Follow Your Heart

Recently I had a talk with my two daughters, Jill 26 and Lisa 19. My son Joe, 28 was not around at the time, but I’ve learned over the years that if I don’t seize the moment to say things that I deem important, they sometimes never get said. For 26 years I worked for a printing company in Baltimore for a corporation that was sold multiple times during my tenure. In late 2003 the company decided to close the plant and redirect the work to a few of their other printing plants.

Before working in the corporate world I played drums (and sang) for a living in a Top 40/disco band. We’re talking the 1970’s folks. I’ve always loved music and to this day singing karaoke is one of my favorite things to do. I gave up my music career when I decided that I wanted to settle down and share my life with my loving wife of over 31 years now. My love for her created a desire to find a 9 to 5, so that we could spend our evenings and weekends together and raise a family.

I’ve never regretted this decision but I will admit when I hear a really good band, I often wonder what could have been?

I believe that my experience in the corporate world was much the same as everyone else’s. I suppose that is why I felt compelled to initiate this conversation with my daughters. Now that they are out in the corporate world, coming home with stories of mistreatment and office politics, I decided it was time to let them know unequivocally how I feel about it.

Working for someone else sucks (excuse my french). Although I’m sure there are exceptions to this, more often than not, this is the truth. I understand how it works and why it works, but I encouraged them to search their hearts because there are better ways to live our lives. Each of us are unique individuals, never to be repeated again and we all have desires in our hearts. The problem is… we get distracted (for lack of a better term).

Everyday our minds are bombarded with things to do, advertisements, responsibilities, people, pets, news, bills and on and on and on. How can we see the forest through the trees? If we don’t know where we’re going, someone else will tell us where to go and we’ll end up making someone else’s desires come true.

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Who owns the company YOU work for? Do you know why he or she started the company? Because he or she had a desire in their heart… that’s why! Who is this person to you? Would you rather help that person accomplish their desires… or would you rather wake up each day and work toward accomplishing your’s?

I understand that working for someone else has its place and everyone should experience it, but come on! What happens is when the paychecks start coming in we begin to buy more things… and eventually we begin to buy things that we are required to pay back over time… making payments, month after month after month. And when this happens we become more and more locked into working for Mr. Corporate. And pretty soon we NEED our J-O-B.

This post is getting rather long. I may need to continue this on future posts, but for now I want you to pay close attention to this video. Here is a man who will prove that you don’t need a college education in order to be successful. Here is a man who recognized the value in following HIS heart. Here is a man who knows that you MUST Love What You Do.

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Who is Don Pasco?

In just a few weeks from now my bride and I will be taking a cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary (January 28th, 1978).

Ten years ago our son Joe, made a 25th Wedding Anniversary video for us which he recently converted from a VHS tape to a digital video.

At the time, I had never heard of the song that he used, but as it turned out, he couldn’t have chosen a song with a better title, because as you will see below…

I Am The Luckiest.

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My Favorite Scriptures

Note! All copy in Red are the words of Jesus

Philippians 4: 6-7

6: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,

with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God;

7: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Matthew 18: 19-20

19: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning

anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

20: For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Proverbs 4: 20-22

20: Attend to my words, incline your ear to my sayings.

21: Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart;

22: For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 18: 21

21: Death and Life are in the power of the tongue,

And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Matthew 12: 34-37

34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,

and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,

they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

37 For by your WORDS you will be justified,

and by your WORDS you will be condemned.

Matthew 13:43

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

He who has ears, let him hear.

Mark 11 : 22-26

22 So Jesus answered, and said to them, “Have faith in God.

23 For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,

be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart,

but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have

whatever he says.

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,

believe that you receive them and you will have them.

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,

forgive them, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

26 But, if you do not forgive,

neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them,

because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Romans 8:28

And we know all things work together for good to those who love God,

to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Matthew 25:40

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you,

inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 18: 21-22

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin

against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to

seventy times seven.

Mark 12:29-31

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel,

the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul,

with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.

31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”

John 8:7

7 “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.”




Psalms 8:5

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,

And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Malachi 3:10 (Amplified Bible)

10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse,

that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of

hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a

blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:10 (New International Version)

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the

floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room

enough for it.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart;

wait, I say, on the LORD!

James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;

do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God

is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 4:17

(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”)

in the presence of Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to

the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

Matthew 7: 8-11

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,

and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who,

if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish,

will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts

to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things

to those who ask Him!

