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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (September 24, 2006)      

       ``We've got to be in the winning business, because without winning it's the
other guy, and the other guy's ideas, that prevail.''... -
Bill Clinton, former U. S. President

      
Americans are watching more television than ever, according to a report released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.  The average amount of television watched by an individual viewer was also up by three minutes, to a record four hours and 35 minutes a day.  And in most homes there are more television sets than people.  This increase in television viewing plus the increase in Internet access ... gives us an idea of how people are using their personal time.  And it is not surprising that growing numbers of Americans are using anti-depressant medications, anti-anxiety medications and medications for high blood pressure and more.

     People who seek to be entertained rather than spending time thinking about, contemplating and planning their own successes in life ... usually end up depressed because their success is not being achieved.  But ... we cannot fill our minds with the nonsense dished out to us by the television and movie industries and have use of the time it takes to truly build within ourselves a mental equivalent of the successes that we want to experience.  The bottom line is ... do we want to be entertained by other people's ideas ... or do we want to experience the happiness and feeling of accomplishment that comes with demonstrating the success of our own ideas ... and are we willing to take the time to delve within our own minds for these ideas?

   
Life must be lived ... with enthusiasm and with excitement ... and no matter how much we may find an interest in something outside of our own personal experiences ... the inherent urge within us to experience more and more of life will cause physical and emotional disturbances if we suppress it.  Expansion of happiness, love, joy, harmony and abundance are inherent in Life ... and Life seeks to express always something greater in our lives.

    I know people who attach themselves to their routines and to the people and things in their lives so steadfastly ... that they have lost the winning spirit in their lives.  The biggest change they make in their lives is coloring the gray out of their hair.  Change must be a part of our lives ... otherwise we become complacent ... and complacent becomes stale ... and then depression creeps into our mind.  Nothing ages us quicker than complacency ... and signs of aging appear differently in people who are adventurous and feel excited about their lives than it does in people who have created dullness in their lives by their complacency.

     It is important that we examine how much routine we have in our lives.  How often do we experience real change in our daily schedule?  How much time do we spend thinking about our personal success and accomplishments?  How often do we challenge ourselves to go beyond what we have experienced in the past to experience something new ... especially those things that may, at first, make us feel uncomfortable?  How often do we find ourselves living to other people's ideas for our lives ... and concerning ourselves with other people's expectations of us ... rather than living up to our own ideals and expectations of life?  These are questions that we need to ask ourselves ... with the television set turned off.

     It is very easy to be distracted from achieving our own success ... to be lulled into the illusion of enthusiasm and excitement brought to us by the television networks.  And for some of us, we may be susceptible to being manipulated into spending our time helping other people achieve their success rather than our own.  We cannot for long live to other people's ideas ... without falling into the trap of complacency.  We must develop our own winning spirit and live to our own ideas.  And to do this we must change.  From former President, Bill Clinton:  "The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change."
     
     

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love,
Rev. Bates

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