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How Can You Bring The Tradition Back To Your Life?

posted by cweiner

There were three of them.

And even though they’re still physically standing…they’re gone.

When there…

It was a place families brought their children…

A place that brought a community together…

A place that had what sounded like an air raid siren go off at 6pm every night…still to this day.

And a place that is today missed by those who lived there.

What I’m talking about are the baseball fields that I used to play little league baseball on.

In fact…

They’re the fields that all the kids who lived in my housing development where I grew up played baseball on…but no more.

I just recently found out that the Madison Park Little League is long gone. It was taken over by mostly people from out of town…who did away with the little league.

And with it a tradition that was started back in 1955.

After I heard about this…I was surprised…because here you have a housing development of a little over 700 houses…that has its own church….it’s own elementary school…it’s own first aid rescue…it’s own fire department…and it’s own little league.

Yet…

The church was refurbished…as was the elementary school…the fire department next to the baseball fields is still there…but the little league was let go.

And all of this had me thinking about keeping the tradition alive…not just with the little league I played 6 years in that’s no more…

But with life in general.

With these thoughts the question that came up was…

How can you bring the tradition back to your life?

1. Taking over or taking under- There was an annual tradition that took place with the little league every May. It was a parade that took place on opening day. It started at the church, which was 2 blocks from where I lived, and went all the way to the baseball fields…about one mile away.

This was a tradition that brought out the kids, their families, and even the people out of their house to watch on.

Whether you were interested in little league baseball or not, it still brought together the community on that day.

Now I know this may sound like some local thing. However, it still involved a tradition of a close knit community.

Think about your own life.

What is it in your life that has this type of tradition. It doesn’t need to be something that has to do with little league baseball. It can be something in your own town, a social club you belong to, your career, or perhaps seasonal events you love going to.

Also…

Ask yourself, “how much of the tradition is still alive in these for me…how much of that tradition can we keep while at the same time moving forward?”

See…

You don’t need to get rid of an entire tradition of something. It’s a matter of taking over whatever it is you’d love to keep alive, while at the same time keeping it fresh and moving forward…

Because it’s either that or you’ll have someone else come in and take it over.

This is what happened with the Madison Park Little League.

And it’s the same thing that will happen in any area of your life that you don’t empower.

I mentioned change a moment ago.

This is certainly important.

At the same time it’s important to preserve the history because without the history how can you even allow anything…to include yourself…to evolve and grow?

Realize this…

Those who come in and take over, many times do so while in the process “wiping out” any remnants of the past…the history…of what made something special in the first place.

It’s understandable at times why someone would do this…however at the same time it still goes back to what got you there…the history.

And this is all about keeping the tradition alive.

As it relates to your life…the same thing…which leads into why you’d want to do this.

2. Fields of dreams- The last time I was at my old little league baseball fields was back on January 6, 2012. On this particular day I took a walk on to the main field…which seemed quiet and desolate.

However…

It also seemed alive…especially when you consider what I was thinking about while walking across that field.

I remembered the baseball games I played there back when I was 11 and 12. I still remember some of the plays…the one All Star game I played in…the coaches…the kids I met…the friends that were made.

Interestingly…

It also brought to mind some of the traditions…such as the concession stand right behind home plate…which is still there in structure…but gone in function. When in function it served as the place where we would get sodas and candy.

It also served as a place where some of the moms would volunteer and help out…which added more to the tradition of what this little league brought to a community.

And yes, the firehouse with it’s daily 6pm air raid type siren is still there.

See, back then the kids didn’t need the cell phones or text messages as a reminder to get home for dinner…we had the 6pm siren…the same siren that was deafening if you happened to be the team playing at 6pm that night.

What also came to mind while walking across these fields were the dreams that kids have of being a baseball player.

To most that would never happen.

However…

It still gave a young kid reason to believe that it could. And even if it didn’t turn out to be baseball, it still gave an opportunity for a kid to believe in doing something that’s most important to them…something that’s near and dear to their heart.

Now even though the little league is gone, the fields do remain. So whether it’s the Madison Park baseball fields or something that’s near and dear to you…it’s still a matter of keeping that dream you have alive…

And especially to give thanks to those people and places during the course of your life that served as a stepping stone for you.

In my case it was playing little league baseball…which led to getting involved in fitness…which led to meeting certain people that become my friends….which led to moving to certain places…which led to what I love doing today.

The same is true for you.

The difference is…what was your field of dreams? What is still your field of dreams?

