Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


New Year, New Day, New Thoughts

New Year, New Day, New Thoughts

                               Happy New Year

2011 was the best of times and the worst of times for my family and me. 

We took a trip around the world for the best of times checking off many countries on our Goddard list (aka bucket list).

A near death experience with a young family member made it the worst of times. I won't go into the details at this point but in my 58 years I never had family issues that I could not put aside to do my work and be productive. This was a hard feeling to overcome and set back some productivity.  The positive outcome from this "worst of times"  2011 experience gave me real empathy for the physical emotion which accompanies personal life issues.  I am so grateful this is a new day, a new year and I can implement new thoughts and share with you. I feel even better equipped to help people through difficult times and stay on track with implementing a business plan.  Having a routine to keep going is the key to staying on track during a time of emotional unrest. 

Ten years ago our family went through financial difficulties where we even sold our furniture to eat so I know the pain of having no money and not knowing where your next meal was coming from.  We were basically on numb getting through each day one moment at a time.  Getting over the embarrassment and humiliation of this difficult financial life experience in 1992 helped me relate to buyers and sellers in similar situations. I could look them in the eye and say "I KNOW how you feel and this is what we did." I am happy to report we worked through it one step at a time never declaring bankruptcy and paying back every dime we owed through Consumer Credit Counseling.  

This current family issue was a new "cow pie" for me to process.  Everything had always been a pretty even keel in our lives.  When we did get to some piles of "cow pies" we could usually get through them without being on numb and we would reach  a resolution in a short amount of time. I am happy to say that with the end of 2011 I "kicked those old thoughts to the curb" and am ready to soar at a new altitude that was always there.  It appears we all have some issues to deal with in balancing work and personal life and the 2011 lesson has been invaluable to me in helping others.

Controlling thoughts and emotions can be a challenge throughout life and this is the year.... 2012  where things are going to boil (212 degrees). 

Pondering the concept of turning up the heat made me think of separating the silver and gold from the dross.  Things have to get heated up to purify and refine the silver and gold to get to the pure substance. The dross or the imperfect materials have to be purged to get to the gold.   To move a steam engine the heat has to be up to the 212 to make it run!  Turning up the heat in 2012 to refine the gold and run the engine is going to be exciting. 

As members of the human race we are all connected in one way or another. It is my humble opinion we are all one through the creator.   We are in charge of our thoughts and have complete control of where they go.  Life is about demonstrating the skill in exercising what we will and won't think.  We can dwell on the positive or we can emerge ourselves in the negative.  We do manifest what we believe.  This concept became crystal clear to me in my real estate experience starting in 1979 when the agents in the office wanted to trade floor time with me as the phone always rang with someone to help when I was on floor.  You see I believed I was there to help people with their real estate and it manifested in my experience.  I was able to sell new homes in a project our office was working when the market was down and no one was buying because the interest rates were at 12%.  It all boiled down to my beliefs.  Getting to that altitude that changes how you process life will make all the difference in the outcome of personal and business productivity. 

Our cup can be half empty or it can be half full.  When you think about it... whether the cup is half full or have empty with liquid, it is ALWAYS overflowing with air.  You see your cup runneth over no matter what, you just have to decide to accept that fact or not.  You are in charge!  

This year I am going to try each day to only listen to positive messages and know that my cup is running over being grateful for what I have and my ability to read, think and reason through any cow pie out there.  I look forward to sharing with you on our 2012 journey.

A trip around the world was on our "Goddard List"  (aka bucket list) and we saw the world for the best of times.  We started to think global and act local. 

On the voyage around the world I took lessons from the universe and completely listened as we embarked on foreign ground. A new book from the Cosmic Cow Pie series is emerging with the global lessons which should be launched in 2012 "Connecting The Dots Around The World."  It will inculcate lessons from major land marks we visited.  The book will have pictures from sites that have been photographed by thousands and I will share a message to help trigger a change of thought when experiencing a stress situation.  The book will take global icons and the message should help the reader think about new "coping skills" to navigate the cow pies of life that continue to be in the way no matter what year it is. Check out the lessons from Brazil and India.  Life really is about how we put our boots on and get through those piles.  SSDD  Same Stuff Different Day applies as nothing is constant but change. The Same Stuff IS the constant change. 

