When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. —Paulo Coelho

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I love the concept of growth being a new way of seeing. It makes a lot of sense to me. Growth can sometimes be construed as work, finding all that’s wrong and changing it, for the end goal of spiritual enlightenment. What exactly is spiritual enlightenment anyway? That phrase has a way of chaffing me when I read it or hear people talk about it.

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There are quite a few “F” words that contribute to worry, frustration and resentment:
Fear
Frantic
Futility
Falsehoods
Funk
Falter
Fret
But the word I am referring to is FORIGVENESS. All of the other “F” words listed take us out of the place of love and firmly into a place of fear. Forgiveness fosters the extension of love…to yourself and to others.

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Do you ever find yourself spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? Feeling like every effort you’re making is yielding, “access denied” or “effort declined”? If so, you’re not alone.

When I find myself running into walls like that, I need to pause and pay attention. What am I bringing to the situation that is providing an unintentional (or unconscious) road block? How am I creating resistance?

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The biggest area in my life I try to control—or blame someone else—is around emotions. I can dance around really feeling my emotions better than Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the silver screen.

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Maybe this would be better phrased as the intolerable need for honesty and the uncertainty that keeps me stuck. There is a weight on my heart that I feel needs to be seen and heard, but there is such uncertainty around it all: how will it be received? How will I deal with the fear that is sure to come up after I share? What impact will it make in my world, both professionally and personally?

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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~ Desmond Tutu

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
~ Desmond Tutu

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Believe in your dreams. Believe in today. Believe that you are loved. Believe that you make a difference. Believe we can build a better world. Believe when others might not. Believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else. Believe that the best is yet to be. Believe in each other. Believe in yourself. I believe in you. ~ Kobi Yamada

Believe in your dreams. Believe in today. Believe that you are loved. Believe that you make a difference. Believe we can build a better world. Believe when others might not. Believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else. Believe that the best is yet to be. Believe in each other. Believe in yourself. I believe in you.
~ Kobi Yamada

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There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
~ Orison Swett Marden

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