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October, 2012 Archives
Make the most out of every day; you are not going to get a do-over. When you look in the mirror, there is the CEO of your life. It’s not your boss, spouse, friends, and parents–it’s you. So ultimately we have no one to blame for our mistakes, failures, and shortcomings other than ourselves. At some point, we all experience hardships and personal catastrophes. You can keep moving forward if you decide to do so. Pick a career that centers on work you enjoy. Then it becomes play instead of work. On average you are going to work for 60… Read more.
I may only be 13 years old and to some, that may not be lot of years to absorb experience and wisdom. Yet I have endured more than some people have experienced in their lifetime. What matters most in this world is to make a difference and to inspire others. I suffer from a speech disability which renders me unable to communicate like everyone else. I have a hard time getting my words out quickly and most people judge me as a person as soon as I open my mouth to speak. I have fallen victim to bullying by peers,… Read more.
By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Although money, relationships, jobs, or status do not necessarily result in true and lasting happiness, you can find other ideas and practices that will lead to greater, long-lasting happiness. Happy people hold a very important key to their internal state of joy. Happy people take time for themselves. Happy people do the things that they want to be doing. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people. Happy people find a way to see the beauty in life. Happy people are happy because they make happy choices for themselves. They don’t let outside forces control their… Read more.
By B. Lynn Goodwin. “Jay’s run away,” his mom told me over the phone. It was 2 a.m. and I didn’t know what to say. I know that running away is something many 12-year-olds do, but Jay is not an average 12-year-old. He and his younger brother both have autism. At 12 he’s energetic and determined. He’s also as vulnerable and stubborn as a five-year old, and I imagined the same questions were running through his mom’s head and mine: What if he can’t articulate his name or his phone number? What if he walks up to a homeless encampment… Read more.
Giving me 500 words with which to inspire people about living well is sort of like giving a child $500 to spend in a toy store. Where to begin? Let’s start with your first job: learning. Your earliest learning is informal, becoming more structured when school begins. All of your learning, though, helps you to grow. The first step in living well is to do everything you can–formally, informally, and lifelong–to extract from all of this learning not just job training that makes you functional in a certain role, but an education. Educate yourself to become a whole person. Learn… Read more.
Every day should be a positive one, no matter what it may bring you. One way to focus on the positive is to start each day with a mantra to bring in a positive outlook and exclude the negative. Some people like to have one personal mantra they say every day, while others like to switch it up, always staying on the bright side. Here are some daily mantras to keep you in bright, positive spirits. Choose one to be your own, modify them to suit you, or alternate between your favorites. I am thankful for what I have, even… Read more.
My purpose is to use insight, compassion, and the rapid embodiment of wisdom to enable millions of people to experience inner peace, joy, and abundance. What’s yours? If you can’t answer in a single sentence, now is the time to get clear about exactly why you’re on this planet. Frequently we go through life unsure, or even worse, unaware of our purpose. Yes, we have hunches. Rarely though, do we clarify our purpose so that it can be communicated in a single statement. This is what I encourage you to do. Clearly defining your purpose makes all the difference. You… Read more.
You, the young people of today, are the most privileged people who have ever lived on Earth. For the first time in history, one generation—your generation—holds the key to the greatest challenge humans have faced since they became conscious of themselves and the world. It’s the challenge of change: timely change. The world your fathers and forefathers have created is no longer sustainable. This means that if it doesn’t change, it will break down. It cannot keep going as it is. Financial crisis and climate change are just the most visible of the many untenable conditions in the world. Urban… Read more.
It’s been said that we teach what we need to learn and so I write not as someone who has it all figured out, but rather as someone who has spent many years communicating with Angels who have shared these messages over and over again: LISTEN to your heart. Listen to your feelings. And that means ALL of them. It is true that we are divine beings having a human experience but we ARE human! In much of the spiritual community, there seems to be a confusing separation between our divinity and our humanity because many have deemed the spectrum… Read more.
Close your eyes and see your partner with your heart, soul and hands. Follow your intuition. Explore nature with your entire being. Forget about your sight for a few hours and use your other four senses. Grant yourself the grace to simply be on your darkest days. Realize that the only one you have control over is yourself and the only one you can help is yourself. You are not responsible for what other people think, say or do. They are walking their own path and you are walking yours. Never lose your sense of humor. It may be the… Read more.
When I was in first grade, I broke my wrist. When the day finally came for me to get my cast taken off, I wasn’t excited like most kids would be. I was petrified. The doctor came in with a huge tool that looked like a medieval torture device and started cutting my cast off, making a loud irritating sound. After that came the worst part. They had to take the cotton off of my wrist. It was very slightly stuck to the hairs on my skin because the cotton had been on my arm for the past six weeks…. Read more.
By Lisa Cypers Kamen. If you want to find a story of courage, then you should definitely read Chasing Miracles by John F. Crowley. In it, he talks about his family’s tumultous journey with their children, two of which have a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as Pompe disease. These beautiful children, Megan and Patrick, are an inspiration. The book is divided into three parts: strength, hope, and joy. Chapter two is what helped me come up with the title of this blog, because the family’s motto is “Never, never, never quit.” Their story focuses on determination, faith, hope, love,… Read more.
Love your cracks! An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, which each hung on the ends of a pole she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been… Read more.
By B. Lynn Goodwin. Why can’t I get organized, I ask myself. Why do I keep spinning my wheels as I journal? I remembered the words of Temescal Writers leader Joan Marie Wood, who said, “If you keep writing about the same thing over and over, it means you have more to say.” Could I be having issues again about whether or not my stories are mine to share? As a general rule, if it’s my story I have a right to share it, knowing it’s my emotional memory and no one else’s. Besides, that’s a concern to address down… Read more.
Spirituality is the most important and fundamental aspect of living that improves all areas of someone’s life. Focusing on developing your spirituality allows you to be the best person you can be and opens up your senses to a whole new world. Spirituality allows you to listen to your inner voice and feelings as well as connecting with your angels and loved ones through prayer and meditation to help you feel loved, comforted, and to help guide you through uncertain times. Your inner voice, commonly known as your intuition, is constantly at work giving you feelings and notions that can… Read more.
Some people believe that when you have your health you have everything. Yet I know healthy people who are miserable. Others seek to acquire wealth only to discover that, while money can buy things to enjoy, it is not, in-and-of itself, fulfilling. Based on the 15,000 books Amazon sells on this topic, there’s an overabundance of people seeking to be happy. Many have found random moments of happiness: “I’m thrilled when my grandchildren come to visit.” “I have an amazing career!” Yet each condition is transitory, thereby potentially altering our state of mind when change occurs. If your industry folds… Read more.
Whether you are young or old you CAN make a difference! Everyone is different, we all have different strengths, weaknesses and talents, and we just all need to be our true self! When I first started Polished Girlz two years ago, I thought that I was doing something that was very simple, that anyone can do this. But I quickly learned that this simple act of kindness is so much more than just polishing the nails of girls who have special needs or who are in the hospital. It was actually making them happy and made them feel good about… Read more.
By Lisa Cypers Kamen. How can you overcome disappointment? Here are a few simple things that you can try: Get rid of the evidence. Even the greatest thinkers and influential people faced rejection and disappointment. For example, Walt Disney was fired from his first job and look what he did later in life! Einstein failed some of his early classes, and was told by teachers he wasn’t intelligent because he daydreamed too much. In fact, he was daydreaming about the theories he would later change the world with—but the naysayers in his life couldn’t see that! Stay in the mud…. Read more.