~ Top 10 Ways to Change the World ~

Change the World

Muses Top 10 Ways To Change The World:

(just in time for spring)

  1. smile~! show those pearly whites everywhere, a smile begets a smile. negative emotions are eased when smiles are present. hope exists in a smile. smiles are immediate ice breakers and help put others at ease. studies show individuals who read smile emoticons, subconsciously physically return the smile. proof positive smiles are contagious. :)

  2. share~! use what you have, be it monetary or other, and give selflessly. don’t give with the intention of becoming a “i did that so you owe me” type of giver. let your sharing be an un-tethered gift.  and remember, sharing your time, your heart and even your prayers can be the most important gift of all.

  3. compliment~! who among us doesn’t treasure a compliment? it is the acknowledgment of value – a surefire way to make others understand you are truly looking at them and their accomplishments. this is not say constructive criticism cannot be given when required, but let’s be honest hearing “that really is an awful color on you” … what about, “i have always liked the way you set that (insert color here) dress ablaze, yes i’ll always remember you in that!”*    *truth in a muse’s marriage, “the early years”. compliments are sincere while flattery is the feigning of truth. be sure your compliments are unmarred by fictitious  pampering.

  4. encourage~! lift up those around you who seem disenchanted, depressed or lackluster. encouragement can be made with cards, letters and (cringe) yes, even an email to someone you know who needs to hear a voice of kindness. advise if appropriate, but a resounding “i know you can” or “i have faith in you” works wonders to a discouraged heart.

  5. courteous~! this is ever so easy to do. simple thank yous, yes sir (mam/miss), no sir (mam/miss), pardon me…and a myriad of little actions, such as holding a door or picking up someones dropped property..all take nearly no effort.  people are often amazed when they are treated with good manners. try it, you’ll see.

  6. eliminate~! purge yourself and your belongings. now, i don’t  mean to the extent of a cheapo “hollywood 10 hr cleanse” nor am i suggesting you become devoid of all material objects (your home etc.) – i want to explore ridding oneself of burdens. lets do that together! is there something in our lives that feels weighty? is there a big STOP sign along our life’s path? are we surfing in the negative wake of negative people? if so, we need to break free! stamp out that which has turned us into emotional/physical hoarders. shining the light on whiners and debbie downers has an uncanny way of making the rats run for cover. by using your illuminating lamp of elimination, those around you will feel compelled to become sunbathers of positivism rather than night-crawlers of negativity.

  7. appreciate~! oh goodness, does one ever tire of hearing how much they are appreciated? i really don’t think we can say it enough. too often we get wrapped up in how to say it differently, but there really is no need. imagine yourself being told by someone, “i appreciate you – i appreciate your time, your engagement – i appreciate your presence in my life”.  the sincerity of appreciation goes (imho) deeper than a thank you. appreciation expresses your heart ties to an act or to an individual. voltaire stated this, “appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

  8. inspire~ ! this could also be entitled motivate. look around your world, look at family, friends – no doubt there is one or more individuals who are feeling less than enthusiastic about, work, life or their future. being sympathetic  and feeling empathy are key factors in any relationship, but there also comes a time when you need to lift another human being spirit ~ to hoist them onto a level footing (where they catch sight of that brass ring once more). from tangible gifts to words of wisdom, inspirational remedies are as varied as the maladies. inspiring that lost craving of life’s desire will, more often than not require a tactile or sensory input. remember, inspiration comes in the most quiet of whispers to the loudest of marches. whether you choose to be a songbird or a symphony, your one primary goal … light a spark!

  9. ask~ ! don’t expect answers if you never ask the questions. seems divinely simple, but sadly many of us do not follow this very basic premise. we talk, we talk more, we keep on talking ~ never pausing to ask anyone’s opinions, thoughts or feelings. if we are truly wanting to impact the world in a better way, does it not seem plausible that we would want to inquire about the emotional and creative well being of those around us? how does it make you feel when someone you care about asks you “how are you feeling today?” … perhaps someone you admire inquires, “can you give me your thoughts on this?” you feel valuable. your thoughts matter. you have worth. personally, i follow this rule, ‘ask before i tell’.  seeking wise counsel benefits us all.

  10. repeat~ ! ask, inspire, appreciate, eliminate, be courteous, encourage, compliment, share, smile …. over and over ~ again and again. without fail. the world will be touched by you … it will be changed by you … and you shall be all the better for doing just that.

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Theresa Komor
I Am The Muse

I Am The Muse thank you Theresa, for taking a peek. I wonder which of those would be your favorite? smile emoticon

Theresa Komor

Theresa Komor The horse, of course. wink emoticon Running with glee at the end of the war… ???

