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May 22, 2022

Who Do You Think You Are? – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:07 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 05-23-22.

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May 15, 2022

The World Isn’t Cruel – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 10:57 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 05-16-22.

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May 10, 2022

It’s OK To Have A Pity Party

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:41 am

Blue g5b63b3ecb 1920Who hasn’t felt sorry for themselves? I doubt anyone can make that claim. Yet, we’re told that it’s not good for us to feel bad. That advice goes against reality and only works on a bumper sticker.

When I’m, quote, “feeling blue,” I opine to myself that “Nobody loves me.” I’m sure you have your own description when you’re having your version of “Poor me.”

So, what’s the key to holding a successful pity party?

The answer is simple: Leave early!

That means to invite your pitiful feelings to have their say and feel their pain. By doing so you let them express themselves, and after they do, they’ll be on their way.

Here’s the key. Welcome your sad feeling to your party. Experience them fully. Allow yourself to feel those unsettling sensations in your body. Locate where they physically register in your body and give them their proper due. That means to let them have their way with you. Just by sitting with the feelings and sensing them without comment, you give them your Ok to let them stay.

That may sound counterintuitive to having them leave early, but the reality is this: they will dissipate quicker when you don’t argue with them and bicker.

When you engage in debate with a feeling, you always lose. It’s like thinking you can stay standing when facing a monstrous ocean wave. It’ll take you under every time.

Want to have more successful pity parties that will be a hit? Feel your feelings fully, then watch them make a quick exit.

All the best,

John

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May 8, 2022

How Loopy Are You?

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:35 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 05-09-22.

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May 3, 2022

A Godly Belief

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 4:24 am

Hands gb2e692ac9 1920Have you ever been asked the question, “Do you believe in God?” Many people have. But few have been asked the question: Does God believe in you?

Are you his faithful servant or not? It really has no bearing on the answer to, “Does God believe in you?”

Take a leap of faith with me and imagine there’s a life force common to us all that comes from one source. You can call the source God if you like, or any other name you’re comfortable with. Further imagine, that force within you not only sustains your life but also affects your life situation.

Think of it as electricity. Will the current generated by this force electrocute you or light a path forward? It depends on where you direct its energy.

It’s helpful for you to adopt the believe that there is a creative force in order to use it to your best advantage, otherwise you’ll be at the mercy of the gods.

Now that you’ve entertained the idea of having creative, internal resources, how do you get God to believe in you?

Simply, by making requests and waiting for answers. Request that this part of you guide and enlighten you, and trust that answers will come your way. It’s the trust in the process that will produce results. You’ll know for sure that God believes in you when you start seeing more of your desires come true.

It’s important to note that this request process is a quiet undertaking. It’s not a constant plea on bended knee. To get in touch with your creative source, you’ve got to get quiet and calm the riot in your mind. It’s your thoughts about not being creative enough or not being deserving of getting what you want that stops the inventive process right in its tracks. Let’s just say that God doesn’t believe in a person with a crowded mind.

Think of God as an open spaces kind of gal or guy that operates best when you hang your critical thoughts out to dry.

To prove to yourself that God believes in you, here’s what to do:

1. Pretend something more powerful than you exists.

2. Quietly request what you think is best.

3. Trust that an answer will come.

Do you believe in God? Is not the question you should be asking. Quietly ask for God’s help to find out for certain that he, she, (or the pronoun of your choice), believes in you.

All the best,

John

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May 2, 2022

My Conditioning Hates You – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:07 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 05-02-22.

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April 29, 2022

Change The Music

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:43 am

Fethullah arslan gd2ca0a405 1920I have to start listening to the conversations around me at the gym more often. The other day I heard one guy say to another, “Just when you learn to dance, they change the music.”

I had no idea what they were talking about, but his line struck me.

Seems, in life, the music’s always changing. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is credited with saying “Change is the only constant in life.” So, here’s the question: “How do we dance around change?

We could go with the old axioms: “the only away around is through,” or “suck it up,” or we can even quote Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman: “Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

But upon reflection, there seems to be a more reliable remedy: Respond vs. react.

We’re conditioned to react to change. The problem with reactions is that they always lead to the same place: the same place. If we want to learn some new dance steps, we have to learn to respond.

Reminds me of a personal learning experience. In the past, when I attempted something simple that didn’t turn out so well, I would react by cursing my behavior and go on a mini rant about how inept I was. Let’s say I was filling up the pepper shaker and wasn’t paying close attention, so I overfilled it and the excess spread out all over the counter. I would then bring out my old Navy language and castigate myself between sneezes, or maybe even try to blame the pepper manufacturer with my tirade. That was a reaction that sent me into a tailspin.

Somewhere along the line, I got the gift of awareness to interrupt that reactive type behavior and, instead, chose to laugh at my mishap. I would poke fun at myself and say something like, “what a dumbass” and laugh it off. My new response had me feel lighter and caused me less ensuing drama.

Learning new dance steps is learning to respond. Responses will take you someplace new on the dance floor. Reacting will dance you into the same dark corner where you’ve stubbed your toe many times before.

When response becomes a constant in your life, you’ll react less often and start dancing to the beat of a different drummer.

All the best,

John

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April 26, 2022

The Biggest Danger

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:59 pm

No gb512ae1c9 1920What’s the biggest danger facing civilization? I’m sure there are multiple opinions regarding this question. Here’s mine.

The biggest danger is ignoring and denying facts you don’t agree with. Notice I didn’t say facts you don’t believe, but things that you know are factual and choose to deny and ignore.

In a world of “Is” and “Isn’t,” there is no spinning a fact. A brick is a brick and cardboard is cardboard, and only one can be used to build a wall that will stand. A fact will stand on its own. It doesn’t need to be propped up with cardboard.

Ignoring bricks and espousing cardboard is dangerous because a world built on one will collapse.

Ask any schoolteacher about a conference with a parent about their child’s problematic behavior in class. What they will tell you is that some parents will issue a form of denial like, “not my child.” Now to be fair, some of these parents just can’t believe and are astounded their child is capable of such behavior, but other parents know its a fact and will deny it until the day they die.

To my eyes, there is a growing segment of society that believes facts don’t matter, especially when it comes to getting what they want. If we can’t acknowledge facts, we will be unable to build anything sustainable because it will collapse from its own weight if we refuse to weigh the facts.

I honestly don’t know the answer; I only know the question: How long will something last when we claim what is, isn’t?

All the best,

John

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April 24, 2022

Going In Circles 2 – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 11:53 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-25-22.

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April 16, 2022

Comfortable Beliefs

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:49 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-18-22.

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