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You may or may not know the name Richard Carlson, but millions of people all over the world have read his, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," books. Dr. Carlson was considered to be one of the foremost experts on happiness around the globe. As the author of thirty popular books, he used humor and every-day life to show millions of people how to not let the small things in life get the best of them. With more than 26 million books in print, published in 35 languages in over 130 countries, Richard Carlson became a worldwide phenomenon. He spoke to enthusiastic audiences around the world and was a popular TV and radio personality. He starred in his own PBS Special , which aired to millions, and was the host of a series called, " Don't Sweat the Future ." What Dr. Carlson illustrated so beautifully through all of his work is the simple fact that life does not have to be as difficult as we make it. If we are not distracted by worry and self-imposed crisis, the real purpose of life is right in front of us: Live in the present moment .
Even at the height of his fame, Dr. Carlson chose to live authentically, declining many opportunities for fame and fortune. He remained devoted to normalcy and deeply understood that every-day life is where we find our most significant gifts. In 2003, on their 18th wedding anniversary, Richard presented his wife, Kristine, with a short manuscript called, "An Hour to Live." In it, he imagined that the end of his life was imminent. He posed questions originally asked by author Stephen Levine: Who would you call? What would you say? and Why are you waiting? Uncannily, the small book foreshadowed Carlson's unexpected death three years later of a pulmonary embolism.
Following his death, Kristine published the book, adding her own responses to these questions. Titled, "An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love," Kristine asks the audience to discover their own answers. Like John Izzo's book, " The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die," this book suggests that we truly liveright now and leave no regrets .
In a recent blog, Kristine Carlson shared a simple and yet very profound idea: Presence is a powerful thing. Living a fully-present life, based in gratitude is one of the basic tenets of positive psychology. To somehow decide to be grateful when the worst of all things is happening to us. To still be present for others and to not live in fear. To continue to move forward. These are the efforts that Richard and Kristine Carlson wish us to undertake right this second.
"All pain in life comes from wishing things were different than they are. So conversely, peace and happiness must come from accepting life as it is and breaking through the barriers of illusion to do so … All things that we label good or bad often hold in them surprises if we stay open. Each of us has choice in how we interpret life's events and in this way we are each responsible for our own reality. " – Kristine Carlson
Richard Carlson's loving anniversary letter to his wife became a living example of gratitude to all of us. Positive psychology is much more than a science. It is the daily application of happiness to create the most successful life possible. Finding personal reasons to be grateful is a worthwhile, daily effort. For a valuable grounding exercise in gratitude, The Gratitude Letter , by well-known author Martin Seligman, please visit: http://publishing.yudu.com/Freedom/Ankww/GratitudeExercise/ As Richard and Kristine ask so beautifully in their book, Why are you waiting?
To your success! Dr. Success, Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
Many people today, regardless of their political ideology, or preferences, would probably agree, we are witnessing, a level of rhetoric, and vitriol, not observed, in recent memory. While there have always been a minority of people in the United States, with extremist views, in most instances, the tone of public discourse, has been, at least, somewhat, civil! Today, we appear, to be undergoing, a tone, where America appears to be polarized, rather than trying, to find, some sort of middle – ground, for the common good! Wouldn't we be better served, if we would pay attention, to the song, What The World Needs Now, Is LOVE ? With that in mind, this article will briefly examine, review, and consider, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why we need, this sentiment, so strongly, today.
1. Listen; learn; leadership; lessons: Our main political leader, President Donald Trump, has politicized, these differences, either because of his personal views, or, for political gain! Mr. Trump, rather than emphasizing and focusing on effectively listening, and learning from every conversation, and experience, has focused on his apparent, core supporters! Effective leadership would be enhanced, if our political leaders, learned the essential lessons, and realized, nations benefit, when policies address the common good, rather than any self – interest of personal agenda, and freedoms, must be respected, in their wholeety, rather than selectively!
2. Open – minded; options; opportunities: We would all be better served, if everyone would proceed with an open – mind, rather than believing he had all the answers, or for political and / or personal gain! Consider the alternatives and options, and opt for the finest, possible, opportunities, for the common good!
3. Visionary; values: My vision, for America, is one of loving others, whether they have faults, and / or agree with me! Rather, we need leadership, which is visionary, enough, to respect the freedoms and liberties, which makes us great! True American values, should guide us, towards avoiding categorizing others, and maintaining the right to disagree, I may disagree with you, but will fight for your rights, to maintain your opinions!
4. Empathy; emphasis; excellence: If our political leaders, would spend more time and effort, effectively listening to constituents, and learning from every conversation, observation, and / or experience, they would become more capable of consistently proceeding, with the utmost degree of genuine empathy! If the emphasis was on bringing people together, rather than pitting one group, against another, they would position themselves, to focus on quality, and excellence, and serving the best interests of the entire nation, and all constituents, whether they were supporters, or not!
What the world needs now, is LOVE! Wake up, America, and demand your political representatives, proceed, with respect, for all our freedoms and liberties!
Loving who you are is one of the most powerful abilities you will ever allow yourself to have. Period. If you love who you are then your chances of success, wealth, happiness, finding your ideal partner, being in a loving relationship with your partner / significant other are so much higher that it begs the question of: Why would you not want to learn to absolutely love yourself, even if you did have to go through a little pain in the first instance to get to the pleasure of being 100% in love with yourself?
Well, the obvious answers come. "You can't love yourself, that's just arrogant", "You must love others before you love yourself", "I must love God / Ala / Buddha above all", "Loving yourself is for tree hugging hippies". Well, I'm here to tell you today that in order for you to get your ideal life (the life you imagine being the perfect life you've always wanted) you sure as heck better start with creating a foundation of self love. Tony Robbins, Donald Trump, Mother Theresa, Mike Pero and any person you may look at as a success in their field all have a deep, essential self love which leads to a self respect which non "lovers of self" often lack.
How then, does one love themselves if they don't now? Well the first part is to start by building an awareness around who you see yourself as being. Do you see yourself as beautiful, successful, healthy, loving, warm, motivated, financially free? Once you build a self awareness of where you are now, you can start to devise an idea of where you want to be, in terms of loving yourself. Many times lack of self love comes from a feeling of I'm not good enough, and often these feelings flow right through life, even into our career. Working in areas where you love what you do can absolutely assist in maintaining the feelings of self love. Working with folks who also love what they do will also assist in solidifying your self love.