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Andrew Arthur Dawson
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A spiritual man dedicated to adding love and light everywhere he can in the world.
A spiritual man dedicated to adding love and light everywhere he can in the world.

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Welcome to another iteration of Silly Joke Friday where I hope to at least crack a smile out of you and maybe a laugh or two! Have a great weekend everybody!

Silly Joke #1

A boy had reached four without giving up the habit of sucking his thumb, though his mother had tried everything from bribery to reasoning to painting it with lemon juice to discourage the habit.Finally, she tried threats, warning her son that, “If you don’t stop sucking your thumb, your stomach is going to blow up like a balloon.” Later that day, walking in the park, mother and son saw a pregnant woman sitting on a bench. The four-year-old considered her gravely for a minute, then spoke to her saying, “Uh-oh … I know what “you’ve” been doing.”

Silly Joke #2

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter”. Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”. One particular year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said... (Please click the picture/title below to continue reading the rest of today's Silly Jokes over on my blog's website.)
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Silly Joke Friday
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What is one phrase that people use that makes you cringe the most whenever you hear it come out of someone’s mouth?
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“It is what it is!” Have you ever noticed how many times we use this in our everyday conversations with each other? Honestly, I have to admit that I tend to cringe whenever I hear that phrase.

“This traffic sucks, c’mon people let’s get a move on it! Oh well, it is what it is!”

CRINGE!

“Man, this weather is crazy, one day blistering heat, the next day it’s freezing! Oh well, it is what it is!”

CRINGE!

“Damn, I can’t get this stain out of my shirt no matter how many times I wash it! Oh well, it is what it is!”

CRINGE!

Why do we use this saying for so many things?!

The more I’ve thought about it, the more I think it’s just another way of ... (Please click the title/picture below to read the rest of today's article over on my blog's website.)
“It Is What It Is!”
“It Is What It Is!”
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If you HAD to pick only one of the following abilities to have, which would it be?

1. Having the ability to read people’s minds and thoughts
2. Having the ability to control people’s minds and thoughts
3. Having the ability to master your own mind and thoughts

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson
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Every now and then I come across a story that reminds me that God really is there watching over us and today I’d like to share one with all of you for a very special Grateful Heart Monday entry, a day where I begin each week writing about a single piece of gratitude I have from my life.

This story begins with a guy I helped a few years ago in the 12 Steps of recovery for an addiction that was extremely hard for him to shake. But before you read any further, I just want to clarify that I did receive permission from him to share this with all of you.

Nevertheless, it took me about a year and a half to walk this gentleman fully through the steps and I saw much progress within him by the end of it. Unfortunately, the addiction he had been fighting still had a slight foothold within him that took any icy grip back onto him towards the end of the summer during the same year we had finished doing our recovery work together.

After a few days of relapse, he returned to recovery and doubled his efforts to remain sober and would go on to remain that way for another year. But sadly, at just about the time he was going to pick up his one-year medallion for a second time, his addiction took over again, this time for almost a week.

At this point, I wondered if... (Please click the title/picture below to read the rest of today's Grateful Heart Monday entry over on my blog's website.)
Grateful Heart Monday
Grateful Heart Monday
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It's so easy to believe that if all the things that are unsettling in our lives would just resolve themselves and go away that life would be grand. Sadly, they don't. The solution is acceptance and today's quotes stem from that.

Quote #1

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” (Nathaniel Branden)

Quote #2

“I surround people in unconditional acceptance and love to such a degree that everything that is unloving about them rises to the surface.” (Iyanla Vanzant)

Quote #3

“Once I start to get aligned with the God in me, something hit me hard: I learned that ... (Please click the title/picture below to read the rest of today's quotes over on my blog's website.)
Thought For The Day
Thought For The Day
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There are a number of things going on in my life right now that have really gotten to me like the state of my health or my partner’s health or our vehicles or most recently, our yard and because of them, my mind keeps trying to convince me that if I could just get them all to where I think they need to be, that life would finally be grand. But, I’m pretty sure that’s all an illusion that is often far too easy to buy into.

You see, the reality I’ve found is that life is and has always been full of unsettling things for my mind and ego. And just when I clear one of those unsettling things off of my plate and feel in control of my life for a moment, another unsettling thing appears and becomes the source of my misery, immediately causing my life to feel out of control again.

It’s as if I’m on this endless quest to be free of all unsettling things and yet I continue to find that it’s an impossible feat to ever achieve and only attempting to still do so ends up driving myself totally insane.

Take our yard for example, I have spent countless hours and dollars doing my best over the past few years to make it green and lush and perfectly manicured, all with the idea that it could look pristine enough to appear on the cover of some home and garden magazine someday, or at least at the very minimum, be the one thing I could feel in control of given the number of things that seem out of my control lately. That all went out the window though when... (Please click the title/picture below to read the rest of today's blog article.)
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It's that time again for another Silly Joke Friday! I hope you get a few laughs today and have a great start to your weekend too! :)

Silly Joke #1

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office.

After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, “Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don’t do the following, your husband will surely die.”

“Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don’t burden him with chores. Don’t discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse. No nagging. And most importantly, make love with your husband several times a week. If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely.”

On the way home, the husband asked his wife. “What did the doctor say?”

“He said... (Please click the title/picture below to read the rest of today's silly jokes over on my blog's website.)
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Silly Joke Friday
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What is something you tell yourself or do to keep going on days when you become so totally overwhelmed with life that you feel like you can't take another single step forward?
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You know what’s more challenging than dealing with difficult health issues on a daily basis? Dealing with them while on a vacation.

It’s been over two years since I took a full week vacation anywhere, all because of the health issues I’ve had to deal with. I promised myself when I was in the Grand Cayman’s back then that I wouldn’t travel anywhere again until I felt better. Honestly, it’s much easier to be at home feeling totally miserable and uncomfortable in my own skin than it is being away and spending lots of money while feeling that way.

But when my best friend Cedric decided he really couldn’t keep doing the travel to see me twice a year and wanted to reduce it to a visit during the winter only, I realized that if I wanted to continue seeing him during the summer as well, I had to start travelling again. Last week’s trip to Massachusetts was the first time I undertook this new and fearful venture, which for the most part turned out to be not as difficult as I thought it would be, that is until Friday arrived.

Have you ever felt so crappy on any given day of a vacation, that you... (Please click the title/picture to read the rest of today's article over on my blog's website.)
“Keep On, Keeping On!”
“Keep On, Keeping On!”
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