Psalms 37: 4

4: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Matthew 5: 38-42

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek,

turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let

him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Matthew 5: 43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who

hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be

sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you,

what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet

your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors

do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 




Psalm 84:11

No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right.

Isaiah 55:9

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

Psalm 35:27

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause;

And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified Who has pleasure

in the prosperity of His children.”

Hebrews 10:23 NKJ

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,

for He who promised is faithful”.

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Your Magnificence

If you’ve read the post titled “First Thought of the Day” then you may recall that I suggested that we choose to begin each day with a verse from psalm 118, which I consider to be an excellent thought to begin each day. It is a way to program or re-program our minds.

You know… that thing that makes you one of the superior beings on this planet. That thing that is not only capable of, but has created your world!

And you own it free and clear!

It is the most fantastic computer ever imagined. It can store incredible amounts of information, and it can do it in technicolor. It records everything… sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.

Can Bill Gates (or anyone else for that matter) make a computer that can do that? NOPE! Not a chance.

Just to make this point, I’d like you to read this excerpt from a book called “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandino.

To set the scene so you can better understand, the name of the chapter this excerpt is taken from is called “The God Memorandum”.

Now don’t go getting all bent out of shape if you don’t believe in God. That’s your prerogative, but I’m sure you know plenty of people who do. We’ve all got to live together and if you don’t mind, I’m just going to go ahead and love you anyhow. 🙂

The chapter begins with this :

To: You

From: God

So keep in mind as you read this that this is God speaking directly to YOU!

Here is the excerpt:

Are you of feeble mind? Can you no longer think for yourself?

No. Your brain is the most complex structure in the universe.

I know.

Within its three pounds are thirteen billion nerve cells, more than three times as many cells as there are people on your earth.

To help you file away every perception, every sound, every taste, every smell, every action you have experienced since the day of yourbirth, I haveimplanted, within your cells, more than one thousand billion billion protein molecules.

Every incident in your life is there waiting only your recall.

And, to assist your brain in the control of your body I have dispersed, throughout your form, four million pain-sensitive structures, five hundred thousand touch detectors, and more than two hundred thousand temperature detectors.

No nation’s gold is better protected than you.

None of your ancient wonders are greater than you.

You are my finest creation.

Within you is enough atomic energy to destroy any of the world’s great cities… and rebuild it.

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Are you beginning to understand how magnificent you are?

Can there be any problem that you cannot overcome?

Is it so far fetched to believe that you have the ability to do something magnificent? And that excerpt was just describing your magnificent Mind/Brain.

You are much more than that!

Your Magnificent

Here are a few more sentences from the chapter describing YOU, that I bet you never thought about.

Within your five quarts of blood are twenty two trillion blood cells and within each cell are millions of molecules and within each molecule is an atom oscillating at more than ten million times each second. Each second, two million of your blood cells die to be replaced by two million more in a resurrection that has continued since your birth.

Your heart is strong. Touch your chest and feel its rhythm, pulsating, hour after hour, day and night, thirty-six million beats each year, year after year, asleep or awake, pumping your blood through more than sixty thousand miles of veins, arteries, and tubing… pumping more than six hundred thousand gallons each year. Man has never created such a machine.

Count another blessing.

Your skin is clear and a marvel of creation, needing only that you tend it with soap and oil and brush and care. In time all steels will tarnish and rust, but not your skin. Eventually the strongest of metals will wear, with use, but not that layer that I have constructed aroundyou. Constantly it renews itself, old cells replaced by new, just as the old you is now replaced by the new.

Count another blessing.

Hopefully by now you have figured out that in Og Mandino’s book,

The Greatest Miracle in the World is

YOU!

I think it’s pretty clear that YOU are “Magnificent!”

You are Magnificence in Human Form – A Gift to You from The Secret

When You First Wake Up

Things to Say/Pray When You First Wake Up

Here are a few of my morning prayers. I thought perhaps some of you might like to make them your own. Feel free to select the ones that you like and adopt them. I’ll be posting some of my favorite scriptures in the next few days, so if you like my prayers you may also like my favorite scriptures. 🙂

Here goes:

This is a day the Lord has made!

I shall rejoice and be glad in it!

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God, whether I get anything else done today,

I want to make sure that I spend time loving You and loving other people

Because that’s what life is all about.

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This is going to be a great day!

