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PM Added only… "Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions." Dalai Lama

"A smile is a gift for all around us, not to be kept by us; but to be given freely everyday to all you know see and pass by, No matter who or what they are feeling or look like. It is your duty your unwritten law! Your ambition for being put on this earth to make another person SMILE EVERY DAY – Gray Lawrence

The One Absolute Certainty in Life

 

Oyaje Idoko  If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important  wisdom  I’d want to pass along to others…

The two past consecutive weekends, I had to travel down to my  village for the funerals of two of my very dear cousins.

This experience had a profound impact on me and brought me down to earth, literally, as I further realized the futility of this life. It was a wakeup call and a reminder about what mattered most as we go through this journey called life. I have come to appreciate these long road trips to funerals as they allow me a time for deep meditation and assessment of my life and help me to think more about this inevitable end which we all must face some day.

I think about the life of the people we just lost. The huge impact they made that endeared them to us and motivated us to make this long trip to pay our last respect. I looked at the hundreds of people from all walks of life that had also made  time to embark on the long tedious journey to pay their last respects. I listened to the beautiful tributes made by friends, colleagues and family about how much the deceased had impacted their lives. We wept; we forgot why we were there momentarily and cracked jokes; we remembered and we wept again until the caskets were lowered and we heard the sounds of earth hitting the casket as the grave was covered. Then we felt some peace as we knew the final chapter of their lives was closed. The only thing that lives on, is the legacy they left behind: the impact they made on us and others while alive. The fond memories of the experiences we shared with them. It is Ernest Hemingway that said, “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

You know, death is one subject that very few feel comfortable to talk about. Most people shy away from this subject and hurriedly go through it when they have to yet it’s one of the few things in this world that is most definitely certain. No one is going to escape it which is why I describe is as the Absolute Certainty. So if death is so certain, we must ask ourselves, when we die, what sort of tributes will be given at our funeral? How many people will be willing to make sacrifices and inconvenience themselves to be at our burial? Why do we live with so much hatred and selfishness, hoarding so much wealth without helping others? How can we stand so much injustice without standing up to do something about it? Why do we treat our fellow man with so much contempt? Why do we keep putting off till tomorrow what we should do today: that class; that visit to a close relative or loved one we haven’t heard from in a long while; that phone call; that dream; that confession; that treat or promise for our children. Why do we refuse to give up that habit that has made us less what God made us to be? Why do we live as if we are never going to die?? Why?

As I reflected on all who have left this world, I realize that those who are still remembered are those who truly lived because of the impact they made on others while they were alive; Those who were deliberate about doing what was right regardless of the pain or pleasure they got out of it.  As for me, I have decided to hold on to the words of R.A. Salvatore from The Halfling’s Gem which said “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind — not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.”

"Let a person radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. " Napoleon Hill


The most beautiful smiles are often the ones that once struggled though the tears.

The Power is from within, the choice is yours
Gray Lawrence

 

A Positive Mental Attitude breaths life and Happiness, enjoy

There is nothing wrong about being happy, Healthy and extremely positive it is good for you your health and other people, when they see how happy positive and friendly you are, especially strangers; talk o them even as hi or hallo works wonders fro them and you .

Enjoy the words of famous and non famous people and picture’s that tell a story !

Lets begin..

 1)   To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, holding infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour..William Blake

Life is too short to be serious if you cant laugh at yourself call me and I will do it for you2)  "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." Mark Twain

Be nice to people the world can be a difficult place and we all neeed a little help sometimes

3)  Success is first understanding, then fulfilling the Lord’s purpose for your life.” – Jim Good

there is a wondeful thing gold cannot buy that is a boleesing that is rare and true

4)   The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." -William James

All we have is all we need

5) There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human – in not having to be just happy or just sad – in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.” ―C. JoyBell C.

And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world...

6)   The Power of Kindness "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia

Acting from a place of Love is a choice we get to make each day

7)  He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses courage loses all. – Miguel de Cervantes

Youv'e only got three choices in life

8)  "Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free, "Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be, and when we find ourselves in the place just right ,"Twill be in the valley of love and delight – Shaker Hym

Your life is a result of the choices you make

9)  “You are love. Your true essence is love. Be aware that you are love in all you do, say, think, feel, smell, taste or know, and you will be happy and healthy all the days of your life.” – Margaret Ann Lembo

Your mother is always with you she is the wisper among the leaves

10)  "When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money… but that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact–and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you." -Steve Jobs

Be nice to people the world can be a difficult place and we all neeed a little help sometimes

I hope you enjoy, finding something that is from with you, remember make what ever you feel or think worth while to you your family friends and strangers. All the love in the world is not enough unless it comes from the heart.

