The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

Explorations of Conscious Reality Creation and Other Matters

Month: January 2016

Pathwalking 213

What do you do if the path you are on crumbles beneath your feet?

First – yes, this can happen. While Pathwalking is something that you control there are always factors that can have a direct impact on your chosen path that you have no control over.

Perfect example – your job. Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, the job you choose to work is a part of the path you are walking.

One of my goals has been to find a job that I enjoy, doing things that make me happy and working with people I like to spend my time with. I have considered several self-employment options (besides writing, which I would certainly like to be doing full-time) but I would be happy to find an ideal job option.

I frequently bring up that consciousness creates reality. So it came as no surprise to me that I found what I believed to be the job I had most wanted to create. It was the kind of space I wanted to work in, people I was enjoying working with. The job I was doing was something I really wanted to do, and it was located exactly where I wanted to be working. I did it – I manifested the job I always wanted.

I was excited that I did it. I was started as a temp, and I really thought this was going to be what I wanted.

And then it wasn’t. Unexpected tension, unwanted stress, and though I worked to correct these matters – just as quick as the seemingly perfect job manifested it was gone.

I manifested what I wanted. I have a description of this job that I had written down a couple years ago, and it was about eighty-five percent dead on accurate to what I had. I really thought that, hey, I am making the path I want. Go me!

Yet just like that, it’s gone. The job is no more, and I stand here on the remains of a path looking around and wondering what happened?

The short answer – this job was not the right job for me. What I did glean from this job is invaluable experience that I can completely and totally take with me to something bigger and better. I learned several hugely important things, and massively updated a certain skill set that I can totally market into new employment.

The long answer – this is just another example of life happens. Everything changes, and there are any number of factors you work with that are beyond your control. I can see this is always one of the reasons to be self-employed – you are your own boss. That of course has its own pitfalls, but that’s not the point of this essay.

What do I do now that the path I chose crumbled away?

I have written before, and will likely write again, that I believe that there are three primary ways to live this life. All three are applicable to this instance.

First – Let life live you. Just go with it. Fine, it happens, flow on. Experience the disappointment, muddle through the awkwardness of losing a job you thought you liked, complain about the unfairness, then push through and accept ANY option available to pay the bills. Just do what society says you should do and so on and so forth.

Second – Curl up in a ball and wait for death. Let go of all hope, let go of all attempts to do anything. Cry, build a pillow fort, wallow in that feeling of failure and inability to succeed. Give up. Stop trying to live life or even let life live you. Don’t resist, just resign yourself to being miserable.

Third – Take control and walk a new path. I am a Pathwalker. I am never on any single path, I am always on several in different aspects of my life. Choose anew. Focus more attention on another path and see what you can draw out. Take the lessons learned and move forward to the next journey.

I will not tear up the perfect job description I wrote out all those years ago. But I will tweak it. I think there may be too much specificity within it, and that is too tight a space for things to manifest within. If you don’t give the universe enough wiggle room it cannot deliver even greater than what you are requesting.

I have done this before. I have manifested things I wanted and needed over the years, and I will continue to do so. I know I can do this, I have made it happen before. This is not a failure, it just taught me to make adjustments so that I have it better next time.

The path is gone that I was walking upon, and while I experienced all the stages of grief and mourned my loss, now I move forward and take the lessons I learned and the new skills I developed and do it better. I will continue to Pathwalk and I will get to the place I most want to be.

This requires faith. This requires me to hope. This requires me to let go of my anger and disappointment and to learn from the experience but not drag the feelings of failure forward. I have done my analysis, I know what worked and what did not, and I will recreate that perfect job description with the needed tweaks and I will be prepared for even better next time.

What do I do if the path I am on crumbles beneath me feet? Step over to the next path and start a new journey.

What will you do if your path ceases to be unexpectedly?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 3:

Diet: I have continued tracking what I am eating daily. Still struggling to stick to it, and I can clearly see I am still not making the best, healthiest choices. Depression and blizzard eating factored into last week, but I see what I need to do to correct it.

Exercise: Fencing happened, but I only hit the gym 1 day last week. However, I spent a day shoveling snow and did a ton of walking, so that was good. Need to exercise more still.

Writing: Still not giving enough time to writing and editing. I need to be less distracted and really sit down more than a couple days here and there and get my writing done.

