Monthly Archives: September 2015

Our Thoughts

“Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering, and know that happiness is just a thought away.” ~ Nishan Panwar …

The thoughts we keep in our head have a considerable impact on the happiness we experience throughout the day. This is an important idea, as most of us generally pay very little attention to what we allow into our minds. For instance, when you watch or read the news in the morning, what is generally fed into your mind? I would bet that there are quite a few words such as “terrorist,” “killed,” “guilty,” “murder,” and things of this sort. And when we begin our morning with any negativity, we tend to carry some of that on our mind throughout the day… whether we intend it or not. Continue reading

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Do Not Limit Yourself

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” ~ Andrew Murphy

I see too many individuals who limit themselves early on in their lives. Some feel that once they reach a specific age, they should have everything set and the rest of their lives ordained. Others tend to limit themselves and their potential by focusing only on what they know and can do, and not what they can learn and grow to do. The truth, however, is that our lives are not predefined–I do not know what the future holds for me, near or far. I should therefore ask myself, “Is my struggle for stability in my life really going to bring me happiness, or are the walls I am building only serving to confine me in my own unhappiness?”

The home I live in today may not be the home I live in five years from now; and the job I am working may not even be the same profession I will retire from twenty years from now. That is the beauty of life–there is so much possibility held within us, and it should be our greatest desire to let it out. That is what honestly makes our lives richer–living them to the fullest extent possible.

Do not limit yourself with unnecessary walls that only serve to cage and confine your potential. Hold on to your dreams. Let them be your guide as you set sail into the winds of change out on the seas of destiny.

Take a moment to be aware of some of the potential you hold within you right now.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of walls have you built up in your life? How have those walls affected the possibilities and potential you have?

What potential might be waiting within you? How long will it be repressed?

How can you go about bringing to life a single dream of yours? In what ways might that affect your life?

For further thought:

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~  Pope John Paul XXIII

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Gain Control Of Yourself

“You can never control or change how others think, feel, or act. You can only change how you think, feel, and act, and lead by example.” ~ Celestine Chua …

Although many of us would not want to admit it, we all try to exert some form of unnecessary control over others from time to time. Most of us tend to downplay it… we say that we are just giving advice or doing something that is “for their own good,” but this is an effort in futility. We will never possess the ability to change how others think, feel, or act through our own coercion. The only way to do so, in a lasting fashion, is to change ourselves, and then lead them by example. This allows others to continue to be their authentic selves, as well as come to the understandings themselves. Continue reading

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When Life Is Not Lost

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.” ~ Stephen Vincent Benet …

Here we are confronted with the stark reality that death is not the terminator of our lives–it is found in us not being able to show genuine care and concern for each minute and each day we are gifted with during life. Only when we are able to recognize and focus on the here and now, are we able to say that we are truly alive. Continue reading

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Defensiveness

“Defensiveness, insecurity, and comparison not only divide you from others, but from your own brilliant humanity. Ironically, letting others be what they are, while you remain in perfect ease with your imperfections, solidifies connections you thought were once lost.” ~ Amy Larson …

In a sense, defensiveness is a favored quality that is encouraged throughout our societies today. Because we generally place more value on coming out of conflict victorious, we also promote the defensive line of thought–people who win out in battle are stronger, more capable, and more trustworthy. Perhaps it is our own fears and insecurities of not being victorious that tend to keep us in denial of our own imperfections. A negative effect of being defensive, however, is that we ultimately conceal our “own brilliant humanity.” Continue reading

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Eyes Of A Child

“If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.” ~ Chee Vai Tang …

Children have such an amazing and wondrous way of looking at the world–so innocent, so pure, so positive and uplifting, so hopeful. I love to observe my children experiencing new things and taking in the world around them. Their excitement is just so real and authentic, and I always get to thinking, “Why can’t I feel that same feeling, that same excitement as they do?” Continue reading

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Challenge Your Beliefs

‘The biggest addiction, and one we least often talk about, is being addicted to beliefs. We really get hooked into thinking what we believe is true and right.” ~ Martha Boesing …

We seldom look at our beliefs as something that we can become addicted to, but, when left unchecked, they tend to inflate our ego and go to our head. Rarely do we challenge our beliefs, and eventually when they are put to the test and fail, we rationalize them in an attempt to feel more self-righteous. That is perhaps why Martha is so spot on noting that this is perhaps one of the biggest, and least often talked about, addictions we are faced with. Continue reading

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