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I think that everyone knows when someone REALLY speaks from the heart – in other words, in earnest. You know it, but would be hard pressed to explain it. You feel it. And isn’t that so much more effective than a speech? Speak from the heart – people will understand you.
 
 
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Wouldn’t this world be a better place if everyone erred on the side of compassion?
 
 
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Our little girl is planting the seed of a tree. Unnoticed – yes, but making the world a better place!
 
 
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See everything with new eyes - the mystics having been saying this for ages. It can be a hard thing to do but it can also be worth trying. Try looking at something that is very familiar to you and see if you can see it anew. Just look and try to silence the dialogue in your head. Note the textures, the lines, the colors. It can be amazing what new eyes will be able to observe!
 
 
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I have used this cartoon once before yet the message is worth repeating. I don’t think that anyone understands this quote better than new parents. Infants are a load of work but parents so love their baby’s that they don’t seem to mind as much as you might think. This is true of adults as well. No one is perfect and we understand that – we accept others that we love with all their faults and foibles. And hopefully, we apply that standard to ourselves as well.
 
 
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This is a choice that we all have each morning – to let events that I have no control over run my life, or, to decide that I will be happy no matter what happens today. So, why not be happy today? Why let others decide how YOU are going to be? The result may actually irritate some people that you come in contact with, but, hey - that is their problem – not yours.
 
 
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Through out life we are many things, and that’s OK. If we can remember the times when we are at our weakest, we should be able to help others in their hour of need.
 
 
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We live in moments, don’t we? Life is filled with moments and they can often slip by, unnoticed, and nothing – nothing can bring one back. So live your life in the fullness of being aware. Bring your attention to these moments and live life to its fullness. We have been taught this many times and in many ways – every tradition has been telling us this truth. Jesus said over two thousand years ago, “So do not start worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?” This was his way of saying, live in the present moment – don’t miss it! All the wealth in the world can not bring it back – and you need NO wealth to live in the here and now!
 
 
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This is probably easier to say than to do – but wonderful advice none the less.
 
 
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A smile – a pretty simple thing actually. It’s easy to do, requires little thought or preparation – and yet, its impact on someone may be profound. You may have nothing at all to give, but you do have your smile. Give it away to someone – they well may need it!