"If you make your relationship with your Inner Being your top priority, and you deliberately choose thoughts that allow your alignment, you will consistently offer the greatest advantage to the others with whom you interact. Only when you are aligned with your Source do you have anything to offer another. If your behavior is influenced by your desire to keep another person happy, you will lose your connection to your Source.* And it is not possible for you to be happy unless you are in alignment with your Source. Without that alignment, you have nothing to offer another. Rather than attempting the impossible task of trying to behave in ways that please others, show them the ease of finding your consistent alignment...with your own happiness."
This is taken from a Daily Meditation from the teachings of Abraham, a resource of inspiration I've enjoyed for several years now.
Some of my friends may find fault with these "teachings," but I don't really care. Why?
I march to the beat of my own drum.
And if that drum is different from theirs; well, that's exactly the point. For more years than I care to count, I have lived in the shadow of "making others happy before myself." And frankly, I'm just sorry it took me 50+ years to fully realize it. Furthermore, beginning in 2017, I'm going to make a concentrated effort to Say Goodbye To Making Others Happy.
Having found someone with whom I'm completely happy, someone who allows (and even appreciates) all that I am, and someone who brings such JOY to my life...well, I can't imagine living any other way. Ever. And I will embrace that love and joy with all that I am!
I encourage you to do likewise. Find Your Personal Joy.
Whether your joy lies in art, commerce, singing, dancing, defending, helping, creating, crafting, dreaming, inventing ... Do It With All Your Might And Focus.
In this coming New Year, Chase Your Dreams With Reckless Abandon.
Don't allow others to: tell you what to do, how to live your life, with whom you choose to align yourself, where to plant your roots, how to manage your education, which call to make, how to channel your inner artist, when to make the next jump, or where that jump will land.
Go. Your. Own. Way.
IF this sounds like some pseudo-pop-intellectual-mojo-potato-half-baked-psychotherapeutic-mumbo-jumbo ... it isn't. It's my heartbeat.
There comes a time in everyone's life (or should) when they decide (1) This may be the only life I will live; the only trip on this journey, and (2) I'm going to do everything in my power to make it the best it can be, because (3) I deserve to live the life I desire, and (4) This Is What I Want.
So, my Word Of Encouragement for 2017? Spend these last several hours of 2016 to meditate, simmer, percolate, marinate, ponder, envision, contemplate, and consider:
WHAT CHOICES WILL YOU MAKE FOR THE LIFE YOU DREAM IN 2017?
I will be here to encourage you every step of the way, without judgement, disagreement, hatred, argument, or otherwise. I'm here to simply support in love and with joy.
Get Out There & Live Large.
*Source: God (He, She, They), Higher Power, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Allah, Guru, Big Man Upstairs, Her Supreme Being, The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus In The Sky, Whoknowswhat
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