3. The ballgame of life- Another one of my favorite quotes is fitting right now…which happens to tie in with this entire “balanced tradition.”

First the quote…

“The more things change the more they stay the same.”

This ties in nicely with keeping the tradition alive in your life because it gives you perspective on how to incorporate the “old” which allows for the “new” to take place in your life.

It’s obvious that we as humans crave the “new” and it makes perfect sense…because who wants to remain stale and stagnant…right?

Yet…

At the same time you also want to preserve some of that “old” which has been part of your life’s journey…because without that how could you possibly evolve and grow?

This now brings up how the quote I just mentioned ties in with having “balanced tradition”…

And it has to do with something that’s familiar to you…the “good old days” mentality.

How many times have you said or heard someone say, “I wish it was like the good old days?”

It’s interesting…

Because the same people who are craving the “new” and fresh while saying, “oh that was the past” are the same people who frequently wish it was the good old days.”

Even more interesting…

Both of these are needed to some degree in keeping your tradition of life alive.

Remember…

Whether you’re talking about today…the present…or yesterday…the good old days…each still has an equal amount of benefits and drawbacks…

Each still has the supports and challenges…the pleasures and pains…the things you like and dislike.

The only difference…the way they tie in to what’s most important to you.

I like calling this your “ballgame of life.”

And in your ballgame of life you have a mission of what you’d love to be, do, and have.

Included in your mission are those both sides of life that you, I, and every human being faces day in and day out.

It’s what makes you who you are.

It’s what tests your will to see if you’re living according to what’s most important to you.

It also gets you to get in touch with what your intentions are.

And whether those intentions are to bring the tradition of little league baseball back to a community…or to keep certain traditions within your own family…among your friends…within your business…

Or whatever it is that inspires you most…one thing remains the same…

It comes from the uniqueness of who you are…along with the value you contribute that serves others and humanity.

Also…

It involves bringing the history into the inspiring mystery of moving forward.

Remember…

You never have to give up who you are or what you believe in to make an inspiring impact in the world.

It’s a matter of honoring the magnificence of you…while bring out the magnificence of others…

And in the process you form a new tradition in your life.

What Makes You Who You Truly Are?

posted by cweiner

Well it’s the time of year that happens every year.

It’s that “what seems like” a one day event when a certain area of your life goes up but doesn’t seem to come down.

It’s the one thing most people dread because it’s that area of their life that continues to increase…

And as weird as it sounds reading this, most people will do anything to avoid it. In some cases they’ll even try anything to reverse it.

What I’m talking about is your age.

And the day I’m talking about is your birthday.

It’s that one day of the year when people claim they’re getting older, which may be true chronologically.

But I like to look at it in two different ways…

First, you can’t get old without also getting young. So in addition to getting “old” where is it that you’re getting “young?”

You can also use my method of counting backwards. That works quite well in a number of ways as well.

The second way I like to look at this does have to do with even my own birthday.

Yes my birthday may be on a certain day of the year but that day is also your birthday too.

That is…

Your Birth Day.

And what I mean by this is that it’s the birth of a new day for you.

It’s yet another opportunity to do away with what seems like the never ending struggle of trying to turn your life around.

Because after all I don’t know anybody who gets up in the morning and says, “I’m glad I feel stressed out about going to the job I don’t like. I can’t wait to come home today feeling exhausted, and then have to go through it all again tomorrow.

And on top of that I just love watching the bills pile up and even less money coming in. I really look forward to being depressed over just about every area of my life.”

No one has this as part of their life’s vision.

But if this is happening in your life what can you do about it?

Well it starts with the birth of a new day.

And this leads into something that is the driving force behind having the peace of mind and freedom you deserve while being in control of your life.

It starts with asking…

“What makes you who you truly are?”

To begin answering this question, think about how you handle and deal with what life throws at you on a daily basis.

In what ways do you react to what comes at you?

Because this certainly plays a big part in determining the level of success you achieve in any area of your life.

But also know that along with success comes failure. But not just ordinary failure. I like to call it “feedback failure” because it’s helping to refine who you are, what your mission is, and how on track you are to achieve it.

It’s easy to get all happy, elated, and excited when things go your way…

And down, upset, and even depressed when things don’t go your way.

We all do this to some degree.

However, it’s wise to be aware of both the positive and negative in each of these situations because they keep you centered, present, and poised.

Just know that the very events taking place in your life right now that seem negative on the surface have a hidden order in them.

In other words if you feel like you made a bad decision and failed because of it, this is your “feedback failure.”

