I will be better Tomorrow!!


When you read the title of this blog does it make you think you are having a bad day or having a great day and tomorrow will even be greater? Danielle writes that conscious optimism is the soul of service. On page 123 of her magnificent book, White Hot Truth there is an awesome poem titled Nothing Changes Without Me:

Sometimes, my heart is so open

I can’t tell if it is a gaping wound

or a portal for everything that ever was and ever will be.

I’ve learned to Love the beautiful terror of eternity,

and scenario planning for how shattered I could be

if the dark things got tall

and if I fell backwards in my forgetting of the Light.

But you can’t fall backwards in Space,

You can only only only ever unfurl.

More than anything,

I’ve wed the certainty that nothing changes without me –

not coal becoming diamonds

not fertilizing eggs

or migration patterns

or medicine dreams.

And what I had thought was a net cast to me from a higher God

is actually strands of Truth and filaments of desire

that I have tied together with my own two hands.

And in precious encounters, I tie what I know and want to you,

so we can ride the winds of wonder.

Here is the link to obtain the book: White Hot Truth.

So let’s have a look at how optimism lessens the suffering of others:

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1. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

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2. Cute take on words: Everybody.

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3. A great quote from the 33rd POTUS. Scholars, starting in 1962, ranked Truman’s presidency as “near great”; since then he has been ranked between 5th and 9th in historical rankings of U.S. Presidents.

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4. My neighbours upstairs gt their lemons from a tree up the road that overhangs someone’s fence. Hey, free lemons: Mrs Robinson.

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5. The perfect 10 gymnast from the L.A. Olympics

Mary Lou has kept providing the soul of service for her now 49 years.

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6. When you fall down, you can do the former or the latter. The optimist is a latter type of person, also there are other to help you get up: One More Time.

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7. An optimum list that will get you through your day when it feels tough.

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8. Born deaf and blind Helen Keller certainly lived a faithful life. The first deaf-blind person  to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in the United States, very little stopped this amazingly optimistic soul.: Stronger.

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9. From the worlds favourite philosopher, Ms Unknown comes an analogy between pessimism and optimism.

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10. His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, The Dalai Lama, whatever you want to call him, without his optimism the world would be a much sadder place: Be Optimistic.

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11. Robert Michael Hensel was born with the birth defect known as Spina bifida. He is also a Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles. Now that’s optimism multiplied tenfold.

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12. If you haven’t taken it on because of….., begin it now but don’t do it the way that has stopped you before: Solving Problems.

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13. Helen Keller again, she was an inspiration to the world in the way she gave from her fullness, even though we would consider some of them disabilities.

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14. Because everyone loves cat and dog drawings: We love Cats.

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15. Definitely, time to delete that file.

I love Danielle’s definition of “Waking Up” –

We all need to wake up

so we can do the work

that needs to be done

to live in a world

that we espouse to want to live in.

The music this time comes from  Ingrid Michaelson, The Lemonheads, Daft Punk, Kelly Clarkson, The Dalai Lama, Brent Cobb and Bemular. Different styles, but all enjoyable.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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It’s often its own Reward!!


Being rewarded, is that receiving you a financial salary for what you do in life? Or is it a more spiritual path as spoken of by luminaries like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Carolyn Myss.

Above me, there is a flier advertising the Compassionate Voices Community Choir quoting words such as Rejoice, Improve, Connect and Learn. If this is what being Compassionate has to offer I’m on board.

In our busy lives, compassion is one of those things that is easy to drop out, for ourselves and others. So let’s have a look at what society has said to remind us not to do that over the centuries:

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1. I recently read a quote that said do not complain for 24 hours, not even once and your life would transform. I can imagine the same applies for judging oneself and others.

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2. Putting life off is not a part of a Compassionate journey. it would be like being in the now moment to moment. How much more would you get done if you did not procrastinate over things: Do It Right Now.

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3. Grandparents are old, even older than our parents, and our younger siblings, why do they cling so hard? These are ideas you need to transform because you will probably be all these things sometime in your life.

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4. Always have a mirror around so that you can remember you always have someone to practice compassion with, the most important person in your life: Compassion.

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5. Compassion has some worth housemates, these are some of them.

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6. Compassion, another name could be heart to heart surgery: Open Your Heart.

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7. How would the world transform if we taught compassion in the education system as well as knowledge? I say it would be a very different place.

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8. The compulsory cute animal photo quote, If you don’t ask or act what you think is purely supposition: Rolling In the Deep.

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9. As Byron Katie said in her quote we always have someone to practice compassion with. And when we get that down pat we can then open our heart to others.

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10. I’m the leader, the leader of the gang of compassion I am, so can you be too: Leader of the Pack.

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11. Each of our senses has a purpose that can empower our lives and the world.

