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Asked: What is a simple, yet absolutely Beautiful Story?

My  wife and I owned two dogs that we had owned before we met and brought  into the marriage.  Her dog was a pit bull/labrador cross named Zack,  and he hated me.  When our daughter was born, I said to the wife,”If he  so much as nips at the baby, he’s gone.”

We brought our  daughter home in a car seat, and both dogs sniffed and licked her, tails  wagging.  I had to pull Zack away from her because he wouldn’t stop  licking her.  Zack immediately became my daughter’s protector, and when  she was lying on a blanket on the floor, he always had to have one foot  on the blanket.

Zack loved my daughter immensely, and when she  became a little older always walked her to bed, and then slept on the  bed with her. He somehow knew whenever it was time to go upstairs, and  he would wait at the foot of the stairs for her, and then follow her up  to bed.

Zack was poisoned by some dirtbag neighbor kids, and we  had one of the worst days of our lives.  Watching my daughter say  goodbye to him as he laid still on the kitchen floor, my wife and I were  both sobbing.

At 8:00 that night, my daughter walked to the  stairs to go to bed.  At that moment, all three of us realized what was  about to happen.  After 5 years, she didn’t have Zack to accompany her  upstairs.  She looked at her mother and me with a look of horror and  panic.

It was at that moment that my dog, who loved my daughter  dearly, but was not in Zack’s league, stood up, walked over to her, and  nudged her with his head.  He put his foot on the stairs, and looked up  at her.  They walked up to bed, with my daughter holding tightly to his  neck.

For the next 6 years, until he died, Sam waited for her by the stairs each night.

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Will Smith – Running & Reading (The Key to Life)

Running and Reading.

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The COMPLETE List to Self-Improvement

Stop reacting and start responding- The most important change that you need to make in yourself is that you should start responding and stop reacting. Well what is the difference between the two?

The difference between responding and reacting is that a bad situation can become worse or a bad situation can become better. The act of responding requires one to look at the circumstance, identify the problem or situation, hear what is happening and reflect and then act.

Reacting on the other hand is instantaneous. It does not involve any thinking and reflection.Reactive people are very easily affected by their social environment. When they are treated well they feel nice and when they are not they become sad ,defensive and lose their cool.

People who respond are also affected by external stimuli, may it be physical, social, or psychological.  But their response to the stimuli, conscious or unconscious, is based on wise thinking and analysis.



Stop concerning and start controlling.- Everyone is concerned about various things – our health,wealth,love,career and 101 other things.To improve yourself you need to put your efforts and energy to the problems that are under your control(or influence) and stop worrying about things you are concerned about but cannot be controlled.

Again reactive people try to take control of the things they are concerned about and not the ones that are actually under their influence. They focus on the
weakness of other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control. As such they waste their time and energy and in the end feel lost.

Whereas people who are not reactive tend to focus on the things that are under their control.They work on those things they can do something about.


Stop criticizing and start understanding- Anyone can criticize, condemn and complain – and most people do.

But there are very few people who can control themselves and understand the other person.People often think that they are correct and the other one is wrong.This causes frustration, anger and you keep thinking about them.

We see things as we are conditioned to see and not as they actually are.There is a very interesting example to understand this.

The above picture is that of a young lady. It would not be difficult for you to find out. But what if someone says that the above picture is that of an old lady.

Would you start fighting with him? Well, i yes, then you are wrong. The above picture can be said to be a picture of an old lady.

Have a look at this

The Young Lady

The Old Lady

Instead of condemning people,  try to understand them. Try to figure out why they do what they do and why do they do so. You might not be always correct.

That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. 

Remember

“To know all is to forgive all.” 

 


Stop procrastinating and start acting- A very important habit that you need to inculcate within yourself is that you need to act to improve your life. Things will not change on their own, You will have to make them change. Many people wait for things to get better, they keep waiting and waiting and finally they get nothing.

Hope is indeed a good thing but it is definitely not a strategy.


Conclusion: In order to improve yourself and develop into your greatest self you will need to develop these habits.

It’s sometimes a painful process.It’s a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.

Happiness can be defined, in part at least,as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

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Passion

Passion doesn’t only light up a room, it can bring light to the whole world.

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Sips of Jen and Tonic

bc425f09027fd13912ac10b6728e4ea3I don’t typically write serious subject matter on this blog, but a few months ago I wrote about my desire to seek therapy for a myriad of issues I’ve faced for years. A woman of my word, I began going almost immediately.

I don’t like talking to friends or family members about my problems so the idea of talking to a stranger about my innermost thoughts really put me off. Luckily, I found someone totally aces on the first try, and she has taught me some very valuable things in our time together so far.

How you feel about yourself is not a democracy.

I would never have described myself as a “people pleaser” until I started seeing her. Now I can’t believe I never saw it before. In every facet of my life I am living for someone else: at work, in relationships, with my family, among friends. No…

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The Philosophy

True that.

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The truth is that airports saw more sincere kisses than wedding halls, and the walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of the church.

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Ironic…but somewhat true. The life around us has been created by people no smarter than you – Steve Jobs. This life around us can be changed by one individual…and that is a beautiful freakin thing. Whatever your dream, goal, aspiration, or passion is, go for it and don’t look back. I’ll reiterate: one individual can make a significant difference in our world, and that is more prevalent now than ever. Get out there!!!!

The Truth Is

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What is your source of Inspiration?

There are endless sources of inspiration. You just have to keep your eyes open. But these four might be the most prominent/significant:

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1. Nature/The Universe

Its so varied, vast and beautiful. And we are all a part of it. I’m inspired by how interconnected I am to all of IT.

2. My own potential

Like Johnny Bosche mentioned, we are fraught with imperfections, but we have potential to be better. Its improbable that I reach this ideal version of myself, but knowing (or thinking?) that I can be great, however illusory that may be, inspires me to try. And by doing so we can come close.

3. Human potential

Although sometimes it feels like the world is going to shits

..I know it could be better, actually, I’m SURE it could be MUCH better. We are not like the rest of the matter in the Universe. We are thinking, feeling, conscious matter. We may seem very dumb at times, but we have survived despite many odds and roadblocks along our history. We can be very very clever and sometimes even good. I have hope in humanity and I am inspired by what humanity could achieve.

We could explore the stars, far away galaxies, the universe and maybe even time. I’m flabbergasted by our potential, but more importantly, inspired to be part of a push(however minuscule) in the right direction. 

4. The Unknown

Already mentioned by Bernardt Vogel, but still one of the most, if not the most, powerful sources of inspiration: That which I have yet to even imagine. The idea in and of itself is just…thrilling.

– above quote by Carl Sagan

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How to Love Life

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