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"If what you've done is stupid... but it works, then it really isn't that stupid after all."
 
Hello Fellow Seekers,  Happy Monday... yes HAPPY Monday!  Interesting how differently we look a Monday vs. say Friday or Saturday isn't it?  I'm on my back porch writing this and I couldn't help but notice that the birds don't know it's Monday.  They are just as happy and chirpy as they were on Saturday.  Hmmm, what could it be?  Ignorance?  Well, maybe... they do say "Ignorance is Bliss".  Hmmm, maybe it's Attitude.  Yep, I think that's it, a mixture of Ignorance and Attitude.
 
You see those birds... they just don't know it's Monday.  They are ignorant (ignorance... much different that "stupid" btw... nothing wrong with ignorance. Stupid's a different story... they say, "You can't fix stupid." ;^)  They just don't know that they're are supposed to be having a gloomy Monday.  Also, their attitude towards life is just what is was on FridaySaturday or any other day of the week.
 
If you're a long term reader of this little blog I do randomly, you know that the word and concept of "attitude" pops up regularly.  You know that I always try to focus on "positivity".  You hopefully remember, that we move towards and eventually become what we think about, focus on, and dream about.  And, hopefully by now, you understand and really believe that, "We, as human beings, behave and act NOT in accordance with the truth as the truth might REALLY BE, but we behave and act in accordance with truth as we THINK it to be and BELIEVE it to be."
 
So, ask yourself... Has life beat the fun out of me?  Do I beat the fun out of others with my actions, or do I foster an attitude of fun in others around me?  Just askin'.  Hope you do the latter.  For Mother's Day my daughter, Shelby, taught us all a lesson in fun.  Of course we went out to eat (mandatory southern ritual for any special event, happy or sad it seems).  Went to "The Loveless Cafe" in West Nashville and had a great attitude through the hour and a half wait too.  It was worth it.  But then when we came home with my 89 year old Mom and Jackie (Shelby's Mom and my wife of 27 years on the 24th this month), we did the silliest thing we've ever done on Mother's Day.  We had FUN.  We laughed and giggled like little kids.
 
It was very simple actually.  Shelby had drawn and cut out 10-12 "facial things" like glasses, hats, crowns, mustaches, beards, lips, etc.  She then attached them to little sticks.  When we got back home to Moms (too full, sleepy and tired to have fun) Shelby broke out these homemade "props" and we started holding them up on our head and faces and taking pictures.  We laughed until we cried at some of the silliness of it all and just how goofy and funny we looked.  We had a ball... and some fun pictures to remember the day.  Here's a collage of a few... 
 
So, my question to you is "Have you let life beat the fun out of you?"  It will you know, but only if you let it.  I was at a very fun get together BBQ thing that one of my favorite people in the whole world, Britnie Turner, threw at her new "digs" last week.  I got to talking about this subject with a few people there and used my favorite example of life beating the fun out of us.
 
Walk into a room full of 25-40 year old adults and ask, "How many of you can draw good pictures?  Raise your hand if you are a good drawer."  What happens?  Usually few hands go up.  You hear remarks like... "Not me."  "I'm a terrible drawer."  "I can't even draw a good stick man!"  Then walk into a room of 5-6 year olds, or better still imagine if you could magically "rewind" that same group of adults back to that age, and ask, "How many of you can draw good pictures?  Raise your hand if you are a good drawer."  Yep, you guessed it.  Almost all the hands will fly up.  Arms would be flailing around.  You will hear them say, "Me, Me... Pick Me!"  "I'm a great drawer!"  "Here let me draw you a picture of my dog!"... and so on.
 
OK, it's just ignorance and attitude.  I actually think that the combination of those two mindsets are the closest thing to "the fountain of youth" in life.  Ever see a sad crazy person?  Rarely.  Somewhere along the way we let life tell us what we were, or more importantly what we weren't... and we bought it!  It may have been some stupid teacher, or even an ignorant parent, friend or playmate that said, "You can't draw.", or "That picture looks stupid.", and we gave them the right to sanction us.  Maybe it was because they were bigger than us, or we thought they were smarter than us.  Ignorance, and Attitude.  We let them change us.  We bought it.  Too bad... we would all would have been so much more creative and successful if we had just not given them sanction over us, if we had just not listened, and we had... behaved and acted in accordance with the truth as we THOUGHT it to be and BELIEVED it to be.
 
