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Happy Is . . . What Exactly?

guard dog 300x225 Happy Is . . . What Exactly?Rawhide treats make our 10-year-old Greyhound, Baylor, really happy.

He made that point with gusto following a recent early morning walk. As I watched him devour the Christmas-decorated bone, I pondered the state of happy and what it means.

Pretty broad–and deep–subject for 7 a.m., wouldn’t you say?

Happy is a slippery word, I think, and is hard to define yet most of us are quick to respond to the question, Are you happy?

For me, at least at first blush, the word happy seems superficial. Who says, No, I’m not happy when asked?

Personally, I would rather someone ask me if I’m at peace, than whether I’m happy. The peace question seems a little easier to answer.

Maybe I’m just uncomfortable with the word Happy. I mean, think about how easily it gets tossed around. People are always throwing out Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary or Happy New Year.

Have a Happy Day, a Happy Life.

But what does that mean?

Maybe we need to think about what causes happiness. Is it the source of satisfaction? Comfort? The ease with which we move through our days?

Maybe happy is a summation of being kind and gentle, thoughtful and charitable.

Perhaps the state of happiness is the absence of tension and envy. Sometimes I realize I’m empty of certain emotions, so is it at that point that other emotions–like Happy–can enter my consciousness?

Maybe I need to drain first, fill second.

All this really makes no sense, and truthfully, I’m started to remind myself of the late Andy Rooney delivering his closing comments on 60 Minutes.

Except . . .

Maybe the purpose of contemplating the meaning of Happy is merely to point out my incessant need to define my feelings.

There it is. The crux of discomfort. That old ugly urge to harness my state of mind.

Well, I say phooey to that today. I have only one need that can make me happy.

I just need to be; be in this moment because in this minute space of time, I am everything and anything and fine.

I may even go so far as to say I’m happy. Happy as a dog with a rawhide bone.

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Take a Flying Leap (of Faith)

 Take a Flying Leap (of Faith)Happy 2012!

Most of us, thankfully, have a good number of changing-of-the-annual-calendar events under our belts. For me, most years can be categorized in one of two ways: those I remember (post drinking) and those I don’t (obviously not post drinking).

The majority were pretty unremarkable: party in some fashion, watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve ball drop (or go to bed), then do the New Year’s Day thing with parades and football and blacked-eyed peas.

There are remarkable standouts–the bicentennial (that would be 1976 for you youngsters), my first sober New Year’s celebration at the end of 1991, a special ceremony in Colorado as the clock turned to 1996, the change of centuries, and my first Texas New Year (sick but still walking the beach in Galveston at midnight).

Some new years have been approached with eager anticipation, some with regret, some with dread, and some with all-in, full-on flying leaps of faith.

2012 is a Flying Leap of Faith year for me. I am butterflies-in-the-stomach excited because of the possibilities this year holds. All kinds of good stuff lie in wait for moi to uncover.

I love the number 12 (12 Disciples, 12 Steps, 12 Powers) and I figure with the number 2 in front of them, it’s going to be a double-time good year.

In honor of Flying Leaps of Faith, I offer these five quotes for the first Mindful Monday of 2012. Regular readers know that I encourage you to use them as you like, whether it’s one a day for each workday of the week or all five each day. It’s a personal kind of thing.

Read, savor, enjoy! Cheers to Flying Leaps!

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. — Henry David Thoreau

Leap, and the net will appear. — Julia Cameron

Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. — Margaret Shepard

Faith is walking face first and full speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be . . a prudent insurance policy. — Elizabeth Gilbert

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap!  — Cynthia Heimel

(And an extra as my New Year’s gift to you):

First you jump off the cliff and you build your wings on the way down. — Ray Bradbury.

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Love is All That is Within Me

IMG 0613 224x300 Love is All That is Within MeMy sweetie and I are just back from our fun-in-the-sun Christmas beach vacation.

Our five days of toes dipped in sand, fresh seafood and Atlantic sunrises filled us to overflow with gratitude and delight.  We arrived home last night wrapped in bubbles of peace.

Have you ever experienced that super-cool feeling of complete inside-out peace?  I’m pretty excited that on this 29th day of December, my personal 2011 is easing–not hurtling–toward completion.  For me, the year is not expiring in a big blob of trauma drama, as it has in the past.  Instead, I’m blessed that these remaining days are alive with love.

Love is All That is Within Me.

My prayerful wish for you is the same.

I know that we each have the ability to let go of anything that doesn’t serve our highest good.  A wise man on the beach taught me a simple surrender process (more to come on both the man and the process) that allows me to control not only how I choose to feel but also how I share those feelings.

We each have the ability to choose love in any circumstance.

You too can say,  Love is All That is Within Me.

Choosing love takes preparation.  I began to prepare on Christmas Eve by focusing on a simultaneous new birth within me as a part of the Christmas story.

I prayed this simple prayer, “Dear God, may Christmas Day be the first of all days that I live with conscious poise.  May I focus on honoring God-thoughts and forgive myself those thoughts that are less than honorable.  May my growth be deliberate and authentic and focused on love.  Thank you, God.  Amen.”

When I woke on Christmas morning, in my bed perfectly positioned to view the colorful palette of a breathtaking sunrise, I knew I was different.  I felt a sense of mindful connection and today, four days later, I remain plugged in to love and peace.

The probability is high that God and I can take this sense of mindful ease into the first hours, and perhaps days, of 2012.

With All That is Within Me, I make that my intention.

There will be no resolutions and no goal-setting for 2012.  Instead, I resolve to be as fully present to each day as I can knowing that how I approach my day is a conscious decision.

