Week 23 Addicted to News Shows


Are you addicted to news shows? The latest and greatest news from across the globe? Or perhaps, like me, crave the newest crime true life story…you know the ones on Dateline?

I am admitting to you, I have had this addiction but after hearing from Dr. Campbell and learning what was said by a college professor, I am changing my news habits. The college professor was well educated on brain health. The statement that changed my thinking was, “these are stories in the past effecting the right side of our brain and thinking in this way shortens life”.

The Master Key teaches us that these images and words spoken effect our attitude in a negative way. I know it will take me days to rid myself of the images created by these stories. It takes a great deal of effort to stay positive in our negative world. And my goal in this MK class is to be a positive person, uplifting and encouraging and productive. It seems to me that the watching of news shows will destroy what I am trying to accomplish.

It may be the most difficult addiction to recover from, but I can see the value in what is ahead. The relationships to be formed and the peace from the constant nagging. The pure joy over the little things and the love for mankind. There are lots of promising events ahead.

Here are three of the seven laws of the mind. Whatever we think about grows. (the law of growth) We cannot think about 2 things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind, think about a fond memory or pleasant thought. (the law of Substitution) These two laws we have been practicing the last several months in our MK class. A third law is of practice, Perfect Practice Prevents Pour Performance. Applying all seven laws are tools, that I am using to overcome the addiction to the news. Hope these laws of the mind help you too.

Love, peace and harmony,

Week 22 Tools of the Master Key


Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World, has been a tool we have been using since the beginning of our Master Key Class. Below are reminders of how far we have come in the book in 5 scrolls.
We pluck grapes of Wisdom from the pages of the book.

The first from these pages of wisdom that I obey …I will form good habits and become their slave.
Second …I greet each day with love in my heart.
Third…I persist until I succeed
Fourth…I am natures greatest miracle
Fifth…My last must be my best…daily

Now that we are on scroll 6 we are learning to master our emotions And how will I master these emotions so that each day will be productive? Unless my mood is right the day will be a failure. Trees and plants depend on the weather to flourish but I make my own weather, I transport it with me. If I bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to my friends they will react with rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism. If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to my friends they will react with joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter. I will master my emotions so that every day is a happy day.

This is my plan of action, to continue to be instructed from these pages on how to use the tools we are given. I become master of myself by using these tools.

As I progress thru the Master Key course, I am reminded of how far I have come. How much happiness I see around me. Working too on being a good observer of all that is part of my life. Kindnesses and accomplishments. Working on being the non-judgmental observer. (making improvements each day) Letting go of the of the difficult situations that I want to control and embracing the outcome that will come soon enough. A new freedom for me to let it go.
Much Love to you,

Week 21 A Positive Influence


This week has been exciting. I met a very interesting man and in the course of about 5 minutes time we had a lovely chat.
The first thing he said to me was “I am 93 years old”. Seemed like a strange introduction, but then he went on to tell me about his lovely wife and that they had been married for 67 years. She was with him but waiting in the lobby.

We were back in the pain management section of the office during this conversation. He then told me he had a girls name “Jean”, but spelled Gean. Gean was in this office because his Doctor told him he was too old to do surgery on his knee. He was most interested in finding out about Stem Cell treatment, as this was his intention to have this work done on his knee.

As we chatted he began to unfold his story of great loss. Their house had just burned to the ground. Thankfully, they were saved, but all their belongings were gone. He then explained about this new house his son had just finished building nearby and how this house is now where they live. Their son also bought two special chairs that tilt forward to assist in getting out of the chair, One for each of them, with a small table to put between them. Gean was proud of the new house where they now live and thankful for his Son’s provision.

Gean had been a Dallas Fireman for over 30 years before he retired 40 years ago. After the fire destroyed their house the firemen in the fire house collected money to help with expenses. In this short conversation he was very upbeat and positive talking more about the good in his life, the other events were not important to him.

When I walked out of the doctor’s office 40 minutes later I was still thinking about Gean. He was a breath of fresh air to talk to and I admired his positive spirit. Thru the lessons with the Master Key we are coming to understand being a positive person is to lead a productive life. When I grow to 93 years, I want to have that “happy knack” for the positive events in my life.
Much Love to you all,

Week 20 Persistence


Persistence is when you try and try to learn a new skill, never giving up.

Persistence is an effect that continues even after the cause has been removed or something that sticks around for a long time.

Synonyms: continuity, doggedness, perseverance, perseveration, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity. Similar words: persistent, subsistence, consistency, existence, persist, consistent, insistently, consistently.

One of my personal pivotal needs is true health. For years now I have worked at controlling my weight and eating healthy foods. Several times in the past I have used a diet program, only to find I would return to the original weight after getting finished with the program. These were not programs that trained new skills.

Ten weeks ago, back in December, just before Christmas, I became angry at myself for not taking the proper action to achieve my new goals. I marched myself down to a new program that is a life style change. I am learning new skills to change the way I eat and when I consume calories. I am on a timed eating plan, and removing all sugar from my diet. I am down 23 pounds and feel so good. My joints do not hurt when I get up and sit down.

A complete surprise to me was when I noticed my stiffness was gone. (for those of you reading this that are of the younger set….some of these things come on as one ages) I am very active with Line Dancing and Yoga, I felt that I was doing well in that area of joint health, but this is better than before.

This new plan is so different from what I was doing in the past it has taken lots of persistent, consistent action to learn the new skills. No deviations are allowed to stay on track each week. It has taken everything I am learning in the MK to keep moving forward. Never giving up and the success is evident. Since this is a lifetime journey, it continues, and I see so much good from the process.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, healthy and happy. Joan

Week 19 More Confident Stress Free


The video in this Blog is backed by scientific evidence. Amy Cuddy explains our nonverbal communication, in an entertaining fashion. She explains how we are influenced by our own nonverbal signals and how to use this to our advantage in conditioning our brain for power. The video is worth 20 minutes of your time to acquire some new skills to improve how you present yourself in an interview, with your family and in life.

Continuing our study in Og Mandino, we have now moved to Scroll 5. In this scroll we are focused on today leaving behind yesterday. We are avoiding the killers of time, procrastination, doubt and fear. We are leaving behind all trials, hurts, and successes of yesterday to keep “today” central in our thinking. And today, we replace procrastination with ACTION, doubt with FAITH and fear with CONFIDENCE.

“The way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.” from Hannel

This week with the Franklin Makeover I am observing Courage.

It has taken courage to step out of my comfort zone to demand more of myself. The Master Key has been a large part of this growth that I am experiencing. It took courage to set some goals for myself that seemed, at the time, so far out of reach. Now thru persistence, some of my goals have been met in just a few short months. True Health is becoming a reality for me. I feel both strong and healthy.

Love and harmony,