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Activating the Soul of Your Business

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 Mary C. Davis (September 09, 2008)  There was a time when I would have been skeptical, even cynical, at the thought of connecting the concept of soul with business. After all, what does soul have to do with business? Soul is the spiritual, invisible aspect of human beings; business is the activity of buying and selling in the physical world. What could these two seemingly disparate things possibly have in common? As a .. (Inspirational)

Trusting In The Universe to Manifest Your Desires

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 Rita Desnoyers-Garcia (September 09, 2008)  A friend of mine recently asked me what I meant when I wrote in one of my daily messages “Trust in the Universe and your whole life will change. " . He was worried about some major projects, working too hard, and observed a lot of “bad stuff" was happening to people around him. His list of complaints illustrated that he was totally not trusting in the Universe, but was .. (Inspirational)

What am I Going to Do with this Mess?

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 S. Renee Smith (September 09, 2008)  Sometimes in life we are faced with the unexpected. In an instant, BAM!, our lives are changed forever. It could be the loss of a job, a serious illness, or the death of a close relative or friend. Or, if you were my aunt, it could be the car accident that leaves you paralyzed for the rest of your life. Can you imagine that? In my aunt's case, her “mess" occurred back in 1966. An . (Inspirational)

Freedom is Not Free!

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 Jerry Aragon (September 08, 2008)  I was only in jail for about 30 minutes, but it was the longest 30 minutes I have ever spent, etc. It was a cold, snowy night, and me and my girlfriend were going home after visiting some friends. It had been snowing for about three hours, and driving conditions were getting worse that night. My girlfriend was driving that night, and when she hit the brakes for a red light, the car .. (Inspirational)

The Hidden Power of Vision

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 Joel Bryant (September 08, 2008)  One of the challenges of completing a university education is in finding our place, in not letting the search or setbacks defeat, especially when our aims eclipse convention. Then we must remember that history is made and destiny is determined by what we do, not by what others say. If we endure, we can develop an autonomy that yields victory, greatness, even. To succeed, however, we .. (Inspirational)

Postpartum Perspectives

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 Joel Bryant (September 08, 2008)  We go too soon when we fail to bloom, no matter our age. The problem with most self-help books is that their perspectives are postpartum. Authors are typically relating their experiences after they have achieved their dreams or escaped their conditions. Metaphorically they man the summit beckoning to those at the base, boasting occasionally and minimizing egregiously the demands of .. (Inspirational)

Personal Spiritual Growth and Being a Positive Influence

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 Lee Wise (September 08, 2008)  In my way of thinking, our personal spiritual growth requires that we consider carefully our influence in the world. There are, no doubt, a myriad of ways to address the subject of influence.   One of those may be found in this quote I created within the past several years: ~*~*~ On Being A Positive Influence ~*~*~ "I become a positive influence by standing in opposition to what .. (Inspirational)

Can One Book Change Your Life?

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 Jasper Rodgers (September 08, 2008)  Can one book really make a difference in your life, can reading a book actually make a significant change in a positive way, can one book provide the inspiration to read others. If you ever wondered I'm going to tell you a story about a young man who read one book and this one book affected the lives of millions. I'm going to give you a basic outline of this young man's childhood and .. (Inspirational)

Postage to the Cosmos - How Much Does it Cost?

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 Camille Strate (September 02, 2008)  Two weeks after my Mom passed, I came home to find grand piano sitting in my garage. . . .complete with sterling silver candelabra and a giant red ribbon tied around the entire instrument. It was a gift from my then-fiance. A token of his love for me and his devotion to my dreams. The moment I saw it, I gasped. . .in disbelief. . .in sheer delight. . .in complete awe. How in the world .. (Inspirational)

Staying Strong

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 Daniel Belcher (September 02, 2008)  In this life we face many challenges everyday that test our character and souls. It is at these times we need to stay strong. How do handle the everyday things that happen? Our love ones may have wake up in a bad mood. The boss maybe upset about something. Someone at work maybe irritated and upset. How do we handle these challenges? If we develop some good practices, we can remain .. (Inspirational)

Second Glance at a First Hand Observation - A Tale of Three Telephones in the Afternoon Sunset

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 A. H. Scott (September 01, 2008)  Shining brightly, the evening sunset in the sky clearly revealed telephone-shaped shadows on the brick wall. My husband announced, “Look at that! The sun is shining through the dotted outline of holes in each side section of that telephone booth. It is unusual these days to see a telephone booth mounted on a brick wall outside a business. " I saw the open telephone booth as we .. (Inspirational)

A Place For Mistakes!

