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Control Your Destiny

“The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.” ~ George R.R. Martin …

Although there are a few good messages in what George is saying there, the most important thing I gather is that there is no need for you to meddle in life, to try to control the world around you. There are going to be storms that rage around you–sadness, difficulties, and loss. There will be those who bring others down and who add negatively to the world. There will also be plenty of people who do things differently than you would… and all of this is ok.
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“Ups And Downs” Are Normal In Life

“If there are no ups and downs in your life… it means you are dead.” ~ Unknown …

Some of what we do in life leads us upwards and over mountains; other times it carries us down through the valleys. And as long as we do not stand upon those mountains and try to bask in the glory of success, or sulk in our valleys of failure, disappointment, or defeat, we are doing just fine… for that is what living is all about.
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Reflect Upon The Choices You Make

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the Cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland …

When you do not know where you want to go… you cannot possibly claim to be making a choice. A choice requires foresight and judgment. This is true with every choice we have in life. When we act without prior thought of the outcomes and consequences, we are not truly making our choices. Additionally, as Lewis points out here, if we are not truly making our choices, then it seems that it really “doesn’t matter” to us where our ship is going, as we are not truly sailing it.
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You Can Find Compensation In Every Disappointment

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau …

My favorite response to failure is to simply think to myself, “so what…” If I can feel this way about my disappointments, then their effects upon me have been minimalized and marginalized. It is actually quite refreshing not letting my failures get me down. Furthermore, such an attitude fosters an environment of progress that furthers my potential and keeps me focused on what is possible in life. Continue reading

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Be An “Active Gardener” To Your Life

“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” – Vera Nazarian …

Who tends to my “garden” in life? Do I actively participate in creating an environment of joy, compassion, and love? Do I plant and nourish the positive flowers in my life and “pull the weeds?” And if the answer is no, then why am I not actively working to cultivate my world? Continue reading

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Ensure Your Attitude is Not akin to “A Flat Tire”

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t get anywhere you want to go until you change it.” – Michael Josephson

Difficulties in life are going to happen whether you like it or not. But if you embrace a bad attitude due to a difficulty in life, you most likely will not succeed in overcoming it. And much like a flat tire requires changing prior to driving on it, a poor attitude will limit your ability to move forward in life. Continue reading

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Fearlessly Engage Yourself In The Life Around You…

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune …

As Frank says, “I must not fear.” I should choose to face my fears, to experience them and then pass them by… but I must not allow fear to exist as a determining factor within my mind. If I am able to do so, my fear will no longer exist, its purpose expired, it will fade away, and “only I will remain.” Continue reading

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Find Value In Your Fears!

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C. …

Obviously, there are some individuals out there who not only believe that we can live our lives free from fear, but that doing so will be healthy for us–for there are a number of books out there that cover topics on eliminating fear from our minds and removing it from our lives. But I feel removing it completely is not healthy at all; and here, we are given one simple way in which our fears benefit us–by adding worth to the things in our lives. Continue reading

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Overcome That Fear …

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela …

Fear is the great decider of men. For some of us… it drowns us into submission. For others… it is simply the catalyst for success, the motivation to conquer their fear and ultimately succeed. And as Nelson points out, true courage is not found in one who has no fear, but rather in one who has known fear, and then conquered that fear. Continue reading

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“Doubt” Is An Element Of “Faith”

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” – Paul Tillich …

From time to time, I find myself facing a certain level of doubt. And what Paul is saying here is an important principle in understanding my journey through life: doubt is not only a normal part of life, but it is an essential part of faith. All too often, society teaches that if we have any disbelief in something, or if we fail to believe without question, then we have no faith. But nothing is further from the truth. Continue reading

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