Goodfinding.com       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. July 2013 Vol 7 No. 7  


Your Genius Imagination

We will be guided by the genius of five great men and women, who point you to the power of your imagination to sculpt the future of your choosing. Author and naturalist John Muir says, "The power of imagination makes us infinite." While that is most certainly a stretch, it is also most certainly a good one. Contemplate what that statement means to you. Your imagination is nothing less than eyes and ears that reach beyond the boundaries of your perceived limitations. Inspirational author Helen Keller, operating from inside a world without sight or sound, tells us, "I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true." Read more of this amazing woman's wisdom in her writings about optimism.

Since your imagination is the creative mechanism of your mind, pay attention to what you're creating, and make it good, like the wise Helen Keller. The results won't always be immediate, so you'll also need this wisdom from Joyce Meyer: "Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting." So true. Now follow the guidance of the great essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, and "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air of your imagination." You can do this, no matter who you are or the unique nature of your circumstances. This is the human gift. Let's conclude with the far reaching intelligence of Aldous Huxley, who says, "The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." Certainly the spirit of the child includes your imagination, so go ahead and imagine your way into the health, joy, love and success you want, and keep a great attitude while you wait to see it all come true--or something even better.   


The Art Of Appreciation

The second part of the Goodfinding journaling process focuses on what is good, right and working right now, right here, in your precious present. Last month we dove deep into gratitude for the past, and next month we'll take off into optimism about the future. But for now, we're going to focus on the art of appreciating the good inside and all around you smack dab in the middle of this red-hot minute. When you're appreciating, you're moving closer to the good and loving person you truly are. You're practicing the antidote to worry, fear and frustration, and you are literally adding value to yourself and the world around you. In business, when something appreciates, that means it goes up in value. When you appreciate your brilliant mind, your compassionate heart and your miraculous body, they increase in the value you hold for them. And the greater value they have for you, the more likely you are to provide good care for yourself. As a part of tuning the instrument of your body/mind/spirit, write daily about what you appreciate about every aspect of your being, leaving nothing out. Ten to twenty minutes of this daily will greatly enhance your overall well being. Then go on to write about what you appreciate about your possessions, your loved ones, and the broader community of human beings sharing the planet with us. When you appreciate, you bless yourself and your world.


Laughter, A Light Heart & Love

Let's get going with some laughter. You're going to love watching this dog-man joint venture into silliness. And for some more fun of the canine variety, learn about what dogs teach us in this fun video, and in a touching clip where we see dogs welcoming soldiers home. Here you'll see a dog bringing loads of giggles out of a cute baby, and while you're at it, smile along with a whole bunch of laughing babies and a young horse having fun with a trash can. Now enjoy this 2 year old aspiring rock star, and Malachi, the amazingly talented 9 year old drummer. Swinging over to the elder end of the scale of silliness, here are The Zimmers on Britain's Got Talent. Learn how Robyn Rosenberger has sent over 600 capes to "tiny superheroes," kids who have shown great spirit in the face of life's challenges. These father-daughter wedding dances tell quite a story, as you will see in the video, and I know you'll get a kick out of the record-setting world's longest book domino chain, and the greatest game-winning celebrations in sports. And to wrap this up, check out these two animated videos from StoryCorps: first, a fabulous "accidental" love story, then an amazing and delightful short film in which a child with Asperger's Syndrome interviews his (very wise) mom...wow. Now do yourself a favor, and good at the art of appreciation!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
--John Muir

"I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true."
--Helen Keller

"
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air of your imagination."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting."
--
Joyce Meyer


"
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."
-
-Aldous Huxley
 




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