“The quality of life is more important than life itself.”

Alexis Carrel


Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. In the end, it won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

 What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who love you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

 It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Vow to live a life that matters.

Author Unknown

“We shall advance when we have learned humility; when we have learned to seek truth, to reveal it and publish it; when we care more for that than for the privilege of arguing about ideas in a fog of uncertainty.”

Walter Lippmann, c.1917

The Truth Will Set You Free

 There is a truth. There is a reality. Oftentimes, we think OUR truth is THE truth and OUR reality is THE reality, but it is only OUR perception of what we THINK is the truth. So who is right? Who is wrong? Who has the RIGHT way of governing? Whose side has the RIGHT answers? Who has the RIGHT God?

Look at the results. Don’t you see how impossible all of this is?

“There is no god higher than truth.”

Mahatma Gandhi

I think that all any of us want is a world that “works”, but works for whom? How and where do we find the answer?

Religious people look to their religious teachings – but there are many religions. The common core of most major religions is very much the same: “God (Allah/Buddha, etc.) is love”, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. But everyone fights and even kills, to claim their religion as the RIGHT religion and they deviate from the basic core teachings with their own perceptions of what these pure messages mean.

Governments form political parties that are diametrically opposed to one another and the value each can bring to the table is completely lost when focus is placed on their differences. Self-righteous positions are formed and the fight is on.

Look at the results. Don’t you see there is no way out of this?

This “right/wrong” thinking spreads throughout society, each person trying to be more powerful, more “right”. Sides are formed. We gather armies (people who think like we do) and ammunition (so-called “facts”) and soon we are at war and everyone claims, “God is on OUR side.”

That doesn’t work for me. Look around you. How’s it working for you?

Our country and this world is ignoring TRUTH. We are seeing masses of people being manipulated by what is known as “Perception Management”. We listen to, subscribe to and pass on Fake News and totally false conspiracies.

We only listen to and read news sources that agree with our own perceptions. We eat up “reality shows” on TV that are manipulated or scripted to provide entertainment (usually in the form of conflict). We listen to pundits and vote for politicians who

continuously contort the truth – (and down deep, we all know we’re doing this!) We surround ourselves with people who think like we do and disregard the rest as “stupid, illiterate, fools” or “elitist, entitled snobs”.

We have come to EXPECT the truth to be distorted and soon that becomes “normal”. If a lie is repeated enough times, we begin to believe it. We check in with Twitter, YouTube and other social media, see 10 million hits and think, “It MUST be true!”

That distortion actually becomes our new Truth and we soon find ourselves slipping into an altered reality and believing it!

We must get our heads out of the sand! We must not allow ourselves to be lulled into a lazy unconsciousness by those who are only out for their own win. We must be vigilant, stay alert and retain a connection with results, reality and facts and we must begin by being truthful with OURSELVES. We must admit to our own willingness to ignore the truth we know is right in front of us.

Ignoring factual awareness in order to be right ultimately never works because results, reality and truth don’t care about OUR perceptions/OUR truth. Reality and truth don’t have emotional reactions, feelings, beliefs or positions. Nor do they take sides. All they do is give us a RESULT and results don’t lie. Results tell us everything about how things are “working”.

Our society as it currently exists, doesn’t work for me. How’s it working for you?

What would it be like to have a world/society/community that works for everyone, a world where our commitment would be to collaborate and cooperate with one another, to seek mutual fulfillment of the basic wants and needs of everyone?

Why should one of us win at the expense of another? Which one of us is more important? Are you more valuable than I? Am I more valuable than you? I think not. At the core, are we not all equal?

What kind of society could we create IF:

  • We all simply committed to stand for the TRUTH.
  • We refused to listen to or believe the biased rhetoric.
  • We stood up to the surrogates’ twisted spin on anything and everything and voiced our disapproval to news agencies that allow this to happen.
  • We committed to listen ONLY to the facts: what was ACTUALLY said, what was ACTUALLY done, what science can actually PROVE.
  • We demanded of ourselves and our leaders to ONLY produce results that work for everyone.

Maybe, just maybe things could be different. Because I’m clear about one thing, the way our society is headed, a way that sweepingly disregards facts and entire sections of humanity as well as the well-being and health of our planet, doesn’t work for me and TRUTHFULLY . . . .

How’s it working for you?

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion”


Teaching our children to fully understand the implications of giving, as well as the value of giving, is perhaps one of the most important things we can ever do as parents. The following article is particularly good and I ask that you take a few minutes to read it . . .

