Saturday, January 3, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote January 3, 2015

“Some people will only “love you” as much as they can use you.
Their loyalty ends where the benefit stops.”

Because we are all different, we’re not all “coming from the same place”. One or more people in our lives may not have our best interests at heart but use us for their own selfish needs or desires. We are happy to welcome them into our lives but it usually doesn’t take us too long to realize their true intent and act accordingly by leaving them by the wayside. Hopefully, if this happens to them again and again they will learn their lesson and become better people. I’ve moved on from these people in the past and, no doubt, I’ll be doing it again in the future.

Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2014

Sometimes, all it takes is a small reminder to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder that surrounds us. KindSpring -- a portal for stories of kind acts, brims with such reminders every day! In 2014 a steady stream of acts of kindness by KindSpringers touched the lives of thousands of people all over the world. The following stories are some of the favorites from the past year. Enjoy!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote January 2, 2015

“A breakdown always leads to a breakthrough.”

We’ve all been there, some more than others, but nobody has escaped a time or times in life when people or situations get us down so much that we’re in a dark place and hope seems like a word not a possibility. However, how many times in the future have we looked back to this time as a learning experience when perhaps the rose tinted spectacles were discarded either by choice or circumstance and we saw people or things as they really were? Usually, we realize that actually things worked out for the best so remember this when the going gets tough.

The Spirit Of Sauntering

In Thoreau's 1861 treatise "Walking" penned seven years after Walden, he sets out to remind us of how that primal act of mobility connects us with our essential wildness, that spring of spiritual vitality methodically dried up by our sedentary civilization.  Thoreau argues that the genius of walking lies not in mechanically putting one foot in front of the other en route to a destination but in mastering the art of sauntering.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote January 1, 2015

“Do what is right for you. No one else is walking in your shoes.”

When I was younger, I tended to believe that everybody else knew better than me and that my opinions weren’t worth anything, so I tended to go along with the herd. However, along the way to reaching the age I am now in my early 60’s, I’ve gradually learned that, you know what, I actually can make decisions and have opinions that matter. Other people’s opinions are just that…opinions they have arrived at in their lives not mine. Now, I’m confident that my decisions and my opinions impact and reflect my path in life which is how it should be for us all.

Happy New You

As the New Year begins, take the opportunity to create a new beginning of your own. This is the perfect time to let go of what’s not working and to more fully embrace all that truly matters to you.

If there’s anything you’ve been doing, or failing to do, that’s holding you back, now is the time to change. Beginning today, free yourself to move quickly forward and to live life according to your highest vision.

The past has had its ups and downs, and now it is over. Now, as a new year begins, you can take the best of what you’ve learned and experienced, and make new, positive use of it all.

Give yourself permission to be a new, more purposeful, more effective, more loving, compassionate, curious and creative version of the you that you’ve always been. Allow yourself to let go of the limitations you’ve imagined and supported, and to soar higher than ever.

There’s no need to abandon what you love about your life. Yet there’s every opportunity to bring new richness into the world.

Let this day be the beginning of a happy new you. Imagine how great life can be, and live the greatness you know is there.

— Ralph Marston

A Letter From Your 14-Year-Old Self

When was the last time you received a hand-written letter? For students of Mr. Farrer, it was a letter that they had written to their future selves 20 years ago, full of their young hopes and dreams as well as memories of people who have since passed away. Bruce Farrer started the assignment when he first started teaching at Bert Fox Community High School in the small Canadian town of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, in 1961: 10 hand-written pages that he would mail back to the students in 20 years. Watch the reactions of some of the students Farrer has been able to track down, year after year, for over 30 years.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 31 2014

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”

Isn’t it wonderful to have opportunities to be able to create yourself? We arrive brand new, no preconceived perceptions or beliefs, little sponges eager and willing to absorb what life has to offer. Then, what happens? If we’re not careful we get to a stage in life when we realize we’re not sure who we are or where we’re going and feel a need to “find our self.” Isn’t that sad? Much better to have decided early on what you want from life, what you have to offer, the goals you want to achieve, what gives you most joy, and do your best to attain these. However, I believe it’s never too late to get out there and do what you have to do to make your life the life you want to lead. So, off you go………..

The Seinfeld Strategy To Stop Procrastination

Jerry Seinfeld, co-creator of one of the longest running comedy series in television has a brilliant strategy for getting things done. And, it's not what you might think. It involves taking your mind off the results, and focusing on the joy of the process instead. Read more to learn the importance of 'not breaking the chain.'

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 30 2014

“There is a difference between giving up, and knowing when you have had enough.”

We’ve all been there haven’t we? Something or someone in our life causing us to struggle in an effort to stay strong and battle through and move forward. Sometimes it’s not too much of a struggle but, at other times, we can find ourselves battling a major, ongoing, energy and soul sapping problem. When that happens we often get to a point where to continue would be futile and perhaps cause more harm and/or grief. It’s being able to realize this and act on it that enables us to walk away. This is acting through strength not weakness.

