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The Times They Are A’changin’

I spent the morning walk contemplating my interview last week with the Canadian host of Books 4 A Better Life, Camden McInnis (webcast). During the conversation the topic strayed to the elections in the USA. He asked my opinion of the election and candidates. I indicated my misgivings about the both candidates and the election – but I am most disheartened, and not surprised, by the many millions of residents who are angry and fearful.

One candidate represents the establishment and status quo. With Congress being in session only 110 days in 2016 (30% of the year), an unfilled Supreme Court position (effectively leaving the most relevant issues of our time left undecided), government listening to conversations without cause, email providers allowing the scanning  of private correspondence, failing infrustructure, tax-evading corporations and billionaires – it’s no wonder people want to ‘blow up the system’.

Another candidate thrives on sowing the seeds of fear and discontent. A man who reaches into the hearts of his followers and finds that dark, wounded spot and brings it forward for all to see. A man who sees nothing wrong with firing insults and demeaning comments to major sections of the populace. A man who spreads fear because he is fearful. Take away the money and fame and this man would soon realize that he wouldn’t be a blip on the radar of humanity. It is easy to see why so many follow him and overlook his heartless comments and beliefs. The wounds of many are real. Loss of jobs, loss of security, loss of peace of mind. I  know the chance of winning the lottery is slim, but it provides hope and possibility of change for the better. Many probably feel there is a slim chance this candidate can make things better in their lives, but a slim chance is better than none. The fear, too, is real. If you see a system that has brought forth your loss, and see no possibility of change, you can foresee a spiral downward. If you are told through the barrage of media reports that there is much to fear – then surely there is a good reason for this. If you are told to fear someone who is different, maybe friends or neighbors, then you’d better be afraid. After all, I’ve seen many reports of terrorists who have flown under the radar of their friends and neighbors.

Both candidates have trust issues … dare I say .. the whole country has trust issues. The lack of trust in our structures, of our system of government, of our elected officials, and ultimately lack of trust in ourselves. Yes, the structure of our beliefs need to be rebuilt and systems updated to work in a new paradigm. One that allows for flexibility, creativity and innovation. One that recognizes that instant global communication is a reality. Clandestine, nefarious activities will be exposed. Openness and honesty is what leads to trust.

Where is the rainbow after this storm? It is within each of us, individually and collectively. It is recognizing that what we have been doing isn’t working. It is recognizing big, important shifts need to occur both within ourselves and our nation. It is healing our wounded heart and becoming more compassionate with our friends and neighbors. It is to reject fear and instead, embrace change and have courage to face the unknown. The beauty of the conflict we are now witnessing is that it makes clear we are not alone in our struggles and we should not feel alone in resolving the challenges we face.

 

 

Thank you Donald Trump for all you have given us!

I personally want to thank Donald Trump for all he has given to the world!

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  • Thank you for showing us that mocking a person with physical disabilities is disgusting;
  • Thank you for uniting the country .. against you;
  • Thank you for reminding us that women are not to be objectified;
  • Thank you for raising awareness of the sacrifice Purple Heart recipients made to this country by your comment of ‘how easy it was’ for y
    ou to receive a faux medal;
  • Thank you for showing the world that democracy is not perfect;
  • Thank you for bringing to light those politicians who place themselves ahead of country;
  • Thank you for being disrespectful to the Khans – and showing your complete lack of compassion;
  • Thank you emphasizing the destructive power of words in 140 characters or less;
  • Thank you for making Hillary Clinton’s path to the presidency much easier;
  • Thank you for proposing the wall with Mexico, showing the ridiculous nature of your ‘solutions’;
  • Thank you for helping us see the blindness in those around us, your supporters;
  • Thank you for proposing the Muslim ban because it backfired and welcoming voices prevailed;
  • Thank you for showing us that ignorance of global affairs is short-sighted;
  • and most of all Thank You for sacrificing and tarnishing your image along with the millions of dollars in future revenue you will lose because you have shown the world exactly who you are!

Living in Synchronicity

Today was indeed an odd day.  Synchronicity, which can sometimes be a rare occurence, grabbed my attention not once, not twice, not even three times – but four distinct happenings in one day.

The first happening involves my newest book I am writing. Late last night I was typing a new character’s comments. He’s a young guy and addressed another character as ‘dude’ and made a comment. After typing the statement I paused and questioned myself as to whether I really wanted to write that. It was getting very late so I decided to leave what was written and look at it today with fresh eyes. The morning went by without giving it another thought.  Then, on the way to lunch I had a talk radio station playing and one of the DJ’s said the exact words I had written the evening before. “Dude….” After getting over the shock of what I heard, the Ah Ha insight was – keep writing and stop questioning yourself.

