By: Gail Stone
In honor of Martin Luther King's "Dream" and all of our dreams. . .
As we end MLK month, we are all reminded of the lofty dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. had for our nation and its foundation of equality for all. His dream was so powerful that it has taken on a life of its own for us to nurture and continue to build upon. You have the power to do the same.
What are your dreams? Dream big! Give your dreams a life of their own. Dreams are as powerful as we want them to be. We just have to choose to nurture them. If we allow ourselves to dream and use our tools to manifest them, almost anything is possible!
Every day we hear about people - of all ages and circumstances - who have realized their dreams! Only you can stand in your way of the kind of life that you choose. We have the power.
Find your dream, write it down and make it a priority. Focus on it. Create a "dream board" by accumulating pictures, memorabilia, words, phrases, quotes that support your dream. Have a dream plan with tactical steps to follow. Share your dream with the universe. You never know who or what your dream may attract!
Several years ago, Jack Canfield, of "Chicken Soup" fame, was driven with his desire to share his endless knowledge about life, focusing on it almost every waking moment. He bumped into an editor from a fledging periodical called The Enquirer. They shared their dreams, as she offered to enter an excerpt from one of his, yet to be published, books. From there, the rest is history. You just have to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. From my perspective, that was no chance to this meeting. Jack attracted editor of The Enquirer because of his consistent thoughts and focus on his dream. Our thoughts determine who and what we attract in our lives. Be mindful.
Ask yourself, if you were to take 100%, what percentage of intention and what percentage of mechanism would you need to accomplish your dream? Think about it...
"If the intention is clear, the mechanism will appear." 100% intention! Always. mechanisms, the means to accomplish dreams, are endless!
And so, let us all bring more meaning into our lives by working towards realizing our dreams with 100% intention. In doing so, your success and exhilaration will likely create a better world, with your desire to help others! How exciting is that!? By making the decision to manifest your dream(s), you can become a powerful person by helping others and changing the world into a better place!
I leave you with a few parting and inspirational words:
This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do, and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life. Take the power to control your own life, to make it healthy, exciting, worthwhile and very happy. - Susan Polis Schutz
We grow great by dreams. . . - Woodrow Wilson
No one has put a limit on your dreams, so build those dreams and get moving!
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By Susan "Honey" Good
Reflecting on this week is not possible without thinking about the enormous impact Hurricane Harvey has had on our country. I am so inspired by the way that we, as a nation, have come together to support these individuals. Here are some beautiful stories that will surely make you feel proud of the human race. It's always nice to end your week feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!
In terms of things here at Honey Good, I started this week with the idea of the visibility of women my age. I was so disheartened when so many of my girlfriends said that they felt invisible, so I dedicated this post to explaining how I remain visible and how you can too!
Monday, I shared a story from some dear guest contributors, Billy and Akaisha Kaderli. They wrote about medical tourism, which is a fascinating topic, in my opinion. Generally, Medical Tourism refers to going elsewhere other than your own city or state to receive medical care. For example, people in the U.S. have been going out of their home state to Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic for years, and no one thinks twice about it. Canadians will come to the U.S. for procedures perhaps because they don’t want to deal with long waits in their own home country or maybe they have other personal reasons.
By Susan "Honey" Good
Whew! What a week it has been, we discussed a wide range of topics, chatted live on Facebook and opened up a new giveaway.
One theme, I would say, for this week has been gratitude.
This week started on a bit of a somber yet grateful note, by reflecting on Shelly and my commitment to our pooch, Orchid. Caring for a dog diagnosed with ALS is no easy feat emotionally nor physically, but we are grateful that we have the opportunity to join forces to give her the best life possible despite this illness.
Speaking of gratitude, this week we also discussed incorporating gratitude into your life and all of its wonderful benefits including a stronger immune system and better quality of sleep. When times are tough, gratitude can be even tougher to practice, but I genuinely believe that there is always something to be grateful for, even if it is something small!
Summer and the heat zap the body and our energy. While those warm days lull us outdoors and into pools or the beach, the heat can easily be too much to handle. But there are more things to do when the mercury blasts upward than just swimming or lounging by the water. And, sometimes, even those waves or the pool’s clear waters don’t always feel great when the heat and the humidity are in full force.
The secret to enjoying the summer means knowing when to head indoors…and when to venture out. The hottest times—and most dangerous for the sun’s rays—occur from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beat the heat, and plan your outdoor activities around the peak sun hours.
Enjoy summer inside and out with a few summer suggestions:
Curious, I asked her what she meant. Did she have a new rock garden in her back yard? Has she been collecting some of the local semi-precious stones around Guatemala?
“No, nothing like that… Ever since Mom died my brother, his wife and I haven’t been getting along. They are sure that Mom squirreled away a fortune and they are spending theirs trying to find it. I’ve told them that there IS no fortune, but they are convinced and they think I am lying to cover up.
“So… these are the stones I carry around in my basket right now..."
By Susan "Honey" Good
In the English language, there are some things there are just not words for. Do you know what I mean, dear readers?
The feeling you get when you hold your first grandchild. A word to describe how excitement begins in the pit of your belly and bubbles up through your lungs before flinging itself out of your mouth as a gasp. Or, a word to describe the jittery feeling as you talk to someone you fancy? There are no words... or are there?
I so enjoyed this article that I recently happened upon, and so I had to share with you.
Words are so powerful.
There is a "trend" right now of quotes adorning everything from t-shirts to mugs to home decor to purses... and I love it!
What better way to keep oneself inspired than by surrounding yourself at home, work and play with words that move you, words that motivate you and words that matter.
Because words, even when we select the wrong ones, really make a difference. Just a friendly reminder to choose wisely, dear readers.
By Susan "Honey" Good
My life is a whirlwind. Is yours? I bet it is! Better yet, I hope it is... better for our lives to be too full than lacking, right?
And yet, I typically try to find time for me. It's imperative that each of us take the time to renew, to refill our vessels. For me, that might mean a long walk with Orchid or time spent well-wasted with girlfriends, or my best "girlfriend," Shelly, my ultimate concierge.