The Most Important 17 Seconds of Your Day

I remember reading The Secret several years ago.  It’s funny how that book speaks to people in different ways. Some people find it ridiculous and silly, while others consider it the missing piece that they had been looking for years and years.

Me? I felt like it was an introduction or stepping stone, or nursery school primer. It was something completely new… but not really enough. Not really the whole picture.

To me, it was like being introduced to the idea  of color and then being told … Now go out and find some.

On my Journey I found the Tao, ancient text translated by hundreds of people with all of it slightly different… why? Because we’re using words.  Our words are what give our life it’s color.  When we hear or say something it paints an emotional picture for us, we live what we think.  We feel things, they make us think something, then we take action, or we Think –> Feel –> Take Action… either way, our feelings are tied up in the results that we live.

Non judgement is the essence of happiness.  Read this first chapter of The Tao Te Ching and allow it to settle in without analyzing and evaluating and even really trying to fully understand, let it wash over you and pick out the best feeling you can.

The Tao Te Ching

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao’
The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.
Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The named is the Mother of all things.
Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence.
The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations.
These two come paired from the same origin.
But when the essence is manifested,
It has a different name.
This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”
As profound the mystery as It can be,
It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

Along my journey I’ve found many coaches, mentors and exceptional lessons. One of the most thought provoking (and currently alive) of those is the combination of Abraham and Esther Hicks. (AKA Abraham Hicks) I bring them up because I’m going share a video to watch (or listen to).  Whether you believe that Esther Hicks is able to connect with the non-physical beings that call themselves Abraham or not… it doesn’t change the message of this video.  The instruction and help that is provided in this video.  Listen without judgement.

I imagine, that if these words were provided by a well respected Health & Wellness Guru that there’d be a best selling book, and expensive sales funnels at every turn.  But that’s not how they seem to work. When you visit their site, you can see their books and videos for sale, but there’s no flashy sales funnel or promises of wealth beyond your dreams, just their stuff.  If you want it… you can buy it. 🙂

Today, I want to share with you this Great way to change your life with just 17 seconds every morning.





Pay Attention To Your Stories -> You are not the pen

You are not the pen…

One day you picked up a pen. Maybe someone asked you to pick it up, maybe you saw it and thought you’d like it … the fact is, one day you picked up the pen.

Look at that pen in your hand. You tell everyone (including yourself) the story about how the pen got there. You tell everyone (including yourself) how beautiful it was, or how nicely it used to write, and how in the end you were tricked, mislead, manipulated into picking up the pen, and you look at it.

All you see is the pen, you don’t see your hand clutching it so tightly… anymore.

You have it in your hand, and you choose to grip it firmly. Imagine always having that pen in your hand. Imagine going to sleep, taking a shower, going to work, always gripping the pen in one hand.

You show this pen in your hand to people and say, “LOOK AT THIS! I am so limited because of this pen in my hand!” or “I can’t do that because of this pen in my hand.” And after a while, the pen and its story become your story. You are the pen.

Sadly, the world confirms that. They tell you, “Of course, we understand you’re limited because of the pen in your hand.” Or “It’s not your fault you picked up the pen.” Or “Tell us again the sad sad tale of the day you picked up the pen.”

Sometimes…. They ask you, “Why don’t you let go of the pen?” and that question infuriates you.

You hold your pen high into the air and call to all people holding pens. You point at people without pens and accuse them of targeting you because they don’t know what it’s like to hold a pen, day in and day out.

You say you shouldn’t have to put the pen down, after all, it’s not your fault that you are holding it…. and you tell your story again. The story about the day you became the pen.

They don’t ask again. They know better. You are the pen.


Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever thought about releasing your grip?

Have you ever thought about holding your fist up to the sky and unfurling your fingers?

Close your eyes and imagine the pen releasing and your hand completely free. Envision a future story without the limitations of the pen in one hand. Let the pen go.
The fact is, I have a desk drawer filled with pens… most people do. Some are harder to put down than others, but in the end.

Pens are used for writing stories… they are not the story. You are not the pen.

The Evolution of Your Soul -> Step One

It’s hard to measure things that have no substance, and yet we try.  Every day, we measure our happiness and our worth, and we imagine that other’s life lives so different… so free of our anxiety and struggle.  The truth is much different.  The truth is, the things we see are such a small fraction of existence.  Setting aside the metaphysical, and concentrating purely on verifiable and physically testable… there are things too small for the human eye to see.  Even with glasses on, there will be people around me that see more, that see differently… that pay attention to details that never even enter my awareness. 

Why is that? 

Well, it’s partly training.  Like a police officer surveying the crowd, she is trained to look for specific actions, furtive glances, unusual packages, posture, facial expressions and more.  And at some point, training mingles with intuition and they “just know” certain things.  We are all trained.  or Should I say, Indoctrinated to judge. 

You have been told about “what’s possible” by well meaning adults your whole life.  And now, as old as you are, you are still being told by media, friends and family, to evaluate, judge and analyze your value and worth.  And that’s if your lucky… that’s if you are surrounded by love and light, imagine if you are surrounded by jealousy and frustration and anger.  Imagine the ruler you would be using to measure. 

That stops today.  Because today, you are reading this post and while I don’t know you I KNOW YOU ARE AMAZING. 

I KNOW you are unique

I KNOW you are worthy and loveable 

and I KNOW.. that your possibilities are limitless. 

It’s simple.  It may not be easy, but it’s simple.  Start today.  Simply make the decision that you want something different.  Simply decide that you want more.  

I’m going to tell you a secret.  ONLY YOU can change your life, waiting for the “right person” or “right job” or “right time” is just stalling your moment of greatness… Start today. 

Start Today… Start Each Day with Your Day Dream.

IF ANYTHING WERE POSSIBLE… AND MONEY WERE NO OBJECT… How would you be experiencing your life right now? 


Now write down that day dream… Include as many sensory perceptions as possible by answering questions like: What does it smell like? What do you hear? How does it feel against your skin?

Here’s an example:

Each morning I wake up to a quiet clean house. I do that on purpose, I wake up before the crazy wonderfulness of the kids and the dog. I wake up early to write.  I can smell the rich aroma of the freshly brewed coffee and smile in thankfulness that I remembered to set the timer on the coffee pot the night before. As I walk towards the kitchen I notice the gentle rolling sounds of the ocean outside the double french doors and bask in the slightly salty smell of the morning air.  We are on vacation. We are at our summer home.   I love my life. I stand still gazing out on the horizon in thankfulness.  I love this moment of the day, when I work. I love that I work 4 hours a day, so early in the morning almost before anyone else is awake. I am thankful for my success as a writer, coach and speaker and especially thankful for all of the people that I help because they help me too.  They energize me and influence me and I love that.  I am so wonderfully happy that I am able to live the life of my dreams doing what I love to do. 

Get it yet?  Do you understand yet? 

Starting each day with this one simple day dream… will make you FEEL abundant, makes you FEEL happy, content, valuable, worthy, successful… will change your life. 

Each day as you fill your soul with the feeling of abundance, your subconscious mind will look for evidence to support that possibility.   

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