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Does self-awareness matter?

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

~ Abraham Maslow ~

5 Choices to Live Better Now

It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

~ J. K. Rowling ~

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I am often asked why I commit so much time volunteering in the Choices Seminar room. Why, after 10 years, I am still so committed to staying involved.

Words: They can make us or break us.

They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.

~ St. John of the Cross, Love Poems from God (trans. Daniel Ladinsky) ~

Words. They can break backs. Break spirits. Break hearts...

Open...

Open to the possibility of words shining light on what can happen when the sun shines through the cracks onto the limitless field of possibility in our hearts.

We use words. Every day.

Caution: Resentments Under Construction

Expectations are resentments under construction.

~ Anne Lamott ~

My beloved returned from a week at Super Choices. He was excited, full of energy, on fire and I loved feeling and sharing in his passion, his thoughts and excitement about the possibilities for his life and our future.

It could have been different.

My expectations could have lead me down the road to resentment and been the trigger that turned me off from being present to all he had to share.

How to fall in love with yourself.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

~ Byron Katie ~

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How does one fall in love with oneself?

Are you where you belong?

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions... The great make you feel that you can become great.

~ Mark Twain ~

Years ago, I met a man named Collin who wanted nothing more than to be a role model for his sons and the youth in his community on a Reserve in Saskatchewan.

He told me this while taking a course on self-esteem I was teaching at the homeless shelter where I used to work.

The Way of Forgiveness

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Have you ever been so hurt by someone you keep telling yourself, "I can't forgive them. In fact, until they acknowledge what they've done, I'll never forgive them."?

You're not alone.

Forgiveness is the bridge to love

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behaviour.

~ Mark Victor Hansen ~

Twelve years ago, when I was released from a relationship that almost killed me by the police walking in and arresting the abuser, one of the greatest challenges I faced was to forgive myself.

“You have nothing to forgive yourself for,” well-meaning people would tell me. “He was a psychopath. He abused you.”

Finding Value in All Things

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

~ John Lennon ~

We all make them. Plans.

Plans on what to do on holidays. Plans for the New Year. Plans for the future. For the weekend. For leisure time, our children, our lives and work.

This past Christmas, I took the entire week between Christmas and the first week of January off. And made lots of plans for how I would fill my 17 days of down time.

Our human condition is a journey through Love.

People carry their secrets in hidden places, not on their faces. They carry suffering on their faces. Also bitterness if there’s room.

~ Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole ~

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