Friday, May 30, 2014

The Secret to Happiness

I remember watching the DVD, “Secret to Happiness”.   Yeah I cheated, I didn't read the book.  After watching this entire DVD, I was ready to start thinking positively to allow for the powerful energy to flow freely.  Bring on the happiness.   

I can honestly see this working.  There’s a lot of truth to thinking positively and believing in success, but I stumbled upon my own answer.

The secret to happiness in my eyes is GIVING.  Yep, it’s that simple.  If you are wishing for a Blessing you must first be the blessing.  When you give to someone without wanting anything back in return the reward comes in two folds.  First, the person who you are helping will receive the benefit of your giving.  The second reward is what you feel when you see the person happy.  Hearing someone say, “Thank you” is extremely gratifying and will in-turn make you smile.  Knowing that you’re making someone else’s day can truly have a positive effect on you.

Your giving does not have to be big.  It can be a small act of kindness.  Give a smile or a hug.  You can bless someone with a nice tip or send a "Thank You" note.  These are small ways to let someone know you appreciate them.  

Some of us may be looking for happiness in all the wrong places.  If you’re looking for happiness in money and positive thinking the problem arises in that it only focuses on self.  The want for more money is so you can live comfortably.  Yes, many of us say want to be able to take care of family and friends, but that is only after we no longer have to struggle for it.  Positive thinking solely helps you make progressive steps toward a happier tomorrow.  None of these steps toward happiness factor in anyone else. 

My advice to others when they’re down, sad, mad or confused—go be a Blessing.  Things will slowly start to turn around in your life.  Give without any expectations and watch what happens!  It’s not about you.  It was never about you.  

Give and Give generously!

-- JG

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Soaring Higher and Higher

I have started taking a huge interest in hawks.  I've never noticed them before.  I've maybe seen 3 in my entire life.  Recently, I see them everywhere! This alone made me stop and wonder.  The logical side of me knows its mating season and probably normal for hawks to be flying around.  The other side, wonders if there's a meaning behind these miraculous hawk sightings?  

I was on on a 6 hour road trip just the other day and I easily saw 12 hawks during the course of our travels.  At one point, I noticed 5 hawks perched on a billboard sign.  It felt like something was smacking me in the face saying, "Do you see us now?"  

Low-and-behold the second I typed, "I see hawks" into the search bar, answers started flying across my screen.

The hawk animal is a messenger.  These sightings represent a spiritual awakening.  Hawks soar high above the trees, but have keen eye sight to see even the smallest animal on the ground.  The message I am receiving has to do with being able to see more clearly and entering into a new spiritual dimension. Hawk Spiritual Meaning

I'm blown away by this research, but I don't want to jump on the crazy train just yet, so I decide to test my hawk sightings.

Within the last couple weeks I took two small road trips with friends.  I waited to see if they spotted the hawks I was continuously noticing.  When no one else saw them I decided to point them out myself, but every single time they would reply, "Where?"

How amazing!  The hawks are certainly there, it's just up to us to notice them or not.

This made me wonder how many things happen in the course of a day that we miss.  How many Blessings does God shine on us and we walk right past them.  Seeing these hawks give me a sense of awareness.  They make me take a brief moment to say, "God I see you.  I hear you AND thank you."

Do you have special moments in your life where God is speaking to you?

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to soar higher.

-- JG

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Judgement Free Zone

 Oh the beautiful hurdles of life.  I'm learning to love them even if I don't agree with them.

I remember growing up it was hard for me to be friends with a girlfriend if she kept going back out with the same loser boyfriend.  She would come to me crying and seeking advice.  I would give her all the advice and support she needed. Then she would get back with him.  I felt slighted as a friend like she chose him over me, but that was not the case, she just couldn't help how she felt for him.

Today, I am completely over those childlike feelings.  My girlfriend and I have a saying we use often, "If you like it, I love it."  I absolutely love having a friend who's ultimate goal is to see me happy.  Don't get it twisted, we need to be frank sometimes, but we understand there is a time and a place for deliverance of the undesirable truth.  There are times when I specifically ask for the truth.  There were other times when she simply says, I just need your support right now.  I have grown to truly respect this friendship.  I know she does not judge me and I do not judge her.  

I always thought how great it was that I mastered the art of being a good friend until I recently realized this same type of understanding needs to be filed into your family relationships as well.

As I get older I tend to keep my family out of less personal information.  I have learned in my premarital class just how important it is to keep certain things private because it can ruin the family dynamic of the new family you are building and the family that's always been there.  Not to mention sometimes we always think we have the green light to give opinions on close relatives simply because they're family but this is not true.  

I am learning that we are suppose to "Just Love".  We are not suppose to give opinions and advice unless it's asked.  This is very hard for me as I am still learning it myself.  We cannot condemn someone for doing something their way, especially when they become adults.  Everyone's life is different some people take the long way to get places while others prefer shorter routes.  

-- JG

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Living with Expectancy

Wow!  This article was published in Metro Proponent January of this year.  
5 Months later it's all coming into fruition-- every single thing I stated in this article.  
Speak life and love into everything you do! There's power in words.

Big changes are upon the horizon.  2014 has a lot in store for us.  I am speaking it and believing this into existence.  I hope and pray you do the same.  

For me personally, I am ready to take a big leap of faith in hopes to finally walk into my purpose.  I don't want to chase money, beg for promotions, work holidays and continually sacrifice my peace and happiness for what other people think I should do.  When you really think about it, are you happy with where you are in your life?  If yes—that’s amazing!  If no, what’s holding you back?

These are the questions I've asked myself every single day this year.  Some days it brought tears to my eyes because my answer would always end with the same result- I have bills and need this check.  Yes, this is a very serious reason to stay in your current profession, but it can also keep you there forever if you let it.  Next thing you know ten years have passed, two kids later, you're in the same house and still hate your job.  

I want more.  I want so much more and will no longer allow the little bit that I'm receiving to be okay.  2014 will be a year of new beginnings for me- Mark My Words!  I am ready for change.  With all this momentum, keep in mind, with change comes good and bad.  Here’s how we stay positive through this reality.  The bad will make us stronger, it will become our testimony, and it will build character and test our strength.  The good will-- well, you know, it'll be great!  

My ultimate goal is to wake up every day and be happy.  I want to walk into my purpose and feel like I am making a difference.  I want to be so in love with what I'm doing that I don't even know when the check is hitting my account.  There are only a tiny percentage of people that live a fulfilled life like this, but I am destined to be one of those people, if I have to search my entire life to get there. 

What are you speaking over your life?