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(no subject) [Jun. 6th, 2010|04:33 pm]
I've been sleeping ALL DAY
and my mother is picking me up to go to dinner around 5, and I'm NERVOUS. LAME!
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2010|10:50 pm]
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.

- Emily Kimbrough

Shining your light on a friend's shade

You can't turn on a country music station without hearing a song about someone down on their luck. But what about those around you? Think about how much it means to you to receive a note in the mail from a caring friend when you're going through a hard time. Use those warm feelings to compel you to spread the love to others. We all need such encouragement and often we forget that it's okay not to be the pillar of strength when life has us by the tail. Throw your arms around someone today who might need a good squeeze, send a card to a co-worker who needs cheering up, or bake a special treat for your ill child. Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2010|10:46 pm]
They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.

- Hindu Proverb

What wealth do you possess?

There is a long-standing tradition for Buddhist monks to rise each morning very early and set out to collect alms bowls, and go out into their community to collect donations of food, usually merely rice or a simple curry. Surprisingly though, none of this food is eaten, as the monks are typically well-stocked at their monastery. Why? This age-old tradition is still in existence simply to allow the nearby townspeople to experience the joy of giving. Do you have resources or talent that you can use to help others? Hoarding what you have wastes opportunities and fails to leave a positive mark on the world. Whether you have money, talent, time, knowledge, or energy, each should be shared. No one is better off by keeping wealth--tangible or intangible--to himself or herself.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2010|10:25 pm]
If it is to be, it is up to me.

- Author Unknown

Do you succumb to laziness?

We commonly procrastinate or put off an activity altogether by saying "It will get done eventually" or "Someone else will do it." Wrong! Being lazy and not taking responsibility are wastes of time. Often the power for change is within us, but without our efforts things would fail or go awry. You cannot rely on help from others, only what your own two hands accomplish on their own. Hard work is a habit that needs constant attention. But be mindful that you are giving your full effort to a project. Apply yourself, value your time, and don't squander it hoping for help.
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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2010|10:35 pm]

From my new favorite show, In Treatment:
Gina: Easier to see patterns when they're not ours.
Paul: Or we see them but we can't avoid them. That's worse.

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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2010|10:31 pm]
from my new favorite show, In Treatment:
Laura: That's my problem with psychology, Paul. You dig and you dig and you uncover all sorts of truths about yourself, and you touch on all sorts of painful places, but what good does it do, Paul? I'm serious. I'm not being cynical. What good does it do me today to know how much I suffered then? I'm sick of feeling sorry for myself. I fucking hate feeling sorry for myself.
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(no subject) [Feb. 9th, 2010|08:58 pm]
Sometimes you look at a person and see a cynical snake. Someone else sees a joyful lover. You're both right!

- Rumi, poet

Tending two shops

People can be hard to deal with. Are your co-workers constantly annoying you? Does your neighbor rake his leaves into your yard every fall? Is your child high-maintenance and needy? Often we let our frustrations and anger towards people and situations prevent us from seeing the larger picture. Try looking at the circumstance from the other person's point of view. Your overbearing co-worker might just be trying to emulate you by asking a million questions. Perhaps your neighbor doesn't really know where his property line ends and where yours begins. Your child may need more individual time with you, instead of competing with siblings. No person's personality can be summed up entirely by one negative trait or action. So next time someone cuts you off in traffic or swipes the idyllic apple you were eyeing at the store, remember that everyone is less-than-perfect sometimes. Know your role in people's lives and continue to be positive and mature. After all, we all do things that are worthy of a good tongue lashing sometimes!
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(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2010|08:08 pm]
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.

- Thomas Fuller, English clergyman & historian

The value of friendship

We all have a handful of acquaintances--those people with whom we work or see at the store and casually say hello to and move on. But a friend is someone you confide in, bring over for an afternoon cup of coffee, invite to your wedding, or cry with when a loved one passes away. You just feel a sense of safety with a friend. Don't wait until a rainy day to express how much a good friend means to you. Often we are unaware of how much we mean to others until they speak up, and likewise we never know how much another person might truly need to hear such affirmations. An approving, cheerful word of encouragement can thrill a heart. Be sure to always say kind words before you part, show sympathy during hard times and affection during wonderful ones. Life would not be the same without positive friendships. Express your gratitude to someone today who has made a difference in your world!
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2010|09:56 pm]
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

- Bill Cosby, comedian

The dangers of people pleasing

No matter how hard you try, no matter how many hours you spend pondering and planning, and regardless of how hard you try, you absolutely cannot please everyone. It is impossible. So do yourself a favor and stop now, before you drive yourself farther toward insanity. There are many drawbacks to being a people-pleaser. A big one is that you often put yourself in a position of subservience. Sometimes you even put yourself last, which helps no one. Remember that helping yourself and doing what you feel is important should be valued. Find worth in your own opinions and viewpoint, and don't let your desire to please others compel you to keep yourself in the background. Falling short of perfection only proves that you are a normal human being.
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2010|09:30 pm]
thinking I might start journaling again, but not sure yet exactly what form that will take.
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