Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Fear

The Winner's Creed

Blonde Playmate Kalin Olson poses in yellow bikini

I know that I have the ability to achieve my definite purpose in life:
therefore I demand of myself, persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action.
I fully realize that no wealth or position will long endure unless it is built upon truth and justice;
therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all to whom it effects.
I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people.
I induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.
I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, cynicism, anger, and fear by developing a true love for all humanity,
because I know that a negative attitude towards others will never bring me success.
I cause others to believe in me because I believe in them and believe in myself.
This is my creed, my quest.
To never stop striving for the top.
To always keep moving forward.
To always be the very best I can be.
I am the power. I am the magic. I cannot be stopped. I am a winner.
I promise to always be true to myself because I am the creator and master of my universe

American personal-success author, famous for book Think and Grow Rich (1883 - 1970)

The Artist's Way Every Day - May 2nd

Brunette model Aline Nakashima poses in blue skirt and floral shirt

Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop — an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck in the details of wht you are writing or painting or making and to lose sight of the whole. Instead of creating freely and allowing errors to reveal themselves later as insights, we often get mired in getting the details right. We correct our originality into a a uniformity that lacks passion and spontaneity. "Do not fear mistakes," Miles Davis told us. "There are none."

Optimism And Euphoria Leading To Greed And Capitulation

Blonde German-born author Coreen T. Sol wearing a black shirt

The cycle of optimism and euphoria leading to greed, fear and capitulation, giving way to hope and building back to optimism, drives the expansion and contraction of our financial world in a market cycle of collective human emotion.

Heroic Act To Refuse Paralysis Of Fear

Brunette beauty Destin Kincer in red dress was Miss Kentucky USA 2014

Some days it is a heroic act just to refuse the paralysis of fear and straighten up and step into another day.

American film and television actor (1951 - 2006)

The Artist's Way Every Day - April 20th

Blonde model Heidi Montag wades through surf wearing dark blue bikini top

It is the ego's dicey proposition that as artists we should always be "special" and different. The ego likes to be set apart. It likes to look down its node at the rest of humanity. Such isolation is actually damaging. It is like the reverse of the Midas touch turning everything golden into a problem. Let us say we have fear — as all humans do — the ego would have having "artistic fear" which sounds like a specialized something that perhaps only an expert, and an expenseive expert at that, could help us cope with. If we have plain old ordinary fear, then we are within reach of a solution. Fear has been with humankind for millennia and we do know what to do about it — pray about it, talk about it, feel the fear, and do it anyway. It is only by courting humility that we stand a chance as artists. We we choose to join the human condition rather than set ourselves apart from it, we begin at one to experience relief.

Eleanor Roosevelt on Fear

Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt with hand on her chin

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

First Lady of the United States 1933-45 and wife of FDR (1884 - 1962)

Daily Affirmation: Friends With My Fear

A walkway in the field leading to Mount Cook in New Zealand

I make friends with my fear. I am unstoppable.

Fear Defeats More People Than Any Other Thing

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

American lecturer, poet, and essayist (1803 - 1882)

The Experience Of Mystery

It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion.

Winner of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

Thought for Today: Claim Victory

Autumn colors on trees lining a dirt road as far as the eye can see

If you ever find yourself defending a position, explaining why, or justifying anything, it means you have been defeated. It means you have not been able to accept the others point of view, or the fact that you may be wrong. Fear has conquered your mind and your heart. Your defences are up and you are running scared. It's not that the other person has conquered you, it's the self-created fear that is in control. Until you can accept the other (you don't have to agree) and you are not threatened by the other, your victories will be delayed. It's a funny old world when true winning is accepting not resisting, when victory is found in the wisdom to stop fighting and to begin engaging.

Faith Opens The Door To New Future

American self-help author and coach who wrote "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" Debbie Ford

Every important choice we make is being guided by one of two places: either it is an act of faith or it is an act of fear. Faith opens the door to a new future.

American self-help author and coach who wrote The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, p. 1998 (1955 - 2013)

Thought for Today: Banish Ego

The patio in the part of Alhambra complex located in hills above Granada, Spain

Ego is not just having a big head. Ego is present every time you feel any kind of fear, or hear yourself saying "That's mine!". The truth tells us that nothing is 'mine' or 'yours', we are all trustees, and fear is only present where there is the voice of attachment. So where there is ego, there is attachment, and where there is attachment there is fear, and where there is fear there cannot be love and where there is no love there is misery. This is why there is so much unhappiness in the world. Detach from everything, and you will banish ego, fear will be no more, only then can true love return, and our oldest friend happiness will feel it is then safe to make a reappearance in your life..

Thought for Today: Radiate Light

Sunlight radiates through tall tress lining an undulating road

Each one of us is a walking radiator. Mostly we radiate thoughts and attitudes. From deep within we radiate our state of being, and the essential, original and eternal state of every being is peaceful and loving. But we block and distort this energy with our attachments. Attachments turn love into fear, peace into anger and then distort our attitudes and actions towards others. This is neither relaxing for ourselves, or for those around us. Which is why detachment is the secret to living lightly and lovingly.

The Artist's Way Every Day - April 11th

Blonde Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Brooke Sorenson in a bikini in tropics

Making a piece of art may feel a lot like telling a family secret. Secret telling, by its very nature, involves shame and fear. It asks the question "What will they think of me once they know this?" This is a frightening question, particularly if we have ever been made to feel ashamed for our curiosities and explorations — social, sexual, spiritual. The act of making art exposes a society to itself. Art brings things to light. It illuminates us. It sheds light on our lingering darkness. It casts a beam into the heart of our own darkness and says, "See?"

Independence And Fear Of Commitment

American educator, activist and author of seven books Warren Farrell

When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment.

American educator, activist and author of seven books (born 1943)

Courage Is Resistance To Fear

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Ethical Behavior Based Effectually On Sympathy And Education

American actress Kate Hudson laughs with wavy blonde hair style

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Winner of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

A Man Who Lives Fully

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Those Who Grows Up Without Fear

Brunette beauty Emily Shah in green dress was Miss New Jersey USA 2014

Those who grows up without fear will live without honour.

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 12th

Brunette model Nina Dobrev from Elle magazine photo shoot

For most of us, the idea that the creator encourages creativity is a radical thought. We tend to think, or at least fear, that creative dreams are egotistical, something that Higher Power wouldn't approve of for us. After all, our creative artist is an inner youngster and prone to childish thinking. If our mom or dad expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental god. This thinking must be undone.