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Make Your Day Count

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh …

“Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.” When I allow myself to look at my day as subsets of a larger day, I can begin to realize the power and potential that is available for me to unleash by living in the moment. I may not be able to positively affect the lives of everyone else today, or even of all those I love, but I can make at least one small difference for someone today. I can bring compassion, love, caring concern, happiness, and joy to someone in need, even if but for one hour. And that would be something worthy of calling it a day well spent. Continue reading

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Wear A Smile

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~ Audrey Hepburn …

I have never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. Perhaps that is because beauty is truly perceived in the measure of beauty we spread to the rest of the world. When we look for the good in others, what we see is beautiful… and they in turn see a beautiful individual who has authentic care and concern for them. And when we speak only words of kindness, we build up love within the world, and the world sees us as a kind and beautiful creature. And when we walk with confidence and faith, with the knowledge that we are never alone, we walk with a beautiful poise that exhibits both confidence and strength of character. Continue reading

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Share Your Happiness

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson …

Have you ever had someone make your day suddenly brighter with a smile, friendly gesture, or a kind word, and wonder as to the source of his or her kindness and happiness? Most likely, it was a direct result of the happiness and kindness they are pouring forth into this world, for as Ralph puts it, “in doing so… we cannot help but get a few drops on ourselves.” Continue reading

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Have Faith In Yourself

“It’s hard sometimes to not be afraid. But it’s much harder to always live in fear. Faith means to believe something is true, sometimes without any proof at all. Have faith in yourself and the proof will follow.” ~ Doe Zantamata …

It only makes sense that fear produces more fear, and faith yields greater faith. After all, everything else in our lives works the same way–when I give love I will receive more love in return, and when I show others compassion, concern, and respect they in turn will show me the same. And as creations of God, we all deserve the love that we are given, whether it came from others or ourselves. Continue reading

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A Search For Identity

“The Search for Truth is a Search for Identity, that in finding Truth, we find Ourselves.” ~ Neil Sutton …

This quote reminded me of Palm Sunday. Ever since I can remember, my family and I attended church on that Sunday and held palm branches as the Passion was read. And at one point during the reading of the Passion, there is a dialog between Pontius Pilate and Jesus of Nazareth, in which he questions Jesus, “What is truth?” This question always sticks out to me, for it seems like quite a difficult question to answer for any man, and especially one who is about to be sentenced to death. Yet most of us ask ourselves this very same question at some point in our lives… usually during times of great difficulty and suffering. Continue reading

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Experiencing Life

“I told him I had once lost everything I had, too, and that I think that can be God’s way of building walls around us to force us to look up at Him.” ~ Kimberly Novosel, Loved …

The majority of us have experienced the agony and grief of a loss during the course of our lives. And when we suffer a loss, the most prevalent reaction is to build up walls around ourselves so as to protect us from further harm. But what we fail to realize is that we are also locking out all the potential good there is available to us in life as well, effectively creating more loss, more pain, and more hurting. And what Kimberly lovingly visualizes here is the image of us having nowhere left to turn but to where we needed to turn to all along… to God. Continue reading

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Your Profession

“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh …

What is your profession to you? Is it just a paycheck… or do you feel it to be your true calling in life? As a child, most of us had aspirations of becoming something that brought us great fame, fortune, or power, such as a doctor, a professional athlete, an astronaut, a singer or actor, an artist, or a scientist. And as we made our ways into high school and college, our answers likely changed, perhaps they fell in line with the societal ideals of pursuing work that pays well. But what we really should be asking ourselves is what is it that brings passion and joy into our lives. Continue reading

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