The Two Wolves Inside Us All

Here is a small inside Cherokee tale:

“One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil.” (Wait, there is more from the old Cherokee below…)

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Perhaps our evil side may sometimes look like the inside of a dilapidated old house; a room full of broken dreams, dirty regrets, fear and the inability to forgive that keeps us crippled and useless.

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The old Cherokee continued to tell his grandson that “Evil is…
…anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

An inside of a badly needed kitchen waiting to be restored…

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With lots of paint, carpentry skills, time, effort, and loving hands to help, a once seen as an inside, inhospitable space, can be made (almost) like new; much like our own lives, if we take the time to slow down and reflect on areas inside of ourselves that may need to be worked on.

Voila!  Inside a better looking place to prepare home cooked loving meals…

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And the old Cherokee continued to his grandson about a battle that goes on inside us…“The other is Good.

~It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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Inside of us, lies the potential to be remodeled, restored, flipped, transformed or renewed, but, only we can make this change a reality. It may take incredible effort, time and help from outside sources, however, like fixing up a dilapidated old house, with determination and persistence, restoration is possible.

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Have you taken something old, potentially looked at as a throwaway, and was able to turn it inside out thus, restoring it to something of value?

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If you are looking for inspiration, why not try the Weekly Photo Challenge: with this week’s theme– Inside?

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Why Picking the Right Car Color is Important

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good, on YOU!”
~Coco Chanel

color,white,weekly image of life,car color,photograph,blog,fastidiousI drive around a white car. Before that, I drove a red car and it would have been white had I the time to wait around for the perfect ‘used’ white car to show up. The car before the red car, however, was white.

As you can see, white is my preferred vehicle color.

I know it seems as if I go through many cars in such a short time but not really. You see, many of the cars I buy, are what I call, “throwaways,” you know, left behind for the newer, more improved car models, uh, very similar to some people who get up one morning and leave a relationship–some with little ones sitting at the breakfast table– for the, younger, more hip relationship. However, we are not going there today.

Today we are focusing on color, “the one that looks good, on YOU!”

For me, driving white vehicles looks good on me. I mean, the color white gives a great illusion of looking cleaner than say, a black car; hides dents and scratches better and makes me think the interior of the car is cooler during a middle of a summer heat wave. It may all be in my imagination…who knows?

Guess what? I just found out that my white car obsession is a sure sign that I am very FASTIDIOUS and according to the dictionary that means, “very attentive to or concerned about accuracy and detail.” It also could mean, “very concerned about matters off cleanliness.”

Darn, just because of a white car obsession, it could show that a person’s personality is choosy, particular and squeamish. Oh, well, at least dainty and nice are two other synonyms for being fastidious; that is not a bad thing, eh?

Therefore, the color(s) you choose or would choose if you owned a car can show your true inner side.

Hey, did I just see you leave a smudge on my car window??

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What car color accurately describes you?

See what the color of the vehicle you drive says about you by Leatrice Eiseman, CMG

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Looking for inspiration? Color your world this week with Island Traveler’s Weekly Image Of Life: Colors.

Force Yourself

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

Well, Gypsy Mama-Five Minute Friday host– is off to the lake for a bit of fun and relaxation and (*gasp*), her vacation site  has no internet source so here we are, left without a Five Minute writing prompt.

However, not to worry, like a good mama she is, Lisa-Jo shared:  Because your Story Matters… an encouraging post to keep creating while she is away from her desk and to keep life flowing.

Today is Harrison Ford’s birthday. You know the action guy from Indiana Jones and Hans Solo from the Star Wars trilogy movies. Yep, on this day, July 13, 1942, Harrison arrived onto planet earth. It is no biggie, really, just sharing a bit of Hollywood birthday trivia with you.

Raise your hand if you remember this trivia, famous line from Star Wars:

“May the Force be with you.”

Harrison went on further and said:

“The Force is within you.
Force yourself.”

