Instead of Thanksgiving you live in the United States of America, these are strange times. It’s sometimes difficult to feel thankful for anything when there is so much division going on in the country. But those divisions are happening all around the world, much of it at the hands of the U.S. government.

And with what is happening to the Native Americans, it’s almost embarrassing to be thankful for anything. But here’s what I believe. At our core, everyone wants the same things; to love and be loved, to have the freedom to be with family and friends, and to do things that give us pleasure and make us feel alive.

So my advice is to be thankful for the people in your life that give you the gift of love. If you don’t have anyone, find a way to share your heart with others. You have so much capacity to love, and there are so many who need even the tiniest bit of love that might come their way. Even if it is to smile at those less fortunate, or to walk someone in need into a restaurant and pay for their meal. Give a pair of gloves to someone who is out in the cold, or help feed the homeless. There are many ways to be of service to others. And the beautiful thing is that you probably get more out of giving than they do in receiving.

Don’t let your love go to waste. Share it in any way that feels good. If you are with your family today, give them each a hug, look them in the eyes, and tell them how much you love them and how grateful you are that they are in your life.

So instead of a day of giving thanks, make it a day of love.

The Nasty Truth

Do you know that you are being brainwashed multiple times each day? It’s true. It is the nasty truth behind the world of advertising.

The video below is a must if you want to take charge of how you feel about yourself. There is one thing in the video with which I must disagree. At the 3:48 minute mark, they say: You are The REAL woman. “Imperfections” are what make you YOU.

My disagreement is with their use of the word imperfections. I understand that they put quotes around it, but it could have been worded differently. For instance, maybe, What makes you YOU are exactly those things that cause you NOT to look like those skinny-ass women in the magazines.

Once we get to the point where we don’t like how we look, it’s a hard road back to liking that you are unique.

My suggestion is to begin by realizing that you are a miracle and quite magical.

Why do I say that? Think about it. At a small particle level, you are made up of the same stuff that the stars and planets are made of; the same stuff that the chair you are sitting on, the moon that makes you sigh, and those books on your shelf are made of.

But…and this is huge, you not only are a living being, but you are a human with ythe capacity to think, solve problems, love, and express your creativity. You get to be a human being on this glorious planet that is teeming with life.

That is quite unique in the universe. But even more than that, you get to be you. There never has been, nor will there ever be, another you.

I don’t know what God is. For me, it is whatever caused the universe to be. So in a way, God created you. You have been given this unique gift of being on Planet Earth, of being one of its brilliant life forms, and most special of all, you get to be YOU.

To do anything less than honor this exquisite gift of YOU is to dishonor God. And beyond that, to be anything less than the best person you can be, and that means being as happy as you can be, is a travesty.

Accept that you are unique, that you are special, and because you are here, right now, at this time on earth, you are precious and have a responsibility to offer the world the gift of you.

So go look in the mirror right now and really see yourself. Look in your eyes and say out loud, and use your name, “…you are special, you are unique, and you have much to offer the world. I am grateful for this unique body. I promise to love and honor it, and to share my love and compassion with the world.”

Now watch this video, and share it with every woman that you know, no matter their age.

Nothing Matters Without Love

Yes, love is what matters. And I’m not just talking about romantic love. Love, just love. Love for yourself, love for your pet, your pet’s love for you, love for the planet, love for all those people out there who are suffering and struggling for whatever reason.

Just love.

Watch this video all the way through and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Whatever you think is important, money, success, that new car, that new whatever…none of it matters. Not really, because those things aren’t what makes you happy.

I know, you’ve heard that a bazillion times before. But trust me, I’ve been rich, and I’ve been on the edge of wondering if I was going to be able to pay the rent.

The big lesson I’ve learned from living in the ‘ups’ and the ‘downs,’ is that the less I have, the happier I am, and the happier I am, the less I want.

The ‘good’ life is about the quality of your relationships. No, no, no…not how many friends you have. I’m talking about an authentic, deep, heart-to-heart connection.

How many of those do you enjoy? How many people have seen deep into your soul? And what’s my point? Well, my point is THAT is where love takes root.

Nope, it’s not the flutters in your belly or nether regions. No, it’s not that you think about them night and day, to the point that you can barely get anything done.

Love begins its journey of blossoming in those moments when you share your true self with someone.

And I’m not talking about that ‘amazing’ conversation you had with that new person when you discovered you like the same movies, the same books, and the same music.

When you think love is the flutters, the sexual need, the thinking about, the shared interests, it’s not. Not until you share your heart and soul with someone, and they share theirs. And in that sharing, you really see each other, maybe for the first time after knowing each other for years.

That is what love is.

No Room In Your Heart

PeopleOfTheWorldEverything I do, everything I say, everything I write is about bringing more love into the world.

Except for those times when I fall into a pity pot. We all have those moments, don’t we?

If you have read any of my other posts, you know I’m all about love and happiness.

But today, I want to talk about hate. (see video below — it is truly profound)

Is there any hate in your heart? I mean any. Take a look in there. I’ll wait.

Did you find some?

Well, let me tell you something about hate. That little (or big) pocket of hate that’s sitting inside you, it’s killing you.

How, you may ask.

It does so in a variety of ways.

One way is that it festers, like a virus, and has the power to make you sick, very sick, like cancer sick.

Every tiny sliver of hate that you hold within you destroys 100 times that amount of love that you might otherwise enjoy.

Yes, of course, I’m making up that number. But only to make a point. And I don’t think I’m that far off.

Think about it, if you hate your parent, or your ex, or that girlfriend who trampled on your feelings, or an entire group of people (who, by the way, you don’t know) that hate takes up space in your heart. But worse than that, it radiates out into every aspect of your life.

You’re probably not aware of it, but it’s doing it’s nasty work without you having to do a thing.

Just sits there and festers.

That hate will keep you from giving your whole heart to love.

Love for your family, your friends, your lover, and especially, your self.

It also keeps you from loving the planet, loving humankind, loving all life forms.

I beg you, for your own good and the good of the world, let go of the hate. It serves no one and only damages you.

Watch this video and see how built-in hatred transforms these people. It’s like watching real magic happen, and it’s beautiful.

Next, pass this video on to everyone you know, because letting go of hate has the power to transform the world.

Which One Are You?

She Tells Her Grandma That She’s Just Been Cheated On So Grandma Tells Her To Do This

Grandmother talking to grandmother

Grandmother talking to grown granddaughter

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you’re in. You’ll see what I mean.

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her – her husband had cheated on her, and she was devastated. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and put each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second eggs, and in the last ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She then put the carrots, eggs, and coffee in separate bowls.

Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked, “What does it mean, grandmother?”

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they had been in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity? Do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee beans? The ground coffee beans changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying, and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling, and everyone around you is crying.

May we all be like the COFFEE.

Share this with your friends and family today.

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