Let your masterpiece be glorious!

Let your masterpiece be glorious!

“We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.

Charles Stanley

You are an artist at work.  The world is your canvas.  You look, pay attention and experience a beautiful life because that is your focus.   You look for the happy places and commit those details to memory to use in your masterpiece. You rely on these details when you feel tired, weary and emotionally distraught for they give you the sustenance and hope to continue.  Your time spent with your teachers and your guides is what you need to make choices as you refocus your life.  Looking for a mentor. Looking for love promised.  Looking for energy, power and strength that will appear once you stop running from what you fear most.  A mini soul retreat in nature with God becomes a necessity to remind yourself that angels guide you and dreams do come true. Your life is a living prayer for which you must be grateful. You are the blessed body through which magic and miracles come to light.  Bright joyful colors invade your spirit and you are renewed once again.  For now you know that you are an artist at work on your great masterpiece.  Are you ready for it to be a glorious one?

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The Universe is Unfolding as It Should!

The Universe is Unfolding Exactly as it Should!

“Just trust that everything is unfolding the way it is supposed to. Don’t resist. Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. Great things are waiting for you around the corner.”                                                                                                                 Sonia Ricotti

Great things are waiting for you right around the corner. Let this be your rally cry and get excited! The mere fact that you are here on Earth is miracle enough. Embrace the life that has been given to you. All of it, for better or worse is yours to experience.  If you are traveling through a rough part of your path, step by step, one foot in front of the other, do what you can and have faith great things are in store for you on the other side. If you are traveling through a majestic part of your journey, stop and smell those roses that lie at your feet. Enjoy it by giving love and appreciation for your current experience. Before you know it, you will attract more good.  Just remember as along as you are alive, great possibilities exist for you as the universe unfolds.   How wonderful to embrace the spirit of each moment as you choose to separate yourself from the toxicity of the drama that could stand in your way. This is the moment of your great shift. No longer resist positive change, surrender, let go and have faith, then start to notice your life in a new way and experience the freedom of this beautiful universe unfolding just as it should.

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Free to choose your own illusion!

“There is no room for shame or regret in my life.  I’m too full. I am too forgiven, too adored, too fully loved, too full of ideas and dreams and passion to waste my precious life pretending to be crippled by something that is imaginary, like shame.  Shame is an illusion. It disappears so easily.”

Glennon Doyle Melton

 Why do you choose to punish yourself over and over again for something that has happened and cannot be changed? What is done is done.  Now is the time for acceptance. Acceptance allows you to embrace all that you are, the miraculous and the imperfect. Shame is just an illusion, all negative emotions are.  While you cannot change the events of the past, you can learn from them so that they positively impact your future.  Your freedom of choice and awareness will allow you to break the negative patterns of your the mind so not to doom yourself to repeat the lesson over and over again. There is no time for ruminating over negative experiences. If something challenging happens, look and ask what lessons are you supposed to learn from all of this.  When you realize that continued shame or regret serves no purpose for your life, you will be free to hold your head high as the beauty of your personal journey unfolds.  May each one of you continue on your path empowered by positivity that guides you through your big and beautiful life! For if it is all an illusion, choose an illusion where you are emboldened by the lessons learned and excited by your story. Then prepare to feel your spirit soar!

A force to be reckoned with!

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Confidence is a very interesting concept.  With it, you can move mountains.  Without it, you can languish in a puddle of your own misery.  It is the key ingredient to believing you are capable to make things happen in your life.  Confident people are not easily manipulated. Confident people know their beauty within and use this knowledge to make a difference in this world.  Confident people who face difficult situations put aside their self interest and often become heroes as they positively impact the lives of others.  When confident people are tested, they rise to the challenge and face any and all adversity to emerge victorious on both a small and grand scale.  As the labyrinth of life unfolds before you as you follow your path,  have faith that this journey is guided and be confident that you are not alone.  As you travel that circuitous route to the center of the intricate design set out before you and return again, be happy and confident that as you live life on purpose you humbly take your place in this world as a positive force to be reckoned with.  Set this confident tone for your life and others will surely follow your lead! To all the heroes in my life that have paved the way before me, thank you for your courage and inspiration!

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It is not in the stars, but within you!

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

Have you really looked at a rose? Have you really seen its beauty? Then again, have you really looked at yourself and really seen yours? Each part of the rose, each petal working in concert, making up this glorious masterpiece in nature from the inside out.  Every part of who you are, your mind, body and spirit, working together from the inside out making up a beauty to behold.  Each one of you, as if you were blessed by the hand of God to become all that is miraculous bursting from within. And, if you don’t yet see, perhaps the time is now to begin. In the universe, there is a great plan. There is an infinite wisdom that permeates your life that empowers you to take hold of your destiny, your own personal legend.  As you would honor the beauty of a rose, once you start to appreciate and honor your own, free from judgment from another, you will be free to become a great admirer of the artistic creation that is within you and surrounds you on a daily basis.  I can assure you that once you change your perspective and own the beauty that is you, then your destiny is no longer controlled by the stars, but becomes a dance between you and your Creator. Let the music play and be inspired by what you experience each day!
 