The second happening began when I was reading some random Facebook posts this morning.  I came across Lyn Ragan’s page Signs of the Afterlife. I’ll be honest, I don’t often read the comments but do enjoy looking at the photos and quotes she posts. Today there was a thread about what to say to someone who’s loved one has passed on. The responses were thoughtful, kind and sensitive. Little did I know that this afternoon I would be drawing upon those comments when a good friend called me and told me of a mutual dear friend passing on last night. Her passing was sudden and shocked us all. I just spoke with her last week.

The third happening was just interesting. While walking today I found a $5 bill. This was cool and I decided to post a pic of it on Facebook. (Not something I would normally do.) It generated some nice comments but my FB friend, Christy Wilkinson wrote “Robert so glad you found the $5.00. I’m a number woman so I looked at the numbers on the bill. I saw on the bill IC 144 which used to be an old ext. where I used to work. I saw someone today that used to work there too. That was so cool.” What are the odds?

The final odd occurence was when I went to check my LinkedIn page which I do only occasionally I saw that one of my connections had posted a link to a product that was a “Fountain of Youth” pill. I clicked on the link (again, something I rarely do) which took me to the page which discussed the product and how it affects one’s telomeres. I had never heard that term so took a few moments to ‘Google’ it and learn a bit.  Tonight I watched the movie ‘The Age of Adaline’ and wouldn’t you know it – at the end of the movie was a discussion about telomeres – a term I did not know until today.

Each happening was not a massive life changing event by any stretch.. but each showed me something helpful to remember.

  • Keep writing this new book – and stop questioning myself;
  • A short Facebook detour reading a thread about emotional compassion was exactly what I needed when a friend called this afternoon – and a reminder of the gift of life we have each and every day;
  • Sharing my fortunate $5 find helped a friend see the ‘coolness’ when it reminded her of an ex-job and meeting an ex-coworker today.
  • and my out-of-the-ordinary check in with LinkedIn, a friend’s post and my curiosity about a term I did not know – helped me understand a discussion in a movie I saw tonight that I would not have understood had I not followed that desire to learn.

So it was a day for me to be shown the value of being confident, taking detours, sharing, being curious, learning new things & most of all – a reminder of the value of life.

Interview Guests Directory works for me

I’m very pleased with the results I have so far received from listing myself as a guest on www.InterviewGuestsDirectory.comInterviewGuestsDirectory150

~ within the first week of listing I had scheduled 3 interviews from different parts of the country. Each was with a quality show and host. The site makes it very easy to promote and is very reasonably priced. A definite must for self-published authors like myself!

When ‘no thanks’ means ‘no thanks’

A podcaster recently sent me a request to be on my show. Not convinced that I wanted her as a guest, I waited a couple days. Meanwhile I get another email from the same email address from ‘the publicist’ of that individual saying how much she has to offer. The email did not have ‘the publicist’ name. That made the decision very easy – no thanks – I’ll pass.

For God’s sake – if you’re going to fake a publicist then use a unique email address and fake name!

The individual responded to my ‘no thanks’ that she was disappointed with my decision and ‘What are you looking for?’ – that’s easy – authentic people.

Spirituality BITEs Motivates Readers to ‘BITE back’

It was my hope that my new eBook ‘It’s No Secret.. Spirituality BITEs‘ would stimulate thought and action in the reader to DO SOMETHING to better their life. Recent feedback has allowed me to shift that ‘hope’ into ‘faith’ that the eBook will do as intended.

I received the following email at 1:11am this morning.

Hi Bob,

So, I’ve read your new book… a few times. I won’t go as far to say as your books “haunt me” but they certainly leave a lasting impression. To be honest, when I read Spirituality Bites the first time I thought it was a bit more negative than Joy Potential. But then when I reread it, it became clear that the whole idea, to me at least, is to “rise above” all the negativity we might encounter, learn from it and just move on to more productive things. I especially like #5 Evil exists… and we met. There is a person at work who, for the past 4 years, has caused complete turmoil among our staff. Totally unprofessional and very hard to please…. belligerent at times. And she happens to be a supervisor. We often times play along to appease. But the quote about “non-cooperation with evil being is as much a duty as cooperation with good” hit home. I’ve recently written a formal complaint about her to our HR manager, and I must say, I felt damn good about it. So thank you.

Anyway… you’re truly gifted and I hope you keep writing. I really enjoy your work.

