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Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
-Dorothy Thompson

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It was Henry Ford who said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t—you’re right.” You don’t need to be a psychologist to know that your attitude towards your emotional and spiritual journey is what will shape your emotional and spiritual development. Demand proof that there is a Higher Power—well, you’ll be revving your engine a long time, getting absolutely nowhere for your trouble. Insist on your Higher Power-given right to do things your way, well, you’ll get more of what you’ve already gotten. Require others to do for you what you’re unwilling to do for yourself—let me ask you, how well has that been working for you?

For those of you who must, remain cynical. For those of you who are served by your willfulness, let the tractor pull begin. For those of you who wield helplessness like an atomic bomb, surely there are others out there who will continue to do your biding.

But for those of you who are looking for a way out of the trap that your life has been, look no further than your attitude towards your emotional and spiritual journey. Do you rely on your freedom to choose or your desire to dominate? Do you rely on your relationship with your Higher Power or your mistaken notion that you can control events, people and substances? When you’ve picked your attitude, you’ve picked your outcome.

Today I will choose an attitude that will take me closer to knowing my Higher Power.



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Happiness is like time and space--we make and measure it ourselves; it is as fancy, as big, as little, as you please; just a thing of contrasts and comparisons.
-George du Marier

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The reverse side also has a reverse side.
-Japanese Proverb

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Today's thought is:

Is it possible that your weaknesses are really strengths?

One of the beauties and attractions of the cosmic dance is that we don't know all the answers to life's big questions. In fact, most of the time we don't even ask the right questions. Nevertheless, we slog ahead, assuming that eventually our own powers and intelligence will straighten out the world's problems. Ha! Most of us can't even straighten out our own lives alone. That's why we need to open ourselves to God's love and wisdom. Openness to God can show us that what we might view as a weakness is really a strength and vice versa. For example, let's say you're not a very snappy dresser and most of your clothes are pretty drab. You might think of this as a weakness, but the fact that your time and money are not tied up with fashion is an advantage in the search for spiritual peace. Not worrying about clothing creates emotional space for more worthwhile thinking that needs to be done in a full, rich life.

"Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so
that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."
-1 Corinthians 3:18-19
Today's meditation comes from the book Questions from Your Cosmic Dance by John Coleman

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Love in action

 One night a man came to our house and told me, "There is a family with eight children. They have not eaten for days," I took some food and went. When I finally came to the family, I saw the faces of those little children disfigured by hunger. There was no sorrow or sadness in their faces, just the deep pain of hunger.

I gave the rice to the mother. She divided it  in two, and went out, carrying half the rice with her. When she came back, I asked her, "Where did you go?" She gave me this simple answer, "To my neighbors-they are hungry also."

I was not surprised that she gave--because poor people are generous. But I was surprised that she knew they were hungry. As a rule, when we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves we have no time for others.
-Mother Teresa 

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The splendor of the tathagata
is the compassion that dwells
at the center of all minds.
The clothing of the tathagata
is the gentleness and patience 
that dwell in every mind.
The seat of the tathagata
is the emptiness of all phenomena.
-Lotus Sutra

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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
-Thomas Carlyle

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Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at drfrisch@aliveandwellnews.com  or at
(847) 604-3290.

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