Gray Lawrence

Like you, I am a human being filled with joys, fears, frustrations, and hopes. And, like you, I want to be understood, accepted, and appreciated. — Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you. -  Jeff Warner

If you would like more of this do let me know, all the best  Gray

Dealing with Discouragement

“Recognize that you have the ability to change your perception, thus your health. The mind-body connection exists in all of us.”                      – Cheryln Cluse-Howard

 

Dealing with discouragement is never easy.

Though we all hope for success at every turn of life, sometimes life decides to deal us a poor hand, and in those moments we are forced to maintain our

composure and find any possible way to remain optimistic about the future.

Develope your own compass and trust it                                                                      If you’re familiar with the subject of positive psychology you’ve likely been introduced to the topic of daily positive affirmations, and you might also be aware that those daily positive affirmations can be used to quiet pain and discomfort, heal the mind and comfort the soul in times of difficulty.

Though we can’t determine when or how difficulties will come our way, we can open our minds to the simple messages of truth and love otherwise known as  positive affirmations.
If you’ve never become acquainted with positive affirmations in the past, here is your chance.
Today we’re counting down the seven daily positive affirmations that can remedy any discouraging situation.

1: I Don’t Need to Pity Myself, Because I’m a Gift to the World

Perhaps the most important thing we can give each other is our attentionIt’s easy to feel self-pity when you’re lacking social support or the presence of others, but in the end you have to tell yourself that you’re too important to feel sorry for yourself.

If you feel alone and sad, remember that you are a gift to all those around you, and without you, this world would not be the same. Tell yourself those words over and over again until you can honestly admit that you truly are a gift.

2: I Know How to Make the Right Choices for Me

Life has its pains and evils its bitter disapppointmentsMaking life decisions (especially important decisions), never seems quite as easy as it should be.

Negative thinking comes naturally if you’re afraid of making an incorrect decision because of past mistakes, or because you’re so concerned about the future that you can’t imagine messing it up with one small alteration to your current path. Either way, you need to learn to trust yourself with your own life. Understand that you are the captain of your life, and as long as you can trust you, everything will ALWAYS work out. No exceptions.

3: I Inhale Calmness and Exhale Anxiety

You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by themThings happen everyday that cause us fear or anxiety, but there is a way to handle those situations.

Each time you feel like you’re incapable of making it through a difficult moment in your life, try telling yourself that each time you breathe in you’re inhaling feelings of calmness, and each time you exhale you’re breathing out the fear and anxiety. It may take some getting used to, but in time you’ll be able to master your own fear.

4: I Choose to Replace Anger With Forgiveness and Compassion

By refusing to allow stress into your life you can keep your imune system strongAnger can cause us unnecessary stress and actually damage the health of our bodies and minds over time. Some individuals are more prone to anger than others, but everyone can make the choice to replace anger with forgiveness and compassion, including you and I.

Next time you feel your body fill with anger, tell yourself that you choose to not be angry at the mistakes of others, your own poor choices, or the natural events of life. Instead choose to forgive others for their mistakes, forgive yourself for your own mistakes, and fill your heart and soul with love and compassion.

5: I Choose Hope and Optimism Over Pessimism

Stay strong through the storms lof lifeWhen negative thoughts enter your mind, it’s easy to become a slave to those thoughts and give up hope of a better day. But even though it’s difficult, it’s still possible with a little extra effort.

The next time you sense a negative thought entering your mind, remind yourself that you’ve committed to choose hope and optimism. Tell yourself that even though today may not be as rewarding as you’d hoped it to be, you’ll garner lessons from it and be better prepared to enjoy the positive blessings of tomorrow.

6: I Choose to See Friends and Loved Ones as a Gift

love because it is the only true adventureYour loved ones are in your life for a reason. Sometimes we just need a shoulder to cry on, or we need someone to tell us that we’re on the right track. You shouldn’t base all your self-confidence on what others believe you to be, but if you can admit that your loved ones are a gift, you won’t feel so alone when problems come your way.

7: I’ve Dealt With Hardship, and Because of That I’m a Stronger Person

No one is exempt from life trials, but the people who deal with them best are the ones who garner strength from previous struggles.

Decisions prove to be hardest to make especial;y when it is a choiceIf you admit defeat whenever a difficult situation arises, you’ll be one step closer to letting negative thoughts and feelings invade your life. If on the other hand you choose to recognize your hardships and use that as a foundation for future hope and success, you’ll be better off for it.

Whenever a difficult trial comes, use this list of positive affirmations to remind yourself that you are strong Affirm Your Abundance.

