Monday, July 25, 2011

The only way to do great work, is to love what you do

Sometimes life is gonna hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for work, as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work, is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle. -Steve Jobs Apple Inc.

I love listening to people speak who are doing and have done great things. The ipod changed the world. So did the iphone, etc. I love this speech and I keep what Steve Jobs is saying close to my heart. It's wisdom. It takes risk sometimes to move from the place where you are to the place that you love and want to be. But on the other side of that risk is great reward.

I see so many people that are in the wrong place in regards to their personalities and psychological makeup. Just yesterday we had a waiter that didn't seem so enthusiastic about his job. After talking with him, I discovered that he really didn't like his job and that he wanted to do something else. This just pays the bills. It was obvious that he wasn't happy by his attitude. He was simply in the wrong place to celebrate his natural passions and gifts. Because of this he was going unrewarded for them. I also had to think that although he gets a certain amount of tips because people are nice, I know that he's not getting as much as a enthusiastic happy coworker.

He works twice as hard at what he is doing and gets paid less because he's not in the right career. This is because he is not in the career that truly matches him best.

Find the place that matches you best. Where you have passion for your work. You only live once and only have so much time here on earth. You might as well do what you love.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

The true heroes in life

Even if you shared your life story with me, It would be wrong for me to say that I fully understand what challenges you have had in your life. We all have had or will have our own struggles and to each one, only them and God truly know the depths of the struggle. Just this morning I was thinking about who the true heroes are in life. They aren't those who wear capes and move about the city unaware, hidden by the darkness of night. Fighting crime, injustice and saving others from peril. They are the men and women like yourself that secretly struggle, sometimes feel alone and may feel that they don't have enough support. They wonder if they will have the strength to continue on. Yet they somehow find the strength and continue. They continue to do the right thing because it's the right thing even when the wrong things may be happening to them. They learn to be grateful for what they do have and not worry about what they lack. They overcome adversity, sometimes with just enough strength to get them through and little reserve. Because of their chosen attitude towards life and their ability to overcome their adversity, in spite of circumstances, they become a bright guiding light of inspiration to others. A message of hope. Their mess truly becomes their message and they broadcast this message influencing others, giving hope and inspiring others to continue on. These are the true heroes in life. The world is watching you to see what you will do with what you've been given.

Accomplish your goals in spite of adversity. Do something amazing. Even if it only means getting out of bed today to make it to the restroom as you fight illness trying just to stay alive. Even if it only means choking down food even though you are nauseous because of the chemo therapy. Even if it's only as simple as telling your loved ones that you love them.
These things though small are all heroic. When you move forward and accomplish these things in spite of your adversity, you are a true hero.

Thank you for being one of them and inspiring others to be heroes too.

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Are you a people pleaser?

Are you a people pleaser? Do you seek others approval and sometimes just go along with what others say because of fear of what others may think about you? Do you just go along with what others say, just so you don't make waves because making waves through disagreement is uncomfortable? As we grow and mature in our thinking, we find their voice, they learn to say what we really think even if others disagree and because of our stance on things, we can become great influencers and in turn world changers. Look at all the great people who have accomplished so much and literally changed the world for the better. They ignored their critics and went forward and did what they wanted to. They lived out their beliefs and convictions. Although I may not know you personally, I want you to know that I believe in you. The question I want to ask you though is, "do you believe in yourself?" Do you believe in yourself enough to disagree with others sometimes even if it may be uncomfortable?" Even if people decide to walk away form you or leave their friendship with you? I have had this happen in my life more than once and sometimes friends return as they expand their mind, change their beliefs, and grow in their own thinking. If you can get to this point, where you don't need others approval of you to be happy then I think you will be much happier and stronger. You will set yourself up for success in all your endeavors and have such an amazing influence on the world around you and inside you.......... Blessings friend

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Is someone judging you?

Some people will always judge you for something. If you are rich they will judge you. If you are poor they will judge you. Too fat, too skinny. You speak too much or you speak too little. Someone will always judge you for something. On the other hand, someone will always celebrate you for the person you truly are. Your authentic self.

Don't be afraid to show the real you to the world. Only then can the right people who will celebrate the real you, find you. Only then can you develop deep authentic friendships and a true support system.

Think of anyone who has ever done anything great. They've always had critics. If they spent all their time answering their critics they wouldn't have time to accomplish the great things that they are doing. They are focused on the task at hand and not on what others think about their goals. They work quietly and diligently towards those goals until eventually they succeed and others see the fruit of their labor. They simply have learned the secret to "not needing others approval" It's nice when someone appreciates and celebrates us, but what counts the most is how much we appreciate and celebrate ourselves.

