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Awaken to the ordinary beauty…

Our lives are filled with demands, responsibilities, expectations, places to go, people to see, things to do. We may get so caught up in the next task that we miss the golden moment happening right now. No matter where we are or what we are doing, if we stop to breathe slowly and notice our surroundings, we will find something to appreciate. We may see a glint of light reflecting off a pane of glass, the look in a friend's eyes, or a small thoughtful thing that another does.

Spiritual development is nourished by our senses. The sights, sounds, tastes, touch, and scents in our immediate surroundings are the doorway to awe and mystery. When we awaken to the ordinary beauty in our everyday lives, warm and loving parts of ourselves grow and extend out to those we love.

Quiet yourself for a moment, slowly breathe in and out, focus on something you appreciate.

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We travel a journey of letting go and moving on to different people, places, and things. The older we get, the more we realize life sometimes may not go our way ....or even keep on going the same way without change. Facing disappointments and accepting reality is part of life. We grieve and accept our "necessary losses."

When we look back over our years we can begin to see a tapestry that makes more sense now than it did when we were going through it. We may see a meaningful pattern to the big picture. This knowledge of an overall rightness of our direction helps us face the coming years.

We may find that we are surviving life pretty well and are starting to relax
enough to let in some joy.

We begin to see tomorrow more as an opportunity and an advantage than a trial.
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Courtesy of Bill, Judith and TomO

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Positive

"One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that." --Norman Vincent Peale

Beginning our days with a positive mental outlook is a great depression-chaser. Simply lifting our heads and looking up and out instead of down will make us feel better. Although we can't spend all our time staring at the sky, we can train ourselves to look for the best in ourselves and others.

Even in the middle of difficulty or pain, we have choices. We can choose not to adopt a gloom-and-doom attitude and refuse to endlessly replay the thoughts that accompany it.

Instead we can step back and find the one good thing. We may be blinded with pain. The situation may appear hopeless, utterly bleak. But recovery guarantees that we are equal to it, that in our pain there is at least one good thing.

We are the masters of our fate. We can change even the most difficult situations with an attitude of hope and positive expectation. Approaching each day with a hopeful heart will give us a different approach to our troubles.

Today God will help me find one good thing in each situation. ...Helping me to let go of fear and negativity.. ....And to embrace hope and faith and a positive outlook.

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Courtesy of Bill and Norman



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