Thoughts For The Day ~ Repost

 

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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”  ~ Viktor Frankl

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Something happens to us…then there is a heartbeat…and then we respond. Within that heartbeat, that minute space, there is a vast reservoir of freedom and power because, in that instant, lives our gift of choice. We pass over that moment in a rush to respond…but if we can strengthen our awareness to expand our focus of this moment, it opens up a great potential for growth. As the quote says, there is freedom in knowing we have that choice of how to respond…and that can change everything. Because it is in how we respond that sets the tone of how what happens to us plays out. And that gives us so much more command over our lives, rightly so. It also gives us more responsibility for our lives…but what is responsibility…but the ability to respond.

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“We tend to be held back from our goals by the simplicity of our comfort zones…but just how comfortable are we? Wouldn’t we be more content living in our dreams?”  ~ Michelle C. Ustaszeski

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

“The simplicity of our comfort zones”…This really caught my attention. Because I never thought of comfort zones as simplistic…but it makes sense. It may be “simpler” to stay in our comfort zones than it is to take the risk to break out of them. But as the quote says, how comfortable are we really within those zones? We create them because we are uncomfortable with something in our lives, but we are either afraid or unmotivated to make a change. So really, they do not offer us as much comfort as we would think. The question is ~ comfort vs. content. Should we settle for a comfort zone or aspire to be content by living in and following our dreams?

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“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We are fortunate in that we do have the ability and the right to choose our own path. We might think that circumstances force our path, and indeed, they do influence our progress. But…we are always at choice about what path we decide to follow. If we can remember that…even when it does not appear so…there are unlimited possibilities at our fingertips, then we will see that those paths are fluid and we can choose how and where those paths flow. Acknowledge this privilege, and honor your path by knowing it is a sacred gift and following its truth.

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

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“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“We are more than just physical beings. We are whispers of love, dancing in the breeze.” ~Michael Teal

“Love transcends the self. If you exist in a feeling of love – you can find it in everything you do, transmit it through your touch, through your words, eyes, and feelings – you can cancel out, with one act of love, thousands of acts of a lower nature.” ~ Orin

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MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We are more than who we think we are. We are more than just physical beings…we are Spirits within a physical self. Don’t forget this. Our Spirits are what connect us to feelings of Love, Compassion, and Caring. It is what we are supposed to be doing here…Loving and living in Harmony. In a huge way, we have forgotten this.

So today’s post is a reminder that…we ARE Love. Love transcends everything. It is what will heal the negative that now rages around our beautiful planet. It may seem overwhelming and impossible to change what is happening…but we must not give in to that belief. The way we can contribute to a force that will change things…is through the energy of…Love.

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Do absolutely everything…with Love. If we each look into our own hearts and make the choice to come from Love when handling the difficulties in our own lives, it will create a pool of Love energy that ripples out, further and further, the more we feed the pool droplets of Love. And…we will feel better within ourselves too. Rather than going about the day with negative thoughts or churlish feelings and moods…what if we just send everything Love.

As the quote by Orin says above…”You can cancel out, with one act of Love, thousands of acts of a lower nature”. Let us see what we can change around us today by coming from an act of Love. It changes us, and changes what is around us. And we are better, much better, for it.

Take Love into your hearts…and into your day. Change your world with Love, and the world will be changed by it too.

I send Love, from the deepest part of my heart and soul, to each of you and out into the world today.

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Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

 

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“When we focus on leading a passionate, meaningful life, we are also inadvertently creating a spectacular ripple effect of inspiration in the lives around us. When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels their passionate energy; and before too long, they are making their own daring leaps while simultaneously inspiring others.” ~ Author Unknown

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

What we do, the actions we take, and how we choose to live our lives…inspires other people. Many times, we may not even know it has happened…but I would bet that every day, by living our True Life and True Self…we touch other people and inspire them, or cause them to look at their own lives and make a change. Think about that. We could be a beacon of Light for someone, just by Being Ourselves and following our path. Dare to leap…and change…and while doing so…inspiring others to do the same. What a dream…to have everyone living their dream!

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“When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.” ~ Cormac McCarthy

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

I love this quote because it speaks to something I have written about here on the blog…that moment between circumstance and choice of action…that second really…that hangs there so briefly between what has happened and how we will react to it. In that split second, we have the power of choice. And, we also know what the best choice is…whether we go on to choose it or not, we know. In the coin toss, as that coin flings and flips in the air…we know which way we want it to land. And that is Our Truth…to live by.

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“Even in the darkest of night there is hope. As the moon lights our path so does hope light our way.” ~ Author Unknown

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

A gentle reminder…to never give up Hope. We Link By the Light of Our Souls with Hope…and are united. We are never alone when we Hope. We all share that…together. Know there is Support, Love, and Hope here for you.

Blessings!

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“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Joshua J. Marine

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Ahhhh, Life’s Challenges…a conundrum. Are they good or bad, positive or negative, worth it or too much work? I believe it is all in how we choose to perceive them. We may not like them while they rage, and we may find them difficult to get past…but without Challenges we have nothing to shake us up and encourage us to get more out of life. Or to see just how strong and creative we are. Certainly Challenges make life interesting…but as the quote says…when we overcome them…that is when we can see what meaning our Life truly has.

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

This is a powerful quote. It is true that…almost anything we have in life can be taken away, one way or another. But…one thing that cannot be taken from us…is the Power To Choose…and in this case, to choose the attitude with which we approach all that happens to us. It is a gift, a privilege, this freedom…and we should never forget we have it. Because the attitude we choose has everything to do with whether we succeed or not.

