Inspiration: 27 Vital Aspects of Breath

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Have you ever paused to consider how amazing your breath is? Here’s a list of some inspirational aspects of breath. (The word inspiration itself means to breathe.) Some might already be familiar to you. You may feel drawn to appreciate some more than others. Devoting close attention to any one will lead to all the others. It’s all there – in a breath.

1  Present-ness

My mind wanders. My thoughts drift off. Sometimes, I could drown in regret, lost reviewing the past. Meanwhile, my breath is always precisely in the present moment.

2  Happiness

When we drop our worries and hurries, we can fully connect with our aliveness. Breathing with this joy on our lips, we learn a deeper, more enduring happiness. It’s our birthright. Conscious breathing can be a great relief, having nothing else to do but be – and a reminder there are enough simple reasons for happiness in this present moment.

3  Leadership

I’m a follower of my breath. Following my breath can tell me volumes about how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking; where I am and where I need to go in my life. When I notice my mind has wandered – I simply draw attention back to my breath.

4  Constant Companion

Since my birth, no one and no thing has been as close to me, without fail, rain or shine, as my breath. No sensation has been as familiar to me. When I follow my breath, I feel myself coming home, where I’ve always belonged.

5  Best Friendship

Ultimately, no one may love me as much as I do. To remain faithful to my part of the relationship, I pay utmost attention to my breath. Sometimes, I need to take time for us to get to know each other better.

6  Relational

I say, “my breath,” but I could b breathing in your out-breath. The simple implication of breath’s merging of within and around can dramatically shift my perspective.

7  Inspirational

We have many muses in our creative life. They may take the form of rituals, people, or substances. My primary inspiration is breath.

8  Nature

Through my breath, I observe my connection to Nature and her processes. The in-and-out of breath mirrors the natural cycles – the tides, the sun and moon, life and death.

9  Slowness

Nature reminds me to slow down, since my observation reveals how slowness tends to predominate our surroundings. Paying attention to breathing, it tends to deepen and slow, of its own, naturally. Living in a culture addicted to an ever-accelerating pace, slowness can feel like salvation.

10 Calm

Paying attention to breath allows it become as deep as it wishes to be. When I feel my belly soften and breath grow deep, my vestigial instincts of flight-fright-or-fight have gone away: less stress! I am aware of how calm I feel.

11  Solidity

Without calm, my strength can dissipate, disperse, and scatter. Without calm, I cannot engage in gentle inquiry into the nature of self and reality. My reserve of calm assures my presence has solidity, even in emergency. I can show up, and be present when I show up.

12  Silent

Paying attention, I notice breath is slower than thought. Nor does it obey the restrictive patterns of verbal language. I pay close attention to each quiet breath, from beginning, middle, and end – and with a blank space, in between. This silence is not blind.

13  Anonymity

My breath is totally unconcerned whether or not I am up with latest fashion, or what I look like. I don’t need to cultivate an identity. Breath accepts as I am. In that complete acceptance, I could be nobody – or anybody. This is anonymity is a passport to the undomesticated world of the wild.

14  Impermanence

Breath is a living example of the impermanence of all things – a reminder of the importance of flow. You can never breathe the same breath twice.

15  Focus of Awareness

Meditating, I could focus on sound, which is also ever-present, but I like breath best.

16  Emotional Self-Regulation

Being intimate with how a breath arises, manifests, then falls away is a transferable skill, applicable to emotions and thoughts. These too arise, take form, and pass. Besides my recognizing they’re impermanent, it’s great to also be able to catch negative thought forms and destructive feelings at their inception – before they’ve pulled us along by the nose – learning to step away from their pull on us, understand them, and heal and transform their energies.

17  Direct

Breath isn’t symbolic nor abstract. There’s no need to look behind breath, searching for hidden meaning. Beyond anyone else’s words or labels, connecting with breath is to see for one’s self, through direct experience.

18  Intentionality

Wanting to change my behavior – my thoughts, my words, and my deeds – conscious breathing is wonderful training. To be conscious of just one breath immediately sets intention into motion. Conscious breath provides a space where I can consider how to respond, rather than react.

19  Universal

Like the wind that encircles the planet, breath is everywhere. It knows no religious denominations, national boundaries, ethnic differences, or social classes. Languages vary but they all tend to point to the vital connection to life of breath.