Let Your Children in on the Conversation of Charitable Giving  

Ron Lieber

Money is one of the most powerful tools we have to teach children the values and virtues we want them to adopt. Given how many of our own values are wrapped up in charitable giving, it makes sense to bring the kids in on some of the decision making.

This doesn’t need to be a conversation about how much money you make and what percentage of it you should give away. Younger children don’t have enough math skills and experience to grapple with five- and six-figure numbers anyway. But a family’s choices about how it divides its charitable dollars reflect its values.

So what’s the best way for parents to help their children see their values in action in this context? And how best to get them to question parental priorities and express strong feelings of their own?

Here’s what my family did as an experiment this holiday season: We put 100 dried beans on the dining room table, with each one representing 1 percent of our annual giving. Then we divided them up into piles to represent the causes and institutions we had supported in 2012.

Next, we looked through a pile of solicitations that had arrived in the mail, from organizations we had supported in the past and ones that hoped to persuade us to give before the end of the year. We also came to the table with new ideas, based on issues that were newly important to us.

Here’s what we learned by making this a family conversation about how to re-divide the beans for 2013:


One surprise was that our 8-year-old daughter applied the “Want-Need” test to this particular exercise. Normally, this comes up when we talk about consumer purchases more broadly and whether various objects of desire are things we actually need or simply want. The necessity of cable television is one we’ve been debating recently.

The test came up while discussing a pitch from the Public Art Fund, which helps place art in public spaces around New York City. Set against real human need, locally and globally, our daughter wondered whether this was something we really needed to support or whether we merely wanted to. It didn’t make the cut, though we agreed we can help improve our local park by participating in cleanup days more often.


Our family devotes a decent chunk of our giving budget to the educational institutions that gave me scholarships a couple of decades ago. We also try to give generously to the places that have helped shape our daughter, so they can help as many children as possible afford their tuition or programs.

Many overnight camps lack much racial or socioeconomic diversity, since they have no endowments or much of a donor base. Our daughter helped persuade us to support a scholarship fund at her camp. We also decided to give to an organization that helps homeless children locally, moved as we were by the New York Times series  about a young girl living in a shelter with her family.

We received a pitch from a dance company where our daughter took some lessons a while back. But the solicitation said nothing about its efforts to help children afford its classes, so we made a collective decision to pass on that one.


We’re well aware that by looking at the solicitations at all, we’re encouraging nonprofit institutions to send ever more mail each year. This clogs mailboxes, kills trees and wastes piles of the very money families like us donate.

This was an experiment, though, so we wanted to see what kind of impact the pitches would have on a child. It probably won’t come as much surprise to learn the clever folks at Heifer International were the only ones who managed to sway our daughter via a direct-mail piece. Like many children, she was moved by its catalog of smiling people around the world who are able to make money and feed their families with the help of a water buffalo or sheep the organization provides

One wrinkle here was she didn’t want anyone eating these animals, because she’s a vegetarian. Several pages into the catalog, however, she found a beehive she wanted to donate.

My guess is any family that tries this would hear their children echo at least some of the values they hold dear. If not, the conversation offers an opportunity to find out which issues and institutions matter most to every family member and why.

Our plan is to make the dining-table allocation exercise an annual tradition, albeit without most of the mailers. Any other tweaks to the bean exercise that you would suggest?


Ron Lieber writes the “Your Money column” for The New York Times. He is the author of “The Opposite of Spoiled,” about parenting, money, values and raising the kinds of children all parents want to push out into the world, no matter how much money they have (HarperCollins, February 2015). He hosts regular conversations about these topics on his Facebook page and welcomes comments here or privately, via his Web site.

“If I Were to Remain Silent, I’d be Guilty of Complicity.”

Albert Einstein

Here’s What You Can Do

If we don’t take committed action, Trump and the right wing extremists will roll back a century of progress, deny the fundamental rights guaranteed to all by our Constitution, and transfer every last ounce of wealth and power to the people and corporations that already control most of it (at the expense of everyone else).

The Cabinet members, Bannon and other advisors hand-picked by Trump (not for their qualifications, but simply because they supported HIM), are a group of billionaires, bankers, oil magnates and Wall Street insiders. They ARE the swamp!

