To be, or……

If you want to be happy, be.

By : Leo Tolstoy

What I might be

lau“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”

By : Lao Tzu
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Guess I’m stuck on a theme.  I rambled on about “being all I could be” the other day and this is the same thing with a Chinese philosophy spin.  But it is oh so true.  No matter how you say or write it, nine times out of ten, the biggest thing that stands between me and my success is myself.  It may be my past, my hang ups or my assumed limitations; but it is me.

Progress

inchwormIt does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

–Confucius

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Progress does not have to be measured in big leaping bounds.  It can be measured by one smile a day, by remembering to say something kind or taking your Rx.  The key is to keep going.  One day could be a fluke.  But a week or a month of small steps is true progress.

Believe in Yourself

They are the weakest,

however strong,

who have no faith in themselves

or their own powers.

-Christian Bovee

Who you think you are

yes you canIt’s not who you are that holds you back,

it’s who you think you’re not.

-Author Unknown

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Oh how painfully true this quote is.  I can’t tell you how many times I have limited myself, because I’ve said to myself; I am not that person, I do not have that skill, I can not do that.  Then only to find during a manic state when can’t is not in my vocabulary, that I can do it.  And I can do it very well.  Just like you, I am a very talented, resourceful person.  It is depression and fear that limits us to the status quo.  We are creators, inventors, dreamers, writers.  We are adventurers and innovators.  We can enjoy this life we’ve been given.  But we have to use our resources, all of them.  We have to use the routines, the specialists, and the medications.  I’m trying to use all of my resources, to live my life to the fullest.  I’m not joining the army, but I am going to be all I can be.

Let your light shine

candleHow far that little candle throws his beams!

So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

By : William Shakespeare

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A small candle can light a whole room!  The light may be dim but it is light.  An act of kindness, a happy thought, a simple smile produces a beam of light in this “naughty world” as Bill puts it.  Let your light shine.  Even if the “naughty world” is in your mind, a beam of light can brighten the way and give a moment of peace.

Hurt

Depression is nourished by a lifetime of ungrieved and unforgiven hurts.

By : Penelope Sweet

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