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Soul Searcher Question Wednesday, December 3rd

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 12/5/2014 8:08AM

    Maine when I can get a vacation and the Salt Cave at the Spa when I can't take a vacation.

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BEFIT014 12/4/2014 4:21AM

    In my Nook. emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/4/2014 1:35AM

    walks and books

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/3/2014 10:40PM

    Inside a book.. well my Kindle.

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A_RARE_BEAN 12/3/2014 7:28AM

    Inside myself...no matter where I am if I don't get my head straight peace is naught but a wish. And the internal world is vast and expansive and always brings peace if I look deep enough emoticon

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JCLJR4547 12/3/2014 6:50AM

  ANYWHERE I CAN BE ALONE!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/3/2014 6:49AM

    For a walk in the woods and, when that isn't possible, to my basement. I've created a space down there for myself..... known to the family as "The PatCave" emoticon

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Soul Searcher Question Tuesday, 12/2

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 12/4/2014 8:16AM

    my friends always make me laugh

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/2/2014 11:51AM

    These questions.. Particularly this one. Also long time friends. It doesn't matter how long it's been since I've seen them.

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RAINBOWMF 12/2/2014 7:52AM

    We have had so many days with no sun, so I would have to say when I get to see the sun, I smile. I will also have to say my pets. They never stop making me smile,

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EVILCECIL 12/2/2014 7:50AM

  My wife - of course!
My puppy also.
Also the challenges of a new day.

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ELRIDDICK 12/2/2014 7:02AM

  Grandkids

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CHERYLHURT 12/2/2014 6:54AM

  My beloved husband of 40 years!

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BABYSOX 12/2/2014 6:53AM

    My pets do something every day to make me smile.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/2/2014 6:51AM

    My grandchildren, sunny days, Christmas lights, a good comedy on tv emoticon

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Soul Searcher Question Monday, 12/1st

Monday, December 01, 2014

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 12/2/2014 8:25AM

    Memories of family

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BEFIT014 12/2/2014 6:03AM

    PB & Fluff sandwich with Chicken & Stars soup. My grandmother would always have that ready & waiting for me in he winter when I got home from school. And we'd talk, then I'd go out & play in the snow. Good memories!

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/1/2014 8:51PM

    Camping trips across the country every 4 or 5 years growing up. FUN

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RAINBOWMF 12/1/2014 10:52AM

    Family

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/1/2014 9:30AM

    Playing with my children when they were small emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/1/2014 8:38AM

    Being a teenager in the 70s (nuff said) :-)

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/1/2014 8:38AM

    Hanging out with my Dad while he barbequed in our backyard

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/1/2014 8:34AM

    My kids when they were little - so many fond memories!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/1/2014 8:12AM

    When I think of some of the cute/funny things my sons said when they were little.

When my husband was out of town for a few days, upon his return, my youngest who was three at the time said, "Dad, I missed you real HARD!" When my oldest was around 5, I made him mad one day, and he wrote a note that read, "I HAT my mom!" Of course, with a few hugs and kisses, he soon got over it. emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 12/1/2014 7:24AM

    birthdays, my friends, travelling

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DMEYER4 12/1/2014 6:58AM

  family holidays

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BABYSOX 12/1/2014 6:39AM

    memories of my mom
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Soul Searcher Question Sunday, 11/30th

Sunday, November 30, 2014

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 12/1/2014 9:18AM

    son Joshua emoticon

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BABYSOX 12/1/2014 6:47AM

    Mom...she has been gone 15 years and her birthday is just before Christmas.

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BEFIT014 12/1/2014 5:21AM

    Grandparens emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 11/30/2014 10:33PM

    family

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/30/2014 7:32PM

    Mom. She is still on this earth but with Alzheimers doesn't know who I am. I miss the days we would just talk on the phone and talk about everything.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/30/2014 7:20PM

    Mom, who passed away 30 years ago. A day doesn't go by that I do not think of her and miss her.

HUGS
Pam

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A_RARE_BEAN 11/30/2014 3:42PM

    muchness emoticon

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JUNA89 11/30/2014 9:10AM

    opportunities...... emoticon emoticon

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YMWONG22 11/30/2014 8:38AM

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/30/2014 8:17AM

    Dad emoticon emoticon

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11 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Stress

Saturday, November 29, 2014

**This is a long read but worth it** taken from Hack Life

We all have an idea in our heads about how things are, or how they’re supposed to be, and sadly this is what often messes us up and stresses us out the most. Realize this. Sometimes life doesn’t give you what you WANT because you NEED something else. And what you need often comes when you’re not looking for it. You won’t always understand it and that’s OK. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. And then just when you think it can’t get any better, it does.

The key is detachment – letting go of the life you expected, so you can make the best of the life that’s waiting for you. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Here are some strategies for making this happen:

1. Create some healthy space for yourself. – Sometimes you are just too close to the puzzle to see the big picture. You need to take a few steps back to gain clarity on the situation. The best way to do this is to simply take a short break – a breather – a vacation – and explore something else for a little while. Why? So you can return to where you started and see things with a new set of eyes. And the people there may see you differently too. Returning where you started is entirely different than never leaving.