Now, here’s what you can do:

  • Keep the pressure on. Show up and speak up. IT WORKS! Our constant and consistent participation is the key.
  • Think short term and actively respond to current attacks on our freedoms and civil liberties
  • Think long term and proactively plan for the next elections in 2017, 2018 and especially 2020. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
  • Participate in local politics. Form or join a local group to take action in your town. Go to City Council Meetings. Demand Town Hall Meetings with Congress members when they are in town. Be ready to act nationally when needed.

Never for one second, forget America is YOUR country and that the President and the members of Congress WORK FOR YOU!!!

Below is a check list of 10 specific steps you can take to do your part. You are being called to action.

 Here’s what YOU can do: 

  • Spend just 10 minutes each day doing one of the following. I am sure you can agree that’s not asking too much. (Save or print the following information for future reference):



  • Get yourself prepared with good information. Up-to-date names and contact information of all the men and women in Congress is available at: http://capwiz.com/pfaw/directory/congdir.tt . This site also provides all contact information for all major news and network organizations. SAVE THIS LINK for all future communication.
  • Write/email/call members of congress – call them and tell them what concerns you and how you want them to vote.

Contact your own representatives:

 Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – Senate Majority Leader:
(202) 224-2541
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – Senate Minority Leader:

(202) 224-6542
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House (R-WI)
(202) 225-3031
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – House Majority Leader:

(202) 225-2915
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – House Minority Leader:  
(202) 225-4965

The following are the most centrist republican congress members and will be good people to contact:
Senator Bob Corker – TN: (202) 224-3344

Senator Lisa Murkowski – AK: (202) 224-6665

Senator Rob Portman – OH: (202) 224-3353

Senator Susan Collins – ME: (202) 224-2523

Senator Bill Cassidy – LA: (202) 224-5824

  • Write/email/call:

Reince Priebus – Chair of the Republican National Committee: https://www.gop.com/contact-us/

Tom Perez – Chair of the Democratic National Committee: 202-863-8000


  • Write/email/call the White House – post card campaign. Send one/day: Share your opinions with him daily:

Mail your messages to:

President (for now) Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington D.C. 20500

Email messages to: president@whitehouse.gov. Enter the Subject information. Decide upon a good, simple subject to name your email. Consider using “Regarding [topic]” as a format.

Call: Comments: 202-456-1111 OR Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Compose your message in 140 characters or less and be sure to include the Twitter handles @WhiteHouse, @realDonaldTrump and/or @POTUS.

  NOTE: Say what you want to say in a professional manner and do not include any overt or covert threats. The United States Secret Service takes these threats very seriously, and will investigate each one to ensure that the President of the United States is protected.

If your letter is judged to be a threat, odds are very good you will end up being investigated. Threatening the President of the United States is a Class E Felony, which carries a punishment that includes prison time (among other things), so weigh your words with care. [1]

  • Make 5 calls/day:  https://5calls.org – Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. This site provides phone numbers and scripts, so calling is quick and easy, and uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact. Get their weekly newsletter.


  •  Concentrate on one or two pet causes you will stand for and support with your time, donations and petitions. Don’t spread yourself too thin:

Women’s Rights

Planned Parenthood  www.plannedparenthood.org 

NARAL http://prochoiceamerica.org  
Protect the Environment


Civil rights/human rights


Amnesty International – is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/

Gun Control  http://everytown.org 

Education http://networkforpu   bliceducation.org    

Affordable Care Act  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act 
The Economy/Wall Street/Big Business, etc. Do some research on your own.


Contact the Trump Cabinet Member directly related to your favorite cause. Here they are:

Trump Cabinet Tracker: Lists all current Cabinet Members and other Trump advisors and background on each.  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/ 

  • Fact check. One of the most important things we can do is stand for the TRUTH. Don’t send info you haven’t fact-checked, don’t spread conspiracies (on all sides). Correct anything or anyone you know to be spreading false information. Trump HATES the truth!

  PolitiFact: www.politifact.com   PolitiFact is  fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

Snopes: www.snopes.com The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Pros and Cons of Fact-checking sites:


  • Write to/email/call News Media and support good honest reporting and condemn anything that smacks of conspiracy or “alternative facts”. Tell them you want them to speak Truth to Power and to keep asking the questions until politicians actually answer them! Some relatively reliable news sources are:

 NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, BBC, KQED, CNN, NPR, MSNBC (accurate, but tends to lean left),NYT, Wash Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, WSJ, The Atlantic and Politico.

The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones and The New Yorker are some I really like.

In my opinion, FOX News is a puppet of the Trump administration, manipulates the truth and spreads conspiracies.

