Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Shown In Actions

When you are truly grateful, you can't help but show it. Words are a nice beginning, but they will never be enough to express the full meaning of what you feel. When you are truly grateful, you will need people to see it because you won't be able to contain the feeling. When you put that out in the world, you are putting out positive experiences that can't help but generate additional positive experiences. A grateful person is a joy to be around, and the actions of a grateful person will be fantastic building blocks for a better world.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Express Gratitude

Expressing gratitude is a healthy experience that will result in your having more cause to express gratitude. That's just how it works. In the general course of events, there is nothing that will give you more cause for gratitude than an open, grateful spirit. You are more likely to see what you seek. If you seek the negative, you will find the negative. If you seek the positive, you will find the positive. Go looking for reasons to be grateful, and you will likely not have enough time in the day to count your blessings.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

What A Privilege

Whatever you do, if you begin with gratitude you are beginning from a better place. Start all things with a positive outlook, and you will be more inclined to continue in that way. When you do things with a positive outlook, you are more inclined to do things completely and with an eye for detail that will assist you with doing your best work. Be grateful that you can do what you are doing, and you will be more grateful that you have done it in the end.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Real Courage

You are not going to succeed in everything you try. Odds are good that you won't even accomplish 100% success in any single day. There are going to be mistakes and failures. There are going to be times when you have to start over, and there are going to be times when you have to abandon one course and try something else entirely new. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how true your best effort, you will simply not get or accomplish what you want. Do it anyway. Keep trying, keep failing, and keep learning. That's real courage, and real courage will lead to more real successes.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

We Are All Leaves

We are all leaves, individual and fragile, but leaves do not exist alone. We are all connected by branches and a unified trunk that creates a whole far more sturdy than its individual pieces. None of us exists purely in the space of another, but none of us exists wholly alone either. We are individuals part of a larger whole, and we all exist in more than one way at a time. This is the fascination, and the strength, of who we are. Our existence does not have simple answers, but we are more than we sometimes believe.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Observe Your Pain

Life is about exploring, and you can't really explore without getting a few bumps and bruises along the way. You're going to take wrong turns, you're going to fall down, and, quite frankly, life is going to drop surprises on you that you just weren't expecting. Sometimes it's going to hurt. Don't hide from that. Everything in your life can teach you something. Observe your pain and see what lesson you can find within it. See what you can learn, and then take the time to actually learn. Knowing the lesson is there does you no good if you don't embrace it.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Abandon Our Views

The human race is notorious for getting stuck in its ways. How often do you hear, "We've always done it this way" as the only answer to, "Why?" It should come as no surprise, if you think about it, that "we've always done it this way" is a terrible answer. There might be a valid reason to continue doing something in the same way, but inertia is not that valid answer. Life is about growth, and growth is about learning new things. If you aren't learning new things, can you really be said to be living? Get out there and grow. Make sure you are living.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Off To Great Places

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great week, and a very enjoyable Halloween. In light of the fact that our neighborhood doesn't see much trick-or-treating, we did something different this year and took in a movie as a family. It was a good way to do something different, rather than being disappointed in things not going the way you prefer, and that's a good lesson we can all take to heart. Don't get stuck with one idea. It's a wide world, and you can go in many directions. Look around and explore.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

This Is Halloween 2019

It's that time of year again when the ghosts and goblins are wandering the night in search of treats. There will also be children. I kid, of course, but it's a time for kids and a time for kidding.

It can also be a time for serious reflection, though. In some of the oldest traditions, this was the time of the New Year, a time to remember and honor the past while looking toward the mysterious future. A seat was saved at table for the departed loved ones. Goods were sought and set aside for the coming winter. It was very much an Anything Is Possible kind of time.

Let this be your Anything Is Possible kind of time. Honor your past and respect what it has taught you, look forward and prepare for what is to come, but live today. Never forget to live today.

And never forget to have fun! Look around you. Do you see all of those spectacular costumes? Do you hear all of that laughter? Can you feel the excitement? Join the children, laugh with the children, and remember, sometimes they understand better than we do. They haven't forgotten the important stuff.

If you're out and about, please be careful and pay attention. Children may still remember some important stuff, but Watch Where You're Going when excited often isn't on the list. Let's keep it fun and safe for everyone, and have a very Happy Halloween.

This one has become a Halloween tradition here at Frequently Interrupted. We hope you appreciate the reminder, and we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween. Enjoy, and see you next week!

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Set You Free

Fear often holds us prisoner, but we tend to forget that prison doors serve two purposes. Yes, clearly the door is barring our way and preventing us from going where we might wish to go, but the door is also a demarcation. It is a border between here and there. It is the line that separates the prisoner from freedom. Fear holds us back, but it also helps us to see where we should be going. On the other side of fear is everything that you want, and everything that you can be. Face your fear, walk through your fear, and find freedom on the other side.

