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Motivation Mondays: TODAY

06/02/2017

“Will someone else’s life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?” William Arthur Ward

Motivation Mondays: TODAY - BE THANKFUL, BE PRESENT!

Motivation Mondays: TODAY – BE THANKFUL, BE PRESENT!

Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Traditional Reiki Prayer from Dr Usui.
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir

What motivates your daily actions? What have you done today? If you could offer your service today, what would you do differently? Every day, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else and to make decisive changes in our own lives. Instead of sitting around and fantasizing about tomorrow or pondering our regrets of events in the past, we can take steps to make the here and now memorable through our positive actions and efforts to do and be better. I started this year motivated to stick to my goal to get in shape and make healthier choices. Instead of waiting for the “perfect day,” I see each day as perfect and I make choices that enhance my day; I exercise, I thank my fellow students and the trainers, and I face the world with a sense of accomplishment just one step at a time. If we pause and give thanks for the things that make our lives run smoothly, it becomes easier to not get caught up in the negativity around us and to accept the things we cannot change.
Accepting the things we can’t change doesn’t mean giving up or letting our lives unravel, it means making the best effort and letting go of the rest. Even when we are having a bad day, we can stop, give thanks for the good around us, seek a resolution or a breakthrough in our situation, and then, open our hearts to a new experience. When we quit fighting over minutiae, we will come to learn that the universe is on our side and that events can turn around if we approach them with a different attitude. When we offer our help or service to others, it is best to release our need to control the outcome and final response… Give and let go. Help and let go. Serve and let go. Today is finite as time waits for no one. Be alert, be present, be grateful.
Read: Reflections: Ten Things To Be Grateful For Today…
A Story/Poem: Yesterday And Today Xii – Poem by Khalil Gibran via Poem Hunter
The gold-hoarder walked in his palace park and with him walked his troubles. And over his head hovered worries as a vulture hovers over a carcass, until he reached a beautiful lake surrounded by magnificent marble statuary.

He sat there pondering the water which poured from the mouths of the statues like thoughts flowing freely from a lover’s imagination, and contemplating heavily his palace which stood upon a knoll like a birth-mark upon the cheek of a maiden. His fancy revealed to him the pages of his life’s drama which he read with falling tears that veiled his eyes and prevented him from viewing man’s feeble additions to Nature.

He looked back with piercing regret to the images of his early life, woven into pattern by the gods, until he could no longer control his anguish. He said aloud, “Yesterday I was grazing my sheep in the green valley, enjoying my existence, sounding my flute, and holding my head high. Today I am a prisoner of greed. Gold leads into gold, then into restlessness and finally into crushing misery.

“Yesterday I was like a singing bird, soaring freely here and there in the fields. Today I am a slave to fickle wealth, society’s rules, and city’s customs, and purchased friends, pleasing the people by conforming to the strange and narrow laws of man. I was born to be free and enjoy the bounty of life, but I find myself like a beast of burden so heavily laden with gold that his back is breaking.

“Where are the spacious plains, the singing brooks, the pure breeze, the closeness of Nature? Where is my deity? I have lost all! Naught remains save loneliness that saddens me, gold that ridicules me, slaves who curse to my back, and a palace that I have erected as a tomb for my happiness, and in whose greatness I have lost my heart.

“Yesterday I roamed the prairies and the hills together with the Bedouin’s daughter; Virtue was our companion, Love our delight, and the moon our guardian. Today I am among women with shallow beauty who sell themselves for gold and diamonds.

“Yesterday I was carefree, sharing with the shepherds all the joy of life; eating, playing, working, singing, and dancing together to the music of the heart’s truth. Today I find myself among the people like a frightened lamb among the wolves. As I walk in the roads, they gaze at me with hateful eyes and point at me with scorn and jealousy, and as I steal through the park I see frowning faces all about me.

“Yesterday I was rich in happiness and today I am poor in gold.

