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October 28, 2010


1. Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.
2. Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great. Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
3. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
4. A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else. 
5. We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
6. It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered for after ages.
7. Remove the log of wood in your own eyes before you offer to remove the speck of dust in your neighbor’s eye.
8. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. It is not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
9. Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
10. To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.


October 14, 2010


Just a Simple Smile:
How often have you woken up on the wrong side of the bed or had a bad encounter with someone and assumed the rest of your day would follow suit? Then, out of the blue, you are side swapped with a smile from a stranger or friend. You physically feel lighter, with a glimpse of hope for the rest of your day. A simple smile actually turned your day around. Who can deny the power of a smile, the impact a smile can make from one person to another?
Commit to Smiling:What if you harnessed that same logic for yourself and committed to smile even when you weren't feeling in the best of moods. Could you change your own mood and situation by "faking" to be happy? At the very least you could make someone else feel good. Would the act of smiling impact your mood? It is truly amazing what a simple act of kindness can do for yourself and others around you. Who is to say your smile didn't come at the exact right moment for someone having a horrible day? Your actions will soon become habit and you will wonder why you are feeling more optimistic and genuinely happy. Here are three ways to get you smiling this week!

1. Smile for the Sake of SmilingMake an effort to smile more during the day. Smile to yourself as well as others and notice the impact it has on everyone. Most of us don't realize the effect we can have on others' lives. Make it a point this week to smile when you least feel like smiling.
2. Write it DownThis week, make a point of writing down your experiences with the "smile experiment". Keep a journal or notepad and write down every evening what effect your smiling had. Write down how you felt. Write down how it affected your day. Write down the differences it made. Being aware and fully present not only keeps you in the moment, but opens your eyes to the power of your actions.

3. Impact AnotherThis week, make a commitment to smile at 5 strangers every day. It may feel awkward at first, but again, this is about expanding your comfort zone. You can truly make a difference in the life of another with a simple smile. Try it out this week and see how it feels. Notice how it changes your own outlook. Common give me a wild smile!


Your Thoughts Are Powerful

What thoughts dominate your life?
Do you ever stop to notice?
Most people are unaware of the impact their thinking has on their lives.
However your thoughts directly affect your mood and self-esteem. Here’s a little experiment.
The next time you feel sad, angry, or anxious for no apparent reason, take a moment to observe what you were just thinking and jot it down. It could be quite a revelation!

How you think and feel also affects your body. Your thoughts have a powerful influence on your mental, emotional and physical health. For example, if you are in the habit of entertaining self-critical, pessimistic
thoughts, you may find that your body becomes tense from that stress. This can lower your immune system.

How Your Thoughts Affect Your Health.
The relationship between your thoughts, emotions, and your immune system can be explained in physiological terms. According to Dr. Christiane Northrup in her book, Healing Toxic Emotions, when you think a thought or feel a feeling, it communicates itself to every cell in your body by way of small protein molecule messengers called neuropeptides. Neuropeptides, also known as neurotransmitters, are the chemicals
produced by the brain to communicate with every cell in your body.

Hormones, which function like neurotransmitters, also involve communication among the cells. The hormonal level of your body fluctuates according to your emotional state. How you perceive stress has a dramatic effect on the production of immune molecules in the bloodstream as well as certain immune cells via messages from the hypothalamus, the control center of the brain.

Both positive as well as negative thoughts affect your immune system. Positive thoughts and feelings cause your neurotransmitters to move your immune system towards health and balance. However, a predominance of negative thinking taxes your immune system throwing it out of balance.


October 12, 2010


You may wonder why things just don't seem to go your way. Each time you add another limitation like mentioning something you can't do or indicating a reason why your dream won't happen or even justifying why ideas are impossible, you may stifle creativity and define your life path. Although a negative comment may appear insignificant on its own, when added to the others, they may become 'the straw that broke the camel’s back.' How can we discover the sources of our hidden limitations and eliminate them?

1) Learn to recognize how you limit yourself. If you choose to focus only on your strengths and deny your weaknesses, this may hinder more than help you. Learn instead about your own reasons for your sense of weakness. How do your beliefs hold you back? As you realize why you benefit from all your skills and qualities, this will assist you to rise above your self-imposed limitations.

2) Ask people for input. What you perceive as your 'trouble spots' may differ from what other people think. By asking for feedback, you may open your eyes to new personal qualities you didn't recognize. Consider people who have told you what they think you can or can't do. Other people's views of your character may not always be accurate. It's up to you to find the courage to inquire, to learn to discern the difference and come to accept your own view of the truth.

3) Evaluate possible action. Once you have an idea of the kinds of things that hold you back, the next thing is to devise what you'll do to swing things in your favor. Defining a challenge enables you to pay more attention to detail. Whether its the state of your health and well-being and a desire to improve a quality of life, your view of behavior in relationships or the workplace and the aim to rethink interactions, or discontent in another area of your life, its to your advantage to review possible approaches that will help you move forward on your terms.

4) Commit yourself to take action. Regardless of your circumstances, you have the choice to alter your beliefs and take new kinds of action to refine and expand on your view of success. Deciding you wish to understand yourself better is paramount. This isn't only a desire to isolate and clarify your goals, but also a desire to learn why you fear or hesitate to reach them. Why you hold yourself back and how may ultimately surprise you. Knowing is the first step to overcoming such obstacles.

October 11, 2010


A habit is any action that we have performed so often that it becomes almost an involuntary response. If we consider this habit to be undesirable then we may label it a "bad habit". People spend countless hours and dollars each year attempting to break these bad habits and often do not have any success. Why? Because there is no magic bullet. Change is hard work and there is no short cut to achieving it. To effect a change in habits, one needs to bring the action back into the realm of consciousness and regain the ability to make choices.

Substitute Better Behaviors: The whole reason you formed your habits in the first place is that they filled a need. You had tension that needed relief or you had a desire to surf the Net. As you break the old patterns you still need a way to fulfill these needs. You will be not only making an active choice to not do the old action you will also be making a choice to perform a better, alternative action in its place. What the new habit is that you substitute isn't so important as whether you feel good about the choices you have made. After all, the reason you consider it a bad habit is because it leaves you feeling bad about yourself.

The only way to continue with a bad habit for very long is to sink back into denial of why you are doing it in the first place. You will be forced to make a choice, whether good for bad, about continuing your habit. What choices will you make? The one that makes you feel bad about yourself or the one that makes you feel good? It's up to you.