Theresa Winter

Theresa Winter mythical…

I Am The Muse
I Am The Muse it does indeed call out to legends of old…
Which Castle will be yours Theresa.. smile emoticon

Theresa Komor

Theresa Komor No castle; just the little cabin out back, on the edge of the forest.

Colin Berry

Colin Berry Romantically mysterious! XX

Yanick Francois

Yanick Francois Romance…in the eyes of the sky, the burning fire of love and the secret serenity of a heart…prisoner in a donjon…!!

Phyllis Peterson

Phyllis Peterson a mysterious romance..

Lizzy Denner

Lizzy Denner Ah its a romantic who done it!! XX

Raquel Amaral

Raquel Amaral Romance for me! I love the photo too!

Melanie Gillon

Melanie Gillon Mystery but without just a single romance but the relationship between the castles and the families’ honor that lies within.

Melanie Gillon

Melanie Gillon See the position of the horse and the configuration of the colors in the sky. This image could rightly include all 4.

Theresa Winter

Theresa Winter I will not choose either castle, dear Muse, don’t you see the cottage over yon hill with the roses climbing over the garden wall, and the peatie smoke wafting from the chimney?

Rose Piedad

Rose Piedad it’s Romance

Mimi Burns

Mimi Burns Lady Guinevere’s horse… a gift from King Arthur to his future bride… but, alas Sir Lancelot arrives and will steal the Lady’s heart….the betrayal and war rages on…

Tammy McCain

Tammy McCain Knowing you, as I do….I believe you will include a bit of it all! xo

Fabienne Welter

Fabienne Welter a romance of mythical’s mystery

LadyKatherine Katherine Smith

LadyKatherine Katherine Smith Romance and Magical!

Craig Glenn

Craig Glenn There’s no Mystery her my dear Muse; clearly the war has yet to begin, Romance, you ask? There is always Romance… even for poor Mutog. He worship’s her each night from his home under the bridge in the shadows, and yes, yes, he saw who took the princes, yes he did…

Jasmine Mestas Barrera

Jasmine Mestas Barrera Romance! Throughout the couple’s trials & tribulations they face…they both long for love and peace.heart emoticon

March 6, 2011 at 8:43pm · Like · 1 · Message
Deb Cooper

Deb Cooper mythical with a touch of romance

Oksana Kuchieva

Oksana Kuchieva Looking at this picture i remember True Love.. The two loving hearts… who met in cruel times… but, being separated by war, they still passionately love each other.. and, despite everything, they have power and courage to resist the vicissitudes of life..

Laura Hanjoglu-Goerke

Laura Hanjoglu-Goerke makes one think of olden times, romance, knights and the like

Elaine Gill

Elaine Gill Gorgeous picture!

Cheryl Jenks Lewis

Cheryl Jenks Lewis I love the picture and I imagine all of these will be part of the magic you will spin…

Tripti Mishra

Tripti Mishra lovely picture…donnno how I missed it..can inspire for….The story of Mr. Dawn of Blue Marrow Castle…or Neigh Horse Neigh….:))

Charlene Barr

Charlene Barr Would you believe that today I lent my cardboard castle to a little prince who is having his 1st birthday this weekend his last name is King. His parents are 43 and 47, pretty Blessed couple . first baby for both..He is beautiful ,,

Sam Souma

Sam Souma Mythical! but I think that romance has its place right there!

Jack Tai

Jack Tai Definitely Romance + Mythical. I imagine a gallant prince riding his steed to rescue a princess!

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Gloria Rodikis

Gloria Rodikis inspire mystery!

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~ Love – Gluttony ~

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“I ache not from need –
but from my heart’s gluttony of you.” (muse slice)

Logophile Pastry:

Gluttony is our modernized English version taken from an old Latin word ‘gluttire’. Precisely  it describes the act of gulping down or swallowing with greed or excessive indulgence. The emotional attachment to the word gluttony immediately gives our brain visions of vulgarity, waste, indiscretion, extravagance, bloat, vile and in some cases, sinfulness.

One of the first recorded uses of the term comes to us from the Biblical book of Leviticus (and Deuteronomy) 538–332 BCE. The reference point deals directly with food/wine etc. excess above and beyond what is required to exist. So, in effect we have been imprinted with images of massive bodies, slothfully gorging at a never ending banquet. This mental picture rightfully gives us pause. We innately know that this behavior is detrimental to our well being.

Let us then ask the question, can there be true gluttony of something which is entirely good? Can we be gluttonous with the air we breathe, if we breathe deeply? Are we treading into ravenous oceans if we consume more than the daily recommended allowance of water? And what of love? Can we love in a manner, so all consuming it becomes a loathsome cardiac entanglement? Sadly the answer is yes to all of the above. When these basics become addictions, such once beautiful things as love become an affliction.

In all good things show temperance.

In this slice of Muse poetry, I have offered up the term in a more ‘palatable’ fashion (hopefully).

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