“Yesterday I was a happy shepherd looking upon his head as a merciful king looks with pleasure upon his contented subjects. Today I am a slave standing before my wealth, my wealth which robbed me of the beauty of life I once knew.

“Forgive me, my Judge! I did not know that riches would put my life in fragments and lead me into the dungeons of harshness and stupidity. What I thought was glory is naught but an eternal inferno.”

He gathered himself wearily and walked slowly toward the palace, sighing and repeating, “Is this what people call wealth? Is this the god I am serving and worshiping? Is this what I seek of the earth? Why can I not trade it for one particle of contentment? Who would sell me one beautiful thought for a ton of gold? Who would give me one moment of love for a handful of gems? Who would grant me an eye that can see others’ hearts, and take all my coffers in barter?”

As he reached the palace gates he turned and looked toward the city as Jeremiah gazed toward Jerusalem. He raised his arms in woeful lament and shouted, “Oh people of the noisome city, who are living in darkness, hastening toward misery, preaching falsehood, and speaking with stupidity…until when shall you remain ignorant? Unit when shall you abide in the filth of life and continue to desert its gardens? Why wear you tattered robes of narrowness while the silk raiment of Nature’s beauty is fashioned for you? The lamp of wisdom is dimming; it is time to furnish it with oil. The house of true fortune is being destroyed; it is time to rebuild it and guard it. The thieves of ignorance have stolen the treasure of your peace; it is time to retake it!”

At that moment a poor man stood before him and stretched forth his hand for alms. As he looked at the beggar, his lips parted, his eyes brightened with a softness, and his face radiated kindness. It was as if the yesterday he had lamented by the lake had come to greet him. He embraced the pauper with affection and filled his hands with gold, and with a voice sincere with the sweetness of love he said, “Come back tomorrow and bring with you your fellow sufferers. All your possessions will be restored.”

He entered his palace saying, “Everything in life is good; even gold, for it teaches a lesson. Money is like a stringed instrument; he who does not know how to use it properly will hear only discordant music. Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow man.”

 

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JANUARY
01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08   –  08 Golden Globes Award,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16   –  16  Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 –  27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29  –  29 Inspire your heart with art
FEBRUARY

0/6 – Lame Duck Day, 12, Lincoln’s Birthday
0/13 – 14, Valentine’s Day, 15, Constitution Day,
0/20 – 20, Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, 24, Carnival/Flag Day, 26, New Moon
0/27 – 27, Clean Monday, 28, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday,

 

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Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: TODAY - BE THANKFUL, BE PRESENT!

Motivation Mondays: TODAY – BE THANKFUL, BE PRESENT!

 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. Adapted from Al-Anon by Dear Abby
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H. G. Wells

If you had to choose, what five things are you thankful for today? When we are going through dark times, it is easy to imagine doom and destruction but if we can maintain some perspective and trust that the challenges will pass, we will come to learn that the road to renewal is wider and the grace stronger. If we had to choose five things to be grateful for, we could start with the gift of life, love, health, friends and family. We could break it down to specific incidents and events that renewed our belief in the good of humanity. Even a smile and a hello can make a huge difference in the life of another person so we must not waste the opportunity to start our day by greeting those who cross our path. When we weigh the day by placing the good over the challenging, we open ourselves to experience more of the good because our mood and energy has shifted to allow us to see more good around us.
Yesterday, I spent almost half an hour driving around our shopping center looking for a parking spot. It’s usually packed on Sunday but I always manage to find a spot. I had to pick up some cleanser for one of my sisters and I knew that my local, big chain store had the product. Well, 25 minutes into my spinning around and waiting for someone to relinquish their spot, I decided to check my phone to see if another store had the product. To cut a long story short, I found it at a store closer to home for $3 less than what I would have paid for it at the large super chain. Now I could have spent time berating myself for the time wasted looking for a parking spot or I could be grateful that not finding one immediately gave me a chance to buy the cleanser for quite a bit less. Today, look at your struggles with renewed eyes. Yes, it is a gift to be here and a greater gift to be thankful for our life and breath…
Read: Reflections: Ten Things To Be Grateful For Today…
It’s All I Have To Bring Today – Poem by Emily Dickinson via Poem Hunter
It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

