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You Can Not Control Everything

“There’s a big difference between accepting how things are now and believing that’s how they’ll always be. The first frees you, the second limits you. Both are choices that are up to you to make.” ~Doe Zantamata ….

You are often torn between the desire to have things stay as they are, and allowing new things to enter into your life that will perhaps replace the old. There are those things that you like just as they are now–fun times with colleagues, your family, neighbors and friends, your good health, name it. But as Doe mentions, you really have two choices on how to look at the things in your life. Either you can look at them and believe that is how they will always be, or you can accept them as they are and make the best of them at this moment in time, knowing full well that they will most likely change over time. The first makes you dependent upon something that is outside of your control, the second sets you free.
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Prayer

“Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.” ~St. Padre Pio ….

This is a testament to the importance of maintaining a healthy spiritual prayer life. St. Padre Pio tells us here that prayer is just as important to the life in our soul, as breathing is to the life in our body. If I stop to take a moment to reflect upon this, perhaps I can come to a better understanding of the sicknesses and weaknesses I face in my own spiritual life.
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Recognize The Spirituality Within You

“You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you.” ~Julia Cameron  ….

Most of us believe that there is a spiritual aspect to our composition, that our being is comprised of both body and soul, and that this part of ourselves is eternal. And if we embrace this truth, then we accept that we “do not need to work to become spiritual,” for that part of ourselves already exists and only needs our awareness of it. Our spirit lies within us–everywhere–in our sleeping and dreaming, in our waking and eating, in our breathing and drinking, in our working and playing, in our learning and teaching, in our loving and compassion. Knowing this part of who we are… is knowing the Divinity within.

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“Every Little” Helps

“Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.” ~Unknown  …..

There are times in our life in which we may feel insignificant, as if our contributions and gifts are of no use to the world. Because we are unable to see an obvious result of our actions, we feel powerless, or worthless, and choose to not act at all. But this kind of thinking is a poison that eats away at the ability and potential we most definitely do possess to make a positive difference in the world today. Continue reading

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Recognize An Opportunity In Your Life And Grab It

“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.” ~John Burroughs  …

We are surrounded by possibility and potential every moment of every day. And although we may wish to look beyond our current circumstance, or outside of who we are, the great opportunity in life is right here and right now. When we actually come to realize the vast amount of opportunity that exists in our lives right now, our attitudes in life begin to change. We find gratitude for the obvious things we often overlook–such as the air we breathe and the food we eat. We know compassion, kindness, and love for our fellow man and for others in our life. We see a divine purpose in our existence. We become aware of our potential. We discover a passion for life and living it to the fullest.

Opportunities are often found in unexpected places. And if we do not expect to see them… we will not. If we are looking elsewhere, or too caught up in what we are doing and how we feel things ought to be going, more than likely we will miss out on these unexpected opportunities.

If we choose to “despise our own place and hour,” as John pleads us not to, we will have chosen to turn our backs upon all the opportunities that lie before us. Do not turn away from the potential you possess to make a positive difference today. Awareness is key–know your place; know your power; know your potential; believe in yourself. All of the opportunities and possibilities in life will present themselves to you throughout your journey in life. You need not stray off the path.

Recognize an opportunity in your life today and grab it.

Questions to consider:

What are some opportunities that you have had so far today? This week?

What kinds of opportunities have you missed, either because you did not see them or because you were looking elsewhere?

How can you learn to better recognize opportunities in your life?

For further thought:

“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” ~Emily Dickinson

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Knowing Which Way To Go

“Before you ask which way to go, remember where you’ve been.” ~ 
from “Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)” by All Time Low …

I am not the same person I was five years ago, of that, I am sure. Not only has my physical appearance changed, but also my likes and dislikes, my outlook on life, my beliefs, my goals, and on and on. And I can say the same thing about that person and the person I was fifteen years ago. We live; we learn; we change; we grow. But as we move on, it is important to remain aware of the things we have already learned and established–lessons, feelings, beliefs, emotions–lest we forget.  Continue reading

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We All Lack Good Mirrors

“I’m starting to realize that people lack good mirrors. It’s so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.” ~John Green …

Perhaps it is as John says, that “we all lack good mirrors.” Generally, we are not the best at helping others understand themselves and their feelings. When they are angry or upset, we often return the anger. When they are lonely and afraid, we sometimes avoid them and their misery. Similarly, we are not that good at expressing our own feelings to others around us. Continue reading

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