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So ya got a big heart huh?

So ya got a big heart huh? Some would like you to believe that it's a weakness. Well they are absolutely wrong. You have a sensitive heart for a reason and you came into this world perfectly equipped for the problems you are supposed to fix. You are perfectly designed and your big heart reveals to you the areas you are supposed to heal.

Guard your heart my friend. Don't just trust it to anyone. Not everyone qualifies to speak to that deepest part of you. Not everyone should be allowed that access because what goes into the heart will eventually come out.

It's our responsibility to know when to lock the door though and when to open it. Wisdom helps us discern this.

Guard your sensitivity because you can sense things that others can't sense and feel things that others can't feel. You can see things that others can't see and because of your sensitivity, you experience pain deeper. But this this is actually a gift because it gives you great compassion and empathy for others which makes people want to confide in you. You are a safe place for others and this is a rare and precious thing. Recognize this in yourself and celebrate it.

The right people will be drawn to you because of your kindness. The wrong people may think that they can use or control you, but you will see through it and rise above it.

Think about all the great people in history who changed the world for the better. They all had a passion for making the world a better place. They used their empathy, compassion and developed an intolerance to a problem. Maybe a social issue like poverty, disease or racism.

Their desire to see change motivated them to rise up and make a difference.

Well these people are just like you. Sensitive hearted people who realized their sensitivity and compassion for others was there for a reason. It birthed a passion to make a change. They stepped out in faith and made a difference. Go change the world my sensitive hearted friend. Change the world starting with one person at a time because you and I know that everyone counts.

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Your mouth is either harming you or helping you

I was thinking today about the power of our words. With our words we have the power to heal or to hurt. To build or to destroy. To bring life or to bring death. Wars start with words. Wars also end with words.

If I could only share one thing that would help you so greatly it would be to consider your words. I mean really consider them. What are you saying to others and yourself? You may not have realized it but you are reaping a harvest with your words. Consider the words you are sowing into the lives of others, what are you reaping from them? If you don't like the harvest that you are getting, then change the seed. Are you talking down to others with a condescending attitude? Or are you speaking with honor and appreciation for others. Speaking words that celebrate others difference rather than belittle it.

What are you saying to yourself about yourself? What are you saying to others? When you speak to yourself are you kind? When you speak to yourself, do you use words that build, encourage and help? What about others? Are your words positive or negative when you speak to them?

I heard someone say that every man has a king and a kid in them. If you speak to the kid, the kid will answer back. If you speak to the king, the king will answer back.

When he said this he went on to elaborate. What he meant by this was that if you speak to the greatness in an individual, that greatness will show it's self and answer back. Or if you speak to the immature, irresponsible kid, he will show himself and answer back.

Some people go through their days thinking that the world is a harsh place. That people aren't trustworthy and maybe even that people are out to take from them. Well to those people, their thoughts have imprisoned them and this becomes their reality. Because of this faulty unrealistic belief, what they don't realize is that they have formed an attitude towards others and are projecting out this attitude, even though they don't realize it. People sense this and because most people are actually honest, when they don't feel trusted, they don't feel honored. When people don't feel honored by you, they move away from you. People are less likely to help you if they don't feel you honor them and we all will need the help of others sometime.

All people want to be trusted and feel honor and respect. It's true that some people may not have developed their character enough yet to the point where honesty is of utmost importance, but those people are still usually more honest than not. The person who doesn't believe in others tends to develop more shallow relationships with others which in turn, can set them up to be taken advantage of by those who lack honesty in their character. It's a lot harder to turn on a friend than someone that they feel dishonors them. So in a sense, their negative beliefs about others become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Your words are either creating friends or pushing people away. Your words are either calling out the goodness in others or bringing out the worst. I see the law of sowing and reaping so greatly at work here. It's almost an instant harvest when you plant your words like seeds. For example, just walk into a bar, walk up to someone and refer to them in a negative dishonoring way. You will probably end up with a black eye and a bloody nose. Instant harvest on your words. Try instead walking in to work, finding that co-worker that you don't particularly care for and tell them in sincerity "hey, I just want you to know that I appreciate what you do here, this company is stronger and better because of what you do" It's important that it's said in sincerity though because people are perceptive and your body language will tell on you if it's not. Watch what happens when you say words like these. Watch the king or queen in the other person answer you back. Watch what used to be a person that you didn't care for become one of your favorite people you look forward to seeing everyday.

Words are very powerful! Good relationships are of vital importance and required not only to succeed but for your emotional well being. Your words are directly connected to the quality of your relationships so become a master at using them wisely and reap the rewards in every area of your life.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If you must use salt, which is the best?

