IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIPS WE BECOME STRONG

In the midst of all the hardships we face in life —Be it personal loss that leaves usfeeling like we’ll never get over it,like we’ll never get rid of those darkclouds that keep hanging around;Be it separation that fills our lifewith emptiness and leaves us hurtingand grasping for meaning and purpose; Be it illness that takes a toll onour mind and body and eats awaya our hope for health and well-being;Be it conflict that creates painand heartache and crushes our spirit;Be it anything that tries to defeat us,wear us down, make us want to give up —It is in the … Continue reading IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIPS WE BECOME STRONG

5 IMPORTANT THINGS ON YOUR TO DO LIST

(1) Make the decision to close all doorsthat are leading you to nowhere.Open wide the doors that lead tohappiness, fulfillment and well-being.Choose a path and enjoy the journey.And as you travel, take the time tolisten to nature and admire the rainbows.(2) Write your life story.Much of your story is already written.You can’t change the beginning or part of the middle that is already finished.Work on writing a good ending.Make it your story, not what others think it should be.(3) Be willing to take risks.As you travel down your chosen path,you can’t always play it safe.If you want to reach your … Continue reading 5 IMPORTANT THINGS ON YOUR TO DO LIST

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED

To experience success in lifethere are several things to keep in mind.First of all, success can beas small as completing the day’s chores,or as big as composing a concerto.Regularly succeeding at small thingsprepares you for success at big things.Practice at succeeding develops goodhabits and creates a positive mindset.It makes you realize thatyou have what it takes to succeed.There are several things thatwill help you be successful.(1) BELIEF IN YOURSELFThere’s nothing more empoweringthan having confidence in yourself.You have to believe that you can do it.(2) VISIONThose that succeed are those who have aclear vision of what they want to accomplish.Always focus … Continue reading YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED

HOW HUMAN TOUCH AFFECTS YOUR LIFE — IT MAY SURPRISE YOU

There are three important benefitsyou get from human TOUCH.These are FACTS. Not opinions.1. When humans TOUCH, such as a hug,a pat on the head, or holding hands,it releases the hormone oxytocin.This hormone promotes feel-goodsensations that foster a sense ofwell-being and happiness.There’s more good news aboutthis amazing hormone.It helps inspire positive thinkingand an optimistic outlook on life.It generates feelings of compassionfor others……WOW!2. There’s more. Physical TOUCH increases levels ofdopamine and serotonin which helpyour body relieve stress and anxiety.Who doesn’t want to relieve stress?This works! For real.3. There’s even more good news.Physical TOUCH is known to improveyour immune system and reducediseases such … Continue reading HOW HUMAN TOUCH AFFECTS YOUR LIFE — IT MAY SURPRISE YOU

SOMETIMES I GET DISCOURAGED

Sometimes I get discouraged.It just happens.Things can seem to be very normal,when all of a sudden it hits.Discouragement…..without warning.It wraps its arms around me….gets a tight grip and squeezes….firmly.It holds me captive.My emotions start to swirl.I go from downheartednessto the depths of dismay…..and back again.I feel down. I want to give up…..give in.I see life through the dark glassesof gloom and despair.The dark nights get long…..and longer,like the dawn will never come.BUT…….the dawn DOES come.And the miracle of LIGHTmakes the darkness disappear.In the middle of the worddisCOURAGEmentis the word COURAGE.COURAGE is the LIGHTthat makes the darknessof discouragement disappear.It takes COURAGE … Continue reading SOMETIMES I GET DISCOURAGED

O’ TO DREAM LIKE A CHILD

What happened to the dreams I had as a child? Dreams that were bigger than life, That reached beyond fences and boundaries and took me to faraway places where there were fantasy adventures and fairytale endings, and I could be whoever I chose to be. O’ when did I stop dreaming like a child? O’ when did I lose my adventurous spirit? As I look back at the way I once dreamed, I long to revive what I lost. I long to awaken the child that’s still in me. I long to dream again like my child once did. Do … Continue reading O’ TO DREAM LIKE A CHILD

GARDEN MEDITATION

I’m older now and change in my life is not easy. Perhaps change is never easy at any age. But as I sit on my bench in the garden I reflect on my life past and present And look ahead to changes I will make. I will do more than exist. I will LIVE. I will do more than look. I will EXAMINE. I will do more than hear. I will LISTEN. I will do more than think. I will REFLECT. I will do more than talk. I will SAY SOMEYHING. I will do more than feel. I will LOVE. Continue reading GARDEN MEDITATION