Keep your Spark in the Dark

Many are guilty of it, including billionaire business magnates.

First let me speak from personal experience. I had a gal assist me with the housework a couple nights a week. I told her I was off sugar. I needed to lose weight. I asked her to videotape my impassioned declaration to the Universe that I was going to drop 50 lbs. 

She gobbled up my enthusiasm and imitated my passion for losing weight. She stopped eating sugar too. She took it a step further by exercising nightly, and turned to her mum for support. Needless to say, she went from frumpy to fabulous, and so did her mom!😭 As for me,  I just maintained my weight, and she and her mum got skinny.

Something strange happens in human contact that propels some people to steal other people’s dreams, ideas, and desires, or else just get motivated by them.

Keep the big dreams under your hat and be careful.

As my acting coach always told me, don’t give your power away!


Our minds, hearts, and homes

Whatever happened to honor and respect? 
Some people don’t care what they say, what they look like, or even live like, much less do they care if it offends you!

You may call it freedom, but it comes with a high price.

I understand some people have real mental issues. There are people​ who have real problems dealing with their issues, and would like to let everybody know it.

On a different note, many have been enticed into believing the world owes them a living, and they whine to everybody who will listen to garner pity for their feelings, or else make major excuses to justify themselves.

No matter how you slice it, most people have lost touch with two basic human values, honor and respect.

It is evident everywhere you look.

So what’s to be done about it?

The underlying principle is always the same. It boils down to personal responsibility.

And the question to ask is always the same. 

Who or what do you want to be? 

You decide to be the person who shows honor and respect because your attitude affects everybody in one way or another, including you.

It’s time for an honor and respect wake-up call.

Start with yourself and you are guaranteed you will make your life easier, better and more valuable.
If you show honor and respect for yourself in everything you do and say, others will respond in a very good way. 

Don’t tear yourself down, and don’t beat yourself up. Be the change you want to see in the world. 

After that, show respect and honor to your family. Show respect and honor with people at work and at play.

I don’t wish to lecture anyone, but I believe the lack of honor and respect is at the core of society’s​ problems.

Things won’t get better until a sacred sense of honor and respect pervades all the spaces in our minds, hearts and homes. 

Keep Climbing No Matter What

Keep Climbing!

Every time we try to do something, there’s always a chance something might happen that we don’t like.
Similarly, in most climates, sometimes the sun shines and sometimes we get rain. If it’s only sunny all the time, you are living in a dry desert.

The same pattern holds true when it comes to your projects. 

There are some projects that are hard to do by yourself. Especially if it is something to do with special knowledge such as carpentry, mountain climbing or medicine.

Occasionally, other people are necessary for your progress. But other people are not perfect, unfortunately. They do make mistakes whether you like it or not.

In order not to freak out when things go awry, a certain attitude has to be adopted. Keep on track. Don’t get sidelined by trouble.

If the apple cart is upset, all you can do is pick up the apples and put them back on the cart. You don’t start flinging apples. It’s just a waste of energy!

Perfectionism is a stupid goal. It will the thwart your progress.

Perfectionism, not apples, needs to be thrown out the window, unless you desire a nervous breakdown.

I’m learning about the risk-reward ratio in life. Little improvements do add up over time.

You need to be patient with other people, but mainly you must be patient with yourself.

Every little progress also deserves a little reward. Persistence demands it.

Don’t forget to reward yourself when you find yourself doing what you know you should do.

Don’t freak out when things aren’t as perfect as you wish.

If you stay on the path towards progress, the desired outcome will be there waiting for you. No excuses, keep climbing until congratulations are in order!🌹

Musically yours,

Amy Zents 

Alive and kicking

I just watched a really good show on HBO about heart disease.
Amazingly, in spite of all our good luck here in the USA with an overabundance of good food, good health care, access to clean water, and digital devices, obesity is killing people and that really is the heart of the matter.

Sadly, the people who are most prone to being obese are those who are economically challenged, namely the poor. Nevertheless, there are many folks who look like, heart attacks waiting to happen, among the upper crust as well.

We see this all around us and it is epidemic. The most horrible fact is that the problem is getting worse.

The question is, with all this cardiopulmonary disease sitting like a time-bomb ready to explode in these many obese bodies, is there anything to stem the tide?

Obviously, eating less and moving more to lose excess weight off the belly is a start.

