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Our modern world is full of #distractions   and mind numbing stimulation. On the next sunny day, I encourage you to go outside and observe the scenery, notice the #trees, hear the birds, and be #present  even if just for a few minutes.

"I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen."
-Anne Lamott
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Anger and Authenticity

People often deny their anger at the same time that  they hold on to it. Don’t be afraid to recognize that you’re angry.  Denying your anger fuels hostility, grudges, and the sense of being a victim. It is important for couples to get their issues out into the open, but in a calm and respectful way.

If your partner launches into an angry assault, do your best not to get entangled in the contagion of the anger. It is worth taking a time out. Once you have calmed down, see if you can take the risk of being more honest with each other. Rather than pointing out each other’s imperfections and the differences between you, you can commit to being more honest with each other, hearing each other out, and empathizing with each other. You each need to be authentic and caring with each other, accept each other as you are, with all your differences.

The ideas in this post are based on the work of Ellyn Bader and Pete Pearson: TELL ME NO LIES. 
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It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.”
-Pema Chodron

#suffering  
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Food for thought. #relationships  
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Difficulties are #opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always open; as a natural law it has to balance.
-Brian Adams, How to Succeed
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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by the spark from another person.

Each of us has cause to thank with deep #gratitude those who have lighted the flame within us.
-Albert Schweitzer

For more inspiration go to: 
www.margiefreeman.com/blog
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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can #change. -Carl Rogers

For more inspiration, go to: www.margiefreeman/com/blog
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Pulling #inspiration  from Hellen Keller today. 
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