Notice what is different

First engraving in William James' book Jerusalem

If we could go through even one day realizing that what we think, say, and do matters, we would change, and our lives would change to meet the new us. People always ask, “How do I know that I am changing?” When we make a shift in consciousness, our outer world beings to mirror it. Sometimes the difference is small at first, but when we start to notice what is different, instead of what is the same, we open unseen doors to new and expanded worlds.

Why not give this a try for the weekend? Make it your intention to notice the good, the improved, the delightful. Look at every little positive thought, experience, kindness, or manifestation as a sign that you have entered into a bigger reality and that you are moving in the direction of the life that you want.

“These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James

16 thoughts on “Notice what is different

  1. A task of good intention, I’m up for that! Mary thank you for inspiring us to be aware of how our thoughts effect us in our daily lives. I am spending the weekend with my daughter, wedding dress shopping. Beautiful transformations will flow around me! Happy weekend to all.

  2. What a lovely weekend plan, and I like the quote from William James. My dad, who was a huge fan of William’s brother Henry and had a good bit of William’s writings in his iibrary as well, died last week at 94. He lived his life that way, always believing that there was something new to learn and embrace, right up until the end.

    • Oh Charlotte, you have our sympathies. What a wonderful legacy your father has left you. This weekend’s task will surely be an honor to your father, living as he did, leading the way by quiet example. Blessings to you.

    • Charlotte, so very sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a gentle, loving soul. May your memories bring comfort as you grieve.

    • Thank you so much for writing and letting us know about your dad Charlotte. What a wonderful father he must have been. Sending you warm and loving thoughts, Mary

  3. Mary, thanks for this wonderful remember to be mindful and have faith that even the smallest of signs represents something positive and progressive. Your post reminds me that although It is easy to get caught up in all the negative minutia, I can spend the same amount of energy to focus instead on all the positive minutia! I hope your weekend is filled with love and light.

    • And hoping that your weekend is filled with the same Debra! I am beginning to really like these weekend “mind gatherings”!

  4. Another weekend OM-work assignment—yippee! Focused attention is the best way to rein in a run- amok mind. I send a cyber apple to the teacher!

  5. Thank you, Mary, for this post. I am reminded of the following:

    Philippians 4:8
    King James Version (KJV)
    8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

  6. I have to say, Mary, that I enjoy your posts and the comments in equal measure. Happy weekend, everyone.

  7. We drove down the mountain an hour south to the ‘big city’ yesterday and enjoyed the feel and sight of sunshine and no snow. We even put our short lawn chairs out at the back end of Trader Joe’s and basked. Tomorrow we have a shelter staff potluck. Life is in the little things, bless ’em!

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