The Greatest Freedom Is When You Don’t Care What Anyone Thinks Of You

Written By: Gary Wonning

The Greatest Freedom Is When You Don’t Care What Anyone Thinks Of You

Many times we spend worthless hours worrying and thinking about if people like us or approve of what we are doing.

This is wasted time, not only can we not control what others think of us, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. We are not in charge of what others think, and regardless of what we do or how we act, many will still think unkind thoughts about us, and think we have an ulterior motive, regardless of the deeds we perform.

There is an old saying, “A good deed never goes unpunished.”

This is so true. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do the good deed, we do it for our own satisfaction and knowing we did the best we good to do the right thing, regardless of what others will perceive it to be.

Thinking those thoughts will raise our own attitude and by not looking for an external reward we won’t be disappointed if the recognition doesn’t come.

If someone appreciates it, that is just icing on the cake, it is never about public recognition.

Once we begin to realize this, our personal self-esteem escalates and we begin to realize how free we are from the thoughts of others, that is the true definition of freedom.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The Head And Heart, Twin Pillars

Written By: Gary Wonning

The two pillars, Jachin and Boaz, of masonic teachings have many meanings and refer to several different facets of our daily lives.

From time immemorial, these two pillars have stood as a symbol of our efforts to lead a just and moral life.

They not only allude to the physical attributes of life but our spiritual and emotional as well.  In ancient times they alluded to King Solomon establishing his kingdom in strength, in more modern times than can often allude to our ability to establish our life in strength and stability.

Often times we make decisions based on the whims of the heart. This is not all a negative, but many times we let our emotions overrule our good common sense and what may be the correct course of action to take over the long run.

That is where the logic of the mind or head comes in.  In the final analysis, what we would really want in the long run would be what would be the most beneficial for us over the span of a lifetime or beyond.  For that, we need to temper the emotions of the heart with the logic of the mind.

What may be good for us or seem to be the emotional course to take, could very well lead us down a path we should choose not to go.

In order to choose the correct path for ourselves, we should consider the needs of the heart and our emotional well being with the sensible decisions of the mind, thereby using the twin pillars of our own being to contemplate what is the best path for us to follow.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Paradise is a Matter of Perception

Written by : Gary Wonning

Paradise is just a matter of perception. What is one person’s perception of paradise could be another person’s idea of Hell.

Naturally, we don’t all like the same thing  or have the same values. 

Someone living in Belize or Australia may have a different idea than someone living in the United States of what paradise is. While someone living in a cold climate may view paradise as existing in a somewhat warmer environment, in the heat of summer, an individual living in the tropics may long for a cooler climate.

How many would really like to live in the Garden of Eden and lay around and pick apples all day? Sounds pretty boring to me. To some, the idea of paradise would be living in a major city with all different varieties of social activities to keep them entertained, while others would prefer the quiet life of living near a small country stream, living in nature and watching birds and wildlife scampering about.

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What one perceives as an idea lifetime mate would often be another’s nightmare. There isn’t anything wrong with either person, they are perfect in God’s eyes, it’s just that each person’s idea of what is perfect is slightly different. We all live in a different reality and thus have a different perception of paradise. We all have different needs to what makes us happy and be fulfilled.

One person’s perception of an idea home would be too big, too small, too messy or too clean to another.

So it is just a matter of perception of what we are experiencing or have encountered in the past, coupled with what we want in this lifetime.

Paradise can mean many things to many people. Many think they would like to return to the lifestyle of yesteryear. They often fail to think this through, would they really want to live as our ancestors did, without the conveniences of modern day life? 

If they would, that option is still open to them, we live in a free country, they can live as they please, nothing is stopping them but their own inactions. 

If everyone’s idea of paradise is different, where is the physical paradise everyone aspires to live? 

In my humble opinion, it’s in your mind, it is our mission in life to find paradise as we see it. There is no one place that would be paradise to everyone. It’s something we create or reject in our own reality.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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The sunsets over Lake Santee depicting paradise

 

 

Our Biggest Fear

Our Biggest Fear

Think back for a moment , back to the times in your life when you experienced fear. Think about the things you fear the most.

Was it a monster in the closet when you were four? Was the possibility of losing a job when you were an adult and had a family to support, or losing your life in an accident or some serious disease?

There is some thing you fear even more. If you are an average human , the one thing you fear the most. This is what is holding you back from achieving your highest potential in life.

You fear being successful. You fear you are inadequate and undeserving. You have nurtured this fear through many lifetimes and have come to enjoy the feeling it brings, as well as the excuse it offers , you have fallen in love with the emotion.

It is far easier to find an excuse for not succeeding and let someone else take responsibility for your life, than it is to  assume full responsibility for your life and admit there are no excuses.

By feeling inadequate, you are given a reason to not succeed. In your subconscious mind you have convinced yourself you don’t deserve success, and you fear what success will do to the life you lead. The life you have become comfortable with.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond what we can imagine. That is what frightens us. Realizing we are that powerful, we nullify any excuse we can conjure up, and realize that there isn’t anyone responsible for our life but us.

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By discovering how powerful we may be frightens us. Often times we think we may be treading on God’s territory, maybe becoming like him or taking his place. We become afraid he will be mad and bring his vengeance down upon us and make bad things happen, maybe turn us into a pillar of salt.