So that my story for the day... and I'm stickin' to it.  Go out today and act like it's Friday.  Have some fun.  Make someone laugh so hard they cry.  And I guarantee you will laugh hard too.  You just can't help it.  Thank you for reading this!
 
Oh, and say "Happy Saturday" to the first bird you see today!
 
Much Obliged, Phil
Make it an exceptional day... It is yours to think, see, believe and make happen!
 
Phil Dildine, CCIM
Head Coach & Team Owner - CLOUD REALTY,LLC(formerly The Morris Companies, LLC)
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“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” ― Mark Twain
 
I will be brief today (get back up off the floor and into your chair ;^).  I will spend tomorrow evening trying to perform, host and coordinate a concert in an honorable manner that goes to the benefit of people who are just like you and me, but have just done something greater than we have possibly. And that is to give of yourself in the most significant way... in the sacrifice of body and mind, and some in the gift of their life. What an honor for all of us performing at and attending the "Concert For Local Wounded Heroes" at the Franklin Theatre it will be. I have been honored to be allowed to be a part of this effort to give back. Many of you reading this have given back too. Some by passing on the other offerings I wrote by forwarding the email, some of you writing me back and telling me your thoughts (keeps me going, thanks) and many of you by gifting some tickets that have already been given to Veterans who were happy, proud and excited to attend the concert and be a part of helping other great American Heroes. I just wanted to say, "Thank You!"
 
As you go through today and all the "problems and challenges" of your busy work day. Pause and send up and out some positive thoughts to others and remember just how lucky and blessed you are. If you are having some problems, maybe the short offering below from one of my Heroes, Lou Tice, will help you. I hope it does and I hope that you will lift yourself up and look around you and remember that if we were all sitting in a circle with our troubles piled in front of us to potentially trade with someone else, we would probably look around and quickly pull our pile back to ourselves.
 
I hope you will consider attending the concert if you can, or it's not too late to add your name to the ones that have gifted some tickets to another deserving Veteran. Visit JCSConcert.com http://jcsconcert.com/ and let me know you want to help and I will make it happen. To all of you who read these little "Today's Wisdoms" I send out, thank you, and thanks for letting me promote this event in the last few. It's a little different than my usual offerings of "positivity" (or is it?!?).
 
There's a line in a song I will sing tomorrow night that says, "Some gave a little... But he gave it all."  My musical offering today was sent to me by Don Ross, prophetically as I try to transform myself back into my past musical alter ego, "Phil Delta" and endeavor to raise money to support heroes. I've gained a lot of respect for "Delta" Airlines who honors so those "Who Gave It All" Click here ---> http://www.youtube.com/embed/c_VGxfmDmEo  Thanks Don, Great timing!
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Happiness is a Choice

 

What would it take to make you happy? Think about your answer for a moment, because we have reasons to be happy every day, even if the world around us seems to have come unglued.

Some of you think that if you only had this or that particular thing you would be happy. Others believe that if you were only in love with someone wonderful, who loved you back, then you would be happy. And there are probably still others who believe that if God would work a miracle and cure you or someone you love of an illness, that would make you happy.

But here is the thing: Happiness is a choice you make, not something that does or doesn't happen to you.  You can choose to be happy right now, no matter what you have or don't have.

The first step is gratitude.  If you develop and heighten your powers of appreciation by focusing on the beauty in your life instead of the imperfections, you will be halfway there. Take a moment. You will see an abundance of beauty in your life, regardless of your surroundings or circumstances, if you will only look for it. You will be adopting the "attitude of gratitude."

Once you can see it - appreciate it!  Not just intellectually - let it give you real joy. You see, the time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, and the reasons to be happy are all around us.

So what are you waiting for? Decide for yourself. Choose to be happy and see how it affects everything else you think, see and do!

 
Much Obliged, Phil
Make it an exceptional day... It is yours to think, see, believe and make happen!
 
 
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"We, as human beings, behave and act not in accordance with the truth as the truth might really be, but we behave and act in accordance with the truth as we think it to be or believe it to be." Lou Tice

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I Accept No Failures In Life... They Are Only "Temporary Setbacks". - Phil
 
I am thinking this morning about a lot of things that I learned from my friend, business partner and mentor Harold Morris.  You see Harold is receiving yet another well deserved award in his life, the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from The Greater Nashville Apartment Association.  I am proud to have the honor of being able to present him with this award this Saturday evening at The 2013 GNAA Installation and Awards Banquet... quite an achievement and an elite honor bestowed on few!
 