I find this quote so applicable when it comes to saving money.

Parents, teach your children to save money early in life so when they become the responsible and successful adults you imagined they would be; saving their earned money would be as natural as breathing and not a labored and forced activity.

Therefore, I am taking Mr. Harrison’s advice and leaving you not only bits of trivia but a charming financial tip for the day:

Force yourself to ‘gently’ grab the dollars you earned by the ears and march them straight into your savings account–the minimum is ten percent of what you earned–ignore all the resistance and take no ifs, ands, or buts…force yourself…your future depends on it.

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What do you need to ‘grab by the ears’ and force yourself to do?

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go out and screw up!!

you want to write but nothing comes
so many Words running wild upstairs
come on down, all of you Words!

(before i go out and screw up!!)

It’s an order, I said

march, march, march and do hurry!
We got finger tapping, anxious eyes–waiting–
waiting for all of you, Words, to tumble across this page
What is that you say?
anthony Robbins is here? You mean, the author of the great book, Awaken the Giant Within/actor/professional speaker/peak performance coach (whatever that is)–is really here??

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Well, Words, do take your time coming down–let the master Robbin speak:

“Live life fully while you’re here.
Experience everything.
Take care of yourself and your friends.
Have fun, be crazy, be weird.
Go out and screw up!!
You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process…”

wait, don’t go out and screw up just yet, there’s more of motivational speaker anthony Robbins below…

but, Oh, my shy little Words, see how you must work?

QUICK!!

 Come down and have FuN UnDeR the SuN

Let go of your ego and be carefree and remember mr. Robbins is still here, so listen…

“Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes:
find the cause of your problems and eliminate it.
Don’t try to perfect;
just be an excellent example of being human.”
~anthony Robbins

when Words seem distant and far away

why not let your hair down

and simply write

all those reluctant Words you hold back

forget all writing rules just for a minute and let yourself

GO under the sun— with your Words– and have some fun

then… Go out and screw up...

                     … just be an excellent example of being human.

me?  i’m just having some fun today being crazy and weird

hey, i’m only human, right?

Weekly Image Of Life: Fun Under The Sun.

(only a day late!) SUNDAY POST : Village

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Sunday Afternoon in Bogotá ~Photo credit: Wikipedia~

Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church,

a good priest, and a good pub.

 ~John Hillaby

Having a good church, priest and pub is a good way to start a village…I am adding:

schools

library

Rana Armoush is adding:

a small hospital

family style “we got your back” attitude among the villagers

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge is adding:

parks with wild areas and playgrounds–yay!

BabyJill aka Marilyn is adding:

good earth to grow fresh fruits and vegetables–yum!

Angelswhisper is adding:

soccer pitch

skating ring

cycle path

ice cream vendor

lots of animals

herbalist

lots of sunshine–yay!

**I think we should pick Angelswhisper as the town mayor…any objections?**

Caddo Veil is adding:

a big lovely fountain–AND…Caddo is the poetry night host, held every week right here under the stars and the multi-colored water fountain lights!

Restless Jo is adding:

a book shop!!

What would you add to complete a village?

SUNDAY POST : Village.

Just Living–The List Goes On and On. . .

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If just living is not enough, what else does one need besides sunshine, freedom and flowers?

I would like to add…

Oxygen

Water

Food

Friends

Love

Shelter

Faith

Kindness

*CAFE adds . . .

self-awareness

compassion

family

*Arindam adds . . .

Family

money

success

good wishes

*Elizabeth adds . . .

a compassionate smile

*iRuniBreathe adds . . .

love

the present moment

forgiveness

*Angelswhisper adds . . .

believe

good thoughts

trust

dreams

a blanket when you’re cold

*MJmonaghan adds . . .

the ocean

service to others

giving

television (hehe)

*I’m Excited adds . . .

love

home

family

faith

*Pencil Pilot adds . . .

courage

acceptance

dogs!

What would you like to see added to this list?