A little Kindness goes a long way

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Kindness

The world needs more kindness. 

We need to care for and care about one other, regardless of our similarities – or our differences. While you are unique, your neighbor is, too. And so is that woman sitting alone in the coffee shop, reading. Or that older man sitting on the bench, under the tree, feeding the birds.

Everyone faces their own journey, complete with highs and lows, triumphs and struggles. Some you those can see, while other challenges are internal. With that in mind, give people a little extra time or attention – it goes a long way.

Recently, I read a story about a mother whose son has Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  Taking her one-year old son, Kaden, to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, Florida, Katie Myers was moved to share her experience on social media when a young boy assisted her son in doing the things he wanted to do at the aquarium – and could not, because of his disease. Katie Myers’ post has received more than 246,000 “likes” and over 57,000 shares. All because the young boy who assisted Kaden didn’t see his differences, but rather his sameness – his desire to have fun, explore, and learn.

That motivated me to share this story

Kindness. We all need it. Spontaneous acts of kindness bubble up from the soul, touching those around us. Its beauty is that it sticks with us, and we get to pay it forward.

See and listen with your heart, as well as with your eyes and ears. Many times, the regular five senses don’t reveal the whole story.

Kindness doesn’t cost a cent, but it does demand a quick investment of time, heart, and emotion. Take a chance, and put yourself out there. Open your eyes, ears, and heart. Someone is going through a challenging time, whether or not they admit it.

Tell us some of your stories about when you committed a kind act or someone did for you.

Save money, live on less than you make

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Live on less than you make

What if I told you that your salary is now ONE MILLION dollars?

What would you do?  Would you save it or spend it?

Would you make changes to your lifestyle?

Would you go out and buy and new car, house, clothes, gadgets for around the house?

Most people would spend. Unfortunately, that’s the norm in this status-obsessed, consumer culture in which we live. If you’re like most people, the television you watch has an impact on your unconscious. You want to have the things and lifestyle of the stars on the shows: the biggest house, the most expensive car, the trendiest clothes. Some of this is our fault, a lot is not. Marketers are clever – they know how to tap into our lizard brains and zap us into desiring stuff and lifestyle we can’t afford – or need..

Recently, I heard a story about a football player who signed a $3.6 million contract. Most sports players take that money and live a life of flash and excess.

Not Ryan Broyles.

Admission: I’m not a sports fan. I have no idea what teams are in the NFL, NBA, or MLB – and I certainly have no idea who the players are. However, when I heard this story I will never forget Ryan’s name.

He and his wife have chosen to live on $60,000.00 a year. Awesome! What do you think about that? Talk about living below your means. Ryan is smart –  he can save the rest of his income for the future. When his football career ends, he’ll have plenty of money with which to retire or do whatever he wants for the rest of his life.

Could you do that? Can you live on less than you make?

If your answer is yes, then you’ll have enough money in the bank to retire when you want.  YOU could save a million dollars.

I challenge you to look at your lifestyle, and see if you can make adjustments in how you live to spend less than you earn.  Start small. It’s easier. Make a lifestyle choice to buy less. You need to train your brain. It needs to be rewired. Pretty soon, you’ll find you need to buy less. Enjoy what you have – and remember: we are not our stuff. Save more, be more, do more.

Let me know your thoughts. Leave a comment if you like.

 

Beautiful life

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Life is short
Beautiful life

In your quest to achieve your dreams, is a realization that  life is short.

With this knowledge you need to do everything you want and can during your life.

Don’t let fear hold you back.

Life can be beautiful if you just free yourself and say yes to the opportunities it presents you.

Of course there are constraints such as money, health, age and so on.

Whatever adversity may come your way just remember it is a short life and we all have to make the best of what little time we have here on earth.

 

Go out and make it a good day!  You have a beautiful life.

Free yourself

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Free yourself from your own set of rules.  

All of us have established rules in our minds of how we and others should be and act.

Try and free yourself from these internal standards.

See how you feel, does it make you a more open minded person?

Sometimes we gauge the world around us by what we think or believe to be right.

Try a new perspective.

Feel how freeing it can be.

Share your thoughts with us after you try this for a day.  See if it has helped put some motivation and self-awareness back into your life.free

Love yourself

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“Love yourself, even a little bit each day, and your life will bloom into infinite joy.” 

by Amy Leigh Mercree

I enjoy this quote, and believe in the thought.  The only way to true motivation in your life is to love yourself.  The world can be a tough place, you may find yourself feeling beat up by everyday events.  When you do please remember this quote.  Its easy to love others, but sometimes harder to love ourselves.  We need to make time to take care of our own needs in life.  We need our own moments of peace and inspiration.rainbow-heart

I don’t know what yours may be, but you need it.  Everyday find the good in yourself and embrace it.  Next time life deals a tough moment remember to love yourself.