Winter blahs have set in. Coupled with losing that job, I need to put my game-face on and push ahead and be more focused. All part of the paths I walk.

 

This is the two-hundred thirteenth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Helping Others

We all need help from time to time. So, too, do other people around us.

The incredible amount of Positivity that comes from helping others is tremendously powerful.

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Whether you are lending a hand to a friend or a loved one or a total stranger, the power of giving can create a huge cache of positivity.

There are a couple key things to keep in mind when it comes to giving. First – know the difference between giving and sacrificing. Giving is an open idea, whereas sacrifice is closed. Giving comes from abundance where sacrifice comes from lack. Positive giving should not require you to sacrifice for another.

Second – know the difference between giving because you desire to be helpful and giving in the expectation of reward. When you give because you have plenty and want to share you will generate nothing but positivity. When you give because you expect to receive back something for what you have given, you could actually create negativity if there is disappointment.

Yesterday, following a rather impressive blizzard, I helped several of my neighbors clear snow. I shoveled, I brushed off cars. For a handicapped neighbor I even moved her car for her so the plows could clear the lot. I could have just taken care of our cars and our portion of the lot, but chose to help out my neighbors. No reward, nothing but the positivity of assisting other people around me to ease their burdens.

I was not sacrificing my time, my health, nor anything else in helping. I was offered a reward for helping the one neighbor, but turned it down because I didn’t help her for anything other than to provide assistance.

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I am not perfect, I am not holding myself up as any pillar of the community, I just wanted to share this particular example because this is positivity generating help for others.

The third thing to note when it comes to helping other people – be mindful of takers. We all know those people who take and take and take and never show gratitude and never give back. They do as little for themselves as they can, and they try to take a mile for every inch given. I am not suggesting that you don’t give for the sake of giving to these people, just that you be aware that you will receive no thanks and expectation of sacrifice for the other’s sake.

Everybody needs help from time to time. But when you can give help the positivity it builds spreads, and as such builds more positivity.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that giving aid and assistance and helping others can build incredible positivity, we can strive to be helpful. When we give from a place of abundance and expect no reward nor make any sacrifice, we empower those we assist, and further we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred fourth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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I just want to cocoon in my bed.

We all have days like this. No matter how hard we try to find positivity, no matter how much we work to maintain a good head space, nothing seems to work.

I am walking upon the path I have chosen, and despite knowing that there will be bumps and twists and turns and obstacles along the way I am finding negotiating my path particularly challenging. I am being effected by things far out of my control, and having trouble keeping sight of that.

I can do nothing about how other people act and feel. Period. I just can’t. I can converse with them, I can tell them how their actions are making ME feel, but apart from that I have no actual control.

I can do nothing about the national scene. I mean, wow do our politics make me ill. When did we let rhetoric and idiocy so thoroughly overwhelm logic and reason and even polite discourse? It’s very disheartening to give it even the slightest attention.

So here I am, in my own little corner of the world, and I just feel disconnected. I feel as though I am adrift, and I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed.

How do I pull back from this? That’s a good question. That is the point of today’s post. How do I get myself out of this place and back to the level path I prefer to tread?

Let’s start with the root of the problem. Fear. Always comes back to that. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of disappointing those I work for, those I love, but mostly myself. Fear, my old arch-nemesis, rearing its ugly multi-headed visage and distressing me.

I am going to borrow from Frank Herbert, and strive to memorize his Litany Against Fear from Dune.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

I don’t care that this comes from a sci-fi novel, it is still a relevant sentiment. I think a lot of what has held me back over the course of my life is fear. I have written a lot about it, and I continue to struggle to work with it, and not let it control me.

Fear is so bloody powerful. Half our society is controlled by it. It’s a weapon, it is a tool, it is exploited for the purpose of control. We can empower ourselves to not be afraid, and as such to take control of our own lives, our own destinies. That is what Pathwalking is all about.

So commit the Litany to memory, and remember as well that I can overcome fear. In especial this intangible, frankly not tremendously rational fear.

What else have I got in my tool kit? Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz’s Five Agreements.

I need to also commit this to memory, and to employ it regularly. It is so very helpful, so very honest and genuine in its sentiment that it is what I need to keep in mind when I am dealing with forces outside of my control.