2. Accept the truth and practice being grateful for what is. – To let go is to be grateful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and helped you learn and grow. It’s the acceptance of everything you have, everything you once had, and the possibilities that lie ahead. It’s all about finding the strength to embrace life’s challenges and changes, to trust your intuition, to learn as you go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue taking positive steps forward. (Read The Untethered Soul.)

3. Say less and breathe more when you’re angry. – Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. True story. When you’re infuriated with someone, take a few deep breaths, sit quietly and think for a moment. Acknowledge the true source of your anger. Anger always bleeds from the inside out. Remember that we need to fix ourselves first before we attempt to fix or influence others. Trying to change others is a common recipe for prolonging the suffering. Taking responsibility for changing yourself, and how you deal with the actions of others, is a recipe for growth, freedom and happiness.

4. Forgive with all your heart, as often as necessary. – Forgiveness is a constant attitude of choosing happiness over hurt – acceptance over resistance. It’s about acknowledging that we’re all mistaken sometimes; sometimes even the best of us do foolish things – things that have severe consequences. But it doesn’t mean we are evil and unforgiveable, or that we can’t be trusted ever again. Know this. Sit with it. It might take time to forgive, because it takes strength to forgive. Because when you forgive, you love with all your might. And when you love like this, a heavenly, healing light shines upon you. This forgiveness – true forgiveness – brings you to a place where you can sincerely say, “Thank you for that experience,” and mean it with all your heart.

5. Concentrate only on what can be changed. – Realize that not everything in life is meant to be modified or perfectly understood. Live, let go, learn what you can and don’t waste energy worrying about the things you can’t change. Focus exclusively on what you can change. And if you can’t change something that’s upsetting you, change the way you think about it. Review your options and then re-frame what you don’t like into a starting point for achieving something different in your life. (Read Loving What Is.)

6. Make the NOW your primary focus. – Now is the moment. The past is just a memory. The future is a mental projection. You can choose to dwell back in the past for learning and joyous reflection. You can choose to dwell in the future for visualization and practical planning. However, any time your awareness floats away to the past or future frequently for negative purposes, you are suffocating your ability to thrive in the only moment you ever have – the NOW. Past and future literally do not exist right now; feel the freedom in this truth.


7. Embrace your quirks, your mistakes, and the fact that life is a lesson. – Life is a ride. Things change, people change, but you will always be YOU; so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone or anything. You have to dare to be yourself, in this moment, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. It’s about realizing that even on your weakest days you get a little bit stronger, if you’re willing to learn. Which is why, sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your trouble and hard work isn’t what you get, but who you become.

8.Nurture your self-worth. – Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is simply believing you’re worthy of the trip. And you are! You are worth it. Tattoo that right onto your brain… Seriously! The world starts to respond when you believe that about yourself. It doesn’t always look like you thought it would, but positive shifts begin to take place when you start to recognize and acknowledge your own self-worth. So watch your thoughts and stop any self-deprecating thoughts dead in their tracks. Remind yourself that once upon a time, in an unguarded, honest moment, you recognized yourself as a worthy friend.

9. Pay less attention to people’s judgments. – Most people hasten to judge in a desperate attempt to not be judged themselves. In other words, their judgments are shallow and based on their own insecurities, and thus not worth worrying about. And honestly, no one has the right to judge you anyway. People may have heard your stories, and they may think they know you, but they can’t feel what you are going through; they aren’t living YOUR life. So forget what they think and say about you. Let it GO. Focus on how you feel about yourself, and keep walking the path that feels best under your feet. (Marc and I discuss this in detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

10. Do everything with a touch of kindness. – Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is… you guessed it… to be kind. Whatever can be done, can be done more effectively when you add kindness. Whatever words are spoken, will always be more compelling when expressed with kindness. The kind deeds you exert in just one moment can have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime. Your days will be brighter and your years fuller when you add kindness to your purpose. Choose to be kind every day, and you’re truly choosing to live in a world with less stress and more happiness.

11. Savor life’s goodness. – Life is a bowl of fruit; some fruit are rotten while others are good for you. It’s your duty to sort through it, toss out the rotten ones and forget about them, while you enjoy eating the good ones. Don’t be confused by others who seem to be doing the exact opposite. Ultimately you will realize there are two kinds of people in this world: those who choose to disregard the good fruit and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who, like you, choose to toss out the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.

  
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DS9KIE 11/30/2014 10:35PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/30/2014 9:16AM

    Great words to live by

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BABYSOX 11/30/2014 8:15AM

    I agree with so many of these. Thanks for the reminders.

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BEFIT014 11/30/2014 6:20AM

    #3 is SO true!

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PJMX18 11/29/2014 12:22PM

    Great post!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/29/2014 12:11PM

    Very good. Thank you for sharing this!

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