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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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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Life’s Journey and Inner Guidance

It is often said that to arrive at your proper destination , you have to
know where you are going. While this may be true in many cases, in the
journey of life, it isn’t always true.

While one does need a basic plan for your life, most life is  made up as we
go. I had my whole life planned out when I was 21, I am now approaching
the late 60s and I still haven’t done most of what I had planned or
assumed my life would be like. As I look back, I assumed life would be
like everyone else I knew, fairly normal and mundane. It didn’t turn out
that way and quite frankly, I would have been pretty bored if it had.

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Although I envy those who have a so called normal life, I realize they have
never had the opportunity to experience half of what I have.  Boredom
has never been an issue. Having said that, I whole heartily believe that
when it comes to life, you need to plan as you go.

Often times when making life changing decisions we need to rely on inner
guidance, that little voice we all need to listen to more often. It has a
habit of laying out our best course of action a little bit at a time,
not one big lump sum at the tender age of 21 when we think we know
everything, when in actuality , we know very little.

The Australian Aborigines believe they “dream” something up, before it
actually happens, therefore , when the event comes to pass, they already
know the correct course to follow. They believe their dreams are a
precursor to actual events, even if they don’t actually remember the
particular dream , they believe it is in their subconscious and is there
for remembering at the proper time.

I’m sure we can all remember thinking certain thoughts or even making
certain statements in our mind, and then actually relaying this
information to someone during our normal waking day. This in my opinion
is what the aborigines are talking about. We are “dreaming” it up,
storing it in our subconscious and then using it at the proper time.

As we travel down life’s journey, the are many  paths to follow, some will
only be for a short time, while many others could be for a lifetime.
Just as we get in a car and travel to a distant city, we will drive on
many different roads, so is the journey of life so traveled. We travel
many paths and we may not know where we are going, but we will know when
we have arrived.

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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.

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How to Change the World

Change the world, one person at a time.


Growing up in a conservative part of the country, almost all of my relatives
and friends were conservative. As I now look back, I realize the
liberals of that particular time would be considered conservatives
today. I never in my wildest dreams even considered how people would
think today.  The icon of the Democratic party, John F. Kennedy would
not even be considered to be a Democrat by today’s standards.

I’m not sure how all of this convoluted thinking came about, I myself began
a journey several years ago trying to decide if what I believed was true or even close to the truth. There was so much opposition to the beliefs I and my family had held for generations I had to find out if my
beliefs and principles would hold water.

I was never one to openly state my beliefs, as most conservatives I
remained quiet  as society changed. I disagreed with much of what the
main stream media and the liberal society was preaching, however I assumed most of the people knew better and right would win over all.

In the general course of things, most people become more conservative as
they get older, however in today’s world, that doesn’t seem to be true. I
seemingly see people just getting more set in their ways as they age
and never questioning what they believe, to see if it may be true. I
have found many people just don’t think for themselves, only believing
the last sound bite they may have heard on CNN or MSNBC.

In the mid 80s during the Reagan era, Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, I
was able to only listen to him occasionally , however what he had to say
made a lot sense,listening to him  was like listening to my
grandparents . It didn’t take long to realize that watching CNN was a
total waste of time.  This belief was reinforced when it was learned
that during the Iraq war , CNN was only broadcasting news from Iraq that
Saddam Hussein wanted us to see. Much was hidden from us.

After several years of searching for my truth, I realized my ancestors and I
had been right all along. Liberalism doesn’t work, I believe as Rush
often says, “If we want to conquer a country, all we have to do is send a
few liberals over and let them start multiplying.” No society can
withstand their ideology.

Thankfully more and more people today are beginning to realize liberalism has
quietly found it’s way into our way of life. While most of us slept, the
schools and universities have begun teaching it as the way of life. A
well renowned economics professor at Princeton daily spews his false
hoods on live TV. If this is taught in our colleges, it is no wonder our
youth think the way they do.

I realize that life styles change and often times change is good, however
, there are certain things that never change. They are called the Laws
of Nature, or God’s Laws. These laws are unchangeable, they are physical
laws such as the law of gravity that must be obeyed if one is to have a
happy and productive life. If one calls a dog’s tail a leg, it is still
a tail, the dog won’t suddenly have five legs.

