Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec
21

Holiday Inspiration

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
-W.J. Cameron

At Christmas time, we all seem to take on bi-polar personalities. We find ourselves filled with passion and thrusting from extreme joy and excitement to extreme frustration and fear. Memories from the past bring warm nostalgic feelings and mournful sorrow. The gift giving tradition fills us with abundance, joy, apprehension and debt. Expectations are high, …

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Dec
20

10 Ways to Practice Kindness

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday, I wrote about 7 Reasons to Practice Kindness. Here are 10 ways: Smile at someone. Listen. Think about what you want more than anything, and offer it to someone else. Volunteer your time. Focus on others’ strengths and offer compliments and kind words. Practice patience by allowing someone else get in front of you …

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Dec
19

7 Reasons to Practice Kindness

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
-Peyton Conway March

To be kind and generous is not a sacrifice, it is a privilege. The gifts we give to others bring more joy and inspiration to ourselves than to the receiver. Here are 7 great reasons to practice kindness and generosity. In gratitude, we find true peace, contentment and satisfaction in life. Giving is an outward …

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Dec
18

Struggling with Expectations

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."
-Viktor Frankl

This is the sixth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. You can fit a lot more commitments in your life than you think. As a full-time college student several years ago, I remember how busy my life was and couldn’t imagine fitting more responsibilities into my life. However, …

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Dec
14

Time Out

This is the fifth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Just sitting still in a chair for two minutes can turn a whole day around. Before witnessing the power of timeouts as a parent, I had no idea how powerful they are. As our son Tristen approached the …

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Dec
13

Laugh

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
-Woody Allen

This is the fourth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. When food tastes really good, laugh. Toddler’s don’t usually concern themselves with personal development, planning or working to improve their circumstances. They take things as they come. If the moment gives them pleasure, they smile and laugh. If …

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Dec
12

Always Dance – Music is Optional

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
-Agnes De Mille

This is the third post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Do you remember when dancing wasn’t a big deal, when it was easy, when you didn’t need a dance floor and a crowd of people, and it didn’t matter what you looked like or whether the curtains were …

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