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Quote of the Day: On Living Life to the Fullest

Here is a beautiful quote about living life to the fullest. So often we live our life based on what others think our life should be. But we all have our personal mission to accomplish here on earth. We all have something to achieve that is beautiful. Worrying about what others think often gets in the way. Confidence is powerful. Here is a short mantra to help get us back on track:

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

A man and a woman performing a modern dance.

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Love like you’ll never be hurt,

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Sing like there’s nobody listening,

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And live like it’s heaven on earth.

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William W. Purkey

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25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

This is so cool! I love great fashion advice!!

Scarves are so versatile and fun and actually very chic right now. They can make or break a winter outfit. You just have to know how to wear them.  But, what to do with them and how to make them look different all the time can be a challenge. Here are some tricks:

Check out this blog for more  fashion advice and videos like this one: http://www.wendyslookbook.com.

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The Mayo Jar: A Lesson About What’s Really Important in Life

Got this in an e-mail yesterday. I’ve seen it before but always forget to keep it. This time, I’m going to do better. Keep it and pass it on to you. Love this story and have no idea who wrote it but it sure has a didactic message for everyone.

The Jar of Mayo and 2 Cups of Coffee

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

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The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

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The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

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The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

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“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.”

The golf balls are the important things-God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.


The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.

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“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

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Amazing Quote: Getting Through Life’s Tests

When you are going through something hard and you wonder where God is, REMEMBER the teacher is always quiet during the test.

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An Updated Version of a Classic Book: Goodnight IPad

Wow. Things have really changed since I was a kid. This is a satire everyone can relate to, especially, the older kid in each of us! It’s definitely a must read! However, I don’t think you should download it as an e-book as that might defeat the point! I think everyone can relate to both the kids with our addiction to gadgets as well as to grandma who says it’s time to log off and finally get some rest….

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Poem: Footprints in the Sand

 

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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with God.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One set belonged to  him and one was God’s.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times in his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned God about it.

“God, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why you would leave me when I needed you most.”

God replied:

“My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During those times, when you only say one set of footprints, was when I carried you.”

-Anonymous (but has also been attributed to different authors)

I love this poem. Sometimes we don’t see God in our lives and that is the times we need Him most. This simple poem tells us that if we let Him, God will carry us through those tough times so that we will once again see Him in our life and walk with Him side by side. The imagery is beautiful in here but the message is poignant. This poem will definitely get us through the tough times.

 

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Poem: The Paradox of Our Time

THE PARADOX OF OUR TIMES

Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.

Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints

We spend more, but we have less.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families

More conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less sense

More knowledge, but less judgement

More experts, but more problems

More medicines, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often

We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.

We have added years to life, but not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back

But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.

We have conquered outer space, but not inner space.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We’ve higher incomes, but lower morals.

We’ve become long on quantity but short on quality.

These are the times of tall men, and short character;

Steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,

More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;

Of fancier houses, but broken homes.

It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you,

And a time when you can choose,

Either to make a difference

…. or just hit, delete.

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-I’ve seen this attributed to both the Dalai Lama and to George Carlin

-Whoever wrote it did a good job because this is so true!

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10 Resolutions to Transform Your Life

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Got this in an e-mail today and had to post! This is great advice we can start doing today. No matter what you believe, I think that if you add at least one of these elements to your life this year, the quality of your life will improve exponentially!

 

10 RESOLUTIONS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

1. Give Thanks. Once a day take quiet time to feel gratitude for what you have, not impatience for what you don’t have. This alone will bring you halfway to happiness. We already have most of the ingredients of a happy life. It’s just that we tend to take these for granted and focus on unmet wants, unfulfilled desires. Giving thanks is better than shopping – and cheaper too.

2. Praise Others. Catch someone doing something right and say so. Most people, most of the time, are unappreciated. Being recognised, thanked and congratulated by someone else is one of the most empowering things that can happen to us. So don’t wait for someone to do it for you: do it for someone else. You will make their day, and that will help make yours.

3. Spend time with your family. Make sure that there is at least one time a week when you sit down to have a meal together with no distractions – no television, no phone, no email, just being together, talking together, celebrating one another’s company. Happy marriages and healthy families need dedicated time.

4. Discover meaning. Take time out, once in a while, to ask, ‘Why am I here? What do I hope to achieve? How best can I use my gifts? What would I wish to be said about me when I am no longer here?” Finding meaning is essential to a fulfilled life – and how can you find it if you never look? If you don’t know where you want to be, you will never get there however fast you run.

5. Live your values. Most of us believe in high ideals, but we act on them only sporadically. The best thing to do is to establish habits that get us to enact those ideals daily. This is called ritual, and it’s what religions remember but ethicists often forget.

