Monthly Archives: November 2015

Looking For Results?

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it–but all that had gone before.” ~ Jacob Riis …

How often do we find ourselves impatiently looking for results? So many times, we allow ourselves to become frustrated or afraid of failure simply because we do not see immediate and quantifiable results for our efforts. When we do this, however, we are placing unrealistic expectations on people, situations, and things in life, effectively missing the big picture–that by simply trying we are always making further progress towards achieving our goals. Continue reading

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When To Hold Your Tongue

“The moment you feel like you need to prove yourself, is the moment you need to be silent and walk away.” ~ Rachel Wolchin …

Often times, it is very difficult for us to hold our tongues–whether it be from pride, arrogance, vanity, envy, jealousy, anger, revenge, or anything of the sort. But as Rachel mentions here, the moment we feel that we need to prove ourselves, the moment we begin to lose our cool or develop any negative feelings or thoughts of one-upsmanship, is actually the moment we need to hold back our tongue. I would actually take this a step further and additionally challenge myself to not leave someone in the middle of a conversation, as that is unkind and rude; instead, I would try my best to finish the converstaion by kindly listening to what they have to say, acknowledging that I heard it, and politely moving on. Continue reading

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Courtesy And Graciousness

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.” ~ Francis Bacon …

No man is an island. And although some like to think that they are, that does nothing to remove the effect their actions have on us all–for good or for bad. We are all interconnected in the tapestry of life, and each step we take, each action we choose, each word we speak, and all that we send forth, changes the world around us. Therefore, for the benefit of all humankind, we are to strive to be gracious and courteous towards all those in life, family, loved ones, strangers… and even those we dislike. Continue reading

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No To Preconceived Limits

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you do not know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~ Anne Frank …

Most of us tend to focus on our lack in life, on things that we do not have or things that belittle us. We let fear cloud our judgment, we wish for things to be some other way, we listen primarily to the voices in our head that yell out bad news. But here, Anne tells us that in the midst of all the bad news, even in the darkest hours of our life, we have available to us good news–that we have available to us hope, possibility, and potential, and that we control our future and steer the course of our ship. Continue reading

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Make Your Goodbye Joyous

“Do not be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” ~ Richard Bach …

Nothing temporal lasts forever in this life. As time continues onward, we will have to say goodbye to more and more people, places, and things–loved ones who pass away, friendships that drift apart, jobs and colleagues that we must move on from, experiences that we have outgrown, recreational activities in which we can no longer physically participate in. The thing about goodbyes, though, is that they do not have to leave us dismayed; a goodbye is not a loss, rather, it is a celebration of the opportunity that was gained to experience life a little deeper. Continue reading

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Being Completely You!

“People who do not need to please are irresistible because they radiate wholeness, a rare delicacy in a world of hungry hearts.” ~ Alan Cohen …

I seldom take the time to think about what really attracts me towards the company of those around me. At first glance, it seems simple–I know I like to laugh, and I know I prefer optimistic and positive thoughts. Yet when I dig a bit deeper, when I really take the time to think about what draws the whole of my being towards the company of others, it seems to all revolve around their uniqueness–their ability to be their true authentic self in a world that encourages imitation, reproduction, and ingenuity. Continue reading

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Impermanence

“You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.”. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh …

Apart from the immaterial aspects of our lives–the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual–there is very little that will last forever. Those trendy or comfortable pair of shoes you bought are now in the trash; your favorite music player no longer works because the charger prong was bent. From the cars we drive, to the phones we carry, to the clothes we wear… none of these things can be possessed forever. Even many of the friendships and relationships that we enjoy today may someday come to an end. Continue reading

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