Written by C. V. Harris

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Until I had to live in a shelter myself, I would look at those who lived in them and wonder what happened in their lives that put them there? That would never be me, I thought.

Usually when you hearrepparttar word SHELTER, at least for me, I envisioned and related those places torepparttar 148667 types of people that I thought lived there. People taking food from garbage cans, dirty, grimy people begging for money, bodies covered with paper bags while lying on park benches. Others sleeping in subways, walkingrepparttar 148668 streets pushing shopping carts filled with what seemed to me to be nothing more than garbage. Not realizing that torepparttar 148669 person pushingrepparttar 148670 cart,repparttar 148671 contents often held their entire life. How does that saying go? One man’s gold is another man’s garbage? No truer saying was ever penned.

I learned from this experience just because you live and maybe even sleep inrepparttar 148672 street does not necessarily mean that you are dirty or grimy for that matter. You just do not have a descent place to call home. The average person is just a paycheck from being homeless anyway aren’t they? At least that is what I was told most of my life.

Immediately, and I mean as soon as I put my hand onrepparttar 148673 doorknob to openrepparttar 148674 doors torepparttar 148675 “Place”, I began to see just how wrong my perception ofrepparttar 148676 homeless and shelters really were.

“How did I allow myself to get here?” I asked myself, as I led my children inside. I was neither dirty nor grimy. I did not beg others for money. My body was never covered with paper bags to shieldrepparttar 148677 evening wind from my person, nor did I push a cart filled with what appeared to be garbage. I was just homeless. I became one ofrepparttar 148678 very people that I grew up loathing. I was one of THEM now. I was a homeless person.

Life was always and continues to be for merepparttar 148679 BEST teacher with exams that are powerfully honest.

I am also reminded during my stay atrepparttar 148680 “Place”, during shower time, when my children would play and eagerly jump intorepparttar 148681 shower to wash their little bodies, I stood inrepparttar 148682 shadows as an overseer ensuring no harm came to my little life sources. Nonetheless, after they had gone to bed, I too stood inrepparttar 148683 shower. However, I was not bathing this time, I was crying. I knew that in order for my children to continue with their “positive perception” ofrepparttar 148684 “Place”, I had to put on my game face each and every morning and behave as though my stay there was as delightful as eating an ice cream cone on a Sunday morning.

Each night, while everyone was asleep, inrepparttar 148685 darkness, standing barefoot inrepparttar 148686 corner of a rusty shower stall, I cried. I stuffed my washcloth deep into my mouth to muffle my cries. I would repeat this late night ritual forrepparttar 148687 duration of my stay atrepparttar 148688 “place”.

My children never knew.

The real answer to how I stay motivated and encouraged is due to my perception of life. The way I perceive life is indicative torepparttar 148689 way that I respond to life’s challenges. During my stay atrepparttar 148690 “Place” life so affirmatively atoned me in an earth shattering way. Today, when faced with a situation, a task, or a problem that initially appears to be too much for me to handle, I am reminded of my stay atrepparttar 148691 “Place”.

Today, I ALWAYS ensure that I have a job, I ALWAYS ensure that I have my OWN apartment. I ALWAYS try to exude a “rock-of-Gibraltar” persona when dealing with life’s ups and downs. I have to. Otherwise,repparttar 148692 “place” will be my alternative.

I came torepparttar 148693 conclusion that if a person can live onrepparttar 148694 streets and survive off ofrepparttar 148695 remnants found inrepparttar 148696 pit of a garbage can. If they can, make gold from discarded junk and generate heat to warm their bodies from plastic and paper bags on a day-to-day basis, my life andrepparttar 148697 trials and tribulations that I must endure is like taking candy from a baby. My perception allows me to believe this.

How you view a situation dictatesrepparttar 148698 outcome. Perception is everything. Whether you want to believe it or not, and everything is perception.

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How to Make Time for Your Soul

Written by Suzanne Falter-Barns

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- Cut corners cooking. Take advantage of gourmet take-out and grocery-store fast foods, such as prewashed salad, precut vegetables, and premarinated chicken.

- Stop answeringrepparttar phone. Return calls during a pre-scheduled set time each day that works for you. Or better yet, email a reply, and post your email on your answering machine as a better way to get in touch.

- Divide uprepparttar 148666 housework. Hand overrepparttar 148667 laundry and vacuuming to your mate. Teach your children to do dishes, cook meals and mop floors. And be willing to give up control ofrepparttar 148668 end results. Read Patricia H. Sprinkle's book, Children Who Do Too Little ; Why Your Kids Need to Work Aroundrepparttar 148669 House (and How to Get Them to Do It) for terrific pointers on how to make this happen.

- If you can't relax your standards, delegate. Hire local teenagers, professional housecleaners, or even a temp service to help you clear out your desk, answer correspondence, pay bills, organize closets, walkrepparttar 148670 dog -- whatever you can give up that makes more time for you.

- Do something you truly love. Once you've created this time for yourself, use it wisely. Take onrepparttar 148671 challenges and dreams that really will improve your life. Chances are that once you start, it will be very hard to stop.

Best of all, thank yourself for doing that work that you are truly meant to do ... and not so much ofrepparttar 148672 other stuff that slows us all down.

Suzanne Falter-Barns is an internationally known author and speaker whose work has been featured in Woman's Day, SELF, More, Fitness, and more than 100 radio and TV shows. Pick up her free article, '36 Guaranteed Time Savers' at To reprint this article, please use with this bio box intact. Thanks! ©2005 Suzanne Falter-Barns LLC.

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