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On 19 December 2014 - 5:05pm

global_girl_scoutingBe Prepared. That’s the motto of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

When you think about it, being prepared is not just for wilderness trips. And while being prepared often means having savings, storing water for an earthquake or natural disaster, and keeping a flashlight in your car, it also means being prepared qualitatively. It’s about being prepared to react with positive qualities, in your day to day life.

It’s all about what you hold, store and prepare within yourself.

So be prepared to be kind.

Some days you may not receive pleasant news. Will you react in anger, distrust, sadness, gloom? Or will you respond with patience, a willingness to see all sides and the realization that ...more

On 18 December 2014 - 5:05pm

FamilyWhat We Can Learn from Asia

I am one of those fortunate people who will not need to board a flight this holiday. My family is local: My parents live 45 minutes away on the Peninsula, and my sister, brother-in-law and nephews and niece live about 1 mile from my parents.

That’s truly been a joy for me, the simple presence of family.   Being able to babysit last-minute; experiencing the chaos of taking care of kids during ‘meltdown time’ at 5 pm with a 6, 4 and 1 year old when they were growing up; celebrating their progress on their soccer field; scootering with them to ice cream on a warm summer night, after dinner.

Why do we allow ourselves to live apart? Why is it so ...more

On 17 December 2014 - 5:05pm

Celebrate“To stay motivated, I celebrated after I make one bed, write one e-mail, fill out one page of a tax form…Celebrating makes fascination all the more joyful–and it builds confidence, which is more useful than avoiding fear.”
– Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine

What a great daily message!! I am so thrilled I am jumping off the page today.  

It’s all we need.

Celebrate the phone call you have with your beloved parents.

Celebrate the positive new partnership.

Celebrate your kitchen which you just cleaned.

Celebrate that you can walk today with freedom.

Celebrate ...more

On 16 December 2014 - 5:20pm

baby-22194_640“When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
– Victor Hugo

Mr. Hugo points to our American culture for sure: We work and work and work. We are a productive country, a do-er people. Even though lately we have so many inefficiencies in government and programs, as individuals, we ‘do.’

And so we must pause. We must reflect. We realize when we lay our heads gently down for rest, that God is watching.

She is caring and loving. He is standing guard. This loving Principle may even be shaping our thoughts so that we awake refreshed. We can start the day with greater clarity and positive purpose than the ...more

On 15 December 2014 - 5:02pm

buddha-272493_640“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”
– The Buddha

399px-Sun_in_SunderbansWatch your mind. Watch what you put into it, accept into it. Cherish every thought and suggestion you allow entrance.

Your mind guides every aspect of your life.

Before you take action, you must have first thought ...more

On 12 December 2014 - 5:02pm

white-bengal-tiger-407027_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your tenth one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

 

Promise yourself
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy ...more

On 11 December 2014 - 5:05pm

balance-224644_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your ninth one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

 

Promise yourself
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

 

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On 10 December 2014 - 5:05pm

boys-286151_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your eighth one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

 

Promise yourself
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

 

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On 9 December 2014 - 4:59pm

top-mountain-100961_640Promise Yourself, by Christian D. Larson

Promise Yourself is a beautiful list of 10 Positives we should “Promise Ourselves.”   The piece allows us to embrace life fully by expecting the best and clearing away anything that might hold us back.    It’s healthy for our minds and hearts.

Here’s your seventh one, below. I hope you will practice it with me today!  Please let me know your thoughts and how it affects your day, your life, and the people around you.

Promise yourself
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

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On 8 December 2014 - 5:53pm

rsz_pyramid copyIf you’re in Silicon Valley, the big word on the street is “Start Up Mode.” It’s cool, it’s hip and it’s new. If you’re in Start Up Mode that indicates you’re doing something innovative —  and people’s ears will perk up.

But I’d like to talk today about one of the most important Modes. And some see it as less attractive.  It’s what I call “Continue Mode.” 

Continue Mode is about the sure, steady building of something valuable.  The most important, enduring and meaningful things in life are those at which you work at bit by bit, step by step.  It may take a long time. The “rush” wears off, but the steady commitment is there.

Many people many not see how hard you have worked for years.  And ...more