20  Vital

Mindful of breath, I return my attention to the fountain of life. Dead people don’t breathe. Many languages equate our personal breath with a connection to something greater than ourselves.

21  Centering

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi once likened breath to a hinge between mind and body. In present-moment awareness of breath, my body and mind find each other. In the vital spaciousness of breath, body mind spirit can align as one.

22  Interconnection

Scientists tell me my breath nourishes the green world of vegetation, and vegetation nourishes my breath. I know, first-hand, such interdependent interconnection of all things through my breath. I can feel how body conditions mind … mind conditions body … breath conditions both.

23  Letting Go

Breathing out teaches me a central lesson: letting go. I can’t breathe in without breathing out.

24  Ineffable

Breath is invisible. It has no color, no shape. It’s invisible. Breath – like mind, like life – is ineffable.

25  Selflessness

Breathing out, I let my exhalation simply fall away from my body, as if as far as to the horizon. Then I wait. I am as still as a hunter waiting for a deer. I don’t summon it, nor try to will it into existence. My next breath comes, nevertheless. As if of itself. Without fixed identity, lacking any separateness, empty of ownership. In this, it is perfectly open to anything and everything, as limitless as a big clear sky. Selfless.

26  Prayer

Mindful breathing can be a form of prayer.

27  Engaged

Breath can’t be confined to a monastery. It’s actively engaged in the world.


Gary GachGary Gach hosts Zen Mindfulness Fellowship weekly in San Francisco, since 2009. He’s author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism and editor of What Book!? ~ Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop. His most recent book is PAUSE   BREATHE   SMILE ~ Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough. This brings mindfulness full-circle, back to its roots as a spiritual as well as secular path for complete awakening. It’s available in both paperback and as an audio book. His work has also appeared in over 150 periodicals and a couple dozen anthologies, including The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Huffington Post, In These Times, Language for a New Century, The Nation, The New Yorker, Technicians of the Sacred, andYoga Journal. 

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A Meditation for Prosperous Living

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The Center for Spiritual Living Asheville has developed a class called the Summer Prosperity Series which it offers annually during the summer. The 2019 class is currently in progress and can be accessed for free from their website www.cslasheville.org.

An integral part of this class is what they call “My Treatment For Prosperity,” an affirmative prayer to attract Prosperity into your life.

Prosperity Builder Meditation

We have adapted this prayer into a mediation that you can repeat regularly. The prayer is repeated three times and you are encouraged to participate by saying the words along with the recording.

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Prosperity Prayer

We have also created this one minute recording of the Prosperity Prayer which can be repeated throughout the day.

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We recommend beginning and ending each day by reading the prayer aloud.

I know that God is the source of all supply
and that money is God in action.

I know that my good is here now.

I am so rich and so full that I have an abundance
of money to spare and to share, today and always.

I know that true Prosperity includes perfect health,
perfect wealth and perfect happiness.

These words which I speak in faith,
now activates Universal Law,
and I accept the results!

I bless all that I have now and I bless the increase.

I bless everyone in my life that supports me in this journey
and I know that we now prosper together

in every way.

I give thanks for this Good.

And so it is!

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Thankful Every Day for Moms

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A Gratitude Journal: One Minute, 365 Day Gratitude Journal for Busy Mothers (Thankful Every Day Journals)


It has been shown that people who show gratitude in their daily lives tend to feel happier.But it can be very difficult for busy Moms to find the time to write extensively in a journal. The Thankful Every Day Journal for Moms will make it easier for you.

Each set of two pages has seven entries, one for each day of the week. In the space provided, record just one thing from your day for which you are grateful. It could be a simple as a smile from your child, or a deeper experience with family and friends. Not all the thoughts and experiences need to be happy. They can be small things in an otherwise difficult day that made the day more bearable. Remembering a kind word or smile can be enough to be thankful for.

Make it a daily habit, in the morning or at bedtime, to take 30 seconds to write in your gratitude journal. You will soon find that you look forward to this time and will even be thinking of what you will write later in the evening. These little moments of gratitude will make your days more joyful and fulfilling.

