Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Synchronicities Abound (just look around)

Wow, that rhymes and I didn't even mean it to. That must be a sign, right?

I don't know about you, but every time I turn around these days I'm seeing the divine order of the universe. I know that might sound a little "woo-woo" but man, I can't think of another way to say it.

Here's the latest: one of the topics that's been coming up regularly over the past 6 months in my master mind groups is the conversation around the negative media or the bad news we keep hearing regarding elections, gas prices, war, education, etc. We're well aware of what we don't want, but so few of us shift that focus to what we do want.

So I've been sending these folks to Daryn Kagan's website, which is totally focused on good news. Now Daryn knows news. As a former CNN anchor, she's seen her share of bad news; in fact, she's been in the middle of it while on assignment for the war in Iraq, among other places. Please consider checking out Daryn's site. In her words on her site:

This isn't a "happy news," site. It is more focused than that. I would call it "hopeful" news. My mission and the motto of the website is to "Show the World What Is Possible!" one story at a time.
So we've been talking about Daryn and her inspiration in many of our master mind groups and in one of those groups, a woman told me that her sister, who works at CNN in Atlanta, is one of Daryn's best friends. She told me that Daryn was writing a new book and I would probably be interested in it. So I looked it up, but to be honest, forgot about it until I got an email from this friend in my master mind group who kept asking me if I'd gotten Daryn's book yet. I finally just went out and purchased it so I wouldn't have to tell her that I didn't have the book. When I responded to her that I now had the book, she said the reason she wanted to know if I had it was because she wanted to give me an autographed copy and wanted to make sure I didn't have it already!

So I haven't read Daryn's book yet, because I'm waiting for the autographed version which my friend told me should be in the mail to my house today!
I can't wait to read it!

(Oh - and you might want to read about Daryn's trip to visit her friend Betsy (my friend Sharon's sister) here at their lake place near Fargo in Minnesota. You'll have to scroll down to the July 14 post.)

Here's Number Two synchronicity:

Yesterday in our Tuesday master mind group the topic of media came up yet again (I'm telling you, it comes up all the time!) and someone mentioned an article that was in our own newspaper The Forum that day (yesterday). As she started describing the typical front-page "bad news story" (the article was, after all, about a Fargo man who was beat up in a random act in Seattle while on a business trip), she added a really neat twist to the story.

I posted the story to my Facebook page on my profile (see it on my mini-feed; Hey, I'm starting to figure this thing out!) because I don't think the direct link works. If you can't get the story, let me know and I'll email it to you. There is good news in the midst of bad news if we'll just look a little deeper - or from a different angle.

That's what we're seeing here in Fargo in our master mind community (which now numbers nearly 150). When groups of like-minded individuals get together to focus their attention on possibility, there's no telling what can happen!

What are you seeing around you? If it's less than positive, maybe just a simple shift can help you see that there's always possibility, even in the midst of the "negative."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Slow to the party, but hooked already!

OK, so I didn't get in on the craze at the beginning, but I'm officially a FBer!

Of course, I've known about Facebook (and MySpace) for a long time now, but didn't really join the bandwagon until I attended Bob Proctor's LifeSuccess training in late June.

I met Liz Zed there and she was shocked that I didn't have a Facebook page. I thought Facebook was for kids, but I guess Art Phillips had told me about it before that, too ... and he's no kid (no offense, Art, but ...).

So I made the leap. You can find me here.

So my question is, what's up with all the different social and business networking sites? Can anyone tell me why I should choose LinkedIn over Plaxo or Facebook over MySpace? And how the heck do you keep up with everything (I'm talking to you, Phil!).

Inquiring minds want to know. What's your routine for keeping everything straight? I'd love some hints and tips!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Catching up on summer reading!

Hard to believe the summer is half over - that's how we look at the 4th of July here in North Dakota, the beginning of the second half of summer.

So one thing I have to show for the first half of the summer is a pretty good tan from sitting on my deck and catching up on my reading. That's the beauty of reading for a living - and working from home!

So far this summer I've finished Community by Peter Block, The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra, my autographed copy of You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor, and When Good People Do Bad Things by Debbie Ford.

Next on my list are my autographed copy of What's Possible by Daryn Kagan, Happier Than God by Neale Donald Walsch, Soul at Work by Margaret Benefiel, and a re-read of Building the Bridge As You Walk on It by Robert E. Quinn.

I've also finally joined the Facebook revolution (as of last night/this morning) so check me out! This whole social networking thing is almost overwhelming - how do you keep track of everything? Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Linked In, Plaxo ... anyone have any suggestions for keeping it all straight?

I'll get back to that when I can figure out how to hide the glare on my screen on the deck.

In the meantime, I'll be cracking open the next book and sipping my lemon water!

What are you up to this summer?

Graphic on this post is by Anne Pentland (see more here).

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Obama's in My Town!

Although I wasn't able to go see him in person, Barack Obama was in my town today! One of his first comments was:

“It is fun to be in Fargo,” he said, “although I have to say that it doesn’t look like it does in the movie.”

We've gotta get a new image if we're all still talking about the movie 11 years later! :)

I'm going out on a limb and declaring an opinion here (usually I'm pretty hesitant to take a side on anything) by saying I'm ready for change - and I've been a Barack fan since he spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention (and I enjoyed The Audacity of Hope, too).

I want to be clear that I'm not against McCain - I'm just standing FOR Obama!

Thanks for your visit to our fantastic state, Mr. Obama!