"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Think Back, Move Forward

We talk a lot about living in the present moment because the past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. Of course, thinking back on past mistakes and successes helps you make better decisions in the present and propel you toward a better future. But how far back should you think? Are memories from …

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"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." - Lao Tzu

Don’t Change, Be Better

There’s no point in trying to change who you are. You are who you are, and that’s lovely. Sometimes, you may not be the best version of yourself. But that doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your personality and everything that makes you you. Instead, you should leverage who you are. All the good and …

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"Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason." - Robert South

The Power of Abstinence

Life is about enjoyment, but it’s good to practice acceptance through abstinence. When we abstain, we make a conscious choice not to have, say, or do something. And we have to work through the consequences of that choice, which is when we truly learn and grow. Abstinence doesn’t have to be dramatic, though. It doesn’t …

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"Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future." - Susan Sontag

Embracing the New

To live is to be in an ongoing state of change. Nothing is ever the same. Nothing is static. Everything is moving. Everything is in flux. We can hold on to the familiar for a little while, especially if it aligns with our life path. But at some point, we’ll have to let it go …

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"I never made any sacrifices; I made choices." - Greg Searle

Make Choices, Not Sacrifices

In general, you can go through life feeling subject to your circumstances, or you can feel empowered to dictate your destiny. Either way, you face the same final fate. The big difference is how you think, feel, choose, act while you’re alive. So, ask yourself: Do I want to feel proud and empowered most days? …

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"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine." - Bruce Lee

Self-serving Expectations

It’s not good to expect others to fill up your cup or fix all your problems. It’s not good to blame others for not doing what you wish they’d do. Especially if you’re expecting them to read your mind or pick up on subtle hints. Now, it’s okay to expect respect from others. And if …

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"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive." - Joseph Campbell

Life Is More Than Survival

Life isn’t about surviving or extending the number of years we can live. No matter how long our lives or how resilient we are, death is still our fate. But it doesn’t make sense for life to be about suffering either. Experiencing and working through suffering, sure, but not merely for suffering’s sake. There’s gotta …

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"It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser." - Zora Neale Hurston

Ignoring Isn’t Igrnorant

A lot of people value combat. Even in daily disputes. But combat consumes a lot of energy and doesn’t guarantee desirable outcomes. And just like judging or gossiping, anytime we combat others, we’re representing ourselves – not necessarily the situation or another person. When we yell, curse, throw, punch, or smite, we show the world …

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"You aren't your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your family... your anything. You're a creation of your Source, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on Earth." - Wayne Dyer

Might as Well Enjoy

We’re going to get to the end no matter what thoughts we think, words we say, or decisions we make. We’re going to face the end of the chores, the projects, the tough times, the good times. We’re going to face the end of our lives. So, why go through it all frazzled and stressed? …

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"Those who have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness." - Edward Stanley

Eat Something Green

Green foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients – all of which help your brain and body function optimally. Sure, you can live a long, fulfilling life without green foods. But when you know the benefits, and when they’re readily available, why pass them up? There are plenty of green goodies to choose …

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