Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 2012 Posts

As the 2012 year wraps up, things are only beginning here at The Gatsby Life! I took a look back at my posts for the last year and picked out my 8 favorite posts and some of the more "popular" ones, I encourage you to click on each one, take a look, leave a comment if you'd like, or spread The Gatsby Life on to friends and family via twitter, facebook, etc, any way you want! You will inspire yourself when you chose to inspire others!

Click on each title, to look at the actual post. 

The Simple Things 
-  Simpler times of the past can still be obtainable today, the opportunities are all around us.  Try to have more of these “simple times” in your life and you are guaranteed to live a less stressful life, slow down and enjoy the ride!

Blue Skies Are Coming 
From now on, make everyday the most important day. 
If you are looking with the correct perspective, you'll see that Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. 

Time To Fly
- "Don't be afraid of mistakes, it's the only way you know when something is "right" in your life" 

The Possibilities Are Endless
- Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.

Stay True To Yourself
- Explore. The first thing you should explore is yourself. Who are you, what makes you unique, different, what makes you, YOU! Do not seek it from others of what you should be, believe, think, or live, act, or behave. The real answers lie within you, seek yourself from the inside out. 

“Most of us live our whole lives…without any real adventure to call our own. What is any life without the pursuit of a dream?”

If we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy”
so Trust in God, in Others, & in Yourself! 

-  It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Thanks again to all my viewers, or newcomers - thanks for stopping by! The Gatsby Life will continue to try to inspire, dream, spread hope & love to all in the the upcoming year! Stay Tuned! 
- Ross 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

No News Is Good News?

Think for yourself and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet. ~ Queen (Band) 

All along, we follow blindly,
Force fed prime-time, previewed nightly,
Why would anybody leave the safety of their homes?

I wonder why,
Only disasters flood the headlines,
Other people’s misery,
Are on for the next three hours, 
Commercial free.

And I can’t take much more of this,
We’re all so wrapped up, in it,
Nothing will change, but the channel,
So I turn it off.

I see billboards on the horizon,
I can’t imagine what they’ll tell me,
What to wear,
What to drink,
Where to eat,
It’s so easy not to think for yourself anymore,
So naive,
You don’t do anything anymore.

And I can’t take much more of this,
We’re all so wrapped up, in it,
Nothing will change, but the channel.

We all give in,
We all complain,
We sit and wait,
For things to change,
We're waiting... 

Nothing will change, but the channel,
So I turn it off..
~ New Found Glory

Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.  ~Author Unknown

It's everywhere we look, it doesn't matter what season of the year, time of day, or anything else, the media and disasters flood into your life. TV,  radio, internet, it's everywhere you look, even if you are not looking for it! It plays on your mood and it can affect your actions. Not only negative stories in the media, but also "advertising" affects everyone's daily life in more ways than it ever did before, you can't go far without seeing or hearing some advertisement trying to persuade you! Can you live a life without all of these negative forces constantly showing up in your life? 20-30 yrs ago (without the internet and also TV/radio media/ads were not as prevalent today) there was a time when the media/internet didn't play such a integral part of our of lives. Can the youth of today imagine what that would be like? I doubt it. But regardless, young or old, You have a Choice, Your OWN Voice! We each have VOICE & OPINION! I urge you to not let it be persuaded so easily, don't give into the advertising of today or the negative media stories that flood the news! 

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else; means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~ E. E. Cummings 

Flood The Headlines..  With Love..  Not Hate..  Why Not? 
I don't get how people can watch the "News" at night, I used to, only see the weather, but I use the internet for that now. I don't need to sit and be bombarded with one negative story after another, why don't they report on the GOOD of today! There is Good happening all around us and you may not already know, but you are part of it! By spreading Love, peace, and joy to others you can fight the system and turn it around. Really today, things may seem bad in the world, or at least the government or media wants to capture your attention by fear and excitement. And don't get me wrong, there are many bad things that are happening in the world, in our country, in our states, possibly in each of our towns, BUT also, there is GOOD happening in our world, in our country, in our states, in our towns, in our communities, in our families, in YOU. 

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  ~ Mark Twain 
(THINK about this.... Is the Majority always right? No and Mark Twain is implying maybe you should rethink your position!!!  Are you standing up for a reason? or just looking for reasons to stand up?

