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!

 

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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Happy Things!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about my own exciting life.  To tell the truth, my life hasn’t been very exciting at all.  The past summer was much too uncomfortable to go on many hikes, and the most exciting thing about it was the fact that it was a perfect excuse to read more books!

We did get a lot of wood processed, took a few more trees down, and hopefully will have some wood left-over after this winter.  I’ve been plugging away at my writing for my 360 Days of Haiku…I am looking forward to the end of this year, and do not intend to do this again anytime soon.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I came up with this insane idea.  However, it will be over soon…so I’m sure I’ll come up with another crazy idea for next year.

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I’ve also been taking lots of pictures because not only did I write one haiku per day, I also took a picture for each one.  So, I’ve been getting as creative as I could.

I went to see lots of movies.  I love movies, and could watch at least one a day if I let myself.  Some I’ve seen include: Atomic Blond, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Peppermint, Bohemian Rhapsody, Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther and many more.  As a matter of fact, I’ve gone to more movies this year than I have in the last few years put together.   Along with all this happiness, I went to see Postmodern Jukebox last week and was thrilled!  What talent!  If you haven’t checked them out on YouTube, I suggest that you do so.

There have been many walks with my dog, Duffy this year.  Since he is getting a little “older” – he’s now 8 ½ years now, he gets special hip and joint medicine and the vet has him on some anti-inflammation for when we do longer walks.  He still thinks he’s a puppy, so he can do some damage to himself if I’m not careful…he’s all about the stick/ball/Frisbee.

I hope you’ve been putting some happiness in your lives.  Share some of what you’ve done recently that has made you happy in the comments below.

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Changing Energy

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Lately life has been a struggle.  I’ve been moderately depressed for a while now, and have been thinking about how I can change my outlook.  I really want to make my home a peaceful place that is both organized and homey.  What I want is a place to recover from the outside world and find peace and a soothing atmosphere.  While this sounds like a wonderful idea, some of the less peaceful aspects of my life have to do with the people whom I live with.  When I came across the above quote, I realized that the only thing that I can actually do is to try to create the space I need/want, and see if it helps me.

I can’t change the energy that others emit, nor can I change their behavior/words/actions.  I can only worry about what I do, how I do it, and create the space that I need.  So, that’s what I’m going to do.  I know that one of my goals for the month of November was to organize and de-clutter my living room and dining room so that’s where I am going to start this process.

How do you create peace in your life?  Let me know if you have any ideas.  Let’s help to create peace one space at a time.

October Review & November Goals

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One of the goals I wanted to accomplish in October was to de-clutter.  While I have done some of that, there is a more that needs to be done.  I’ve written creatively, but most of that has to do with my daily haiku project.  I did manage to finish one 600-word story, so kudos to me.  Unfortunately, working on my reading and studying for my business kind of went off the rails – no excuses… oh, believe me I have excuses, but seriously, no excuses.  On the positive side I’ve worked out daily, so another goal accomplished – yay me!

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Goals for November:

  1. De-clutter dining room and living room.
  2. One hour per day writing creatively.
  3. Get Christmas gifts – no more of that running around like a lunatic in December.
  4. Weekly menu planning.
  5. Work on School and Website.
  6. Work-out daily.

Have you made a list of your goals for the month?  Let me know in the comments below and we can encourage each other over the course of this month.

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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.