One of my favorite quotes applies to everything happening today in a most timely manner:

"You can't change the wind you can only adjust your sails."

As the winds of change blow they bring new challenges and new ways of thinking.  When trying to modify your thoughts to stay with the positive you have to build a bridge, walk on over it and never look back.

                          build a bridge


Taking control of your thoughts requires forgiveness. If you are trying to think only positive and good thoughts in 2012 so you can get that steam engine running you can't have negative energy coming in taking away from your ability to go forward.  Whatever was in the past needs to be in the past and you need to forget it.  Throw it over that bridge and don't think about it again.  Forgiveness means that you forget it ever happened.  If you keep bringing up the past you can't live in the present. 

The present is here and now and will reflect the way you think. 

Don't be thinking about old issues.  If you can resolve a conflict just DO IT.  If you can't, simply build that bridge and walk on over it. 

Let's make 2012 the best of times together. 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • January 04 2012 09:11AM


Carra:  I learned something more about you today ... and I'm glad that I did.  Somehow I feel more in sync than ever before because of it.  No one's life is bump free.  And I'm sure these challenging financial times have pointed that even more clearly than ever to many many people.  Certainly helps you get your priorities straight.  I too am glad that 2011 is over, even though there was much good that came our way throughout the year.  Not just bumps.  I sense a more positive aura surrounding many people.  I sense it about our nation's financial woes too.  I hope the good feelings just grow and bless more people.  We're all in need of relief and a little less stress.

  I always look forward to your new.  New books, new insights, new conversations, new opportunities.  You're a joy to know.  And you don't keep all that positive to yourself.  It feels good to be in touch.

May 2012 be a beautiful, wonderful year for you .. and your entire family.  I will keep you in my thoughts ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago

Gene ~  Thank you so much for taking the time for such a thoughtful comment.  I was thinking I had written a very bad post as no one was commenting...... You are an inspiration to me in the mortgage business.  I was thinking today when I saw your post on Google+ that I should share your business page with everyone in my circles.  Let me know if you need some help getting a business page set up.. it's really easy.... you will see a box that says Create a page on your home page... just click that and follow the prompts.  You might want to consider a searchable name for google.  Mortgage counselor  Mortgage professional  Mortgage specialist  get a google+ name that people will be searching for.. simple as that.  Let me know if you need more help.  I sincerely value your friendship and look forward to a wonderful 2012. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carra:  Now who took the time to write such a wonderful response???  I can't keep up with you!!  And I will get on the stick and see what I can do on Google +.  I'll yell-out if I need some suggestions.  Because I serve the entire Chicagoland area ... the name will be somewhat of a challenge.  I'll put my thinking cap on ...

Thanks for everything, Carra ... you're a good friend ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago

Gene - If you do mortgages acrosss the country think BIG.... and generic.  If you want local or chicago loans.. then do local... it will be great.. an you know what.  I think you can have as many pages as you want.  so do a couple!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Carramia . . . I bet this post is hitting home to a LOT of real estate professionals. I know plenty who are having really tough financial times. A few have had no choice but to do a BK and start fresh. Houses and investments lost. A lot of early retirements. This business is expensive.

You wrote a brave post and I hope whatever is going on in your family is on the mend.

Jacob Glass says that the only problem is that we see it as a problem. It's easier said than done but it is a new year, and every day is new with the promise of new opportunities and solutions.

Keep that attitude of gratitude that I know you have! I am so glad you are my client. And friend. :)





Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 8 years ago

Candyland ~  Thank you for the words of support at the altitude that soars.. you are one of a kind and make the world a better place... it is my honor to be your friend and client!  Thank you for the feature:)  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago