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What Are Your Seven Words?

Seven Words

Khalil Gibran once said that people would never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words.  What would your seven words be?

Before I share my seven words with you, I want to tell you a bit about Khalil Gibran.  He was born in Lebanon in 1883 and died in New York City at the age of 48 from cirrhosis of the liver due to severe alcoholism.  Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.  His best-known work is The Prophet, a book composed of twenty-six essays.  Since first being published in 1923, The Prophet has never been out of print.  If you haven’t read the book, do.  If you have read it, reread it.

A Foundation to Build On

As I was pondering this question, I remembered Tony Robbins Six Human Needs.  Tony identified six basic human needs with the belief that everyone is, or can be motivated by fulfilling these needs.

Here they are:

Need 1:  Certainty/Comfort

Need 2:  Uncertainty/Variety

Need 3:  Significance

Need 4:  Love & Connection

Need 5:  Growth

Need 6:  Contribution

Every day we are reflexively determined to meet these needs.  When these requirements are met at a high level, our degree satisfaction and fulfillment in our lives is abundant.  If these needs are met at a low level, we will experience life as being unsatisfactory and disappointing.  I think that we can agree that Tony’s philosophy of what lies at the root of human aspiration and the extent to which these needs are met make a difference

Barn Musing – Edition 6

Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

                                                                                          Watch this video featuring Simon Sinek.
 

Years ago, I watched Simon Sinek do his Ted Talk on “It Starts With Why.”  In this YouTube video, he reviews much of what was in his original talk but adds some fascinating details.  For instance, he reveals that the Apple computer is an average, at best computer compared to other PC’s. He also talks about why people get a Harley Davidson tattoo when they don’t own a motorcycle. I am sure that you will be as intrigued with Sinek’s explanation of human nature as I was. Have a look!

What Do You Want More Of In Your Life?

What Is Missing In Your Life?

I was at my barn, one of my favorite spots to “be” the other day, surrounded by my two horses and my sweet Australian Shepherd, 2Sox.  The horses were contently eating, and 2Sox was busy appreciating the smells of the early morning.  I was scooping horse shit into my Gator and carting it off to the compost pile; it’s one of my favorite things to “do.”   Why?  Because I am outside in nature doing a chore that doesn’t require much talent, and it is when I have some of my best thoughts.   I stood there for a minute, and I pinched myself, literally as I often do and said out loud, “I am so grateful to be here and have this wonderful property.”  And then I thought, I wonder what most people want out of their life.  Later that day I did what I always do when I am curious about something, I Googled it.  The first thing that popped up was an article by Kathy Caprino titled, The Top 10 Things People Want In Life But Can’t Seem To Get.  It was the “can’t seem to get” part that caught my attention.

Caprino surveyed 700 people.  The key question the survey probed was:  If you could say in one word what you want more of in life, what would it be?  What intrigued the author most is that it is becoming more and more obvious that the things we humans desperately long for today are

Barn Musing – Edition 5

Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

                                                                                          Read Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

This was a page turner for me.  Elizabeth Holmes started Theranos in 2003 after dropping out of Stanford University at the age of 19,  She had an idea that could change healthcare and healthcare delivery.  She convinced people like Larry Ellison, George Schultz, Henry Kissinger, and many others to invest in her company to the tune of $700 million.  The only challenge is the equipment and testing mechanism she helped to spearhead never worked.  Unfortunately, she lied for years about the capabilities of her technology which led to the demise of her company.  John Carreyrou, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal with the help of

Barn Musing – Edition 4

Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

                                                                                    Watch Screen Time with Diane Sawyer
Today, American adults spend the equivalent of 49 days a year on their phone and tablets. For six months, Sawyer and her team traveled across the country talking to families, teachers, doctors, and even tech insiders to pursue questions, answers, and solutions. From coast to coast, a question: People love the wonders of technology, but have they become too consumed with the little screens in their pockets?
I have added the YouTube links to Sawyer’s special below:

YouTube Part One
YouTube Part Two
YouTube Part Three
YouTube Part Four
YouTube Part Five

After sending out a call to families across America, Sawyer and the team

What Do Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day? The Top 10 Best Gifts all Mother’s Would Love Copy

Mother’s Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed a declaration designating the second Sunday in May as a day to honor mothers.  Since then, there is no doubt that moms across America have experienced everything from breakfast in bed featuring burnt toast and cold coffee to a measly Mother’s Day card purchased the night before at 7-Eleven.