I Saw A Butterfly Today – Poem by Venos Tricon via Poem Hunter
I saw a butterfly today
Small and green with no wings
Crawling into shadows\hiding from a world who ignores it’s subtle beauty
Afraid to never be noticed…appreciated

I saw a butterfly today
Camouflaged and shielded in self-made walls
Neglecting the world of it’s gentle touch
Afraid to be met with a forceful hand

I saw a butterfly today
Wings new and fresh
Excited with exhilaration
Facing a world with new courage
Knowing it can not be harmed

I saw a butterfly today
Blue and gold streaked the sky
embracing the sunlight’s rays
Fluttering around my head
Carrying my heart on her flight

I saw a butterfly today

 

Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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  1. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    06/02/2017 4:50 pm

    I think the most important to remember is that what happened in the past is in the past and cannot be changed. If you do that then you can move forward and make things a little better for yourself.

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  2. Amber permalink
    06/02/2017 4:51 pm

    I always try to be the best person I can be today. And every day. Some days are better than others. Of course I do have regrets, but I can only try to learn from them.

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  3. Marceline Dementori permalink
    06/02/2017 6:40 pm

    I love that there is so much positivity in this post. How our day turns out depends on how we see it and how we react to the challenges that are given to us. If we looked at life with a little more positivity we will definitely see how beautiful it truly is. I loved that story about the gold-hoarder, it makes you realize what life is really all about.

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  4. Mihaela Echols permalink
    06/02/2017 6:46 pm

    I think what drives me everyday lately is helping others. I’ve been wanting to help with a womens retreat at my church so I’m hosting a fun get together where women can meet eachother before signing up.

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  5. JustOneMommysOpinion (@1MommysOpinion) permalink
    06/02/2017 7:04 pm

    I love the meaning behind this weeks Motivational Monday. Being grateful and thankful for everything we have. This needs to be a daily reminder. It’s so easy to get down, and it shouldn’t be!

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  6. Pal Raine permalink
    06/02/2017 7:25 pm

    5 Things I am thankful for today are:
    (1) My PRECIOUS LIFE – thank you Lord Jesus!
    (2) My ALARM CLOCK – who engineer my environment to wake up early. (hehehe)
    (3) My TWO TWEENS – that keeps me going with my life, no matter what. Love my daughters!
    (4) My PARENTS – who always there for me! I love them both!
    (5) My JOB – Yes! That’s it. I am proud to be a FREELANCER!

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  7. Sondra Barker permalink
    06/02/2017 7:26 pm

    What a great read this was! I especially can relate to the “accepting things we cannot change” it is so important to realize that it doesn’t mean failure, just means a different course of action may need to be taken.

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  8. kaitr27 permalink
    06/02/2017 8:10 pm

    Every night I try to list off what I am thankful for through the day. I think about everything from having something to eat and a warm bed to having so many amazing opportunities in my life. Then, I think about what I can do to be a better person. Thinking about what surrounds us and how we can be better people gives us a more perspective on life, and I think in the long run helps me work towards my life goals.

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  9. Krysten permalink
    06/02/2017 8:23 pm

    This sentence is one of the most motivational things that I have ever read, “Accepting the things we can’t change doesn’t mean giving up or letting our lives unravel, it means making the best effort and letting go of the rest.” I do that every day, I try my hardest to keep going and making an actual difference in my life and my family’s lives. I try to not let things unravel even if they feel like they are going to. I focus on just my family sometimes but they are my today, tomorrow, and yesterday and I would do everything for them.
    Five things that I am thankful about today are 1. my family 2. the ability to have a moment or two to myself 3. having something that I’m passionate about to do 4. being able to cook 5. being in a relatively safe environment.

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  10. Melanie Smith permalink
    06/02/2017 8:58 pm

    That is such a beautiful story! You touched my heart and I love it! Great way to start this week.

