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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.AristotleConsider your habits of mind, today and rid yourself of the old scripts that continue to replay. That which you think repeatedly will surely come to pass.I've discovered that when I am tired, the old scripts - like the old familiar phrases of my youth - return with a vengeance. Suddenly, I find myself turning an old phrase while my family looks at me in awe -- a throw back from an earlier time when I had not yet learned the subtleties of language, had not been introduced to the outside world. I hear my mother's voice or my fathers or the quaint language of children set apart from the world in geographic isolation, and I know it is no longer who I am, but still it slips out when I am tired.My thoughts take the same vein. Old insecurities find their way to wiggle into my reality when I am tired. I must guard against the tendency to revert to old ways of thinking.Consider the voices that repeat i…

You are always free to choose a different future . . . or a different past. Richard Bach

Yesterday, we talked about creating new futures by letting go of the past. Let's take a look at our past today. Whatever has happened in our lives up until today has been cemented into our memories and formed the foundation of who we are. It is over. Gone. It is what it is and we are powerless to change it, or are we?

I was born the youngest of 8 siblings, but more importantly, I was born much later making me the little sister that was never really part of "their childhood" and certainly not a part of my parent's youth. I never really minded. Life was what it was and I didn't question that.

One day, when we were grown, my sister commented that I had grown up in a "different family" than she had. She was right, of course. Our parents had grown and life had changed and the world was a very different place when I came along, but I also realize it was much more than that.

Of course we grew up in different families. Our family is a reflection of our thoughts, …
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson Consider who you are and how you came to be the person you are today. We all have a past that has shaped and molded lives. If we are lucky, we have learned from our experiences and formed a solid foundation for building our lives. But know that the past is gone and no longer has the power to alter our lives. What we do now is up to us. Let go of regrets and resentments seated in the past. Take that which is good and cast away that which is not. Acknowledge that the past has shaped you into the person you are, but that you have the power to mold a different future. Look to the future, today and cast away the worries and fears that are binding you to the past. Focus on a bright and productive future and begin the journey towards the new ending only you have the power to create. Today, I am grateful from gray clouds that cover the sky for they hold life-sustaining water to…

What things are you giving power over your life, today?

When you fight something, you’re tied to it forever. As long as you’re fighting it, you’re giving it power!Anthony de Mello Consider your inner battles today. When you react to that inner voice that speaks of lack and want and need, know that you are giving it power to manifest in your life. Turn the thoughts around and concentrate on the opposite of your need. Feel the joy of knowing your needs have been met and stay the mind on that thought. For many of us, learning to rephrase out thoughts, and ultimately our battles, takes a bit of practice and constant monitoring. We have been taught to think in terms of our lack. That little voice that cries out that you are too fat or too old or not skilled enough to compete with the rest of the world can be silenced. Many of us make the mistake of changing our thoughts in ways that still focus on the negative. If you are in the habit of saying "Why am I so tired?" or "I am too old for this.", you might think saying &qu…

Faith is Taking the First Step

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.Martin Luther King, Jr. If you are new to the concept of the Law of Attraction, you may be struggling with where to start. You may be a little afraid to get your hopes up. Don't belittle yourself yourself for that today. It comes from years of conditioning and years of believing that your life is beyond your control. It's not your fault. No man can go further than what he has been taught. Consider the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. today. You may not see the entire staircase, but you can reach out and take the first step. Have faith today and step beyond what you have been taught. Take a moment to visualize your destination. Feel the joy, feel the peace and comfort of knowing your future is limitless and step forward to begin the journey. Great things are waiting for you today. May you have the faith and courage to go forth with expectation and the joy of knowing that what you want most in lif…

Imagine

To bring anything into your life, imagine that it's already there.Richard Bach Consider the power of visualizing what you want to manifest in your life today. Richard Bach brought us the message in the 70's but few of us listened beyond a fascination with his work. I read Johnathan Livingston Seagull when it was fashionable and went on to read Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, a truly inspiring book. But life happened and I moved away from their life-changing messages. And now, I am brought full circle to the concepts they contained. The power of visualizing what you want most can be done any time, any where. Don't let excuses of time get in your way today. Close your eyes and visualize, if only for a moment. Know that what you visualize will come to pass. You may wonder why I included the image of Cardinal today. It's simple really. I love birds and have a feeder just outside my window. While I write, I like to see them flitting here and there. Ch…

Dreams Determine Your Tomorrows

Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.Marsha Norman Consider your dreams today; they are the seeds of your tomorrow. Whether you dream big or you dream small determines the degree of the greatness you can achieve. Be the mighty hot air balloon that floats effortlessly above the earth with a clear vision of the world below. Many years ago a dear friend gave me a birthday card. A gorgeous Hot Air Balloon floated across the deep blue sky. The verse indicated that she wanted to give me a hot air balloon ride for my birthday, but could not. Taped inside was a bright red balloon with the verse.. . "So, I'm sending you the seed." What a marvelous idea. The card has long been misplaced, but the thought has lingered across the years. My very own hot air balloon seed was more than I could hope for. Of course, at the time I didn't see the significance, but I understand now. To reap the things we want in our life, we must sow the seeds.…

If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed ...

If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to your mountain, """"MOVE!" and it WILL move... and NOTHING will be impossible for YOU! - Matthew 17:20 Consider the lowly mustard seed this morning. Although there is much controversy over what plant Jesus actually referred to (some claim there are huge mustard trees, others claim that true mustard is a bush, while others prefer to believe Jesus spoke of ordinary mustard ... like the picture here... ) the fact remains that a tiny seed harbors within itself the ability to sprout and grow into a living plant much greater than itself. But how does it do that? If we are to believe the teaching of Jesus, it does it by faith ... and if we have this faith we can move mountains. The lowly mustard seed can lie dormant for years, but given water, warmth and good soil it will sprout and flourish. It doesn't w…

As you think, so shall you be ...

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be. William JamesWhy is it so hard for human beings to believe that what we believe and the attitude we hold towards those beliefs governs our lives? We've all seen it in action. We've all encountered the naysayer who is so angry and frustrated with his life that he can't see past the negative. His focus on all that is bad in the world, and in others, fills his life with events that solidify his beliefs. We know it is true. Why then, is it so hard to believe that a positive attitude can fill our lives with positive events?I have chosen to believe in the power of the positive and hope you have too. Today, I am grateful for the beautiful white blanket of snow that envelopes the land, for winter birds that flood my feeder and fresh clean air. I am grateful for the freedom to express myself in writing and share my thoughts with …