Republicans Democrats – Christians Muslims – left right – black white

Come together, right now…
The Beatles said it best.

Wow! The world seems to be pretty divided right now. Just last night I heard Democrats screaming that the Republicans are the problem with America, and then I heard Republicans screaming the Democrats are the problem. Four years ago I heard that President Trump will make America great again. And twelve years ago I was told that President Obama would make America great again. So which is it? 

From where I’m sitting (I’m an Independent. I don’t need a party to tell me what to think, I can think for myself, and you should too), both sides, and all Americans want the same things. Good income, safe neighborhood, strong house, choice of good food, respect from others, and hope. If you actually read the Republican and Democrat platforms they are almost identical on intent, but worded differently. Here is the problem; we all have similar basic wants, both parties tell us they want us to have our basic wants, so why are we fighting about it? 

You might be thinking that the Democrats are only helping the poor, and the minorities. And Republicans only care about the rich and powerful. Well here’s the thing, 90% of politicians in our government, ARE MILLIONAIRES. Does someone who has every need and most wants met know what the person making $10,000, $30,000 even $100,000 a year needs or wants? There is a huge disconnect, and yet we the 98% fight with each other over which party loves us more. I will use president Biden as my example. He has been a democrat leader for 47 years, he is paid by our tax dollars. HOW DID HE BECOME A MILLIONAIRE? Sorry I got sidetracked, Biden has spent 47 years working for us and nothing has changed except his families bank accounts. But it’s not just Biden. It is 90% of our leaders. 

Everything has two sides, it takes two to tango, two to fight, two to create life. I believe that you can attribute this to a law of the universe known as the law of duality. Which states that everything has an opposite. Light – dark, big – little, or up – down. Our emotions also operate on this law. As in happy – sad, or love – hate. Now I want you to think about this; at what point does hot become cold? Or when does light become dark? To a nocturnal animal nighttime is bright as day. However to you and me it seems dark. I am freezing when the temperature drops below 60°, I live in South Florida where thankfully it doesn’t drop that low very often. But if you live in Canada it may feel extremely hot at 60°. I’m not bad for feeling cold, and Canadians aren’t bad for feeling hot. 

The point I’m trying to make is that we all see the same things in different ways. Which is exactly how the universe is designed. We are normal, we are operating just as the universe intended. Once you realize that we are all the same, have similar wants and needs, and our differences have been designed by God, Allah, the Universe, or whatever you believe created us. Then you can see our differences as blessings from a creator, and open your mind to other points of view. We will all see, feel and think differently. You will never think exactly as I think. It is impossible. We may have similar beliefs but we will never think exactly alike, because we have had a different set of life experiences, and that’s ok. We can be different and still be friends 

We all need to take a step back and look at each other as if we are one and the same, because we are! The only way to become one country, one world, one universe is by embracing our differences. By being grateful for our differences and respecting our differences.

The Golden Rule

I’m sure you’ve heard of The Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would do unto me. Ie: treat people, animals, plants the way you want to be treated. You want to be treated with respect, treat others with respect. You want happy cashiers at the store? Treat them with happiness, want to be liked, be likeable.

I’m sure you’ve heard all of this before, it’s not new information. We all want to be treated with respect, we all need to be accepting of our differences, we all just wanna get along. So, as Nike™ says, “JUST DO IT”! Start getting along! Start showing respect! Begin the process by you sharing happiness, love and respect, and then watch how those same things come back to you.

We are all the same. One world, one giant organism. So we better get along, or we become extinct.

If we all do this the world would be an amazing place. After all if variety is the spice of life, then let’s embrace our own individual variety! Let’s change the world by changing ourselves.

Chemical FREE meat

An excerpt from chapter 11 of THE HAPPINESS EFFECT.

Check out Ch 11 on my YouTube channel

Let me take a second and talk about meat. As you noticed, I didn’t include it in the “big three.” Why? The vegan diet is pretty powerful, and vegans have proven that you can survive on a plant-based diet. The key word is “survive.” You are not looking to just survive. You are reading this book because you want a perfectly balanced life in total happiness and abundance.

Cow sitting in their own feces. Looks healthy right?

     The truth is that I am a meat eater, although I fill up on vegetables. I really love ground beef; I think I could eat a hamburger every day. I would, however, substitute goat meat for beef if the cost was reasonable. Goat meat is extremely beneficial for you with its high nutrient and high protein content, without the bad fats from beef. Goats are also mostly organically raised, and the meat really just tastes like beef (at least when ground, it does). Goats take up less space to raise and release less methane than cows, which would help our environment. However, Americans consume more beef than any other wealthy country, and Americans are near the bottom of the good health list when it comes to wealthy countries. I wonder if there could be a connection. Hmm.

