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MUSIC BARS

“Those who wish
to sing, always
find a song.” 

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE


MAD MAGAZINE COVER


FAMOUS FIVE HOMELESS


INVISIBLE PEOPLE .ORG PHOTO


START WHERE YOU ARE POSTER


TODAY YOU INSPIRED ME


WALLACE STEGNER QUOTE


HOMELESS CRYING


BE BRAVE, TAKE RISKS


HOMELESS GLOBAL WARMING JOKE


I AM SOMEBODY


PHILIP YANCEY QUOTE


CAN'T FEED THE POOR SIGN


PUT YOURSELF IN SHOES


ALBERT EINSTEIN QUOTE ON LIFE





LIFE OF OH WELL VS. WHAT IFS


LAUGHTER IN PILL BOTTLE LABEL


BEFORE YOU JUDGE SLOGAN


POVERTY IS PUNISHMENT


USED TO BE YOUR NEIGHBOUR HOMELESS PHOTO


DOLLAR BILL SLICED


HANG IN THERE SLOGAN


POSTER ON CORNER STREET


BILLBOARD SIGN HOMELSS HOME BY NOW


INVISIBLE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN


NOVEL SIGN FOR HOMELESS PANHANDLER

LIFE IS GOOD SLOGAN

SHARE / SAVE




PEACE MUSIC GURU
#2 Secret of Life? You Can Begin Again At Any Moment

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Not One Person On This Planet Escapes Without A Struggle

Welcome to
Being Human

YING YANG VIDEO

Discover How Others Have Overcome

How Someone Just Like You Can Move Forward

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Life Does Not Play Favorites

But It Does Reward Good Thinking

And Good Thinking Is Often Just A Good Song Away

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MUSIC VIDEO BARS

“A song will
outlive all sermons
in the memory.”

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EMAIL WELL THAT'S LIFE HERE


YOU'VE SEEN MY DESCENT POSTER


I WANT CHANGE HOMELESS POSTER


LIZ MURRAY QUOTE


GRATITUDE IN A BOX


YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET ROLLING STONE POSTER


BLAME MOSES


GEORGE BURNS QUOTE


CREATOR VS. CRITICS


FOSTER KIDS END UP HOMELESS


MOTHER TERESA QUOTE


HAND SHELTER POSTER


DUSTIN HOFFMAN QUOTE ON HOMELESS


GANDHI QUOTE ON POVERTY


HOMELESS VETERAN POSTER


THE HOMELESS HAVE PETS TOO


WHAT SCREWS US MOST


COMPASSION IS A VERB


CAMPING OVERPRICED JOKE


TWO OLD FACEBOOK LADIES





BUT FOR THE GRACE HOMELESS PHOTO


HOMELESS BILLBOARD FUNDRAISER

SLOGON ON CARDBOARD HOMELESS


HOMELESS MAN WITH SIGN


DON'T LITTER PEOPLE SLEEP HERE SIGN


HOME SWEET HOME SIGN IN CAR

BEGIN AGAIN SLOGAN

HOMELESS HEADLINE

"Only In The Darkness Can You See The Stars"
Martin Luther King Jr., 1929 - 1968, A Man Worth Emulating

Imagine Showering In The Gas Station Sink.
Some Life-Skills Don't Belong On The Resume.

THINK BIG Just the very thought of it can make a grown man cry. At least the well-polished sensitive types anyway. Curling up, fluffing that lovely down-filled ski-jacket and getting comfy on the Lazyboy park-bench is not for the faint of heart.

For the advanced philosopher there's nothing quite like the homeless experience. Once experienced, your life will never be the same. You will never look at life the same way ever again -- and that's good news my friend.

For you have lived to understand humility, grace, gratitude and love. Most of us talk a good game, you've actually walked the talk. You must live these qualities to survive, while the rest of us can highlight that paragraph in the latest how-to motivational book and call it a day.

Now, if you put aside all of your worst human qualities -- like pre-judgments, prejudices, and general know-it-all quirks -- you'll begin to understand that the homeless are actually a rare tribe wandering this planet. So rare they should fall under the jurisdiction of endangered species departments. For they need protection. It's a tribe with the answers to many of Life's questions.

"When all is gone, what happens to your spirit? Is it crushed?", was the question.
Here was the answer: " Initially, yes. Crushed beyond belief and scared. Really scared. It grips you that you are now homeless. As time passes, fear is replaced with other survivor emotions -- like gratitude that you still have a fighting chance."

