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Have You Ever Fallen for an Illusion? (By Stephanie O'Brien)

An illusion is when something appears to be real, but is just a trick on the eyes or senses to make our minds believe something that is really not.

This year I have made significant strides in progressing towards my goals. I have developed new disciplines and habits, continue kicking fear where it hurts, and pressing through resistance to see my dreams become reality.

I know this truth. When I focus on this, I have so much gratitude, and happiness that God has blessed me with His grace to persevere and that I have made the choices to keep going.

Despite this, there are moments when I get so down, discouraged, and feel defeated. In these moments I feel like a failure, that things are taking too long, that I'm wasting my time, energy and money building something that hasn't given me the financial return or results I was expecting at this point.

But that's just an illusion. Something crept into my mind and has created an illusion to cause me to think and feel hopeless and defeated. When you are experiencing these emotions, realize that it is an illusion. It's not real. Something is tricking the eyes and senses to make your mind believe that something is happening that really is not.

When you face these moments you MUST shift your attention. As a person of faith, I shift my attention to my creator. I call out in prayer asking for help. I ask that my eyes see the truth and that the illusion leaves. That the lies are exposed and the source leaves. And it does.

Today, I started off in gratitude and excitement to finish the tasks of the day. But then things started taking a bit longer than I anticipated. I began to feel panicked that I was delaying my progress. Then I felt discouraged and like a total failure because yet again I didn't finish my to-do list.

That's when I did the above. I shifted my perspective. I knew those thoughts were not right or based on truth. They may have been how I felt- but feelings are rarely fact.

Determining to allow feelings to pass rather than lead and dictate what I do or do not do has been very helpful in establishing emotional intelligence.

After getting past my momentary "funk" I ended up having a very productive day. I was able to see past the illusion and move forward. Sure, there are still things left undone on my to do list.

It doesn't make me a failure. It just means that I'm still learning how much time things take to do well. I can simply adjust my to-do list and expectations.

I'd rather make a more realistic to-do list and add to it, than to have one that really won't get complete and feel like I'm not making any progress.

Over to you- have you ever fallen for an illusion? How did you shift your view to see the truth of the matter?

The Way You Might Live If You Had Just ONE Day

Imagine it was your final day alive. Only you knew it. You knew also that where you were going was worth departing for. You also knew that feeling overwhelming sadness would be a waste of your final twenty-four hours. So what would you do?

Perhaps you would not be bothered about politics, fashion, television, the News. These would fade from your mind's sight, as you thought more about things at home.

Maybe you might not care so much about that degree or that PB or the career you tirelessly pander after. Or possibly you see the need to take time out to just breathe - as you breathe your last seventeen thousand breaths.

Think on this. We assume we'll be here for ages, even lamenting many aspects of our lives, even as we take for granted the many moments we're given to love those we love.

Life is enriched to an abundance of purpose when we comprehend The Day (to-day) which the Lord has made.

The cycle of the cosmos seems to endure as clockwork. But our lives, though they seem to mirror life, are not like that.

None of us knows what is coming, just as none of us can predict what is coming.

All we can do is live lives that exemplify the art of goodness in time. To take the breaths we do have, and make of that oxygen fuel for thoughts and actions that make a difference in the sphere of our influence. Nothing else matters.

May God truly bless you as you ponder more days as your last here on God's earth.

Harvesting the Gift of Compassion (By Barbara Altman)

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Gift of Compassion:

Story of Compassion; Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. She taught in India for 17 years before she received the call to dedicate her life to caring for the sick and indigent. The Missionaries of Charity established a hospice; homes for the blind, aged, and disabled. They also set up a leper colony.

Mother Teresa was of Albanian descent. Her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a trader of medicines and other goods.

Her father died in 1919, possibly from poisoning perpetrated by political enemies. Her mother, Drana Bojaxhiu, opened her home to the city's destitute to dine with the family. "My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others," she counseled her daughter. She acquired the gift of compassion at an early age.

