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Being More Spiritual in this Life

There’s much to appreciate in the world, especially in nature.

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No matter how long you live, you’re on this earth for an exceedingly short time, relatively speaking. Perhaps an afterlife exists, but who can say?

There’s so much to appreciate in the world, especially in nature. Whether or not you believe in God, nature is awe-inspiring. 10,000 years ago, heck, 4.5 billion years ago, the sun rose in the east as it does every morning, all over the earth and across your front lawn. It will be the same 5.0 billion years from now until the sun’s composition swells up, engulfs the earth, and dies as a small white dwarf star.

Life is exuberant throughout the universe, and each of us is part of this massive chain. Millions more species exist than we have been able to catalog. Currently 7.9 billion people inhabit the planet, soon to be 8 billion. The more densely populated urban and suburban areas become, the more vital it is to be kind to one another. We might not all get along all of the time, but for now this one planet is all we have.

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Where Learning Occurs

All major civilizations have had something to impart to humanity, be they cave dwellers, Sumerians, Egyptians, early Greeks, Goths, Seljuks, American Indians, and Papua New Guineans. We can learn from everyone. Many aspects of ancient wisdom are still applicable today. When you add it all up, our commonalities are enormous, much more than our differences.

Whether or not you are religious does not equate to whether or not you are spiritual. Some people attend a house of worship on Sunday, but leave their spirituality at the door. Ideally, being religious and spiritual is a blessed combination, but if you could only choose one, perhaps lean toward spirituality.

You can practice spirituality all day in many different ways. Helping others in the smallest of ways can make a difference. Appreciating nature, even if it’s tending to your garden, has an impact on others who pass by. Here are other ideas each of them require very little effort:

* Pick up litter you see on the road or in a neighbor’s yard.
* Allow someone to get ahead of you in line when their need seems urgent.
* Be gracious with someone has overcharged you.
* Offer a thank-you note to someone who helped you.
* Be a person of your word.

Extraterrestrial Life

If we ever encounter extraterrestrial life, our concept of and relation to the deity will irrevocably change. So will our perceived role in the universe.

The universe is mysterious and vast, to say the least. For those who are highly spiritual, an extraterrestrial encounter won’t upset the apple cart because, in many respects, spiritual types have contemplated all along the existence of other intelligent species.

If you are so inclined, now is the easiest time in history to find and affiliate with other spiritual individuals. Through simple online research, you can find groups in your area be they meditators, chanters, or visualizers, etc.

The Opportunities Abound

You have the opportunity to read up on spirituality via many blogs, articles, and books. Countless numbers of videos produced by an array of practitioners, spiritual guides, and leaders offer timely and timeless messages on many aspects of spirituality as well.

As you begin to develop a more spiritual mindset, you realize that surrogate family members – people you have met on your journey – can be as close as nuclear family and blood relations. Except for the accident of birth, you could be ‘first cousins’ with some surrogate family members.

You can extend your spirituality to mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. They have a place on earth. Are elephants, which have the ability to exhibit more than 200 different emotions any less worthy than you or me? I think not.

Finding the Quiet

Habits that you can develop can become most comforting and bring great peace of mind. If you’re able to carve out a little time to have quiet mornings and/or quiet evenings, how rewarding that can be might surprise you. Many people have the opportunity in the morning or possibly the evening to spend 10 or 15 minutes apart from their previous routines to be contemplative, thankful, observant, and reflective.

Clearly, it’s not the one with the most toys who wins, it’s those with the most joys, and happiness comes from within.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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America Needs a Reboot

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There is a sign outside of Needville Feed that reads: “Has anyone tried unplugging the United States and plugging it back in?” Let the painful laughter ensue! It’s confession time. How many times have you been unable to figure things out on your computer and just decided to start over by rebooting in hopes of a new beginning. Sure, no one wants to lose the current good work, so you save what you can and hope for the best.

But America does need a reboot? Something is not right with America today. Some are working to get the 34 states needed to convene a National Constitutional Convention. Others are clamoring for term limits for all politicians. Unfortunately, every radical answer unleashes radical fears that such plans could create more problems than viable solutions. We seem stuck in stupid!

They want clean energy with wind and solar while they work to shut down natural gas and nuclear energy, two clean energy sources. Due to our clean energy efforts, our coal and oil resources are cleanest in the world. But they want to buy oil from questionable countries while limiting production here. Does it make sense to move from energy independence to energy dependence before we have proven clean energy alternatives that can supply the energy we need? Of course not! We’re stuck on stupid. Time to reboot expanded energy options to reclaim energy independence!

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How can you have true freedom of speech and not occasionally offend someone along the way? The answer to hateful or offensive speech, is more speech and thicker skin. People throw around the term “snowflakes” for people who want freedom for themselves but can’t handle that freedom for those who would attack their own views. Freedom is messy. Freedom is loud. Let people say what they want and experience the consequences for their comments. If you offend enough people, don’t expect to win many votes or popularity polls! It’s time to reboot freedom of speech for all!