I wanted to share something I learned with you about salt and the best kind to use and why it's healthier.
So let's discuss sea salt....I personally use Celtic sea salt. It's grey in color because of the trace minerals contained. You body needs trace minerals for every cell to function properly. In this day an age with mass farming using synthetic fertilizers instead of letting the soil rest, our vegetables have a lower mineral content than they used to. This is one of the reasons to buy organic if or when you can. Even organic vegetables and fruits might be low in minerals though unless the organic farmer is taking steps to prevent this like putting wood ash or rock dust back into the soil. Of course, this costs more so many organic farmers do not do this. What's the solution to insure you get your vital minerals? One solution is to us unrefined sea salt like the Celtic or Himalayan. Now the drawback to regular table salt is that it has no minerals and it's higher in sodium than sea salt so everyone should be using sea salt but it's wise to spend the extra money and use the unprocessed.

They have different varieties of gourmet sea salts available. All in different colors from black (volcanic) to pink(himalayan) to red (Hawaiian) All contain different types and amounts of minerals. One simple positive change you can make for your health is to simply switch over to using one of these salts mentioned above and quit using regular table salt. You can purchase sea salt online or at your local health food store.

Little changes to one's daily routine can mean huge differences over time in a person's health and wellbeing.  Blessings -Rob

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Raw food vegananism and vegetarianism is becomng more mainstream because it just makes good sense

We all know that vegetables and fruits are good for us. We all have heard that in order to be healthy, we need to include more of these into our diets right? Well how come the obiesity epidemic is still growing in America? How come 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes and every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease? Obviously what they are telling us is not working. Why is it not working? Maybe because it's not just about including foods in our diets, but excluding foods as well. Type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and reversible through diet as is heart disease. Now from what I have heard from Dr. Joel Fuhrman is that if disease has progressed too far then diet may not be able to fix someone completely but it sure can help them manage their disease better and help them live a happier healthier life. Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends a plant based diet and their are so many reasons for this. Our western diet is what is fueling disease and creating our health problems. In many countries where they grow and eat their own food they are not experiencing the same negative health issues as Americans. Vegetables, cooked and uncooked are full of nutrients that give the body the tools it needs to do what it's made to do, heal and restore. Raw uncooked vegetables and fruits are full of health promoting phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, live enzymes along with highly bio-available vitamins, minerals and fiber to help remove toxins. Meat and animal products on the other hand is low in nutrients, contain high calorie bad artery clogging fats and can even contain toxins in the fat that lead to cancer. These are the reasons that I and many others are switching to a raw food/vegetarian lifestyle. Dr. Joel Fuhrman seems to have the right kind of idea as he has coined the term "nutritarian". It's all about getting the most nutrient per calorie in your foods and if you eat this way, it is clearly the healthiest way. He talks about how many people who call themselves vegetarians because they just don't eat meat can be just as unhealthy as meat eaters because they can still be consuming low nutrient, high calorie foods like meat, breads, sweets, dairy products and other processed white flour products. Their diet is deficient of vital nutrients found in plant foods especially raw plant foods.

I believe that the raw food vegan/vegetarian/nutritarian lifestyle is going to become more and more mainstream for the reasons mentioned above. People are waking up, realizing that they can't trust everything that the media and health care system has told them. You can't just eat anything and then take a pill to fix it. Prescription drugs are not healing disease, only managing it and many times causing more disease due to the toxic state they put our bodies in. And what about lifestyle? So maybe we take a drug to manage our blood pressure or depression but it causes all these horrid side effects. Is this really leading us to the happy healthy lifestyle we want? The lifestyle full of energy and vitality? Drugs are clearly not the answer to our health concerns, but are just a temporary band-aid to mask our symptoms. Prevention through diet is the best alternative.

Have you noticed that one minute the media is telling us that something is good for us then later on they are telling us it's bad. I think this is probably because many studies are funded by certain industries that know they would be hurt financially if people understood the truth about their food product. Milk is good, then it's bad. Coffee is good, then it's bad. Wine is good then it's bad. In this day and age how do we know what to believe in regards to good and bad foods?

It's really pretty simple actually if you think about it. Everything on the earth has a designed system at work. Everything an ecosystem that works in harmony with the earth. Food is provided for all living creatures. If you study nature, you will find the answers to which diet is best for us.

It just makes sense that the Creator knew what they were doing when they provided food for us cleverly packaged in bright colors, textures, appealing to the eye, nose and mouth in the form of vegetables and fruits. Edible nuts and seeds, high nutrient berries to feed our bodies mind and promote overall health and well being. Raw plant foods are clearly designed to be the best foods for our health.

