

I am an American Idol fan.  I love watching these kids sing and perform.  What I love the most about it, is they are pursuing their dream, even at such an early age.  Some of these kids are still teenagers.  They may have a great talent or a little one, but they are all putting it out on the line for a chance at living the dream.  It’s so wonderful to watch.

It takes courage to pursue a dream and it doesn’t always happen in the way you expect or at the level you imagined.  The wings of ambition are not reserved for the young.  Anyone, at any age, can pursue their dreams.   You can discover your talent at share it with the world.  What are you waiting for?

The earth,  it sounds so scientific, doesn’t it?  It reminds me of science class in grade school where we studied the planets and solar systems.  All these concepts seemed so foreign to me, fascinating, but really foreign and far away.  As I evolve,  I see more and more clearly, the beauty and abundant gift that is mother earth.  She gives us life.  

I am from Iowa, and although I was not a farmer, my parents were farmers as youngsters.  They have what I call “nature language”.  I remember being on a walk with my Mom one afternoon as a girl.  We were walking by a field of some kind and she saw some mint growing next to the fence.  She walked right over and picked a leaf and we both smelled and tasted it.  I was a little scared, I mean she was trying to feed me grass!  After I tasted it, I was amazed.  I remember that day as if it was yesterday.  My father too has the most amazing connection with nature.  He is especially gifted with animals.  They seem to be drawn to him.  Again, it’s like a special language.

Our relationship with mother earth is so scared and life affirming.   I am always amazed and delighted when my planted seeds turn into tomatoes or roses.  We often don’t spend time in nature, we are so involved in our phones, computers and televisions, our connection is dimmed.  The connection may be dimmed, but you can renew it just by taking a few minutes to walk in the park.   I am making a point to physically connect with nature in the midst of my urban life.  Today, I’m taking a minute to give thanks for our mother earth and all her abundance. ♥

This is from the Bible of course, but I’m from Iowa and we have a lot of pig sayings!  PIG-isms…  My favorite is “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”.  For those of you not familiar with livestock, a sow is an adult female swine.  I’m not sure why pigs get a bad rap in the world.  I mean, they provide us with bacon, and for all you bacon lovers, I don’t need to say more.  Anyway, I’m going off topic.  Today I’m using swine to describe people who are unworthy of your attention, your charms, your knowledge, your beauty, etc.

I’m going to go right to it, this is my opinion and I welcome others… Why do women sleep with men they have just met?  I know the sexual revolution happened.  We all found out how great it was to love one another, literally.  I feel your body is your biggest pearl.  It’s probably a whole strand of pearls, maybe an entire ocean of pearls.  So, following this logic, are you going to share the most precious pearl you have with someone you don’t know much about?  I see you all as perfect pearls within yourselves, as women.  So, when you are trying to welcome love into your life, wouldn’t you want to make sure the man DESERVED this pearl?

Ok, I’m ready for criticism on this topic.  I know there are times when we all need some sexual healing, as Marvin Gaye says.  I just want to say, that if you are sincerely looking for someone special, and you want to build something with them, you need to make sure they deserve the pearl that is you.  Don’t throw that precious pearl before someone who might be swine!

Ok, people, I’m open for discussion on this one…Let me hear your thoughts

P.S. I just thought of another pig saying…”If you run with the hogs, you’re going to start to smell like them”.  We can discuss that at a later time. 

I have been watching the HBO special about George Harrison of the Beatles.  It is so fascinating to see all these little snippets of music and history throughout this film.  It’s in two parts and I have only seen the first part, but I am looking forward to the second.   I am not a child of the Beatles era, but we all are exposed to their legacy and music, no matter what your generation. One thing in the documentary specifically caught my attention.  He spoke of being wealthy at an early age, basically the material world was at his finger tips.  You would think, surely this would bring peace and contentment, I mean especially at his level!  He said no, this wasn’t  IT!  So he kept searching.  From my perspective, this is where his life really began to get interesting, because he went beyond all of that fame and wealth to seek something more.  I identified with many of the things that George had to say about his spiritual journey and following a path in life.  He was a seeker.  His story is a beautiful one.

