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Phenomenal Friday-Aspiring To Just Be! — October 5, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Aspiring To Just Be!

 

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.   ~Steve Jobs

This is one of my favourite quotes because there’s so much truth in it. When we look past our insecurities, move beyond our fears and live our own dream wonderful things happen. The following came to me via my mailbox from my aunt and there are some wonderful reminders that we are enough, even when people say we’re not, we are.

Reflections For Aspiring Career Professional

It is likely that every person on the planet has some knowledge that could benefit others, including the people you work with every day. Never write off others because they are too old, too young, too rich, too poor, or any other superficial reason. You’ll be surprised by the wisdom you can gain by simply listening with a non-judgmental ear.

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Phenomenal Friday-Picking UP The Pieces When Life Knocks You Down — September 7, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Picking UP The Pieces When Life Knocks You Down

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Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.
~Mary Manin Morrissey

I’ve gone through a lot in my life and I made a rule to myself to never offer advice to anyone on anything that I have not experienced myself, to never judge anyone because we are all going through something in our lives, sometimes many things.  Things that break us down, things that chips away at the spirit and hurts the soul. Through all the heartbreaks, the heartaches, losses and periods of insanity, life goes on.  Time doesn’t stand still to allow us to catch our breath, there is no timeout after that TKO. We’re expected to put one foot in front of the next, pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and move on. It doesn’t matter what we’re going through the show must go on, life expects the most from us during our darkest days.

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Phenomenal Friday-Experience Everything, Regret Nothing — August 31, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Experience Everything, Regret Nothing

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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu

One week ago I learned that my grand-aunt had died. She was missing for a little over 48hrs, she suffered from Depression, Dementia and Epilepsy. I remember praying night from the time I received that news that she was missing, that she would be found safe. Anyone who has ever lost anyone knows the feeling, so I won’t bore you with the details of emotions that swept through my body upon hearing the news, other than the distance only compounded those emotions. Death indeed reminds us of our immortality, it reminds us to never take anything for granted but most of all I think it reminds us most how important it is to LIVE.

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Phenomenal Friday-A Reflective Poem: “On The Day That I Die” — August 24, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-A Reflective Poem: “On The Day That I Die”

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It’s something we’ve all experienced but something we hate to think about.  What scares us most is the unknowing, we don’t know what’s on the other side and knowing what you have is scarier than not knowing what you’re going to get. Besides the unknowing, death forces us to put everything in perspective, it makes us more aware of our mortality, it makes us more aware of life.

Like many of you, my life has been what seems like an endless rollercoaster right, filled with more downs than ups.  There are moments I’m hoping I never had to go through again, looking back on it all, a part of me is happy for the experience and proud of myself for withstanding the storms. These moments, have made me appreciate the good times even more.

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Phenomenal Friday-The Lessons We Learn in Life — August 17, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-The Lessons We Learn in Life

 

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard

 

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How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.

~Daisaku Ikeda

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Phenomenal Friday-Unapologetically, Dare To Be! — August 10, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Unapologetically, Dare To Be!

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“Dream high, beyond the sky; no matter wings so small, keep vision bright; just dare to learn, for you are born to fly.”
~Vikrmn

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

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Phenomenal Friday-Self-Care, Self-Love And Your Wellbeing! — August 3, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Self-Care, Self-Love And Your Wellbeing!

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How committed are you to taking care of you? Is it a once a week thing? Once a month thing? Once a year or never? We always find time to take of others, our family, our friends, fulfilling our commitments on the job but how much time do we spend thinking about Self-Care, Self-Love and our own Wellbeing? Self Care is much more than keeping up with your doctors or dental appointments, it’s about keeping you healthy from head to toe, inside and out.

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Phenomenal Friday-The Same Opportunity Never Presents Itself Twice — July 27, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-The Same Opportunity Never Presents Itself Twice

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“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
~Francis Bacon

Most of you will be familiar with the proverb that “Opportunity Knocks Once.” This is just one of many paradigms we have been programmed into believing and it’s due to this belief that many people give up when they don’t succeed at something the first time. Throughout your life opportunity will present itself many times but the same opportunity will never present itself twice. Confusing? It’s not really that confusing if you look at it this way. You may have passed up an opportunity of working at a certain company. That single opportunity is gone, it won’t come again. But a similar opportunity could come later on, like the opportunity to start your own business or the opportunity to work for another company that feeds your desire for personal growth. Opportunities will continuously knock at your door, however, the same one never knocks twice.  Life is like a house, it has many doorways with each leading to another room.

If you are the person who is actively seeking your goals, you will recognise the opportunities as they come your way. In my previous employment back home there were many opportunities for me to take a post in America. Due to family commitments and my own lack of self-confidence I turned the opportunity down. Years later, opportunity knocked again. This time it was taking me further away from family and friends and my self-confidence would again be challenged. There was much apprehension, it took me weeks to make up my mind to take such a huge leap. But I did because this time despite the fears my priorities had changed. With this change came the support I needed to embrace this new opportunity and the self-forgiveness for letting so many opportunities pass me by. I learned a long time ago that there are three types of people in this world-The those who make things happen. Those who stand by and watch things happen. Then there are those who wonder what happened. It’s up to you to choose the person you want to be.

This was my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.

~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Richards

Phenomenal Friday-Working Under The Pressure of Non-Team Players — July 13, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Working Under The Pressure of Non-Team Players

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“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”  ~Andrew Carnegie

I have years of experience in the workforce, from business owner to supervisor, manager and now Admin. It’s no secret that the success of any organisation or business hinges on their employees effectively working as a team. Teamwork is no doubt greater than that of working as an individual because each member of that team has their own skills to bring to the table which enhances those of their colleagues. There is, however, that odd occasion when one member of the team steps out into dictatorship role where they tend to undermine the efforts of other team members.

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Phenomenal Friday-Are You Living Without Rhym Or Reason? — July 6, 2018

Phenomenal Friday-Are You Living Without Rhym Or Reason?

 

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“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.”
~Anthon St. Maarten

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