This could not be farther from the truth,God wants us to be powerful. Our mission on earth is to discover the power within, our God Force. We were born to manifest our glory, as we do, others are able to manifest their highest good also.

As we travel through life, we create what we experience,either consciously or subconsciously. The older we get , the more we realize that what we have desired, we have received. Many times it takes a lot of soul searching to come to this realization.

The next step is to realize we can consciously control our reality and future by our thoughts. Once we learn to control our destiny, we move above karma and are free to continue our soul growth in a more positive way.

No excuses.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.
Common Sense solutions to complex problems.
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This moment is all you have

At
a certain point, life becomes less about who you’re becoming and more
about who you’ve become.  What you used to think of as the future has
become the present, and you can’t help but wonder if your life wouldn’t
be better if you’d just lived it more fully in the past.  But how could
you have?  You were too busy thinking about the future!


Once
you’re past a certain age, you can hardly believe you wasted even one
minute of your youth not enjoying it.  And the last thing you want to do
now is steal any more life from yourself by failing to be deeply in it
while it’s happening.  You finally get it–not just theoretically, but
viscerally–that this moment is all you have.


You don’t close your eyes anymore and wonder who you might be in 20
years; if you’re smart, you study the tape of your current existence to
monitor how you’re doing now.  You see the present as an ongoing act of
creation.  You look more closely at your thoughts, behavior, and
interaction with others.  You understand that if you’re coming at life
from fear and separation, you have no reason to expect anything but fear
and separation back.

  You seek to increase your strengths and decrease
your weaknesses.  You look at your wounds and ask God to heal them.  You
ask forgiveness for the things you’re ashamed of.  You no longer seek
your satisfaction in things outside yourself, completion in other
people, or peace of mind in either the past or future.  You are who you
are, not who you might one day be.  Your life is what it is,
not what it might someday be.  Focusing on who you are and what your
life is right now, you come to the ironic and almost amusing realization
that, yes, the fun is in the journey itself.

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To Let Go is to Open a Door

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”  Thich Nhat Hanh.

Most of us are controlled by fear, in one form or another. As much as we try to deny it , fear has an effect on all of us. The fear is greater for some than others, while some may be afraid to come out of the house after dark , or be afraid to drive on the roads for fear of being killed in a so-called accident, for most it takes much more than this to arouse our deepest fears.

Many go to extremes to conquer fear, such as sky diving, or traveling deep into the Amazon in search of native tribes and wildlife, confronting them to conquer whatever fear they may have. The list can go on and on , and in this sense we could never confront and conquer all our fears, as soon as we conquer one fear, another arises.

The only true way to truly conquer fear is to put our life in control of a higher power. This doesn’t mean to give up control of our life, it just means to let go and go on. We still have control over our actions and our destiny.

When we let go, we still chart our course in life, however, we leave the path and direction to a higher power. In this sense we are always given choices and the option to choose which path to take. We fear nothing because we believe no harm can come to us and every event in life leads to a higher learning.

We learn the soul is indestructable and we can’t die, at least our soul doesn’t. We quit looking backwards and having regrets of things left undone. We realize we made the best decision  based on the information we had at the time. Everything happens for a reason, and sometimes it can take years for the final outcome based on a decision we made earlier in life.

The path to a better life.

When we overcome fear, we let go and let be, realizing there is a divine plan for us that we chose at the time of birth. We don’t always see the big picture and need to leave it up to divine intelligence to know the final outcome and the direction to go, step by step.

As we conquer our fears, our wisdom increases because the channel  is opened wider and wider for the connection of our soul to divine spirit.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome

The Path of Least Resistance

To me, water can be an excellent example of how we should live our
lives.From the time the raindrops first land on the earth, they begin
their journey to their final destination, the sea,water follows the path
of least resistance.

It has become the most powerful force on earth by
following that simple precept. In most cases, water doesn’t force it’s
way into any environment. It just goes with the flow , silently seeking
it’s path by meandering and winding down life’s path ,thus seeking it’s
destination by following the path of least resistance.

Many find driving to be stressful, however during my life I have driven
several million miles. In most cases I have found drivers also follow
the path of least resistance. As they weave their way through traffic,
drivers are continuously following the path by changing lanes and going
where no other motorists are impeding their travel. Some become
impatient and try to force the situation by aggressive behaviour, but
for the most part, the motorists are just trying to reach their final
destination by following the easiest and most efficient path. They have
become like the water, meandering their way through life, following a
plan, but altering it to compensate for changing conditions.

I have found most successful people also follow the same theory, they all
sooner or later learn to go with the flow and let the universe or God
lead them. They don’t abandon their life dreams or give up when to going
gets tough,  many times none of the paths are easy, but they continue
on by facing their challenges head on , and sooner or later they will
arrive at the summit of their life dreams.

The most important part of the journey is the path  we take, where we learn
how to face roadblocks and obstructions to our destination, by them we
learn many lessons that are beneficial to our well being and evolution
as a human being. It has been often said the journey is more important
than the destination, I feel this is true. The destination is our reward
for not succumbing to all the trials and hardships we encountered along
the way.

Just as water continues on it’s journey to the sea, and motorists reach
their desired domicile so can we reach our ultimate destination , by
having a plan, sticking to it, but altering  it to reflect current and
changing situations and following our instincts in finding the best,
quickest and most beneficial roadway to our fulfillment.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome