Working on Yourself Helps Others

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This time of year can be very depressing for many people.  I tend to bounce between anxiety to happiness, sometimes in a matter of minutes.  So, it’s really important to focus on what you need, and how you treat others, especially if your own emotions are flying all over the place.  Slow down, take a breath and find the calmness in yourself.  When you do this, you can interact in a much more positive way with others.  Then, tackle all the additional things that need to be done.

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Dreams are Soul’s Wishes

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What an interesting quote.  Do you think this is true?  What are your dreams – you know, those “crazy” ideas you have for living the life you desire – fulfilling your deepest wishes.  Do you feel that they are much too hard to attain, or have you slowly but surely been working on them all along?  I remember reading the story of a man who had always wanted to obtain a higher education, so he decided upon retirement that he was going to go to college, but couldn’t afford it.  His solution was to go anyway and audit the classes (this simply meant that he could do the work, but not receive any credit).  His friends gave him a hard time, telling him that he’d be too old when he finished, but his response was that he’d be that age anyway, so what difference would it make.  Some ten years later, he was still auditing various courses, doing the course work and passing every class.  The college finally gave him an honorary degree for his dedication to learning.  Needless to say, he was the same age he would have been anyway, only now he’d gotten the education he’d always wanted.  Life is to be lived, after all.

See, if someone really is courageous enough to follow through on their soul’s wishes, they are often able to find a way to fulfill them.  The problem, I have found, is finding the courage to follow through.  Turn your dreams into actions and fulfill your wishes!

 

December Goals

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I should be honest and say that my main goal for this month is to live through it.  This is the most stressful time of year for me.  After many years of seemingly (actually) disappointing some members of my family no matter what I bought, I find that the holiday can be excruciating.  As the month goes on, my stress levels rise, and I get more and more anxious regarding the gifts that I’ve bought.   I over-think everything and cause myself much more stress than is healthy.  Needless to say, I’m going to try to nip this whole thing in the bud this year, and refuse to over-think it.  After all, the people whom I’m referring to are adults, and their behavior is immature, to say the least.

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I’m still working on finding affordable health care, and since the exchanges close on the 15th, this is my first priority.  I would really appreciate being able to go for an eye exam this year – I just know that I need a new prescription.  Also, after going for a year hoping that nothing terrible happened health-wise, I’d really like to at least know that I’ve got “good” insurance this year (“good” insurance is a relative term, don’t you think)?

Another goal is to decide what did and did not work for me over the last year, and figure out some plans on how to better achieve my goals for the coming year.  Also, further organization has to be done, so there will be more “stuff” taken to the swap-shop at the dump.

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What are your goals for the month?  Let me know in the comments below and we can cheer each other on!

 

 

 

Christmas is Coming!

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Thanksgiving is over and done.  The dishes have been washed and put away.  Those five pounds you’ve put on (I hope not!) will probably add up to a grand total of ten before the holidays are over.  And now, what’s going on?  Just the biggest sales event of the year…Christmas!  It seems that the only thing Christmas is for is extreme consumerism.

I don’t have cable, so I don’t really see all the commercials that most other people do.  I’m not inundated with “buy, buy, buy!” constantly.  I don’t even listen to the radio since I tend to listen to books when I’m cooking and cleaning, and I listen to CD’s while driving.  But even so, I’m also receiving all the advertisements in the mail and inserted in the paper on a daily basis.

You would think that Christmas was all about greed!  Seriously, that’s not what the whole idea behind Christmas is about.  Before you spend your money on “things” this year, consider what it is that truly makes life special.  Spend time with your loved ones.  Create new traditions that involve doing things together.  That’s what they’ll remember long after the new toys are lying broken on the floor.

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What are You a Product of?

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I love this quote.  It reminds me that even though life happens, and sometimes it can be difficult and challenging, I don’t have to let it destroy me.  I can be a product of my decisions regarding those circumstances.

I know that we all think we have some semblance of “control” over our fates.  Life loves to throw us a curve ball every once in a while, and our “game” changes, often through no fault of our own…it’s just life.

So, whenever I feel like wallowing in the negativity of it all, this quote helps bring me back to the realization that even though “whatever” happened, my response to that “whatever” is what matters.  Of course, just like everyone else, I can have some over-the-top initial responses, you know the ones, where you simply lose your head, and give in to the negativity.  However, the decisions and actions that you take after that initial reaction is what actually matters.  So, just remember, you really are not your circumstances, you area product of your decisions.

 

Go and Vote

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Vote for what you believe.  Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!

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You Are in Charge of Your Own Happiness

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The above quote is so important in many ways.  From the time we are born we seek to please others.  As children when our parents were happy than we were happy.  Of course, pleasing others can be a wonderful thing.  The feelings of joy we get from bringing happiness to others is like no other.  But as with many things, this can be taken to the extreme thus causing us unhappiness while we seek to please another.  Once we start putting others happiness above our own happiness on a consistent basis, we’ve crossed the line into ignoring ourselves and putting ourselves last, if our own happiness even makes it onto our list.

True lasting happiness come from within.  No “other” can make us happy, just as we cannot bring true lasting happiness to another.  Look within to find your own happiness.