"A high degree of commitment is required if you are to achieve your goal. Realize that “Attaining many things in life is much easier than making the commitment to actually attain them.” In the words of Zig Ziglar, you have to be the “Bacon,” not the “Egg” in a “Bacon and Egg” breakfast. Here the chicken is merely involved but the pig is committed. You see, the chicken can always lay another egg. But, the pig gives his life so you may have bacon. Now, that’s commitment.".
Chapter: S.U.C.C.E.S.S., p.89
"It is just as bad when we buy even when we do not have a need for a “Thing.” Then, when we buy the “Thing,” we get a receipt (lure) that offers a huge discount if we buy another “Thing” by a date certain (the chase) after which the discount expires. I can imagine a fish being teased with bait and then hooked. We have become as insatiable as the Beast suggests we be. We have become “Thing-addicts.” Junkies anyone"?
Chapter: Slow Down and Challenge the Beast, p.18
"We can get information about almost anything in seconds; all it takes is the touch of a finger. There is fast food, fast cars, fast access, instant coffee, instant messaging, instant this, that, and the other. Consequently, in the fog of such haste, there seems to be no Time to slow down long enough to actually experience our “Being” in our own presence in the Now. This gets more difficult as we become increasingly impatient with what is supposed to be “fast” or “instant”?
Chapter: One-Legged Man, p.26
"Still, it does not stop there. I saw an Ad about some electronic service that said, “If you’re not 50% faster, it’s because you’re 50% slower.” Where does it stop, at 1000% faster? Well, recently and since the first edition, I saw another Ad that gave me the answer. It says, “Your tomorrow starts today,” really! This is even faster that breaking the sound barrier. This is Life lived faster than the speed of Now, don’t you think. Yes, I know and realize that it is impossible to live that fast and that the Ad is not meant to be taken literally. Still, these are market tested words designed to capture the imagination, and in an insidious way, they work."
Chapter title: Slow Down and Challenge the Beast, p.15
"One thing all successes have in common is that they all began with a single thought, an Idea, and with this idea in mind, a commitment to pursue followed. It is with a commitment, forged with passion, purpose, confidence, sacrifice, and a specific intent to do those things we believe would make the idea a present reality some “Now” into the future. This is Success, and it makes the achievement of a goal probable."
Chapter: A Definition of Success, Good Fortune,and Goals Achieved That Never Arrived Too Late, p.85
"The media seized upon the trend, employing the most attractive Ads with powers of suggestion that could make you get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the store to buy an advertised product or to do something. Usually, the “Thing” purchased was a “want” and not a “need,” but it did not matter. What mattered was that, The Joneses had “one” or the Joneses did “it.”
Chapter: The Joneses, p.12
… tomorrow is not going to get here any sooner than it will. But this is not to say that we should not leave for tomorrow what we can do today. This sound like something the Beast would say. This kind of thinking is what has people saying there are not enough hours in a day to do all they need or want to do. Come on, let’s be real here. If you can’t get it all done today, how are you going to get it all done tomorrow with the same amount of hours"?
Chapter title: Slow Down and Challenge the Beast, p.23
"Like you perhaps, and many others in similar situations, we were conflicted with feeling very sad that Mom had run out of Life and that we had lost her forever, while at the same time feeling “glad,” she suffered no more. For my beloved wife and the mother of our beautiful daughters, Death was her last best friend.
She was finally free from her broken body as she slipped into the Eternal awakening on the other side of Time, in heaven.".
Chapter: Her Last Best Friend and The Living Monument We Continue to Build for Her, p.104
"Meanwhile, with knowledge comes perspectives and perspectives continue to shift and change with the evolution of our thinking about new knowledge as well with old knowledge and experience. For example, over Time, when talking about “Being” and living and Life, some things, though unknowable, determine how we live a faith-based life."
Chapter: How I Trust God, the Miracle of Luna and the Blessing of Miracle, p.111
"Meanwhile, our lives are spent as the sands in the hourglass of our lives trickle through with the passage of Time. There are no refunds or discounts. You can’t get yesterday back and you can’t get extra Time today. Paradoxically, we don’t get Time; we’re born in it."
