There Must Be More to Life, But What?

by George Thompson

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Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“If you fired an arrow and stopped it in its flight, and sighted along the arrow, you would see where it was going. If you stop life in its flight and sight along it, you will see that it is headed toward an enlightened planetary civilization.” 
Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar® materials.

I was in the sunroom at our house on Betsy Lane in Houston. Our family had moved in at the first of the summer, but my parents had shipped my brother John and me out of town, first to friends in Kentucky, then to cousins in Virginia, so they could pull up the orange shag carpeting to reveal hardwood floors, and cover dark paint in the kitchen with bright green wallpaper adorned with big yellow and white flowers.

It was 1970, I was 8, John was 6, and my sister Teal was about to be born. Standing in the remodeled sunroom alone, I was excited by a strong but vague feeling that there must be something more to life. I didn’t know what the “something more” was, but I was certain it existed. I knew that something good was coming. I just couldn’t tell you what. It came to me that things could be better than they were, but we would need to work at it. Yet it would be worth our extra effort.

What A Good World This Is Today

by George Thompson

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Customer service is alive and well, at least at a car dealership in Lawrence, Kansas. A couple of months ago I was car shopping, and stopped by Lawrence Kia. I met a manager who said, “What can we do to earn your business?” His question made an impact on me, and I bought a 2016 Hyundai Sonata from them that day. It has been getting 35 miles to the gallon on my commute, and I am happy.

The remote access key I got from them had been glitchy — sometimes I had to push the button six times to get the door to open. The dealership wanted to make it right, and needed my car for a few hours to program the key. I wanted to leave my car with them while I was out of town, but logistics were getting the best of me with all the commuting I do, and the flight I needed to catch. If they had my car, how would I get to work and then to the airport?

I have been experimenting with asking for help, so I presented the dilemma to Kevin, one of the used car managers. He had a solution that I had not even considered. I would drive my car to work in Olathe, 35 minutes away. He would send his driver Harvey to my office in the afternoon, and Harvey would drive with me the 40 minutes from my office to the airport, then drive my car the 50 minutes back to the dealership. A second driver would bring Harvey to my office and then return to the dealership, 35 minutes each way.

His offer blew me away. I had already bought a car from them, so their kindness could only be described as goodwill.

Goodwill seems to be a missing commodity these days — that sense that someone has gone out of their way to help you. As I was driving to the airport with Harvey, I was filled with gratitude. My heart swelled with the refrain of, “What a good world this is today.” I wondered how I could pass all this goodwill on to someone else. I could not keep that grace just for myself.

This urge to share kindness stopped my busy mind long enough to contemplate a few questions. How much consideration could we show each other? How quickly could goodwill spread? What if the world could be like this always? And why shouldn’t this come to pass?

The next few days I couldn’t help but pass the kindness along. When I saw a fellow traveler struggling to lift his bag into the overhead compartment of the plane, I stepped in to help him. I smiled at people I didn’t know. I happily created a celebration so a coworker could share his success with his team. I answered more requests with an open-hearted, “Yes!”

Seeking safety in a powerful and nurturing group

by George Thompson

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Throughout history, humans have been in many different physical environments: steamy jungles, blistering deserts, cool forests, and the ice age. Humans have lived in the plains, by rivers, lakes and oceans, in the mountains, in the desert. These are such different environments. The one environmental constant for humans has been the presence of other humans. We have adapted to be with other humans. (James Coan call this the “Social Baseline Theory.”)

We have survived because of our ability to collaborate with each other, to solve problems, to create together. One man or woman in the jungle may survive. But a group of men and women who know how to work together is trustworthy and almost certain to survive. Belonging to a trustworthy group can give us a felt-sense of safety as well as actual physical safety. We feel safe and we are safe. We trust each other to care for one another and that mutual care becomes our support and our confidence. On a biological level, we get prepared neurophysiologically for collaboration.

Angels in the Shadows

by George Thompson

Whiplash of Attention

When my son, Seth, was little and wanted to show me something, he would grab my chin and turn my head. Having my head forcefully turned by a two-year-old without my permission was surprising and more than a little unsettling. Usually, instead of looking at what had delighted him, I shot him a stern look to get my point across: “I didn’t like that. Don’t do it again!” After the long moment that it took me to calm down, I would look where he wanted me to look.

Traumatic memories can grab us in the same way my son did, unexpectedly and disturbingly. They take hold of our attention and, without warning, jerk it in a direction we weren’t planning to look. Usually there is some trigger, something that reminds us of the old trauma and screams, “Look out! It’s happening again!”

The Importance of Self Improvement Courses

Are you looking for a more satisfying and happy life? Maybe you would like to feel more in control of your life, or perhaps you wish you could conduct your life matters with more grace.

Whether you'd like to align your personal beliefs with your life goals or simply stay optimistic on a more regular basis, self-improvement courses can help. Self-improvement courses are for anyone and everyone. 

new study shows that self-help books actually can improve your mental health. Imagine what an actual self-improvement course can do for you. We live in a technological age where resources are available to you on your computer but consider the actual in-person courses. 

Face to face interaction when it comes to self-improvement is invaluable. There are many incredible courses worldwide where you'll meet masters of the craft and other people like yourself. 

Imagine being able to utilize self-improvement courses and help you help yourself through these evolving times. We've analyzed the best courses out there, and have come up with a few key points to why self-improvement courses are so important.

 Common Self-Improvement Mistakes and How to Recognize Them

We're all looking for great ideas to help improve our confidence, self-esteem, and help create a positive self image. It's human nature.

Simply finding clothes that flatter our figures, choosing better food options for snacks and meals, and following a fitness/workout plan can have immediate results in improving our lives. But, those are just outward strategies. 

If we really want to focus on positive self-improvement, we have to dive a bit deeper into our mental, physical, and emotional sides to carve out the perfect version of ourselves that we want to present to the world.

There are infinite ways that we can promote positive self improvement in our lives, however, there are definitely some suggestions and recommendations that are not at all in our best interests. Sometimes these not-so-helpful self improvement ideas can be hard to spot and recognize. 

Knowing what to look for in the vast sea of self improvement strategies is the first step to ensure that you're not fooled by false tips, tricks, and promises.

Let's take a look at what doesn't work so that you know exactly how to create the most fabulous version of you.

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