Diva Musing:Wisdom of the Past….

Cristian Mihai is one of the blogs I follow.  He reminded me today that I subscribe to Earl Nightingales press updates (Nightingale-Conant).  Earl Nightingale is truly one of the fathers of motivational speakers.  His work has served as inspiration and texture to some of the most famous motivationalists of our day.  Below are 12 of his ideas (recently posted by Cristian ) that give sustenance to our motivational culture.  

Find Cristian at https://cristianmihai.net 

It’s probably no big secret that I am a firm believer in personal development. That’s one way to explain it, I guess. It means that I listen to motivational speeches while I work, read everything from popular self-help books to psychology and NLP, and tried all sorts of stuff to get to be more focused, more energetic, and motivated to achieve my goals.

That being said, this list of twelve rules is something that I just have to share with you. 

1. It is our attitude in the beginning of a task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

2. It is our attitude towards life which determines life’s attitude towards us.

3. We are interdependent. It is impossible to succeed without others. It’s our attitude towards others that will determine their attitude towards us.

4. Before a person can achieve the kind of life he wants, he must become that kind of individual, he must think, act, talk, walk, and conduct himself in all of his affairs as would the person he wishes to become.

5. The higher you go in any organization of value, the better will be the attitude you’ll find.

6. Your mind can hold only one thought at a time. And since there’s nothing at all to be gained by being negative, be positive.

7. The deepest craving of human beings is to be needed, to feel important, to be appreciated. Give it to them, and they’ll return it to you.

8. Look for the best in new ideas.

9. Don’t waste valuable time broadcasting personal problems. It probably won’t help you, it cannot help others.

10. Don’t talk about your health, unless it’s good.

11. Radiate the attitude of well-being, of confidence, of a person who knows where he is going. This will inspire those around you, and you’ll find good things will begin to happen to you.

12. Treat everyone you come in contact with as the most important person on earth.

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Diva Musing: So I’ve Written A Book…

With the help of my favorite illustrator I just completed a children’s book for my grandson’s birthday.  Its a story to help them not miss Daddy so much when he is deployed in the military.  The book is called “Where in the World is Daddy”.  I can’t wait to see it in published format.  I ordered the kit from Amazon and the people at the publisher are so helpful and accommodating to work with you. 

I had the best time doing this.  I’ve recommended to all of my family to let each family write one and exchange with the cousins during the holidays.  We will then have a family history as seen in he eyes of the the children of this generation. I hope we can get everyone to contribute for a really fun collection.  I love to invent projects for and to do with children.  It keep me young myself.  

Start now to create a project the whole family can participate in for the holidays.  It takes about three weeks from shipping to the publisher to get the returned product.  I can’t wait.  I’ll try to figure out how to put some the graphics on here for viewing.  Happy creativity, My Divas…Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Grilled Shrimp…

Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds Fresh Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons White Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Skewers (soaked in water so they don’t burn)

Directions

  1. In a large zip lock, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp, and close bag and shake until shrimp is evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

  2. Preheat grill for medium heat.

  3. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque. Serve with Brussels Sprouts Hash and a Mediterranean salad with tarragon vinaigrette.

Diva Rambling: Conflict of Interest….

Conflict of Interest

We have been discussing keeping our gardens weedless and focusing on abundant harvests. The sad truth is if you are a light-worker and have the selfless habits of taking a stand for righteousness and good you will be tested by the world. Everyone these days seems to be looking to be incensed about our every next word. When we take a stand for what we believe is right people will rail up against us and cause controversy and conflict. Here is where we once again must remember our focus.

I recently read a great thought for focusing. To paraphrase it read as follows…Colonel Goethals (builder of the Panama Canal) received great strife over his project. One day one of his assistants had had enough. He asked the Colonel, “Aren’t you going to do anything about all of this criticism?” “Yes,” replied The colonel. “What then?” asked the assistant. To which the Colonel replied…”Finish the Canal.”

Whenever we take a stand for right over wrong, good over evil, there will always, always be those who rise up to cause us grief and stress. I dare say that some of us get this just by being a light in the darkness. Our very being is a “conflict of interest to the forces of evil”, Evil hates light. If we are sincere and our message is true then who can stand against us? No one as the Universe has our back at all times. If we truly walk our intended path of creative altruism then we will prevail. Never let your cage be rattled by the dark, small minds of evil and disdain. Remember, our task is to finish our job (our intended path). 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting:Mediterranean Chicken ….