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I will be on vacation next week, so there will be no regular updates. As always, I will share things if I see things to share, and I look forward to seeing your Halloween pictures on whatever social media platforms we might share. Have a safe and happy Halloween, and I'll see you on the other side.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Past Ghosts

Our past ghosts often hold us back more than anything else in our lives. Those things we failed to do before, or failed to get right. Those things that we did but now wish we had not done. The past haunts us and stands in our way more than anything that is truly before us, but the past is gone. It cannot block us from going forward unless we allow it. Ghosts have no power except that which we give them, so don't give it to them. Leave the ghosts of the past in the past where they below, and get busy living in your present and preparing the way for your future.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Anything You Want

On Halloween, we put on masks to become anything we want to be, but what if we didn't wait until Halloween, and what if we didn't require masks? What if, instead, we set out every day to become whatever it is that we want to be? What would you do if you weren't afraid? The Halloween tradition is to use a mask so that those things that make us afraid will not recognize us and we can go about our business unmolested. Our masks give us freedom, but they also create a dependence. What if, instead, we treat every day as a day to be who we need to be, and then go about our business every day as though it is something we should be doing? What might we accomplish then?

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Use Your Imagination

It does no good to find your imagination if you don't then set out to use your imagination. Imagine the improvements you can add to your life and to the world around you. Imagine what you can do if you only believe in yourself and do it. Your imagination has, no doubt, served up plenty of goblins and monsters hiding in the shadows or lurking around the corners, but what if, instead, you used it to find the light and the possibilities. Just imagine what you might do if you allow your imagination to be a power that propels you. Imagine it, and then do it.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Find The Imagination

Halloween is fast approaching, and this is a time of year to remember some important lessons. Imagination is the secret weapon of the human mind. It is what sets us apart from so much of the world. You will hear about reason and planning, calculation and deduction, and all of those are important qualities in their own right, but imagination is what allows any of them to work. Imagination is the ability to see things that aren't there. Imagination is "What if?" and extrapolation, and dreams. Imagination is hope. Imagine what you can do and then get out there are start doing it.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Practice Compassion

Compassion is at the center of all positive change. Compassion for others reminds you that they are doing their best and learning at their own pace. Compassion for yourself reminds you that you are doing your best and learning at your own pace. Try to have patience in all things with all people. Just as the people around you do not know all of your limitations and burdens, remember that you do not know all of the limitations and burdens of the people around you. Compassion can help to prevent making a good situation bad or a bad situation worse. Practice compassion in all that you do to help make the world a better place.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Let It Go

No matter how hard you try, there will be some things you cannot do and some things you cannot change. Make peace with that. To do otherwise is to undo all of those things that you can do and can change. If you are focusing your efforts where they cannot accomplish any good, imagine how much real good you are leaving undone. Put your efforts where they can accomplish something, and trust that others will do the same. None of us are in this world entirely alone. Our efforts will combine and the results will be greater than any single individual. Do your part, and let the rest go.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remake Ourselves

We have only limited control over the world around us, at best. In some ways and in some places, we may have no control at all. What we can control with far more surety, however, is ourselves. If you want to improve the world, the best place to start is with yourself. That is where you can do the most, and that is where you can exert the most influence. The more you change, the more the world around you will change as a natural consequence. As more people change, this will create a chain reaction of change that can remake the entire world.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Most We Should Expect

It is a simple fact that there will be times when the best you can do will not be enough. You are not going to succeed every time in everything that you do. It is still true, even in those times, that the best you can do is the best you can do, and the same is true for everyone around you. Do not demand, either from yourself or from others, more than can be accomplished. Understand and accept that there will be failures. Learn from these failures. That's why they exist. As long as you are honestly doing your best and honestly learning, no one can reasonable ask for more. Not even you.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Fear Of Failure

Nothing holds us back more than our own fears. The fear of failing. The fear of being laughed at. The fear of losing something important. All of these things and more get in our way more than any other obstacles, and, unlike any other obstacles, this one is entirely internal. Your fear is your own, completely within your own thought and emotion. Imagine what you could do if you were not allowing your own mind to hold you back. That inner voice belongs to you, so make sure it is not controlling you. Do not give into fear.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Be An Encourager

The world can be a difficult place. There never seems to be any shortage of people waiting to tear down other people and make things even more difficult. Whatever you do, try to not be one of those people. Lift up the positive. Promote the light. Encourage kindness and harmony. When you are faced with a moral dilemma, ask yourself if there is a path that will bring pain and if there is a path that will bring hope, then choose hope. It won't always be easy, and it may not look like it gets what you want in the immediate moment, but it will get you closer to the world you truly believe in. Always choose hope.

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