As I was thinking this morning about many of the qualities and things that I have learned over my 18+ years of knowing and working with Harold, and just what I'm going to say, several key "survival aspects" that he has shared and exemplified over the years came to mind.
 
1.  Regardless of the situation, he always found a way to look at the positives, not the negatives, and focus on them.
2.  Although he faced many challenges and "temporary setbacks" in his life, business-wise and health-wise, he always kept his focus on his goals and no matter the seeming failure or impending doom, he faced it head on and if he got knocked down... he "licked his wounds" and bounced right back.  And he almost always succeeded.
3.  He learned from each "temporary setback" and shared these experiences and wisdom with others so they (and I) did not "fall into the same holes".
4.  He was always honest and trustworthy.  He always faced the truth no matter how tough.  He trusted himself and he held true to his core Christian beliefs and always trusted in God to lead him in the right direction.
 
I could go on, but I will end with one final observation.  Throughout the time that I have known him, my experiences with him speak to one word and concept that he never faltered from and placed at the top of his list of goals and aspirations and, I feel, is a word that defines him and that should define us all...
INTEGRITY.
 
You see, if you hold Integrity as your "touchstone", if you focus on it everyday, if you can make yourself step back from the emotions and madness and uncertainty of any problem and ask yourself, "What is the right thing to do, even if no one is looking" you my friend will make the right choice, every time, and you will never regret the decision, no matter how difficult.
 
So I decided to dedicate "Today's Wisdom" to one of the greatest "Influencers" in my life.  Harold, thank you for all that you have taught and shared with me and congratulations on yet another accomplishment in your "far from over" great life.
 
Now here's what my friends at The Pacific Institute have to say about this subject.  And, as promised, here is my musical offerings from another hero of mine to support this concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6bZ37nexSY
 

THE MIND OF A SURVIVOR:  When times get tough, some people fold and some are made even stronger. Did you ever wonder why some people seem to be able to handle life better than others? Everyone likes to think that they have what it takes to survive adversity and tough times, but when the chips are down, some folks definitely do better than others.

 

The real survivors in life (not the participants in the recent glut of "reality" survivor TV shows that only seem to bring out the worst in human behavior) have developed personalities that allow them more options. They also have a strong and clear intention to survive, and to do it in good shape. When problems or setbacks occur, they don't waste time complaining and they don't dwell on the past or what they've lost. Instead, their energies are focused on getting things to turn out well.

 

Survivors believe that, no matter what happens to them, they are the ones who are in charge of their destinies. They don't get mad at the world for not treating them better, but they do have an extensive menu of behaviors they can choose from, depending on the situation. In other words, survivors are option thinkers, instead of black and white, either/or thinkers.

 

They also have a wonderful ability to laugh at adversity because they know that even if they lose everything else, they will still have themselves. People with survivor personalities can walk confidently into the unknown because they expect to find a way to make things work out.

 

So, if you want to be a true survivor, try focusing your attention less on safety and security and more on developing positive beliefs and expectations.

 
Much Obliged, Phil
Make it an exceptional day... It is yours to think, see, believe and make happen!
 
Phil Dildine, CCIM (What is a CCIM?) 
Head Coach & Team Owner - CLOUD REALTY,LLC(formerly The Morris Companies, LLC)
 


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"We, as human beings, behave and act not in accordance with the truth as the truth might really be, but we behave and act in accordance with the truth as we think it to be or believe it to be." Lou Tice"If I cannot add value and be a positive influence on everything and everyone I "touch" daily... then you may as well start shoveling dirt on me now!" - Phil Dildine (or as Bob Dylan put it"He not busy being born is busy dying.")
 

YOU ARE RECEIVING THIS BECAUSE YOU ASKED TO, I KNOW YOU, OR SOMEONE THAT I KNOW GAVE ME YOUR CARD OR TOLD ME ABOUT YOU, OR YOU ARE MY FRIEND… REGARDLESS, I CARE ABOUT YOU.

If you would like not to receive my weekly emails of "Today's Wisdom", please just reply to this email and write UNSUBSCRIBE in the Subject Box and you will never receive it again, but I will still hold good thoughts for you and yours.
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