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  11. momknowsbest15 permalink
    06/02/2017 9:02 pm

    I am thankful for another day. I am thankful for being healthy

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  12. Entrepremom permalink
    06/02/2017 9:31 pm

    If you had to choose, what five things are you thankful for today?

    – For waking up, every breath I take is considered a blessing.
    – For the food on our table. I am jobless yet God provides the best.
    – For a safe trip to Kumon center and back.
    – For the perfect sunny weather
    – For messages from some friends

    It’s still lunch time and the day hasn’t ended yet STILL, I already have so much to be thankful for.

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  13. Kelly Reci permalink
    06/02/2017 10:20 pm

    “Will someone else’s life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?” i have heard this phrase before when I attended a seminar for the Youth for Christ. The speaker shares some life motivation stories of himself and this phrase stayed on my mind!

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  14. Shirley permalink
    06/02/2017 10:33 pm

    I love your posts, everytime you post very inspiring and thats helps me to stay positive.Keep up the good work.

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  15. Milica Momcilovic permalink
    06/02/2017 10:59 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you. We should always look on life from the positive perspective and count our blessings!

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  16. rochkirstin permalink
    07/02/2017 12:01 am

    Accepting things the way they are is applicable to things or people that are hard to change. I think a fulfilled day is when others feel happy because of things I did for them.

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  17. Karlyn Cruz permalink
    07/02/2017 1:42 am

    I will try to live in the “today” and enjoy every moment of it.

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  18. Victoria Heckstall permalink
    07/02/2017 1:43 am

    giving myself the ‘today’ to breath and not worry about anything. I will not allow any negativity in my mind and emotions.

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  19. Sarah Bailey permalink
    07/02/2017 4:31 am

    We are living for TODAY, not from the past and not for tomorrow but the best preparation for tomorrow is TODAY. We only live ones, treat every day your best day, tell your loved ones how you feel for them TODAY so you won’t regret anything at all.

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  20. catherinehislop permalink
    07/02/2017 4:48 am

    Reblogged this on My Blog.

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  21. Ankit Agarwal permalink
    07/02/2017 5:49 am

    I wish I had ore words to say this but : mesmerising selection of poems. its Tuesday evening atm, but I am coming back here every Monday. I practise being thankful every evening. today is going to be special one for me.

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  22. Robin Rue permalink
    07/02/2017 5:50 am

    Living in the moment and for what we do today is so important. I don’t like a day to go by where I don’t gfeel like I got something accomplished.

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  23. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    07/02/2017 6:26 am

    When we were kids, our grandmother would often tell my siblings and I to ‘do a good turn daily.’ True enough, one small act of kindness everyday can make a difference. 🙂

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  24. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    07/02/2017 6:31 am

    Oh man, do I need that little poem right now!

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  25. ghastlyvongore permalink
    07/02/2017 6:37 am

    It is so very important to live in the moment and not wait for the perfect time. I have learned this recently through my failing health. You never know when it might be too late. Each day we are definitely given a chance to do good, to grow as a person, and to live in and appreciate each moment. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it 🙂

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  26. Nina Bashaw permalink
    07/02/2017 6:41 am

    Your posts are always so positive and uplifting, I really enjoy reading your thoughts and perspective. I love the first quote, it’s very true!

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  27. MaryAnne permalink
    07/02/2017 6:44 am

    I love and enjoy reading your posts so much! congratulations

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  28. Female Traveler✈️ (@hrakaridi) permalink
    07/02/2017 6:49 am

    I love your every Monday motivation!! I am grateful for your posts 🙂 Thank you so much Elizabeth ❤ You are awesome

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  29. nmetolen75 permalink
    07/02/2017 6:57 am

    I love that quote at the top. I think that if everyone lived their lives by it, the world would definitely be a much brighter place!

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  30. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    07/02/2017 6:59 am

    Thank you for enlightening me today with all this sinspiring read. I love the poem “Today”.

