Do This to Sleep Better

Religious text admonishes us to not let the sun go down on our wrath. The mental state in which we fall asleep has a powerful, profound influence on our bodies.

Do not go to sleep until you have restored your mental balance, until your mental faculties are poised and your mind serene. It is more important to prepare the mind for sleep than the body. The mental bath is even more necessary than the physical one before bedtime.

Never allow yourself under any circumstances to retire in a discouraged, despondent, gloomy mood, or in a fit of anger. Practice making it a habit to let nothing tempt you to go to sleep with an unkind, critical, jealous thought toward another in your mind.

Make it your dominant intention each night to go to bed with a clean mental slate. Go to bed imagining yourself being the man or woman you long to become, filled with happiness, prosperity, and power. Saturate your mind with pleasant memories and with dreams of great expectations.

Be the master of your mind. Learn to control it, instead of allowing it to control you and torment you especially when it’s time for sweet slumber. Being persistent in preparing the mind for peaceful, healthful, happy, glorious sleep will prolong our lives and our youth.

Live Within My Means

For some of us one of the most challenging lessons in life is learning the art of handling money and knowing how to finance ourselves wisely. It seems that there is always some temptation to spend money.

However the world demands that every individual knows how to take care of themselves, how to be independent, self-reliant, how to finance themselves wisely, and how to make the most of their income.

One lesson we should all pass along to our children is the tragic consequences of debt, especially when incurred in early life. It has ruined many of the most promising careers. Nothing kills our enthusiasm, zeal, and creativity than feeling trapped and like we have our hands tied hand and foot by the curse of debt.

When we fall into the self-defeating habit of purchasing that which we cannot afford can lead to handicapping ourselves for many years. No one can be happy, no matter how optimistic who is forever in the clutches of poverty, of harassing debt.

I don’t know about you but I have made the conscious decision to no longer live beyond my means. There is an old adage which says the best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging. Starting today I am making the commitment to stop digging. And will commit myself to increasing my financial acuity.

I shall adopt Charles A Jaffe’s saying as my new mantra …. “It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.”

Stop Rushing Things That Need Time to Grow

Patience is a virtue a wait won’t hurt you. We’ve heard it all before on the subject of patience. I don’t know about you but this has been one of those VERY challenging areas in life for me. But what I am learning is Faith ain’t Faith if it’s not backed with patience.

I’ve heard quotes like patience is not the ability to wait but to keep a good attitude while waiting. But how do I do that when I want it badly and I want it NOW?!? Like right right now. How does one have a good attitude when it feels like their being denied their treasure? Or their necessity like food on the table, roof over their head, or lights on or car paid? Money in their pocket?

How am I supposed to have a good attitude? I’ve learned that some things need time to grow and if I can exercise patience and not attempt to rush it then not only will it be the best/optimal outcome but it will unfold in such a way that all parties involved will benefit resulting in a win/win.

I think the key to having a good attitude lies in entertaining one’s self while they wait. And the best way to do to that is to turn our attention to the things we CAN control such as taking care of our health via diet and exercise, increasing strength and endurance, learning a new subject, gardening, photography, visiting a museum, walks/runs/hikes in nature, connecting with friends/family, de-cluttering our living space, learning a new hobby/trade, mastering a character trait, joining a social group, volunteering, etc.

The list is endless. We need to cultivate the habit of redirecting our attention to enjoyment and fulfillment and before you know it the time has passed and divine timing has answered our prayers and supplications. It is true patience is a virtue and a wait won’t hurt you.