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1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
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Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others. -- Charles W. Eliot
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YELLING AT YOUR KIDS
Gleaned from newsletters from and articles at fathers.com
Years ago Harvard professor William James said The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. From infancy right through old age, in our own ways, we're all asking the same questions:
Does anyone love me?
Am I special to someone?
Am I appreciated?It's a shame that so many children grow up without getting affirmative answers to those questions.
Someone explained that kids often misbehave because they want attention, and parents often use their strongest emotions and their LOUDEST words when they're angry, which doesn't solve the problem at hand and can actually reinforce the kids' bad behavior.
So take the concept to the opposite extreme. When one of your kids brings home a good report card or does something nice for someone else, yell at the top of your lungs, "Good job!" or, "That's fantastic!" As you might imagine it sometimes shocks the kids, but when they realize what is happening, that Dad is actually affirming and appreciating them, they definitely feel the love. Would something like that work for you?
Remember that your words have great power with your children. You can bet they'll remember many of your statements for years to come; their whole outlook on life could be shaped, for better or for worse, by something you say. And even in everyday life, your children will respond much better to positive words than they will to criticism, preaching at them, or nagging them to do what you want. Instead, whenever possible, use words intentionally to bless and to build up, whether you yell those positive words, whisper them, or simply speak them as a normal part of the day.
● Ask your children, Do I yell at you sometimes? How does it make you feel?
● Strive to give your children at least one sincere compliment every day. It will require you to think, plan, observe, notice, and initiate.
● For every negative or corrective comment you make to your child, give them six or seven positive, affirming words of praise and blessing.
● When you need to correct your child, find a way to do it without shaming or belittling them. Don't say anything until you can keep your voice down and maintain a calm tone.
● Instead of reminding your child about what they did wrong or what they shouldn't do, try telling them what you want them to do. Instead of "Stop fighting with your brother," try, "What's a solution that both of you can live with?"
● Keep up the good work!
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Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rocks, rainbows and roses, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, act silly, fly kites, have a merry heart, talk with animals, sing in the shower, read childrens' books, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, hold hands and hug and kiss, dance, laugh and cry for the health of it, wonder and wander around, feel happy and precious and innocent, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, give up worry and guilt and shame, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw and paint, see things differently, fall down and get up again, look at the sky, watch the sun rise and sun set, watch clouds and name their shapes, watch the moon and stars come out, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, daydream, do nothing and do it very well, learn new stuff, be excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the other kids on the block, and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, relaxation, communication and life energy to...all living beings on this planet. -- Bruce Williamson, "It's Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood"
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Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape. -- Mary Caroline Richards
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I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work? -- William Allingham
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You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. -- Franz Kafka