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don’t take anything personally.
  3. Don’t make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.
  5. Be skeptical, but learn to listen.

Wow do I need to take these to heart. In particular 2 and 3. I get flustered in certain dealings with people and need to not take it personally. And meanwhile, from the same dealings, I make wild assumptions about how it’s all going, and as such stress myself out even more.

I don’t need this to interfere with my path. I alone have placed these obstacles in my way. As such, I alone have the tools to remove them.

I have a lot more tools available to me, but last and certainly not least for me today:

“Do or do not – there is no try.” Yes, he was a little green Muppet, but these words are still absolutely full of wisdom. I can’t just try to get out of the cocoon I want to roll myself into – I have to do it. I have to move forward, I have to act. I can get clear of my own head, I can make what I need to have happen, happen for myself.

Some days are a greater challenge than others. That’s just the way it is. These are not just phrases to say, they are concepts to be employed in thought, in emotion and in action to remove and overcome obstacles as I walk my path.

I am up to the challenge. I can do this.

Thanks for coming along for this wild ride.

What do you do when you don’t want to?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 2:

Diet: I have been tracking what I am eating daily. This week was a struggle in diligence, but I am still largely paying closer attention to what I am doing..

Exercise: No fencing last week, but as such I hit the gym three times. Some walking also happened.

Writing: This is the hardest part for me right now. I am experiencing a lack of focus that means neither writing nor editing is happening frequently. One day last week. I need to work more on this.

 

This is the two-hundred twelfth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Always something to be Positive about

There is always something to be positive about.

Sometimes you have to look harder than others, but there is always something.

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I know there are times when it all seems as though it is for naught. That it is hopeless, and that there is little to no point. Despite this, I maintain there is always something to be positive about.

You are alive. You are here, you are breathing. You have opportunities and options before you. You have a chance to make a difference. You can turn things around.

I think probably everybody goes through at least a brief period where none of the above actually strikes them as positive. Pain, deep sorrow, grief, extreme jealousy and the like can certainly make everything positive seem utterly out of reach.

There is always something to be positive about.

No matter how bad things seem, no matter how much hurt you are experiencing whether physical or emotional, no matter what awful things you might be undergoing, there is still something positive. There are people, there are places, there are things that will make you feel better. You are alive and can turn around this situation. It may take time and effort, but it is still possible.

I recognize that people suffer from depression and anxiety and paranoia and fear in ways that make this statement seem like total bull. There is anger, and deep sadness and a seemingly endless ocean of negative emotions some people are stranded upon or within, and to them it can feel like there is nothing to be positive about.

But there is. There is always something to be positive about. Every day can be different. There will always be new opportunities, new experiences, chances to change it all. I know how hard this can be, I have been there, I have fought the demons of depression and anxiety. I am still fighting them and always will be. Despite that, I know there is always something to be positive about.

Take a minute of your day to find something that makes you feel good. Stand in the sun, play with a dog or cat, watch a video that makes you smile, listen to music, reach out to a friend or loved one. Whatever it takes to help you see that there is ALWAYS something to be positive about.

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Don’t give up. I know there are times where that seems the easiest option, but I believe there is always something to be positive about to be found. I believe you can do it, and you can find it. I believe we all can, and we should all help one another to do so.

There is always something to be positive about.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that there is always something to be positive about, we can find solace. When we recognize that no matter how bad things are or might get we can still seek out and find something to be positive about, we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred second entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

Pathwalking 211

They don’t have the answers.

Who are they? They are the people who tell you what is normal and not normal. The people who seek out extremes like black vs white, male vs female, rich vs poor and so on. The people who point out flaws, problems, things we should be distrustful of. Anyone who tells you if you do not follow in their same way you’re wrong.

I don’t have the answers.

The best teachers and therapists I have ever encountered were the ones who had questions. Lots and lots of questions. They didn’t provide me with the answers, they led me to find the answers for myself.

You have the answers.

Every one of us is capable of learning. Endlessly, constantly, eternally learning. Every single day we can learn something new, we can discover something we did not know before. On a daily basis we have the opportunity to experience things we’ve never experienced before, and we can choose what to make of what we learn.

Society likes to tell us what is normal. There are forces within our society who want to dictate that norm more than others. They will tell you they have your answers, but the truth is that they don’t.