This “feedback failure” has the positive contained within it. This is part of that hidden order I just mentioned a minute ago.

And your ability to acknowledge this hidden order during the apparent chaos allows you to be true to who you are. It also gives you a tremendous opportunity to change your life around.

So how can you remain centered, present, and poised when things aren’t going your way?

One of the ways I mentioned earlier is to look for the positive and negative in each situation.

Another is to realize that whatever it is you see others doing that upsets you, look to see when you did that same thing in some way.

This will humble you and give you a greater appreciation of who you are. It will also train you to react less. And as a result you’ll be less distracted and more focused.

Yes, it’s one thing to read about it here and then when you’re in the heat of the moment have a tendency to forget about it and go back to those “old ways.”

Well that’s why I’m mentioning it here…as your reminder of what to do in those difficult situations.

Always remember…

Your “birthday” may come once a year but in actuality every day is the birth of a new day for you…

A new day with a new beginning…

A new day to get a fresh start…

A new day to learn something new about who you are and what you’re here to be, do, and have in your life…

And certainly a new day to shine by showing the world how unique and magnificent  you really are…

While helping others do the same.

Thank you for being you!

How Important Is Your Physical Health?

posted by cweiner

What I’ll be talking about today is something I haven’t shared too often with you.

In fact, this just so happens to be the most important part of your life to pay attention to. because without it, all else fails.

Of course what I’m referring to is your physical health.

If you want proof of this, look no further than the uproar over health care in the United States.

I can certainly say that this is an area that I value most. For those of you who may not know, I have a background in fitness which has been largely responsible for me getting involved in the personal development and self help industry.

Even with the heightened awareness about being physically healthy, many people still neglect their health.

So what I want to discuss today concerns your physical health and the question…

“How important is your physical health to you?”

1. Your guiding force- The cornerstone of everything you do in your life centers around your physical health. To put it simply, the better your physical health, the higher the probability of you feeling your best. The better you feel, the more energy you have and the more likely you are to succeed in the areas of life most important to you.

Does this guarantee that the results you want will fall out of the sky overnight? Of course not.

But having optimal physical health puts you in a position to get the most out of the other areas of life most important to you.

So many times I see people who appear to be very successful and financially wealthy who are having a number of physical issues. I’m sure you’ve seen this too.

It’s has been shown that people who are having major financial issues tend to have much more physical health problems than those who are having financial success.

What is also interesting is that there are also a great many people that are financially successful who are having major physical issues as well. This ranges from putting in many many hours in their jobs and careers to those who, in extreme cases turn to substance abuse.

In either case, their physical health is neglected and at some point their body is giving them feedback in the form of ailments and disease to do something about it.

If any of this rings true for you in some way, what can you do about it?

2. Running on full- I’m sure many of you have heard the phrase, “running on empty.” I’ve decided to come up with a new one, “running on full.” What I’m referring to here is that of paying close attention to the basics of having optimal physical health which includes, how well do you eat and drink, along with how well you sleep.

In fact, there’s another forgotten one that I’ll be covering in a few minutes as well.

Let me take you back to when I first started out in fitness. I was 15 and lived by a very simple philosophy…eat well, drink water, and get no less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I made this to be a major part of my life’s mission because I knew back then that it would be the cornerstone behind everything else I do and the amount of success that comes with it.

At the time it seemed as though I was the only one living this way, especially among the kids I went to high school with but I knew it would pay off.

Why am I bringing this up and how can it help you?

Regardless of your situation right now, make it a point to eat well, drink water, and get no less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

If for some reason, you’re having a difficult time with any of these, make it a point to ask yourself how doing this will help you in the areas of life most important to you.

One thing I’ve found to be very interesting is that of the effect of drinking water.

I have a confessing to make…

Water is the only thing I’ve been drinking for the last 5 years. Even before that the only other thing I would drink is an occasional fruit juice.

I’m bringing this up because I’ve noticed that by drinking water only, my memory and energy have skyrocketed. This stands to reason since water makes up 70-80% of the human body.

Now I mentioned earlier about a forgotten factor involved in your ability to have and maintain optimal health. As promised, let’s come back to that now…

3. The forgotten gift- There is something that most people are not aware of as it relates to their physical health. The reason why this goes unnoticed is because it’s something that’s not entirely seen on the outside.

Not only that, but most people have been conditioned to believe that this isn’t involved in determining the state of their physical health. Along with that, we’re actually told to do the complete opposite of what I’m about to reveal.

What I’m referring to is being two sided.

