Courage isn't the absence of fear, but a decision that what we want is more important than what we are afraid of.
Selfish is caring for ourselves at others' expense ... Self-care is taking care of ourselves so that we can be there for others.
The way to encourage people to be accountable is to engage the responsible, accountable, trustworthy part of their brain.
Until we become clear about our own worth and value, we will forever be searching for it in the eyes of others.
We've all heard that in life, when one door is closed, another is opened. Unfortunately, many of us are so focused on the darkness left by what has been lost, we never see the light coming through the newly opened door.
The act of giving is simply a behavior, and the gift merely a symbol. It is the energy behind both that will determine their impact on our lives.
Regardless of the problem, as long as our solution requires someone else to change, we will never know the power and promise of self-determination.
Never define people or situations in terms of their effect on you, unless you want to give them the power to make you feel that way.
All connections are infused with dreams of what is possible in the future. Thus, when we lose something or someone important to us, we aren't just grieving the loss, we are grieving the shattered dream.
When we engage people positively, we create a receptive platform for the ideas and information we wish to communicate.
When we take care of ourselves like we would take care of someone we love, the quality of our living and our giving goes up.
One key to successful relationships is learning to say "no" without guilt, so that you can say "yes" without resentment.
There are only three things we 'have to' do in this world we have to be born, we have to die, and we have to live until we die. Everything else is a choice!
Creating a meaningful life has less to do with how we feel about our past than what we do about our future.
Many of us go from being taken care of as children to taking care of others as adults. Shouldn't there be a time when we learn to take care of ourselves?
In our lives, we can either be a reflection of the world around us . . . or a beam that enlightens the lives of others.
Our success and happiness depends not on simply knowing where we stand, but in where we are wanting to go.
To be influential in our conversations, we must first be aware of two things, (1) what do we want to bring to the conversation and (2) what do we want to bring out in others.
As long as we define stress as how some person or situation is making us feel, we will have to change the world around us to find peace of mind.
Problems occur when we tie our peace of mind to another's state of mind.
A meaningful life is composed of a series of meaningful moments. If this is what we want, then the ability to infuse each moment with meaning would seem to be a skill worth practicing.
You can't use stress, anxiety, frustration, and worry to deal with your stress, anxiety, frustration, and worry. It's like pulling up to a burning building with a flame thrower. The energy of the problem can't be the energy behind a successful solution.
Images of resentment and revenge only have us spending the precious moments of our lives imagining the 'other' as both dangerous and important!
To truly be of service to others, we must first serve the server. The ability to bring an enlightened presence to those in need is the ability to light a candle without burning ourselves out.
What we feed our mind becomes the material with which we build our life.
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