I have come to realize the teachings of the bible are more than just
words that some ancient sage uttered. It is a guide to a happy, healthy
and prosperous life. Not only the Christian Bible, but all sacred books
of the various faiths all preach the same basic message. It isn’t so
much the messenger as it is the message.

Even the ancient cultures such as the Druids and Aborigines basically taught
the same thing. It is time to remember that Nature’s Laws cannot be
broken with out extreme consequences. We need to become more vocal and
let people know how we feel and what we believe, too much is at stake to
remain quiet. We have done that for way too long.

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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.

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Jealousy

Jealousy

There are many different types of relationships we can have with one another, from friendship, romantic love to parental and sibling love, or working relationships. Whilst love can feel wonderful and bring much joy and happiness, it can also bring much pain. Yet it is through pain that we learn the most.

To live without love is to not live at all and shrivels the soul, and we learn nothing.

But there are ways to be in relationship with others that is positive and uplifting to yourself and to the other, even if the relationship doesn’t last forever. In love relationships we have much to learn from the other. The important people in our lives (actually all people in our lives) are really mirrors. We draw to us those who will help us learn about ourselves. Each time we are presented with a challenge in a relationship, we are really being presented with an ‘opportunity’ to look inside ourselves to see what about us it is that needs working on, so that we may grow.

As an example, if a partner behaves in a way that elicits let’s say,jealousy, in us, then they are actually triggering an emotion inside us that is incomplete – that is the ‘mirror’. We look at that emotion that has been triggered and so rather than point a finger at the other one(that is us being a ‘victim’), we look at our ‘jealousy’ and see that we have an issue with ‘jealousy’ and there is our opportunity to change that about ourselves.

Jealousy is a fear that we are not good enough,and therefore we can then see that if we worked on our ‘not-good-enough’ belief, then regardless of the other person’s behavior, we would no longer experience ‘jealousy (that is us taking back our power).

We can’t change another, only ourselves.

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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.

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Being Grateful and Unconditional Love

Being Grateful, and Unconditional Love

Why is unconditional love so important? Why is it important to be grateful and practice unconditional love, where we love someone regardless of what benefit we may receive in return?

The universe always gives us back in return what we send out, if we send out negativity, we get negativity back. Send out positive thoughts and good things will automatically come to you. It is a law of the universe, or God’s law, a law that can’t be changed.

By feeling grateful for whatever you receive, you are giving unconditional love. This gratefulness will return, not always from the individual to whom you were grateful, but it will return , sometimes sooner, sometimes later.

Gratitude is the bridge from feeling negative and having negative thoughts to living life in a more positive way. It can help you finally create the life you deserve and want.

Not only do you have to be grateful and give thanks for the things you have in life, you must also be grateful for the things you want in life, the things you have not yet received. Only in that way will you ever realize your dreams.

As you think, so shall you reap. The more you give thanks , the more blessings will come to you. The only hitch is, you need to be sincere, and believe it. It does no good to be grateful and in the next thought start thinking about all the supposedly negative things in your life. When you do that all gratefulness is wiped off the slate.

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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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What is Life all About

Written by: The Bashful Country Boy

We often wonder why we have to endure hardships. Many times people lose
faith in God because they believe that if there was a loving God he
would make everything perfect and life would be free of pain and
suffering. Many would like to be able to sit around, eat grapes and sing
kumbaya all day long.

It is only human nature to look for the easy way out and blame our
problems on some one else or even God.. However, blaming someone else
for our misfortunes and hardships is not only counterproductive but can
actually delay our advancement  toward what ever goals we have in life.

We were all put here on school house earth to learn and grow spiritually.
This being the case our soul needs to experience all things in order to
reach it’s highest potential.  We cannot  grow if someone else,
including God is doing everything for us.

It isn’t God’s job to protect us from all of life’s hardships and trials.
God’s job is to guide us through our challenges so we may reach the end
of our life smarter wiser and more in touch with the God Source.