It was a good conversation
. Short and to the point. Some really thoughtful topics were touched upon, chewed thoroughly and somewhat resolved. For one thing, the homeless men and women would like you to know: They were once you.

Right down to the white picket fence. They know just how good you have it -- and wonder why you take-it-for-granted. They wonder why people can be so mean, so cruel. They wonder why they are perceived as such a heavy burden, while corporate welfare bums dance the night away at the Ritz Carelton.

HIPPY PEACE SIGN Not that this tribe are the modern day hippies -- remember all that Love & Peace stuff -- for it would be ridiculous to assume they are all filled with peace and joy. Just as it is in polite society, there are good characters and bad actors. But on average, it would be a good bet, the homeless constituency have embraced some long-forgotten core values and use them daily. Things like:

A) Gratitude.
Grateful for a hot cup of coffee, a warm cot out of the cold and for the volunteers that make all that they have happen. It does not go un-noticed nor un-appreciated. The homeless have gratitude everyday. Do you? Are you grateful?
B) Hope & optimism for a better future. It's going to get better and they know it. Life is strangely hopeful when all is stripped away. Are you hopeful and optimistic?
C) Approachable & friendly. When you are surrounded by hundreds of strange people and stranger encounters, you learn the art of being a friend to the friendless. Are you a good friend, are you approachable?

Not many of us could spend 15 minutes in their shoes. Clean shoes by-the-way. Not many of us can comprehend the series of events that brought them to this point, to the brink where bones are justifiably weary. Where Holding On For Dear Life is not just a cute slogan. Life as a homeless human has many, many complications. It's a fulltime job. And the perks and pay are crap.

That being said, resiliency is an art form perfected on skid row. Too bad you can't bottle that and sell it on E-bay. They'd be a rich tribe. Not much can get them down (there's no lower point to go) so everything that goes right -- a spare cigarette for example or a few bucks in a cup -- is magnified ten-fold.

Everything good that comes their way, and it's meager, has that same joyful feeling you might have when the bank approves your new 2nd mortgage application and doles out a credit card at the same time. Life Is Good at that moment. And so it is for that homeless chap or gal or family or kid. Joy, but on a much more visceral level.


For sometimes the most minor thing going right is just the ticket to Anywhere But Here. And we direct much of this to the working poor as well -- try having the family car transmission go with an empty bank account. The slightest breeze becomes a heartbreaker. Sometimes breezy enough to alter the course of destiny. The struggles of the destitute cannot be overstated.

Appreciation when things go right and making the best when things go wrong -- now that's spirit or as they say gumption. That's another one they should bottle: Gumption. And boy do things go wrong when you're destitute. The term Quickly Complicated should be reserved solely for this tribe.

We can't even begin to imagine the Life Lessons the homeless have learned. Lessons that would beat Average Joe into the ground. The grind of survival is not for the timid. No siree, Bob. Imagine some of the initial guilt, personal shame and downright repudiation. Just try working through that horror show without the company paid psychiatric couch. Self-forgiveness is something they know well, and they are quick to extend that to the others in their limited field of view.

What we do know, thanks to Google, is that there are many famous faces that earned their stripes as early members of the tribe. Notably Jim Carrey, Charlie Chaplan and David Letterman. Something about comedians, not likely. Nice to see Colonel Saunders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame and on the list of rich and famous homeless. Alot of interesting and well known faces. Fascinating stuff.

Apparently the community of the homeless are known for being givers, not just takers, amongst those who administer helpful programs. Frontline staff can cite chapter and verse as to their generosity, sunny dispositions, hopeful and helpful natures. Qualities that the common man espouses but rarely displays.

If you have a moment, here's a slice of life for you. A little slideshow that may put some of this into perspective: But For The Grace of God. The world is an abundant place. Abundant with opportunity, abundant with good fortune, abundant with ideas, and abundant with love. Some times we just need a hand-up to embrace and live what we know to be true.

Remember: The homeless were you, so watch your step out there.

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DECIDE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE BANNER

Helthylifestylesliving.com, Sept 2014
LARRY LEWIS

If you're thinking: Is it possible to rebuild your life? Then read on!

Many of us have suffered from the negative consequences of a job loss, lifestyle changes, relationship issues, financial disaster, illness or the death of a loved one, I personally have experienced all of these.

Your mind may have gone past why do things like this happen to me, and now be at the point where you foresee things can only get worse from here. In fact all you see in your mind is negativity.