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She Believed She Could

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Inspirational Standing Desktop Flip Calendar “She Believed She Could So She Did” by Writefully His / Bloom Daily Planners Undated Perpetual Desk Easel – (5.25″ x 5.5″)

She Believed She Could
So She Did

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Life Lessons: Quotes by Carl Jung

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Life Lessons: 10 Quotes by Carl Jung that can teach us important lessons about life

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology.

Jung developed many concepts including extroverted and introverted personality types, the collective unconscious and is still influential in psychiatry today.

Here are some powerful Carl Jung quotes about life.

1. “There is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”

Jung believed that everyone needed to live their own true life as themselves and if they did not then their psyches would suffer.

In his book ‘The Undiscovered Self’, Jung argued that a lot of man’s problems were caused by “man’s progressive alienation from his instinctual foundation”.

2. “Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort.”

In today’s world, we can see the importance people place on material things.

Jung believed that the ultimate aim of a person was to realise their true self, and only then would they be able to live a happy and fulfilled life.

3. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness.”

As Jung said, the days are as long as the nights and perhaps it is not possible to be happy unless we have experienced sadness also.

4. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

Jung believed that living your authentic life was the only route to a fulfilling and contented existence.

He spoke a lot about man finding his true self and the various parts of a person’s personality that have to be acknowledged and resolved for this to happen.

5. “It all depends on how you look at things, and not how they are in themselves.”

Perception is a wonderful thing, we all come at situations from our own perspective which can color how we interpret it. Jung explained, that our behaviour is shaped by our previous experiences and our future aspirations.

We can perceive the same situation in a myriad of different ways. The important thing is to recognise this when we make our assumptions.

6. “Loneliness does not come from having no people around.”

Many of us know what it is like to feel lonely, even when we are in a crowd of people or surrounded by friends.

Jung believed that we all need someone that we can tell our most private thoughts and feelings to.

7. “Your heart knows the answer.”

Jung spoke at length about our subconscious and conscious selves, and that we should learn to listen to that inner voice that tells us whether we are on the right path in life or not.

8. “You cannot change anything unless you accept it.”

You often hear people say that you can’t help someone unless they want to help themselves.

This is particularly true of addicts and Jung believed that it was not possible to change your situation unless you recognised it and accepted it.

9. “We are not what happened to us, we are what we choose to become.”

It was always a theory of Jung’s that environment played little in shaping our personality.

Instead, once we acknowledge our foibles and faults, it is possible to become whatever we want to be. Nature and nurture need not hold us back.

10. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Jung proposed that the only way to truly know oneself was to look inside and examine our closest feelings and desires.

We cannot improve or reach our state of selfhood by looking externally, the answer will always lie within ourselves.




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All of life comes to me with Ease, Joy and Glory

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This is something really easy you could do ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening to change your life…

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Seek Meaning In Your Life

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Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

Transcript: There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

I used to think the whole purpose of life was pursuing happiness. Everyone said the path to happiness was success, so I searched for that ideal job, that perfect boyfriend, that beautiful apartment.
But instead of ever feeling fulfilled, I felt anxious and adrift. And I wasn’t alone; my friends — they struggled with this, too.

Eventually, I decided to go to graduate school for positive psychology to learn what truly makes people happy. But what I discovered there changed my life.

The data showed that chasing happiness can make people unhappy. And what really struck me was this: the suicide rate has been rising around the world, and it recently reached a 30-year high in America. Even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every conceivable standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone.

There’s an emptiness gnawing away at people, and you don’t have to be clinically depressed to feel it.

Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is?

And according to the research, what predicts this despair is not a lack of happiness. It’s a lack of something else, a lack of having meaning in life.

But that raised some questions for me. Is there more to life than being happy? And what’s the difference between being happy and having meaning in life?

Many psychologists define happiness as a state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment.

Meaning, though, is deeper.

The renowned psychologist Martin Seligman says meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you.

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but I came to see that seeking meaning is the more fulfilling path.

And the studies show that people who have meaning in life, they’re more resilient, they do better in school and at work, and they even live longer.

So this all made me wonder: How can we each live more meaningfully?

To find out, I spent five years interviewing hundreds of people and reading through thousands of pages of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.

Bringing it all together, I found that there are what I call four pillars of a meaningful life. And we can each create lives of meaning by building some or all of these pillars in our lives.

Belonging

The first pillar is belonging.