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12. Probably better known as Uma Thurman’s dad, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (born August 3, 1941) is an American Buddhist writer and academic who has written, edited or translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism. He is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States. He also is the co-founder and president of the Tibet House New York and is active against the People’s Republic of China’s control of Tibet: Om Mani Pad Me Hung.

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13. Have compassion for the days to come, keep growing and creating the best day of your life.

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14. Thoughts don’t get a lot done, it needs physical actions as well for anything to happen: Would You.

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15. They call it the technological revolution, don’t forget the spiritual technologies such as compassion, kindness, serenity, mindfulness and humility.

Remember to look in the mirror when you first get up and say I Love You then go and pass it on to whoever you come across during the day.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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I believe in Unicorns!!


What did you believe in when you were little, I believed in Unicorns. What magic do you still believe in? Living your life with a little magic in it allows for you to let things in that replace the mundane, those mythical and magical moments that inspire your heart to shudder with  joy.

We are all fascinated by magicians and wonder how do they do their amazing tricks, can they really walk on water? Magic has been prevalent over the centuries and mentioned in all areas of life, lets have a look

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1. I love words, they express the magic of the soul, and sometimes they don’t, the heart does.

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2. Think about all those times when you just knew that it was time to begin that new adventure. Your Gut Feeling was on full volume: It’s only the Beginning.

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3. And sometimes we need to remember that magic is special and we can simply imagine that life can be better and take the appropriate actions.

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4. How much of our life do we live in the comfort zone. Step outside and enter the magical arena and transform your life: This is Where the Magic Happens.

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5. For something to occur in our lives, we must believe in it, including magic. What’s better to believe in.

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6. Federico Fellini , 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993 was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognised as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Some of his films are placed in polls such as in Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound as some of the greatest films of all time, with his 1963 film being listed as the 10th greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound.

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d’Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles: The theme from 8 1/2.

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7. Underlying all of it , there is universal love, sometimes we forget.

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8. Jimi speaks to my heart, I love my music, it enlivens me: Red House Live.

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9. Did you know life was like a flute, flutes are magical.

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10. Don’t we all want one of these, I saw this occur on the weekend, Its was magnificent: Love is in the Air.

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11. Divorce it today and your life will become extraordinary.

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12. Do you have a dream diary to look back on when you fulfil them later in life: Dream Baby.

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13. From that great philosopher Anonymous, eternally ageless. Throw out the cynicism, smile, believe and let in the magic.

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14. I’ve been sprung, I still believe in Unicorns and have a pet one named Cheryl: The Unicorn Song.

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15. Creator of the Goddess Lifestyle Plan Lisa Marie Rosati says “Magick is the art of creating your own reality exactly as you wish to live it, in accordance with the Laws of the Universe, Nature and in Sacred Partnership with the Divine.”

I am a believer that magic should be a daily part of our lives as it spreads joy through our bodies and takes us a long way down the path of fulfilling our dreams.

Namaste until next time my dear friends.

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Relax, Renew, Refresh!!


I have just begun to be able to relax again as I have had an injury caused by being pulled around the floor for three minutes to experience what it felt like to fly. Bring on three weeks of sleepless nights a lot of pain and  looks when I told people as to how it happened that I am a slightly unconnected individual.

I suppose we don’t really think how quickly our ability to relax and chill can be taken away from us, I hope I have learnt my lesson that relaxing take something as does stressing. Its amazing how many quotes on relaxing feature cute pictures of cats and dogs so I tried not to include to many in the 15 I have chosen to discuss this worthy subject, Let us begin our journey.

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1. How many times a day do we forget this little mantra. Frankie goes to Hollywood implores us to Relax, don’t do It.

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2. Which way do you wake up, I’m a bit of both.

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3. This is possibly what my very fat in law cat Lhasa looked like as a kitten, cats have it all over their canine friends in the relaxing stakes.

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4. The Chinese have given much to the world, one of the things is great philosophers who come up with great quotes. This is one of them.

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5. Remember to include in your daily to do list time to do stuff like this, laying on the earth is very good for you.

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6. Relaxation travels with its mates, here’s a group photo of them just chilling.

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7. Relax, take it easy is a song that comes to mind when I think of the baths I have had over my life time : Mika’s beautiful song

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8. My father was a teacher, as well as one sister and the other one was a lecturer. Sometimes the system in our country doesn’t allow for this as their marking time is not included in their attendance at the actual school. Cute Polar Bear.

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9. I believe that being in the presence of love is one of the most relaxing things you can do in your life. Find a loving community, family and friends and your stress will lower immediately.

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10. Now this is one relaxed looking dude, bet he’s rocking out some awesome licks.

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11. Our society has become so busy that there are even books being written on how to relax, I think the title of this particular book speaks to how difficult we have made a simple pastime.

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12. If you find a job or career you love, you will not work another day in your life. Allan Watts agrees with sense of relaxed play in Life: Allan Watts on Relaxation.

