Saturday, January 16, 2010

Power of Positivity

Have you ever found yourself around a person that is just happy positive upbeat and just seemed joyous and found yourself magnetically drawn to them. It is like there joy brightens your day and makes you feel like you are welcomed into there life.

I sometimes think we get so caught up in out own frustration in life that when we get the chance to be around someone that is just happy for you to be there with them just cause they like up it can be a breath of fresh air. I think it is why some people love children so much. Most kids that have not had to many tragic experiences in there lives are naturally joyous and I think people are drawn to that. It makes you feel welcomes and love that that person wants all your attention.

I think that positivity can be magnetic cause everyone wants a little joy in there day. People like laughing and smiling. It is why we will pay money to watch bad movies or go to comedy shows. We just want a few minutes of joy.

But, what if you could have that all the time. No strings attached. One thing I have found is that most of that joy really just comes from making a choice whether to sit and cry about a bad experience or to just let it roll off our back work to make it better and just thinking of the idea that the situation won't change regardless or if you are crying or smiling.

Personally I would just rather be smiling. Some of the bad things that can Happen often turn out to have an upside. If that think had not happened then it might not have opened up a better opportunity for your life. LIke for example a guy decides to rob you and they got caught. You are pissed and angry cause you got robbed but that happening to you might have ended up saving the life of someone they may have planned to hurt later that night. So which is worse, a little discomfort in a few minutes cause you got your wallet taken or finding out that He/She got caught and it lead them to find a person locked in the thief's house bound and gagged.

I have always been one to feel that things happen in our lives for a reason and not just cause the powers that be want to cause us pain or strife. I have also found that sometimes that bad thin leads to a better thing taking place later on down the line that could be a benefit.

Just think if you saw your bad experiences in your life as a blessing how much more joy you could have. How much easier it would be to walk away from something in your past that is holding you back.

Here are a few things I have been trying to do to increase my joy:

Complimenting at least one person a day. Making someone else feel good can make you feel good.

Listening to something positive at least once a day. There are plenty of bad things going on around you to listen to on a regular basis 2,3, or even 5 times a day, if you don't believe me just turn on the news.

Spending more time with people that are a good influence. Sometimes the people in your life can be very harmful because of the things they do and say.

Finding the good in a situation. If you are unhappy with your job sit and right a list of things that you do like bout it and focus on that instead.If you sincerely can't find anything good about it then maybe it is time to switch jobs.

Do something nice for someone or gift to someone that needs help.Write down a list of things you thing are good about yourself and

Stand in the mirror and tell yourself just how great you think you are. Sometimes negative self talk can be the main reason we are unhappy. Many people get up in the morning to brush there teeth and the entire time they are looking in the mirror they curse there own existence.

Maybe it is time to change that. Don't just see the good in others, see the good in yourself and heck your whole day might be better.


Friday, January 15, 2010


I don't know how many people out there are giving on a regular basis but I have been trying my best to work on being more positive lately and in doing to I find myself listening to people that are trying to pass on the word or God and talking about prosperity through the teachings of the bible.

One of the topics that I find keeps coming up is giving. Giving to others even if you only have a little bit to give and if you have children, raising them to be givers as well. ( I remember when I was coming up, that if someone called our home asking for donation the answer was usually no on account we needed our own money just as bad or more than they probably did.)

They say that when you give it will improve your life and make you more happy and that even just giving a little will bring good things back to you. I wonder how really true that is. But, even more, I wonder how many people out there give of there time and money on a regular bases? I don't mean just paying your tithe and offering at church but also to others that really need it. What are the blessings that you have recieved in your own life as result of being generous to others?

One thing I have seen is that people that are very selfish can sometimes seem to experience a lot of hard ship. when they do wrong towards others it seems they get a lot of wrong doing back. Does it work the same way with generosity. When you show you care buy doing for others do you get that same love and appreciation back?

Can it make your business more prosperous? Can it improve your quality of life physically and spiritually? How often do you give?