I always thought that government was established to protect their citizens from enemies and from criminals. Why are people buying guns? Citizens want weapons to protect themselves. They are seeing far too many criminals let go without being prosecuted or punished. Government wants to take guns away from citizens, and everyone knows that criminals will keep theirs! In America today, crime seems to pay pretty well for the growing number of flash mobs, carjackers, and rioters taking what they want! Few big city DAs are doing their jobs. If you riot in the streets, rob small businesses, and attack bystanders, you should go to jail and serve time! We’re stuck on stupid! It’s time to unplug and reboot America’s law and order program!

Immigration has made America a better country, a melting pot of people who value freedom and the opportunity to earn their own dream. But people playing by the rules to immigrate to America keep waiting and never get the welcome illegal aliens receive by just crashing our Southern borders. By not having a secure border, we are advertising for more illegals to come. The Biden administration will provide transportation, let you have benefits, and work to get you housing and an eventual path to citizenship. Why immigrate legally, when doing so illegally works so well? Time to reboot. Time to finish the wall and secure our Southern border!

Martin Luther King, Jr. paid the price and rallied the country around a dream that one’s character would mean more than the color of a one’s skin. And yet today, calls for racism are encouraged. To many, you’re celebrated for saying that all whites are racist. Many blacks call for special reparations for the racism of a distant past. There is one sure result of such calls for special racial treatment-renewed racism! Reverend King would have surely affirmed that “All God’s children matter!” Under democratic leadership, America is backsliding into more racial animus. It’s time for a reboot. It’s time to reaffirm that “All men are created equal” is a value and a promise worth fighting for.

Personal responsibility for one’s choices is a critical American value. If you commit a crime, you do the time. You borrow money for something you want, you pay your debt. President Biden executive order to “forgive” student debt is not “free.” That debt isn’t “canceled;” it’s transferred to every tax-paying American. Many of those taxpayers have already worked and sacrificed to pay off their own student debt. This is not only stupid; it is an assault on basic fairness and a blatant attempt to buy votes. Reboot required! Reinstall personal responsibility programming!

In a recent interview on Jesse Watters’ Fox News show, Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution confronted the extreme actions of the left in transforming America. They are attacking and overthrowing America’s time-tested values.

To Hanson, the left is governing exactly the way they accuse the right of acting: “I mean, nobody on the right said let’s junk the 233-year-old Electoral College; [the] 180-year-old filibuster; the 150-year-old, nine-person Supreme Court. Nobody [on the right] said let’s bring in two more states and end the idea for 60 years of a 50-state union.”

It’s only left that has no problem stalling protection for right-leaning Supreme Court Justices facing demonstrations outside their homes. It’s the left that wants to radically federalize the voting laws to ensure that 70 percent of the votes would not be cast on Election Day. It’s the left that has radically weaponized the IRS with excessive increases in personnel and funding. The left calls January 6th an insurrection, but as Hanson notes: “Remember in 2021 when they had barbed wire and 30,000 troops in Washington, D.C. in the greatest weaponization since the Civil War?” Do you remember?

When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in government entitlement programs that take from your neighbor to give you the things you ought to be forced to earn for yourself. It’s time to unplug this radical administration before it is too late. In November, it’s time to reboot by booting out the politicians who have played so loosely with America’s time-tested recipe for freedom and opportunity. It’s time to send the left home!

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Redirect Yourself to Be More Productive

At any moment you have the opportunity to make a choice

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When you feel as if you’re not being as productive as you could be, or that you have strayed from your desired path, ask yourself: “What is the most effective use of my time?”

Suppose you face a variety of unrelated tasks, and what day does that not happen? Or, you face a variety of related tasks on the same project. Asking yourself what is the most effective use of my time invariably helps direct you to that task, which at present, merits your attention.

What Is the Most Effective Use of My Time

At any given moment you have the opportunity to make a choice, even if a task or project has been going well, you have the opportunity to make the choice as to how to use your time starting at that moment.

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Generally, speaking, when the self-directed question arises, it’s an indication that you’re facing some sort of quandary, and probably need to redirect your efforts. So ask yourself the question anytime you feel the need.

Will It Be Any Easier Later?

When faced with a situation I would prefer to put off, I ask myself another type of question: “Will it be any easier later?” If the task will be easier later, then I have rational justification for not proceeding on that particular task.

For example, if I have to organize all the receipts related to a certain project that will be in progress for another week, I can readily put off this task for another week. Then, with all the receipts collected, I can organize them accordingly, knowing I can do the job until its ultimate completion.

If the task won’t be any easier later, then it largely makes sense to proceed now, particularly if it might be more difficult later. Preparing for a speech, an interview, or a test or exam several days beforehand is a wiser approach to studying rather than cramming the night before.

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