According to statistics provided by WordPress, over 409 million people view more than 21.2 billion pages of blogs each month. In 2013 there were over 150 million blogs. So these statistics beg the question; with an astronomically low possibility of someone reaching your blog, someone somehow does so. That is pure magic. What’s also amazes is that people from all over the world reach our blogs.
In my case, in less than a year I’ve had visitors getting to my blogs from the US and Canada; which would be expected given that I live in North America. What is astonishing is that I’ve also had visitors from 34 other countries, some of which I erroneously assumed would not be blog friendly.
All this came about without me doing any type of publicity for either raisethesparks or its sister blog wisdomfromtherooms. So I’m really curious to find out how you ended up getting to this particular post. I’ve entitled this post logbook. Take a moment and let me know in the comments section what your process was to arrive at this point in time onto this page. Once you’ve done so, I’ll come and visit your blog as well.

Rite Of Passage

The following short piece recently appeared on the blog known as “The Drabble”. I highly recommend this site because it provides an opportunity  for writers to gain exposure for their work.

Rite of Passage

By Moshe Kessler

The group of boys scrambled up the hill. None of them could have been more than ten years old. As they crossed over a section of shale, pebbles broke off and tumbled loudly below. They reached a small clearing surrounded by shrubs and trees. The oldest boy stopped before a large bush; and stooping pulled out a battered coffee can. As the other boys gathered round, he drew out a pack of cigarettes and passed them out. As they lit up and curls of blue grey smoke rose, they suddenly felt much older.

On the Kindness of Things by John Tuite

On the Kindness of Things by John Tuite

I’ve reposted this because I think it is a truly profound piece of work


Kindness Blog

“Treat objects as if they had nervous systems.” Bruce Fertman.

the kindness of thingsThere’s an old porcelain telephone on the stage. It’s only there because in the second act it is written that a character answers the phone to hear news of an arrest. After this single moment the telephone plays no more role, contributes nothing to the on-going drama. It’s forgotten by audience and actors alike. Its existence fades.

We tend to treat most objects like they are minor props in a play. They are only real when, and in so far as, they have use to us and the plot we are enacting. They have no voice of their own, no ‘life’ other than that contained in our script. They are not even background.

If we can give up this idea we realise that the simplest of objects offers us a more interesting possibility. Each has a dual existence, like light…

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Excuses Begone Article #2

Dear Friends,

In my last article, we spoke about the fact that most of us are not living the life we want and deserve. According to Dr. Wayne Dyer, each of us has our own list of excuses as to why we haven’t made the changes necessary to improve our life. It is these excuses which are actually holding us back from living the life of our dreams. The following is a “catalogue of excuses” which we use to ensure that we stay stuck.

Catalogue of Excuses

  1. It will be difficult.
  2. It’s going to be risky.
  3. It will take a long time.
  4. There will be family drama.
  5. I don’t deserve it.
  6. It’s not my nature.
  7. I can’t afford it.
  8. No one will help me.
  9. It has never happened before.
  10. I’m not strong enough.
  11. I’m not smart enough.
  12. I’m too old (or not old enough).
  13. The rules won’t let me.
  14. It’s too big.
  15. I don’t have the energy.
  16. It’s my personal family history.
  17. I’m too busy.
  18. I’m too scared

Take a careful look at the list. How many of them do you recognize as an excuse that you use? For how many of them do you say, “That’s not an excuse, that’s reality, When you believe that it is reality, then the excuse becomes a “fact” for you. There are excuses we are able to recognize as excuses though we feel powerless over them. There are excuses that we don’t even recognize as excuses. In the end they are all excuses which hold us back from having the life we want.

I am here to tell you that you do not need to hang on to any of these 18 excuses (or any of your own particular variety) any longer. Change is definitely possible.  My next article will briefly examine these excuses and speak about alternative ways of looking at your life in a more solution oriented way

Until next time,

Moshe Kessler

Certified Life Coach

Hello world!

Dear Friends:

I have opened this blog to give you an opportunity to share in some of the work I am currently doing around the area of personal development. Some of the material will be from e-mail blasts, some from my upcoming website, and some from my daily musings. To that end, what follows is my first letter from a series of articles based on the work Excuses Begone by Wayne Dyer:

Dear Friends:

I recently read a book that really spoke to me in a very profound way. The book, “Excuses Begone” by Dr. Wayne Dyer is truly a manual for personal change. Since reading the book, I have begun to utilize many of the concepts and have already experienced growth in a number of areas.

I see part of my purpose in life is to share with others what I have discovered thru my exploration of various teachings. To this end, I will be issuing a series of articles based on Dr. Dyer’s work. A short introduction follows below:


When you were a child I’m sure you dreamed about what your life would be like as an adult. As children, our imaginations were active, expanded and free. As adults, few of us live the life we dreamed of as a child. Deeply ask yourself the following question:

Why am I not living the life I dreamed of in my youth? Take time to reflect before you give your answer.

According to Dr. Dyer, contained in your answer are the reasons for not having the life you want and deserve. These reasons are often excuses we make to rationalize our life position. Each of us has our own “catalogue of excuses” as to why we haven’t made the changes necessary to improve our life. It is these excuses which are actually holding us back from living the life of our dreams.

My next article will give a brief overview of our “Excuses Catalog” and why each excuse is a lie that we tell ourselves and others. I encourage you to send me feedback or questions as we go through these teachings. My goal is to have each and every one of you begin to live the life you so richly deserve.

Until next time,

Moshe Kessler

Certified Life Coach