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Reflect Upon Your Experiences And How They May Help You Grow

“A great building will never stand if you neglect the small bricks.” ~Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha …

If we look at ourselves as buildings–created over time… brick by brick… stone by stone… using any number of elements and pieces such as wood, concrete, and nails, or beams and joists–we see that the end result is a direct reflection of how much time and effort we put forth. It takes great patience to build a strong and aesthetically pleasing structure. It takes careful consideration of everything that goes into the design, planning, and construction–with special concern for each minor detail–to build the best possible version of ourselves.
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Making Our Mind A Fertile Soil For Thanksgiving And Gratitude To Grow

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” ~Henry Ward Beecher …

What a beautiful concept–humility is “the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.” We become what we embrace in life, and if we are proud men, we inevitably feel that we deserve more than we have come to receive… even if we were truly undeserving of what has been given us.
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Keep A Healthy Level Of Enthusiasm

“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss….” He turned to me. “But every once in a while, you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.” ~Wendelin Van Draanen …

Paint is actually quite powerful. I have seen numerous studies that talk about how the colors can affect our mood and attitude in life. And what about the sheen? I know that the glossy paints are much easier to clean than flat paints, but I have never really thought about how this might play into our mood. Well what if we were to look at our attitudes in life, as Wendelin mentions here, the same way we look at paint. What color and sheen would I be? How would others see me?

The message being conveyed here is that life is wondrous and beautiful when we are able to have authentic enthusiasm. When we are able to find and keep a constant sense of gratitude and enjoyment in life, happiness surrounds us, and we become an “iridescent paint” in the lives of those around us.

What brings you happiness? Fill your life with it! What makes you feel content? Spend your time doing these things! What things are you working hard to accomplish? Put enthusiasm into your efforts and you will achieve them. When you begin to open your eyes to the world around you, you will find that your life is colored in the paints that you choose to use, and your attitude is really a reflection of those paints.

Keep a healthy level of enthusiasm daily.

Questions to consider:

What kind of paint are you today?

What are some things you are truly enthusiastic about? How much of your time is spent on these things?

How can we bring more enthusiasm into the things we love doing? How can we bring more into things we do not enjoy doing?

For further thought:

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful. We let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to His goodness it becomes a routine.” ~Joel Osteen

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The Morality Bug!

“If only people would realize that moral principles are like measles… they have to be caught. And only the people who’ve got them can pass on the contagion.” ~Aldous Huxley…

Morality is often passed on from one person to another, much like a common disease is. But unlike a disease, its spread is a good thing–it contributes positively to this world we share; it builds upon and reinforces our future; little by little, it chips away at the pain, suffering, and hurt of this world, and replaces it with happiness, hope, and love.
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Trust Yourself. Trust Life. Do Not Block Your True Potential By Yourself

“Maybe you don’t have to push yourself forward. Maybe you just have to stop holding yourself back.” ~Doe Zantamata …

We generally gauge ourselves, and the progress that we make, by how well we are able to overcome obstacles and by how well we are able to rise to the occasion. If I failed to find success, then I obviously did not try hard enough, right. Well what if the answer were much simpler. What if, perhaps the only thing hindering my success, was myself?

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To Expect A “New” Result, Do A “New” Thing

“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done.” ~Drina Reed …

The truth in these words is quite beautiful–if we wish to experience anything “new” in our journey through life, by its very definition, we have to be willing to do something “new.” Success in life is recognized by not being afraid of change or of taking calculated risks.

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Refuse To Let Yourself Fall Victim To Circumstance

“Life begins for anyone when that individual refuses to be a victim of any delimiting experience: disease, accident, poverty, family pressure, marriage dilemma, neglect. Whatever the curse, if you will not take it, or accept the role fate seems to offer, you can never become a mental cripple and nothing can hold you back.” ~David Seabury

The only thing that can truly hold us back in life… is ourselves. The moment we begin to harbor a defeatist attitude, we are defeated. But as David points out, the moment we refuse to be a victim of our lives, is the moment we begin to truly live our lives.
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