Nobody but you have the answers.

How can I learn if I alone have the answers? Because you are asking the right questions. There are nearly no wrong questions to be asked in the process of learning and growing, though often we settle on answers that are convenient or that mesh seamlessly with the current culture.

Are you a fan of Star Wars? I can tell you all day long that if you didn’t enjoy Star Wars – The Force Awakens, something must be wrong with you. I mean, it was awesome! Now, you likely have your own opinion on this topic, and because it’s a pretty subjective topic I don’t have the answer. You do. You may not even be a fan of Star Wars, so you might totally not care.

This is a simple example. What about the much larger examples? What politics do you ascribe to? How, if at all, do you worship God? Are you sexually straight, gay, bisexual or otherwise? Are you a part of a ‘minority’ group? What gender are you?

Like the answer to my Star Wars question, these questions only you can answer. They can’t tell you what your answer is, though they certainly will try. They might tell you, “You have to be a white, male, heterosexual, Christian if you want to get anywhere in our society”. So what if you are not? Are you wrong?

In more cases than we often analyze, these questions are not matters of right and wrong. Right and wrong are abstracts that get attached to things and are often just point of view. Yes, there are things that are uncool and unacceptable because they involve the maltreatment of others. But right and wrong, good and evil, all of these extremes get loosely tossed around and things as such get mislabeled.

They will tell you that group ‘x’ is deviant. Organization ‘q’ is evil. They want to spoon feed you answers to how our society works because they prefer you NOT ask questions. Asking questions more readily leads to knowledge. Knowledge is power. They want to hoard as much of the power as they can to themselves.

They don’t have the answers – you do. You CAN learn from them, but you have to figure out for yourself if that information is worthwhile, or if it’s a steaming pile of crap. If you neglect to even ask the questions, how do you expect to find answers?

Which is how, I believe, we have gotten to where our society is today. We do not ask enough questions, and we readily accept “answers” at face value. But do we know the facts? Did we inquire about the why, how, what, who, where and so-forth?

Let me state that faith is not a bad thing. Why am I bringing that up? Because we need to have faith in things we can’t always see or touch. It’s a much larger world than the physical we experience daily. However, blind faith is not where answers lie. Too many people today accept at face value evidentially lacking information rather than asking questions to get at knowledge. I have no problem believing in things you cannot see, but when you only get your answers from a void of information I wonder if your questions are satisfying.

I don’t have the answers for anyone but myself. I do not write about Pathwalking in order to convince you to follow me or to do as I do. My path is not yours. But I do hope that in writing this and sharing my own journey, you might consider that you have your own journey, and that you are the only person who can ask the questions and get the answers.

They don’t have the answers. You have the answers, you just need to ask the right questions. That is how we empower ourselves, and when we empower ourselves we can create the lives we want. Asking questions is the only way to get answers, so it’s imperative we ask questions regularly in order to learn, to grow, and to develop.

What questions do you seek answers to?

 

GOAL LOG – Week 1:

Diet: I have been tracking what I am eating daily. Thus far I am finding that in doing so I am thinking twice before eating certain things I have opted to avoid.

Exercise: I fenced one day, hit the gym twice last week as intended. Additionally there was walking.

Writing: Only wrote two days. I need to pick that up.

 

This is the two-hundred eleventh entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: What you carry with you

What do you carry with you?

When you wake up in the morning, do you begin feeling renewed? Do you start out your day looking forward to what’s coming, or dreading what’s ahead?

We all carry different weights on our shoulders. We all have things we have to do, whether we are fans of them or no. The important part is what we choose to make of these weights.

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Challenges or burdens? Problems or opportunities? Matters or issues? They’re going to be there no matter what we do, the question becomes how do we approach them?

We all have the power to choose. Do we carry around negativity or positivity with us? There are challenges that we face daily, but we have the option of choosing to face them as insurmountable or approachable. We are empowered to choose.

It is far too easy to just let them go. Go with it. Don’t choose, be carried by what we face during the day and whom we encounter and all we experience. Read about that death and carry the sadness and anger. Read about the moron politician and carry around the disappointment and rage. Read about the pain and suffering around the globe and carry around the feelings of helplessness and despair.

