??????????????? Believing in the Goodness of Love

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Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi
Death came to my part of the world this week.
I live in Overland Park, Kansas where a hate crime took the lives of three people and changed my part of the world forever.…

the-guest-house-by-rumi The Guest House

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This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. – Rumi
In the poem, The Guest House, Rumi uses the metaphor of a house guest to create an image that each day we have the opportunity to welcome something new into our lives, even if it is unexpected.…

songs of your life The Songs of Your Life

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Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. – Pablo Casals
Music has been a big part of my life. Even though I can’t sing a lick or play an instrument, nothing motivates me, or comforts me, like a song.…

show real love Real Love

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If you’re going to love someone or something then don’t be a slow leaking faucet – be a hurricane. – Shannon L. Alder
There’s only one thing that will change the world. It won’t be the words we speak; the books we write or the donations we make.…

headfirst into fear Dive Headfirst into Fear

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Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. – Dorothy Thompson
Fear does not keep you “playing small.” Refusing to deal with fear (and wanting to kill it off in some way) keeps you “playing small.”
Refusing to see the fear is part of a growth experience (trying to live without fear) keeps you “playing small.” Hating your fear, compartmentalising it as if it’s not part of you can also keep you “playing small.”
I read these wise words from Kate Swoboda on a day where fear showed up for me in the simplest of ways.…

facing your fears 15 Simple Tips for Facing Your Fears

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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The past two weeks have been tough.
With the benefit of hindsight, Mary Beth and I can trace the beginning of this difficult period back to 1995 when my wife injured her back while lifting a photocopier.…

promise or pay Promise or Pay to Change the World

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Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them. – John Green
Do you keep promises? Can you even remember the last promise you made?
Growing up most of us (usually after forgetting to pick up our clothes off the bathroom floor or do our homework) had an adult bend down, look us directly in the eyes and say with earnest, “You know, you should never break a promise.”
When Life Happens
Whether or not we make “promises”, we can’t avoid making commitments all the time.…