The worse part about thinking negatively is that you attract more negativity towards you. Your negative thoughts create negative emotions. Your emotions are very powerful when it comes to determining how life will work out for you.

I know that this is hard to see things positively when you are in the middle of chaos, but what I have learned is that the more we think about the worst case scenario the more it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just as bad it blocks you from seeing possible solutions.

What if one day you woke up and decided that you were tired of feeling like a failure trapped in a life that means nothing?  You are fed up with struggle, lack, pain and poverty, enough of tears, self destructive thoughts, bad relationships and a life filled with nothing but negativity.

You’ve made the decision to change your life?

When you want to rebuild your life, where do you begin?

There are many things you can do to begin rebuilding your life and make it brilliant,  and today I will share with you one of the most important things you need to do. Are you ready? Let’s begin:

Picture the life you want to live.

By creating a vision for your life, you create a destination.

To achieve life transformation you need to see the life you desire clearly behind your eyes! When you can move an idea from your conscious to your subconscious mind you empower yourself and bring all your personal powers together to bring about its attainment.

Once you practice visualization in your life, you will see its power first hand:

A great tool to power your visualization even more is to create a vision board. At its core, a vision board is a set of visual images that represent the story you are telling yourself about who are and what your life is like. It’s a way of getting clear on the life you want to create for yourself.

To help you create a vision board,  sign up for the free version of my Reinvention University. I will help you create your vision board. It is totally free because my intentions are to change lives and give the support others deserve. There are paid for options but they are only there for those who want to fully immerse in the reinvention journey.

Once you truly commit to rebuilding your life and making it ridiculously amazing, nothing and no one will be able to stand in your way. Get visualizing and make it possible to rebuild your life.

If you want to succeed at reinventing yourself, then you need to demonstrate these traits

So if you’re ready to transform your Life, get started with that first simple vision. Begin to see the possibilities. You can re-invent your Life today!

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HOW TO GET MOTIVATED ARTICLE BANNER


Guest Essay
ZEN HABITS

Even the most motivated of us — you, me, Tony Robbins — can feel unmotivated at times. In fact, sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult.

Being homeless has a whole new level of complication with obvious hurdles. Motivation is often linked to certain basic survival goals. Not to be diminished of course, but these goals for food, shelter and safety are noble pursuits that so-called normal people take for granted. Fear is a great motivator when you live on the edge.

At times, that basic struggle for survival feels daunting enough. In fact in can feel down-right hopeless. A Tony Robbins lecture may or may not cut it down on skid row. But to rekindle some long forgotten goals can be just the spark you need.

So it’s not hopeless: with some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change.

Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. You don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve been there, and in fact I still feel that way from time to time. You’re not alone. But I’ve learned a few ways to break out of a slump, and we’ll take a look at those today.

This post was inspired by reader Roy who asked:

“I was wondering if you could do a piece on why it can be hard for someone to change direction and start taking control of their life. I have to say I’m in this boat and advice on getting out of my slump would be great.”

Roy is just one of many with a slump like that. Again, I feel that way sometimes myself, and in fact sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to exercise — and I’ll use that as an example of how to break out of the slump.

When I fall out of exercise, due to illness or injury or disruption from things going on in my life, it’s hard to get started again. I don’t even feel like thinking about it, sometimes. But I’ve always found a way to break out of that slump, and here are some things I’ve learned that have helped:

  1. One Goal. Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve discovered that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life. I’m trying to do too much. And it saps my energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make: they try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many goals at once. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Still, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your One Goal.

  2. Find inspiration. Inspiration, for me, comes from others who have achieved what I want to achieve, or who are currently doing it. I read Homeless, books, magazines. I Google my goal, and read success stories. Find resources for inspiration, make it a habit to read about people just like you who have achieved amazing things. Read success stories of those who have experienced homelessness and moved onto better lives.

  3. Get excited. This sounds obvious, but most people don’t think about it much: if you want to break out of a slump, get yourself excited about a goal. But how can you do that when you don’t feel motivated? Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above), but you have to take that excitement and build on it. For me, I’ve learned that by talking to my wife about it, and to others, and reading as much about it as possible, and visualizing what it would be like to be successful (seeing the benefits of the goal in my head), I get excited about a goal. Once I’ve done that, it’s just a matter of carrying that energy forward and keeping it going.

