EVERYTHING is a gift!

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Everything that has happened to you so far in life has happened FOR you.  It is the combination of every single event and every single person you have met so far in life that has made you into the person you are today.  You may not realize it in the moment, and it may take a very long time to find the “good” in some situations, but trust that everything that happens is for a reason — to help you grow and become the person you were meant to be.  Learn to embrace each experience and situation that happens to you and view it as a gift to you and the world.

This is THE mantra that gets me through the tougher days in life.  When something unfortunate happens in my life that is out of my control, I remind myself that it is a gift.  And I truly DO believe it.  Some of my most difficult situations have turned out to be my greatest blessings.

Eventually, when we look back on our lives, we will be able to understand the gift in each situation, no matter how unfortunate it may have seemed in the moment.

Try it now.  Identify one event in your life that seemed unfortunate when it happened, but it turned out to be a blessing.

The next time something unfortunate happens that is out of your control, gently remind yourself that it is happening for a good reason and is in fact a gift. 🙂

**This post was also published on my blog Journey To Complete Wellness.

Visual Quote: The Universal Language of Kindness

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Kindness costs nothing, yet one simple act can make someone’s day and possibly even change a life.  The impact of kindness is immeasurable since each act has the potential to create a ripple effect.  So, what do you have to lose?  Perform an act of kindness today and put a smile on someone’s face.  It will make you feel great as well.  Kindness is a win-win for everyone!

For Acts of kindness ideas, visit the Random Acts of Kindness website.

Please join me in the 2015 February Acts of Kindness challenge, and spread your love and kindness every day in February to help make the world a better place! 🙂

Visual Quote: Be the Light in the Darkness

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is such an inspiration to me!  I’m so grateful that his words and wisdom live on for all of us to learn from.  The quote displayed above is my favorite of all his quotes.  We can all be that light in the darkness, and in every situation we always have the opportunity to choose love over hate.  This quote is a good reminder that we can all make a difference if we have the courage to stand up for our beliefs, choose love, and be that light in the darkness.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is sending the same message that Jesus did in Luke 6:27-28,31:  “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat youDo to others as you would have them do to you.”

I am thankful that Martin Luther King, Jr. was willing to be a light in the darkness and to have the courage to stand up for his beliefs and never give up on his dream.  His passion and determination are greatly displayed here in this 5 minute version of his  “I Have A Dream Speech”.

Just as light and darkness are opposites and cannot exist simultaneously, love and hate (or fear) work in the same way.  When you shine a light into a room, the darkness is removed. Similarly, when you focus your thoughts on gratitude and love, worry and fears dissolve. How will YOU be the light in someone’s day today?

For more inspiration and wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr., check out more of his quotes here.

Visual Quote: What Are You Doing For Others?

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up on Monday, I am sharing one of my favorite quotes of his.  I think we all have the desire to make a difference in this world, and we have an endless amount of opportunities to do that every day.  Every small act of kindness we perform has the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life.  How will YOU be the light in someone’s day today?

For more inspiration and wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr., check out more of his quotes here.

Visual Quote: Everything You Need Will Come to You at the PERFECT Time

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This is one of my favorite mantras.  I repeat this to myself often, and I truly believe in it.  People sometimes ask me how I always stay so calm and relaxed and don’t worry about anything.  This is the reason.  There really is no need to worry about anything.  Everything ALWAYS works out for the best, and everything always arrives in its own perfect timing.  Our only job is to Let Go and Let God take over.  What’s meant to be will happen, and if something is not meant to be, it is for a reason.

This mantra is one that is particularly on my mind this week.  Tomorrow I am going for a job interview for the first time in over 17 years!  But I am not worried or nervous.  If I get the job, that is great!  If not, then I know someone else is more suited for the job, and I know something else will come along for me that is an even better fit.  I know everything will come to me at the PERFECT time because God is good, and I have complete trust that he takes care of those who strive to do his will.

So, the next time you are feeling nervous or anxious about anything, or you just want something NOW, just remember:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED WILL COME TO YOU AT THE PERFECT TIME! 🙂

What are some of YOUR favorite mantras?

Visual Quote: Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

In honor of Christmas, I thought the best way to celebrate Jesus would be to share his message:  The Golden Rule.  If we all lived by this rule, the world would be a much more peaceful, loving place, and much suffering would be eliminated.  I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 🙂

Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 NIV

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Visual Quote: The gift of Creativity

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I love, love, LOVE this quote from Julia Cameron!  It reminds me that all of my interests and talents are a gift, and I should make more time for them.  They were given to me to help make the world a better place, and the greatest contribution I can make to the world is using the gifts and talents that were given to me.

In Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way, she writes about the connection between creativity and spirituality.  It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to make more time for their creative self. 🙂 

I believe that God is the true creator of all works of art (photography, music, books, dance, painting, etc.).  When we allow ourselves the freedom to let our inner artist flow through us, there we discover our authentic self.  When we nurture our creativity, God works through us and it may seem the works are created effortlessly.  Using our creativity provides us with a sense of peace, love, joy, and fulfillment, and it is the way to authenticity.  We are all born with creative talents…we just need to spend more time discovering ourselves to unleash that talented artist within us.  So, take some time today and go create something!  You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Visual Quote: We Make a Life by What We Give

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Happy Wednesday!  ‘Tis the season for giving!  Yesterday was Giving Tuesday — a global day dedicated to giving back.  We all give of ourselves in some ways every day, but how often do we recognize all that we give and how it makes us feel when we give?  How often do we give out of love vs. out of guilt or obligation?  When we give out of love, it feels so great!  When we give out of guilt or obligation, we are not being true to ourselves and it only causes us stress and resentment.

I want everything I give to be done out of pure love, so I have set a challenge for myself to keep a giving journal for the month of December.  Each day this month, I’m going to track what I give, state whether it was given out of love or obligation, and note how I felt when I gave.  I am hoping this challenge will push me to give more out of love every day and spread a whole lot of love in the process.

Have you ever kept a giving journal?  I’ve never done this before, so any ideas are welcome!  Have a wonderful day! 🙂