At age eighteen, she decided to enter the convent. She began her teaching career which culminated in becoming a high school principal.

On September 10th, 1946 she was on a train to Calcutta when she heard the voice of Christ saying "I want Indian Nuns, Missionaries of Charity, who would be my fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying and the little children," she heard Christ say to her on the train that day. "You are I know the most incapable person-weak and sinful but just because you are that-I want to use You for My glory. Wilt thou refuse?"

Of course, she did not refuse and she and her order ministered tirelessly to the disenfranchised in India.

Moral of the Story: Mother Theresa did not amass great personal fortune. Apparently, she secured more than adequate funds for the Missionaries of Charity, but did not become financially wealthy herself. Her measure of success was measured by the compassion she brought to the poor and indigent in India. Is success always measured in terms of money? Is it always perceived as recognition? Or can it be recognized as a compassion based contribution to society? She based her life on the gift of compassion.

Quotes on Compassion:

Bob Marley"One love, one heart, one destiny." How can we be anything less than compassionate when we consider how intricately we are all woven together? Truly, we are all one. To whom do we extend that compassion? Do we seek shelter for the thousands of children coming in from South America to the detriment of our own poor and disenfranchised? I, for one, could not turn down a destitute child. If we work hard enough we can come up with solutions for all. I don't know where the answers lie, but I'm sure they can be found,.

John Green, Looking for Alaska. The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive."

Corrie Ten Boom found it in her heart to forgive those who murdered her family in German concentration camps. Joyce Meyer has forgiven her abusive father. And I have forgiven mine. Truly, the only way to escape suffering is to relinquish old hurts, fears, and transgressions.

Arthur Schopenhauer Compassion is the basis of morality." All moral actions are taken with the perspective of working for the good of all. When we think in terms of compassion, we want the best for everyone. When we act compassionately, we extend healing to others and to self. And when we make compassion the compass of our beliefs, we live and act for the betterment of the world.

Action Plan: Set aside anger and live in compassion. Set aside hurts and act out of love. Set aside pain and live from concern.

Practical Application to Your Life: Do you see yourself as compassionate? Do you see yourself as caring? Do you see yourself as unselfish? Set the intention to exist out of concern for yourself and others. Become politically involved. Become a mentor for someone who needs a hand up. Set the intention to help, to serve, and to encourage.

Weekly Take Away: We have 86,400 minutes in every day. Don't let any of them go to waste. Set aside time to think, act, and live out of compassion.

Soul Communications: Feelings and Emotions Make Us Human

Feelings and Emotions - 
How Your Soul Communicates with You.

Have you noticed that feelings and emotions are frowned on in our society except in certain circumstances?

Why do we have a word like "reasonable" but no word such as "emotionable?" 
"Be reasonable" we say.

Why doesn't anyone ever say, "Be emotionable!"?

Why does corporate language reject feelings and emotions by changing language to eliminate these terms? 
Instead of "emotional" someone is "reactive."

Instead of someone being "affected" by something, an emotional term, they are "impacted" by it, a term that leaves me feeling like I've just been run over by a truck.

Why has corporate language permeated our every day language?

Might it be because those "in charge" want us to disconnect from our emotions and feelings? 
If that's true, then they also want us to disconnect from our Souls.

Why are emotions considered "illogical"?

Actually, emotions have a kind of logic, but it's not linear.

Left-brained thinking is linear - going in a straight line, in sequence 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.

Right-brained thinking is wholistic - spontaneous, feeling, leaps about in it's own kind of logic, making connections intuitively, creatively!

FEELINGS are right-brained logic!


FEELINGS are the ability to feel or sense subjectively what's going on... in your body... in a situation... in other people... in your emotions.

Feelings are your Soul sending you a message. 
Feelings are the awareness at a subtle level of "what's happening."

That includes emotions, but it extends far beyond them.

