Monday, January 27, 2014

The Gift of Encouragement

We live in a world where it seems people are quite reserved about offering others praise and encouragement.  This baffles me too.  I just don't get it...  As a society we are so quick to harshly judge others, or finger point when someone is messing up. But why does it have to be this way?  I personally don't think it does.  I grew up in a family where I was rarely praised for my successes and accomplishments.  As a result, I didn't feel very valued and appreciated.  And I didn't like how that felt, so I have made it a point to try and compliment and encourage people every single day.  I look for opportunities to give others a bit of praise every chance I can.  It's amazing how people respond to it too.  Sometimes they are dumbfounded and look at me like I just gave them a handful of diamonds.  It's kind of funny seeing people's reactions, but I sincerely like how it makes me feel though.  I find uplifting and offering support to others to be almost a little addictive.  But honestly I think it makes me feel more rewarded than anyone else at the end of the day. 

Think of the last time someone randomly complimented or praised you.  I bet chances are it probably made your day right?  I feel we could all brighten each others lives by simply taking time to lift each other up a bit more.  It doesn't even have to be anything special either.  Sometimes you can uplift someone by giving out a few nice words, or offering a smile to someone deserving.  I promise you if you will make it a point to do this more often, it will surely add a positive dimension to your world.  And compliments are contagious too.  What if one person you decided to compliment passed a compliment on and 100 people's lives were touched in just one single day?  That is the power of encouragement.  Its kind of like the butterfly effect.  It can go a long way.  And it all starts with one person, maybe even YOU???

I encourage you to look for opportunities to build someone up or to dish out a bit of positive encouragement.  Tell a good friend how much you appreciate them.  Tell someone you respect and admire that you look up to them.  Tell your significant other just how much they mean to you and maybe even buy them a special unexpected gift.  Give someone with a noticeable talent a tiny bit of "that a boy."

Whenever you are supporting and encouraging others, you are helping them to build their confidence and self esteem.  This inadvertently helps to create more positivity all around you. It creates sort of an upward spiral.  And you never know how someone might be affected by a little bit of encouragement and support.  You might truly change someone's life by a simple gesture of praise.  Why not be the person who starts a chain reaction of kindness and positivity.  Just maybe a better world starts with you and me offering more kindness, support and love today?

Copyright Justin Topik, Peace Passion Positivity 2014,
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Infuse Your Life With Imagination

Open your mind and imagine if you would, a world where everything was possible. Imagine a world where there were no boundaries, no limitations, or barriers whatsoever, just endless possibilities. Sounds good doesn't it? Some may even say this sounds way too good to be true. If that's the case for you, then maybe it's time to reacquaint yourself with one of the creators most sacred, loving, useful gifts to us as human beings. We were fashioned resourcefully and powerfully with imagination as an inner faculty inside us all. And you can use this incredible gift to take your life to astronomical heights, or to set your sails in any direction, at any given moment.

Life comes alive when it's infused with imagination. To be imaginative is to be as an innocent child, in a world of fascination and extravagant possibilities. And seeing that it is a free gift anyways, why not go ahead and use it to create and live a life that is brilliant, delicious and rich with imagination? We live in a highly creative universe which responds and reacts to our very desires and wishes. Shakti Gawain said in her book Creative Visualization, "Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you." Imagination is a divine treasure for anyone to harness and bring forth a life they may have only once dreamed about. It's like a spaceship that can literally get you anywhere in the universe once you give it the coordinates. Albert Einstein once said, "Logic will get you from A to B but imagination will take you everywhere."

Your life is your own unique design and everything you are manifesting outwardly starts on your inner vision board. Whatever images and thoughts you are posting on it the most, tend to make their way into the visible reality the quickest. Don't take this lightly either. Think of it this way, whatever you are thinking about the most is right now on its way into existence in your own reality. Kind of a scary thought isn't it? Of course it can also be exciting too if you're contemplating and imagining fabulous things and experiences.

