Spend an Entire Day in Gratitude

Although this is very simple, it’s not as easy as it seems.

Go 24 hours without complaining about anything; not only to others, but to yourself.

Thank you so much.

 

Do not complain about politics, the weather, bad drivers, inconsiderate people, high prices, or traffic. Do not disparage customers, clerks, or those with opposing views. Do not think negative thoughts about co-workers, friends, or family.

Most importantly, do not berate yourself for where you are in life or where have you yet to go. Do not put yourself down for your mistakes, your accomplishment, or your appearance.

If you really want to “push” yourself, each time you feel the urge to be negative, find a way to be grateful instead.

Try it for one day.

What’s odd is how the rest of the world seems to change when you do.

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You Cannot be Happy Until You Let Go

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The person in the mirror is not getting any younger.

We see our bodies change and hear ever louder the ticking of the clock.

It can be frightening.

Yet, part of what amplifies the fear and holds us back is attempting to hold on to that which is no longer there.

As another year fades into history, bid farewell to what has passed. Feel the loss if necessary, but say goodbye with dignity and grace. Remember fondly the better memories. Realize all you have done and all you have been through have given you tools you did not have.

Take a deep breath. Smile.

Then, turn and face forward.

Let a new year bring you boldly into your future.

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Simple Messages for the New Year

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

- John 14:27

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

- Buddha

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

- Mother Teresa

“Peace is its own reward.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“Son, if you are able, keep your heart..free from malice toward anyone.”

- Al-Tirmidhi:59

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Lessons From Goodbye: How Death Can Teach You To Live

woman saying farewellThere is no happy way to bid someone you love a final farewell.

At best, it’s a melancholy affair; at worst, it’s a heartbreaking loss from which you’re sure you can never recover.

Consolation can feel impossible after the loss of someone dear to you. While you know, deep down, that death is an integral part of life, a piece of you goes wherever your loved ones do, and when they pass, the piece goes with them.

Without death, room for new growth would never be made. Progress forward can’t happen without losses from the past. From every farewell, there comes a new hello.

These are among the multitude of wise lessons to be learned from a person in the last leg of their life—either directly from their words, or merely through their experiences. Knowing how to approach the situation as a learning experience will help you move through the process and maintain your own life.

Hindsight, and why it’s wrong

Any of us who’ve been at the bedside of someone we care dearly for while they move from this world to the next knows a few things:

  1. The dying have regrets that make us question our own
  2. Vicinity to sickness creates hyper-awareness of our own health
  3. You always wish it were you on that bed, and not them

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Inspirational Image: Life is a Lovely Ride

Ever since I saw Brian Andreas‘s work in Provincetown a few years ago, I have become obsessed with the Story People.

Something about the playfulness, combined with the words he chooses, really speaks to me. I have even subscribed to his daily newsletter (which I rarely do with anyone else).

Last December, my wife and I were going on vacation and spent some time in a little shop in Sacramento, CA the night before we boarded our plane. In that store was a huge collection of his cards, prints, books, and sculptures. I told her, “If you ever want to get me a good present, just get something from him.”

She got me a print of this image.

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