If you’ve chosen that Love is All That is Within You, I’d love to hear about your preparation process and about your intentional resolve.  Please leave a comment here.

In this, my last B Here Today post of 2011, I leave you with a gift and a promise:

My gift to you is a new and improved B Here Today, a 2.0 version, if you will.  The re-tooling is underway and will unveil in mid to late January.

My promise is to lovingly devote more peace, passion and presence to you in the new year.  I read recently that discipline + passion = magic.  2012 will be our year to make magic happen together.  

Until then, my mindful friends, B WELL and B LOVE.

BIG Holiday Hugs!



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Who the Heck is Jackson Kiddard? Don’t Know, But Love These 5 Quotes!

Omega Cent 300x200 Who the Heck is Jackson Kiddard?  Dont Know, But Love These 5 Quotes!Here’s the scoop:  I have a set of really cool quotes for you this week, all allegedly authored by a guy named Jackson Kiddard who died in 1901.

I give you this caveat because while Kiddard is referenced quite often by fellow blogger Mastin Kipp at The Daily Love,, as an author and polymath, the only other information I can find about Kiddard is he is a French entrepreneur turned philosopher turned yogi.

The former journalist in me quakes a bit at attribution without substantiation, but what the hell, I like the quotes.

Please enjoy and comment if you feel inclined.  Have a great week!

B Well,


“When you are inspired to manifest anything remember this is your internal GPS (Guidance Provided by Source) telling you the Fact and Truth of your manifestation. Your job is to do nothing but simply follow the directions of your GPS and everyday be ready to do what is required of you that day. You’re never given more than you can handle and your manifestation is guaranteed if you surrender your fearful expectations and let your GPS show you the way. This is what is meant when Lao Tzu said, “The Tao does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone.”

Here is a very powerful insight: see EVERYTHING that happens in your life as being for your best interest.

Consider this…

Anything that annoys you isfor teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is
for teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is
for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is
for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is
for teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is
for teaching you courage to overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is
for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.”


“Do not try to change someone, when you do this you deny the Love inside you by choosing to deny what is Now. Love can only exist now, when you try to change someone into an idea of what you want them to be you have decided to be in a relationship with your projection of a possible potential of someone else. You are fooling yourself if you think trying to change someone will make you happy. Instead, change in yourself the things you think the other person should change. This is why you are not happy and fulfilled now.”


“If today was it, would you die knowing you did your best?   

If tomorrow never came, would you be proud of the last thing you said to each person you love?

If someday was only now, would you do everything you’ve always put off?

If you knew you had a choice about what kind of life you could be living, would you choose different?

If you knew failure is impossible, what would you do? 

If it were true that everyone you meet is you in another body, how would you treat them? 

If love was the true currency of the Universe and the more you gave away the more you received, how would you spend it?

If fear were the biggest illusion and the greatest lie of all time, how would you choose to live your life? 

If the Universe always supported a life lived towards achieving dreams, how big would you dream?”


“I prayed for change, so I changed my mind.

I prayed for guidance and learned to trust myself.

I prayed for happiness and realized I am not my ego.

I prayed for peace and learned to accept others unconditionally.

I prayed for abundance and realized my doubt kept it out.

I prayed for wealth and realized it is my health.

I prayed for a miracle and realized I am the miracle.

I prayed for a soul mate and realized I am the one.

I prayed for love and realized it’s always knocking,

but I have to allow it in.”



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How Do I Find My Voice?

IMG 2834 1 300x239 How Do I Find My Voice?Readers who know of my love for baseball may assume the title question has to do with all the post-season yelling I’ve been doing here in Dallas for the Texas Rangers.  As much as I’d like to make this post a baseball analogy, I have more pressing concerns on my mind.

This week’s Mindful Monday post described “getting at it,” that is, figuring out what makes your heart soar and then doing it.  Myrtle Fillmore, the co-founder of the Unity spiritual movement, spoke the words I repeated on Monday and as I hope they have for you, the words stuck with me this week

As we push into Friday, I feel pushed back because my Truth befuddles me.

Myrtle said, “Get busy using the Truth you know. Love those about you in a practical way; pay no attention to what others are doing, in so far as to make comparisons. Bring forth your own joyous world of love, friendship, beauty and plenty. God is giving everything required to build such a world. There is within you the God-given intelligence to build such a world. Get at it!”

Why do I say my Truth befuddles me? 

Because I don’t know how to vocalize it.  I can’t seem to put words to my Truth.  I feel like I’m stumbling around trying to speak but instead I stop, stare for awhile, open my mouth as if to utter something–anything about my Truth–and then I close my mouth.

What am I doing here?  Myrtle admonishes me to display my “own joyous world of love, friendship, beauty and plenty.”

Don’t I need to find my voice first?

I really do want to get at it, but lacking a voice seems to paralyze my actions.

I think I know what I want to do–grow B Here Today into a world-wide conversation around matters of mindfulness and presence of the heart and then build the B Here On Purpose brand to help folks lock in purposeful mindfulness in all areas of life.

I open my mouth to speak and close it again because I feel overwhelmed by technology, overcome by confusion, pain and suffering among people I love dearly and overwrought by weariness.

No wonder I can’t find my voice. 

I’m just being honest here, folks.  I desperately want to speak my Truth but I feel muffled.

Can anyone relate?  Can you feel what I’m trying to describe?  Can you share how you move deeper past the vocal blockages, so a whisper, scream or shout will emerge?

Or is this simply a time to be quiet, to wait until my voice instinctively knows it’s time to come forth?

Can anybody speak to me?





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