Chapter: First Things First in The Present Positive Tense, p.145
"It is important that our focus be on “Being” aware that living is a “doing” proposition fueled by emotions and steered by our thoughts. Of course, if we are to take control, we must first “Be” so that we may “Do” in terms of choosing how we want to live while in the belly of the Beast. Being able to recognize its influences makes it easier to resist them, and resist them we should because the Ads that keep calling you back again and again for the latest fix will not stop running. Time is the currency required to keep those Ads running and the Beast has nothing but Time on its side. On the other hand, for you and me, the exhaustible nature of Life is usually announced in the one Ad we will never live to read; our obituary.".
Chapter: Doing, p.163
"Why is it that when I am not in a hurry, it seems that everybody is speeding, and when I am, it seems like everybody is driving slowly? Why is it that when we want Time to speed up that it seems to slow down, and when we want Time to slow down, it seems to fly by? Of course, it is all about our perception of the fluidity of Time. For the child I mentioned, Christmas morning could not come fast enough, while for many of us, the weekend flies by too fast.
Not to worry, the true test of life is one we can pass if we learn about and practice “Being” Mindful. It may determine the difference between how well you enjoy the good times and how well you endure and survive the bad times.".
Chapter: Instinct and Anxiety, p.70
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"Still, numbers only give us the illusion that we are in control and my concern is about the focus we place on Time as it relates to “Being.” If we agree that Life is a finite experience, we must also agree that Time is not.It is simply the way it is and it is what I call “The Natural Equation” (TNE): L minus T, equals D. (L – T = D); Life minus Time equals Death (or Nothingness). To complicate matters, we go about measuring Time with all sorts of instruments like watches, calendars, calculators, and gauges. The statements, “We are running out of Time,” or “Time is up” ignore the fact that Time is infinite. What we are actually “running out of” and “what is up”,” is Life, pure and simple."
Chapter: Numbers and Time or Energy Management, p.46
"Meanwhile, we should as often and as long as we can, with awareness, ignore the constant distractions that can cause us to miss the Present Moment, the only Time we can share Love and Care with each other. Sadly, enough, those missed moments are lost forever and this loss is a very high price to pay for living past each other without loving and caring, or just being human for goodness’ sake. Now, “Being” mindful, reflect on this for a moment.".
Chapter: All We'll Need, p.154
"Getting back to “retail” Time … here is a quote you may have heard and may live by, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Do you know it? Anyway, here again, Time is referenced in “retail” terms. I said it before: I cannot live one day at a time and I do not. Time with respect to Life is “whole” simply because Now is the only Time and all the Time there is. In reality, today is not the first day of the rest of your life. It is “Now” that is the first “Time” of the continuous beginning of the rest of your life. This is true simply because it is always the first Time you live in this present Moment."
Chapter: Retail Time, Measuring Now, and Seeing
the future, p.40
"Thankfully, for most of us, Life has been and is mostly good and that tomorrow, again, will be a good day. Still, from Time to Time we should do a reality check by “Being” mindful that we will always never have lived in the Present moment before now; the reality is that we are always living on the edge of Time when, in this undiscovered frontier, what is next can’t be known. We must not know and thank God it is so."
Chapter: We Can't Know, We Must Not Know, and Thank God It Is So, p.101
"So, what about “Now”? Nothing, except to be mindful and aware that it is the only Time I “Am,” the only Time I can “Be,” and the only Time I can “Do.” In terms of attending to the meaningful things and persons in my life, I must “Be” mindful of my own presence if I am going to be able to appreciate all that is happening as I am and as everything “Is” without judgment."
Chapter: Being, Then Doing, p.81
"What I mean here is that we should do for our loved ones those things that make a positive difference in their lives. Actually, doing anything positive for someone else or for ourselves makes a positive difference all around. It can be like spreading a contagious “Ease”: a positive act that does not have to be anything spectacular. It could be simply to say “I love you” or “I’m here for you if you need to talk.” It could be the offer to bring someone a drink of water, a chair to sit on, or a pillow to lie on."
