Written by Stephanie West Allen

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Regardless of what messages we may be hearing out in repparttar world, we can hone our magic wands, our thoughts, so they bring us a good and joyful life. Our thoughts are actual things and they have a very tangible effect on what we get. We haverepparttar 123899 choice to think fear thoughts or fortune thoughts.

The Golden Key To Happiness

What do we do when we are having thoughts about things we do not want to attract to us? Say we are concerned about our finances and fearing our lack of money. Fearing something invites it.

Okay, so what do we do instead? We think about what we want instead of what we are fearing.

Perhaps we do not know what we want? Surprisingly, this is a problem with many people. You say to them, "Here is a magic wand. You can have anything you wish." They do not know what to wish for.

Until you know what you desire, here’s a simple alternative method when you find yourself thinking of things you do not want. Emmet Fox describesrepparttar 123900 Golden Key: "Stop thinking aboutrepparttar 123901 difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead." Fox says that this Golden Key will get you out of any difficulty.

For those who do not believe in God, think of wisdom, truth, love, joy — something powerful and good.

Sometimesrepparttar 123902 thought of things negative are so persistent you do not seem to be able to userepparttar 123903 Golden Key.

Sarah was very upset at a person, too upset to turn to any lofty thoughts at all. As she filled a glass with water at repparttar 123904 sink, her eyes rested on a spice bottle. She began to appreciaterepparttar 123905 red letters that spelled out “Cayenne Pepper.” By turning torepparttar 123906 red ofrepparttar 123907 letters, she was able to loserepparttar 123908 thoughts that had been upsetting her.

If you are overwhelmed with negative thoughts, find anything positive in your environment, no matter how seemingly trivial, and use it as your Golden Key.

The Simple Truth

Distill, purify, and refine your thoughts and you can have that of which you have only dreamed before.

“Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream.”

NOTE: May 31, 2002, isrepparttar 123909 first annual WYTUG Day.

Stephanie West Allen, JD, is the author of _24 7 This! The Merry Method To Accelerate Success_. Excerpts at http://www.allen-nichols.com/success.cfm She coaches people in using the two Merry Maxims, WYTUG (What You Think Upon Grows) and LULU (Loosen Up, Lighten Up), to achieve health, wealth, creativity, and harmonized relationships. Contact her at Stephanie@allen-nichols.com

What I Learned From Barbie's Mom

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

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The male ad executives atrepparttar company were not impressed with Ruth's doll. Neither wererepparttar 123898 mostly male buyers who saw her debut atrepparttar 123899 American Toy Show in 1959. But as Ruth had guessed, little girls loved her - and 350,000 Barbies were sold that very first year, which was a record. Mattel introduced more dolls torepparttar 123900 Barbie line overrepparttar 123901 next several years, some of which were named after other Handler family members, such as Ken -- Ruth's son -- and Stacie, Todd and Cheryl, who were named afterrepparttar 123902 Handlers' grandchildren.

All was going well until 1970, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a difficult time, bad decisions were made andrepparttar 123903 Handlers' eventually leftrepparttar 123904 successful company they had founded. But Ruth not only survived her bout with cancer; her experience inspired her next business venture.

Ruth toldrepparttar 123905 Los Angeles Times about her fruitless search for natural-looking prosthetic breast. What was available atrepparttar 123906 time was less than adequate. "I looked atrepparttar 123907 shapeless glob that lay inrepparttar 123908 bottom of my brassiere and thought, 'My god,repparttar 123909 people in this business are men who don't have to wear these,' " she toldrepparttar 123910 Times. Once again, Ruth discovered a niche to fill.

Ruth found a designer who created a new prosthetic to her specifications. Made of liquid silicone and polyurethane, it looked and felt natural. Her stroke of genius was her realization that like shoes, it needed to be made up in "lefts" and "rights." Then Ruth assembled a sales team made up of other breast cancer survivors, who demonstrated her new product to department store buyers and helped train their sales staffs on how to fit their customers. In 1991, Ruth sold her company to a division of Kimberly-Clark and retired.

"Women--and men too--can do almost anything they set their mind to," said Ruth. "You have to believe in what you want to do and haverepparttar 123911 courage of your convictions."

Good advice for us all. Rest in peace, Ruth.

Donna Schwartz Mills writes about the specific needs of work at home parents at her website, The ParentPreneur Club, "For Parents Who Want Choices, Not Office Politics." http://www.parentpreneurclub.com Tools, tips and advice you need to help grow your home based business while raising a family. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter sending a blank email to: mailto:subscribe@parentpreneurclub.com

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