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Success comes to those who become success-conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure-conscious.                   – Napoleon Hill

 

Gray Lawrence

The world Owes You Everything and nothing – Gray

 

An Elfs Tale

I am sorry but I could not pass this on without a showing of Elves, well what is Christmas without them..  “ATTITUDE”

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An Elf’s Tale From Chicken Soup for the Soul (Jack Canfield): Christmas Cheer

It was six o’clock at the mall, and I was as exhausted as an elf on Christmas Eve. In fact, I was an elf and it was Christmas Eve. That December of my sixteenth year, I’d been working two jobs to help my parents with my school tuition and to make a little extra holiday money. My second job was as an elf for Santa to help with kids’ photos. Between my two jobs, I’d worked twelve hours straight the day before; on Christmas Eve, things were so busy at Santa land that I hadn’t even had a coffee break all day. But this was it — only minutes more, and I’d have survived!

I looked over at Shelly, our manager, and she gave me an encouraging smile. She was the reason I’d made it through. She’d been thrown in as manager halfway through the season, and she’d made all the difference in the world. My job had changed from stress-filled to challenging. Instead of yelling at her workers to keep us in line, she encouraged us and stood behind us. She made us pull together as a team. Especially when things were their craziest, she always had a smile and an encouraging word. Under her leadership, we’d achieved the highest number of mall photo sales in California.

I knew it was a difficult holiday season for her — she’d recently suffered a miscarriage. I hoped she knew how great she was and what a difference she’d made to all her workers, and to all the little children who’d come to have their pictures taken.

Our booth was open until seven; at six, things started to slow down and I finally took a break. Although I didn’t have much money, I really wanted to buy a little gift for Shelly so that she’d know we appreciated her. I got to a store that sold soap and lotion just as they put the grate down. "Sorry, we’re closed!" barked the clerk, who looked as tired as I was and didn’t sound sorry at all.

I looked around and, to my dismay, found that all the stores had closed. I’d been so tired I hadn’t noticed.

I was really bummed. I had been working all day and had missed buying her a present by one minute.

On my way back to the Santa booth, I saw that Nordstrom was still open. Fearful that they, too, would close at any moment, I hurried inside and followed the signs toward the Gift Gallery. As I rushed through the store, I began to feel very conspicuous. It seemed the other shoppers were all very well-dressed and wealthy — and here I was a broke teenager in an elf costume. How could I even think I’d find something in such a posh store for under fifteen dollars?

I self-consciously jingled my way into the Gift Gallery. A woman sales associate, who also looked as if she’d just stepped off a fashion runway, came over and asked if she could help me. As she did, everyone in the department turned and stared.

As quietly as possible, I said, "No, that’s okay. Just help somebody else."

She looked right at me and smiled. "No," she said. "I want to help you."

I told the woman who I was buying for and why, then I sheepishly admitted I only had fifteen dollars to spend. She looked as pleased and thoughtful as if I’d just asked to spend $1500. By now, the department had emptied, but she carefully went around, selecting a few things that would make a nice basket. The total came to $14.09.

The store was closing; as she rang up the purchase, the lights were turned off.

I was thinking that if I could take them home and wrap them, I could make them really pretty but I didn’t have time.

As if reading my mind, the saleslady asked, "Do you need this wrapped?"

"Yes," I said.

By now the store was closed. Over the intercom, a voice asked if there were still customers in the store. I knew this woman was probably as eager to get home on Christmas Eve as everybody else, and here she was stuck waiting on some kid with a measly purchase.

But she was gone in the back room a long time. When she returned, she brought out the most beautiful basket I’d ever seen. It was all wrapped up in silver and gold, and looked as if I’d spent fifty dollars on it — at least. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy!

When I thanked her, she said, "You elves are out in the mall spreading joy to so many people, I just wanted to bring a little joy to you."

"Merry Christmas, Shelly," I said back at the booth. My manager gasped when she saw the present; she was so touched and happy that she started crying. I hoped it gave a happy start to her Christmas.

All through the holidays, I couldn’t stop thinking about the kindness and effort of the saleswoman, and how much joy she had brought to me, and in turn to my manager. I thought the least I could do was to write a letter to the store and let them know about it. About a week later, I got a reply from the store, thanking me for writing.

I thought that was the end of it, until mid-January.

That’s when I got a call from Stephanie, the sales associate. She wanted to take me to lunch. Me, a fifteen-dollar, sixteen-year-old customer.

When we met, Stephanie gave me a hug, and a present, and told me this story.

She had walked into a recent employee meeting to find herself on the list of nominees to be named the Nordstrom All-Star. She was confused but excited, as she had never before been nominated. At the point in the meeting when the winner was announced, they called Stephanie — she’d won! When she went up front to accept the award, her manager read my letter out loud. Everyone gave her a huge round of applause.

