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Your Infinite Potential

Are you happy with where you’re at in your life right now? I know, 2020 put a real damper on that thing we call “happiness”. It does not help when the mass media constantly tells us we might as well forget real happiness any time soon; we “need to” hunker down and settle for thoughts grounded in limitation.

Consider this. It’s a new year and psychologically a clean slate (if we allow it to be). Waking up and honestly addressing the root of unhappiness is the first important step to changing it. It’s just too easy to gloss it over, or numb it with small pleasures. I’m seeing way too many “jokes” out there about the weight people put on eating junk food in 2020 to salve their misery.

This article outlines six factors that require just a little effort and are likely to increase your happiness quotient. If you don’t want to read the whole article, scroll to the bottom: The formula for a happy life… 

The sky is not the limit. You are full of INFINITE possibilities. Big changes require baby steps. And the good feeling you get from a small change grows into desire to do more. It’s the ripple effect.

I’ve started a journal of my daily actions and successes, big and small, that contribute to my happiness and sense of fulfillment this year. What are you doing right now to move towards yours in 2021?

Inspirational Quotes:

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and openhearted vision of people who embrace life.”
~ John Lennon

“You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Muhammad Ali

“The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.”
Sarah Dessen

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The Doorway 2021

Any new year can be a little daunting. There is all that self-assessment of the year past, and realizing that perhaps we didn’t accomplish quite what we intended 365 days ago. There is certainly some of that going on for me today.

BUT, in it I am also cutting myself some slack by realizing that life sometimes dishes out some unexpected surprises, and, we can’t always see into the future (and therefore plan for it) as well as we hope to. I love Isak Dinesen’s quote from Out of Africa, “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”

After all, are not the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns in the road, part of what makes life exciting and challenging? It is often the journey and our lessons that hold the most satisfaction, not the destination we think we want. From that point of view and in the fullness of time, 2020 may well prove to be one of our best years ever. It was a turning point like no other. It opened our eyes. It gave us some clarity.

The great realization is that even though I didn’t fulfill all my goals, I achieved enough to encourage me forward on my path. This year gifted me with clarity in the bigger picture of my purpose. That is huge! Today something deep within me whispers, “keep going”. I therefore will push forward with renewed determination, vigor, and vision, whilst making some alterations with my compass.

Every new year holds within it the potentiality and opportunity to create something completely new. If 2020 showed us nothing else, it is that we are ready for some big changes, and I mean that in a good way. The “same old, same old” just isn’t working for us any more.

What will be your vision of life for 2021? What are the thoughts, dreams, intentions, and actions today that will manifest your vision in the coming days? Your life is your story and no one else’s. Own your story. Do everything within your power this year to make it a beautiful and fulfilling one.

I wish for you the realization of your deepest dreams, and I look forward to sharing many more words with you in 2021. Happy New Year!

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Grow Your Soul

We all experienced discouragement, and some of us even despair, in this peculiar year called 2020. This year was not “normal”, but in fact these feelings are always part of life. Perhaps it was heightened because we were feeling it collectively and globally. Every person we encountered became a potential mirror for our inner landscape.

We may not all recognize it yet, but the silver lining is that 2020 was a year of extreme soul growth. Our souls use obstacles and disappointments to learn and grow. When I look back at the most difficult challenges over my lifetime, I would not want to do them over. But when I evaluate the growth in myself, it has been tremendous. I am grateful for those soul lessons. I am stronger because of them.

When we are struggling in darkness, it can be difficult to see light. Other people can extend a loving hand, either with a different perspective, or, hands-on assistance. But in the end, we must own our inner journey. It is ours. It is we who develop the fortitude and mindset to deal with whatever life throws at us.

During one particularly tough time in my life, focusing on gratitude helped tremendously. That’s right! Really seeing and acknowledging all of the blessings, big and small, that surrounded me. I built on that. It created a positive mindset, in which I could then conceive of hope and possibilities and solutions.

Light begets light, and that which we focus on expands.

This Psychology Today article outlines small, simple actions that can bring us closer to happiness: 10 Simple Ways to Find Happiness

Inspirational Quotes:

“If seeds despaired in their darkest hours, they would never rise to enjoy their brightest days.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo

“Challenges are part of life. Overcoming them makes you a stronger person.”  ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

“A quick way to overcome your despair… is to go out and help someone else overcome theirs!” ~ Timothy Pina

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

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2021: Face It Head On

2020 has been a year of unimaginable change. Overnight our global reality was turned on its ear. Think of it, no one on this planet has been untouched by the changes this year. And as we all know, much of it has not been pretty.

Facing a new year is daunting when we feel SO let down by the year 2020.  How many will ring in 2021 with joyous expectation, with a feeling that they are empowered to take on fresh challenges and build something new? The narrative in the news is constantly one of illness, fear, and disempowerment. We are being told we are weak. No, we are not! We are only we weak if we believe it to be so.

2020 presented us with scenarios that greatly challenge our mental comfort level. Question is, in 2021 will we rise to the occasion and proactively deal with the challenges that have been thrust upon us? Or, will we complacently sit back and wait for change to “happen to us”?

There is a New Year’s cartoon circulating right now. Picture a crowd of people in a hallway, peering nervously around the corner and down the next hall at a door signed 2021. The door is slightly ajar, and the leader is prodding the door open with a long pole to see what’s behind it before anyone proceeds.

No, no, no! Have we allowed 2020 to crush our spirits so badly that we hang back in fear? There is nothing behind that mysterious door that can defeat us, unless we let it be so. Let us walk through the door courageously, confidently, resolutely. With this attitude, we can create the change we want in the world and live our lives accordingly. Let us make a pledge to ourselves for 2021, to live life consciously, creatively, and intentionally towards that goal.

For more on confronting change, here’s an inspiring article from Lifehack about why it’s actually good for us:
How the chaos in your life builds character

Inspirational Quotes:

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~ Helen Keller

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Golden Moments

“Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn.” are the profound last lines of the poem, Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day, by Delmore Schwartz. It’s a beautiful philosophical contemplation of the passage of time, with a particularly great wrap-up last stanza.

The seconds, minutes, hours tick away relentlessly. Our lives are busy, and inundated with many distractions and responsibilities. Lately I’m looking at my age and thinking, “Wow! It’s going faster than I ever imagined at age 18.”

Realistically, we don’t have time to sit around and endlessly ponder about the value of time and our lives. But, it’s useful to carve out a little time (from time to time) for such introspection. Because your life IS precious, and the clock IS ticking. Ask yourself in this moment, are you spending it the way you would really like to?

The new year 2021 will soon be upon us. In retrospect, too many precious moments fell through the cracks in the turmoil of 2020, never to be lived. It is a good time now to think about how we will spend 2021. Because indeed, these are our lives, and it is OUR time.

It is crucially important (now more than ever) to have vision and intention for our lives. Otherwise, we will just end up with someone else’s idea of how life should be.

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