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Roots | Of solutions

No important problem or lesson is ever going to be solved with a bandage approach. That is, salving or treating the surface symptoms of our dissatisfaction or unhappiness. We may feel relief temporarily, but sooner or later we must dig to the very root of any problem to achieve a lasting solution.

This requires some honesty and introspection, and sometimes we just don’t want to face it. We also live in a time where distraction is massively prevalent, and, we are encouraged to salve our unhappiness with new material toys.

There are good roots and destructive roots within each of us. The trick is to build on the good ones, and heal the ones that keep causing us to hurt our own potential and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to reach for our happiness, but at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to achieve it. No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter.

On a larger scale, this idea also applies to our societies. Around the world we are beginning to witness massive collective dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our leaders. I see people still falling back on the typical A/B thinking to find a solution. “If the usual A isn’t working, then the usual B must be the answer.”

But, stop! Are we really examining the cause of the disease? That is where the clues to our growth are to be found.

The real answers always lie at the root of the matter.

Inspirational Quotes:

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you.” ~ Bryant McGill

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Singular | Your amazing soul was not meant to be stamped out, cookie-cutter style. | HartHaiku.com

Singular | You Are

One of our greatest life challenges is to reach deep inside ourselves and claim that which makes us unique in this world. And when we find it, to hang onto it fiercely. If society successfully demands that we think, do, and say the same as everyone else, what kind of road are we traveling down?

If we’re not careful, before we know it we’ll have a Ministry of Truth, shades of George Orwell’s 1984. You may think I am kidding, but… History says, this stuff has a way of sneaking up and biting us when we’re not looking.

So never let go of what is amazingly, astonishingly, wonderfully, gorgeously, remarkably, extraordinarily, uniquely you. Defend your right to think your own thoughts and speak your own truth. The world needs your inspired heart and soul, your fire, perhaps more now than at any other time in history.

When you honor yourself that way, you become a light for the world.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings

“You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, you have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

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Gift | Of your time

Right at this moment, there are thousands of people hitting the stores to find that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. And over the coming days, it will reach a crushing crescendo.

For people who already have money concerns (and there are a burgeoning number of those, except in the very upper echelons of society), this can create a lot of stress. The pressure of meeting holiday expectations that hinge on dollars spent is tremendous.

Our time is like gold

Perhaps we’re doing it wrong. The commodity that cannot be purchased or replaced with money is our time. This precious moment, that will never come ’round again, is like gold.

But we don’t really stop to think about that, at least not very often. Life is busy. We think we are managing our time efficiently, jotting off quick messages on our phones in a nanosecond, racking up our “likes” on social media. But how much true quality attention do we put into our relationships, day-to-day?

The gift of our time and attention

Perhaps our time is the most precious gift we can give this holiday season. And by that I mean, real, quality, undistracted time, being fully present with our family and friends, really seeing them and hearing them.

(I realize of course that many people have family “across the miles”, and it may not be possible to connect in shared personal space. In that case, technology is a valuable lifeline to call and say hello, I love you. And even in that case, there is a world of difference between a text message and hearing someone’s voice.)

Embrace the opportunity of now

When it’s all said and done, mostly we won’t remember the nifty material gifts we gave or received over the years. But, we will remember the faces of people we love, special moments we spent with them, and how that made us feel.

And come the day when they aren’t with us anymore, we’ll wish we had more time with them. Just one more moment to give a hug, just one more chance to say “I love you, you are important to me”.

What better time is there to do that, than this holiday season?

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Inspirational Quote:

…”Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”

~ Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken

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Nonconformist | Dare to be

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”, is one of my fave Albert Einstein quotes. Personally I abhor the commonly used phrase, “It’s always been done that way…” How about you?

Looking at the state of the world today, I do believe we are in desperate need of more nonconformists, people who refuse to see or do it the same old way.

Are you deep down yearning to be a nonconformist, but haven’t quite taken the plunge? A quick, easy read with tips: 7 Steps to Becoming a Nonconformist

Inspirational Quotes:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

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