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 Nicole Brodie (September 01, 2008)  There are some people in this world who suffer greatly with the emotions and repercussions of making a mistake. Whether it is something that they said or something they did, the act of moving on is a task apparently outside of their ability. They are emotionally attached to every mistake they have ever made and they store each mishap inside of their hearts and use them like a reference .. (Inspirational)

Consequences of Misguided Actions

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 Roxanne Tracy (August 31, 2008)  We have all heard the familiar sayings, “You reap what you sow", “I told you so", “you knew what you were getting into". Yeah, we have all heard them but have you ever sat yourself down and really thought about what each of those statements means? I suppose if we did we wouldn't dare take chances. Living the safe life of no risk, following our daily status quo. .. (Inspirational)

Keys to Helping People Feel Important

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 Kathy Condon (August 31, 2008)  Those who are unemployed or under appreciated in their work environment often feel they are lacking something, but do not know how to label it. As we move into a society that sends email “thank you" notes, communicates through voice mail and walks right by the person cleaning their workspace without saying a word, the situation worsens. COMMUNICATION: 1. Seven percent of .. (Inspirational)

What Inspiration Means to Me

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 Timothy J Kane (August 31, 2008)  What does it take to be inspirational? If you had asked me that 10 years ago, I would have said inspiration is Michael Jordan making the last second shot in the championship game, Adam Vinatieri kicking the winning field goal in the Super Bowl, or someone coming back from last place to win a race. But an event in my life when I was 17 years old changed my perspective on what it takes to . (Inspirational)

Words Are Nothing - Meaning is Everything

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 Awdhesh Singh (August 31, 2008)  The importance of words in our daily life can not to be overemphasized. It is impossible to visualize the human civilization without words. All the scriptures advocate prayers or some sort of recitation of words for concentration of mind and for attaining God realization. In India the recitation of mantra (scriptural couplets) are considered to be of very high value. The recitation of .. (Inspirational)

Determining Your Level of Confidence

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 Kevin Sinclair (August 30, 2008)  Confidence is a very broad and general term. We would all enjoy being confident, and having more confidence throughout our lives in general, but when we make this choice in our lives, it is important to define the means of confidence that we want in life. Without implementing the use of a defined goal, it is very likely that our full potential when it comes to determining your level of .. (Inspirational)

How Do I?

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 Dorothy Lafrinere (August 29, 2008)  To Be Wronged Is Nothing Unless You Continue To Remember It! This Is a thought that should be in the back of your mind with each happening that occurs throughout your day. People are continuously asking me: how do I. . . . . . -feel better about myself? -get over this hurt and loneliness feeling? -stop these insecure feelings? -stop comparing myself to others? -find a healthy balance .. (Inspirational)

Abuse! Victim! - How Do You Spell It?

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 Dorothy Lafrinere (August 29, 2008)  THIS IS HOW I SPELL IT! A = Attack B = Barbaric U = Uninvited S = Surreal E = Evil V = Violated I = Innocent C = Crushed T = Taken I = Inconceivable M = Mind-altering I am going to share a few unedited facts or rather thoughts that I am compelled to share. If you are looking for a positive upbeat article, then you had better walk away now. This article will not be the pleasantry that .. (Inspirational)

Have You Ever Thought About the Purpose of Human Life?

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 Matthew Desilva (August 29, 2008)  All throughout time, the purpose of human life has perplexed many people. You, too, may be struggling with this idea of purpose. Why are you here? What does it all mean? Do you find yourself asking these kinds of questions? Let's consider some thoughts that may guide you on your own trip through this mystery we call life. In terms of the purpose of human life, some people may talk .. (Inspirational)

How Poor Are You?