There are many people who's passion is for helping heal people and our planet. They are rising up to help teach others the importance of raw food vegan, vegetarian style eating and living. They are teaching and living the raw food lifestyle and are really on the cutting edge of medicine. I believe that they are going to benefit greatly from this coming movement as people become more aware of the importance of feeding your body living foods and the downside to eating meat, dairy products and other refined low nutrient foods.

Hippocrates was right when he said "let food be thy medicine"

Genius Albert Einstein said..“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

This is the reason I am adopting this raw food, whole plant based diet and lifestyle.

Blessings -Rob

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Monday, July 18, 2011

When things seem to be going bad

When things seem to be going bad or you and you are faced with a challenging situation, say this affirmation in faith. Emotionalize it.

Believe it and it will be so for you.

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How would you like to look this sexy when you are 70? Raw food vegan Mimi Kirk

Raw food vegan Mimi Kirk shares how she stays looking and feeling so great at 70.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Are You Feeding Your Body or Feeding Disease?

I discovered this great video with chef Matthew Kenney discussing raw foods, their healing properties and why he opened up a raw vegan chef school in Oklahoma. Why Oklahoma out of all places? You'd think he should have opened it up in California right? You'll have to watch the video to find out why. I promise you will be inspired.

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Our global footprint

Someone said "People will only remember you for either the problems you created or the problems you solved."

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my "footprint" on the planet. Thinking about how my actions create not just my future, but since we are all connected in a way, the future of others on the planet.

I decided this year to grow tomatoes in the one area in my backyard where it gets sun. Earlier in the year, I had sprayed pesticide for bugs as I do every year on the concrete right next to where I am now growing my delicious tomatoes. It never used to bother me that I was spraying pesticide each year on the outside of my house because although they say it gets in the soil, since I wasn't eating from the soil, it didn't matter. Now I'm beginning to contemplate the consequences of my actions as I eat my delicious home grown tomatoes. Are there toxins in there that I put there that I can't see taste or perceive? I'm not just thinking about the consequences directly affecting me in my lifetime, but how is what I'm doing affecting others even as I am long gone. My daughters generation and beyond, what am I leaving them? Even on a global scale, what happens to our underground water supply as everyone sprays? How do my actions, even though perceived small affect the planet on a global scale?

I'm not just applying this kind of thinking to my decisions about whether or not to spray pesticides or whether or not to recycle. You can apply it to everything you say or do.

When you drop a pebble in a pond, it ripples out and even though you eventually can't see the ripples, the wave continues on. What if we viewed our thoughts, words and actions like this pebble? That everything we think, say and do has an influence that ripples out not just to our immediate surroundings but continues on affecting not just our planet but ultimately our universe.

I understand that no human will ever make perfect decisions 100 percent of the time, but I really like the quote I mentioned earlier because it makes you think about your actions and their implications. Not only on yourself but on the global community that we live in.

Never before in history has it been so easy to spread ideas. The internet and social media has made a huge planet where everyone is separate into a very small interconnected global community. We've always been connected but we just haven't always perceived it.

What if we were to look at the earth and universe like a human body? A complex set of systems working synergistically together with the goal of life and survival? What if we were to see ourselves not as disconnected, but as part of this system?

Just as the rate of a human bodies metabolism regulates the rate of which our cells function it seems that technology is ushering in a new era in which the earths metabolism is speeding up. Ideas flow more freely because the internet allows everyone to have a voice, and magnifies the realm of influence of that voice.

Social media and the internet is in a sense removing the veil and magnifying the truth of what we really are, and what we are becoming as a species.

We've always been connected but we just haven't always realized it as much as we do now. Our connections have not only been there, but they are growing stronger each day as technology continues to unite us. Media is not only one way because we now can voice our opinions on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. This is allowing us to connect and unite with others of the same beliefs, passions and interests.

With this new understanding, I'm in awe of my own personal responsibility in what I say and do. To contemplate what problems I am solving or what problems I am creating while here on earth. I I am now more than ever, compelled to live in harmony with the surrounding community, global community, earth and universe. I greatly sense my connectedness and I am compelled to view others, kinda like a part of myself. Even those who I might disagree. Even those who are suffering or sick. If they are suffering and sick, in a sense, I am suffering and sick. Those who are rich and those who are poor. Every culture, tongue and tribe is connected to me and in a sense, part of me.

I want to become more of a problem solver. I want to leave behind a positive legacy of helping contribute to the welfare of humankind and every living thing on the earth as well as the universe.

Now I'm not saying that we should walk on eggshells carefully dissecting and analysing every decision we make. That would lead to paralysis of analysis. I am saying maybe we should be more diligent in considering our impact though. Be more diligent in considering our footprint.

"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." -
Albert Einstein

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