Thank you Lord, for guiding and directing my steps.

Thank you Lord, for bestowing your favor upon me.

Thank you Lord, for having your goodness and mercy follow me.

I am excited about today!

Because of You, circumstances are changing in my favor.

Because of You, I am at the right place at the right time.

Because of You, doors of opportunity are opening for me.

Because of You, I am rising above life’s challenges.

Good things are coming my way.

Jesus is my Lord and Savior and all of my sins,

past, present and future have already been paid for.

Thank You Lord!

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Divine Father, Holy Mother, move me.

Take me this day to my highest good.

Make me aware of all that will guide me

Toward my Heart’s Desires. Amen

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Good morning Lord.

I love You. I need You. And I believe in You.

I know that You are with me always.

Please help me with each and every situation that confronts me,

to always see your light and to always choose to follow it.

I'm sorry for what I have ever done wrong to hurt You or any others.

Please help me to do better.

Thank You for the many blessings that You have bestowed upon me and my loved ones.

Many of which we take for granted everyday.

Please help us all to recognize and appreciate them.

I would especially like to thank You for my health, my wealth, my wife, my children, all

other family members and all other relationships.

I'd also like to thank You for the health and wealth of my wife, my children and all other

family members and all others who use them wisely. Please help us all to do so.

Please surround me and all of my loved ones with your protection.

Keep us all safe from harm. I ask all this in the name of Your Son Jesus. Amen

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I believe

I believe that this is going to be a wonderful day.

And that I can successfully handle all problems that will arise today.

I feel good physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

It is wonderful to be alive.

I am grateful for all that I have had...

for all that I now have...

and for all that I shall have.

Things are NOT going to fall apart.

God is here and He is with me and He will see me through.

I thank God for every good thing.

Through God I can do all good things

but without Him I am lost.

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This post is about morning prayers.

I’d Rather Watch a Winner

I first heard this poem years ago on an audio tape by Denis Waitley.

My children were very young at the time and I’ve always tried to keep its wisdom in mind as I raised them.

Perhaps you may want to do the same, realizing that we all are examples for others.

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I’d Rather Watch a Winner

Than Hear One Any Day.

I’d Rather Have One Walk With Me

Than Merely Tell the Way.

The Eye is a Better Student

And More Willing Than the Ear.

Great Counsel is Confusing

But Example is Always Clearer.

The Best of All the Preachers

Are the Ones Who Live Their Deeds.

To See the Good in Action

Is What Every Person Needs.

I Can Soon Learn How to Do It

If You’ll Just Let Me See It Done.

I Can Watch Your Hands in Action

But Your Tongue Too Fast May Run.

And the Lectures You Deliver

May Be Very Wise And True

But I’d Rather Get My Lesson

By Observing What YOU Do… (Dad)

For I May Misunderstand you

And the High Advice You Give

But There’s No Misunderstanding

How YOU Act And How YOU Live

So please, my loving parents

let your lives show me the way.

I’m only a reflection

of what you taught today

So teach me by example,

don’t preach about what’s right;

And show me by your actions

every day and night.

I know that you’re not perfect,

in the things you do and say;

And the lectures you deliver

are to help me find my way;

But I’d rather watch a winner,

than hear one any day.

                  —Denis Waitley

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Your Greatest Conversation

Do you talk to yourself?

Go ahead… admit it!

You’re not crazy. We all do it.

I do it. You do it. And so does everyone else.

That little voice has been called many things. You can’t shut it off. Believe me when I tell you I’ve tried many times.

Years ago I had heard of the many benefits of learning to meditate. So day after day I would sit in my favorite chair, wearing comfortable clothing and I would pay attention to my breath.

I could hear the inhale, I could hear the exhale and the little space in between the two that was like complete silence.

I had already been forewarned that my mind would wander.

It did. Over and over and over and over and over.

When that happens I was told (through whatever instructions I was following) to just remain calm and redirect my focus back to my breath.

It sounds simple, doesn’t it.

Simple, yes.
Easy, no.

I realize that to get good at something… to get good at anything one has to do it repeatly.

Take golfers for example.

Golfers, in an effort to improve their swing will practice by hitting hundreds of drives daily. You may have heard of the term “driving range”.

It’s a place that golfers go to do just that.
They can’t play a round of golf there, but they can practice this one aspect of their game.

It’s the same reason why baseball players take batting practice and catch ground balls.