We get to choose. Of course we will find things that create negative feelings. It is perfectly normal to feel sad at a loss, anger at blatant selfishness, despair at oppression. The difference is feeling them, and carrying them around.

We are all really really good at holding onto things. Often we hold onto things long after they serve us. We need to feel negative emotions to appreciate the positive ones. That’s just the way it is. Human nature, welcome to it. What we do not need to do is to carry it around like an epic set of matched luggage.

Feel it. Experience it. But then let it go. Why carry around something that does not serve you or your greater good? When we leave our homes to go to work or school or just out, we leave stuff behind all the time. This is not really any different, we get to choose what we carry with us emotionally.

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This is a matter of empowerment. We forget just how much of this is truly ours to choose, and we get too caught up in moments. I am sad at the loss, I am angry with the selfish self-righteousness, I feel bad for all those people being oppressed out there. I acknowledge how this makes me feel, but I need to choose for my own day, for my own actions to come to not carry that with me. If I do, it will color all I have to in my day, and while it may come up again throughout the day, I can pick it up and then put it back down again. I don’t need to carry it with me.

Feel the feels, but try to only carry around with you those which empower you and build positivity.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that you can choose what to carry with you, you decide to carry along what you need. When we make that choice and don’t carry those negative things with us through the day we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred second entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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Welcome to the new year!

So, as promised, I have begun to keep a goal log.

What is a goal log? That’s really good question. This is my take on the answer.

I went looking to find if there was some sort of an app for my phone that would handle this task as I foresaw it. Certainly I found a couple options, but nothing quite spoke to me. Also – I didn’t care to pay for an app at this time.

SO – ok, I’m clever. I will start my own log. I begin with the idea of an Excel spreadsheet. But, no, not as portable as I’d like. But a Google sheet – that’ll do the trick.

So begins my goal log. I am working daily to keep a log of three specific things, which are the goals I want to set for myself for this new year. More than just a broad action, I have taken three specific actions.

In the past one of the reasons I have not gone for specifics was because I have discipline issues. I get an idea, and I start out great – but in time I start to let it go, it begins to wear thin and then often it gets dropped.

Sound familiar? This is why resolutions by themselves usually fail. They are lacking action to begin with, so how can you stick to them when they are not even set-up to be acted upon? This is why for a lot of us diets fail, exercise plans fail, and other notions we start with but lack proper discipline for tend to fall by the wayside.

I am determined to work through this. Hence my Goal Log. I put down in my log the three goals I have set for myself this year, and I am writing out what I have done in my efforts to follow them.

As much as I have chosen goals that are more specific than in years past, they are still, relatively speaking, broad. Why? Because I would rather leave wiggle room than be so specific that the odds of success are lowered.

My three goals for this year: Write or edit five days a week. Exercise multiple days of the week. Be mindful of my diet.

There are specific ideas within my goals. For example – I tend to get distracted, and thus I don’t write or do any editing for several days. Not the blog – neither Pathwalking nor Positivity are counted in that definition of writing. I am talking about fiction. I have novels to share with the world. It’s a lot easier to do that when they are presentable.

At the end of 2014 I self-published my first fantasy novel, Seeker. At the close of 2015, I followed it up with its sequel, Finder. Yes, this is in part shameless self-promotion – but they are NOT by any stretch of the imagination the end of writing projects.

The Source Chronicles is planned as a series of 5 books. Seeker and Finder are 1 and 2. The third in the series, Harbinger, is done – but completely unedited. The fourth, Guardians, is underway, but needs to be finished.

I have two other novels, one edited by me the other not yet, that are done. I have another thus-far-stand-alone sci-fi epic I am writing. How will they be done? I need to write or edit five days a week.

SO – one goal. Next goal – exercise multiple days of the week. To start with, I want to do two days a week at the gym, one day a week fencing. In time I want to expand that, and to see what other exercise I might be incorporating in my routine. Am I walking more? Am I doing any other activities that I can count towards my exercise goals?

Last of my goals – Be mindful of my diet. I am not setting out some bold plan here, I am paying attention to what I am putting into my system. Simply jotting down all the food I eat, so I can see if I am being ridiculous, see if there are patterns. I am not counting calories, I am not focusing on any specific denial or portion control, I am being mindful of what I am eating so that I can see on a regular basis what I do.