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  31. Author Brandi Kennedy permalink
    07/02/2017 7:16 am

    I love the photos you always choose to go with your posts, and the poetry. But I especially loved the story you shared – I often find myself surrounded by people who complain about their taxes and such (especially at this time of year), and I sit in amazement, wondering how people can be so ungrateful for their ability to share with others. Maybe I’m strange, but I love paying my taxes, knowing that the money I put in is going (in part) to help feed the poor in my country and to care for the elderly. And I’m not naive – I know that there are those who abuse the system. But I prefer to focus on the way my small contribution means everything to those truly in need. Sharing my little bit of “gold” feeds my soul.

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  32. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    07/02/2017 7:56 am

    Nothing has been inspiring me nor giving me motivation lately. That seems to happen during the dreary winter months. I need to turn that around somehow.

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  33. crystal permalink
    07/02/2017 8:08 am

    It’s so important to not dwell on what we cannot change but embrace it and look at each day as a new opportunity to better ourselves.

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  34. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    07/02/2017 8:09 am

    The five things that I am thankful for today? A roof over my head, my laptop, new opportunities, friends and my room.

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  35. Richard permalink
    07/02/2017 8:24 am

    I practice a Law of Attraction lifestyle so my days begin and end with a set of positive affirmations. This keeps me motivated throughout the day and keeps me shielded from negative energy.

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  36. Wendy permalink
    07/02/2017 8:28 am

    It is so important to focus on all we have to be grateful for – especially when we are going through difficult times. Today I am grateful to be able to work at home and be with my three kids!

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  37. Robin Ross-Fleming permalink
    07/02/2017 8:29 am

    My mom always said an attitude of gratitude makes your mountains into molehills. I deeply believe in focusing on the positive in every situation, as it’s either a blessing or a lesson. xoxo Robin

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  38. kaitbrough permalink
    07/02/2017 8:30 am

    I love how you talk about that if we accept things we can’t change, it doesn’t mean we aren’t giving up. I was talking about this with some friends this last week and we talked about how once you accept your life, it becomes so much easier. You aren’t fighting against it anymore; you become stronger and more at peace.

    Kaitlyn

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  39. Cynthia Nicoletti permalink
    07/02/2017 8:38 am

    If I could offer my services to someone for the day I would teach them everything I learned about blogging. Be thankful for each day.

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  40. MyYellowApron permalink
    07/02/2017 9:40 am

    Your posts are extremely motivational. In fact, I have put these lines on a sticky note on my desktop. Just for today, I will not worry
    Just for today, I will not be angry
    Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
    Just for today, I will do my work honestly
    Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing

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  41. Maria Han permalink
    07/02/2017 10:39 am

    I really love the message and so encouraging for me, I feel that I’m burn out

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  42. Liz (@WestNewYorker) permalink
    07/02/2017 10:43 am

    I am such a worry wart. I really have to find some inner peace and be inspired to worry less like the poem says.

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  43. bethany1980 permalink
    07/02/2017 11:09 am

    This looks amazing, I am so motivated today. I am doing so great on my goals and life is great.

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  44. Cara (@StylishGeek) permalink
    07/02/2017 12:46 pm

    Thank you so much! Definitely accepting the things we cannot change and simply contemplating how should we be grateful each day is something I need to instill in my mindset. Your post continues to inspire me to do that!

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  45. reviewsbykathy permalink
    07/02/2017 1:12 pm

    I am learning to stay positive even with negative all around me. It is hard when others don’t support your change.

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  46. Wren permalink
    07/02/2017 1:41 pm

    I love all your collages, such creative and fun photos! Many of us take TODAY for granted, it is never promised to us. Take the bull by the horns and live life. Do not worry about what you can not change, but focus on what you can. Make today great.

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  47. Steven Goodwin permalink
    07/02/2017 2:47 pm

    There will never be another day like today! Your posts are such a trove of information! I try to be more intentional about being thankful for things and expressing my gratitude daily. It seems that when I do, the day gets off to a better start!