Love, —–

Thank you Reader for your feedback! It is greatly appreciated! ~ With Gratitude, Robert (aka Bob) ~

 

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Copies can be ordered at http://www.biteradio.me/spiritualitybites.html

From Indignant and Outrage, to Thanks and Gratitude

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I started my walk this morning indignant and outraged and ended it with thanks and gratitude ~ What happened? I’ll start with what had me indignant. I had a ‘spiritual’ guest on my show this week who indicated “I had a blast with you today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the conversation. You ROCK!” This guest has literally hundreds of thousands of ‘fully-engaged’ connections on social media. The show was not ‘shared’ with these connections ~ before or after the show ~ EVEN AFTER I mention it as a suggestion. If I ROCK then why not share to conversation? This simple act of cross-promotion may have been helpful to building my listener base. The ‘Tip of the Day’ from The Possibility Coaches (former guests) is: Commit to taking other people less personally today! The words & actions of others has nothing to do with you. What someone else says or does is a projection or an outpouring of their own perceptions of reality …” Keeping that in mind, it became clear to me that this guest’s lack of action has to do with their ego and control and not with the ‘value’ of our conversation.

How did I get to Thanks and Gratitude? It was something another guest on my show this week said. It was Jonathan Robinson author of Finding Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing More Love, Balance and Joy Into Your Life. During that show he gave the ‘shortcut’ that if confronted with a difficult situation ask yourself “What possible good can come from this?” I asked myself that question. I received two distinct answers: 1) The lack of mutual benefit from having and promoting guests on my show for more than 3.5 years is not working for me. It’s time to re-evaluate whether to continue to pour hundreds of hours of effort into something that is not giving me the support I need, and 2) It provided me with the emotional arousal I needed to infuse into my second book Spirituality BITEs. I have known for some time that I needed to add some passion to my beliefs ~ and the inconsiderate guest provided me with the fire in my belly.

So THANK YOU former guests for showing me what I needed to see today – I am GRATEFUL.

When a picture is worth .. more than.. a thousand words … The Art of HealingArt

I had a wonderful conversation with artist Jacqueline Ripstein about her book The Art of HealingArt.  Her art is truly amazing.  We discussed the point when she was ‘pushed’ into displaying her art which up to that point was only viewed by her … she felt ‘exposed’ to the world.  Yet once she overcame her fear she discovered that her work actually provided a ‘healing’ aspect to the viewer and would eventually be viewed by thousands worldwide.

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Architect of Your Own Destiny

We talked about the importance of expressing our creativity in whatever form brings us pleasure .. be it art.. cooking .. gardening .. woodworking … photography… film making .. what ever brings you joy – DO IT!

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Jacqueline shared her inspiration for the two pictures in this blog.  What they mean to her .. and the symbolism depicted.  Listen to my show with Jacqueline at the following link .. and enjoy … Bringing Inspiration To Earth Show featuring Jacqueline Ripstein

 

Ungrateful so-and-so

I recently experienced a couple instances that brought that phrase to mind and added to my A.G.E. (Awareness Generating Experience).  Now, I often have guests on my radio show that talk about the importance of gratitude.  It’s important to feel it – and express it.  Over the past week I provided assistance to a couple individuals and didn’t get a ‘thanks’ or acknowledgement of the time I devoted to help.  One didn’t even acknowledge me at all! (I was asked by a friend to help this individual – they thanked my friend for the work I did!)  The other received assistance from 3 DIFFERENT SOURCES and to my knowledge still has not acknowledged the efforts of those trying to help. Knowing that I was shown this for a reason, I pondered this on my morning Nature walk.  What I was shown was that – FIRST – to remind me to continue to express my gratitude to ALL Angels, Earthly and Divine for the assistance I am receiving. It’s easy to recognize the Earthly assistance – it’s here on the physical plane – and it means respond to the email or phone call from someone trying to help you. It’s not as easy to remember with the Divine assistance. That can’t be seen and is often overlooked. I often ask for Divine assistance and if I don’t see it manifest I sometimes forget to say thank you regardless of how things may appear. I must TRUST that all Angelic assistance is in full gear and working for my best interest.  And – SECOND – to stop trying to help those who do not appreciate and value my time.   It’s a reminder for me to use my time more wisely by working on my ‘stuff’ and to only help those who truly know the meaning of gratitude. The message was clear to me – don’t become a so-and-so ~ and whatever the case, Earthly or Divine assistance – remember to not only to SAY Thank You – but to MEAN Thank You. thanks

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