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“On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%…and that’s pretty good.” ~ Author Unknown

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

I LOVE this quote! I have written a bit on this blog about bad days and how to overcome them. And that, if we think about it, those bad moments we have that we think we cannot get past…we do get past them. We live through them, and pass on to the next moment, and the next. We are experts at getting through the tough moments…because we are still here, in this moment, and there is still a choice to be made about what we will do in this moment. Perfect! We are geniuses at enduring rough days. Think about it…and put that in your Self-Confidence and Self-Worthiness basket. The next time you think you “can’t make it”…remember, you have a 100% successful track record at “making it”. And that is genius!

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

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“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”  ~ Viktor Frankl

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Something happens to us…then there is a heartbeat…and then we respond. Within that heartbeat, that minute space, there is a vast reservoir of freedom and power because, in that instant, lives our gift of choice. We pass over that moment in a rush to respond…but if we can strengthen our awareness to expand our focus of this moment, it opens up a great potential for growth. As the quote says, there is freedom in knowing we have that choice of how to respond…and that can change everything. Because it is in how we respond that sets the tone of how what happens to us plays out. And that gives us so much more command over our lives, rightly so. It also gives us more responsibility for our lives…but what is responsibility…but the ability to respond.

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“We tend to be held back from our goals by the simplicity of our comfort zones…but just how comfortable are we? Wouldn’t we be more content living in our dreams?”  ~ Michelle C. Ustaszeski

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

“The simplicity of our comfort zones”…This really caught my attention. Because I never thought of comfort zones as simplistic…but it makes sense. It may be “simpler” to stay in our comfort zones than it is to take the risk to break out of them. But as the quote says, how comfortable are we really within those zones? We create them because we are uncomfortable with something in our lives, but we are either afraid or unmotivated to make a change. So really, they do not offer us as much comfort as we would think. The question is ~ comfort vs. content. Should we settle for a comfort zone or aspire to be content by living in and following our dreams?

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“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

We are fortunate in that we do have the ability and the right to choose our own path. We might think that circumstances force our path, and indeed, they do influence our progress. But…we are always at choice about what path we decide to follow. If we can remember that…even when it does not appear so…there are unlimited possibilities at our fingertips, then we will see that those paths are fluid and we can choose how and where those paths flow. Acknowledge this privilege, and honor your path by knowing it is a sacred gift and following its truth.

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Blessings!

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“You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.”  ~ Denis Waitley

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

We have all heard the saying “seeing is believing” in some form, and agreed. It is true that, when we “see” something, then beyond a shadow of a doubt, we can believe it, because we are seeing it with our very own eyes, or senses. But I love the quote above for taking it a step further, because indeed, when we “Believe” in something, then we are seeing it for its truth as well. So, Believe in what you want to create in your life, Believe wholeheartedly…and you will surely See it come to Light.

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“In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom.”  ~ Gabriella Goddard

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

When we are still, in the quiet we can hear the voice of wisdom…and it whispers the potential of the moment. And with potential present…the possibilities are limitless. With every possibility, a choice is born…as limitless as the possibility. And always…where there are choices…there is Freedom. Because we always have a Choice…we are always Free to make them. We are only ever “stuck” if we fail to see the Potential of the Possibilities of the many Choices we have at hand to make to live as we wish and Live Free.

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“Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes, this is what awakens us.”  ~ Steven Tyler

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

In a perfect world, we would not have to endure Sorrow, or its affect on our lives. But…it is not a perfect world…and none of us can avoid Sorrow, or its causes. But, it is at those moments of deep Sorrow and Pain that we find out who we really are…and our capacity to endure, grow, learn, and become enlightened. If we were always happy, with no difficulties to bear, we would never know the depths our Souls can reach in overcoming them. Sorrow awakens us to our potential for knowledge, growth…and cultivating our Spirit.

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

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“The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. We forget about all the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far.” ~ Paulo Coelho

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Is this the reason we sometimes (or often) do not get what we want in life? Is it that deep down we feel guilty because…we do not feel worthy of it, or we fear we have not done enough to credit our receiving it, or feel that, if “Chester” over there has not gotten his desires, then surely we do not deserve ours to be fulfilled? And how dare we even ask for it? But, when we add up the sum of what we have endured in our lives…relative to our own self and not comparing to any other…who has the right to judge our worthiness but us? Drop the guilt, hoist worthiness to your soul…and go get what you desire.

Thoughts Story

“What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.” ~ Rabih Alameddine

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Life happens. And daily we tell ourselves stories about why and how it happens. In order to live a true and purposeful life, we must become aware of the stories we tell ourselves…and make certain they are the truth. False and embellished stories lead us into chapters best left unwritten. For the glorious story of your life…write it true and well.

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“Wisdom means to choose now what will make sense later. I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire and not terrify me.”  ~ Tracee Ellis Ross

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

The choices we make every day do not just impact that moment or event that the choice is about. Choices are like pebbles tossed in a pool of water…they create ripples that flow into our future. We know where we are at this moment…and where we would like to be. That space between is the flowing river of our lives and, if we look closely to see the vegetation, growth, rhythm, and life within it, should encourage and empower us. So that when we make a choice, we know the ripple will carry us into the flow, into the future. Be mindful, and choose from the inner wisdom that springs from this knowledge.

Blessings!