The Magic Quarter — Creating your own reality.

Creating our own happy niche in life is kind of like placing a quarter (I’m dating myself) into a video game console at the local arcade (remember those?). Find the slot for the money and put it in. Easy right? As long as you’re close enough. Try getting it in from 10 feet away, 5 feet away, or even one inch past reaching distance. The simplicity of it evaporates and what appears is struggle. Pretty insurmountable struggle — which can be avoided if we position ourselves closely to our goal.

The question is, how do we do this? How do we plan, and line ourselves up to make that finish easy? When the short term is so distracting, tiring and time consuming, it feels near impossible to even glance in the direction of the long term. But without taking the long view, there’s no way we can get to the next destination. We’ll just stand in the middle of the video arcade, pointlessly, as overwhelming noises bombard our very essence and our life slips away.

I too search for the answer. Creating my own reality feels like such hard work, but something deeper than my thoughts tells me it’s quite simple. It’s getting past the thoughts that is the challenge. Our thoughts have formed routines that are very hard to break. And I wonder, if in some sick way, we like the routines. They’re what we know, even if it’s misery.

I think part of the problem is we want instant gratification. As Americans, words like “wait” and “patience” are not ones we like to hear. I don’t know about you, but I was never taught how to have patience, let alone how to harness its power into great accomplishments. From what I have seen, many people never really try to make big changes in their lives because the process seems too long, too difficult and TOO SLOW. We simply don’t want to wait (I was like this for years). So things stay the same and we complain. Doesn’t that sound dumb when you think about it?

Inaction will have you waiting forever, completely defeating your desire to not have to wait — stop it!

Granted, we don’t all know what we want to do with our lives. So how can we take the long view when there’s nothing to look at? How do we find the coin slot when we’re not sure where to look? Or which game we truly want to play? The answer is to look within and find our quarter first.

Without the quarter, we can’t play.

To me, the quarter represents my intention or highest purpose. The quarter is a symbol of what we’re most passionate about, what represents who we truly are in the clearest way. The game we choose is the most entertaining way to play with our quarter (act upon our intention), hopefully resulting in happiness and satisfaction.

It’s a slow dance. Take a step, see if it works. If it doesn’t, try the next step. If it does, figure out the next step on this particular path. If you’ve taken the long view, then you are always headed in the right direction, so the next step can’t be that far off. But remember, you don’t beat the game on the first level. Often, you’ve got to play each level countless times until you align your knowledge and skills to even get to the final board.

This process may take many years. So what are you waiting for? Get started today for the sake of yourself and your family!!!!

Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated.

And remember, you are not alone…

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Out of Energy, Out of Time, Out of Luck?
The Road to Nowhere: It’s Not Too Late to Recreate Your Reality
Anything is Possible

What the blog is going on? Which presidential candidate is best for our kids?

What the blog is going on? is a weekly question or comment about what’s happening in the world, and how it could potentially affect our kids. It’s a chance for all of us to share our thoughts and learn from each other. This week’s question:

Which presidential candidate is best for our kids?

I could sure use some help with this one, as I don’t follow politics too closely. I get too upset with what I hear, as well as what I don’t hear, from politicians. All I know is what my gut tells me from the little information I’ve learned.

McCain is a Republican. He believes in keeping this war going (from what I’ve heard). So it looks like more of the same, albeit with a higher functioning brain.

Obama gives me the creeps. There’s something about him that worries me — something in his eyes. He’s a good talker but I feel like he’s lying. But then again, that could be said of a multitude of political figures.

Hillary, well she’s Hillary. She’s always seemed cold and detached to me. But she also seems smart. And I liked the way her husband ran this country, so might she have a similar mindset?

I do not mind that Obama is a black man, nor do I mind that Hillary is a woman. No matter what candidate takes hold of the White House, isn’t it time they took care of the people who live in this fine country? Especially our kids?

What do you think?