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Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.

Today's quote is attributed to Alicia Witt. It reminds me this morning of what we already instinctively know, but often choose to ignore. How we act and the attitude who choose to adopt creates who we are.  It's easier, of course, to believe that our life circumstances create our thoughts and emotions and make us who we ultimately become. But, it isn't true.
Each of us chooses how we react to the people and events around us. We choose what we feel and think and how we act. It's the acting that I want to focus on today.

The simple act of putting a smile on your face brings about emotional, psychological and physical changes in your body, saysPsychology Today. In short, it releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that immediately go to work to increase feelings of happiness, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and relieve pain.

The important part here is that the smile comes first and the positive effects follow. In short, when you act happy, yo…

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein. It reminds me of how persistent we are with our own way of thinking. Even when that thinking gets us nowhere, we cling to it like a lifeline to our success and happiness.

Maybe it is because as children we are foolishly taught that if we don't understand something, all we need to do is 'think harder' and it will magically become clear. Instead of learning to change our way of thinking, we learn to continue with wrong thinking with the hope that someday it will click and our lives will fall into place. They won't.

Our lives are a reflection of how we see the world. How we see the world is a direct result of our thinking. Yet, we hold fast to old thought patterns because they are familiar and easy and don't require any work.

Consider your thinking today and how it relates to obstacles in your life. Practice viewing your life through a different lens, look at it from different angles and consider how changing your thinking…

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Today's quote is attributed to motivational speaker Zig Zigglar who built his success on practicing the golden rule and  treating others as he wanted to be treated. This, of course, meant taking the time to see what others needed and helping them out along the way because he knew that we are all in this together and no one needs to go it alone.
It is so easy to become so focused on your own success that you forget that your real value is helping others get to what they want. It is, after all what we are here for.
Consider your skills and talents today and think about how they can be used to help others get the things they want in life. Consider why you began doing the thing is you do in life and how that enriches the lives of others. When you shift your focus from your own wants to filling the wants of others you will find your own success along the way.
Today, I am grateful for the beautiful fall colors, the earthy scent of fall and the excitement of squirrels and birds as they f…