Trials are Neutral, Attitudes Are Not

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

Why do some people get crushed by difficulty, like so many boulders smashing the life and kindness right out of them? Why do they turn bitter and sour and hateful, while others rise to the occasion and come out better than before?

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Do the Hard Thing

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 under Personal Development

We all like green pastures and blue skies. We like downhill paths and couches with remote controls and tests where the teacher shouts out the answers as we take them. But we also know that such things don’t require much from us and that things that don’t require much tend to inspire, build and produce just as little.

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My Single Greatest Source of Strength

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

When life gets dark and difficult, when it gets dim and murky, when I’m disillusioned or frustrated or down, there are things I can do to feel better. But one source of strength rises to the top of the list for me.

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Life is Messy (get used to it)

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 under Mind & Attitude

Instead of trying to cram the messy abundance of life into neat little packaged moments of perfection, learn to laugh at the unpredictable and smile at the inopportune.

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You Are What You Think (the story of a pig who thought he was a man)

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 under Mind

I remember hearing a story of a pig who thought he was a man. The other barn animals laughed him to scorn, held up pictures and diagrams to demonstrate quite clearly, and beyond refute, that the pig was indeed just a pig. Then the pig walked out of the barn, shook his head in disbelief, and drove off in his red convertible.

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Be Happy Anyway

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 under Happiness

People will disappoint you. Be happy anyway. Life will throw you off your plans. Be happy anyway. Others will lie and lead you astray. Be happy anyway.

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Celebrating Life

Celebrating Life

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

Why do we wait for anniversaries to celebrate marriage? Why do we wait for birthdays to celebrate births? And why do we wait for funerals to celebrate life? Why wait for the day of the event or the end of a life to celebrate what we could be celebrating daily?

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Is Guilt Your Friend Or Foe?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 under Character & Values

Guilt is a tool or mechanism that a well-working conscience uses to communicate to the heart. When we don’t live up to our values, our hearts are pricked with guilt, shame and regret. But we’re not supposed to stay there, letting the guilt settle in and take up residency. It’s a warning signal in the dark of our choices that sends the message to course correct.

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How to Fine-Tune Your Moral Compass

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 under Character & Values

Does your moral compass point true north? Or is it a little askew? And how would you know? There are, of course, people now and through history who thought they were doing right when everyone else knew otherwise. So how do you know where your moral compass is pointing?

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Fertilizer Stinks … But it Keeps your Lawn Green

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

Has life been one unbearable trial after another? Have you been beaten up and chewed up and spit out by a history that has left you maimed, scarred and bloodied? Have you ever considered that the very pain of life has fertilized the soil of your heart to yield fruit it could have produced in no other way?

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Life is No Big Deal: it’s a bunch of little ones

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 under Life

Life is really an accumulation of daily small stuff that adds up to one huge thing called living. It’s also called love … and kindness … and family.

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How to Avoid a Preemptive Death

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 under Personal Development

Some people are preemptively dying more than actively living. Their minds don’t move much. They lay their dreams and aspirations on the bed and hide their opportunities in the closet and wait for life to do something.

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