Belonging comes from being in relationships where you’re valued for who you are intrinsically
and where you value others as well. But some groups and relationships deliver a cheap form of belonging; you’re valued for what you believe, for who you hate, not for who you are.

True belonging springs from love. It lives in moments among individuals, and it’s a choice — you can choose to cultivate belonging with others.


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Here’s an example.

Each morning, my friend Jonathan buys a newspaper from the same street vendor in New York. They don’t just conduct a transaction, though. They take a moment to slow down, talk,
and treat each other like humans. But one time, Jonathan didn’t have the right change,
and the vendor said, “Don’t worry about it.” But Jonathan insisted on paying, so he went to the store and bought something he didn’t need to make change.

But when he gave the money to the vendor, the vendor drew back. He was hurt. He was trying to do something kind, but Jonathan had rejected him.

I think we all reject people in small ways like this without realizing it. I do. I’ll walk by someone I know and barely acknowledge them. I’ll check my phone when someone’s talking to me.

These acts devalue others. They make them feel invisible and unworthy.

But when you lead with love, you create a bond that lifts each of you up.

For many people, belonging is the most essential source of meaning, those bonds to family and friends.

Purpose

For others, the key to meaning is the second pillar: purpose.

Now, finding your purpose is not the same thing as finding that job that makes you happy.

Purpose is less about what you want than about what you give.

A hospital custodian told me her purpose is healing sick people.

Many parents tell me, “My purpose is raising my children.”

The key to purpose is using your strengths to serve others.

Of course, for many of us, that happens through work. That’s how we contribute and feel needed. But that also means that issues like disengagement at work, unemployment, low labor force participation — these aren’t just economic problems, they’re existential ones, too.

Without something worthwhile to do, people flounder.

Of course, you don’t have to find purpose at work, but purpose gives you something to live for, some “why” that drives you forward.

Transcendence

The third pillar of meaning is also about stepping beyond yourself, but in a completely different way: transcendence.

Transcendent states are those rare moments when you’re lifted above the hustle and bustle of daily life, your sense of self fades away, and you feel connected to a higher reality.

For one person I talked to, transcendence came from seeing art. For another person, it was at church. For me, I’m a writer, and it happens through writing. Sometimes I get so in the zone that I lose all sense of time and place.

These transcendent experiences can change you. One study had students look up at 200-feet-tall eucalyptus trees for one minute. But afterwards they felt less self-centered, and they even behaved more generously when given the chance to help someone.

Belonging, purpose, transcendence. Now, the fourth pillar of meaning, I’ve found,
tends to surprise people.

Storytelling

The fourth pillar is storytelling, the story you tell yourself about yourself.

Creating a narrative from the events of your life brings clarity. It helps you understand how you became you.

But we don’t always realize that we’re the authors of our stories and can change the way we’re telling them. Your life isn’t just a list of events. You can edit, interpret and retell your story,
even as you’re constrained by the facts.

I met a young man named Emeka, who’d been paralyzed playing football. After his injury, Emeka told himself, “My life was great playing football, but now look at me.”

People who tell stories like this —”My life was good. Now it’s bad.” — tend to be more anxious and depressed.

And that was Emeka for a while. But with time, he started to weave a different story. His new story was,”Before my injury, my life was purposeless. I partied a lot and was a pretty selfish guy. But my injury made me realize I could be a better man.”

That edit to his story changed Emeka’s life. After telling the new story to himself, Emeka started mentoring kids, and he discovered what his purpose was: serving others.

The psychologist Dan McAdams calls this a “redemptive story,” where the bad is redeemed by the good.

People leading meaningful lives, he’s found, tend to tell stories about their lives defined by redemption, growth and love.

But what makes people change their stories?

Some people get help from a therapist, but you can do it on your own, too, just by reflecting on your life thoughtfully, how your defining experiences shaped you, what you lost, what you gained.

That’s what Emeka did.

You won’t change your story overnight; it could take years and be painful. After all, we’ve all suffered, and we all struggle.

But embracing those painful memories can lead to new insights and wisdom, to finding that good that sustains you.

Summary

Belonging, purpose, transcendence, storytelling: those are the four pillars of meaning.

When I was younger, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by all of the pillars.

