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Unstrap That Burden

Posted on September 17, 2021
Unstrap That Burden

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”

~ George Bernard Shaw


Here’s a potential growth exercise for you to consider:

Locate a backpack, and fill it with a few books--about 5-10 lbs of books will do. Wear it for an entire day.  Oh, and be sure to put it on in the morning and remove it only after you get in bed at night.

Try this for an entire day, and you'll gain a remarkable insight into all the other “things” that you've made a conscious decision to carry around with you.

Now, let's apply this same exercise to all the emotional weights you may be carrying around with you every day.

For instance, are you burdening yourself down with fear, anxiety, or frustration?  Does carrying around one of these ‘weights’ every day slow you down? Just as you can choose to strap on that wrist or ankle weight, you can choose to strap on that burden of fear, anxiety, or frustration. And just as you can choose to unstrap that weight, you can 'unstrap' those burdens that make you less than your best 'you.'

It’s your choice. Choose wisely.


Photo by Adam Hornyak on Unsplash

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What Lies Within

Posted on August 26, 2021
What Lies Within

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Life is often compared to a journey -- and for good reason.  Like a journey, life stretches behind and before us, a path full of twists, turns, mountains, valleys, rocky ground, and soft soil.

Too often we concern ourselves with the road that lies behind or ahead. That is, we focus on the past or the future.  Whether pleasant or painful, the road behind is just that, behind us.  While it informs our present, it does not define the present, and it surely doesn’t determine the future.  The road ahead -- the future -- is unseen, unknown, and waits to be explored. 

Your journey’s outcome depends on you.  The decisions you made, the paths you choose, the steps you take are determined by what lies within you, not what lies ahead or behind you.  

Grow from the journey.  Learn from the journey.  And above all enjoy the journey. Where it started and where it ends will never be as important as how it was made.

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The Content of Character

Posted on August 19, 2021
The Content of Character

“The content of your character is your choice. Day by day what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.” -- Heraclitus


Simple, everyday choices often have the greatest impact on our lives. Our bodies weaken if we make poor food choices, but they strengthen and thrive with small, daily choices to eat well and stay active.


Positive choices most often yield positive results. 


Our character is shaped much the same way. Small, daily choices grow and strengthen the content of our character.


Honesty, responsibility, kindness, courage, fairness, wisdom are the qualities of a healthy, well-developed character. These form the ‘content of character’ that nurtures true happiness and well-being. These are the positive qualities that, when used to influence and inform even simple, everyday decisions, can have a profoundly positive effect on our own lives and the lives of those around us.    


Like the body, character is strengthened by the choices we make: small, daily decisions to think, speak, and act in a way that reflects the best of who you are now and shapes the best possible version of who you will become.


Photo by Evelyn Mostrom on Unsplash


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A Little 'Pebble' of Kindness Goes a Long Way

Posted on August 12, 2021
A Little 'Pebble' of Kindness Goes a Long Way

Ever throw a pebble into a lake?  The pebble sinks almost immediately, but its effect can be seen long after that small rock disappears.  Little waves ripple out across the surface, tiny at first, they grow larger, spreading out across the water.  

Even for something as small as a pebble, its effect can be greater than expected. 

The things we do--the things we say--are often similar to pebbles thrown into the water. Their effects can be great--greater than we can imagine.

Something as simple as a kind word, a smile, or a friendly gesture could have a lasting impact on someone around you.

A little ‘pebble’ of kindness may just be the catalyst to inspire, motivate, and encourage others in a way you could never imagine.  Someone may forget what you’ve said or done, but that someone may remember how you made them feel for years to come. 

Leave positive memories behind with little pebbles of kindness.

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