People who live their dreams write
thousands of books, and I need to read their books to discover how they
made their dreams come true. Then, I need to transplant their thoughts
into my mind.
I eat three meals a day to feed my body, and
I should read at least
three times a day to feed my mind. Good books contain enough positive
and empowering thoughts to feed my mind for a lifetime. I need to
consume good books until they consume me.
Most people are mentally malnourished; they watch television when they
should be reading. One hour of reading a positive book does more good
for my mind than watching one-hundred hours of television. Even if I
live for a thousand years, I should not waste more than one hour per day
Reading allows me to change who I am by transplanting new thoughts into
my mind. When I read a positive book, I do a positive thought
transplant, and each positive word changes my life forever.
Copyright © 2013
I've got my anchor firmly down in paradise.
While living overseas for the past twenty-eight years, I've had an
excellent opportunity to see how people live their dreams in different
cultures around the world. I've lived in and visited many countries in
which people survive on a few hundred dollars a year. They have simple
lifestyles, eat ordinary food, and they are content.
While I was cruising around the world on Exit Only, I discovered that it
really doesn't take very much for a human being to survive and be
happy. The cost of living isn't that high in 95 percent of the places I
When I returned to the USA, I discovered that the cost of living high
is astronomical. I am now in a country where people watch widescreen
high definition televisions that cost $4,000. They drive cars that cost
$40,000 dollars, and they live in houses that often cost $400,000
dollars and up. Something happened during those twenty-eight years
while I was gone. If I had to use one phrase to describe what has
happened, I would say it this way. Things have gone over the top.
Houses are over the top. Hotels are over the top. Reality TV is over
the top. Quiz shows with million dollar prizes are over the top.
Everything has gone over the top, and it's not working that well for
most people. There's a type of malaise running rampant in our country.
Things are out of control and people know it.
I've been thinking a great deal about whether I want to get involved in
this over the top way of life. The truth is, I don't want to, but the
reality is, it's extremely difficult to escape from its clutches.
I've had to come to a new and uneasy agreement with life. For the next
couple of years, I'm going to be sailing to windward in the over the top
storm that is lashing our shores. This storm is an irritating
distraction that I must endure, but that's OK. I've been there and
done that in the past, and I can do it again.
I'm not too worried about my present situation, because I know that in
couple of years, I'm going to be some place other than here. I've got
Bora Bora on my mind. My anchor is firmly down in Paradise, and it
won't be long before the next adventure begins.
Thank God for dreams. No matter where I am, I can still put my anchor
down in Paradise and continue working on my dreams.