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 Susan P Denny (August 29, 2008)  One day a father and his rich family took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?" "Very good Dad!" "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked. "Yeah!" "And what did you .. (Inspirational)

Does God Exist? My Grandmother's Rosary

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 Teresita Herrera (August 29, 2008)  Having faith in God is a really interesting thing for me. I've been through hell and back in my life, and I don't even know how I'm still alive today, still existing, and still here, and sometimes I still feel like I'm still suffering so much that it would just be better to give my life to God. But then I always hear my grandmother's voice, and I remember her sitting on the couch while . (Inspirational)

Hanging On

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 V. P. Mosser (August 22, 2008)  There was a great lady Healer, who was summoned to the place where people of broken spirits and broken hearts resided. This is a home for those who have experienced crisis and tragedy, and who were barely hanging on. The Healer was asked to intervene in their broken lives, to inspire them to move beyond their current world of pain and misery, to live a life of joy and purpose, once .. (Inspirational)

How Are We to Know?

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 V. P. Mosser (August 22, 2008)  A young man had befriended the gardener who cared for the grounds of the university he was attending. The gardener was a very old man with a youthful spirit who enjoyed the vibrant and lively environment that the university provided. The gardener had taken a special interest in this particular young man because his inquisitive nature reminded him of himself at that age. As the gardener . (Inspirational)

The Old Pickle Jar

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 Dennis Copson (August 22, 2008)  That old pickle jar, as far back as I can remember, sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents’ bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar. It was a nightly ritual for many, many years in our home. As a small boy I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a .. (Inspirational)

Finding Meaning in Life is So Important

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 Matthew Desilva (August 22, 2008)  Finding meaning in life can be quite difficult, can't it? Many people are feeling lost in today's world. Do you feel as though there may be something missing? Maybe you feel like there aren't any quality reasons to get out of bed in the morning? You're not alone if you feel this way. Millions of people are feeling the same way you are. You wouldn't know it, of course. Most people feel .. (Inspirational)

What's the Significance of Discovering Your Life Purpose?

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 Matthew Desilva (August 22, 2008)  Discovering your life purpose. . . So, what do you think? Do you connect the words “life purpose" with individuals such as nuns, doctors, scientists, missionaries, or priests? Maybe you've fallen into humanity's trap that limits “meaningful" or “significant" work to a few select people? The fact is that you also are designed to live a life of purpose and .. (Inspirational)

Comment on the 33rd Verse of the Tao Te Ching

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 Isa Bella (August 21, 2008)  "Who understands the world is learned; Who understands the self is enlightened. Who conquers the world has strength; Who conquers the self has harmony. Who is determined has purpose; Who is contented has wealth. Who defends his home may long endure; Who surrenders his home may long survive it. " by Lao Tsu (Peter Merel's Interpretation) Mastering external circumstances in our lives, .. (Inspirational)

Emotional Imprisonment

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 V. P. Mosser (August 21, 2008)  He was an ordinary looking guy, but he had led a troubled life. People often used the term, Loser, whenever they referred to him. But now, he seemed somehow reborn, a new man. He had obviously had an epiphany, and he was a changed man. People speculated on the how's and why's of his amazing transformation. Surely this man, known as the Loser, must have discovered something extraordinary . (Inspirational)

Heart Secret Series - "Remembering Who You Are"

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 Angela Patterson (August 21, 2008)  Have you ever felt that you have lost touch with who you really are? Have you ever felt that the person you see in the mirror each day is not who you really are? It's like the caterpillar who knew that he was made for more than just crawling on the ground. He knew there was a beautiful butterfly inside waiting to be released. What is it that you need to remember? We sometimes lose the .. (Inspirational)

