Indiana – Heart on Fire
Indiana – Heart on Fire
Gotye – Hearts A Mess
A Life to Create
How hard can it be
to relax and let go
to say that’s enough
there’s nothing to prove
or put on show?
There is a time to push
to strive for more
but also a time to stop
to say No
I’m feeling too raw
To soften doesn’t equate to being weak
it can remove inner barriers
open your mind
help you find answers that you seek
Being hard doesn’t equate
to always being strong
There’s no specific line
No definitive right or wrong
So much in this life
we are told that we need
but what is your soul crying out for?
On what does it feed?
Work done at high speed
Or is it just
that your soul
needs you to see
the self laid open
But in this life
many don’t seem to care
so how can you trust
Where do you sit
What could you shift
What do you want to change
and within what range
between the one side of hard
and the other of soft
where you don’t have to fear
What step can you take
to give yourself a break
to let go of anger
of self hate?
Which could lead
to a chance
to begin again
is no longer in vain
For new decisions to make
A life chosen
A life you can create.
Words © June 2014 Michelle Payne
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The Communication Principle
The communication principle is, “Be clear, concise, open, and honest.”
Communication is an art. I have seen some great communicators at work. These are some of the lessons I have learned:
Let others talk.
Give honest and sincere compliments.
Be more ready to compliment than to criticize.
Make a point to remember people’s names; it is music to their ears.
Never be afraid to seek advice.
Never criticize someone in front of other people.
Be aware of other people’s desires.
Find joy and pleasure through taking an interest in people.
Talk about yourself only if asked.
Smile–it is contagious and opens people’s hearts.
Learn to listen.
Remember people’s birthdays and anniversaries–it shows you care.
Encourage people to share about themselves.
Engage people where they are–talk in relation to their interests.
Help other people to discover their uniqueness, to feel special and important, without patronizing them.
Respect other people’s opinions.
Admit when you are wrong.
Be kind and friendly to every person you meet.
Ask questions people respond to positively.
Encourage other people in their dreams–particularly children.
Try to see it from the other person’s point of view.
Hold up ideals.
Challenge people gently.
Talk about your own failures.
Appeal to higher motives.
Always look for yourself in others and others in yourself–it affirms the oneness of the human family.
Affirm the highest values of the human spirit.
Never pass up an opportunity to speak a kind word of appreciation. There are six billion people on the planet, and 5.9 billion of them go to bed every night starving for one honest word of appreciation.
~ Matthew Kelly ~
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“I EMBRACE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT”
And so we’re in our Christmas week… only a couple of days to go! Have you got all your cards written and sent, all your presents bought and wrapped up? And let’s not forget all the food that’ll be eaten as well… always a highlight… must admit it’s the one time of year I actually get time to do some baking, even if it’s only the Pavlova that gets requested for Christmas Day and my favourite oatmeal & raisin cookies (yeah I know, not expected given my chocolate consumption…)!
Christmas means many things to many people… and given the diversity of beliefs and opinions (to which we are all entitled) that may read this post, I am not going to wax lyrical about any specific one. Suffice it to say, that from my (very small) awareness and perspective, all religions and spiritual organisations appear to have the same fundamental aspects at their very core, those of:
Treating others as you wish to be treated
And we all know, in our hearts, that just because someone may not agree with us, doesn’t necessarily make them wrong, it just means they have life experiences, societal/cultural learning and awareness differences to our own. Perhaps then, the most important thing we can do for ourselves and others that will benefit us all is to open our hearts and share “Christmas” spirit, not just today when you’re reading this, nor just on Christmas Day, but try to embody and incorporate those aspects into our very being, each day of our lives.
Please have a wonderful Christmas week… and a special Christmas Day with your loved ones. Send loving energy and thoughts to those who can’t be with you, healing to those who need it… and hope for those who have none. I wish that you all have a Christmas that is filled with love, joy, laughter and hugs 🙂
Affirmation questions for this week are:
What does Christmas mean to you?
How is your Christmas spirit/energy coping?
What Christmas message can you give to others
What Christmas present can you give to yourself?
How can you keep your Christmas energy going?
And since it’s that time of year, I thought I’d share that Band Aid song, which was released way back in 1986!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥
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© 2012 Michelle Payne