Chapter: TGIN, p.32
"Nevertheless, I believe it is wise to be prepared, to be mentally nimble in any event because we can’t know before “Now” which alternative will be available and best for our lives at the time. At all times however, be mindful that Change is a chronic and inevitable side effect of the Constance of Time. With this in mind, it is important to consider that the further into the future your dreams live, the greater the likelihood the unforeseen or unexpected will pop up. This is true for the journey that is Life, a long road trip, a five-year goal, or a 50-year marriage. Murphy’s Law has nothing but Time on its hands"
Chapter: We Can't Know, We Must Not Know, And Thank God It Is So, p.97
"Now that I am writing about balance, it occurs to me that maybe the fear is that my prayers may not be answered at all, and the anxiety is being able to recognize and appreciate the form the answer may take. I say this because we don’t always get exactly what we want, how we want, or when. I’m left to imagine that some of the answers may come in the form of a sequence of events over Time that would require patience and continued faith in order that my soul may see, as the answers manifest in my life. In the meantime, I continue to trust God, do my best, be patient, and trust my destiny.".
Chapter: How I Trust God, the Miracle of Luna, and the Blessing of Miracle, p.117
"Life in “Time” is a straight line simply because there is never a precise repetition of any Thing or any Time. Time is an indefinite straight line through our lives and through nature. We age, nature ages, the planet ages, and that’s just how it is. There is no old Time and there is no new Time. Enigmatically, Time allows us the opportunity to experience a fresh sense of Presence in the Now. It allows us to always be new even as we grow old."
Chapter:A New Conversation, p.9
"Of course, as their father, I did my part to guide them through those Times and I regularly reminded them that even if they could live a thousand years, they would not be able to taste every fruit, forbidden or not, that the tree of Life has to offer. This is a Truth they should be mindful of as they live in Time. It is a truth that will serve them well until they run out of Life."
Chapter: Training Wheels and a Lesson on Respect, p.130
"On the “better” hand, slowing down and “Being” mindful perceptively gives you a second or two longer to enjoy your moment if what you are experiencing are good Times. Think of it as stretching your Present living moments for just a few instances longer. For me, sometimes it seems like I’m seeing my life unfold one frame at a time and I like that.".
Chapter: Doing, p.161
"This brings me full circle to my understanding of Mindfulness as I described it in the beginning of the book, as living in Ism. Ism is living in harmony with what it “is” and not what I wish it to “be.” In other words, think of Ism as Perception looking into a mirror and seeing Reality for what it “is.” So it is with “Being” as I am and as everything is without judgment. I see the world for what it is and the world sees me for who I am."
Chapter: Words Matter, p.75
"This is not as easy as it sounds, yet it is simple. Even so, it requires a commitment to take the Time to pay attention to the fullness of your own mindful “Being” in your own presence, your own “Now” as often as you can. Here again, I am talking about Mindfulness. This practice has made a difference in my Life and I’m now better able to “Be” in harmony with Life in Time as I am and as everything is without judgment. This helps with my volitional ability to perceptively slow down a couple of seconds so that I am better able to set my own pace, physically and mentally."
Chapter: Only One or Two seconds Longer; Children Do It, p.59
"Think about this for a moment. As I am writing now, it is 10 o’clock p.m. in the east. It is seven o’clock p.m. in the west. There are “three hours” differences between “Time zones.” The phone rings and friends out west announce the birth of their first child. Now, think about this before you answer: What time was the telephone connection made; the time you first heard the voice on the other end of the line—ten or seven?"
Chapter: Numbers and Time or Energy Management, p.53
"One of the unyielding influences of Modernity is that we are often drunk with the many, many choices we face every day and the seemingly uncontrollable impulse to choose something else"
Chapter: Drunk With Choices, p.135
"However, when the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words” came to mind, the distinction between seeing a Thing and thinking about the Thing suddenly occurred to me. It seemed to me that a picture could embody more than a thousand words. But what are those words?"
Chapter:Life Last but an Instant, p.7
"Throwing your hands up in the air and asking, “Why is this happening to me?” only keeps you in a bad Moment longer than you might otherwise be. This allows for the onset of stress and the delay of your arrival at what may be the next available exit (Thought) that could get you to a better place, a Mindful place, where you can “Do” sooner rather than later."
Chapter: First Things First in The Present Positive Tense, p.139