    Have you ever seen the tv show, Friends episode where Joey had meat sweats? To this day when I eat low quality meat, I tend to sweat profusely. My wife and I tested this and when I eat meat without chemicals, I have no reaction. It seems to be the chemicals in low quality meats. I try to only eat naturally fed (grass, free range, or pasture) meat without any chemicals added. I will not buy meat with hormones or antibiotics in it, as they affect our bodies in a very negative way. I prefer non-GMO meat. GMO crops have all been chemically treated, so the animal’s body is absorbing those unnatural chemicals as well, which means when we eat meat, our bodies will inherit traces of chemicals from fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. Also, GMO corn and soybean fed cattle have less nutrient value than pasture-raised livestock. According to “Conventional grain-fed beef is highly nutritious, but grass-fed beef contains more carotenoids, vitamin E and other antioxidants.”

     I feel that paying a little more money for chemical-free meat is worth the cost. Better quality meat makes a huge difference in how your body is able to digest it, which benefits your other life centers as well.
     I made my decision to continue eating meat because vegans do not consume vitamin B12 and some other smaller, less essential nutrients in great enough quantities to allow their bodies to reach a perfect balance. If you only eat plants, you will need to take B12 supplements to find balance in your body, which means you have to take a synthesized or man-made substance. But if you have to take a man-made chemical, doesn’t it kind of defeat the purpose of going vegan? This one little fact tells me our bodies are designed, or have evolved, to require the nutrients that can only be obtained through consuming animal protein.    

     We as a society need to figure out how to produce enough meat in a humane way, without using chemicals. Maybe we could try going back to smaller local farms growing crops and raising livestock for their immediate county’s use. We don’t need to feed the world. We do need to feed each other. Just a thought.

#gmo #grassfedmeat #naturalmedicine #naturalfood


Gratitude is the key…

As the new year approaches, I thought that a little reminder that abundance follows gratitude might help you start your new year.

Yup, it’s true… what you’re thankful for today will be multiplied for you tomorrow. This is true in all areas of your life, however today I’m going to talk solely about money.

If you want more money be grateful for what you already have. I have seen this manifest in my life in a way that still seems rather enchanting. For most of my life I was always complaining about the lack of money I had. I bitched that others got the breaks and it was someone else’s fault that I was broke. Even when an unexpected bonus, or extra cash showed up in my life, I would complain how it wasn’t enough, why didn’t I get more, and then I would rush out and spend it. I would also complain as I spent my money saying “if only it was more, why don’t I ever have enough?” I would complain about how everyone has more than me, and I allowed this negativity to rule my life. Do you want to know what happened? More of the same, I never had enough, and I was never really happy.

Money is good.

Overtime, as I began transforming my life, by reading and researching happiness, positivity, natural foods and medicine, I started to see and feel a change. One day I watched a webinar by author and money guru Ken Honda (his book HAPPY MONEY is great). One point he really focused on was that we need to be just as grateful when we spend money, as we are when we receive money. As he states it “Arigato my money”, or thank you my money. I started to shift my thoughts to gratitude as I paid bills, even when I could not pay them all. On payday I committed to taking a couple of minutes to feel grateful for the money I received, and as I paid the bills, I actually said “Thank you” everytime I hit the pay button or wrote a check. I didn’t focus on the amounts of money in or out. I focused on the feeling of gratitude for having money.

Be grateful for your money… Giving and receiving!!!

Slowly I started noticing that somehow I had money left over, fifty cents one week, $10 another. It wasn’t overnight, but now I had extra money in my checking account. Not thousands, but enough to have breathing room. My credit score went from around 350 to over 700, all in less than a year. I stopped attaching worry, fear, anger and anxiety over my finances, and replaced those feelings with happiness and gratitude for my money.

This simple shift has brought me more abundance than I can say. It works with uncanny perfection. I believe it to be true that being thankful, or, arigato for our money will bring more contentment, confidence, and money into your life. I have lived the experience and it works… like a charm.

How will you embrace gratitude for your money in 2021? Will you continue to worry, and complain that you don’t have enough? Or, will you embrace gratitude for what you have? As is true in ALL things in our lives, The choice is yours, I know you will make the best choice.

