Blue-ribbon, first-class relationships don’t just happen. They require attention. Here are three words that are always a part of every effective relationship. People often give lip-service to these three words, but living them is a different story. If nothing else, they’re good reminders. LOVE Anyone can say, “I love you.” But saying it isn’t enough. ACTIVE LOVE is the foundation of a rock-solid relationship, showing the other person on a REGULAR BASIS that you love her/him. Love is never, ever taken for granted. You make a CONSISTENT EFFORT to SHOW your love by doing all the little things that DEMONSTRATE … Continue reading THREE KEY WORDS THAT DEFINE A FIRST-CLASS RELATIONSHIP
Kintsugi is the wonderful centuries-oldJapanese art of fixing broken objectswith a special lacquer dusted withpowdered gold,thus adding value to the broken object.It’s based on the idea that inembracing flaws and imperfectionsinstead of hiding or disguising them,you can create an even stronger,more beautiful piece of art.Kintsugi is related to thewonderful Japanese philosophyof wabi-sabi,which calls for seeing beautyin flaws and imperfections.Every break in an object is uniqueand instead of repairing an itemto make it look new, the techniqueactually highlights the “scars.”In the process of repairing objectsthat have cracked or broken,something more unique, beautiful,and resilient is created,even more beautiful than the original.Metaphorically speaking,we … Continue reading YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE
There’s a tendency to alwaysdefine success based on achievement.People focus on the end result.They like to see the “finished product.”But is that all there is to success?Putting a man on the moonis a tremendous achievement,but what about all the years of effortit took to get him there?The birth of a baby is a great eventand everyone lauds the baby’s charm,but what about the nine monthsthat the mother carried the babyand the labor pain she endured?Sitting down in someone ‘s homeand enjoying a wonderful mealresults in compliments about the food,but what about all the planning, shopping,cooking and presentation it tookto get … Continue reading IS SUCCESS A MATTER OF EFFORT OR ACHIEVEMENT?
Perseveranceis a big word, a very important word,but what does it mean?When you persevereyou maintain a purposein spite of difficulties, obstacles,or discouragement.You continue onward, steadfastly.You don’t give up.You keep going.Perseverance is strength, it’s power.It’s one of the most important qualitiesof people who succeed in life.Now look at the fifth line above again.Look at the word PURPOSE.That’s the SECRET to perseverance.People who PERSEVERE and SUCCEEDare those who have a STRONG,WELL-DEFINED sense of PURPOSE.They are PASSIONATE about whatthey want to accomplish, their goal.That’s the bottom line.If you want to SUCCEED at somethingmake sure you are very clear about your PURPOSEand be PASSIONATE about … Continue reading PERSEVERANCE LEADS TO SUCCESS
STAND TALL.BE PROUD.Look back at that pointearlier in your life,that place you once were,and feel proud of your progress.You’ve come a long way.You’re doing better thanyou think you are.Give yourself credit,even if no one else does.Your opinion is what counts.Stand tall.Hold your head up.Refuse to look down on yourself.Refuse to question your value.Walk tall.Keep taking steps.Keep walking forward.One step at a time.You’re making progress.Stand tall.Be proud.You’re doing fine . Continue reading STAND TALL, BE PROUD, YOU’RE MAKING PROGRESS
WHO ARE YOU?YOU ARE THESE 10 WORDS.DON’T FORGET THEM.You areEmpowered and able to stand strong and face the world.Resilient and able to withstand difficult times.Creative and able to find solutions to problems.Decisive and able to make good decisions.Compassionate and able to form good relationships.Intelligent and able to think for yourself.Caring and able to minister to others.Insightful and able to keep things in perspective.Firm and able to maintain good boundaries.Introspective and able to grow as a person.Remember….be WHO YOU ARE. Continue reading 10 WORDS DESCRIBING WHO YOU ARE
WORRY IS A PROBLEM.It produces mental agitationand often emotional despair.Erma Bombeck described it perfectly:Worry is like a rocking chair—it gives you something to dobut it never gets you anywhere.Worry wastes your time and energy.It doesn’t change a thing.Say that again.WORRY DOESN’T CHANGE A THING.All it does is rob you of your joyand peace of mind.INSTEAD OF WORRY, TRY BEING CONCERNED.There’s a fine line between the twobut healthy concern tends to be constructive.It leads you take stepsto resolve an issue, to take action.YOU FOCUS ON THINGSYOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT.Say that again.HEALTHY CONCERN IS FOCUSING ON THINGSYOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT.Big … Continue reading DON’T WORRY, BE CONCERNED — BE HAPPY