Winning meant that her picture was put up in the store lobby, she got new business cards with Nordstrom All-Star written on them, a 14-karat gold pin, a 100-dollar award, and was invited to represent her department at the regional meeting.

At the regional meeting, they read my letter and everyone gave Stephanie a standing ovation. "This is what we want all of our employees to be like!" said the manager who read the letter. She got to meet three of the Nordstrom brothers, who were each very complimentary.

I was already a little overwhelmed when Stephanie took my hand. "But that’s not the best part, Tyree," she said. "The day of that first store meeting, I took a list of the nominees, and put your letter behind it, with the 100-dollar bill behind that. I took it home and gave it to my father. He read everything and looked at me and said, "When do you find out who won?"

"I said, ‘I won, Dad.’"

"He looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Stephanie, I’m really proud of you.’"

Quietly, she said, "My dad has never said he was proud of me."

I think I’ll remember that moment all my life. That was when I realized what a powerful gift appreciation can be. Shelly’s appreciation of her workers had set into motion a chain of events — Stephanie’s beautiful basket, my letter, Nordstrom’s award — that had changed at least three lives.

Though I’d heard it all my life, it was the Christmas when I was an elf — and a broke teenager — that I truly came to understand that the littlest things can make the biggest difference

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Gray Lawrence

Your vision is in Your Mind

WISHING YOU ALL A

WONDERFUL FESTIVE SEASON

AND NEW YEAR

Successful networker Be Inspired the gifts of life

 

Live each day as if it were your last, and you’ll develop a keen respect for opportunity.
If you had only one more day on this earth, how much sharper your senses would be. The beauty of nature, the simple pleasures of life, would be indescribably wonderful, and every moment would present an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and strengthen relationships with friends, acquaintances, and business associates. Every thought would be laser-sharp in that highly focused state. Well, today is the last day on earth for today’s opportunities. Don’t let them pass you by. – Napoleon Hill

 

The 6 Gifts of Life

 

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Life has offered me six most valuable gifts that I carry with me wherever I go. Because of these gifts, I can say, I am proud to have lived this life and proud of everything I have accomplished.  By Claire McGee

1. Scars
Every scar shows the quality of strength. When you see someone with scars, know that they have an amazing story to share. His or her strength to keep moving forward and overcome what gave them the scars is of great value to themselves and to everyone he or she comes in contact with. It takes strength to know they can get through anything.

2. A Sad Face
Every sad face shows the quality of compassion. It’s okay to be sad. One must always be true to themself in order to move past any situation. For those who have been sad, be proud! It is these experiences that you learn the heart of compassion and how to truly care for others. Treating people with kindness and utmost respect is an extremely valuable attribute.

3. A Broken Body

3. A Broken Body
Every broken body shows the quality of perseverance. When a person wakes up every day and is reminded that their body is challenged in comparison to others, they keep moving forward. They smile, laugh, cry, love, and motivate themselves each and every day. The perseverance these amazing individuals posses is something worthy of admiration.

4. A Broken Heart
Every broken heart shows the quality of love. You can only truly love someone when you love yourself. This is the ultimate gift life offers and for many, it takes a lifetime to achieve. To look in the mirror, smile and think “You’re amazing. I love you!” — no matter where you have been or what you have done — is all the other qualities combined. When you do this, you give unconditional love to all. Truly a blessed person can say they have been hurt in their lifetime and therefore value and know love.

5. A Sad Story
Every sad story shows the quality of determination. When you feel sad and look at your memories with this difficult feeling, it is a challenge indeed. When you continue to move forward with grace and gratitude, you truly have the determination and what it takes to win. It is through these difficult times where individuals find that inner quality to keep going and never give up.

6. Every Experience — Good Or Bad
Every experience you have had or will have, gives the quality of wisdom. All experiences you have throughout your life give you the special gift of knowledge. Life is about choices based on this knowledge. With each passing day and with each glorious age, you gain the ability to be both a teacher and student. The wisdom is to know what to do with it to make a positive difference. Those people who make a positive difference every day are truly wise indeed.

Strength, Compassion, Perseverance, Love, Determination, and Wisdom are all a reflection of one word: Life.

Celebrate your life! I respect you for doing the very best you can. For that, you are truly amazing!

"Don’t let others define you. Don’t let the past confine you. Take charge of your life with confidence and determination and there are no limits on what you can do or be." Michael Josephson

Gray Lawrence

Ambitious & Successful Networker

Life is The Sum of All Our Choices – Albert Camus

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