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13. One quote I did not choose said 7.45 roll over for a five minute nap, wake up at 8.30. have a 5 minute nap at work at 1.30 , wake up at 1.31 pm. Wayne Dyer’s quote speaks to something entirely different.

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14. Had to sneak in one for the dog lovers, He/She looks super relaxed.

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15. And we’ll finish with one of the most chilled out songs about relaxing. Take it away Mr. Marley :Don’t Worry ’bout a Thing.

So lets commit to living a more relaxed life and add some years to our time on Earth.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

Do they really love us and can they talk?


I am back on the air. After washing my phone and not having access to my verification codes to do an article for several weeks I have my beloved I phone 6 back. I saw an elderly woman walking her beloved pooch this morning on my walk to work, she was dressed in black so I assume that her beloved had passed and that her little white poodle filled her heart in the physical sense at least.

This made me think as a pet-less one, putting me in the minority in my country, 63% of households have one, 40% dogs and 23% cats and probably like my sister Ruth having both ,what it is that pets fulfil in people lives.

I tried not to choose 15 images of cats and dogs, but they are definitely the favourite, so lets go on our journey about the love between the furry ones and their two-legged friends who bizarrely think they are the masters.

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1. I never got into pet ownership as a child due to our family having several disasters occur. Dog poisonings,  pigeon fox attacks etc. etc. I  would enjoy the company of a cat but my lease says nada to that.

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2. I am in-laws to a cat and a dog, Suki and Lhasa. How much attention Suki gets my brother in law said once that he wants to come back as her next time around to receive the attention that my sister pours on her. Lhasa is an old cat who rules the roost.

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3. Unknown must secretly be a dog or a cat. This speaks so strongly about the bond between the pets and their owners that I know. This song by Patti Page does also : How much is that Doggie in the Window.

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4. Those nights watching our favourite life’s a little bit hard at the moment” with our beloved moggie or puppy are so, so special.

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5. One knows that as soon as you begin cuddling or patting yours or someones pet you next half an hour has just been taken up.

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6. This is the contract you take on with an animal, are you ready for it?

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7. I just had to put this one in, it’s funny and explains some of their cuter expressions.

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8. Research shows that hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Research shows a proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:

1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety

2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still embedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.

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9. Did the philosophiser Immanuel Kant creator of I think, therefore I am also come up with this classic statement about the human part of the partnership of animal and owner?
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10. I’m sure most pet owners have nightmares about this. Cat Stevens would like you to sing you a song : I love my Dog!!.
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11. James Alfred “Alf” Wight, OBE, FRCVS (3 October 1916 – 23 February 1995), known by the pen name James Herriot, was a British veterinary surgeon and writer, who used his many years of experiences as a veterinary surgeon to write a series of books each consisting of stories about animals and their owners. He is best known for these semi-autobiographical works, beginning with All Creatures Great and Small in 1972. The British television series adapted from the books is also titled All Creatures Great and Small.
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12. My nephew was afraid of dogs for many a year after hearing a German shepherd bark for an extended period of time. Many things can cause phobias towards our furred ones. What would you name your snail?
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13. Not always the most logical creatures, are they. Just tricksters at heart really.
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14. Cutest animal picture of the blog, and best quote as well.
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15. How could I look at this photo and not think of Michael Jackson’s first hit: Ben.
Being one of the 37% minority in my country who do not do this I feel I am close to having the illegal cat. We spend close to 1 billion dollars a year on our furry creatures and they love us for it.
Namaste until next time , my dear friends.
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To Love Vs. I am Loved


I follow the Cored Desired Feeling from the remarkable The Desire Map process by Danielle LaPorte. One of the cheapest transformations around : Gateway to Your Freedom. My 5 CDF’s are I am Peace, I am Bliss, I am Love, I am Helping Other People Evolve and I am Loved.

I am excellent at the first four but have recently taken on the fifth I am Loved. I write daily love memes on Facebook and am going to produce a book of them soon, giving love out comes easily, accepting is another matter all together. I used to cringe inwardly several years ago because my self worth had taken several battering including five admissions to psychiatric wards for a period of 6 months. I have been on a journey ever since to change my reaction and allowance of love into my life.

A lot of I am Loved quotes are quite cheesy so it took me a while to choose the 15  for todays discussion. Here they are, lets go:

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1. This is the journey I am own, That all parts of this statement are as strong as each other. I think each person has to work  on at least one part of it daily.

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2. I once had  the younger sister of a friend of mine since You made me Love You, I didn’t want to do it at  her 21st Birthday party in front of all her friends. I was embarrassed not taking in what she was expressing to me. It never happened.

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3. I think why we are finding this difficult is because our society has lost contact with Sacred Love. The time where someone says I love you or you say it to them and both of you know you never have to hear it again. People have stopped telling each other their Sacred stories .

