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How do you “see” the world around you?

When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, you can get a wide variety of answers. I remember my own son saying as a preschooler that he wanted to be a fire truck. I didn’t correct him. I let him create that image in his own mind as if it was attainable. Well, as you might expect, he didn’t grow up to be a fire truck or even a fire fighter. But that’s not really the point.
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Expect miracles!

Love this quote. And Einstein would know. How else could he have envisioned all that he did in his life? He’s a great example of someone who was aligned with his source and lived as a joyful authentic human. So today’s blog is about becoming the quintessential optimist who expects miracles. You see, with the Law of Attraction at work, what you intend and expect has to materialize. Providing of course you don’t get in your own way with limiting beliefs and doubts that will counter-act your intention. Do as Einstein did. Expect eventual success – the miracle. Try. Try again and again with alternate approaches if necessary, until the magic happens, which he believed would always come. It’s that optimistic belief that fuelled his passionate work.
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What happens to your joy when you worry?

In a great article published on WebMD, the author asks: “Are you an excessive worrier? Perhaps you unconsciously think that if you "worry enough," you can prevent bad things from happening. But the fact is, worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill.”
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Pollyanna had it all figured out!

If you recall in the feature article from this month’s newsletter, I was told I was too much of a Pollyanna when I was younger. And for a while I listened – thinking they must have known best. But once I decided to see being referred to as a Pollyanna not as an insult but as admiration, then I resumed being my authentic self, trying as best I could to be in a state of happy joy more often than not. And it has served me well.
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The way of the gentle being…

Sometimes you can get so tied up thinking about negative things that happened in the past that you stay stuck in old stories that keep you trapped in looping energies that steal your joy. When that happens you blame and you shame. You keep playing that old story tape over and over again somehow believing that if you just keep thinking about it that you can change the outcome. Well we all know where that leads.
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A love letter to gentle fathers everywhere.

With Father’s Day this Sunday, I wanted to send a special message out to all those men who are fathers – past and present. For me, this time of year is bitter-sweet as my own father passed away in 2011.

A gentle man and a gentleman, as everyone who knew him always said, he influenced me in ways that I am only now beginning to fully understand. And one of his greatest gifts to our family was his deep and abiding love for my mother.

As children, we knew we were loved, but we also knew my mom came first in my father’s eyes. Now that may seem odd to some or even appear to be selfish on his part. But my dad understood that the strength of the family came from the strong foundation of the parents and the modelling of affection and respect that they showed for their children. That gave us great security and taught us what real love looked like. It was kind and it was gentle.
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Redefining a good man in the 21st century

It’s unfortunate that many of the males in western society have fallen victim to the hypnosis of inter-generational social conditioning that has told them gentleness is a sign of weakness. And that to express emotions somehow makes them less of a man. Our current state of global conflict and the rising suicide rate among men should be sending a strong signal that gender equality is about much more than pay equity. It’s about balance. This is what I mean.

Many of today’s males are struggling to find their place. The new “sensitives” often hide their gentleness for fear of ridicule by their peers. They are often the ones who succumb to substances to numb their isolation. And when things get too out of balance, many end it all. I’ve often said that when women get depressed, they take Prozac but when men get depressed, they take their lives. That needs to change!
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