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A shining example

“He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones.  They are made.”

~ Henry B. Wilson  

A scattering of "brilliant" cut diam...

A scattering of “brilliant” cut diamonds.

To become something that is brilliant from every angle, from within and without, sometimes you must live a life in the dirtiest place on earth. This place is not a happy place nor is it a comfortable place, yet it is the only place that can crush you into someone that is invincible, beautiful, resilient, and admired. It’s a place that no one would ever choose for themselves to exist in. Living there is difficult, depressing, sad, dark, and often lonely. But if one can endure the elements long enough that this place continually throws at you, then you will surely be something much greater than what you were before you entered. Great people are not born, they are made — just like a stone that over time and through excruciating painful forces becomes a polished gem that is the most cherished of all. To find these kinds of people (the gems), you must look in places that are not so inviting or even easy to find. I know this, because I am one of those people who have endured this place that I speak of, and I am proud to say that I have become a better person from every angle, from within and without, and hopefully for all time. 

Average is awesome

“The virtues which keep this world sweet and the faithfulness which keeps it steadfast are chiefly those of the average man.”

~ W. Russell Bowie

Perhaps the sweetest thing in this world is being true to those you love the most and them loving you in return. The ability to love is within each of us and belongs to everyone. You don’t have to be educated at an Ivy League school, be a churchgoer at a popular church, have perfect parents, or have a large circle of friends to know how to show your affection and appreciation for the people closest to you. The only requirement needed to manifest your love for someone is with words, action, touch — all done with sincere desire. This is something the average person can do any day of the week and at any time of the day. In being average, we give life to everything around us which gives life to the world in which we live. So, it’s OK to be average as long as you love with all your being and do it faithfully. Doing this makes you awesome!

Changing me; changing you

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

~ Braude

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.”

~ Les Brown

Start doing something new in your life that will improve your overall outlook on life and bring you closer to the ones you love the most. Beginning today, you can improve yourself by making changes that will make you a better person and more attractive to those around you. Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously. Choose wisely. Choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Following is a list of the Top 5 things people regretted most before they died:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Be sure not to allow yourself to experience any of these regrets. Take time to show the ones you love how important they are to you and to your well-being. Just like a flower is to a bee.

Friends for Life

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Do what you want to do

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be
criticized anyway.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Doing what you want to do in life is your prerogative, so don’t let people get in the way of the choices you make; it’s your life, not theirs. Whether your choice turns out to be a good one or bad one rests entirely with you which is something you should bear since you made the choice. If someone else influences your decision in any way, then you will more than likely point blame their way or have regret. So, do as you like to do and do it on your own.  If you want to get what you want in life, you must be powerful even when you appear weak or feel inadequate. Believe, and you will be strong!

Power Flower

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Tired of being bored?

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”

~ Angus Grossart

Sir Angus Grossart

Are you bored today with nothing to do? If you’re bored in life and can’t think of any reason to find something to do, then do something for the sake of having something to do. Then you will be busy doing something that hopefully at least makes you tired, which is one of the attributes that measure our accomplishments in life. If we’re not working ourselves each day to the point of exhaustion, then we’re not being good stewards to our body. When we exercise our mind and body we are growing and producing something that can nourish and encourage us to do other things that give us motivation to live a more fruitful life. When we utilize the resources within our body to a great extent, it enables us to accomplish much more than if we’re sedentary. Whew! I’m getting tired from just the thought of having to do all the things I have to do today and everyday after.

You are where you decide you want to be

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright.

George Bernard Shaw

There are always many ways to look at your current situation in life and wonder how it is you arrived there. You can blame your parents, your friends, your surroundings, your lack of good luck, etc. but when it comes right down to it, you really only have yourself to blame. Many people who had nothing in life have accomplished greats things and conversely, those who were born into wealth and excellent conditions have done very little with their lives. So, it all comes down to what you are willing to do no matter the condition and situation you’re in. If you look for ways to improve your situation in life then you will surely get to a better place. If you choose to feel sorry for yourself and not take responsibility for where you are in life, then you will remain in a state of limbo. You need to make something of yourself by choosing to be somebody who can accomplish wonderful things no matter how big or small. Once you decide WHO you want to be in life, not WHAT you want to be, then you’ll surely find circumstances you can be happy with.

Forgetting to forget

“We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.”

~ Joan Didion

Joan Didion

How many times have you forgotten to do something very important that you thought you would never forget? Like the time when you should of called your best friend to comfort them after a tragedy. Or when you didn’t say “I love you” to someone special and then never saw them again. There are lots of things we forget to say or do in our daily grind, so you should record them either on an electronic mobile device or deep in your mind. Then you won’t be caught off guard when someone you know needs to hear the sound of your voice and comforting words. Remembering to do the things you thought you could never forget can have significant meaning to those close to you. Is there someone you should be contacting today?