Too bad it takes a tragedy for people to wake up to reality about obesity and heart disease.

You may come from an abundant country with lots of food tempting you every which way, but don’t let that be your excuse. If you want to live without regrets, then the time to act is now before it’s too late.

Follow the following three rules in addition to weight loss:

  1. Avoid alcohol
  2. Don’t smoke
  3. Don’t sit for longer than 50 minutes at a time.

Much of the heart disease today is preventable in America.

If you want to be successful and live a long life you have to take personal responsibility. You might be a lone voice in the wilderness of obesity, but after they’re gone you’ll still be here alive and kicking!

The idle and unfocused

It seems I’ve gained a month of time since I last posted a week ago. I have stayed off Facebook and Twitter in efforts to gain my life back. I think about how TV robs me of my time as well. The main thing in order to live is to be able to concentrate your mind on something that is beneficial to you. There are so many things that can distract us from our purpose and dreams.
I think people are becoming more idle, more sedentary and more fat because they are glued to a screen. Rich or poor people, it doesn’t matter, if you are idle and unfocused you are not progressing, and you cannot feel content with your life. Take charge of who you are, and decide what you want. If you want to be happy, take control of your own mind and don’t let others keep you from reaching your goals.

Less and More

New year. New chapter. New page. But, same old Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This year I am only planning to go on social media once a week. Today I posted my weekly post on all three social media sites. Lovely. Now I can dive my into real life.

Work hard to work easy

There’s a song that says, life doesn’t have to be so hard. Some people make life much harder than it should be.

Case in point, they collect too much junk so when they move from one place to another they have a headache and a backache.

Also, some people take on responsibilities that are way out of their league. They pile too much on their plate, and with no proper motivation or focus, they fail at everything they do, or else they are unprofessional and mediocre, which  is the same thing.

What I’m trying to do is to simplify my life so I can succeed and make space in my life, and in my mind. It all takes a choice.

When your life is simple you can sit back and laugh at the bad choices others make. Perhaps that’s not very nice, but everybody gets a choice.

So work hard now to make work easier for you later by making good choices. You’ll be glad you did!

Musically yours,

Amy Zents

Should I Sell My Knowledge?

Maybe you are like me. You’ve learned a lot of life’s lessons the hard way. You’ve figured out ways and means to get the best out of life, and be happy with who you are.

Then out of the blue someone sidles up to you, and wants to know what you know.

He or she wants you to tell all your secrets.

Do you give away everything for nothing? Do you give him or her all the keys to your success?

There are many books out there that tell you how to become successful.

But it seems everybody prefers to hear first-hand revelations.

Most people, who have talent and success but no great wealth, do not feel that smart.

No. The old adage seems to have a chokehold on many successful people.

It is, “If you’re so smart how come you’re not rich?”

Honestly, I’ve thought that myself when I have encountered people who are experts in a particular niche, or have a measure of fame.

Especially college professors. Most of them are not rich. But they know a lot.

I suppose putting labels on others and on ourselves is not a good idea.

I may seem selfish to withhold advice to the young (or not so young) who have approached me asking for my guidance.

So far, I have revealed everything I have learned or done in order to be where I am at. Yet, I sometimes think I shouldn’t.

I believe we all have to figure it out in our own special way. That way, the failures only sweeten the success and lessons can be truly learned.

Otherwise, if people need a coach or counsellor, I should charge them by the hour, so I can get rich from my wisdom and experience.

Musically yours,

Amy Zents

You need yourself to lead yourself


How do we present ourselves? I saw a very cute saying, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” The things that we value, and the things we remember, are things that are important to us and our way of life. They are often the things we are attracted to, or are drawn to, and respect.
Notwithstanding, there are those who track everything we are interested in. They’re trying to market to us. And again, others try to influence us with their opinions. However, not every idea suits every person. We can filter ideas.
How do we sift through all the muck and mire to get some benefit from the Internet? We need ourselves to lead ourselves. Plan your work, and work your plan. Don’t get sidetracked if you can. Find the best and forget the rest.
These may all sound like cliches. Still it’s good advice if we don’t want to wind up lost in a vast wasteland of clicks and distractions that suck up our time and rob us of our focus.
Decide what’s most important. Seeing it in this light, you can use your focused and purposeful vibe to attract your focused and purposeful tribe.
Have at it and lead yourself to success!

Musically yours, Amy Zents