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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Dec 10 - With a Grain Of Salt

"The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it."
- Bill Nye

There is alot going on around us.
Kind of overwhelming really.

Governments are arguing like kids in a sandbox.
Economies resemble a pile of puzzle pieces and you just know that there are a few pieces missing.
Technology is leaping past itself it seems almost every month.
The list goes on...some wonderful, some sad, more confusing.

It can be difficult to not take things too serious and let it all pull us under the invisible water line.
I encourage you not to sit and wait, holding your breath in case it happens.
I encourage you to embrace it a little.

While there are alot of negative things that stand out - understand that maybe it is best they do. For we can then then see them more clearly, even the bad things, and see what attention is needed.

And, try to remember that there are alot of hidden jewels in this world, waiting to entice your senses of wonder and enjoyment.

Overall, try not to hide in a circle of what is familiar. Open up some and get to the story behind the headlines. You will find that with a little more awareness, your understanding of what is happening around us will grow - and I am fairly sure you will find more opportunities to change worry, into a shake your head and giggle a bit moment.

Good morning.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Dec 9 - And the Best Will Be

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
- Art Linkletter

We have had the fortune this year of hearing from friends and family that have had some tough times.

Sounds kind of cold when you first read that.

But what I mean is, we have had the fortune to have heard about the misfortunes that have happened in the lives of those we care about - and how they overcame that to turn it into a strength.

So often in this life we hear stories of triumph and overcoming hardship. For myself, it seemed as though one story blended in with another. A feel good story and for some reason, I could not recall those tales of success when I needed that connection. For myself, I found that if I had a closer connection to the person, it seemed as though I was able to absorb, and retain the value behind it a little more. I could draw on that easier, it came to mind more naturally.

And so, with the hardships of those that are close to us, we shared in the worry but we stand in the glow of the reward of how these friends and family have risen above the difficulty of the moment or instance, and now are stronger for it.

We find strength, and faith in overcoming - and we share it not just in the telling of a tale, but in providing support to others in their time of need.

Your hard earned strength, costs you nothing to share, but the benefits show a compounding value for all those that it touches.

So to touch on today's little comment... things turn out best for you when you find your path to making the most of any situation obviously, but things start off better for others when they can see the path you have laid out that enables them to confront challenges with awareness on how to make the most of it.

Have a good day, and may you make the most of good moments and challenging moments so that your value is compounded.