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Daily Meditations for Single Parents

October 28, 2010

To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will to live. – Albert Schweitzer

Not even the meanest circumstances can make us jealous, self-pitying, or greedy unless we allow them to.  While we can’t control all our experiences, we can control our responses. Unless we refuse responsibility, we are in charge of our own reactions. Consider, fro example:

One the same street we can meet a man with no legs who is happily, serenely going about his business, and another man who is cursing fate because his shoes are to tight.  We can meet a peaceful, contented old woman who has known nothing but poverty, and a well-educaed, beautifully dressed young woman who is depressed because she can’t afford a new car.  We can meet the drunken alcoholic slumped in a doorway, and his recovering brother laughung with a group of friends after an A.A. meeting.

We can learn to live above our circumstances if we’re willing to alter our attitudes.

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I am the master of my own reactions. Today, I choose to enjoy the roses in spirit of the thorns.

Daily Quotes: Days of Healing Days of Joys by Eanie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty

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October 27, 2010

We make  a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give .    -Paul L.

Many adult children think and feel we have nothing to give. Our self-image is so stuck in low self-esteem that we hide from others rather that seek others out, we respect our ideas and opinions rather than express them, we discount our own experiences as  unworthy of anyone’s interest or profit.

But the quality of our loves is determined by the gits we give. Ans we do have gifts-gifts that no one else  can give. Who understands the binding power of shame better than we do? Who can reach out with more compassion to newcomers who are convinced they are flawed to the core? We can turn the straw of our failed relationships into gold by befriending those who haven’t learned yet, as we have learned, how to break the destructive cycle of failure feeding upon failure. We’re safe; we know.

Our gifts are precious beyond price. If we are willing to give them, we can change the world.

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Today, I will stand proud and tall as one who has riches to share.

Daily Quotes: Days of Healing Days of Joys by Eanie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty

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