Mediterranean Chicken 2

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 Pound) Whole Chicken, Cut Into 8 Pieces

  • 1/2 Cup Plain Low-Fat Greek Yogurt

  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced

  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Crushed

  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika

  • 1 Teaspoon Herbes De Provence

  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

  • 1 Teaspoon Tarragon Or Rice Wine Vinegar

  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt

Directions

  1. Whisk together the 1/2 cup yogurt, the juice from 1/2 lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, paprika, herbes de Provence, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Combine 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

  4. Remove chicken from bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels. Season with pinch of salt.

  5. Grill chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 2 minutes. Turn each piece and move to indirect heat.

  6. Grill, turning often, with lid down until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  7. Serve chicken with the yogurt tarragon or rice wine vinegar mixture on the side.

If you choose instead, you can bake on a greased baking sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Skin should be golden brown and crispy.

Diva Rambling: Monitor Our Expectations…

Monitor Your Expectations…

We have been discussing growing the perfect garden of thoughts. What we also need to remember is to monitor our expectations. Most of us wake up each day with thoughts of where the day will go, what the day should look like, and how our expectations should manifest. In short we are swimming up stream against the rapids; When We should be going with the flow.

I had a meditation once where I was lying on my back in a large river of rapids culminating at a giant waterfall. Instead of fear and anticipation of the bad outcome at the bottom of the falls, I placed myself in the hand of God and that boat carried me down the river, lowered me gently to the bottom of the falls and on into calm water. What a sense of peace I had when I came out of that meditation.

Had I immediately tried to reason myself in control, flailing to get to the side, out of the natural flow of the stream, I would have ended up a hot mess. Always choose to “go with the flow”…as they say. We will all wake up many mornings in a state of “expectation”. Some with manifesting that luxury car, a huge mcmansion, winning the lotto, or a dream vacation. We focus on things which clutter the mind and grow the weeds of discontent. We live in the state of expectation and try to live and act to do whatever to “GET WHAT WE WANT”!

If we fail to weed the garden of expectation we end up with failure. Many a garden has been overgrown by needless expectation. When we step away from trusting the Universe to provide all provision it wants us to have, we contaminate our garden with weeds of discontent. Not the world, not the Universe, not God, not other humans… its all on us!

We keep talking about focusing on the right things so that the genie in the bottle gives us the perfect outcome all the time. When you live in a state of wanting and expectation, the genie in the bottle grants the wishes of your thoughts all the time. You get want and endless expectations.

How can we better honor the flow of the stream of thoughts? How do we practice NOT giving in to the thoughts that keep us swimming ceaselessly upstream? There are numerous ways as we’ve discussed in the past. However, lets keep it simple and practice focusing on these three.

1. Wait for the Universe/God. Let the perfect plan for our lives manifest in its own time; not ours.

2. Trust the Universe/God. Know, that at all times, there is a perfect plan for us and the all knowing Universe/One Source has set it into motion at birth.

3. One expectation only…that we live each day in the “Universal Flow” of our perfect stream. Know that when we hold fast to this thought the Universe will reward us according to our perfect plan.

If we can do these three things daily we will not join the world of chaos that dwells in discontent, discouragement, and failure. We will trust the Universal Plan knowing that all perfect expectations will manifest in our life. With belief and practice we can make it so.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista..

Diva Rambling: Fall Harvest….

Fall Harvest…

So far we’ve talked about where to plant our gardens. Since the seeds are our thoughts, the focus on positive energy and thoughts, is our fertilizer, and pulling weeds keeps our garden clean and abundant, then we get to the harvest.

How do we get a proper harvest? Easy, you’ve done the work the Universe expected you to do in fulfillment of its perfect plan for you…all you have to do is sit back and watch the Universe itself provide the perfect flow of joy and abundance into your world. Are you getting the picture yet?

Can it be that simple. YES! The work itself is hard, and keeping focus even harder… for some of us. However, working in the flow of all that is available reaps the perfect rewards. It is that simple. Are you getting the picture yet?

Remember if you spend your time doubting the Universal Laws and trying to prove them wrong (form follows thought) then the genie of the lamp will give you just that… doubt and opposite rewards. You still get your reward!!! What rewards will you choose? Namaste, the Queen Cronista