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Thursday, May 28, 2015

THE KEY TO LIFE SATISFACTION

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

The recipe for happiness is right action. It's doing the work and owning our part and taking good care of all that we have to take care of.

Residue-free living is good living. I leave my bitterness at the door and trail behind me nothing but love.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HOME REALITIES

"Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to."
~ John Ed Pearce ~

Sometimes we have to go a long journey just to end up where we began and be able to see it with fresh eyes and appreciation. So often, we figure there's something better on the other side of the fence, and maybe there is, and maybe there isn't. But usually, just by looking, we come to understand the blessings and the beauty of exactly where we are.

Exploring my options often brings me home with deeper appreciation for all that I have taken for granted.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WANTING SOMETHING BETTER

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius."
~ Geroges-Louis Leclerc ~

It's insanity to dislike the way things are but be unwilling to change. This is self-imposed stalemate. It's up to us to find our peace, whatever that means. We have the power to change our attitude, our actions, and our limiting beliefs.
     The answer to anything that plagues us is simple, but not easy. We have to want something better for ourselves, be willing to overcome obstacles on the way to our goal, and persevere no matter what. It's possible and works every time. All it requires is a bit of inner discipline and whole lot of heart.

I deserve goodness and life-satisfaction and I am willing to change whatever needs to be changed in myself in order to feel great!

Monday, May 25, 2015

THE DISCOMFORT OF ASSUMPTIONS

"There are days when you need someone who just wants to be your sunshine and not the air you breathe."
~ Robert Brault ~

When others assume that I will feel a certain way, it offends me. How can they possibly know when I don't even know myself? And I'm sure I make assumptions about others in the same way- more than I can possibly realize or care to admit. But in truth, it's disrespectful, so I want to make an effort to stop.
     Let's give others their autonomy, in the hope that we might therefore be able to enjoy it ourselves.

I don't presume to know how other people may think, feel, or react. I allow for fresh vision on a daily basis.

MEMORIAL DAY

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."
~Benjamin Disraeli ~
 
This is a day of memories, and to recognize all that we have achieved and all that we have lost along the way. We celebrate honor, courage, glory, victory, and defeat. It's sad and sweet: the incredible bravery required to achieve the peace we seek.
 
I honor fight, freedom, and sacrifice today: the victory over oppression and the passing of those we have loved.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CAN'T DO IT ALL

"Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much: wisdom is humble that he knows no more."
~ William Cowper ~

Admitting that I have limitations is difficult to do. I want to be tireless, invincible, and always-up. And I'm good at pretending and pushing beyond reason. I've been doing that for years. But it always catches up with me eventually and makes me unwell.
     Confessing my needs, my hurt feelings, my fears, and my weakness actually strengthens me. It is imagining that I have some kind of magical immunity that reveals how paper thin and fragile I can be.

I willingly and graciously accept my limitations.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DYSFUNCTION JUNCTION

"Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul."
~Henry Van Dyke ~
 
I can make myself sick with dysfunctional thinking and behaviors. I can warp my energy with self-pity and blame. I can suffer from a lack of understanding and drown in self-created fear. But if I take the time on a regular basis to get honest, correct my errors, and re-group my discombobulated emotions, calm can be returned to me, and pleasure in the doings of life can be restored once again.

I catch myself behaving dysfunctionally and make corrections where they're needed.