9 QUALITIES YOU SHOULD STRIVE TO DEVELOP: THEY ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF VIBRANT LIVING

LOVELove is a choice. It is an unconquerable goodwill that always seeks the highest good for others no matter their behavior. It is love that gives freely without asking for anything in return. JOYJoy is deeper than mere happiness. It is being able to express a sense of gladness no matter what circumstances you are in. It is a determination to always be upbeat about life. PEACEA life of peace is the ability to experience wholeness and harmony despite the conflicts of life. It is feeling safe and secure despite living in a world of chaos and violence. PATIENCEPatience is … Continue reading 9 QUALITIES YOU SHOULD STRIVE TO DEVELOP: THEY ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF VIBRANT LIVING

HOW TO BE A BETTER LISTENER: THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEARING AND LISTENING.

The most powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Perhaps the most important thing we can give each other is our full attention. If you want to be appreciated, be a good listener. People love a good listener. Listening requires more than hearing. You can hear without really listening Here are six basic suggestions to help you become a better listener. Stop talking and listen.When someone is talking, listen to what they’re saying. Don’t interrupt. Stop and really listen. Don’t wait for them to finish talking just so you can talk. Listen and be prepared to respond … Continue reading HOW TO BE A BETTER LISTENER: THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEARING AND LISTENING.

10 IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE YOU START YOUR DAY

Never wait for someone to light your fire. The spark you need is inside you. It’s up to you to ignite it. Others can invite you to become upset, but you choose whether or not to accept the invitation. Sometimes the unfortunate things that happen to you put you on the path to the best things that will happen to you. Be patient and be open to learning from the things that happen. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that anything that takes flight goes against the wind. In the midst of struggles, choose to soar. When … Continue reading 10 IMPORTANT REMINDERS BEFORE YOU START YOUR DAY

YOU HAVE BEEN EMPOWERED TO SUCCEED

You have received a gift basketas part of what life offers.Everyone receives the giftbut not everyone uses it.In the basket is everythingyou need to succeed.If you use the items in the basket,they will empower you to fulfill your dreams.As you proceed to use your gift basket,remember that real successis achieving a peace of mindin knowing that you havegiven your very best effortin all that you attempt to do.In the basket are the itemsthat will empower you.A clear vision of what it isyou want to do.Belief in your dream.The interest and desire to achieve it.The courage to try.Confidence in yourself.The abilities … Continue reading YOU HAVE BEEN EMPOWERED TO SUCCEED

WHAT IS LIFE?

The ideal lifeis a journey in whichyou observe the world around youand choose to make it better.Where there is hate, spread LOVE.Where there is conflict, create PEACE.Where’s there’s disloyalty, exhibit FAITHFULNESS.Where there is discouragement, share JOY.Where there is dishonesty, show GOODNESS.Where there is anger, express PATIENCE.Where there is unrestraint, teach SELF-CONTROL.Where there is hurt, impart KINDNESS.Your most meaningful moments in lifewill be when you realize you madethe world a better place. Continue reading WHAT IS LIFE?

HOW SEEDS TAUGHT ME A MUCH NEEDED LESSON

There’s a little spot at the cornerof our flower gardenthat I thought would be a perfectlocation for a zucchini plant.It would have lots of roomto happily sprawl as it wished.I planted two seeds and gently tapped the soilas though to bless the potentialthat was now beneath the surface.Each morning, with coffee in hand,I walk the flower garden to enjoy the blooms and birds.Each morning, after“the planting,”I stopped to see if the seeds had emerged.Nothing.Morning after morning I stopped.Nothing.I went back and read the seed packet.Those seeds should have germinated by now.”Should have.”I blamed bad seeds….I had been given duds.I blamed the birds.They must … Continue reading HOW SEEDS TAUGHT ME A MUCH NEEDED LESSON

LIFE LESSONS FROM ITTY BITTY, THE SPIDER

Itty Bitty Spider Climbed up the water spout. (If life gives you a mountain….climb it.) Down came the rain And washed the spider out. (Sometimes problems can knock us down.) Out came the sun And dried up all the rain. (Have faith…be patient…things will get better.) So Itty Bitty Spider Climbed up the spout again. (Never give up…persevere…you can do it.) Continue reading LIFE LESSONS FROM ITTY BITTY, THE SPIDER