Monthly Archives: July 2013

We “Create” Our Own Futures

“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.” – unattributed

Is it possible that I’m creating my own tomorrow right here and now? When I think about it, how can it be possible that I’m not doing so? After all, my decisions and actions today definitely will affect what tomorrow will be like, no matter how tempting it may be to deny that reality. And my actions and decisions depend upon the way that I see the world and the people in it, as well as how I see my place in it.
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Trust Thyself…And You Find The Way

“When I’m trusting and being myself… everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.” – Shakti Gawain

Trust is an amazing power. And faith in God is undoubtedly the most powerful and life-changing instance of trust we can know–its power is truly immeasurable. Yet we can also employ trust on a smaller scale in our daily lives. When we trust ourselves or others, we add a certain power to whatever we are doing, a certain positive energy that allows us to approach our tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. We can accomplish a great deal in very effective ways when we approach things this way. And when our accomplishments start to reflect our trust in ourselves, then other things in life start to fall into place.
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If We Don’t Take Care Of Our Bodies, Who Will?

“Attention to one’s lifestyle, especially in the direction of reducing emotional tensions, a modest but regular program of daily exercise, a diet low in salt and sugar and reasonably free of fatty meats and fried foods, and plenty of good drinking water–all these are useful and indeed essential.” – Norman Cousins

I like it when people stress the small, seemingly minor details of life. Their reminders help to keep us aware of just how important it is to maintain our health in an active way. It does take work to do so, and it is necessary to pay attention to what we eat and how often we eat. The amount of work need not be so high, though, as long as we’re consistent in taking care of our health.
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Choose To Soar!

“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh, and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.” – Charles Swindoll

If we do not soar, we slog and we wade–through the mud, grime, and swamps of the world. And while it may be tempting to believe that down here in the mud is where we will find those who really need our help, the question must be asked: can I help more people by providing a role model of someone who soars through life, or by trying to pull them out of the mud that they have mostly chosen for themselves, especially if they are neither ready nor willing to leave the mud?
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Conserving The Planet

“The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not a professional philanthropist, and I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” – Paul Newman

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were able to put back what they took out? If everyone only put back what they took out, and didn’t add all their litter and refuse? I remember a nice passage in Willa Cather’s Death Came for the Archbishop in which two characters discuss the Native Americans’ ability to live in a place for a while and then move on, leaving no trace that they had spent time there. They had true respect for the planet and their surroundings, and they knew how important it was to leave things as they should be for the next people who came along, and for nature itself.

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Praying

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Khalil Gibran

Is prayer a life jacket for you, or a light that you put out for the world to see? How are we to experience the true power of prayer if we hide it away? Prayer could be the most misunderstood force in our lives. Many of us use it solely as a refuge in times of trouble, as if we keep it in reserve for when things go bad. But prayer during the good times can be one of the most important elements of our lives. Think of it in physical terms–when are we the most effective physically, when we are down and out or when we are feeling very good and things are going well? When do we have the most strength and endurance? When are we more able to help others? Likewise, prayer can be strong and effective when we are at our strongest–yet we neglect prayer at those times because we think of it as something that we have only to pull us out of holes.

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Ways To Earn Respect

There’s no management tool more important than respect. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting it

Business may be all about money, but the currency that’s traded inside every organisation is respect.

If you command respect, people listen when you talk and take action when asked. If you don’t command respect, well, everyone’s just laughing behind your back.

Contrary to popular belief, a fancy job title never commands respect. In fact, there are six, and only six, ways to earn respect:

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