There is no such thing as social justice, our main objective in reincarnating
on planet earth is to become perfect in our relationship with our God.
That is how perfection is obtained, perfection has nothing to do with
our physical attributes, abilities or characteristics.

In most cases, we didn’t come to earth to enjoy the good life, and have
God or others provide everything to us, our reason for existing is to
open the channel of communication with the Supreme Being thereby walking
in the path to enlightenment. Once that channel is open and remains
open, then it is possible to enjoy the fruits of our labors to the
highest good of all concerned.

It is through hardship we learn enlightenment, once enlightenment is
achieved hardship disappears from our lives. that is not to say trials
and challenges no longer enter our lives, it just means we learn to deal
and solve them in a more positive way. We realize challenges are a
necessary part of life, we encounter them to learn  and evolve where
they no longer have a major impact on our lives.

In fact, many times we welcome the challenges of life and look at every
circumstance in life as a positive event and when it passes we reflect
on what the life experience taught us and are then willing to move onto
the next challenge.

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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Money Can't Buy Happiness

Money Can’ t Buy Happiness.

How often have you heard that statement? I know I have heard it many times in my life. I also know that neither does poverty buy happiness. I know many people who are wealthy and happy and many who are poor and happy, so I knew the money didn’t matter.

Never the less, I have pondered this statement for many years. I’ve seen many people, including celebrities and sports hero’s who have become extremely wealthy and turned out to be some of the most quilt ridden , unhappy people on The planet. As a result their unhappiness and quilt lead to a life of drug and alcohol addiction, resulting eventually in their downfall and  returning once again to a life of hardship and want. At the same time blaming all their problems on money and  the capitalists system that could have provided them all their worldly desires.

As usual , the questions to life’s most challenging questions normally come when least expected and from a situation that is totally unrelated.

I was talking with a good friend who has a reputation of providing me much inspiration and insight into life and life’s challenges, she seems to always come up with just the right words to make everything make sense. I happened to ask her what her teenage daughter was planning on doing with the rest of her life, whereby she replied, “I really don’t know, she is running a lot of things through her mind now. She thought of being a teacher , or maybe a physical therapist. “

She went on to remind her daughter that the teaching profession is going through a lot of changes now and in the future the pay and benefits probably wouldn’t be a good as they are now, maybe she should think of doing something else. I was taken aback by this statement , but shouldn’t have been , she has a way of throwing me a curve ball occasionally, but she always makes me think.

Thinking back to when I was that age, I remember trying to decide whether to go into the travel business or the more lucrative transportation industry. After studying the options , I decided that even though the travel business would be a lot easier physically, it simply wouldn’t give me the resources needed to support a family and my wants and needs.

After careful consideration of all the options in my chosen field I chose the company I did because of the pay and benefits, plus they had the cleanest and best maintained  trucks,. Even though there were 17 other applicants for the one position I chose, I was so determined to get the job, the universe wouldn’t dare give it to any one else.

Knowing the type of person she is,( very spiritual and with her feet firmly on the ground), I suddenly realized where she was coming from, she would never do anything just for the money, and as much as she loves her daughter she would never tell her to do the same. I had my answer to another one of life’s questions. It wasn’t just about the money. There was a lot more to it.

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy the life that will make us happy.” In a sense, money when used wisely, is the creator’s gift to us so we can enrich our own lives ,as well as those around us and thus benefit the world as a whole.

I’m not sure why some of life’s simplest lessons can be so hard to understand.

Most people realize that one can’t work just for the money, there has to be a more important reason, one that gives purpose to what we do. If there is no purpose, one will be unhappy with their life and will experience much heartache along the way.

We all have to  make decisions, I could have chosen the travel life, but it wouldn’t have given me the things I wanted , I chose the more difficult path, at least I consider it more difficult, but by doing so, I had the opportunity to travel and in many sways enjoy a better life because of the better pay and benefits afforded me. Thus I had the best of both worlds. So, it really is about the money, we just need to have a healthy relationship toward it and the many blessings we enjoy.

We have to like what we do, but we also need to be in the right frame of mind to convince ourselves of the best course of action. Thankfully my friend knew this and was giving her daughter an important life lesson.

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 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.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?