GREG'S BLOG How To Choose Happiness In Your Life

How to Have More LIGHT and PEACE In Your Life

lightYou deserve to have your life filled with LIGHT, JOY, and PEACE. But are you doing the things that increase light or diminish it?
Too many people are walking around in darkness at noonday. The darkness is either INVITED in or ALLOWED in. Either way, it has its effect.
We all want our lives to be peaceful, joyful and light-filled. Every good thing that invites and entices us to be better invites light into our lives.
Conversely, anything and everything that invites and entices us to be less than our best diminishes light.

Light VS Darkness

Light is associated with warmth, happiness, peace, goodness, and with God. And dark is associated with cold, evil and depression. So what are you going to choose? Light or dark? Well, I will choose for you this time.. we all want to have more light in our lives!

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light-2Previously, I did a little meaningful experiment with my two children. We went to one of our bedrooms, we shut down the door and all the windows and the room was in massive darkness that we couldn’t even see our hands in front of us. I asked my children -can you see something?- and they answered – Yeah Mr. right how can we see anything in the dark!- and then I just switched on a little lighter and ‘boom’! Even just a tiny bit of light chases away the darkness. The darkness cannot overpower the light but the light has to be there.

Thus, I want to share a quick thought today about inviting and keeping the light in our lives. We all want the happiness, we want the peace, we want the goodness and so we have to invite light into our lives and be intentional about it.

Every time you and I do something good and we respond to the light of a good feeling, the light increases in our lives and we start to see more clearly.

I can feel a question blinking in your head right now! How can we invite the light into our lives so that every day we feel peaceful, we feel good and we shine, right?

The light doesn’t only bless our lives but it blesses everyone around us. We can shine for others and be that great influence. Like it says in Mathew:

“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.”

We want to have that positive influence and spread that warmth, that goodness and that love. So how we do it?

==>Start with love! Love yourself, love God, love the people around you and be filled with love.

==>Choose to respond in good ways. You are good, you are great and you are awesome therefore respond to that goodness in you. Try to spend time doing good things and you’ll see how your light will increase.

I find that when we waste time and we consistently do things that are pretty meaningless, the light starts to decrease and diminish. Likewise inviting dark things into your life. And Again, darkness can’t overpower light because light chases darkness and it will always conquer. But if we don’t feed the light and we consistently invite darkness -or allow darkness- then our light will be replaced with darkness. Hence, don’t allow or invite dark things come into your life. Like what? Like dark thoughts, dark feelings, dark conversations, dark music, dark movies…etc Even substances, anything of an addictive substance or anything that’s controlling your life is bringing darkness with it. Therefore, eliminate any dark things.

==>Relationships. You think how two people that are so absolutely in love when they get married they could end up so full of bitterness and hate. How could siblings who grew up together in love end up hating each other and never want to speak to each other. How’s that happened? Well, their light stat gradually decreases in their lives!

I am sure that after this, you don’t want to allow darkness come into your life in any way!

Let’s be filled with light, warmth, love and goodness so that it blesses our own lives and it blesses the lives of those around us as well.




Fortify Your Family Part 5 — REACH UPWARD

“It’s never crowded on the extra mile.” You and your family should be climbing the higher road to success and happiness. Join me on the life long quest for greatness!

Take Your Life to the Next Level

Too many of us go through life with our heads down or we just allow life to happen. Furthermore, we never make a conscious effort to take everything to another level.

We always have a choice! We can choose the lower road or we can choose the higher one. Like the bible said you can choose the broad way or you can choose the narrow way. And in our lives, we want to have an extra mile family where we are doing higher things and better things where we are consciously, intentionally, and deliberately trying to be better to reach upward and elevate every aspect of our lives.

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Too often we are letting the culture of the world be our own culture but this is not what we want. We want to be different and establish a fantastic family culture.