  4. Build anticipation. This will sound hard, and many people will skip this tip. But it really works. It helped me quit smoking after many failed attempts. If you find inspiration and want to do a goal, don’t start right away. Many of us will get excited and want to start today. That’s a mistake. Set a date in the future — a week or two, or even a month — and make that your Start Date. Mark it on the calendar. Get excited about that date. Make it the most important date in your life. In the meantime, start writing out a plan. And do some of the steps below. Because by delaying your start, you are building anticipation, and increasing your focus and energy for your goal.

  5. Post your goal. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra, and keep it your shirt pocket. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal also helps. Get to the library.

  6. Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. For example, when I wanted to run my first marathon, I started writing a column about it in my local daily newspaper. The entire island of Guam (pop. 160K) knew about my goal. I couldn't’t back down, and even though my motivation came and went, I stuck with it and completed it. Now, you don’t have to commit to your goal in your daily newspaper, but you can do it with friends and family and co-workers, and you can do it on your Homeless if you have one. And hold yourself accountable — don’t just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so.

  7. Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. Reflect upon it daily. And if you can commit to doing one small thing to further your goal (even just 5 minutes) every single day, your goal will almost certainly come true.

  8. Get support. It’s hard to accomplish something alone. When I decided to quit smoking, I joined an online forum and that helped tremendously. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both.

  9. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again, like the tide. But realize that while it may go away, it doesn’t do so permanently. It will come back. Just stick it out and wait for that motivation to come back. In the meantime, read about your goal (see below), ask for help (see below), and do some of the other things listed here until your motivation comes back.

  10. Stick with it. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if you aren’t feeling any motivation today, or this week, don’t give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can’t give up with every little bump. Stay with it for the long term, ride out the ebbs and surf on the flows, and you’ll get there.

  11. Start small. Really small. If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you’re thinking too big. If you want to exercise, for example, you may be thinking that you have to do these intense workouts 5 days a week. No — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise. I know, that sounds wimpy. But it works. Commit to 2 minutes of exercise for one week. You may want to do more, but just stick to 2 minutes. It’s so easy, you can’t fail. Do it at the same time, every day. Just some crunches, 2 pushups, and some jogging in place. Once you’ve done 2 minutes a day for a week, increase it to 5, and stick with that for a week. In a month, you’ll be doing 15-20. Want to wake up early? Don’t think about waking at 5 a.m. Instead, think about waking 10 minutes earlier for a week. That’s all. Once you’ve done that, wake 10 minutes earlier than that. Baby steps.

  12. Build on small successes. Again, if you start small for a week, you’re going to be successful. You can’t fail if you start with something ridiculously easy. Who can’t exercise for 2 minutes? (If that’s you, I apologize.) And you’ll feel successful, and good about yourself. Take that successful feeling and build on it, with another baby step. Add 2-3 minutes to your exercise routine, for example. With each step (and each step should last about a week), you will feel even more successful. Make each step really, really small, and you won’t fail. After a couple of months, your tiny steps will add up to a lot of progress and a lot of success.

  13. Read about it daily. When I lose motivation, I just read a book or Homeless about my goal. It inspires me and reinvigorates me. For some reason, reading helps motivate and focus you on whatever you’re reading about. So read about your goal every day, if you can, especially when you’re not feeling motivated. Get your ass to the library.

  14. Call for help when your motivation ebbs. Having trouble? Ask for help. Join an online forum. Get a partner to join you. It doesn’t matter who, just tell them your problems, and talking about it will help. Ask them for advice. Ask them to help you overcome your slump. It works.

  15. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties. One common problem is that we think about how hard something is. Exercise sounds so hard! Just thinking about it makes you tired. But instead of thinking about how hard something is, think about what you will get out of it. For example, instead of thinking about how tiring exercise can be, focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re done, and how you’ll be healthier and slimmer over the long run. The benefits of something will help energize you.

  16. Squash negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones. Along those lines, it’s important to start monitoring your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk, which is really what’s causing your slump. Just spend a few days becoming aware of every negative thought. Then, after a few days, try squashing those negative thoughts like a bug, and then replacing them with a corresponding positive thought. Squash, “This is too hard!” and replace it with, “I can do this! If that wimp Leo can do it, so can I!” It sounds corny, but it works. Really.

    Remember: Like any athlete worth his paycheque, you cam break out of your slump with a bit of thought and baby-step actions. Homelessness is a temporary condition so be of good cheer -- it get's better. Life Is Good.

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