Tag: happy

Inspirations

Why I’m Grateful for Accidents, Pain, and Loss

“If you have nothing to be grateful for, check your pulse.” ~Unknown I couldn’t feel my legs. There wasn’t any pain, just this odd “sameness” of non-sensation. My body was frozen as I turned my eyes downward to scan down my nineteen-year-old body. Below my knees, my legs were splayed out in a very peculiar […]

Inspirations

Even in the Hospital, He Found Joy in the Now

“Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.” ~Unknown Back in the day when I was a stay-at-home mom, “mindfulness” wasn’t even a word in my vocabulary. The only mindfulness I was aware of was my own mind-fullness just trying to navigate a busy, […]

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How to Practice Joy and Bravery

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr “You should have told them. You should have told them you like it. They need to know people are happy there.” “I know I should have. But I didn’t want to seem insensitive or make anyone feel bad.” We […]

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Never Forget That You Have the Power to Choose

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh Dedicate today to the power of choice. Your choice. You can’t choose everything that you experience in life, but what you can choose is mightier than any circumstance, […]

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The Power of Saying No (Even to People You Love)

“When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.” ~Paulo Coelho “Yes, of course…” “Yes, that’s no trouble at all…” “Yes, I can do that…” “Yes, I’d love to help…” Yes, yes, yes. “Yes” seemed to be the key word in my relationships with partners, family, friends, and colleagues. I wanted […]

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If You’re Afraid of Death, Like Me…

“When I see the blindness and the wretchedness of man, when I regard the whole silent universe and man without light, left to himself and, as it were, lost in this corner of the universe, without knowing who has put him there, what he has come to do, what will become of him at death, […]

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My Life Will Be My Message

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Gautama Buddha I have meditated for over half my life. It didn’t always look like meditation, and I didn’t always refer to it as such, but the driving need […]