Call FOX News and complain about their severe bias:(888) 369-4762


  • Join Protest Marches – Attend Town Hall Meetings – show up in numbers with signs and feel free to speak up. Your voice matters:

http://townhallproject.comSign up to stay up to date on town halls in your area (nationwide) and GO TO THEM!!

  • BOYCOTT TRUMP RETAILERS who sell/market his products. Google: Boycott Trump for many sites that list retailers/products to avoid.
  • Stay informed. Some of my favorite balanced thinkers among many are:

Television News Sources:

  • GPS – The Global Public Square with Fareed Zakaria (CNN – Sunday am) He’s my favorite!!
  • Charlie Rose (Weekdays pm)
  • This Week with George Stephanopolous (CBS – Sunday am)
  • Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (NBC – Sunday am)
  • The Messy Truth – Van Jones (CNN)
  • 360 with Anderson Cooper (CNN – Weeknights)
  • Heather McGhee (pundit)
  • Joy Ann Reid (MSNBC am)
  • Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann (MSNBC – Weeknights)

 TV – Poignant political humor that wakes you up!

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sunday pm)
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Week nights)
  • The Bill Marr Show (Friday nights)


Internet News Sources

http://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com is a terrific newsletter and blog that chronicles the daily shock and awe of the Trump administration. It’s produced every morning by hand, updated throughout the day, with a newsletter sent out every afternoon.

http://popularresistance.org Here you will find links, tools and other resources to help you connect with groups and organizations in the increasingly growing popular resistance movement. They also provide a daily stream of relevant news articles from around the web, and perhaps the most comprehensive national events calendar anywhere online.

http://countable.us: Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, then take action. Telling your reps how you feel is easier than ever with email and now video messages. Make your democracy more responsive!

ACLU – American Civil Liberties Unionhttp://aclu.org. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


Won’t you set aside 5-10 minutes of every day (write it in your calendar right now) and be the kind of active citizen our country deserves and desperately needs?

Holding back and waiting for someone else to do it gave us Trump. You and I are needed now more than ever before and we MUST do something every day.

Your vote counts! Your actions count and never forget, the President and Congress work for YOU and ME, not the other way around!!

Thank you for your patriotism, courage and strength.


“I am not a one in a million kind of girl. I am a once in a lifetime kind of woman.”

Pravinee Hurbungs



For the Love of the World

For the love of a tree…
She went out on a limb.
For the love of the sea…
She rocked the boat.
For the love of the earth…
She dug deeper.

For the love of community…
She mended fences.
For the love of the stars…
She let her light shine.
For the love of spirit…
She nurtured her soul.

For the love of a good time…
She sowed seeds of happiness.
For the love of the Goddess…
She drew down the moon.
For the love of nature…
She made compost.
For the love of a good meal…
She gave thanks.

For the love of family…
She reconciled differences.
For the love of creativity…
She entertained new possibilities.
For the love of her enemies…
She suspended judgment.

For the love of herself…
She acknowledged her worth.
And the world was richer for her.

~ Charlotte Tall Mountain


Thank you to my good friend,
Sherry Edensmith for sharing this poem with us



This Is What Lisa Did . . .

 I live in Healdsburg, CA. Lisa Steinkamp is my dear friend. Last week, she shared the following statement with the City Council members. She was there at the meeting as a citizen advocating for Human Rights, along with a standing room only crowd packed into the auditorium. Her poignant message calls for us TO ACT NOW. Please listen to her speak to them and to you now. . .

 “My name is Lisa Steinkamp, and I am an immigrant.

 My grandfather was an officer in the Wehrmacht. He was killed in 1939, fighting for a man who had promised to relieve the burden of poverty and repression for the common people of Germany. My grandmother raised her two children alone, starving in a war she did not understand. As an atheist and a liberal, she thought the leader of her country was demented.

 This is the leader who sold his hatred as hope for the poorest citizens of his country, promising Germany First! in the rebuilding of a great nation.

The free press was called, “Lügenpresse,” which directly translates to “fake press”.

 The free judiciary eroded with no place for independent judges who were not aligned with the ideology of the leader.

 Specific groups of immigrants were blamed for major problems in society and a special task force rounded up these enemies of the state by “Schutzhaft”, protective custody. Prisons and camps were to rid the nation of this problem.

 It all sounds so familiar.

My grandmother watched this unfold and did nothing, deeply regretting it for the rest of her life.

