10 Things Between You and A Great Life

Written by Kathy Gates

1. Unfinished business: Free yourself fromrepparttar past by identifying and cleaning up your unfinished business. Call an end to whatever you started - a project, a diet, a feud, a commitment - by dumping it, delegating it, or doing it.

2. Ignoringrepparttar 123919 Present: Today is a result of allrepparttar 123920 Today's that came before it. A well lived present will naturally produce wonderful future. Save a dollar today, and you'll have a dollar tomorrow. Eat 500 calories less today, and you'll lose weight tomorrow. Only what you do TODAY can affect tomorrow.

3. No Priorities: Never trade what you want atrepparttar 123921 moment, for what you wantrepparttar 123922 most. If you just react torepparttar 123923 next thing that gets your attention, you'll never have enough time for what is important. Don't schedule your time around your priorities.schedule your Priorities around your time.

4. Betraying yourself: Telling lies to yourself isrepparttar 123924 most hurtful form of disrespect. Write outrepparttar 123925 ways in which you have been untruthful to yourself, and how you can change that. "I will no longer pretend that what I put into my mouth doesn't matter." "I will no longer pretend that overspending my budget is ok."

5. People Pleasing: If you always say yes even when you want to say no, you will find yourself unhappily going throughrepparttar 123926 motions of living, giving control of your time, energy, and spirit to anyone who asks for it. Free yourself by learning to quietly assert your boundaries.

Christopher Columbus: What do You Think of That?

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Yesterday was warm and sunny.

My children and I enjoyed frolicking inrepparttar swimming pool, each of us adding pink to our cheeks and smiles to our faces.

What a surprise to wake up this morning to a cold wind blowing andrepparttar 123918 appearance of thick rain clouds.

To many parts ofrepparttar 123919 country, this is not odd at all. In Bakersfield, where we experience two seasons: very hot and fog, having two completely different weather experiences within a span of 24 hours is highly unusual. In shifting, we can get a bit off kilter.

A very practical example is this: if our intention for today was to wearrepparttar 123920 same wardrobe as yesterday, we would be awfully uncomfortable today! Instead, we have to think and respond differently. As we started our day today, I asked Katherine if she wanted to wearrepparttar 123921 short sleeved top and short skirt we put outrepparttar 123922 night before, or would she prefer I put some cold weather clothes out instead.

She choserepparttar 123923 cold weather clothes and we savedrepparttar 123924 spring clothes for whenrepparttar 123925 weather shifts back to warm.

We were not rigid torepparttar 123926 choice we made last night. Inrepparttar 123927 new weather context, it simply did not make sense.

As we reach out and discover discover different realms with different ways of being, it is most satisfying to navigate a bit differently.

Henry David Thoreau made this comment: "Be a Columbus to new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels of thought."

School children throughoutrepparttar 123928 United States and Canada will tell you that Christopher Columbus discovered America when he was searching for a faster, more efficient route torepparttar 123929 riches of India. They will also tell you he meant to prove thatrepparttar 123930 Earth was not flat, that it was round.

Others will tell you that Columbus wasrepparttar 123931 first of many to beginrepparttar 123932 downfall of a civilization.

Still others will say Columbus was a navigator of extreme skill, a passionate seeker of God's will and a Commander of men who assisted in ending an invasion of Spain even as he was not a Spaniard.

No matter what your opinion or thoughts are on who Christopher Columbus was as a person, there are some remarkable facts to learn from his life.

1. The relentless pursuit of his dream with a willingness to approach it from different perspectives is what brought him remarkable success. He had asked many to partner in his dream: in fact, when Ferdinand and Isabella agreed, it was notrepparttar 123933 first time he made his request. He was powered by a spiritual quest that would not be stilled.

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