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A Thought for Today: Choices

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Life is the sum of all your choices – Albert Camus

Although we may sometimes feel as if life is something that happens to us, the truth is we play a role in creating our future through the choices we make. Each day, we make choices that affect our health, our happiness, our relationships.

Wise choices can bring us closer to the life we want; poor choices leave us struggling to get through each day.

Most of the time, we know what’s right. We know healthy foods are better for us than fattening desserts. We know it’s important to get enough rest. We know the importance of treating others with kindness. Yet time after time, we make choices we later regret.

At other times, we simply make wrong choices. Maybe we misjudged someone or something. Maybe we didn’t have all the information we needed. For whatever reason, our choice proved not to bring us the happiness we expected. It happens.

So make choices today that you won’t regret…and when you make a mistake, learn from it and make new choices for tomorrow.

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What choices are you making today?


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A Thought for Today: The New Way to Happiness

 

 

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Try something new every day.

One of the best ways to create excitement, energy, and happiness in your life is to follow this simple advice.  Each day, do something new.

There’s a incredible joy that comes from trying something for the first time, whether it’s a new food, a new activity, or a new route to work. We make discoveries, we expand our horizons, we broaden our mind through each new thing we do.

Feeling stuck in a rut? Try something new.

Got a problem to solve? Try a new approach…or a new attitude.

Looking for a dream? Try turning in a new direction. You might like what you find.

Sure, there’s comfort in familiarity and old ways have a place in our life. We need to balance them with a daily dose of “new”. It will keep us alive and keep us always looking ahead.


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A Thought for Today: Little Things

 

 

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

We’ve been brought up in a culture that says “bigger is better”.  We tend to look down on and scoff at “little things”.

In truth, it’s the little things in life that can bring us the most pleasure.

A little smile.

A tiny hand holding ours.

One quiet moment in the midst of a busy day.

So often in life, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Gathering your courage and taking one chance can be enough to set you on the course to your dreams. One step forward along the path will move you closer to what you want for your future.

One positive thought can change your life, and one kind word can change the life of another.


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A Thought for Today: Dream Big

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about dreams. We’re reminded every day of the need to have a dream.  Go to Google, plug in “quotes about dreams”, and you’ll quickly come up with over 95 million results.

Yes, dreams — and our pursuit of them — are important. They’re part of who we are, part of what brings us the happiness and the sense of accomplishment we all need.

Maybe now in this age of “internet motivation” it’s no longer enough to have a dream. Perhaps what we should focus on are reminders of how powerful dreams can be, and most of all, how important it is that we dream big.

Don’t settle for little dreams. Let them serve as stepping stones to bigger dreams. Celebrate each small accomplishment, but don’t stop there. Keep moving. Keep following your heart. Always keep dreaming.

 

How big are YOUR dreams?


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A Thought for Today: One Small Step

 

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I love this inspiring reminder. Often, one more step is all it takes to make a dream come true. Yet even if your dreams are still far away, the secret to reaching this is, indeed, to keep moving  closer every day.

It may be a small little step, or it may be a giant leap. You may advance with confidence; you may move quietly and cautiously. You might even stumble now and then, but it’s all right. Pick yourself up and keep going.

It’s the forward motion that matters.

One step leads to another, and that’s how dreams come true.

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Take a step toward YOUR dream today!


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Zzzzzzzz

I’ve always been an erratic sleeper, and that’s all right with me. Even though most doctors — and psychologists, too — tout the benefits of good sleep habits and a regular night’s sleep, I’m more inclined to listen to my own body. If I’m tired, I sleep. If not, I don’t.

Sometimes, especially if I’m caught up in the excitement of a writing project, I’ll be on-the-go almost non-stop for days, taking time out for only an occasional “cat-nap” here and there. Of course, when I do crash, I’m apt to spend the whole day and night in bed, catching up on that missed sleep.

While browsing around for words of wisdom on the topic, I came across this statement:

Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.

thomasdekkerSounds good, right? It’s probably true, and I’m probably not doing myself any favors with my hit-and-miss approach to sleep. The quote was attributed to Thomas Dekker, and when I did a bit more browsing, I found an actor by the name of Thomas Dekker, a cyclist by the name of Thomas Dekker, and an English dramatist born in 1570. I’m taking a guess that it’s the latter Thomas Dekker who wrote or uttered those words about slumber, but I can’t be certain of it.

I searched through a number of his other quotations and found no references to sleep. I did find his counsel that “the only way to win a wench is not to woo her” and “the only way to have her fast is to have her loose.”

In his play, “The Noble Spanish Soldier” he wrote that “one step to human bliss is sweet revenge”, and I’m not altogether sure I like that philosophy. I’d prefer to travel other pathways toward my bliss.

I do, however, embrace the philosophy of the Dalai Lama who says “Sleep is the best meditation.” Yep. When I meditate, I usually go to sleep. It seems to be my “Happy Place”.

People are always promoting the benefits of sleep.

  • Enough sleep is just as important for good health as proper nutrition and exercise.
  • Sometimes the most productive thing one can do is sleep.
  • Sleep solves everything.

I’m not sure I would go quite that far, but as an old Irish proverb says, “A good laugh and a good night’s sleep are the two best cures for anything.”

And speaking of good laughs, I found quite a few chuckle-worthy little quips about sleep.  How about this one:

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Sleep1The best part of sleep, I suppose is, in Shakespeare’s words…”to sleep, perchance to dream.” Yes, I know Hamlet had nightmares about ghostly visitors, and in another tragedy, Macbeth was said to have murdered sleep, so maybe the Bard of Avon isn’t the best authority on getting those all-important Z’s.