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  48. Julie Porter permalink
    07/02/2017 3:26 pm

    I am often guilty of wasting time thinking about “someday” or regretting the actions of “yesterday” and I needed this reminder to focus on today and what I can do today to a difference. Today I am grateful that I still have my husband, that his health is stable for the moment, for my children, my grandchildren and for another day to spend with them.

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  49. Chloe permalink
    07/02/2017 4:12 pm

    If I had to choose five things to be thankful for today they would be this:
    1) I’m thankful for having a beautiful, understanding daughter
    2) I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I have working from home
    3) I’m thankful that I live in a beautiful place with amazing facilities
    4) I’m thankful that my family live on the same street as me
    5) I’m thankful for my partner wanting to make changes for our family.

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  50. The Walking Map permalink
    07/02/2017 4:42 pm

    When you meet someone, you should strive to make his or her life better than it was before you met.

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  51. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    07/02/2017 5:07 pm

    Agree that everyday is a new given day. When I change my perspective to see the world, I can see blessings in disguised. I’m thankful for today!

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  52. Jim permalink
    07/02/2017 5:29 pm

    What a wonderful post. The thing that stuck out the most was the poem in the beginning and throughout the post, “Just for today.” What a great motivational moment.

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  53. Eileen permalink
    07/02/2017 5:31 pm

    The first thing I do in the morning when I wake up is to give thanks to God that I was given another day to spread love and kindness. It is truly a gift to be here, living and loving, today and everyday.

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  54. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    07/02/2017 7:05 pm

    I’ve become more motivated by helping others. I want to be able to give back and help this country move towards a brighter future.

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  55. Rose permalink
    07/02/2017 9:07 pm

    I start everyday with looking at the sky. I look for the sun or the sunrise. I enjoy seeing the colors before everything fades to blue. In the spring I look forward to the birds chirping before my alarm goes off. I’m motivated by teaching my 4 yo while he is home with me. I’m motivated to workout and be the best me I can be.

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  56. Sylvia permalink
    07/02/2017 10:53 pm

    We should be always grateful for the little things in life, they make what’s best! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  57. Fee Kelly permalink
    08/02/2017 12:41 am

    I needed to read this, this morning. I really loved the I saw a butterfly today poem – something about struck me. I will be sure to check out the posts in this series.

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  58. Sara permalink
    08/02/2017 1:24 am

    Good post! It’s important to take time everyday to thanks for what we have. To be grateful is an amazing feeling ❤️

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  59. franckxethee permalink
    08/02/2017 3:30 am

    I think today is always the most crucial part. What we do today determines where we go and it’s by living in the moment that we create great memories.

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  60. Anosa permalink
    08/02/2017 3:53 am

    I agree with this. be thankful for today and be present. Thanks for being an inspiration to your readers.

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  61. Cheryl F permalink
    08/02/2017 4:03 am

    I have so much to be thankful for today. The people around me, the life, the food, the smiles, the beauty of nature…lots. Most especially TODAY. There’s nothing more important. For today is a gift.

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  62. Our Family World permalink
    08/02/2017 4:08 am

    It is good to live our today thinking about out tomorrow. Our today is as important as our future.

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  63. Rosie Romance permalink
    08/02/2017 4:29 am

    I’m a true believer in karma and if you live your life with other people in mind, then they will be considerate of you.

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  64. Tessa S permalink
    08/02/2017 4:34 am

    I need more motivation on Mondays! For some reason they are the hardest day for me to get going. I always need an extra cup of coffee! I say its because I have 2 little ones!

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  65. Kat Centeno permalink
    08/02/2017 4:43 am

    The five things I am grateful for today: water, sleep, aunt, trust and internet. I hope somebody’s life is a little better because of me. If not, I hope I did not make it worse.

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  66. Anne Yedlin permalink
    08/02/2017 5:15 am

    I am terrible at not living for the today. I suffer from anxiety so it’s hard for me not to stress about tomorrow. This is a great post and a wonderful reminder for me. Thank our for sharing!