6. Forgive. This is the emotional equivalent of losing excess weight. Life is too short to bear a grudge or seek revenge. Forgiving someone is good for them but even better for you. The bad has happened. It won’t be made better by your dwelling on it. Let it go. Move on.

7. Keep learning. I learned this from Florence in Newcastle, whom I last met the day she celebrated her 105th birthday. She was still full of energy and fun. What’s the secret? I asked her. ‘Never be afraid to learn something new’, she said. Then I realised that if you are willing to learn, you can be 105 and still young. If you are not, you can be 25 and already old.

8. Learn to listen. Often in conversation we spend half our time thinking of what we want to say next instead of paying attention to what the other person is saying. Listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give to someone else. It means that we are open to them, that we take them seriously, that we accept graciously their gift of words.

9. Create moments of silence in the soul. Liberate yourself, if only five minutes daily, from the tyranny of technology, the mobile phone, the laptop and all the other electronic intruders, and just inhale the heady air of existence, the joy of being.

10. Transform suffering. When bad things happen to you, use them to sensitize you to the pain of others. The greatest people I know – people who survived tragedy and became stronger as a result – did not ask, ‘Who did this to me?’ Instead they asked, ‘What does this allow me to do that I could not have done before?’ They refused to become victims of circumstance. They became, instead, agents of hope.

Most of these are, of course, integral elements of a religious life, which may be why so many surveys have shown that those who practice a religious faith tend to live longer, have lower levels of stress and report higher degrees of wellbeing than others. This is not accidental. The great religions are our richest treasuries of wisdom when it comes to the question of how best to live a life. Life’s too full of blessings to waste time and attention on artificial substitutes. Live, Give, Forgive, Celebrate And Praise: these are still the best ways of making a blessing over life, thereby turning life into a blessing.

(received as an email, attributed to Rabbi Jonathan SacksChief Rabbi of England)

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Change Your Life. Starting Now!

Mark and Angel Hack Life is an amazing blog! Seriously, check it out and subscribe to them! What really inspires me is the post I’m reposting below called 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. Follow this up with their next post: 30 Things to Start Doing For Yourself (which is not reposted here but is equally awesome).

No matter how positive we are about life, life will beat us down, make us doubt ourselves, and even lose faith sometimes. When that happens, we need to be reminded of what not to do in our lives, how to stay positive, and to be our own best friends.

What is most inspiring about this list is that changing your life starts with YOU!

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Here’s the article:

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  Read The Road Less Traveled.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you likeeveryone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.  Read Stumbling on Happiness.
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things Done.
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing
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Hugo: A Movie With a Message

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Today I saw the movie Hugo. My friend suggested it. I wasn’t so keen on seeing it because I thought it was a children‘s movie and it didn’t get the best reviews. However, I picked the last couple of movies I’ve seen with friends so I let her choose it for once. I’m glad I did! It was such a nice movie with a great message for both children and adults.

Hugo is a period piece set in 1930s Paris. Hugo is the title character, a young orphan boy who lives in the Paris train station. His dad died in a fire and left him with an unfinished automaton, a humanlike machine, that Hugo wants to fix in order to hopefully discover one last message from his father.

In order to survive and to fix the automaton, he steals from one man’s toy shop. The man in turn takes away his notebook with his precious notes about the automaton from his father. While trying to get it back, he meets Isabelle, the man’s goddaughter and befriends her. The friendship unlocks many secrets and leads to new discoveries that are life changing for everyone involved.

This is NOT just a children’s movie. This movie can definitely be enjoyed by children but, adults will appreciate it’s depth. I’m sure there are many themes besides this one in the movie but the theme I most admired was the theme that everyone in life is here for a purpose, we must find that purpose, and we must live it. How profound and how true! Everyone is significant. Everyone plays their part. Everyone is valuable and every difference is special in order to make the world work.

Here’s a quote from the book that expresses those sentiments:

I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. – Hugo Cabret

Movies based on books tend to be the best! Especially this year. And, happily, these movies are meant for the entire family, not just adults. That makes me very happy.

I’m also glad that the Golden Globes agree with me on this one. They’ve nominated “Hugo” for best motion picture. Another nominee is “Moneyball” (also based on a book), and “The Help” (a book!). Although I thoroughly enjoyed “Hugo”, out of the three movies I’ve seen from the list, I hope that “The Help” wins (I’m in love with that movie) and I suspect it will since I believe it is more “best picture material”.  Yet this 3D masterpiece is definitely worth seeing  and is definitely a close second favorite!

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