#money #positivity #arigato #kenhonda #abundance #paybills #happy

Greatness takes time

     December 21st is the winter solstice as well as the shortest day of the year. How many of you noticed any difference between sunset on the 21st, vs the 20th? My Christmas lights come on at 5:30pm and it seemed to be dark about the same time as the day before. As a matter of fact I didn’t notice it getting darker for a week or more before the 21st.

The Grand Conjunction or the Christmas star 2020

     How many of you watched the Grand Conjunction? This was a once every 800+ year astronomical event where the planets Jupiter and Saturn pass close together forming a single bright star. If you had been paying attention throughout the year the two stars slowly came together. There was little difference of the spread everyday, however when you looked back over time the planets covered a lot of sky to come together.

Greatness takes time

     Nature takes its time to create greatness. We are a part of nature, and for that reason creating greatness in our lives also takes time. If you want to live a happier, healthier and more abundant life, you will need to take a step forward everyday. If you read one page in a book, and learn one small thing today, you will become smarter. However when you wake up tomorrow you will most likely see or feel no different. Your life will still be stagnant. Now on day two, three, and so on, if you continue to read one page, and learn one new thought, you will begin to see and feel the change. Now after thirty days, three months, or a year when you look back, you will see how much you accomplished, you will be amazed!

Started from a seed

     Day by day the little changes seem insignificant, but when you add them all up you will see the change as monumental. Just as the difference between December 21st and June 21st is like night and day, accomplishing, learning and growing everyday creates monumental changes to your life over time as well.

One step a day to achieve… ANYTHING

     If you commit to taking that one step everyday, I guarantee you that after 6 months your life will begin looking drastically different. You can be, do, have anything you want, but you have to commit to it daily. Take daily steps, but focus on the long-term change.
We, like nature, take time to achieve greatness.

Zebra Longwing devastates Pasion vine.

Heliconius charithoniaThe Zebra Longwing butterfly is a warm weather insect that is found mostly from Florida, south into Central and S. America. However they have been spotted as far north as Nebraska, crazy! I’ve been to Nebraska and it gets cold there even in July! The Zebra Longwing butterfly relies on passion flower, and only the passion flower for its life to continue. They remember when and where a plant is found, and they will return generation after generation confident that the plant will be there for food for its babies, the caterpillars.Every year here in Florida we look forward to the onslaught of spiney, white and orange crawling caterpillars. They will eventually bring the butterfly to life. Or is it that I wait for the butterfly to bring the caterpillars? You know; which came first the egg or the chicken? My wife loves her butterflies and we encourage them with plants we know they are attracted to.The passion vine, passion flower, or scientifically known as Passiflora attracts the mature longwing butterfly, and is the host plant for this butterfly’s larvae. Meaning that this specific butterfly only lays eggs on this specific plant. And the caterpillars only eat the passion flower leaves.
Every year our plant gets bushy to the point that the trellis is ready to snap under the weight of the leaves. When the vine is allowed to grow it multiplies to gargantuan heights. Maybe exaggerating a little, however it is a very prolific grower.
Somehow nature knows that the vine is ready for an invasion, and then… here comes the voracious appetite of the Zebra caterpillar. Within 2 months or less, all of the leaves are decimated, and the plant looks like it is dead.Once the leaves are gone and the chrysalis have transformed into sexy black and yellow butterflies, the passion vine begins its life anew. Within just a few days after being devoured, small signs of life peak out from the dead looking plant. Before you know it, the vine will be overflowing with success, and then the process starts over.The vine never gives up and just keeps bouncing back. Just like us silly humans need to do. This natural life cycle of insect, and plants is a great demonstration for your life. The vine never gives up. As life challenges it by caterpillars eating all its leaves, passion vine saves just enough gas in its tank to begin its life anew.We are not that different from nature. As a matter of fact, we are nature, so it makes sense that we act and respond in similar ways. When your life seems over, remember the passion vine who bounces back from certain death every year.
You too will bounce back, and begin living again. You always have just enough gas in your tank to start over, it’s nature’s way. Now it is your choice how you use that gas to fuel your life. You just have to decide to get up and start growing again.With just a little positive momentum and some fresh natural nutrients, you will come back strong, just like Passiflora.
With a little faith in yourself you will be confident to transform into a new you. Just like the Zebra Longwing butterfly having faith that a plant will be waiting for its return every year, with faith you will know that the tools that you need to transform will also be there when you need them. With a little belief you will find a way to transform into the perfect you. Then with this knowledge you can begin your journey to a new happier, perfect you.