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  • Don’t Forget to Appreciate How Far You’ve Come
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    Don’t Forget to Appreciate How Far You’ve Come

    “Remember how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” ~Rick Warren We’re always talking about how we should live in the now and “be present.” We shame ourselves for looking back at the past or into… More

  • The Power of Waiting (When You Don’t Know What to Do)
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    The Power of Waiting (When You Don’t Know What to Do)

    “Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal.” ~I Ching  Waiting has a bad rap in modern Western society. It’s not surprising that I had to look to an ancient Chinese text (the I Ching) in order to find a suitable quote to begin this article. We don’t… More

  • Forget What Other People Expect and Do What’s Right for You
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    Forget What Other People Expect and Do What’s Right for You

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.“ – Steve Jobs When we come to this world, we know nothing. We are all products of the societies that raised us and shaped our belief system with things labeled good or bad, right or wrong, normal or abnormal. I was raised in an… More

  • Maybe This Is What Happiness Is
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    Maybe This Is What Happiness Is

    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as tackled the thing That couldn’t be done and he did it. —Edgar Guest I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never been one to seek guidance from commercial catch… More

  • How Creativity Creates Mindfulness, Happiness, and Peace
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    How Creativity Creates Mindfulness, Happiness, and Peace

    “Mindful and creative, a child who has neither a past, nor examples to follow, nor value judgments, simply lives, speaks and plays in freedom.” ~Arnaud Desjardins No human being lives without experiencing the duality of life. Good and bad. Love and hate. Life and death. Acceptance and rejection. Success and failure. Joy and jealousy. Compassion… More

  • Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad
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    Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad

    “We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning parents, teachers, and even perfect strangers.… More

  • How I Stopped Feeling Trapped in a Life I Didn’t Want
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    How I Stopped Feeling Trapped in a Life I Didn’t Want

    “Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.” ~Terry Josephson When I was in my early twenties I was lucky enough to spend about a year living just a few blocks from the beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia, but you know what I remember most distinctly from that time? Sitting… More

  • Feeling Empty? Here’s How to Find Joy (and Yourself) Again
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    Feeling Empty? Here’s How to Find Joy (and Yourself) Again

    “Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh  “Who are you? No, really. Who are you?” I stood at my bathroom mirror, towel twisted around my head, inspecting my own reflection. A woman I hardly recognized looked back at me with empty eyes. Empty mouth. Empty insides. “Who… More

  • Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad
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    Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad

    “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect. Everyone seems to love them as they sail from… More

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