EMOTIONS are a set of bio-electro-chemical reactions triggered in the Emotional Body (a higher frequency body that is part of our auric field and Light Body). For simplicity, they can be reduced to:

  • Mad
  • Sad
  • Glad
  • Afraid

They can be experienced in a wide range of intensity. For example,

  • "Mad" can be annoyance, frustration, anger, rage.
  • "Sad" can be sorrow, grief, despondence.
  • "Glad" can be happy, joyful, blissful.
  • "Afraid" can be anxious, nervous, fearful, terrified, panicked.

FEELINGS include emotions, and extend beyond them. For example,

  • "I felt that she was secretly laughing at me."
  • "I could feel in my gut that something isn't quite right about this situation."
  • "This place gives me a spooky feeling."
  • "Just looking at that picture made me feel icky."
  • "This just doesn't feel right to me."
  • "This feels good!"


Feelings are not just a bunch of emoticons on your computer.

Feelings are real and they are important.

They are a link with your Soul.

So it's not just important to know that you have feelings. It's important to

  • feel them,
  • acknowledge them as a form of Soul communication,
  • be grateful for them, even the uncomfortable ones, and
  • begin to discern the messages your Soul is sending you.

Acknowledging your feelings to your Soul is a communication to your Soul that says, 
I'm listening. 
I may not understand the message, 
but I'm glad I received it. 
Please help me discern 
the full meaning of your message. 
Thank you.

Why You Can't Experience Progress Without a Struggle

Are you contented with your life? How about a little struggle? Why? Read on to find out.

Struggles in your life help you to measure milestones of progress. Without struggles, there is no progress in life. How is that?

With every struggle, you get to rise up to a challenge and hopefully overcome it. There's beauty in it. You get to reap the fruits of your struggle. With almost every struggle, there is a blessing - something to look forward to - some hidden treasure or gift, which says yes, you have done a good job and you deserve it. This is that milestone of progress.

Say, you want to earn good grades in school. There are competitors around. But that's not the point. You put in your efforts and struggle through your courses to come out on top. There's beauty in it - yes there is. You have the blessing of a good GPA in school which will always work to open up opportunities for good job purposes through your resumes. It is earned only once but work for you in benign ways a lifetime. In fact, it is a milestone of your life's progress.

Now suppose, you have a good job reputation, but you suddenly need to change areas and work in a different zone because of someone's demise, accident, or simply to be near your old parents. Your good job reputation is a milestone of your life's progress which will help you to progress another milestone if you do need to change areas or zones.

Take for instance, you have a challenging health problem. You want to overcome it and live your best life. With the will of your determination, you can rise up to the challenge and beat it - yes, you obviously can. A positive attitude and positive thoughts all along will help you further to cover the milestone of progress. You beat your health problem and give yourself an optimal life to live the rest of your life. How good is that?

How about earning the gold medal for swimming in the Olympics? You have to rehearse a lot. After practices and practices with your coach and fellow mates, you have to prove you are worthy and finally get selected to participate. All along it's been a struggle of struggles. But finally when the grand day comes, you are able to make it and win the desired medal triumphantly. So, on top of everything, it's a milestone of progress.

One milestone leads to another milestone of progress through struggles and winning battles. You pat yourself on the back along the way but not for long. You go on struggling and making milestones of progress until you are lying on your deathbed happy with the minimum regrets. Yes, you have lived a worthy life. You don't regret. You are smug and happy.

A 'Life' at Work? Here Is What You Need to Know About Work-Life Balance (By Suzie Doscher)

In the past it was always that there is life, and then there is work.

Somehow in recent decades it seems they can be so intertwined that you 'live to work' rather than the other way around and 'work to have a life'.

The term 'Work-Life Balance' seems to be all over the place now and usually closely related to preventing 'Burnout'. As a professional coach focusing on personal development I have been lucky to work with many millennials. (Apparently these younger generations X & Y, are now all mixed together and make up 'Generation Stress'!)

