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Let Gratitude Be Your Attitude

03/30/2011 3 comments

This is going to sound so silly, but I found this saying framed on a wall in a bathroom of a building while I was working an event. Even though it was the most random thing, it was indeed a Divine moment and I left that bathroom a whole new person.

From the book, “Get It Together With God” by Richard A. Carloy, ©1973

Every day of your life is a gift from God. Don’t squander it. Don’t waste it by being angry with anyone. Don’t let it slip away by feeling sorry for yourself. Be grateful for the precious gift of life and spread it by being as happy and as thankful as you possibly can. Let your mind dwell on the good things that have happened to you. Let gratitude be your attitude. Think of your assets, and don’t let anyone else spoil your day for you. Enjoy every day of your life to the fullest. Realize that you can add to the joy of each day by making someone else happy.

The kind of prayer that helps you get into a peaceful, grateful attitude might be something like this:

“Heavenly Father, help me to be grateful for being alive right now. Help me to realize that no matter what my problems may be, where there is life, there is hope. Help me to think positively and to realize that thousands of miracles are happening every day. Help me to pray, and help me to remember the times when prayer bought me peace. Let me be a better listener and not be self-centered. Help me to realize that if I get my mind occupied by helping and cheering up other people, I will be healthier than if I were always checking my own pulse. Help me to look for the good in everyone I meet. Let me realize that I cannot change anybody’s way of thinking. Only by doing the best I can and setting a good example may I influence someone to change their behavior. Help me to understand that other people have as much a right to their opinions as I do to mine. Let me love myself as I am. Make me realize when I am not proud of myself, I am letting You, my Creator, down. I must be proud of the body You have given me and realize there is a purpose for every person being different. Let me realize that You, my Father, are with me always to guide and comfort me. Let me open my heart and purse and let Your love flow in. Let me accept the peace that You can bring, and help me to understand that You have a plan and purpose to everything that happens.”

Amen!

Categories: Thoughts

Five Finger Prayer

03/27/2011 2 comments

I first learned about this prayer years ago. I love that it is simple, sweet, and so effective! Truthfully, you really don’t have an excuse not to do it. Your hand is attached to your body and is with you wherever you go, whereas your Bible may not always be with you. I have a Bible app on my BlackBerry so I really don’t have an excuse! For any of you that try this, I hope you love it as much as I do!

  1. Your thumb is nearest to you. Begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is a “sweet duty.”

  2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

  3. The next finger is the tallest finger, which reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the national leaders, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

  4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, and in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night.

  5. And lastly comes our little finger, the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective. You will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Categories: Thoughts

Currently Reading…. ‘Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude’

03/26/2011 1 comment

Napoleon Hill is one of my favorite authors! He has written several best-sellers, including “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Law of Success.”

“Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” sets forth the unlimited, and for many, the untapped powers of the mind. It gives practical insight into using the mind to set and reach life’s goals. It presents self-motivators, ways to maintain a cheerful attitude, and discusses many other principles and examples of the benefits of creating and using a positive mental attitude.

How do we attain success through a positive mental attitude? What does success through a positive mental attitude really mean?

It’s all about the law of attraction. The “get what you give” dynamics of life. What you put out into the world is what you get back from it. You are who you attract at any given moment. A positive attitude will naturally attract the good and the beautiful. The negative attitude will rob you of all that makes life worth living. Your success, health, wealth, and happiness depend on how you make up your mind.

With that being said, why is it any more difficult to achieve success through a positive mental attitude? It takes discipline and conditioning. It is amazing how many of us go through life and live day by day creating, speaking, and thinking negative affirmations all day long to ourselves. This causes our ill emotional and mental states and, in turn, counteracts success through positive mental attitude with an on-going dialogue of negative self-talk.

The way you speak to yourself molds your perception and therefore, creation of life. How you ask a question can determine the answer. The brain is an amazing machine. When you ask it a question, it automatically searches for an answer. For example, if you were to ask, “Why did this happen to me?” you will most likely get a number of negative answers generated, as opposed to, “What can I do now to fix this?” which will generate possible solutions and take your life in a completely different direction.

It’s important to learn to verbalize positive words and not the negative. We punish ourselves when we make mistakes, but do not reward ourselves for our successes. You must always have a picture of your future or else you will replay your past. Your subconscious is something that will believe what you tell it.  Your subconscious will continue to work, even while you are asleep.

Ultimately, we are going to have to learn to master the subconscious by reprogramming ourselves to create success through a positive mental attitude. The majority of people are being programmed according to other people’s motives and agendas, or the mere seemingly accidental circumstances around them. Isn’t it about time we decided to take the reigns and program ourselves according to our own agendas? Mold ourselves and our lives by our own design? The Bible says that God “wants us to live in abundance, until it overflows.” – John 10:10

I especially love this book because it ties God into it and quotes many scriptures from the Bible, unlike other self-help books that don’t. For example, “The Secret.” That has to be one of the best books I have ever read, but I felt sort of turned away from it because it never once mentioned God, the Bible, any of the ten commandments… nothing! What really tripped me out was that the words universal law would be capitalized, like so – Universal Law or just plain Law. I also noticed that for every single place in the book that the word Law was capitalized, if you replaced it with the word God, it made all the more sense and sounded so much better! This is one of the main reasons why I love Napoleon Hill because he has a way of tying in God, biblical and spiritual truths.

“Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” is definitely a must-read, so go get your copy today!

“What you think, so you will become.” – Napoleon Hill

Categories: Books, Enlightenment, Knowledge

Discipline

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I came across an amazing printout and had to share it with you all!

