Peace

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There are all kinds of peace we strive for.

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Some are silly and goofy, even though they may not seem like much at the time.
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Take my thing with pumpkins. The story is HERE at No More Holding Back. Worth a quick read. Even seven years later, it’s  still kinda fun!
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Then there’s peace with our enemies, or a lover, or a parent someone else significant in your life.
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Reminds me of a quote from my favorite book, Stranger In A Strange Land…
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Point to the shortest direction around the universe. It doesn’t matter where you point, it’s the shortest…and you’re pointing back at yourself.
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We are all connected.
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Try and deny it if you like. You’re just delaying the inevitable.
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And when you embrace it…you never have to  be afraid again.
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Those goofy, sometimes gruesome orange gourds will never get the best of you again.
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And when they do, you can laugh them off.
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No more dread.
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No more fear or self-loathing of your body, which is the iii Method.
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Peace with the person who has come into your life to teach you that which you have yet to learn.
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Peace. Sure, part of that is the absence of conflict.
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But more than that, it’s the power and space to create your life, free from being a slave to the patterns of dread, fear, anger, guilt you’ve built up over the years.

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Freedom to take your life experience out for a spin.
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Or as has been said recently, so that you don’t die with regret. So you have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
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Yep…all from pumpkins!
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Today’s starting point in the universe.  :)
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Have a magnificent day.
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Much Love,
Larry
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P.S.: I see people in the #GuruCode exploding with energy. More followers, more customers, more fun. It’s about learning new techniques, and making peace with who they are and what they’ve done…so they can take the next step in faith and courage.
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That’s #TheDeepAbyss
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Same thing with our pilot group of #iiiMethod.  People who have been masking pain by abusing their bodies for years and treating them as they temple they are. Pain released, replaced with pride, and adventure…and love.
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That’s the next phase of the #iiiMethod…when we open to the public.
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More coming soon. Just decide if this is your time.

Making Peace With Pumpkins

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Originally written October 29, 2007. I’m dusting it off in memory of two little girls who turned into adults and carve their own…

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“Dad, will you help me with my pumpkin?”

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The thing I’ve been trying to avoid has just happen. How do you say no to your 11 year old who needs help getting the “guts” out of the pumpkin she’s carving?

So I trudge over, like the convict walking to the firing squad. I scrape for a while with the tool meant for taking the stringy insides out of the orange gourd, then when there’s no other choice reach in and start pulling them out with my fingers.

It all my comes back…my rocky relationship with pumpkins.

We were strictly a plastic pumpkin family growing up. I never had any real dealings with the fruit kind. I did try pumpkin pie once during Thanksgiving…didn’t like it at all and avoided it ever since.

But that night in 1983 when I sampled some pumpkin bread at a party was the thing that sealed the deal. I didn’t like it much but managed to finish the piece I was eating.

Maybe I’d been working on a stomach virus beforehand. Or maybe one of the other ingredients was spoiled.

Or maybe pumpkin was just plain bad news to my system. Whatever it was, it was about the sickest I’d ever been in a 24 hour period up to that point.

From then on pumpkin and I were enemies. I’d pick them out at the farmstands, carry them home, even throw them in the woods when they started to rot in early November.

Just don’t ask me to touch the insides or put them anywhere near my mouth.

It got to be the running joke in the family. Wanna gross Daddy out? Start talking pumpkins.

Over time as I got to feeling good and studying Law of Attraction I realized pumpkins are an extension of who I am. Of course that doesn’t mean I’d want to eat them.

But I also knew the feeling of dread around the big goofy orange thing was more a conditioned response.

Pumpkin eating/touching = pain/ bad smells/hunched over a toilet bowl.

It didn’t have to be that way. I have enough self control and emotional intelligence to replace the movie running in my mind.

And it started with the two excited kids in the kitchen carving up their personal pumpkins into their favorite shapes.

And watching world class chefs do cool stuff with pumpkins on The Food Network didn’t hurt either.

Will I ever sit down to a meal of Pumpkin Souflee? Possibly. But I’m not concerned about it right now.

I am however looking forward to making peace with the goofy orange creatures this year. They’re a part of the harvest season I enjoy.

And something tells me…as I get more comfortable with them, I grow closer to myself.

YOUR TURN

Got any strong feelings about pumpkins one way or the other?

Got a strange history with anything that made sense back then, but not now?

Comment below and share. Should make for a fun discussion!

Treat Others Like The TRUTH BOMBS They Are!

WHEW!

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After a while it gets hard to come up with new titles each week.

Fortunately, you guys are so good at coming up with new and amazing Truth Bombs, it’s really not that big a deal.

And since a lot of these have to do with how we deal with our fellow humans, it seemed like a good idea to do a little variation on the Golden Rule.

So let’s dive in…shall we?

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A Say Yes Truth Bomb from VaNessa Duplessie:

Learning to say “YES, what’s next”, instead of “NO, not now” has been one of my greatest life lessons.

In business there’s one thing I know for sure. Change is imminent. Just when you think you have a good thing going – something changes – sidelining you or your business. Some of it may have been in your control, some of it not. Doesn’t matter.

What matters is how you respond and what you do next. Do you hide in the corner in fear of “what if”? Or do you adapt, overcome and say BRING IT!?

