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This is a wonderful example of how the government is/could be overstepping it's boundaries. 
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Loving yourself isn't thinking that you are perfect, but rather it is about accepting who you are.
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The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it. - Stanley Kubrick

I wonder if he was an ENFJ? For us, what we feel is what we believe, what we believe becomes our truth.
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Here's a poem by Dennis Waitley that I though most appropriate for this month:

Now's the time you should hear this! For very good reason!
Now, please don't ask why. It's not simply the season.
Sooner or later the Grinch will invite you
To give up your life's goal as something you can't do.

It could be his head isn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his pants are too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all
Is that his heart is too cold and his vision too small.

The Grinch is a dream stealer of many disguises.
A friend or relation with depressing surprises.
Just when you feel that your business is booming
He fills you with thoughts that are glooming and dooming.
He whispers about the forthcoming disaster
And about the new plan where you'll get rich much faster

When you say you look forward to earning a million.
He'll scoff and retort: "Not one chance in a billion!"
With a stock market rising and confidence strong
You'd think he'd get real and start going along.
But he howls and he growls with his terrible frown
"Whatever goes up, has got to come down!"

Sometimes the Grinch is quick to appear.
Sometimes he shows up year after year.
But whatever your "Why" and no matter "Who"
The dream stealer, Grinch, will start hitting on You.
He's the fear deep inside that insists you can't sell.
He's the voice that says, "Stop! Things are going too well!"

He especially hates Christmas and the spirit of giving
For he selfishly thinks that by "getting" you're living.
He thinks passionate service is too big a "Why"
And that money's the only incentive to try.
But he's missing the point, and hasn't a clue
That every Who out in Who-ville has a Dream to come true.

Sooner or later all dream stealers find
That they're out in the cold and left far behind.
What they could have or might have or should have possessed
Has now passed them by and left them depressed.

As you sit by the fire and plan the new year
Surrounded by family and friends of good cheer.
Remember the Grinch, with his feet in the snow.”
Standing puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
"It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!"

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas... Perhaps... means a little bit more!"
It's a spirit to treasure each day and each night
It's the reason the American dream is still burning bright
It's a mission of hope you can trust and believe
"The more that you give, the more you'll receive!"
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Recipe for becoming a leader:

"Have all ingredients at body temperature. Sift intelligence, ambition, and understanding together. Mix cooperation, initiative, and open-mindedness until dissolved. Add gradually ability, tactfulness and responsibility. Stir in positive attitude and judgment. Beat in patience until smooth. Blend all ingredients well. Sprinkle liberally with cheerfulness and bake in oven of determination. When absorbed thoroughly, cool and spread with kindness and common sense." ~ Harvey Mackay

What stands out to me in the above recipe is understanding, cooperation, open-mindedness, tactfulness, patience, and kindness. All too often people who proclaim to be leaders have intelligence, ambition, initiative, responsibility, judgment, and determination. That’s like having the flour without the other necessary ingredients for a cake – sure it’s great start but you aren’t going to get the end result you want until you add the remaining ingredients. The same way, if you have all the ingredients but leave out the flour you won’t get your cake.
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6 common mistakes people make living in a “free” world

1. Assuming that “free” means that someone else has to pay for it. Yes, you don’t have kids and you have to pay property tax for your local schools. If you want to have educated people controlling the government when you’re living on Social Security or your Retirement Plan, don’t you want to ensure they get educated in the first place?
2. Assuming that everyone who is on welfare is a deadbeat. Everyone has their own version of work. Just because they don’t follow your version doesn’t make them lazy. Have you ever tried raising kids? And before you knock it, consider that Pasteur was someone’s kid. So was Edison, Shakespeare, Aristotle – you get the idea.
3. Mistaking “free” for a type of government. Socialism, Communism, Democracy, Dictatorship, etc… They all have something they offer for “free” whether it’s free speech, free medical care, free education, freedom to work: free is just a word.
4. Assuming that others “owe” us something. We can be guaranteed a few things in this world – to be born and to die. Everything else is dependent upon what we are willing to do to get it.
5. Assuming that everyone wants your version of freedom. Instead of sympathizing with others, how about having some empathy instead? You might be surprised to discover that they are able to take care of their own problems.
6. Labeling someone with a negative label simply because he/she doesn’t believe the same way you do. If you’re talking about freedom in America, it means being able to believe whatever we want to believe – without the name calling. Racist, gay, liberal, conservative, tea-partier, pro-life, pro-choice – these are all labels. PEOPLE are more than labels.
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My favorite quote of the day ---- "The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become"
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I find it very interesting that in 5 different leadership studies women ranked higher than men in 1. motivating others, 2. fostering communication, 3. producing high-quality work, and 4. listening to others. Women and men were equal in the following categories: 1. strategic planning and 2. analyzing issues. Just goes to show that women would do MUCH better ruling the world.
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Heroism: doing something that others are too afraid to do.

What is heroism? Besides all of the cute little sayings, what does heroism mean to YOU. Heroes are not super people. They are not infallible. They make mistakes and sometimes are not very nice people to be around. They may drink too much, sleep in too late, refuse to work, work too much, live in hostile environments, live in easy and social environments. No one needs to be a wonderful person to be a hero. There are times when people become heroes without doing anything other than what they have always done. So what does it take to be a hero?

Hero is a title that others label a person with and is not something that can be achieved on one’s own.

Each person defines hero just a little differently. Perhaps your hero is someone who fights in wars, feeds the hunger, stops abuse, or makes it to the top of the corporate ladder.

The true definition for hero is – the person you want to be.
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Here's an interesting piece of software that a co-worker tuned me into, a mind map application:
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