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Four Reminders That You Can Be Successful — July 31, 2020

Four Reminders That You Can Be Successful

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There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.

Kenneth Blanchard – Author

 

 

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Belief overflows into behavior. First, we need to change what we believe. When we truly change what we believe, we’ll gladly change how we behave.

Craig Groeschel – Pastor

 

 

 

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz

 

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The Colour of Racism — July 10, 2020

The Colour of Racism

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Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible. ~ Maya Angelou

Racism is learned behaviour no one is born a racist and for whatever reason, some people cling to it like they do religion, maybe it makes them feel safe. Maybe it makes them feel superior in some way. I’ve had people say to me, “Oh I’m not racist” yet they clutch their purse just a bit closer whenever a person of colour gets on the same elevator as them or they move a few rows down when a Muslim gets on the same bus. WE all have our own unconscious biases some more extreme than others but they’re undeniably there.

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Reverting To A Conscious Way Of Living — June 12, 2020

Reverting To A Conscious Way Of Living

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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
~ Henri Nouwen

Today I am in deep reflection on how drastically life has changed in the past few months. The world is realigning, we are being forced to revert to a more simpler, gentler, and conscious way of living.

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Life Is Something to Celebrate — May 15, 2020

Life Is Something to Celebrate

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Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much—the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky—celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!”
― Osho

My rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in the past six months, then you don’t need it,. However, when we moved last September, there were a lot of stuff we had to give away because there was not enough space in our new place to fit everything we had accumulated over the past few years.  It was difficult sorting and resorting and deciding what to keep and what to give away.  However, enormous the lot seemed, trust me, it was nothing compared to the stuff I had to wade through before leaving The Bahamas six years ago  This time around there we very few things that I hadn’t used in six months but there were lots of stuff I had bought for those special occasions, that only came out on those “special occasions!”

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Recognizing The Endless Opportunities Life Presents Us — May 8, 2020

Recognizing The Endless Opportunities Life Presents Us

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“So many things are possible as long as you don’t know they are impossible.” “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” “Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.”

This poem was posted in a group I’m in, it speaks about the world which offers many levels to us while revealing our inner selves. There is still 24hours in the day and though a lot of us are currently going racing into work each day, our days are still pretty much brimming over with things to do. For me, life is the same as it has always been if one thing stops, there’s always something else starting.

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Freedom Lies On The Other Side Of Fear — May 1, 2020

Freedom Lies On The Other Side Of Fear

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“Fear robs you of your freedom to make the right choice in life that can bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. On the other side of fear, lies freedom. If you want to grow, you need to be brave and take risks. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.”
~Roy T. Bennett

In keeping with my Anti-Covid post, I’m sharing a few videos that I’ve either been tagged in on Social Media or emailed to me. I hope they bring you just as much inspiration as they did me.

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Staying Sane In A World On The Edge Of Insanity — April 24, 2020

Staying Sane In A World On The Edge Of Insanity

 

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“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”
~Shannon L. Alder

For the past few weeks, we’ve all be inundated with the Coronavirus. We’ve chatted about it with Family and Friends, we’re still keeping in touch with. I must confess, there have been times I felt myself on that brink of a meltdown, it’s not the staying home part that’s pushing me to the edge. It’s all the paranoia surrounding the pandemic, people are really letting their fear get the most of them. It’s not being able to do something as simple as grocery shopping. It’s the constant battle to remain sane when the world seems to be on the edge of insanity right now.

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How Creating A Rainbow Mindset Can Change Your Life — April 17, 2020

How Creating A Rainbow Mindset Can Change Your Life

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Rainbows are full of love, peace, dreams & hopes.
~Anthony T.Hincks

Looking around my neighbourhood I can see many photos and handpainted posters of Rainbows stuck to windows, a wonderful tribute to all the hardworking men and woman of our  National Health Service.  Rainbows are a symbol of peace and a promise that all will be well.  They’re often visible after a storm when that first light breaks through those dark clouds signifying that the storm is over.  They may have a different meaning to different people, some folklore says there’s a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, some see rainbows the same way they see shooting stars, cross your fingers, make a wish and that wish will come true but for the most part, rainbows are a symbol of hope!

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The Importance of Living in Gratitude  — April 3, 2020

The Importance of Living in Gratitude 

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“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”
~Roy T. Bennett

Like most of you reading this right now, I’m in lockdown. While I value the time I get to spend with my family, I worry about my family who is not with me and my friends who are currently still working. The hours have melted into days, days into weeks and before you know it weeks will melt into months.  As you transition your lives to accommodate the changes set before you, you should not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the feeling of fear!  Rather invite that of gratitude!

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Taming The Wandering Mind — March 20, 2020

Taming The Wandering Mind

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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

The mind is one of our greatest assets. It’s a wonderful thing and it’s also a wandering thing. Unchecked it can wander off into blissful oblivion for hours on end, it happens to the best of us. There’s nothing at all wrong with a wandering mind as long you learn to tame that wandering mind and able to make that U-turn back to reality. Just the other day I wandered off to my grandmother’s kitchen, the smell of fresh bread and caramelized sugar permeated the room so profusely I could taste those cinnamon buns.  Then I had to snap out of it. Reality was knowing at the door.

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