5 Audacious Agreements that Empower

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Unlike written or verbal contracts we make to provide a service or product, sometimes we make agreements with ourselves and other people that we are not even aware we made. And, when our expectations fall short of our desired outcome, we become angry, disillusioned, frustrated and confused. For example, you may live with an unspoken agreement that conflict is to be avoided at all cost by not speaking up when there is a disagreement or difference of opinion. You may soon discover that avoiding conflict never gets anything resolved – just shoved under the proverbial rug. Instead of going with the flow and operating from agreements that limit, define and get in the way of being your true self, here are 5 audacious agreements that empower … [Read more...]

Can You Show More Gratitude?

Christmas wreath and candles [Flickr by jj busy on and off]

    You can never run out of things to be grateful for. So many times we take everyday things for granted - like our cell phone connection, lighting and heat for our homes, the Internet, TV, microwaves, our games and global connections. Recently, we had a major power outage in our town.  Our home was without power for seven days. For some folk the outage lasted longer. Spending two nights in a cold dark house with a fireplace for warmth and four nights in an emergency shelter was a stark reminder for me to be more conscious of the things I have to be grateful for. It's easy to be grateful when you receive a tangible gift or for food, clothes, shelter but what about the everyday things that we so easily take for granted … [Read more...]

Show Your Appreciation in 10 Simple Ways

Gladys Anderson | Self-Care Genie

  Showing appreciation is about more than saying the perfunctory "thank you" when  someone does a good deed for us.  Many times, we neglect to tell the people who enrich our lives just how we feel about the things they do or say and that create a richer experience for us such as being a good friend or making us laugh. We take so much for granted that we may not pay that much attention to the daily things we can do to light up someone else's life.  As the wise poet, Maya Angelou says, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” You can start now to "make someone's day" by not only noticing their good deeds but also showing … [Read more...]