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Spread Cheerfulness!

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain …

Perhaps your day is not going so well–this happens to everyone from time to time. Your mood is sour, your focus is set on the negative in your life, and you are really having a difficult time cheering yourself up. It is kind of like tickling yourself–when you know it is coming, it really does not work. Maybe you could cheer someone else up. After all, it is hard to remain sour when in the presence of others who are cheerful.
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Calmness Amid Storm

“Sometimes God calms the storm, but sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.” ~Leslie Gould …

We often times pray to God to rescue us or to help us avoid the storms in our lives. Sometimes he does “calm the storm.” Other times, he does much more… he calms us. Continue reading

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Beauty Excites The Soul

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” ~Edgar Allan Poe …

Do I possess a sensitive soul? Perhaps, as Edgar points out here, I can answer this question by looking at how I react to the beauty that surrounds me. Do I notice it? Do I allow myself the chance to become aware of it? If I do, it seems to me that Edgar is telling me that this beauty will become emotionally apparent to me. Continue reading

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“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” ~Saint Augustine…

It does not matter where our beliefs in life reside, God loves us all, and He loves us all unconditionally, equally, and uniquely. This is such a wonderful and profound truth to discover, for it validates our worth as a spiritual being, as well as our value to humanity. Continue reading

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16 October 2014 · 7:00 AM

Doing What Is Necessary

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi …

When I look at the tasks that lay before me, it is quite easy to see them as one big, insurmountable obstacle, but that is usually not the case. Many times the tasks can be broken down into smaller subsets of the whole. And when we are able to see these tasks in such a way, it becomes much simpler to approach them in a very manageable way. Perhaps we do what is necessary first, as that is the most crucial. Then work on the rest as time and ability permits. Within very little time, what seemed like an impossibility has now become a conquered task, a successful endeavor. Continue reading

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Embrace Positive Attitude

“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.” ~Wade Boggs …

There is no getting around it–life is going to happen. And the majority of things that happen in our lives are outside of our control, which leaves us with our reactions to what happens to us. These reactions are what shape and define our lives–how we grow or fail to grow, our perception of life, our happiness or discontent. Continue reading

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Quit Dwelling On Your Negative Past…Focus On The Positive

“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.” ~Shirley MacLaine….

It is easy for us to find goodness and happiness in the midst of the good in the world, and there certainly is a vast wealth of it if we were to take notice. At the same time, I could also make a long list of the bad things that have happened in my life–things that have come and gone but still remain fresh in my mind. Unfortunately, it seems that the human conscience has a knack for dwelling on the negative things. But when we dwell on the negative things–especially things from our past that we should have learned and grown from and then let go of–we contribute to the power negativity holds over us. Continue reading

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