I have three boys; 2Sox, Chief, and Winston.  That’s right, the closest I have come to motherhood is my current brood of a really smart Australian Shepherd and two retired ranch horses so I was curious about what moms really want for Mother’s Day.  I did some research and after compiling the data I have come up with this top ten list:

  1. A Day All To Herself.  As much as moms love being moms, they also crave a day all to themselves.  That’s right, simply a day off to do whatever she wants.  No cooking, no cleaning, no car-pooling or any other mom duties; nothing, zero, zilch, none.  So, if you are looking for a treasured gift for mom, here you go.  If you want to encourage mom to carve out some quiet time for herself each day, consider a “Be” – Attitudes Kit.
  2. Sleep. It is no secret that most moms are sleep deprived so there should be no astonishment over the fact that she wants to sleep, sleep, sleep.  So, let her!  All day if she wants.  And, this might include an afternoon
By |2019-05-10T09:48:40+00:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

There Was This One

Mike Beck

I first learned of Mike a few years ago when my pals and I traveled to Elko, Nevada, to attend the Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.  Mike was one of the performers at the gathering.  I found him to be an inspiring singer/songwriter and a captivating storyteller.  Learn more about Mike here.  We have since stayed in touch through social media.  A few days ago, Mike shared a story about an experience he had with a horse during one of the Horse Clinics he has conducted over the years.  This one took place in Norway.  I asked Mike if I could share this on my website.  He generously agreed.  Here is the story in his words.  Read this to the end and then, read it again.  There is a lot to ponder in Mike’s words.  Here you go.

There Was This One…

It seems like there’s got to be some way to be able to forget about some horses, to be able to let go, and to stay somewhat sane in this crazy horse thing I got myself involved in. I’ve done pretty good, well, kinda…. But, there was this one horse. One horse that I can’t seem to forget, that I can’t let go of.

It happened at a place that I worked several times in Norway. This lady had a facility that wasn’t too bad. She had hosted a couple of clinics for me there before. She had a pretty good arena and a round corral that her

By |2019-05-04T10:29:26+00:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: MMATB Recommends|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Barn Musings

Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

Listen to Andy Hedges Cowboy Crossroads Podcast

Cowboy Crossroads is a refreshingly diplomatic attempt to connect today’s vibrant cowboy culture with a world only vaguely aware of its existence.  The Cowboy Crossroads episodes are about 30-minutes long featuring a special guest, usually a cowboy poet or singer-songwriter. What I love about Andy’s podcast is that he basically starts the conversation and lets the guests take it where they want. There is no agenda.

Cowboy Crossroads is a big, juicy slice of Americana.  I was listening to Andy’s guest, Joel Nelson not long ago and in a time span of about 20 seconds I laughed out loud, cried, and fell in love with this ole’ cowboy.  If you are looking for a change of pace this is it.  Authenticity at its finest.

Get your journal. Yes, right now.  Sit down and answer these two question:

What are you most proud of in your life?

I have read far too many articles lately that describe how unhappy people are with their lives.  Not only is this troubling to me, but it is also sad.  The

Barn Musings

Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

Read Wishes Fulfilled by the late Wayne Dyer

“Part of me suspects I’m a loser,
and part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”
— John Lennon

This is the opening quote in the book Wishes Fulfilled by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer. In the book, Dyer asks, “Are you
willing to internalize radical new ideas that require a shift in your concept of yourself?” He urges the reader to keep
in mind that all that now exists was once imagined and that what you want to exist for you in the future must now be
imagined. You are urged to take charge of your imagination. After all, anything placed in your imagination and held
there ultimately becomes your reality.

Dyer offers up the following rules for a Healthy Imagination:
Rule number one: Never place into your imagination any thought that you would not want to materialize.
Rule number two: Never allow your imagination to be contaminated by ideas about how your life used to
be. This is where your willingness to change your concept of yourself comes in.

Rule number three:  Your imagination is yours and yours alone. Never allow someone else’s ideas

Do You Know The 4 Agreements?

What Are The 4 Agreements?

Don Miguel Ruiz wrote The Four Agreements in 1997.  Since that time it has sold 7.2 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages.  That’s big.  It’s a lot.  I understand why.  I read the book when it first came out and I have read it on a yearly bases since.  This past week I revisited the wisdom of this powerful book.  I needed some reminders.  Here is a summary of the agreements from the research I found on the internet.

The First Agreement:  Be Impeccable With Your Word

Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Don’t use words that speak against who you are and most definitely do not gossip about others.  Your words are powerful so use them for inspiration, truth, and love.  I have found that it is best to use words that change a situation or a circumstance for the better.  If not, stay quiet and listen.

The Second Agreement:  Don’t Take Anything Personally

Nothing that others do is because of you.  What someone else says or does is a projection of their own reality.  If you want to save yourself from being the victim of needless suffering, don’t plug into the opinions and actions of others.  And, sometimes things just simply are not about you!  I have always said, what others think of me is none of my business.

The Third Agreement:  Don’t Make Assumptions

Have the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can