But dreams. Yes, we need dreams, not only the one that come while we’re sleeping but the ones we pursue while awake.  Of all the quips and quotes I found this morning, I think the one I most want to remember is this one:

Fall asleep with a dream

Wake up with a purpose



 

From Christina: Thanks for visiting my website today. I hope you find a laugh or two, along with a bit of inspiration.

What are you dreaming about today?


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The Direction of Your Dreams

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . .

Henry David Thoreau – On Walden Pond

 

Do you have dreams? Not the kind that come during those long hours when you’re sleeping, but dreams of the future, dreams that speak of places you’d like to go, things you’d like to do, and the person you’d like to be?

As a child, one of my favorite songs was “Happy Talk” from the musical, South Pacific. In this lilting little song, a very wise old woman taught:

You gotta have a dream

‘Cause if you don’t have a dream,

How you ever gonna have a dream come true?

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The simplicity — and the truthfulness — of these words truly struck a chord in my heart. Even then, I knew my dream. I wanted to write, to share stories with others, to pick up words and put them down on paper in lovely strings of sentences.

Of course, over the years, there were other dreams, as well. Growing up is a time that’s filled with all sorts of wild and crazy ideas. Adolescence and young adulthood bring new varieties of dreams, too.

I’ve pursued — and achieved — a number of different dreams throughout my life.  Some have fallen by the wayside as I’ve realized they weren’t true dreams but mere whims. Others have been successfully attained and then discarded. Yes, it’s true. Sometimes our dreams prove less satisfying than we once believed them to be.

Or maybe it’s that the true pleasure comes from seeking our dreams, from the day to day efforts to follow our imagination, from the ongoing act of creating what we desire. Maybe that’s why some dreams take forever…and that’s the way it should be.

I am living my dream of writing. I come to MLWR — my little writing room — each day and lose myself in the pleasure of telling stories, immersing myself in the lives of characters from other times and places. I grab words from the air, watch them appear before my eyes, and I smile as my thoughts take on lives of their own.

My dream, however, is far from finished. I dream each day of writing new stories, of learning more about the art and craft of wordsmithing. I dream of reaching more readers, of having my stories shared and enjoyed by many.

Yes, it’s an ongoing dream, and like Thoreau counseled, I will continue to move in the direction of that dream. There is no greater reward than doing what we love and living a life that inspires us.

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What is your dream?


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Visions of a Better World

Why do I write? Of all the genres in literature, why have I chosen to write love stories? What is it about historical romance that I find so appealing?

From time to time, I sit down and ask myself these questions about my work. It’s important, I think, for me to understand the meaning and purpose behind my writing. In many ways, it’s not simply the act of stringing words upon a page that makes storytelling a satisfying endeavor, but the stories themselves. If my stories don’t hold an element of truth, if they don’t reflect my view of life, and most of all, if my stories aren’t filled with hope and happiness, I haven’t successfully accomplished my objectives.

Yes, writing, for me, is far more than telling a story. Although I don’t write stories of any mythical Utopias, I am always thinking about the world around me and seeking ways in which I can make it a better place. I write because in my heart, I have a vision of a better world. I want to share that vision.

Vision 1I know I’m not alone. All writers, I believe, are visionaries. We see things that don’t exist. We converse with imaginary people. We freely travel realms of the past and the future, visiting times and places that aren’t real. Through our writing, we make these things real. We bring these people to life. We unite past and future with present reality, giving others a glimpse of the world we’ve envisioned.

I write because I have a vision of a world where people are open to love, a world where, despite hardships and struggles, the essential goodness within the human heart is celebrated. It is an imperfect world, filled with imperfect people, yet through the gift of love those imperfections lose their power to hurt, a world where weaknesses are shed and strengths emerge. It is a world where lessons are learned, truth is revealed, changes occur, and above all, where justice ultimately prevails.

Perhaps I could express these ideas as well in contemporary romance as in historical tales, but my love of history runs deep. It’s in my blood, I think. While growing up and living with my grandfather, I heard stories of his 19th-century childhood and my imagination took me there to the Kansas prairies, to a sod house where he and his brothers worked hard, played hard, and grew to be good men.

The past was a time when the world moved a little slower. In our modern world, we routinely travel hundreds — even thousands — of miles in a day. Recently, I heard a news clip about astronauts zooming through space at the rate of about 18,000 miles an hour. Such numbers absolutely boggle my simple mind!

Sometimes I feel that our lives are moving so quickly, we have little time to think, little opportunity for the valuable personal reflections that are necessary for knowing who we are. Life is an ongoing series of decisions, and without time to ponder, how can we make good choices? If we’re always rushing from one place to another, from one activity to the next, when do we find the time to figure out where we really are?

For me, writing about earlier times and places serves as an antidote to the disease of fast-paced living. When I settle down here and begin to tell my tales, I’m able to slip back to those times when a woman devoted an entire day to doing the wash instead of grabbing a basket of clothes and tossing them into a machine in between doing her make-up and fixing breakfast before rushing out the door. I take a deep breath, look at the work to be done, and set about it. Slowly. Surely. At once, a sense of peace settles over me.

My hope is that readers will also feel this sense of peace as they journey with me to the past. I want readers to sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy stories of this world I’ve envisioned where men and women work hard, play hard, fall in love, and learn what gives meaning and value to life.

My vision for a better world is one where maybe we can all slow down a bit, enough, at least, to think about our lives, to think about the people we love, and to think about how we treat one another. I want a world in which we respect each other, where we celebrate and learn from diversity, and where we encourage others to live their dreams.  This is the world of which I write and this is why I write.

What is your vision for a better world?