I’ve had A LOT of ups and downs in my life and business over 25 years — and I always lean on the side of BRING IT. Just part of my nature to try new things even if they don’t work out the way I want or expect. It’s what I get for being a kid to two entrepreneurs.

For every time I say BRING IT….I’m one YES closer to something I may not even know fulfills my wildest dreams.

A Personal Connection Truth Bomb from Calvin Brown:

When I met President Obama in 2010, I shook his hand and said “God bless you, Mr. President” and he put his left hand on my left arm and said “God bless you too!

Tonight I met President Clinton, shook his hand, and told him congratulations on being a new grandfather. He turned back around and grabbed my right arm and said “Thank you. It’s so wonderful!”

Moral of the story: go that little extra step to connect with someone on a personal level – no matter who that person is – and you never know what kind of moments you can create!

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A Love Truth Bomb from Dr. Marion Ross :

Find the sweetness in your own Heart that you may find the sweetness in every Heart.

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A Do Your Own Thing Truth Bomb from Jordan Schultz:

Someone just told me I should shave my beard off, and stop playing with it when I’m speaking on hangouts…

to which I replied

…I think you should stop watching my hangouts!

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A Self-Reliance Truth Bomb from Tony Rush:

Every successful person I’ve ever met — in any field — has at least one thing in common: at some point, they cultivated a strong sense of self-reliance.

They gave up the idea that their ideal life was someone else’s responsibility and they stopped waiting for that person to come by and fix things.

They stepped up.

Where can you “step up” today?

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An Entrepreneur Truth Bomb from me:

Every time you diminish someone who is not an entrepreneur‬, you diminish…

The person who makes the product from your supplier company, and packs it, and ships, and takes care of your customers when there is a problem.

The person who teaches your kids.

The person who gets your coffee order just right in the morning.

The people who will take care of your parents and your kids when they are sick, or even dying.

The person who drives by your home at night on patrol to discourage would be intruders, and the person who comes to inspect your electricity, and the person who puts out the fire when it goes wrong.

The person who helped those jeans that you look so good in come off the assembly line, not to mention the person who harvested the cotton they are made from in the first place.

Everyone who makes it possible for you to be an entrepreneur in the first place.

Now, what was that you were saying about people who aren’t entrepreneurs?

And Finally, a Silence Is Golden Truth Bomb from Kelly Wissink:

Sometimes I just don’t have the words and concentrate instead on the stillness. May your day today have moments of peace, stillness, calm and love.

 YOUR TURN

Which of these Truth Bombs KABOOMED you the hardest?

Got any of your own to add?

Comment below and share. The world is waiting!

Are You An Entrepreneur?

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Like most of my other reasonably good posts and statuses, this one came from a long strand of daydreaming while either at the gym or in the shower (in this case, at the gym)…

Every time you diminish someone who is not an ‪entrepreneur‬, you diminish…

The person who makes the product from your supplier company, and packs it, and ships, and takes care of your customers when there is a problem.

The person who teaches your kids.

The person who gets your coffee order just right in the morning.

The people who will take care of your parents and your kids when they are sick, or even dying.

The person who drives by your home at night on patrol to discourage would be intruders, and the person who comes to inspect your electricity, and the person who puts out the fire when it goes wrong.

The person who helped those jeans that you look so good in come off the assembly line, not to mention the person who harvested the cotton they are made from in the first place.

Everyone who makes it possible for you to be an entrepreneur in the first place.

Now, what was that you were saying about people who aren’t entrepreneurs?

This resonated with people. Check out some of the comments…

Thanks for saying what I have felt for SO long!

Thanks for putting this out–you are so right!

Having a good job you like is wonderful. Entrepreneurship is for those who feel unfulfilled in a job—or those who burn inside with ideas they need to implement in order to be happy.

Very true, Larry, many people are very happy with their jobs and thank goodness for them.

Where is that darn Triple Like button when you need it!

I could give you a big hug right about now, Larry. :)

I took the dialog to a different place with a couple of follow up comments…

And that also includes the non-entrepreneurs who are the customers and clients for your product or service. Is that the kind of energy you want to put out to the world?

And by the way…EVERYONE is an entrepreneur in one form or another, but we’ll do that one another time.

Well…here is that other time!

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Every act of doing something that involves risk is that of an entrepreneur.

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Because really…all an entrepreneur means is a person who’s willing to take a risk and do something different, with the idea of getting something new and better.

For some, that means learning how to cook.

Or investing in some flyers and stuffing local mailboxes with an ad for your lawn mowing business.

Or taking a class so you can learn new techniques in nursing, or truck driving, or small business development.

Or launching a billion dollar initial public offering.

Heck, it even means gathering up your courage and asking that person out on a date.

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Being an entrepreneur means being willing to accept risk in pursuit of a possible reward.

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We all do it. It’s just a matter of degree.

So get this…you are an entrepreneur.

Now just decide how much or how little of one you’d like to be.

And respect where everyone else is too.

 YOUR TURN

What are some of the ways in which you’ve been an entrepreneur?

What have you not done yet that you would like to?

Comment below and share. Your fellow entrepreneurs are waiting.

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