Counterpunching Adversity

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”

— Ben Okri

The human spirit is amazingly resilient, so long as we remember that we are all stronger than we often give ourselves credit for being.

Some days the world just seems like it is out to get you. One test after another, challenging and pushing you. These tests are designed to measure your faith in many things, including yourself and your ability to deal with life’s unwelcomed jabs and uppercuts that can put you on the ropes.

At some point in life we’ve all had to overcome, to endure, to transform…relying upon hidden sources of inspiration and strength that we never even knew we had. Those hidden sources remain within, always available to help us move forward and past that which threatened to bring us down.

At times of adversity and uncertainty, embrace the source of strength which lies within you. Yes, you really are stronger than you think you are.

It’s a great day to be you!

One Common Heartbeat

“God will put a wind at our back and a rising road ahead if we work together as one.”

— Desmond Tutu

It’s amazing what happens when we work together. The synergies created by the whole quite often exceed the sum of the individuals.  Even more so when the work is based in compassion and love.

We’ve all witnessed the results when we collectively come together to aid and comfort those in times of darkness. The unity of the cause creates exponential energies. You can feel the presence of spirit which acts as a divine wind at our back.

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Something To Think About…#16

“Every human being’s essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature.”

–Lao-Tzu

Crashing waves, over time, can reshape even the hardest stone. The crashing waves of life can also reshape our perceptions of who we think we are. But unlike a stone, we can restore ourselves to our original “essential nature” of our own perfection…of our own greatness.

It’s one simple decision away.

And you get to decide.

Three Simple Steps to Gratitude & Appreciation: The Foundation of Your Greatness

If you were to sit down and list all the good things that are in your life right now, you’d probably run out of paper.

I know I would.

The difficulty is not in making the list. The difficulty is living the list.

We all enjoy multitudes of blessings in our lives. We all share in a universe of abundance. But we all live in a world where attainment is valued far more than appreciation. The same world that seems to value competition over contentment.

In our quest for attainment, often confused as a pursuit of happiness, we tend to forget one little thing:

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Someone Once Said…#12

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

— Leo Buscaglia

We all have the ability, and I would argue the responsibility, to make our world a better place. Building better people builds that better world. Today you will have many opportunities to build better people by performing the simple compassionate acts of caring that are mentioned above.

Use your greatness to help others rediscover their own.

Someone Once Said…#11

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

–Gandhi

Gandhi understood that collectively we all have the capacity to change the world for the better.

Individually, you have the capacity to solve that which needs solving in your own life, and change your own world for the better.

It’s all part of the greatness that lies within you. Rediscover your greatness!

Someone Once Said…#6

“If you and I will inspire the people with whom we come in contact to a realization of the hidden treasure they possess, we can do far more than change people. We can literally transform them.”

— Dale Carnegie

From the classic book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Published in 1936…still relevant today.