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I would like to share a link with you that includes 65 quotes on happiness.  As I have said before, I find quotes to be very insightful and inspiring in my life.  Very often, I come across a quote that sticks in my mind actively for days, and I find a variety of ways to plug it into my life.  Treat yourself to a few minutes of clicking on the following link and finding a quote or two to boost your own happiness and outlook: http://abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com/2009/04/16/65-happiness-quotes/ .  Happy reading to all…and enjoy! Please share your favorite quotes with me in my comments section – I would love to create a discussion among my readers.

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Besides the fact that Braveheart is one of my favorite movies, inspiring me each time I watch it as if it were my first time, this quote resonates with me on many levels.  It primarily reminds me that we are all going to die one day…it is a simple fact of life.  However, how many of us are really living? I am not referring to big dreams, although they are vital to one’s life journey, but I am talking about our daily living habits.  Are we truly living our life, or are we living in the past or hopeful future? Are we relishing in the true moments of day-to-day life, such as enjoying a quiet moment with a spouse or child? Or are we just getting through each day to move on to the next, and the next, and the next…? Life is happening now, RIGHT NOW, and let us not allow it to pass us by.  The days are long, but the years are short.  I invite any comments on how you stay in the moments of your life day-to-day.

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“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” (Sir Winston Churchill)

As I ponder the above quote, my grandfather came to mind.  He exhibited the absolute epitome of this wisdom in his conduct during his life.  I vividly remember telling him about a phone conversation I had with a person who was a mutual acquaintance of ours, and I was referring to the rudeness I felt this certain person had conveyed to me.  Instead of summarily agreeing with me and indulging me in my gossip-like manner, he gently said to me, “He is always busy and on his way about doing things.  He can be a hard person to grasp and understand at times.”  I thanked my grandfather for listening to me and thought over his noble response.  What made his response so noble was the fact that this person would never have any idea about this conversation between me and my grandfather, yet my grandfather still referred to him with respect and compassion.  Such a simple example of Sir Winston Churchill’s advice, yet so illustrative.

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When I came upon this quote a few months ago, I was struck by its profound simplicity and the utter truth of it.  After meditating upon it, I have never seen a tree taking just one day to lose its leaves…or a tiny seed grow into a flower in the span of mere hours.  Nature has the wonderful ability to accomplish its greatness without rushing around mindlessly and aimlessly.  I began thinking of how I tend to constantly rush my children around, yet they mirror nature in their very actions.  A child will take all the time in the world to tie his shoe, even if Mom and Dad are shouting at him to hurry up and get going.  The child will completely focus on the task at hand until it is totally accomplished, and it is done without worry or concern for the time taken.

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I have a great affinity for quotes – I find them very helpful and insightful in many facets of my life.  They are a succinct way of sharing life’s lessons with others.  Here are five I would like to share with you:

  • “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” (Unknown)
  • “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” (Sir Winston Churchill)
  • “Every man dies…not every man really lives.” (from the movie Braveheart)
  • “People become more attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” (George Bernard Shaw)
  • “Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

In the coming days, I would like to share my personal thoughts of each quote.

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I have a nagging problem of always feeling the need to know what others around me are thinking, particularly those to whom I am closest.  I find myself constantly asking my husband what he is thinking, assuming it is something negative.  Why is this? And if it is something negative…so what? This stems from my anxious nature and always wanting to please others around me.  I need to let go of these anxious feelings, even if those around me are a little upset.  I once heard the term “emotional sponge” used to describe those people who soak up the feelings and moods of those around them – this is an exceptionally accurate description of me.  The million dollar question for me, then, is…how do I cope with being an emotional sponge?

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