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Better Check Your Lens!

Lenses

Have you ever been on a trip with someone and later shared the pictures you had each taken? The first thing you will notice is that their pictures are completely different than yours. You went to the same places and photographed the same things yet you have vastly different pictures. How does that happen?

Some may think it is because of a difference in camera or lighting but the truth is that we are all seeing the world differently. We are each looking through our own, personalized “lens”. This lens has been created by your life experiences and your philosophy towards the world. Your lens is unique to you because you are unique in the world.

It has been said that, “No two people have ever read the exact same book.” Likewise, no two people will ever have the same view on any event in life.…

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The Color of the Dress Actually Matters!

From Kim Kardashian's Twitter

From Kim Kardashian’s Twitter

In case you have been on a deserted island for the past week or decided to go on a non-internet diet, you should know that the internet has been going nuts over a very important social topic. It is the most searched, posted, discussed, trending topic since Thursday. People have divided themselves into two very opinionated sides of the debate. The topic? What color is that dress?!!dress 2

The picture in question (seen to the right) shows either a white dress with gold stripes or a blue dress with black stripes. It is the same picture but people see it completely differently. Below is a picture from Wired.com that shows the original picture in the middle and how some people perceive it on the left and right.…

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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.…

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Which Ladder Are You Climbing?

Ladder 5“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

– Thomas Merton

Everybody is climbing a ladder. It is a figurative ladder of course …unless you’re a painter or roofer. But we are all moving one direction in life, whether it be up or down.

Most of these ladders we scale intentionally, like education or developing a talent, running a marathon, working our way up in a company, writing a book, etc.

Some ladders we climb just because we never chose another one. These could include addictions, laziness, or complacency.

No matter what, you are climbing a “ladder” in some direction.

Ladder 4But what would happen if you get to the top of your ladder, looked over the wall and realized that it wasn’t what you thought it would be?…

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Motivated Monday – The Story of Ulysses, Hero of Greece

Odysseus 2Have you ever thought to yourself that it is too late to start something new? Do you ever think you are told old to do something you’ve always dreamed of or start a new adventure? I am excited today because I get to share another one of my favorite poems.

Today I am going to share excerpts from the poem, Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Odysseus 3So here’s the background story: Odysseus (whose name is Ulysses in Latin) was one of the heroes of the Trojan War. When returning to his home island of Ithaca, he does some stuff to really tick off Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea. Poseidon causes Odysseus and his ship to lose their way and they have to pass through a number of epic battles against mythical creatures in order to return to their homeland.…

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Motivated Monday – The World Is Against Me

Monday MotivationMonday is my favorite day. It is the start of a new week and you get to make it whatever you want. You’ve had time over the weekend to relax and digest what you did the previous week and then decide how you can improve the next one. It is like New Year’s Day that comes every week.

Many people hate Mondays because they have to head back to work after a fun weekend. I don’t blame them. But to try and help, I decided to start a series of posts called “Motivation Mondays.” Every Monday I will post a motivational poem or quote from some of my favorite authors in history, hoping that it will help give someone out there a little boost of motivation for the day.…

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Optimism, Perspective and African Shoes

Perspective is a funny thing. It really defines our view of life and the events that happen every day.

You will perhaps have heard this very old story illustrating the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking:

Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential. The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.” The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.

In any situation we are presented with the opportunity to view it however we want to. The way we view it depends largely on our perspective. For example, when the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship last season, it was joyous news for those living in Miami.…

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