My parents ran a Sufi meetinghouse from our home in Montreal. Sufism is a spiritual practice associated with the whirling dervishes and the poet Rumi. Twice a week, Sufis would come to our home to meditate, drink Persian tea, and share stories. Their practice also involved serving all of creation through small acts of love, which meant being kind even when people wronged you. But it gave them a purpose: to rein in the ego.

Eventually, I left home for college and without the daily grounding of Sufism in my life, I felt unmoored. And I started searching for those things that make life worth living.

That’s what set me on this journey.

Looking back, I now realize that the Sufi house had a real culture of meaning. The pillars were part of the architecture, and the presence of the pillars helped us all live more deeply.

Of course, the same principle applies in other strong communities as well — good ones and bad ones.

Gangs, cults: these are cultures of meaning that use the pillars and give people something to live and die for. But that’s exactly why we as a society must offer better alternatives. We need to build these pillars within our families and our institutions to help people become their best selves.

But living a meaningful life takes work. It’s an ongoing process. As each day goes by, we’re constantly creating our lives, adding to our story.

And sometimes we can get off track.

Whenever that happens to me, I remember a powerful experience I had with my father.

Several months after I graduated from college, my dad had a massive heart attack that should have killed him. He survived, and when I asked him what was going through his mind
as he faced death, he said all he could think about was needing to live so he could be there for my brother and me, and this gave him the will to fight for life.

When he went under anesthesia for emergency surgery, instead of counting backwards from 10, he repeated our names like a mantra. He wanted our names to be the last words he spoke on earth if he died.

My dad is a carpenter and a Sufi. It’s a humble life, but a good life.
Lying there facing death, he had a reason to live: love.

His sense of belonging within his family, his purpose as a dad, his transcendent meditation, repeating our names — these, he says, are the reasons why he survived. That’s the story he tells himself.

That’s the power of meaning.

Happiness comes and goes. But when life is really good and when things are really bad, having meaning gives you something to hold on to.

Thank you.
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Universe Has Your Back

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The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life.  Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.

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Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written four additional best sellers. She was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The New York Times named her “a new role model.” She appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra.

 

The Universe Has Your Back

There’s a way of living in the world that is not here, though it seems to be.

You don’t change appearance but you smile more frequently.

Your forehead is soft and your eyes are serene.

I remember the first time I read that passage in a metaphysical text.  I longed for it. I wanted that serenity, I wanted that safety, I wanted that security, I wanted that peace.

It’s far too often that we lean towards fear and get stuck in the overwhelm of what’s going on in the world and all of the doubt that we don’t have enough. That were not supported, we forget to laugh

That fear blocks us from our greatest source of power. That fear blocks us from our greatest source of certainty, safety, serenity and joy.

what if I told you that you could turn your fear into faith. What if I told you that you could turn your doubts into truth. What if I told you that you could turn your pain into joy.

There is a way. There is a path that can guide you to awaken to a swell of energy that can move through you.

That’s when our life begins to flow. That’s when our world begins to expand. That’s when all that we need is presented to us in ways that are far beyond our imagination.

We begin to live in a happy dream. It’s available to you now.

Open up, become willing, say yes and follow the path. Surrender your fears to a plan far greater than you, and know that the universe has your back.

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Tips for Living a Beautiful Life!

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Enjoy the Ride – Tips for living a beautiful life!

Thirty life lessons that when practiced regularly will bring you a beautiful life. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ”I am thankful for…” ”Today I accomplished …”

Here Are Some Tips for Living a Beautiful Life!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, smile.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ”My purpose is to … today.”

4. Live with the 3 E’s … Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy, and the 3 F’s …Faith, Family, Friends.

5. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six.

6. Dream more while you are awake.

7. Try to make at least three people smile each day.


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8. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn, pass all your tests. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

9. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

10. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

11. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

12. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

13. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagreements

14. Make peace with your past, so it won’t mess up the present.

15. Don’t compare your life with others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

16. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

17. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

18. Forgive everyone for everything.

19. What other people think of you is none of your business.

20. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

21. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

22. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick, your friends will, stay in touch.

23. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

24. The best is yet to come.

25. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

26. Do the right thing!

27. Call your family often.

28. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ”I am thankful for…” ”Today I accomplished …”

29. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

30. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. Make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
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