peace of mind

Love

 

If you were seeking comfort, would you want the person offering it to accept you for who you were, or to offer a list of all the ways you need to change? When others come to you for support do you harp on all the reasons our world is screwed up or just offer to listen? At any given moment would you rather be encouraged or discouraged by the person you’re with? What if a better, more loving world is no farther away than individual acts of kindness? We like how Mother Teresa put it in this quote. Continue reading

Reflected Me

 

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Are you ever happy with the image reflected back at you? Do tiny imperfections seem to grow before your eyes? Are there too many wrinkles? Is your face breaking out? Is your nose too big? Is it oddly shaped? Do you wish your hair was different or would quit falling out? Are your teeth spaced too far apart? And more to the point, would others see you the way you see yourself? Or is it more likely they would gloss over your imperfections, since they’re too caught up with their own? Here’s what author Bob Anderson had to say on the subject in his new novel Woe Man: Continue reading

Self-Storage: Renter Beware

 

The thieves are busy. They're plotting to take your stuff.

Maybe this sign should read, “Wide Open.”

People rent storage units because they want a safe place to store things they can’t fit in their homes or apartments. Well, watch out. Here’s what your self-storage company doesn’t want you to know: A disturbing crime spree is on the upswing and your valuables are at risk of being stolen. It will happen overnight. One minute you’ll think you’re immune and the next you’ll be talking to a police officer and filling out forms. Do you know what steps to take to protect yourself? Better read on. Continue reading

Forgiveness

 

What harm in forgiving? What cost in refusing to let go? Have you ever felt wronged? Ever been snubbed? Do you embrace the slight and turn it into bitter pain or anguish? Do you hang on to it to play victim or secretly plan some ultimate vengeance? Instead, couldn’t you simply let go? We think Confucius had a great point about finding inner peace when he said: Continue reading

Mistakes

 

Do you prefer to go it alone? Would you rather be wrong than listen to someone else telling you how to do it? Do you ever tire of mistakes? Do you feel most mistakes are avoidable? Are some mistakes inevitable? What is the worst mistake you ever made? Do you wish others might learn from your error? Have you ever witnessed someone making a terrible mistake? Do you try to warn them of their folly? Do they stop and listen? We think Alfred Sheinhold had great point when he said… Continue reading

Gratitude

 
Do you ever wish for a different life? An easier relationship? A nicer car, boat, or house? If your wish was granted would your life automatically be better? Would you end up with fewer obligations? Would you have to work harder or longer to cover the costs? Would there be new costs or obligations you didn’t expect? Would you end up hurting someone along the way? Would you become a better, stronger, more fulfilled person for the change? How important is a having a sense of gratitude when it comes to wanting change? We think Socrates nailed it when he said… Continue reading

In The Face Of Darkness

 
What can you say of a person who is deaf, mute, and blind and still holds out hope for the future? In truth, aren’t the limits we place upon ourselves limits of the mind rather than limits of our senses? Optimism is a state of being. That means it is a choice to find the light of hope where others may see only darkness. We like how Helen Keller put it in this quote. Continue reading

Where The Truth Lies

 
Have you ever been caught in a lie? How did it feel? Did your face turn beet red as your cheeks burned up? What is the real cost of a lie? Does it matter if we tell a “few little fibs” if we believe the truth will be too hard to swallow? Is telling a lie guaranteed to come back and bite you? Do you ever tell different people different versions of the truth? Do you ever worry they might compare notes? We think Mark Twain made a great observation on the price of lying in this quote: Continue reading

The Power In Numbers

 
What can anyone really accomplish in isolation? As individuals, aren’t we better off when we don’t need to figure everything out by ourselves? To some degree, don’t we all rely on the critical lessons, support, and care of others on daily basis? Aren’t differing opinions a means to refine our views and come up with better solutions to the challenges we face? Isn’t the sick person, the frightened child, the disabled woman, the elderly man better off when others reach to lend a hand? We think Helen Keller had an excellent point when she said… Continue reading

Other Plans

 
Does your life feel out of control? Do things always go the way you envision they should? Are there ever any unexpected surprises along the way? Do you consider yourself spontaneous, or does every unexpected turn leave you in a state of distress? We like what John Lennon implied about controlling life in this quote. Continue reading

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