Do I overindulge? Did I go to town on some specific food? Was my entire diet for the day just carbs? Am I eating balanced meals or am I simply feasting on everything I can find and eat? This is what my goal log will tell me.

The discipline involved to begin with is maintaining my log. I need to write out the food, the exercise, the writing project that got my attention. Then I will share it here, because that makes me accountable to not just myself, but to my fellow Pathwalkers.

I began my goal log on January 2. Since a week has not been completed I will not be sharing the results yet. So far, so good. I have done a day at the gym and fencing practice. I am tracking what I am eating. I have spent two days on writing and editing projects not related to my blog.

Thank you for continuing on this journey with me. I have no doubt adjustments will be necessary, but I believe that I can follow-through and succeed at walking the Path I most desire.

So far, the new year is off to a good start.

How has your new year begun?

 

This is the two-hundred ninth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life.  I share this journey as part of my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way.

Thank you for joining me.  Feel free to re-blog and share.

The first year of Pathwalking, including some expanded ideas, is available in print and for your Kindle.

Positivity: Run with it

Let it happen, or run with it.

Life is all about choices. We can choose to accept life as it comes, or we can do our best to empower ourselves and take control over it.

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When we are inundated by the big pictures of our world, it can be a rather depressing place. So much anger, so much hatred, so very much fear. We are soaked within it, and expected to shake our heads sadly and wonder what, if anything, we can do.

We can choose to empower ourselves, and we can run with it.

All too often we allow ourselves to be products of our environment. We allow random and varied media to tell us what race, color, creed, religion, gender, wealth bracket and other places we belong in. We work because we have to have shelter and food and other essentials, not to mention conveniences like computers and tablets and smartphones.

Still, we have choices. We can choose to let life live us, or we can take control and work on living life for ourselves.

I know a lot of people who had a lousy 2015 for any number of reasons. Rather than simply hoping that 2016 will be better, we need to take control, and we need to make our own way. We can let it happen, or run with it.

I want to run with it. I am taking actions with my life to get to the places I want to be, rather than just sitting back and letting it happen.

This can be challenging. Some days are harder than others. However that doesn’t lessen the choices I can make. It does not lessen my abilities to empower myself.

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Being in control and running with it is hugely positive. Why? Because you are taking control and empowering yourself; you have the opportunity to choose whether to aim for the positive or to allow negativity to take charge.

I would much rather be the one figuring out what is right for me than to let anyone else out there do it. I would rather look for the positivity in this world rather than focus on the many negatives that are dominating our media feed. I want to reach the end of each day and not lament what has happened to me, but to celebrate what I have accomplished.

Let it just happen, or run with it. What would you prefer to do when it comes to finding and experiencing positivity?

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that you can choose to either let life happen or to run with it, you can choose to take action. When we act on what we want from our lives and we make choices to go forward we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred first entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

Finder – The Source Chronicles Book II

Seeker – The Source Chronicles Book I was published by my Argent Hedgehog Press in November of 2014.

It is my pleasure to announce – Finder – The Source Chronicles Book II is here!  The sequel to Seeker is live for purchase.

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Five thousand years ago, a comet was on a collision course with t’Thera. To stop it from destroying life across the planet, all of the wizards and fully realized sorcerers and sorceresses combined their power to arrest its descent, destroying themselves in the process. With their passing, no wizards would rise again, and no sorcerer would ever claim the strength of those lost in The Falling of The Skies.

The Seeker has endured a number of trials, from which he has emerged stronger. Three years after he took part in pivotal events in the Kingdom of Sharron, he has resumed his quest to resolve the prophecy that drives him. The Seeker knows that his destiny is swiftly coming upon him.

In the nation of Vilcarr, The Seeker encounters the last Order of Sorcerers, as well as new allies and new opponents as he feels his destiny drawing him to find the long lost Source. Whatever it may be, The Seeker knows it will change not only sorcery, but the course of all the world. If Order is to overcome Chaos, The Seeker must succeed in his quest and become the Finder of the Source.

Finder – The Source Chronicles Book II is available for Kindle now.  It will be available on book form and for wider distribution soon!

Thank you for all of your support!  Please share with your fantasy loving friends, and please review on Amazon after you read it!

Finder is suitable for Young Adults age 15 and up.

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