What I have learned from these young, motivated and focused young individuals is:

  • Not only is it important to them to achieve their goals, work/life balance HAS to be in the mix. A good life means quality of life both at home and at work. This is what they strive for and frequently the goal in our coaching.

Work-Life Balance An Essential Ingredient to Success

My younger clients are inspiring and fun to work with. I value being by their side supporting and witnessing their growth as they strive to reach professional goals and enjoy their life at the same time.

The fact that these younger generations reach out to seek professional help and support impresses me. The thought to ask for help never would have occurred to me when I was their age - I believed I had to handle everything myself!

Younger generations can have an ingrained emotional intelligence. Asking for feedback - constructive feedback is not regarded as a weakness but rather a strength. Older generations can struggle with overcoming this feeling and expectation of "I should be able to... without asking for help or support".

Looking to Understand and Achieve Work-Life Balance?

Here is what you do:

  • Examine what feeling balanced means to YOU.
  • Know your core values - create your life based on what is important to YOU.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to cope with and handle difficult situations.
  • Time management to make sure you know how to plan and create a REALISTIC schedule.
  • Priorities - know how to prioritize in the moment. If in a difficult moment and needing to take a few minutes to get a clearer picture, then buy yourself some time to do so.
  • Stress management - skills to help you 'put fires out' and 'talk yourself off the ledge' when the pressure is high and you are feeling stressed.
  • Health management - get to know your body. Learn to respect good eating habits and what foods offer you energy rather than drain you.
  • Exercise - find out what gives you pleasure, challenges and energizes you.
  • Motivation to achieve a healthy and realistic work-life balance. Without motivation, you will find it difficult to succeed. You might reach certain goals but it is possible you will keep going in circles. Make sure you know what you have to gain and what you have to lose.

Here is what you need to know:

  • It will require patience to change certain behaviours. Everybody has self-sabotage routines. With patience you can unravel these and replace them with healthier ones.
  • Just like in sports 'practice makes perfect'
  • Reward yourself with a compliment when you achieve a benchmark or goal. Your brain likes to be rewarded; compliment yourself and in turn it will release a nice feeling. Again rather like in sports. You do sports, the body releases endorphins = you feel better!
  • "Where there is a will, there is a way."
  • Stick with it, be kind to yourself and be patient. Change takes time if you want it to be sustainable.

My clients are not only from the 'Generation Stress' but also more experienced managers/executives. Everybody is aiming to find a healthier, less stressful daily life by improving their work-life balance. I would say that once a good recipe is found then it is all about maintenance! What each person of any generation benefits from is finding what their own individual way forward is. There is no universal answer.

Get to know yourself and meet your needs. The choice is yours.

Looking Backward From the Future

The Abundant Life leads, step-by-tremulous-step, day-by-striving-day, into a Land we look back from. It's the future as we see it right now, but, in its own time, it will be a time from which we'll look back on - the future now being the past as we look back then.

Can you see it? - much as a new thing in the livery of Isaiah. If you anticipate it, the perspective will surely bless your day; if you live it, the perspective will certainly bless your life.

If we look back from the future we only see the past, and the worst result is regret. But if we look back from the future, by borrowing the experience of vision, we take aboard our ship of grace, wisdom, which is the ballast of the Abundant Life.

The wise look back as a function of moving forward. They don't forget the vastness of wisdom in the matter of experience, for surely experience is a devoted and trustworthy Teacher. And how good is the Teacher who makes of extraneous lessons that which would otherwise be lost to experience?

Looking back from the future is God's perspective over a life that is still so potentially fraught with error and folly. Looking back from the future, the Teacher reproaches the mistakes that are still yet to be made, cautioning for correction before it's too late.

Reproof is better than regret, for re-assessment is better than remorse.

Meaning for the present is founded in looking backward from the future pondering a whole life lived.

May God truly bless you as you receive the Abundant Life of looking back from your future! - even from death's door, as impetus for life that is yet to be lived.