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Integrity: Where Do YOU Stand?

Integrity. Such an important word.

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I have been feeling as though our society has lost all perspective on Integrity: it’s meaning and importance to our daily living.

As our culture has lost faith in the foundations on which America has always stood, we have lost belief in our leaders’ integrity; and therefore lost our belief in its very existence.

Integrity is a personal value that is extremely important in how we live. Integrity influences our choices, decisions, and actions.

Take some time today to contemplate your views on Integrity: is it a value to you? Do you believe it is important? Is it important to teach your children? To model for others? To be a leader?

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LIFE IS MESSY: Do It Anyway

So… this past week my time-management skills and work-life balance were a little (a lot) off kilter.

I “glanced” at my Make Art Everyday book, everyday… but I was so brain tired and emotionally drained that I did NOTHING.

Saturday came and work had slowed some, I’d processed some emotional upheaval, and 15 had a BFF over. Suddenly, I found myself at loose ends with a wandering mind and restless hands. Voila!! Time for some ART PROMPTS.

So I didn’t make art everyday, but I still made ART!

Make Art Everyday:Week 6

Lesson for me (always): progress not perfection.

Did I follow My Plan perfectly? No.

Did I stumble and procrastinate? Yes.

Did I get it done? Yes.

Life is messy. Some days my “Best” is not so great. Some days my “Best” is Awesome! … and some days I just show up and make it to bedtime without creating a bigger mess.

Those really “messy” days are full of pain and “shoulds” and “I’ll never be good enough”…. and THOSE are the days I have to work really hard to love myself, so I can make it to my productive, awesome days.

This week had more messy days than usual, but I got in my Awesome on Saturday and made it up to myself with Art ❤️.

Food For Thought · Personal Growth

Balance, Boundaries, and Peace of Mind

A BIG part of my Power Word for 2021: Balance, is learning to walk away from energy draining experiences.

Gotta be HONEST… this is HARD WORK for me! I’m an emotional person. I feel everything deeply. Discussions about Issues and values I hold dear to my heart are hard to walk away from.

I’m increasingly finding that people (especially on social media) want to drag me into arguments rather than honest discussion of differing opinions, ideologies, and values. These so-called “accepting people” would rather finger-point and yell and scream. This is a useless undertaking. These people aren’t interested in a discussion about the complexity of an issue. They simply want to “Take a Stand” and tell me how I am wrong or even a bad person if I disagree with their cause, ideology, or opinion.

This is a complete waste of time and energy. Yet the drama is VERY addicting.

I must work hard to resist the pull of these futile endeavors.

My mantra: “I am living my life in balance and with healthy boundaries.”

And… BREATHE!

Nothing in today’s world is going to be better if i sacrifice my peace of mind.

Life is hard enough without inviting someone else’s “Crazy” into my consciousness.

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Practising Loving Kindness

WOW! So on-target with what I’m working on right now.

If you need help with ding love and kindness for yourself and others, this article lays out the perfect way to start!
— Read on empress2inspire.blog/2020/12/26/practising-loving-kindness/

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Ushering in 2021

Ushering in a New Year, a New President, a New attitude.

I don’t agree with the new President or administration policies.

That said, I ALWAYS respect THE OFFICE and the PROCESS. 🤔

Let’s ALL try to remember/learn a few important LIFE FACTS:

  1. The Politicians that run your STATE and your COMMUNITY have more power over how you live and your quality of life than the President.
  2. If you are unhappy with what is going on around you, BE THE CHANGE you want to see.
  3. You can ALWAYS voice complaints to your LOCAL and STATE Politicians for CHANGE.
  4. Be part of the SOLUTION, stop worrying about WHO is responsible for the problem.
  5. We don’t have to AGREE on ANYTHING to BE KIND and HELP OTHERS.
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Breakdown = Breakthrough

Over my lifetime thus far, this holds true.

For, me, change always comes when I’ve run out of options, I’m in pieces, at the bottom of a pit looking up.

I understand, for some it seems not to be true; but honesty, I don’t believe it. Your bottom may be deeper than someone else’s or the reverse may be true, but if we are HONEST with each other… change comes to us because there IS NO OTHER OPTION.

If we want to grow. If we want to achieve. If we want to heal.

Where ever you are in your journey: on the slide down, the bottom, on that steep climb up… the choice is always in your hands… WHEN to change.

Strength & Love on your journey.

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Think About Your Choices

Take some time to really THINK about the choices you are making.

Think them through to their ultimate conclusion.

Think about the chain reaction that is set in motion each time you chose. There are good and bad choices in a moment, but EVERY CHOICE has a chain reaction.

Stop looking for the “quick fix” and start considering true changes: changes that set you on the path you want to travel.

The choices you make, big or small, are important, not just in YOUR LIFE, in all the lives surrounding yours.

When you pause and take time to think about your choices, you realize you are far more powerful than you might have assumed in any given moment.

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Why Freedom Demands Responsibility

Why Freedom Demands Responsibility

Why Freedom Demands Responsibility
— Read on pointlessoverthinking.com/2020/11/03/why-freedom-demands-responsibility/

A bit of reading. It’s 💯 worth your time.

The freedoms we have in the USA are priceless!

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Beauty in the Struggle

This tree blew me away yesterday.

This tree is obviously not doing well, and hit hard by a recent storm in our area… but it struck me as BEAUTIFUL.

Even in suffering there is beauty. If I can recognize the beautiful moments in a bad day, month year (be honest! We’ve all had them), it gives me the courage I need to keep moving forward.

I don’t know if this tree will live to see another season, all I know, is in that moment I saw the beauty instead of the suffering… and that gave me hope.

Food For Thought · Personal Growth

That Dangerous “Pointing Finger”