It’s same for musicians, dancers, actors and a bazillion other professions.

Perhaps I didn’t stay with the meditation ritual long enough to get really good at it. Although I will admit that I still do it occasionally and feel I do get some benfits from it.

The difference is that I now take a slightly different approach. I no longer place the pressure on myself of not noticing that little voice in my mind.

Now I find myself listening to it and saying to myself “Isn’t that interesting?”

… a technique I learned from Louise Hay (another one of my favorite authors).

Many of the things we say to ourselves today are the same things we said to ourselves yesterday and the day before.

Some of those things may stem from things our parents told us when we were very young. Start to pay attention to that little voice and see if there might be a few things that you’d like to change.




Do you make encouraging statements to yourself?
Do you make discouraging statements to yourself?

Are you hard on yourself? Do you call yourself names and criticize your performance. Or…

Do you appreciate yourself, and recognize progress and effort.

The greatest conversation you will ever have is with yourself.

Think about it.
Little Voice Management

Charlie and the 5 Words

Do you remember when you were a kid and someone would either read or tell you a good story?

Do you still remember some of those stories?
I’m sure you do.

I have no idea where this story originated or I would certainly disclose the source.

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Charlie.
And everyday Charlie would walk to school in a big hurry.

He always seemed to be running behind…

And one of the things that Charlie would do on his way to school is stop off at the church that was right beside the school.

He was only in there for about 10 seconds.

He would kneel down in the very last pew, and he only said 5 words.

The 5 words Charlie would say were:
“Hello Jesus, this is Charlie.”
And off to school he went.

Well, because of this little habit, many times Charlie would be late for school and would have to stay after as a punishment for being tardy.

Charlie never seemed to mind.

Charlie did this even on days when he would have been on time, had he not stopped at the church.

Yep, everyday… rain or shine Charlie insisted on stopping in the church to say his 5 words…

Hello Jesus, this is Charlie.

Well one day when Charlie was again rushing to school he made a bad decision when crossing the street and there was a terrible accident.

The driver of the car didn’t mean to hit Charlie and did everything he could to stop.

An ambulance was called but by the time they arrived Charlie had already drawn his last breath.

And what do you suppose were the first words Charlie heard after he passed away?

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Hello Charlie, this is Jesus.

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I hope you enjoyed that story.
I know I was just a young boy when someone told it to me,
and I’ve never forgotten it.

A Valuable First Thought

This is a day the Lord has made.
I shall rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118 : 24

Hello,
My name is Don Pasco and I would like to give you value.

Of course, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, only YOU can decide what is valuable to you.

Do you believe that habits have value? I’m sure you’ll agree, we all have habits.

What if you habitually ate only nutritious foods and took a brisk 30 minute walk every day? Do you think those habits would provide any value to your health? … to your appearance?    Of course they would.

What if you habitually started each day by saying the psalm at the top of this page? Do you think that habit would provide any value to your life? … to your attitude?

I say yes and that is the habit I am recommending that you begin to create. Each morning, the very second that you awaken and realize that you’ve been blessed with another day, say this silently to yourself:

“This is a day the Lord has made. I shall rejoice and be glad in it!”

I don’t have any idea how many thoughts any of us typically have in a given day, but I think you’ll agree, that is a great first thought. Begin to train yourself starting tomorrow morning.

Of course you may think of something else that you like better. That’s fine. Use whatever makes the most sense for you. Years ago I heard a recording by Denis Waitley, one of my favorite authors, that made me chuckle. He always says to himself “Safe again Lord! Let’s go!”

At some point in my past, I came to the conclusion that we are all “programmed” (for lack of a better term), and that we are all “reprogramming” or “reinforcing” our previous programming. So this little prayer (or psalm), is an excellent habit to get into.

In a future post I will disclose some other prayers that I have either created or adopted as habits, but for now I’d like to close this post (or page) with a sort of riddle that you may want to share with your loved ones for fun.

Ask them to try and guess the answer before you begin.

Here are the clues!

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper OR heaviest burden.

I will push you onward OR drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you MUST merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of ALL GREAT MEN (and WOMEN); and alas, of ALL FAILURES, as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man.

You may run me for a profit OR run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

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– Anonymous (my favorite author) 🙂




P.S. I once heard a story that there was a famous concert pianist who said “If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss a week of practice the critics know it. If I miss a month of practice, the audience knows it.”

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