Law of Hidden Sight

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 Ugochukwu Stanley Nwachukwu (August 21, 2008)  William Shakespeare wrote several years ago that ‘some men are born great; some achieve greatness; while some have greatness thrust upon them. " This is a convenient point for kick starting our discussion. There have been arguments on the source of leadership skills just like greatness. Some believe that leaders are born with their DNA lined with the art of leadership. Others .. (Inspirational)

The Power Within

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 Anton Koswara (August 21, 2008)  Knowledge is Power I believe we all do agree with that wise expression. That's why we study hard, right? The line is so well-known that it can be applied by anybody, anywhere in the world. By having the right knowledge means we have the power to do everything correctly and minimize the errors: We know how to make friends, we know how to do public speaking, we know how to invent .. (Inspirational)

Who Are You - Do You Really Know?

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 Erica Goodstone, Ph.D. (August 21, 2008)  This article is about you: who you are, who you have been told you are, who you believe you are, and who you choose to be. Nobody in the world can tell you who you are. You have your own DNA, your own fingerprints, your own beliefs, and your own sense of self. The purpose of this article is to help you discover and reveal to yourself who really believe you are. Knowing this without a .. (Inspirational)

The Power of Taking Responsibility

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 Gregory McGuire (August 20, 2008)  "It's not my fault. " That's what Ellen, a client of mine, told me. She believed it, too. Her mother and boyfriend caused all her problems. If only they would behave differently, her life would be perfect. As a counselor, I hear this all the time. “If only my husband/wife/mother/father/boss/employees would do things differently. " Sadly, even after several sessions, I couldn't .. (Inspirational)

Viewpoint - The Optimist, the Pessimist, and the Realist

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 V. P. Mosser (August 20, 2008)  This is the story about three guys, named, Optimist, Pessimist and Realist. They were all on a ship out at sea when there was a small explosion on the ship and it started to go up in flames. Each man's response to the situation was totally different, born from his particular viewpoint. The optimist was just certain that all would work out just fine and simply went about his business. .. (Inspirational)

The Three Abilities

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 V. P. Mosser (August 20, 2008)  One day, the village wise man heard about a visitor from a neighboring village who was coming to visit him. The visitor was coming to inquire about a rumor he'd heard regarding the three abilities. He was said to be a greedy man who always wanted more than everyone else; so, after hearing about the three abilities that hold the secret to a meaningful life, he decided that he must .. (Inspirational)

Coasty Joe Leaves Us

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 Mary Riggs (August 20, 2008)  Coasty Joe and I had a curious relationship as we understood being an outsider in a family that would never accept us. It was an unspoken alliance but our common ground bonded us in ways that only we could understand. Coasty derived his nickname from being a retired Coast Guard Chief. He grew up in the Chicago area an only son and was quite a bit younger than the sisters that preceeded . (Inspirational)

Live a Great Life - Use the Powerful 'What If' Question to Invent the Life You Want

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 Jay Forte (August 20, 2008)  One of the most significant ways to access your creative side is to ask powerful “What if. . . " questions. These questions both enable and compel you to invent, imagine, dream and discover. “What if. . . " questions encourage you to see what you generally miss as you move at breakneck speed through life; they encourage you to think, to take a stand and to own your work and .. (Inspirational)

The Bigger the Challenge the Bigger the Reward

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 Kim Burch (August 20, 2008)  Several years ago I remember sitting in church listening to a sermon about challenges and hard times. I remember thinking that I must be truly blessed because I couldn't recall a particular hard or challenging time in my life. Well God really has a sense of humor. The challenge: Three years ago (2005) I had a major stroke while giving birth to my youngest child. I went from not being .. (Inspirational)

Love of God Leads to Love of the Self and Others

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 Isa Bella (August 20, 2008)  According to most spiritual traditions, there are three types of love: love of God, love of the self, and love of others. Once these three aspects of love become an integral part of our personality, we'll become capable of living a life of love, and it will be easy for us. These three componants intermingle and constantly interact with each other. They work like a team. Love flows .. (Inspirational)