You see, most people are told and are trying to live mostly one sided lives (trying to be more happy than sad, more nice than mean, more giving than taking, and so on). Trying to live this way actually sets you up for the very thing you don’t want to attract. That is based on the laws of the Universe.

Remember, the cells of your body are two sided as well, and since cells make up your being, anytime you try to live in one sided extremes, you have a higher probability of attracting some type of disease or physical ailment.

Many times we go about treating the symptoms of an issue (including physical health issues), rather than treating the actual cause. Keep in mind that I’m referring to situations where an individual appears to be healthy.

What I’m getting at here is for you to be aware of your emotions. It is much wiser to come from and handle situations in a more balanced and poised manner. Of course certain situations may come up that will test you, we all have those moments.

However it is important to be aware of what I’m saying here because it definitely affects your physical health as well.

Live your life and always be aware of this forgotten gift.

Your physical health is precious and something to put a high value on and to make a top priority in your life.

By taking just a few extra minutes each day will save you days, weeks, and even years in many different ways in your life.

Reward your magnificent self and your physical health and it will certainly pay off for you and in ways you never even thought were possible.

Where Do You Call Home?

posted by cweiner

It was all too familiar.

Sometimes it went well…sometimes it didn’t.

At times there was jumping for joy…

Other times it was dreaded like the plague.

And on a rare occasion…

It was a little bit of each.

These were the entire range of feelings I’ve experience during my life when it came time to moving.

From the time I was born until the age of 11 we moved a total of ten times.

Included in that was an astounding 5 moves (one from New Jersey to California and back) in a seven month period when I was 9…in which I attended 5 different schools within one year.

At that point we finally settled down in Central New Jersey (Old Bridge) for the next 12 years.

Why am I bringing this up…and what does it have to do with you?

To start…

It involves where you call home.

Where do you call home?

Is it the neighborhood you grew up in? Is it where you live now? Was it the place you lived a few years ago?

Or possibly…

Is it everywhere?

Now as you’re sitting there reading this you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, there’s that one place I call home but what does Chaney mean by it possibly being everywhere?”

And…

“How can this help me in my life?”

All this talk about where you call home reminds me of the saying, “home is where your heart is.”

I remember my mother having one of those pictures hanging on the wall…a picture of a house…and a little sign saying “Home Is Where Your Heart Is.”

At first I saw it as the actual home you live in…which is true.

Then I began to see a bigger picture of it all.

And as simple as this saying sounds it is profound as it relates to your life.

Why?

Because when you’re living life from your heart you can look at wherever you’re at as being “home” in some way.

Yes…they’ll still be that one place that is your “home”…your main residence.

However…

By seeing that “home is where your heart is” you’ll be able to see the entire world as your home.

And when you take the time to look close enough…you’ll see it to be true.

For example…

Think about any place you’ve been where you truly felt grateful…a place where you weren’t distracted…a moment in time when you truly felt fulfilled in your life.

It could have been anywhere…

A friend’s house…somewhere you visited for a few weeks…a school you attended…any place that was away from your “regular home.”

Wherever this was for you…did it still feel like home in some way?

You see…

When you are truly grateful for your life—to include the people, the places, and the situations you’ve been in—you’ll be coming from your heart.

And when you do…

No matter where you go…no matter who you’re around…or what situation you’ll find yourself in…you’ll feel like it’s “home.”

All those times we moved early on in my life…each of those place served a purpose.

And just so you know…

All the moving around we did when I was younger…it wasn’t because “bad” things were going on…it was just one of “those things” where we moved a lot.

And even back then I had some sense that every one of those places I lived in was “home.” In many ways I still see them as such.

The reason I do is because each has contributed to my journey in life in some way…and has led me to what I love doing today.

This is the point for you to realize…and why this is important to your life.

When you see the world as your home you’ll see how each person, place, idea, and situation has served you on your life’s journey.

Along with this…

You’ll won’t feel alone…or out of place.

You’ll have the “inner knowing” that no matter where you are it’s a place you can call home.

And just like every other home you’ll have the supports and challenges…the pleasures and pains…the happiness and sadness…the praise and criticisms…equally.

This is healthy and part of your magnificent journey through life.

Also…

There’s a song called “Home Sweet Home.”

And part of the lyrics goes like this…

I’m on my way
I’m on my way
Home sweet home

Look at living your life as having things on your way…not in the way.

The same is true for where you call home.

Home is where your heart is…

And it is in your heart that the magnificence and brilliance of who you are shines through for the entire world to see…

The world that is your home.

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