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You get to choose how you are going to get there!

“Everyone is going to die, how you get there is up to you!!” Paulo Coelho
Don’t keep your distance from love when all that you want or need in life is to be hugged and connected to others. It is so much better traveling on the path of life with enthusiastic, positive and loving people who support and honor your dreams. Each person who offers you an opportunity to be in the world and a part of the great interactive mystery!!!! Get out there, lose yourself and find your truth, but make sure that you share it with the people that you love. Have the courage to live your dreams in concert with living in love with others- together we can all change the world!
No doubt- now GO!!!!!!

 

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A greater world than any of us could ever imagine!

“There’s no greater thing that you can do with your life, than to follow your passions in a way that serves you and the world.”

Richard Branson

i have often thought that two heads are better than one. In fact, if it is upon the shoulders of giants that we are able to recognize new breakthroughs and explore further innovative design, then there will always be a vital need for many thinkers to enhance the process.  One person alone can never take all the credit for good works or deeds. It has often been the hero guided by the mythical mentor that allows for well informed choices as the journey continues.  It has and will always be a communal effort that leads to great discoveries that enhance the collective good.  The successful performance only goes on seamlessly because each person joins together to follow their passions in a way that sets out to serves themselves and the world.  And to be a part of that collective effort, we all walk away experiencing the great thrill of being alive and connected to others for the greater good.  Yes, two heads are better than one.  Look around and share your ideas with others to gain perspective that will break through any illusory barrier that gets in the way.  When two heads collide in a wonderful way, something amazing can be created by virtue of the talents that are put forth.  Then, we will all reap the rewards through the realization of a world that is more beautiful, kinder, greater and more peaceful through joint effort than any of us could ever imagine alone. 

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The adventure of learning is yours to share!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

My grandfather was a Congressman of the United States government in the 60s.  From stories relayed to me over the years, my roots lie in a rich tradition of Italian American immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life through education and hard work.  Members of my family became teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, all with the underlying foundation that they would pay back this great opportunity through knowledge, public service and acts that make a difference in the lives of others.  As I too have entered the realm of public service, this sentiment is not lost on me. A valuable tradition that lends a hand to not just being in this world, but leaving it better than before you came.  A tradition that encourages reading to expand your conscious awareness of the universe and its actors.  A tradition that infuses meaning in the small acts of kindness as you connect with others on a daily basis. And a tradition where your love of learning and perseverance follows you throughout your days.  That love of learning that will take you to new places, will allow you to discover new cultures, and will have you living your life outside the “figurative” box.  You will never be stuck in life as long as you don’t limit what self-actualization looks like to you. Be creative. Draw and design your own vision of how you wish to see the world and then get busy making it happen.  Build on a hearty tradition of education and hard work.  For the opportunity is yours, keep the door open to learning and in an act of service invite others to join you.  Then the adventure will always be yours to share. 

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The best is yet to come, believe it!

 
“Optimism is a muscle that gets stronger with use. . .it takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come.”
Robin Roberts 
 
Do what you love!  If you have not quite figured out what that is yet, like a fastidious soul searcher, do your research and never let anything or anyone get in the way.  Weed through all the possibilities that are out there and before you know it you will want to jump out of bed each morning welcoming the life designed just for you. Keep searching until you happen upon the very thing that gives your heart wings to take flight!  It will happen, even faster if you carry optimism with you on your way.  If something does not feel right or you feel stuck, look around for something else that aligns with  your purpose.  Don’t ignore that blessed intuition, it will carry you towards opportunities that will match your passion.  Keep moving forward and get creative about the theme of your dreams. Persistence pays off as long as you carry the highest virtues with you. Rest assured you will never have to give up on your dream.  As long as you are steadfast, you will never have to give your soul away.  Yes, it is that serious of an endeavor.  To stay true to who you are and not buy into the false security that the world tries to present to you as the only way.  It takes strength not to play it safe. It takes a strong belief in your own abilities that will be your true guide.  It takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come. Do what you love and you are well on your way!  Believe it!
 
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Never the same again!

Grateful for the Connections!

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” ― Flavia Weedn

While so many different people are walking through this world, how will we know who will stop and stay with us on our journey? There in those precious moments in time we find magic in the connections as the mystery of life unfolds. There in those precious moments in time we discover who will be the ones to leave a profound imprint on our soul. For individuals who began as strangers, after a “synchronistic” encounter, form friendships whose powerful bond has a ripple effect far beyond what is known, whose connection lasts for an eternity, unbroken by distance or the passage of time. That special connection that is made stronger through the growing pains of life; made more beautiful through shared joy in the celebration; and made deeper through compassionate, warm embrace of laughter in times of need. Friends who come into our lives to teach us how to dance to the beat of life’s beautiful drum and who show us how to accept the challenges through the wisdom of grace. Whatever the reason for the connection, we remain forever grateful for the footprint left on our lives that has transformed us, has allowed us to become a better person and has expanded our heart’s capacity to love. For even when we are physically apart, the memory of the connection stays with us forever changing us in a beautiful way! And how thankful we will always be that we will never be the same again.

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