Anne Lamott On Grief, Grace & Gratitude

In this sharp yet poignant piece, writer Anne Lamott reflects on mortality and what it means to be truly alive. She writes of her experience taking a walk with a friend who is dying, "First of all, friends like this may not even think of themselves as dying, although they clearly are, according to recent scans and gentle doctors' reports. But no, they see themselves as fully alive. They are living and doing as much as they can, as well as they can, for as long as they can." Anne goes on to share a conversation she had with a friend processing a fatal diagnosis. "I have what everyone wants, but no one would be willing to pay." said Anne's friend. What are they? "The two most important things. I got forced into loving myself. And I'm not afraid of dying anymore." Read on for more of Anne's eloquent thoughts on the charged complexity of our human experience."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Balance Your Earth, Air, Fire And Water - Natalie Harte

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Balance is an elusive quality that we all strive for, and the New Year is a particularly good time for us to start fresh in this arena. As pagans, the essence of our beliefs is captured by the notion of balance—the balance of the seasons, of light and dark, night and day, death and rebirth, god and goddess, body and spirit. One of the main ways this is reflected is in our use of the elements in ritual—invoking each in their quarter, and honoring them in turn. But the elements are important for more than just ritual. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, when present in complementary amounts, help to keep us steady, healthy and whole.

Balancing the elements is the theme of Deborah Lipp’s enjoyable and insightful book, The Way of Four. Not only does she take a serious look at the elements, their history, and their roles in our life, but she makes it fun with quizzes and fills it with practical suggestions for finding balance.

365 Ways To Attract Good Luck - Richard Webster

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

People have always been fascinated by luck, and throughout history, numerous methods have been devised to try to entice good luck. Luck explains how one person experiences a series of fortunate opportunities while someone else with equal abilities does not. Luck can be fickle, too. Someone can be lucky one day, and unlucky the next. Some people are lucky in certain areas of their lives, and unlucky in others. It’s a rare person who experiences a constant stream of good luck.

About thirty years ago, I met a man who told me was never lucky. Everything he attempted failed, and he thought it was a waste of effort to try anything as fate always conspired against him. I’ve thought about him often over the years. I found him fascinating, as I was convinced his own thoughts were creating his apparent bad luck. If I hadn’t met him, I may never have become interested in the subject of luck. Consequently, meeting him was probably a lucky day for me.

Like everyone else, I’ve had my ...

3 Tips To Make Better Choices For The New Year - Djuna Wojton

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

We’ve ushered in a New Year, and with it comes an opportunity to make a fresh start. You have probably made your list of resolutions for the coming year with renewed optimism, but creating positive changes can be challenging.

Even if you are determined to follow through this year, it is easy to get off track; making a change is a gradual process that takes time. You need support and a deep commitment to keep at it when the going gets rough. Perhaps you have made the same declaration in previous years and failed. If so, it is easy to slip into feeling dis-empowered and resigned. Or maybe you want to accomplish too many things at once, or have set your expectations too high, thereby setting yourself up for failure.

Once the holiday parties are over and life slips back into its ordinary routine, the tendency is to go back into old automatic patterns and forget you ever wanted to make any ...

Daily Inspirational Quote December 29 2014

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

Isn’t a pity when we have so many dreams we want to realize and the only thing stopping us is our fear of failure? We listen to other people, stronger and more confident than us, giving us the unasked for advice that we need to conquer our fear and just go for what we want. Not that easy for some of us is it? Think about it though. We either determine what we want and plan how to go about getting it, or we fail before we start by being afraid. Do we really want the “f” word to win? Of course we don’t, we want the “s” (success) word to win so push fear aside and reach for success.

The Hero At The Checkout Counter

When a musician encounters an extraordinary unsung hero at the checkout counter of his neighborhood grocery store, he is so moved that he cannot get the experience out of his mind for weeks. His thoughts and feelings eventually manifest into words on his blog: "When real heroism steps out of a movie, or off the pages of a has the capacity to touch a part of you that has been sleeping. It reaches right into your soul, and reminds you what you could be...No matter what storms life may bring, when you meet real heroism, it reminds you what you sometimes forget: that you can rise to the occasion." Read on for the full story of Amitabhan's inspiring experience with a humble hero, and what he learned from it.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote December 28 2014

“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”

Anybody who remarks that life has not shaped them is fooling themselves. Life shapes us from the moment we first draw breath. The remarkable thing is that we are able, through our own actions, to absorb how and what we learn, how we relate to other people or situations, how we progress through our life path. We learn lessons along the way, some easily learned, some not so easily. Every action, every experience shapes us into who we choose to become. I say choose because we are, to a certain extent, masters of our own destinies, so it’s down to us what we retain and what we discard in order to grow into the best we can be in life.

How Does Grace Happen?

Grace has the capacity to transcend even our darkest of spaces. It is a sudden miracle, basked in the light of loving-kindness. And, grace has the capacity to heal. "These moments of grace," author Mary Traina writes, "teach us that there is always more to life than we can imagine." But, how do we open our hearts to grace? By way of answer, this article offers up a series of simple, yet moving real-life stories.