Not Everything is Beautiful or Long Lasting

Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.
― Emery Allen

A Christmas Story Pt 4: 6 Reminders for The Happy New Year

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We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.
― Ellen Goodman

We’ve been here before, on the eve of a new year! Whether it’s for religious, cultural or simply by choice, you did not celebrate Christmas, each new year is welcomed by people around the globe in celebration, promises to self that this year life will be appreciated more, all those things that left undone in the previous year, or years will finally be done. We all step into the new year with new hopes of making our days better than ones before.  The year is no different, on this eve of a new year my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude. I am so happy and grateful that I have made it this far with full mental faculties when many days in the past year I questioned whether or not I would. And not to put any additional pressure on me as well as to shield myself from disappointments, I have no great expectations for the incoming year because I will not live an anxious year of imagining what’s coming next.  But rather live my life in the present with the lessons of the past.

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A Christmas Story Pt. 1, Second Chances

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Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it–second chances when all hope was lost.
― Kaya McLaren

I believe in second chances.  I will clarify, I believe that life gives each of us second chances and it’s up to the individual what they do with that second chance. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is probably one of the best know stories that teach us about second chances and how important change is to our overall existence. It’s also one of my favorite Holiday movies.   Whether in a literal sense or figuratively speaking, second chances give us a new lease on life, a new lease on our relationship(s), or a second glimpse of what could be and for that, second chances should be appreciated!  I have heard people who have survived serious illness or some life-threatening events speak about how grateful they were and how that thing that happened to them, changed them. Twenty-Six years ago I survived a life-threatening event that really made me look within. It made me reevaluate my path in life and the direction I wanted to go, nothing like death to make you wake up and take notice. It gives one a sense of place in this universe, opening our eyes to things we may have never noticed before. 

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Find Your Heart & You Will Find Your Way

The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.
― Carlos Barrios

Maintain a Conscious Connection

When we maintain a conscious connection with Gratitude, our presence will naturally radiate a certain beauty and undisturbed, inner tranquillity. Such individuals glow. All such individuals look beautiful and seem irresistible to those who value goodness. They have an attractor field of loveliness which, likewise, tends to bring out the beauty in other people.
― Donna Goddard