 We in this community however, are in a position to act. We can take a stance for what is good and right by making our city a sanctuary, or a safe haven, if you prefer.

 Time is of an essence. The roundups have begun, and people across this nation are being detained and deported. Judge James Robart was shamed for disagreeing with the president, who declared the court system to be “a threat to national security”. The attacks on the press are ongoing, and white supremacy and hate crimes are surging since the election.

 No, we are not the Third Reich. Far from it. But there are too many parallels to close our eyes and look away. You, members of the city council, don’t want to be in a situation in which your grandchildren ask you in years to come why you did nothing, when you were in the unique situation to do so.

Please don’t let your answer be that it was because you were worried about the potential loss of funding. Our roads, bridges and buildings can be repaired in four years, our hearts and communities cannot.

 I respectfully ask you to consider these statements and adopt an amended resolution to keep everyone living in our town safe.” **

My friends, I am not an alarmist when I say that the groundwork of fascism is being laid. The situation is urgent. Any student of human behavior will tell you the President of the USA is a narcissistic sociopath and a pathological liar. He has mental disorders. There is nothing a power hungry, ego-centric personality like his would like more, than to be the Commander in Chief of another World War. It is the maniacal dream of every narcissist to be the ultimate ruler of the world.

Every decision and action he takes is totally and solely centered on himself and his own personal gain. Because of the immense power he has in his hands, he’s the most dangerous, authoritarian win/lose player we have ever had as the leader our democratic government. His constant lies, brutal bullying, racist attacks on the handicapped, Muslims, women, etc. etc. and attacks on the free press along with vindictive actions towards anyone who doesn’t obey him or agree with him make him the most unethical, immoral, deceitful man ever to sit in the White House.

Our democracy, our freedoms and our very way of life as decent human beings is under attack by the new president and his rich, entitled team of corporate ideologues. We have entered a very threatening time in our history that will define us for many years to come. Democracy is not a guarantee. It was hard earned over 200 years ago and since then has been defended with countless battles fought and precious lives lost. Lisa knows all too well that the future is now in her hands and her voice counts. She took a stand and spoke up. We must all do the same.

Anything of value takes hard work and attention. If we don’t take committed action, Trump and the right wing radicals will roll back a century of progress, deny the fundamental rights guaranteed to all by our Constitution, and transfer every last ounce of wealth and power to the individuals and corporations that already control most of it (at the expense of everyone else).

The Cabinet members, Alt-Right Bannon and other advisors hand-picked by Trump (not for their qualifications, but simply because they supported HIM), are a group of elite billionaires, bankers, oil magnates and Wall Street insiders, each with a self-serving agenda.

Here’s what you need to do:


  • Keep the pressure on. Show up and speak up. IT WORKS! Your constant and consistent participation is the key.
  • Think short term and actively respond to current attacks on our freedoms and civil liberties
  • Think long term and proactively plan for the next elections in 2017, 2018 and especially 2020. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
  • Participate in local politics. Form or join a local group to take action in your town. Go to City Council Meetings. Demand and attend Town Hall Meetings with Congress members when they are in town. Be ready to act nationally when needed.


1)  Sanctuary cities generally have policies or laws that limit the extent to which law enforcement and other government employees will go to by encouraging members of immigrant communities to work with police without fear of deportation. Such policies help authorities improve public safety by helping authorities identify and arrest dangerous criminals who might otherwise go undetected.
The San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi defends sanctuary city policy. “I firmly believe it makes us safer. We’re a world-renowned city with a large immigrant population. From a law enforcement perspective, we want to build trust with that population.
He is not alone. Safe haven policies are widely supported by police groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and chiefs from the nation’s largest police departments because they help communities unite to fight crime.
2)  Yet, at the core of Trump’s domestic policy is his Immigration/Deportation Plan. At the joint session of Congress he said, “My plan will save billions and billions of dollars and make communities safe for everyone
Here’s the TRUTH:
The ICE budget increased 110% since 2009 ($9.2Billion to $19.3Billion) and the # of customs and border officers has grown 60% from 31K to 50K, (NYT) yet Trump still wants to hire another 15K. The estimated cost of doing so will create an additional $1.4Bllion – $1.5Billion annually (UPI).
Trump says the 2,000 mile wall will cost ~$10Billion. The MIT Tech Review issued a report on their study that says it will cost at least $40Billion! (And Mexico will pay for it! Ha!)
There is even a deeper cost: Undocumented workers work in all facets of American society, retail, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing and farming. The mass deportation of 11 million undocumented workers would immediately reduce the nations’ GDP by 1.4% and ultimately by 2.6% and reduce cumulative GDP over 10 years by $4.7 trillion!
Here’s the kicker: The number of Mexican immigrants is on the decline. According to Pew Research, more Mexicans left the USA than entered!
SUMMARY: It will take $20 billion/yr. to run Trump’s deportation system plus tens of $$billions to build the wall. His War on Immigration will be fought at a staggering economic and human cost.
Just who do you think is going to pay for that?