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  67. 8duffels2mutts permalink
    08/02/2017 5:36 am

    What wonderful motivation! I love the quote from Dr. Seuss and the photo of the apples shaped in a heart 🙂

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  68. Travel Blogger permalink
    08/02/2017 5:45 am

    I like what you said about waiting for the perfect time to do something. That just won’t ever happen. We have to make the most of every day, and do the things we want to do even if it isn’t exactly how we wanted to execute it.

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  69. toastycritic permalink
    08/02/2017 6:09 am

    These are beautiful thoughts to motivate us. Learning to accept the things that come into your life is something I struggle with sometimes. This is a great reminder.

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  70. Freya Farrington permalink
    08/02/2017 7:40 am

    What motivates my daily motivations? I like to start my day with a little breathing control and exercise, with a strong coffee and with a compliment not only to my parter but also to myself!

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  71. emmaeatsandexplores permalink
    08/02/2017 7:43 am

    Wise Words – reminds me of the serenity prayer which I try to live by..
    God grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change;
    Courage to change the things I can;
    And wisdom to know the difference.

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  72. vishalgmr1971 permalink
    08/02/2017 7:44 am

    I like the quote “be happy, be present”. It is a good thinking and a good way to start Monday (or any day I can say).

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  73. Victoria Heckstall permalink
    08/02/2017 9:24 am

    We all need to live for today and deal with it. It is hard to always think of tomorrow and will not be able to enjoy.

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  74. RonRon permalink
    08/02/2017 9:33 am

    Great motivation Monday topic. Great insights too. Thanks for sharing them up in here.

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  75. Coralie permalink
    08/02/2017 9:54 am

    It is important to live each day the best we can, being kind and patient because we may not get another chance. Thanks for the reminder.

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  76. Caroline Barnes permalink
    08/02/2017 11:13 am

    I love the first quote. When you take the time to think about it, everything thing we do or day may affect someone else. It’s worth choosing our words and taking the right actions.

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  77. Akhil Sharma permalink
    08/02/2017 12:10 pm

    Yes for sure…Someones’ life will be brighter. That’s why people say “always listen to good, always hear good, and always do good”

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  78. Dreammerin permalink
    08/02/2017 3:46 pm

    I really appreciate the content of your website! “Accepting the things we can’t change doesn’t mean giving up or letting our lives unravel, it means making the best effort and letting go of the rest….” – amazing ! Love it! ❤

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  79. kylie cre8tone permalink
    08/02/2017 3:57 pm

    Today is present.. It’s the most important gift in one’s life.. 🙂

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  80. Jason Panuelos permalink
    09/02/2017 1:12 am

    This post reminds me that I really do have to always focus on the present and bring myself a day at a time. It’s always important to see what’s in right in front of us.

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  81. Wanderlust Vegans permalink
    09/02/2017 2:15 am

    It is important to be grateful and not worry about time that seems wasted sometimes. Sometimes you just have to take things one day at a time towards your goals. If you work a little each day on your goal it’s amazing how much you can accomplish.

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  82. Violinkit permalink
    09/02/2017 2:55 am

    Yes, I think accepting that we we cannot change everything and working with that and moving on with out lives is a productive step in right direction.

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  83. sparkofsouthernmoms permalink
    09/02/2017 4:39 am

    I think being in someones life at a certain time in their life makes it special. Having people around you that care for you is special.

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  84. Bhushavali permalink
    09/02/2017 4:53 am

    As they say, ‘yesterday is over, tomorrow is uncertain, today is called a present coz its a gift’!!! 🙂

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  85. Josselyn Martinez permalink
    09/02/2017 7:56 am

    I do think that we can change someones mood even just with a smile, and i like to give my smile to those that wander with their tough mask on.

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  86. moryjayy permalink
    09/02/2017 8:30 am

    I love that poem about the butterfly. Your writing is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing and aspiring to always motivate others!

