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Your Inherent Self Worth And Value

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” ~Amy Bloom  ….

Some of us have it backwards, thinking that our beauty lies on the outside–our looks, our accomplishments, our fortune and fame, our power. But we are imperfect beings. Therefore, our beauty and our worth is not a result of any outside factors or forces, rather, it is uniquely inherent in our divine creation. We are beautiful simply because we exist. Continue reading

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Know The Difference Between An Inconvenience And A Problem

“When you fall in a river, you’re no longer a fisherman; you’re a swimmer.” ~Gene Hill

There always seem to be days when things just seem to not go our way. We dress up nice and go to great trouble to be careful, yet still manage to spill food upon our shirt or dress. We are running late because it took extra-long to get the children ready, and on this particular day, we get stuck in a traffic jam. But as Gene points out, our experience in life is all about our perspective. How do I see things, people, places, and occurrences in my life? If I were fishing and fell in the water, would I make the most of it and enjoy the swim… or would I see it as an inconvenience and let it sour my day? Continue reading

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Three Of The Great Secrets Of Life

“The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.” ~Sydney J. Harris …

When we think of some of the most difficult tasks in the world, we generally think of famous athletes, or those who have break-through discoveries, or men who fight the evils of this world, or other “physical feats and intellectual achievements.” However, as Sydney points out, there are tasks that are far more difficult for us to undertake in this world–moral tasks, such as loving those who persecute and belittle us, including those who are excluded and treating them as we would wish to be treated in the same situation, and admitting when we are wrong.  Continue reading

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Share Happiness

“God wants to use you to make other people happy! And the happier you make others, the happier you will be because you reap what you sow.” ~Joyce Meyer ….

The contributions I make to the world around me have a direct effect on the happiness that I experience in life. When I make others happy, I increase the joy and happiness within my own life. Even more, by making others happy I serve God within others, complimenting and strengthening my own relationship with Him, opening the door to a greater understanding of my purpose in life.
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Communicating With God

“Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.” ~Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife …

Who, or what, is God to you? Where do you think He exists? In the clouds? In Heaven? Perhaps everywhere? If I were to believe what many religious scholars teach me, I would understand God to not really reside anywhere, but rather, to just be. And if this is the case, then there really is no place that God is not.
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Water The Relationships In Your Life Like A Gardener Waters His Garden

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ~Anais Nin …

It can be easy to forget that love needs nourishment in our lives. We get busy… we get preoccupied with things… we get distracted and lose focus of what really matters in life… and love suffers. And as Anais points out, it suffers not because that is the natural course of love, but rather because we fail to “replenish its source.”
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Gratitude And Gracious Acceptance

“Gracious acceptance is an art–an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving… Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.” – Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland …

We generally tend to think of generosity as the ability to give without expectations of anything in return. Yet we seldom take notice that, for generosity to exist, one individual must be willing to accept that which is given. Therefore, to practice generosity, one must also work to cultivate “gracious acceptance,” for it is through this art that we allow others to express their feelings for us.
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