Imagine you could live with all of your wishes fulfilled and have a life of immaculate design. Well this is totally possible when you harness the powers of your imagination. Imagination is one of life's rare gems. When you learn to harness its simple, eloquent power your life will take off with great speed, ease and grace. The universe is highly responsive, alive and wants to grant us all lives of dazzling splendor. But one thing we must remember is that we are co-creators with the universe.  We tell it what to give us either consciously or unconsciously. So why not consciously create and enjoy the fruits of your own designing? Infuse Your Life With Imagination and you will discover a fantasy world of your own creation. There are no limitations to imagination and creativity, except for the limitations which exist in our minds. The universe knows only possibilities and can only give us whatever it is we are imagining the most often.  What you see is what you get...

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Climbing Mountains


I have climbed a lot of mountains in my life thus far. It is certainly one of my biggest, lifetime passions. I don't know if it's the thrill of the climb, or the adrenaline rush of conquering something which seems larger than life. Whatever it is though, I have always enjoyed Climbing Mountains literally and figuratively. It is one thing that makes me feel powerful, on top of the world and like I can do anything I set my mind to. I love pushing myself beyond normal limits. I get bored just staying in the valleys of life. I find pushing my body and mind to new heights to be invigorating and enlivening.

There is a Chinese proverb which states, "If you do not climb the mountain, you will not see the plain." The views from on top of the mountains are breathtaking and awe-inspiring. If you are stuck in the valleys in your life, I would strongly encourage you to start climbing wherever you are at, ascending to high summits and majestic, grand, magnificent overlooks. The climb is arduous and sometimes even feels brutal, but the sense of accomplishment you will gain is so worth it.  And the views you will experience are indescribable.

Getting out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself a bit leads to a richer and more authentic life experience. It changes you forever. And Climbing Mountains is a great way to help you do just that. Two things you will gain by leaving your comfort zone and pushing yourself to greater heights are increased self confidence and personal spiritual growth.  And with more of these two things, the sky is the limit to what you can accomplish...

Climbing Mountains is symbolically about striving for life mastery. The thrill of the climb and ascension to tall mountain peaks is about reaching for and experiencing the magical, the mystical, life transformative powers that are truly within your reach. The climb helps you realize your power is stunning, and that you can become unstoppable as you push yourself through your own self-imposed barriers and limitations. It's also about conquering trivial things and reaching just a bit higher day by day, until the summit becomes your preferred dwelling place.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Brighten up Your World

Your world can be as bright and passion filled as you want it to be.  There are NO limits to how incredible or how amazing your life can truly become.  All of us have the choice to brighten up our lives, to brighten up our worlds.  This we can do by choosing happiness, joy and positivity in every possible situation.   To live an incredible life takes having a ridiculous focus on beauty, happiness and positivity.  You can also Brighten up Your World by choosing to associate with positive, harmonious, uplifting people-people who are interesting, enthusiastic, full of life and wonder. 

A great deal of people in my life have encouraged me to be mediocre, to just concern myself with making a living, but that has never worked for me.  I have always been more interested in designing a great life for myself.  I would encourage you not to sell yourself short either, but rather to fashion for yourself a great life of your own liking.  I would also highly encourage you to think lofty thoughts, to use your imagination, to play and make believe with life often.  Let out your childlike qualities.  And along with this, don't neglect the spirit, the part that animates you and enlivens you.  This essential component of you is highly important, maybe even more so than you realize! 

Choose joy and passion constantly.  Shower yourself with inspiration and creativity daily.  Make time for the things that resonate with your soul, the things that make you feel alive.  These things all collectively help you to Brighten up Your World.  And why would you choose to live in a dull, colorless existence anyway if it's just as easy for you to live in an illustrious color filled world?

If there were no limits to how much magic and brightness you could experience, or create in your life what would you do differently?  The beauty and wonder of life is that you get to create and live in whatever kind of world you choose.  You are the master artist with the paint brush in your hands, holding a palette of any colors you choose to represent your life picture.  So I dare you to go ahead and choose bright, exotic colors to make your world divine.  Your life will flow artistically and beautifully if you will consciously choose to Brighten up Your World.  The pen is in your hand.  What will you create?  Why not create a life of immaculate beauty? Just saying......

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