Your Meaning of Life

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 Lynn Bradley (August 20, 2008)  What is your meaning of life? Why are you here? You did not ask to be born, so now that you were, what do you make of it? Your view of life determines how you face it. If you have bad circumstances and you think of yourself as a victim, your meaning of life probably does not make much sense. If things are good, you probably understand the meaning of life Your circumstances are not as .. (Inspirational)

Just to Find a Smile - It's Not As Hard As You Think

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 Camille Strate (August 19, 2008)  Sometimes it seems so hard to find a reason to smile. Like there isn't one single thing that we can think of to make the corners of our mouth turn up. We look around at our lives and think, ‘geez. sure wish it were different, or better, or NOT this way’. From this place, it would seem impossible to find a smile, yes? Well, how about if we looked at things from another .. (Inspirational)

Career Change Lessons From a Potluck Dinner

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 Cathy Goodwin (August 19, 2008)  Someone I'll call “Gloria" told me this story: "At a recent potluck dinner, my friend Brian brought a six-pack of his special cider. We had more beverages than we needed. At the end of the evening, Brian went into the refrigerator and grabbed his untouched cider. He took it home. "Our hostess, Nancy, was furious. She wrote Brian a strong email, claiming he had insulted her" My .. (Inspirational)

Slaves and Cowards

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 Marcus Engel (August 19, 2008)  "Slaves got options: escape, revolt, death. Cowards only have consequences. " Franklin, from the Broadway musical, “Passing Strange. " July 1 found us sitting in a theater in New York City, celebrating our one year wedding anniversary by going to see a Broadway musical. Now, you expect great entertainment in the city that never sleeps - and we got it! However, what I didn't expect . (Inspirational)

It Shall Pass!

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 Mwendwa Mbaabu (August 18, 2008)  My daughter just turned 3 a few days ago and is starting school next month. I can hardly believe it. How time flies. Thinking about it a few days ago, it took me back to three years ago when I was pregnant, alone and believing that it was the end of the world. If somebody had told me back then, that things would get better, I'd have thought they were crazy or just overly optimistic. At . (Inspirational)

Why Did I Open My Big Mouth?

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 Charles Wright (August 18, 2008)  Have you ever been in a situation where you had to own up to something you've said? We all have right? Maybe in grade school when a certain classmate of yours thought that they were all that and a bag of chips and you said something that would challenge the chips. “You may be all that but I don't know about the chips cause I can do this/that better than you". Or we may at one .. (Inspirational)

Dara Torres on One Boomer's Life - "You Don't Have to Put an Age Limit on Your Dreams"

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 Pat Fenner (August 18, 2008)  For those of you who may have been under a rock for the last week or so, Dara Torres is the 41-yr old mother of a 2-yr old, and an Olympic silver-medal winner in swimming this year. Now, that description may not resonate with anyone besides a baby-boomer mother, but I'm willing to bet there are enough of us out there to keep me fairly good company in her fan club! The title of this .. (Inspirational)

Seven Steps For Overcoming Fear of Failure

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 Rosamunde Bott (August 18, 2008)  Fear of failure is like a debilitating disease. It keeps us paralysed, living a life that is trapped within the boundaries of safety and ordinariness and preventing us from living life to the fullest. This fear can actually prevent us from succeeding, and much of the time it will stop us from even starting a project in the first place. While we may list any number of reasons why we .. (Inspirational)

I Am Not a Doormat!

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 Melissa Aytche (August 18, 2008)  Do you feel like people walk on you? Do you feel that your emotions don't count? It doesn't matter if this is a friend, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, or even spouse we are all affected by these.  My life experience was exactly this.  Through a series of bad relationships, friendships, and a decline in my own confidence I became what I hated.  Through time I started learning . (Inspirational)

The 7,000,000 Dollar Person

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 Thomas Wojick (August 18, 2008)  In the following blank write, in dollars, how much you feel your life is worth: _. Do you believe other human beings are more or less valuable than you are? Is a child worth more or less than an adult? Is a sanitation worker worth more or less than a mayor? Is an Australian bushman worth more of less than the person who will be the next president of the United States? You may have read .. (Inspirational)




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