Monthly Archives: March 2016

All That You Can

“The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become.” ~ Max De Pree …

It is easy for most of us to get caught up in the day-to-day routines of life, avoiding the unknown changes that life has to offer to us all the time. Perhaps we like the sense of security we get from knowing what to expect; or maybe we have come to like who and where we are in life and feel comfortable and safe not rocking the boat. In this state of mind, however, we tend to ignore any cognitive dissonance when it arrives, choosing instead not to question who we might be, and instead settle for who we already have become. We argue that in the turbulent oceans of life, it is often easier for us to remain on shore, as an observer, than to hoist the sails and ride the winds. Continue reading

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Reverence

“It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers and sisters. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. It is pure affection, and filled with reverence for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers and sisters for what they are, not for what they say.” ~ Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. …

Although I consider myself a gentle individual, I sometimes find myself treating others in ways that are less than desirable. There are times, for instance, where I catch myself raising my voice or yelling to try to get my message across to my children or employees. And sometimes, I become frustrated with others, or take out my stress on them with a harsh tone or unkind words that were never intended to disturb the happiness they hold within. Yet knowing this about myself enables me to recognize that most people really do not intend to be rude or hurtful. And contrary to what we are often told… we cannot always determine who a person is based off their words or actions alone. Continue reading

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Conquer Unwarranted Fear

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.” ~ Bertrand Russell, The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell …

Although fear can keep us from acting dangerously and from living our lives on the edge of the cliff, there tend to be very few good things that come from spending much time in its company. Fear generally keeps us from responding to certain situations in ways in which we would like to. It keeps us from growing and developing, from branching out and trying new things, from forging new relationships and friendships, and from exploring things that interest us and things we might potentially find exciting. Continue reading

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Be A Light, Not A Judge…

“Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.” ~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People …

Day in and day out, we choose what we wish to be. We can find it in the many small decisions we make–the ones that determine what kind of relationships we will have with those around us. We can find it in the attitudes we embrace–the smiles and joy that spread happiness and love, or the unfriendly, sour, and withdrawn demeanor that serve to take away from the beauty of the world instead of adding to it. We can find it in the knowledge we seek, and that which we share; and in the hope, compassion, and concern we offer to others. For it is what we give, not what we get, that lasting purpose and fulfillment is attained in life. Continue reading

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Are You Standing In Your Own Way?

“It’s amazing–you might not realize it, but so much of what you are not is because you are literally standing in your own way of becoming. And what I am pleading with you about is, get the hell out of your way! Fly, because it’s all available to you!” ~ Leo Buscaglia, “With Love… Leo” …

It is easy to see the passion with which Leo pleads to us to “get the hell out of your way!” He truly and deeply wants us to succeed, and he knows that for the majority of us, we are our own worst enemy–we are the ones who are hiding ourselves away from the world, we are the ones who are belittling ourselves or making ourselves small. And if we but get out of our own way, allowing our wonder and our beauty to shine for the world, we will reach our potential. Continue reading

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Change And Uncertainty

“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.” ~ Hazel Henderson …

Change is an integral part of life. Without it, there would be no butterfly; there would be no creativity, innovation, or incentive for improvement. Yet many of us choose to resist change, often out of fear of the unknown and the inherent uncertainty in change. But when it comes to uncertainty in life, the truth is, we simply do not know enough to be pessimistic. Continue reading

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Count Your Blessings, Not Your Problems

“Be grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Count your blessings, not your problems.” ~ Mandy Hale …

Sure, I have problems in my life, we all do; but they are generally quite small when viewed alongside the problems others are dealing with. As a matter of fact, if we were to all take our problems and throw them in a huge pile, and then pick up the same number we threw in, most of us would gladly take back many of the original ones we had first tossed in. The truth is that I am graced with so much in my life. And although I may not always get what I want; if I consider all the individuals who do not have what I have right now, and perhaps will never have those things, I understand that I am truly blessed. Continue reading

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