Never for one second, forget that America is YOUR country and that the President and the members of Congress WORK FOR YOU!!!


** Thanks to Lisa and countless other citizens like her, a resolution was passed by the City Council members to make Healdsburg a safe haven city!

“Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise,  Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.”

The BE-DO-HAVE of Excellence

Personal transformation through my Self Mastery program is a special journey that seems to attract those who have a strong desire to excel. No one is perfect. We make mistakes, we misjudge, and we often fall short of our dreams, but we never stop moving forward.

Each day brings us closer to our ideal. Although perfection (which can never be attained) is fine to have as an ideal, it is the striving for excellence that will allow us to daily live life in an extraordinary way. The impossibility of perfection is no excuse for refusing to seek it while effectively embracing the journey towards that ideal which is called excellence.

In fact, if there is a single precept to which we need to dedicate ourselves, it is that of excellence – excellence in attitude, excellence in performance and excellence in our interrelationships with each other.

This dedication does not come cheaply. Every decision, every action, every result must be weighed consciously and often with discipline and attention to detail. The risks are also great, for when one emulates excellence, one does so with the full realization that one may not be up to the task – there is no assurance of success. However, when we realize the reward is worth the risk, then we persist.

To understand what enlightened people strive for, one must first understand how they define excellence. Excellence is the pursuit of the possible. Not what is possible given the weaknesses and limitations of the human condition, but what is possible given the remarkable achievements of human innovation, discipline, courage and intensity of purpose – the extraordinary results of human dedication to an idea, a vision, a principle, a pragmatic objective.

Many people are attracted to the higher purpose of making the world a better place in which to live. Many of us want our homes to be a more loving and supportive environment in which we can all grow. We want our jobs to be more healthy, balanced arenas in which we can prosper and succeed and we want ourselves to be the very best we can be. To accomplish all of this requires a committed dedication to purpose if anything of lasting value is to be achieved.

There are bound to be diversions and difficulties along the way, and while we are well intended, we also know that feeling of wanting to turn back or sitting tight where we are when we are required to risk or to take action.

There is one intense moment in that process when it becomes clear to us, however fleeting, that we do have a choice. And it is in this conscious moment we literally make the choice to win or lose, when we more fully than ever, face the implications of our intent.

Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy choice. More often than not, the moment of decision comes so quickly and so disarmingly, we are not even aware we decided anything. The feet get to moving, so to speak, and we’re backing up before we even recognize the moment of choice has passed us by. So be it. We’ve all been known to fail the test. But if soaring is our true objective, then we must again face the challenge and move forward with a renewed commitment.

Every day, each of us is faced with the challenges of living and we struggle with the obstacles presented to us through our relationships, our work and our community. We frequently trip and fall. We make many mistakes and we’re not always proud of our actions. Sometimes we doubt whether we are capable of handling the responsibilities and decisions in front of us.

At other times, we get discouraged and think about giving up our visions and dreams. We can be reactive and lose our tempers or get frustrated with some upset that enters our daily life. Life’s wonders as well as the disappointments and difficulties keep showing up whether we want them to or not.

This is why the Self Mastery enlightenment work is so important. Within it is every single tool you will ever need to assist you to stay on track. The process absolutely works. You, however, need to work the program. Maintaining the quality of your life is a lifetime journey of commitment to excellence in all that you do.

If you have never done the Self Mastery work . . . Do it!

If you did the Self Mastery work a while ago . . . Review it

If you have never read my book . . . Read it!

If you have never passed on the value of the Self Mastery program to others by encouraging them to do it . . . Share it!

BE the work, DO the work and you will HAVE the rich rewards enlightenment provides.

“Aspire greatly; anything less than a commitment to excellence becomes an acceptance of mediocrity.”

Brian Tracy

For more information on participating in Self Mastery Development, contact Martha at: martha@marthaborst.com