Any Path Is Only A Path

The Teaching of Don Juan

“A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you . . . Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” — Carlos Castaneda

The Best Day Of The Year


Many of us start and finish each day by doing habitual things. We have routines that we follow to begin our days and habits that we do at bedtime.  It is easy to do both. So easy that we forget to think about how important it is to be fully aware of our thoughts as we begin and end each day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson says to “write it on your heart that EVERY day is the best day of your life.” Calmly look forward to your new day. Do not regret yesterday for it is gone.

At day’s end, forget the negative things and events that occurred. Think of tomorrow…another new day just for YOU.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Are you ready to start fresh with your own personal “best day in the year”?

Quote Source: goodreads
Photo: “Sunrise”  courtesy  of Bobby Mikul

Action Has Magic, Power And Grace In It


“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” — Goethe

Goethe by Joseph Stieler
Goethe by Joseph Stieler

Do you ever find yourself saying this? I wish I could do that? I wish that I could go on that trip. I wish I could get a better job. I wish that I could find that perfect whatever.
When you wish, do you think that you can do what you are wishing for or do you think to yourself….fat chance?

Any time you believe that you can accomplish a task, go someplace special, or fulfill that wish, you must  prove that belief to yourself by taking the first step. Any action that moves you in the direction of your belief is very important for your overall success.

The end result of your wishes or dreams is down the road. Like any road, you can only see so far ahead. Focus on what is in front of you right now. Begin with one action. Just do something no matter how insignificant that action might seem to you. The fact that you decide to start something, and actually start, has power, grace and magic in it.

It’s like the universe releases all of the needed resources for you at just the perfect time. Without anyone understanding, things seem to fall into place with each subsequent action that you take.

Power…..Beginning something can make you feel that you are in control of your ideas or wishes. There is a sense of power over your destiny.

Grace…..Beginning something can make you feel blessed and fortunate.  Be grateful  for this feeling.

Magic…..Beginning something opens up a complete world of mysterious and unexplainable events and synchronicities. Coincidences with those who can help you start to happen. You find yourself in the right place at the right time.

I’m not suggestion that by simply starting something that the entire process will be easy peasy. Roadblocks will pop up and detours will need to be taken if you want to succeed. But, with every setback, another first step must be taken through or around whatever is stopping you from attaining your goal.

Go for it! Crank it up! Get’r done! Fire it up! Or as the running shoe folks say “Just Do It”!

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it and watch the magic, grace and power that can only be found in ACTION.

What are you doing?



Note: I found two versions of Goethe’s quote. One included the word “power” and one did not. Whichever is correct is a mute point as both are inspiring, uplifting and just plain good advise. Now………………………………….go do something!

Hello world!


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —  Joseph Campbell

Hello World……………..Again!

Years ago, I launched The Selfless Advantage. Things were going well. I posted dozens of inspiring quotes, hoping to give someone a lift to their day. At it’s core, The Selfless Advantage’s main idea was that “Your Basket Must Be Emptied Before It Can Be Filled”. One needs to give away good things, without expecting anything in return. When you try to live life with a spirit of giving and by not expecting anything in return, unexpected good things seem to show up at just the right time.

So, I’m just living life, thinking positive and then it happened. Through a combination of human error and a momentary breakdown of technology, all was lost. The quotes, the ideas, the thoughts, the inspiration. All forever scattered across the universe.

Talk about dumping over the basket! What would I do now? Looking at an empty domain name and ideas still in my head, there was only one thing that would make sense. It was time to start down a new path.


A fresh install of WordPress and I’ve started over. And just as I restart this blog, it seems ironic to me that one of the first quotes I come across was this particular quote from Joseph Campbell.

Perhaps the old Selfless Advantage wasn’t the right “skin” for me. Maybe it was time to get rid of those thoughts (empty out my basket) and ready myself for new ones. Ready myself for a new life. Ready my basket for refilling!

Life is forever changing. Are you ready for change? Your cannot hold any good thing too close for very long.

Remember that to have more to give, you must empty that basket of goodness before it can filled again.



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