You don’t have to be famous to be a seeker.  To me, a seeker is someone who is looking for meaning in life and is open to seeing the world and its intricacies without the blinders of society, culture and religion.   I didn’t have any idea what a seeker was in my earlier life, I just knew I had a lot of questions and ideas.  There aren’t really any concrete answers to these questions.  They are intended to provoke thought and push your mind beyond its limits.  I think this is why I left my home state and started traveling, looking for answers.  The more I expand and explore, the more I realize I don’t know about myself and about the world.  I just keep moving forward, guided by the next question.

We all spend so much time working and planning for wealth and material comfort, but is that what life is really about?  I’m starting to think NO.  A beautiful life is yours for the taking and it doesn’t come from a paycheck or a new car.  It comes from your journey and your questions.   Keep asking and keep looking…see what unfolds. ♥

I’m sure you’ve heard it before … “why don’t you just grow up”…  I’ve heard this in many different contexts throughout my life.  I been told to “grow up” and I’ve also told others to “grow up”. All of this talk about being a grown up got me thinking, what does it really mean to be a grown up?  

The first thing that comes to mind is being self-sufficient in the world.  You live on your own, away from your parents, have a job, pay your own rent and expenses.  This isn’t even a good indicator, as many adult children live at home to care for their extended family and parents.  We all know it takes a very grown up person to care for others at their own expense.  What about the emotional maturity that you need as a grown up?  How do you acquire and measure emotional maturity?

It’s possible that being a grown up changes throughout your life.  What it means to be grown up at age 5 is very different from at age 21, or 45.  The decisions you make at each stage are changing based on your current situation.

For me, being a grown up, means you’ve learned to be your own parent.  To explain it better, you’ve learned to make decisions and choices in life that are for the betterment of yourself, as if you were parenting a child.  It takes a long time to get to this place, and still there are days when the 5, 12, or 18-year-old inside me is dying to run the show.  I know when I place the same level of care and concern on a decision that I would use for my child, I’m acting as a GROWN WOMAN.   I feel healthy and empowered.

When was the last time someone told you to “grow up”?  How did you react?  Did you alter your actions in life?

Yesterday, Steve Jobs of Apple computer fame, passed away from pancreatic cancer.  It was such a sad day for the world, as he was an innovator, American style.  His passion for his work was contagious and he left the world forever changed.  I remember the first time I saw his presentation about the iPhone.  He was on fire with enthusiasm for his new product and so proud to show the world.

He gave a speech in 2005 to the students at Stanford University on their graduation.  It was such a wonderful speech because he spoke of what it meant for him to live his life authentically, from a place of instinct.  He spoke of connecting the dots in your life, backward, not forward.  By trusting your instinct or intuition, you are following your own true path in life.  Things you do today may not make sense, but if you are drawn to them, keep going.  Later, as you look back, you will be able to see that you have been guided to a place that you might not have dreamed of, but is exactly where you are supposed to be!  I know this is true for my own life.  Experiences I had early on have prepared me for what I am doing today.  I call it taking steps in the dark.

I am challenging you to get in touch with your instinct or inner voice.  It’s different for everyone, but you can start by just being quiet and taking some deep breaths.  Let go of the chatter in your head and see what appears.  You might be surprised. 🙂  When that voice appears, are you going to listen?  It might not say what you want to hear.  If you trust it and act, great things can happen!  Live your own life and make it beautiful.♥

P.S.Here is the link for the speech…

Today was a beautiful fall day in New York City.  The sky was a light blue, with little wisps of clouds, and the air was very crisp and dry. When I left the house this morning, I hadn’t noticed any of that.  All I could think about was the fact that I didn’t have time to get coffee before I saw my first client.  How was I going to make it through that first hour without my caffeine fix?  I was anxiously working this out in my mind as I was driving.  More anxiety, so many cars and people, bicycles, horns honking.  You get the picture, right?  All of this without caffeine.

In the middle of all of this chaos, traffic, and anxiety, something amazing happened.  As I was sitting at a traffic light, a monarch butterfly appeared by my window and floated around in front of me.  She gracefully said hello and then drifted off through the air, looking gorgeous.  Do you know what happened?  Right there in that moment, I smiled, took a breath and felt her grace.  Suddenly, I noticed the sky and the crisp air.  I also took a moment to say “thanks” for my life and blessings.  She was a beautiful little messenger of gratitude and grace.  Thank God for her and her message to me to be aware of all of life’s details.  ♥

Are you noticing the details in your life?

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