Archived Newsletters - SPIRITUAL OPTIMISM:
Newsletter December 2004
Vol. V, Edition 12
By Joan King
HOLIDAY GREETINGS! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season with extraordinary
happiness and success throughout the coming year. May all your wishes come
true. May all your hopes be realized.
Some of the holiday decorations were put up before Halloween and with it came the
anticipation of the warmth of the coming holiday season. The lights, the candles,
the decorations, the music promote a spirit of good will, opening our hearts and
uplifting our energy. This is the time of year when we decorate our homes, stores,
and Christmas trees with a great array of lights. Let those lights remind you of
your own lightheartedness.
"Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit.
So be sure to stop and smell the flowers."
-- Walter Hagen
When you are playing golf "in the zone" you are experiencing the true spirit of the
game. You are in the flow of energy where you don't have to do anything but experience
the joy. Here are some suggestions to achieve that spiritual optimism.
"There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best
picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but
there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering
mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.
All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an
angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the
mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall.
This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall
a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.
There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest…Perfect
The King chose the second picture. Why? "Because," explained the King, "Peace does not
mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be
in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real
meaning of peace."
Begin now to create a successful New Year!
Be ready to experience miracles!
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- Move from your thinking head into your feeling heart. Live from the place of
optimism, of hope, the place of believing in the best, the place of loving who you
are. Transform old beliefs that do not bring peace, hope and harmony into your
experiences. If you keep reliving an unpleasant situation, you only keep yourself
in that space for a longer time.
- Be an observer of your life. Let go of attachments to any outcomes because
you can't know the entire picture to predict the future. Worrying about the result
will sabotage your enjoyment of the present.
- Trust that all things are working out for your highest good. Know that your
perception of things is only a part of what is happening.
- Appreciate the beauty of Life. Life is a gift that has meaning. Believe in your
- Choose to experience joy no matter what the circumstances are.
- Be flexible. Flexibility gives you more control, more freedom.
- Be creative. Begin to think outside the box, taking a risk to see and do things
- See the good in everything and everyone. As yeast rises bread, allow the beliefs
inside you to rise up and empower you to be the greatest grandest vision of whoever
you believed you are.
- Strive for peace in your heart. Live in the place of peace within while the world
is whirling about you.