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Daily Nugget of Gold 1750

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin

Daily Nugget of Gold 1750

Do No Harm

While reading some comments on the internet, it dawned on us that it would be wise to cover this subject. It may seem to some folks that anonymous comments of a negative nature aren’t something which could do harm to the person commenting, but we differ with that opinion. One reason is that the anonymity we might enjoy isn’t as great a cloak as we might think. Every time we log on with a computer from a high-speed device, our actions are recorded to some extent by our internet provider, and eventually by many of the destinations we go to on the web- by our internet protocol address. That would be reason enough to use some restraint, but it’s not the best reason, by far.

What comes around, goes around” is a popular saying, and it’s based on true wisdom. The negative things we say- and merely THINK, have the power to influence our lives for the worse. Yes, we cannot escape the consequences of our thoughts, even if we manage to keep our lips sealed, or in this case- our fingers still.

We want to always remember that The Law of Attraction’s actions are based upon who we are, and that includes our thoughts first and foremost. Saying negative, hurtful things to anyone is something we want to stay away from, for the moment we do, we have created that negative situation within our own heart. Thinking hurtful and negative things isn’t any different, it is still centered within us, and that’s what the law responds to.

Even when someone is acting out against us, it is useless for us to curse them, for the curse visits upon us, first and foremost. With the internet, it’s better to let what seems to be a golden opportunity to pile on, go. There’s nothing to be gained by lashing out, even to a person who seems to us to desperately deserve it. If there is temptation to do so, that’s an issue we must face and deal with, not them.

Karma or The Law of Attraction doesn’t respond to requests we might make to exact revenge on someone, but that negative state of mind we visit upon when we cheer Karma on to “get someone” puts us at risk instead. Our duty in such cases is to be the example of what a kind and loving human being should be like, and when we have completed the task of purifying our own heart, we may embark upon converting others. By the way- that task for us is never complete, so no worry about burdening ourselves with “fixing” other people.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What really does one prove when criticizing another?”

Copyright 2017 Kevin Littleton, all rights reserved.

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Peaceful State of Mind

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Seek Out Beauty

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Notice Your Moods

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1749

For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little.” – Rachel Carson

Daily Nugget of Gold 1749

The Nose Knows

We came across an article today talking about the relationship between losing one’s ability to smell and the trend of dying early. Our attention was drawn to this being an individual with such a condition. (The diminishing sense of smell, not the latter thing- not yet, LOL!) It struck us, however that there was something here we ought to write about- actually, a couple of things.

The first thing is that a lot of times people see what we might consider to be “relevant news” for them personally, maybe it’s some study saying people should or shouldn’t drink coffee, that it has benefits or harmful effects. Honestly, we’ve seen that one toggle back and forth so many times, we just kind of giggle when another study comes along about that. There are warnings about all sorts of things and most of them are about something taken out of the context of people’s lives. In our corner of the universe, we like to think of being happy and joyful as having life-extending power, but if not- most certainly, we impact the quality of life we have!

The thing that all studies have as a hallmark is that they try to take an average and apply what they come up with to the population at large, or at least that’s what the media does with the stories they do on the studies. Well, yes, there’s an average you can discern but that says little or next to nothing about individuals. The individuals can vary wildly.

We want to take these things with a giant grain of salt. Why? Because researchers do research in order to earn a living. The media is concerned about having us consume what they report on, not for benevolent purposes, but so they can sell ads. If they can hook our attention with a story, they’ve done their job. In their eyes, bad news sells better than good news, so if they can draw our attention, like the story on diminished sense of smell did with yours truly, they’ve done “good”.

The last paragraph of this story let the cat out of the bag, by the way- that if the diminished sense of smell was due to sinusitis, “never mind”! Huh, we had less to worry about than we thought. Fortunately, we weren’t really seriously concerned about the premise of the story, just the same… hmm, we did read the whole thing. The reporter did their job, once again. It doesn’t matter if the last paragraph undoes the bad news, or not- the goal is to keep you there until you get to it. That’s why so often the truth lies so deep in a story, and why a lot of people never read it.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

If a story doesn’t pass the smell test, should I still believe it?”

Copyright 2017 Kevin Littleton, all rights reserved.

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Being Like a Tree

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Look Closely!

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1748

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

Daily Nugget of Gold 1748

Living in the Now

There’s a place we can live which can add beauty, love, and bounty to our lives. The place isn’t far from where we live now, however- for almost everyone, it’s just beyond our current reach. That place is living in the now. So much of our lives, almost all of our lives, we are anticipating the next moment. We build our goals there, we treasure all that we do not yet have, this is considered “normal”. The unfortunate thing about this, however, is that it robs us of an amazing experience we can have of living and being only in the present moment. Our minds are focused on the next moment instead of the one we find ourselves in.

Awareness is never straining. Awareness is just a wide-open “yes” to the now, totally lazy, just not the slightest impulse to the now” – Rupert Spira

Rupert suggests we apply “being” in the now on a walk. He shies away from calling it a practice, or effort- because it isn’t so much making an effort to do something, but a relaxing of something we are already doing. When we are anticipating the next thing coming our way, we are actually straining, exerting ourselves ever so slightly in the process. If we relax that anticipation and just become aware of where we are at the present, and live there in awe and wonder, then we are free to soak in the details of the present moment.

The idea of the concept of seeing the world we find ourselves in is to fully appreciate our surroundings and enjoy them. If we are always anticipating the next moment, we have moved our attention away from where we are and in doing that, robbed ourselves of enjoying the fruits of our previous efforts which got us to where we are right now. Even now, as your author here works at describing this way of being, it is very difficult to put it into words which accurately reflect what we are asking people to try. So often when someone describes doing something different, there is the temptation to use words that impart the image of action- “doing”, the one we just used- is one such word.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

This really isn’t about doing, but about just being aware. Appreciation has no requirement to be actively engaged in anything but observation, and even then the language we use to describe the experience of just being aware of the present moment and enjoying it, all sounds as if we are actively engaging ourselves, but the opposite of activity is what we’re getting at here. Yes, you might be walking, but rather than keeping the mind on where you’re going in the next moment, you mentally pause to fully experience where you find yourself currently. You cease to be anticipating anything, you relax and drink in the awesomeness and grandness of the present. In other words, by taking time to just “be”, you extract the incredible value from your arrival upon where you are.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

Am I fully focused on where I am right now, or am I just looking for the next now?”

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