“Discipline is one of the best-kept secrets in the history of mankind.
Discipline is truly one of the greatest allies one can have.
Discipline is the eternal and devoted gatekeeper of success.
Herein lies “The Great Secret” of discipline.
The price of discipline is denial, sacrifice, loneliness, struggle, and often times, pain.
The price has an aura of deception and thus the price appears too high, for far too many to pay.
The group of people that think this way, unfortunately, become the undisciplined.
However, the result and rewards created from discipline are priceless.
The disciplined live in a more structured world of harmony and order crowned with achievement.
The disciplined exude confidence, character, ability, wisdom and strength.
The disciplined are honored the world over.
The disciplined is not a perfect world but, by far, a more rewarding world.
The rewards of the undisciplined are failure, despair, hopelessness, helplessness, imprisonment, and desperation.
The undisciplined exist in a world of confusion, uncertainty, chaos, and regrets.
“The Great Secret” becomes even clearer.
In the end, it is the undisciplined who always pay the higher price.

Examine closely and carefully the two groups in your present surroundings: the undisciplined and the disciplined.
Life will cash your undisciplined checks or life will cash your disciplined checks.
It’s your life, your bank, and your choice!”

Discipline is everything! My mother used to always tell me, “Have discipline! Be disciplined in everything that you do.” I used to think she was crazy telling me that all the time. Of course, the older I got, I understood that there was so much truth to what she had been trying to tell me all along. Discipline is a tough teacher and is so necessary to learn at a young age. If you do not learn the true meaning of “discipline” early on in life, it’s all going to go downhill from there.

Self-discipline has strengthened me in many areas of my life. I used to never carry cash simply because I knew if I had cash on me, be it a $10 bill or a $100 bill, I was going to spend it. Through mind-games and simple tricks, I’ve learned to carry cash and not spend it. I also no longer watch TV. The countless hours I used to spend watching silly shows are now spent doing something so much more productive. Reading! The money I used to give Comcast, I now give to Borders and Barnes & Noble. Investing the money in something so much more productive was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! And most important, I’ve learned the true meaning of “delayed gratification.” Just because I have the money to buy whatever it is that I have my heart set on does not mean that I need to run out and get it. I’ve learned the meaning of patience. I’ve also learned to not flaunt. That whole, “If you got it, flaunt it” line….. I’m sorry, I just can’t get down with that. If you got it, don’t flaunt it! I prefer being low-key any day!

Discipline is tough. Self-discipline is tougher. It’s symbolizes great strength, will, and determination to not only want better, but to do and to be better!

I have the perfect quote to leave you with…

“If you knew better, you’d do better.”

Categories: Thoughts

My Very First Blog Post

03/24/2011 3 comments

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Yaay! My very first blog post! Welcome, ladies & gentlemen! I’m so excited to start blogging! I think this is a wonderful way for me to share my thoughts on everything from world events to real life, real people, and real things to relationships to discussing books that I’m reading, things I’m learning, sharing hair, make-up, and fashion tips, tutorials….. there is just so much that I want to talk about!!

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Titiksha. Most people call me Trish because a) it’s easier, b) they make it seem like foreign names are just so impossible to pronounce, and c) I have just about had it with my name being butchered. I am Indian. I absolutely hate when I tell people I’m Indian and they tell me, “Oh, my grandma is Cherokee.” *blank stare* That would be Native America. Please know your history! I was born & raised in Chicago and I am so in love with the city! I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications/Mass Media and a specialization in Public Relations. I am a Radio & Television Host. By the way, it is very uncommon for an Indian woman to be in the entertainment industry. In an Indian home, education is #1. Don’t you dare bring home an A- or there will be a price to pay! Indian children are raised to graduate from college, then from medical school, complete residency and become a doctor, only to pay back nearly $1 million in loans, work 18-24 hour days for the rest of your life, and retire at 65?!?! NO, THANK YOU! I’ve never been the typical Indian girl. I have always tried to stay as far away from that brainwashed life as possible, and I take great pride in not blending in with the rest. I landed my first radio show at the age of 19 and kept that show all throughout college. It was, by far, one of the best experiences ever! Soon enough, I ventured off into television because I figured, not only did I have the personality and the voice, but I had the face, too, and I should embrace all of it! My goal is to be the first American-born Indian woman to ______________.  (I left that part blank because there are several goals I have set to accomplish; not just one.)

I have always been wise beyond my years. I am at a point in my life where things that once mattered to me and made such a difference mean absolutely nothing anymore. For example, 3 years ago, if I were to have gone on a $2,500 shopping spree, my first (and only) stop would’ve been to the Louis Vuitton store and I would’ve purchased a $2,300 Monogram Vernis bag. $2,530 with tax. Today, if I were to go on a $2,500 shopping spree, I would be going to my nearest Borders Bookstore and will happily spend ALL of that money on books. Knowledge truly is power! I am so past the materialistic garbage that so many people rely on to define them. My mind, the words I speak, the things I say and the things I do is what defines me. My heart is what defines me. Not Louboutin shoes or a vintage Gucci bag. Now, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE fashion and there are just some things that a girl has to have! I’m not saying that you will never catch me with a Louie bag or rockin’ the red bottoms. You just won’t catch me with those things unless and until “home” has been taken care of and business has been handled first! But for right now, I just can’t justify spending $2,500 on a bag or on a pair of shoes when that money could be going towards something so much more productive. At the end of the day, God keeps every single receipt for every purchase or contribution you have ever made in your lifetime. I just want Him to smile at me for helping others instead of helping only myself. Just my thoughts….

With all the things I have on my mind right now, I think this is pretty sufficient for an introduction. I hope you visit often! Feel free to share your thoughts, I am always open to what people have to say!

In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @trishdave

Also, I love, love, love quotes so I’m going to make it a point to share a good quote in each blog post. Today, I shall leave you with…

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

Categories: Thoughts