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  87. Rini Heal permalink
    09/02/2017 9:46 am

    You always give the best Monday motivations. I always feel happy when I read them. Keep ’em coming. 🙂

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  88. Claudia H. Blanton permalink
    09/02/2017 11:11 am

    Just for today….. I love that sentiment, that thought that if we can just focus on doing our best today, then everything will fall into place. And true, today, is our only point of power, the only thing we can control.
    Love your post – blessings!

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  89. kikicarlson permalink
    09/02/2017 12:01 pm

    Accepting the things you cannot change. Such a difficult thing to do but so necessary in living a healthy life. My husband and I are going through financial issues due to circumstances out of our control. So we could dwell on these hardships or accept them and move forward!

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  90. superhealthycooking permalink
    09/02/2017 2:46 pm

    I liked your story about the cleanser! Sometimes life just takes care of itself for you 🙂 It’s like you were destined not to find a parking place..for your own good! You only had to be patient a bit. 🙂

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  91. dearlydainty permalink
    09/02/2017 6:23 pm

    This is the second post I have read highlighting gratitude. Can gratitude be demonstrated through one’s actions or words? I, for one, am really grateful for all the blessings God endowed upon me; however, I do complain a lot. My complaints are more about little nuisance, but people see any complaining as being ungrateful. I don’t hold it to heart or anything. I speak my mind to relieve the nuisance in my eyes, then I carry on with my day without having a thought about it anymore. People have said I am ungrateful for complaining or commenting about certain things. I may say those words, but my actions reciprocated to others show otherwise. How does one measure another person’s gratitude? Sorry for my rambling. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

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  92. The Graceful Mist permalink
    09/02/2017 11:44 pm

    We always need to be positive and thankful for today. Despite the bad things happening to us and around us, there are still good things we can be thankful for.

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  93. Jennifer L Johnson permalink
    10/02/2017 6:18 am

    So important to remember to live in today and the moment!! I love this, what a great story!

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  94. Anna permalink
    11/02/2017 4:44 am

    What an insightful post, I guess we all go through life sometimes without seeing the bigger picture, dreaming of today instead of working for it. x

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  95. Tauyanm permalink
    11/02/2017 9:08 pm

    If I could offer a service today, what would I do differently? It’s always been my goal to spend a day to a charity, or home for the aged. Probably not just a day but something I can put into my daily activities. As of now, I can’t do it, but would be gladly to spend a day anytime soon

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  96. mira pstr permalink
    12/02/2017 10:37 pm

    Excellent Post as usual !! the second point is very interesting : Accepting the things we can’t change depends on what the situation, I understood in life that things that depend on you can change but things that you can control by yourself just accept them as they are .

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  97. helenvella permalink
    13/02/2017 8:10 am

    I love this post as a motivational speaker and coach I am always looking for inspiring things to share with my clients. This is a great post to share and I am bookmarking to return to it often. Thank you so much for putting it together so well.

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  98. eazynazy permalink
    13/02/2017 11:43 am

    I do have regrets but i love them because tehy make me better person everytime a do a mistake 🙂

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  99. Fred permalink
    13/02/2017 6:34 pm

    There is really no better time than the present. Things done on the fly now actually happen than those which take months of deciding. Decide now and make things happen!

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  100. Ana Ojha permalink
    14/02/2017 12:27 pm

    Every morning when I get up, I thank God for the beautiful day and ask him to give me strength so that I should not hurt anyone through my words, deeds or actions.

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  101. Lindsey permalink
    14/02/2017 2:35 pm

    What I would of done differently on this Monday would of been to of smiled more, mondays can always be abbot boring and mundane but if you smile more, you project happiness and feel better too

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  102. Erin (@FaithFoodFamFun) permalink
    15/02/2017 8:35 am

    Loved your Positive Motivation Tip → Be grateful and thankful for today and the rest will follow. This is So true! I am thankful for every single day as tomorrow is not promised!

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