Monthly Archives: March 2013

Live life on purpose with help from The Five Book

The Five Book by Dan Zadra

If you keep thinking there must be something more to life than you have experienced to this point, take thirty minutes and read The Five Book by Dan Zadra. This great little book is focused on getting to think about and answer the question “Where will you be five years from today?”

So, where will you be five years from today? Is the path you are currently on going to get you there? If not, what do you need to change to make sure you arrive at your desired destination? Can you do it on your own or do you need help?

The quotes, prompts and exercises in the book will help to ignite the power of the human spirit within you and motivate you to do something…anything…to stop drifting through life and live on purpose. Buying this book may well be the best $7.63 (on Amazon) you ever spend…if you take its message to heart and put in into practice.

Life is short! Don’t let it just happen to you. Get in the driver’s seat and make it purposeful.

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…and a most excellent purposeful life.

Big ideas

Possibilities - Gus age 4

“It’s easy to come up with big ideas. Just think of something that everyone agrees would be ‘wonderful’ if it were only ‘possible’ — and then set out to make it possible.”  – Armand Hammer

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…and a vision for possibilities.

The best day of your life

Granddaughter Maya lovin' life!

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift of life is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.”  – Dan Zadra in FIVE: Where will you be five years from today?

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…and a life you’ll be pleased with when you look back on it five years from today.

Forget yesterday.

In his classic book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale expounded on the virtues of living in “day-tight compartments.” While it’s been more years than I care to admit since I first read his book, I’ve never forgotten that short phrase, or the meaning behind it.

Peale wrote, “Sir William Osler, the great turn-of-the-century physician, said that we should live in “day-tight” compartments. Each night, he said, we should pull down a great mental curtain, shutting out the past, and another great curtain, shutting out tomorrow, and go to sleep, unburdened by the past or anxieties about the future.”

Time spent regretting the mistakes and events of the past or worrying about what might happen in the future, is time ill-spent. Today is a precious gift. You have all you need for today. Be a good steward of it. Experience it completely. Live it fully.

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance.

Product of society

Nearly all of the man-made external stimuli that surround us each day are intended to form and mold us into a “Product of Society.” Your hair should look like this, your skin should be smooth and wrinkle-free, these are the clothes you should wear, this is the car you should drive, these are the political positions you should take, these are the thoughts you should hold about religion, this is how you get ahead at work, these are the movies you should see, here are the books you should read, this is the music you should listen to, here are the restaurants you should patronize, these are the best vacation spots, this is how you should invest your money, you should live in a house like this…and don’t forget to feed your dog this kind of dog food!

That’s a lot of shoulds! And it’s only a partial list of those that are presented to us in various forms each day. Unfortunately, we often blindly accept them as being true.

Our lives are constantly being shaped by something. We can either let it be shaped by “society” or we can choose to form it for ourselves. The first just happens pretty much automatically; we simply do or think what we are told we “should” do or think by all these external stimuli. The second is purposeful; we challenge the shoulds and see if they are a fit for who we are as a person, for our true interests, for our personal strengths, for what we have chosen to believe, for who we aspire to be in our heart of hearts. The first leaves us always feeling that there must be something more.  The second gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, of significance and the possibility of leaving a powerful legacy.

“Product of Society” or “Hand-Crafted”…which label will you choose?

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…and the boldness to mold your life with well-considered choices.