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I love this lighthearted, positive, upbeat quote!  I feel wonderful just reading it!  One thing’s for sure – charismatic people (at least the genuine ones) are naturally and happily engaged with the people around them.  They are positive, seemingly glad to be alive and in your company.  They have a good sense of humor and wit, and appear relaxed in their posture, gestures, and pace of speech.    Charismatic people have a talent for small talk, communication in general, and if ever there is a gap in the conversation, around them it is a very comfortable gap!   These charming and alluring people have a way of cultivating enjoyable conversations, and a relaxed open atmosphere.  Perhaps one reason why being with a charismatic person can make us feel wonderful about ourselves is that regardless of any inadequacies we may feel we have, they can make us feel like we are interesting and worth getting to know just the way we are, and they can have a way of bringing out the best in us!

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There is lots of information out there about why it is good to follow your dreams, and I love the charming way that this quote expresses the message that it is good for your soul to follow your dreams.   Sure, following your dreams can reveal, nurture, and elevate personal characteristics such as motivation, discipline, determination, and dealing with setbacks, but on a much deeper level, our hearts, or spirits.   Although certain dreams may be meant to come to fruition,  perhaps it is not always about whether or not a particular dream is realized, but that it is by following it, walking toward that which we are passionate about,  that we are led down paths each with their own unique gifts for us which we may not otherwise have had the opportunity to receive.   Following our dreams keeps us in touch with some childlike qualities and we remain very engaged with life.  Learn to hear and listen to your heart’s whispers!  🙂

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Simplicity doesn’t have to be about tossing out the television, shutting down your social media, or nixing new purchases,  although it is shifting to a lifestyle with less stuff, debt, clutter, multi-tasking, and thinking, to more living.  By creating a simpler life, we become more engaged and relaxed, more mindful, and we are able to let experiences in.  Have you ever gone for a walk, only to find you were so focused on thinking about something that you didn’t even notice the beautiful autumn leaves?   

 Our complex lives can distract us from breathing in life’s simple, everyday blessings that bring about a sense of contentment.  When we are content, we are happy.  Some synonyms of being content are comfortable, fulfilled, peace of mind, heart’s ease, serenity.  Consciously take time in your daily life to be mindful of what your senses encounter,  and away from thinking about what you are going to buy next, how you can get more done in less time.   Take up pleasurable activities.  Find a light-hearted method of meditation that suits your personality.  Listen to your favorite songs.  Watch the leaves on the trees flutter in the breeze.  Watch a youtube video with the sights and sounds of a mountain stream while you imagine yourself exploring the banks, walking over the rocks to the other side, bending down to run your fingers over the moss.   Do a small kind thing for a stranger.  And probably, most of all, whisper a recognition of gratitude to your heart!

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Couldn’t say it better myself!  The images this wall quote brings to mind are much more powerful than if it said “Hard times build character”.   Imagine yourself meeting , and having two separate conversations with two sailors.  The first one enjoyed sailing and was always sailing in calm waters surrounded by the beautiful sky, sparkling waters, and interesting shorelines, going about the business of sailing, taking care of business.  This was generally how the life of this sailor was.  Now, you find yourself with the second sailor who  had manoeuvered many a stormy waters, having to shore up precision focus, making split second decisions,   draw on all the knowledge learned,  and using this to figure out what works, how to problem solve if necessary items are washed overboard or broken, what to do if lost and supplies are running short, all the while keeping the safety of everyone else in mind.  These are likely only a few of the problems that would arise.  Then, once everything has returned to normal, and the sailor is back at home, the experience is reflected upon and after careful scrutiny sees where and why good decisions were made, how a different decision might have affected the results, and how the code of honor this person carried were honored (or not) in making decisions.  Imagine how your interaction  and perception of the character of this person might compare.    Challenges bring out new ways of expanding our thought processes, beliefs, and values.  We can become more resourceful, resilient, patient, and confident that in the future, we have the capacity to ‘weather the storm’ .  It can make us dig deep to examine our moral fiber and we can come out on top with a richer character, and wisdom.  In these times, we are forced to draw on all these things, and more, which, in smooth times, are lying dormant.