NOW, It's OUR Time
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
I wish the media would report and advertise more on this type of actions and stories during the broadcasts or on the internet. Why don't they? Ratings? Attract an audience?  Possibly people are more drawn to the fear and "exciting" bad stores than the good ones? But if we we're to report and show of the Good News then more people would become inspired and thus creating a self-sustaining positive world, that people would help each other out more. 

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Spread The Good News! 
So I encourage you, next time you tell a story or talk about anything to another person or group of people, make it positive, make it GOOD! Are you inspiring the person you are talking to? or are you draining and tearing them down with negative and bad stories?  Build each other up!  You can do your part by refusing to watch these type of stories, I for these last couple years have given up on watching or reading the news, why tear myself down?  I have lived and continue to live a great life without reading or watching the news for over 3 years! All that bad news does is put a strain on your emotions or thoughts. So, instead put your thoughts and positive actions forward to helping others and helping create a more beautiful world.  Spread Good News = Spread God's Word. God = Love ~ Love = God. Good News = Spread Love! 

Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way. ~ Christopher Hitchens

Break The Habit, Talk About Your Joys! 
Spread The Gatsby Life!
- Ross

Friday, December 7, 2012

Go & Be A Blessing

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.Henry David Thoreau

Let's not jump to conclusions, answers, and decisions right away, but also lets not think/ponder on topics or things too long either. See, Listen, Feel, Trust, Then Act &  Be a Blessing to others today.

Today's culture has the tendency to over-analyze every little thing or event that is happening, whether in the world or in your own life. I know I am guilty of doing it, and maybe you are know you are too. The time is now to be aware of this and realize neither you nor I will stop all at once with these bad habits of "seeing & judging" So starting today, let's loosen the stranglehold these "over-analyzing" ways have on our views, and also judgments and opinions we are usually to quick to arrive at.

Stop and Ask Yourself; "How Can I be A Blessing To Others Today?"

Everyday, Start It New In 
Every way

Today, tomorrow, and the start of everyday, wake up to a new mindset. If you start off the day in the right way/mood (an open mind), then any obstacle that presents itself will easily be overcome and you will enjoy the day that God has provided you even more. Not only that, but your positivity and optimistic personality will start to rub off on those around you in your workplace, family, and everyone you come into contact with. So even though you may know someone who may be "crabby, grouchy, or negative" be the positive and the change/inspiration for THEM. By being the CHANGE for Yourself first! 

Refocus... Look Again

You first need to be a more positive, slower to judge, quicker to forgive and forget, person of God. Before you can become a help,  impact or make a change in another person's life, you must first become a change in your life. Be a more positive person by becoming the strong foundation and representation of hope, love, bravery, hardworking, and inspiration for others to see and feel from you and your spirit that surrounds you. Then and only then once you come into contact with people everyday,  you'll start to impact them in the most positive way you can, every chance you get.

"We rise by lifting others."  ~ Robert Ingersoll

Feel Something New.. Feel Alive..

A handshake, pat on the back, a hug, a "Thank You", a simple form of appreciation, a friendly wave, a simple question of "Hi, How are you?" or even the simplest and most impacting form of love & friendship ... a SMILE... It will go a long way in not only in your life, but in all those around you that you come into contact with. So question is; "Why wouldn't you want to be a positive inspiration?" It's so simple, all you need to do is be a more positive and outgoing person. 

Listen... God is trying to tell you something.. 

Listen less to yourself and listen more to what God is trying to tell you. You have to have an open mind and be ready to hear what is actually being said, instead of what you want to hear. Keep this in mind, listen to each other, when someone is talking, give them your full attention, instead of thinking of what you are going to say next, listening to what is actually being said to you. Give everyone an open ear to talk to and an open heart to let them in.

"Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, it's about what you inspire others to do." 

You will not be judged. Just remember you are you biggest critic! By reaching out in the SIMPLEST FORM either by a friendly wave, smile, "thank you" or another form of showing appreciation or gratitude to one another will bring forth happiness, joy, love, and positivity in your life, but more importantly the IMPACT will double outward to all of those you touch and show gratitude and appreciation towards. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." -- John 3:16 

Just as God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so we could be saved. I encourage you to give positivity and love to one another more often. Gratitude, love & kindness to everyone you meet and come into contact with each and every day. Every day you impact another person in a positive way, it catches and spreads like a wild fire and the love and positive comments are spread to everyone around you and eventually back to you!  

God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others and see, hear, & feel God giving you direction to impact others in a positive way!
It's Nice to Be Important, BUT it's More Important to Be Really Nice! 

-- Ross 
~ The Gatsby Life ~