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4. Are we expected to change our partners to fit into our expectations of who they really are, watch as they walk out the door, refer to number three.

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5. The Meaning of beautiful

 pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically:

“beautiful poetry” ·

 

synonyms: attractive · pretty · handsome · goodlooking ·

of a very high standard; excellent:
“she spoke in beautiful English”
synonyms: excellent · splendid · wonderful · magnificent ·
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6. To be in a loveable state means to accept all of you , whatever mood is coming at  you down the hallway. Its your choice after all.
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7. How to attract Love in you life is to love it right back, heres a song about it : Mary J Blige – I am.
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8. Sometimes I have done this , apologised for who I was in the hope that I would be love, it didn’t work.
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9. Now here is someone who knows she is Loved, how could you not.
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10. Mickey Mouse brought us humour in our lives as children, do statements like this turn you off or think I am loved because they are revealing their vulnerable parts to me.
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11. How many times have you been told I just don’t love you that way, can we just be friends, bring on the tequila.
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12. What is the furtherest distance that this has happened to you, to me it was a Russian sailor who pushed the nuclear missile buttons on a submarine based in St. Petersburg.
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13.Eric Fromm was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. When accepting I am Loved there always must be I Love as well.
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14. If Elvis Presley loved you, what song would you choose: The Wonder of You.
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15. And we finish with a beautiful quote by that famous philosopher – Unknown.
We choose how I am Loved goes with our words, be wise in your choice.
I still wonder if I will ever break the hold Am I loved has on me for it to become I am Loved. Its a worthwhile journey.
Namaste until Thursday , my dear friends.
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What makes it Spectacular?


There was a fire in a Tyre Depot today which led to a huge smoke cloud over our city. Local News outlets reported it as Spectacular. This started me thinking as to what did I construe to be Spectacular in my life and is the word under utilised or overused.

I thought about it and would call my relationships with my siblings and several of my friends spectacular, my 29,000 songs on Itunes spectacular, the result of my 40 year addiction to listening to all forms of music and my commitment to spiritual growth spectacular.

What does society have to say about it and how do they use it in quotes. There are some beautiful ans slightly in your face examples amongst the 15 I have chosen, so lets begin :

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1. Mason Cooley was an American aphorist known for his witty aphorisms. One of these such aphorisms Cooley developed was “The time I kill is killing me.” He suggested failing spectacularly will also lead to spectacular success.

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2. The people we are in awe of did not just wake up one morning and release their product or vision on the world. They worked at it for a lengthy period of time before hand.

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3. A lot of people feel that to be Spectacular they need to be somebody else than who they are now. This quote from the teen  angst film  The Spectacular Now suggests that fighting who we really are never works.

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4. This film looks at what teens are feeling as they come into their college days, everyone’s hanging on to some sort of dream to stay afloat, will you be one of the ones who does it spectacularly.

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5. After an unusually short pregnancy, Karen Powell  gives birth to a baby boy whose body ages much faster than the normal rate. With her husband, Brian , Karen raises their son, Jack , who appears to be a 40-year-old man when he is only 10. Though Jack ages rapidly physically, he is mentally and emotionally still a young boy, which causes him considerable difficulty. Eventually, Jack gains the support of his peers, which helps him live a fuller life. If you aged similar to a cat, seven years in one human year, how would you live your life spectacularly.

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6. Very direct and to the point. How are you to question that you were put on this earth to be spectacular. How knows you could be a super hero. The Spectacular Spiderman.

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7. Its very difficult to be Spectacular if you are not enjoying being who you are, remember you are AWESOME.

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8. Doug Larson was a columnist and editor for the Door County Advocate and wrote a daily column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. First contentment then Spectacularness, one come before the other.

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9. Lisa St. Aubin de Teran has lived in England, Venezuela, Italy and Mozambique. Writing memoirs and has produced an episode of Great Railway Journeys. She spectacularly lives the above quote.

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10. True Friendships are not based on physical presence with each other. They can spectacularly be oceans apart and years apart. When they meet it feels like a minute has passed.

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11. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Some of his more famous quotes are 

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
 
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
 
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
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12. We are all star-seed on a ball of energy spinning around another ball of energy that appears as a pin point in the map of the universe, and we don’t think that human life  is a spectacular occurrence.
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13. I’m Possible can easily become I’m spectacular and so can your life.
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14. Robin Williams had spectacular success in his life, playing many unique roles form people who aged like a cat, eccentric radio announcers in Vietnam to voice over for a happy penguin. Make your life spectacular but remember to stay in touch with others.
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15. And for the final one, a shout out to my favourite actress from not my favourite actor, Yes Kate Blanchett is Spectacular.
Well after commenting on these 15 quotes I’m going for the use of Spectacular is under utilised, we need more spectacular in our lives not less.
Namaste until Thursday my dear friends.
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