God Bless,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Power of one

I had the blessing to be invited to attend a little group meeting called 12 yesterday for a little while where I met a amazing woman named Sue Vicory. She is the creator of a documentary called The Power of One and I wanted to share it with you today.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Joel Osteen - Detoxing Your Mind

I am doing 30 minute quick sketches each day at least once a day. This will include commissions so if I am doing a sketch for you expect to see it very soon.

Once a week I pick a character this week I chose Harley cause I have a harley commission to finish up. Next week will be Topless Harem Girls.

I am always looking for blessings and inspiration so I wanted to share what I found.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ben Franklin: A man of Inspiration

You know, when I was in school I learned about Ben Franklin as a inventor and a polititian. One thing I didn't know anything about was that we was a writer, a business man and a very inspirational creative person.

I am always kinda down in the dumps because it seems there is always something going wrong in my life. It drives me crazy cause really I just want to have peace of mind and sucess in all that i do. I want to be able to say I am really happy about my life. And then things happen that through me off balance and I never feel like I am prepared for it.

The other day I was thinking to myself I NEED MORE FOCUS!!! I need to focus my energy so that I can accomplish a very specific set of goals. But how does a person accomplish that when it seems like life has it's gun aimed at your head and is ready to shoot right between the eyes.

I often like to listen to podcasts while working cause I want to hear about positive things and learn new things. I am constantly trying to improve the person I am so I can honestly have better peace of mind and more joy. How else can I spread joy to others if I am always down and sad.

So I was listening to Dave Ramsey cause I love hearing him talk and help others. He mentioned a few motivational speakers and I decided to look them up. One being Zig Ziglar. As I was looking for info on him I ran across a podcast on Ben Franklin and actually really learned a lot. Unfortunately I don't know how to post other peoples podcasts or I would put it up hear. But I think one of the interesting things I found out about him is that he had a list of items he called his Plan of Conduct. I wanted to list them here not just as a reminder to myself but just to share some motivational ideas he had.

Benjamin Franklin
(1706 - 1790)

Plan of Conduct

Those who write of the art of poetry teach us that if we would write what may be worth the reading, we ought always, before we begin, to form a regular plan and design of our piece: otherwise, we shall be in danger of incongruity. I am apt to think it is the same as to life. I have never fixed a regular design in life; by which means it has been a confused variety of different scenes. I am now entering upon a new one: let me, therefore, make some resolutions, and form some scheme of action, that, henceforth, I may live in all respects like a rational creature.

1. It is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, till I have paid what I owe.

2. To endeavour to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action -- the most amiable excellence in a rational being.

3. To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty.

4. I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of every body.


I think when I look at these things they pose a great challenge to live up to them but obviously they are wise words since so many respected him in his time. So I hope you will look at these things if you are reading my blog today and take it to heart. I am also including some of his other goals that he strived to live up too. Please enjoy.

God Bless,


The following information is being sited from

His "Plan" was made up of 13 virtues, each with short descriptions:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.

2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.

12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

He committed to giving strict attention to one virtue each week so after 13 weeks he moved through all 13. After 13 weeks he would start the process over again so in one year he would complete the course a total of 4 times.

He tracked his progress by using a little book of 13 charts. At the top of each chart was one of the virtues. The charts had a column for each day of the week and thirteen rows marked with the first letter of each of the 13 virtues. Every evening he would review the day and put a mark (dot) next to each virtue for each fault committed with respect to that virtue for that day.

Naturally, his goal was to live his days and weeks without having to put any marks on his chart. Initially he found himself putting more marks on these pages than he ever imagined, but in time he enjoyed seeing them diminish. After awhile he went through the series only once per year and then only once in several years until finally omitting them entirely. But he always carried the little book with him as a reminder.

Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues are unique and obviously served him well since he is one of the most respected and most accomplished men in the history of the United States.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Strangest Secret

This was recommended by Dave Ramsey on one of his shows. I suggest you listen to it more than once to really get everything out of it.

Arie's Sketch Dump