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[success]Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. ~ Mother Teresa[/success] We all want to be appreciated, valued, and respected. Not one of us would say…criticize me, be mean, how about rejecting me, or even manipulating me…I’d like some of that today! In simple terms we all want to feel loved.  Not necessarily romantically, although, nothing’s better, but for now the bottom line is we just want to feel cared for, in every relationship. One way you won’t go wrong Whatever we want, then this is what we must give to others.  This is what we must think of, for others as well as ourselves. Because everything…and that really is everything…in our consciousness will become events and experiences. Every day I experience proof…

[success]You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly. ~ Steve Maraboli[/success] Do you know what you want to do with your life? So said my mum on my fifteenth birthday. I’m not asking what your profession should be, nor what your goals, are Elle, (wow that presupposed I had a goal) what’s your deepest inner desire.  What do you think your purpose is?  The reason you feel you’re here.  This was in response to my incessant question:  Is this all there is? If you want to live a purposeful life, my mum said, then you need to find out what that purpose is. Huh?  What the heck was she talking about. Life was all about music and hanging out with friends, oh yes and boys, wasn’t it?  We never really got to the bottom of that little…

[success]The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. ~ Martha Washington[/success] Last week I was listening to some friends tell me about really, really exciting things happening in their life.  I was happy, I was moved, I was thrilled for them.  They are wonderful people and deserve to have wonderful things happen. But why? Why does happiness disappear. Here we are a week later and am I still hearing of the wonders of their life.  No I’m not. Today all they can talk about is how rotten fate is, how dreadful things are, how miserable life is.  What happened?  Where did the good life go? What happened to la dolce vita? How did it manage to disappear between last week and this.  Is there some unspeakable void that swallows great experiences so we can no longer see them, just like my…

What is it with me and Target?  Every time I’m there I seem to have ‘a Target experience’.  I’m not complaining, on the contrary I plan on continuing them…I’m just a little curious…what is it with me and Target? I wasn’t buying anything very interesting, or cute, just mundane stuff like picture hooks, because we are still surrounded by art work that belongs on a wall, not on the floor, and large garbage bags, because as I empty boxes I’m ruthlessly eliminating what we haven’t used in the past year.  Goodwill here we come. Even with boring purchases, the Check Out Assistant and I had a delightful, if short, exchange: Me:  “Well, you’re certainly a cheerful charlie.” C.O.A:  “I’ll be even more cheerful when my shift ends at 7.30 tonight.” Me: ” Wow, that’s a long day”.  It was 10 am at the time. C.O.A: “Yep, but I’m happy to…

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