I want you to take a good look at each area of your life and say:

  • How can we reach upward
  • How can we have better health -as a family-?
  • How can we eat better?
  • How can we exercise better?
  • How can we learn better?
  • How can we improve ourselves?
  • How can we improve our relationships?
  • How can we even improve our conversations?

Somebody once said:

“Small minds talk about people, mediocre minds talk about events and great minds discuss ideas”

Thus, elevate your conversation, talk about good things and never allow poor conversations in your home and culture.

George Washington said:

“The foolish habits of cursing and swearing is a vice, so mean and so low as to be despised by every person of sense and character.”

Input Determines Output

These little things make a big difference. Thus, if something is not edifying, if it is not inspiring and if it doesn’t lift you then don’t allow it in your family culture because it will have an effect. Believe it or not, some of these things are like poison, they come and start slowly poising your family, therefore, filter everything.

Take your family culture to the highest level where you can really have a tremendous influence on others.

Get on the Quest of Excellence

Make sure to be your best all the time. Make sure, as a family, that everything you do; you do it well -of course, things that matter most- Because there are a lot of people who are trying to do things well that are better if not being done at all. So focus on the things that really matter most and do them in an excellent way and I promise that you will see a tremendous effect on your family.

Reach Upward in Every Area of Your Life

  • Reach upward physically
  • Reach upward mentally
  • Reach upward emotionally
  • Reach upward spiritually
  • Reach upward socially

And just take everything in your family culture and move it up to the next level.




Fortify Your Family Part 4– RECREATION

familyAre you REALLY living as a family or just merely existing? Are you creating fantastic memories together?

Are you creating fantastic memories together?

Are you learning great books together as a family? 

Are you creating fantastic experiences together?

Are You Living Your Life to the Fullest? 

Too many families live this perennial groundhog day! They just do the same thing over and over, they have the same experience year after and so instead of getting years of experiences, they are stuck with the same ones year after year. Hence, for many of them; they fall into this -humdrum- existence and they don’t really live their full lives.

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Therefore, take a minute to ask yourself: Am I really living? Is my family really alive?

Too many people go through life just with few great experiences and few great memories that they just begin to think -well, that’s the way life is!-  And I am sorry but I don’t believe that!

You know my story. I grew up in a broken home, I was out on my own in an early age, I have been in the streets for a long time, but eventually everything has changed and I am currently traveling the world with my family! I know life can be incredibly difficult and hard, and yet I do not for a second believe that life has to be continually hard. Life can be fantastic though but we have to be intentional about making it fantastic. We have to get out and create great experiences.

Learn and Serve Together as a Family

Thus, here is my challenge for you. Deliberately create great memories. I want you to serve together as a family and look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. But be careful, I am not saying that this should be somehow like a checklist nor something you try to draw attention to your family with. But what I am pointing to is that this needs to be part of your family culture, it needs to be part of who you are and what you do as a family.

Learn together! One of the most beneficial things is learning together. Therefore, make sure you are having great learning experiences together. –Hey! Man take your family and fo anywhere in the world and learn–

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What comes after learning? ==> Traveling!

We travel tons and we never say that our lifestyle is for everybody. It’s not. But we definitely think that travel ought to be a part of every family. Because you simply learn so much. So try to take your family and travel together.

Read Great Books Together

What’s even greater than the above? ==> Reading great books.

We as a family love to read great books. I am constantly reading to my children every day. And so we have this bounds and books memories. Because we share the same feelings and principals that a book teaches us. And this became a part of who we are.

Remember, each experience, each book and each struggle is part of the recipe of who we are becoming. So do all these things together and it will make the biggest difference in your life.

To Wrap Up…

To wrap up, sit down with your family and write out a list. Just get it in on paper.

==> Get on paper all the experiences you want to have as a family.

==> Get on paper what great books you want to read as a family.

==> Get on paper what languages you want to learn as a family.

==> Get on paper where you want to travel with your family.

==> Get on paper how you want to serve others as a family.

==> Get on paper what you can do together consistently as a family.

Learn together, travel together, experience together, read great books together and have a fantastic family culture.