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Thursday, December 24, 2009

How great is your mind?

“Great minds discuss ideas; 
Average minds discuss events; 
Small minds discuss people.” 
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Need some ideas to talk about? 

How about a list of questions to ask when you're with your friends and family?
  • What inspires you to be your best?
  • What do you do to get over disappointment?
  • What makes you feel successful?
  • If you could give the world a gift, what would it be?
  • Have you learned tools to manage anger? What are they?
  • Is there something you thought was impossible but then you accomplished it? What would you share with someone else who's struggling?
  • What is the last book you read and what did you love about it? Was there an idea that you would challenge? 
  • What is your favorite quote, and why?
  • Name one or two of the kindest things people have done for you.
  • What gives your life meaning?
 Expand your great mind!
(Please leave a comment below to add to the list.)

Aunt Laya 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Confident. Not mousy, not cocky. Confident.

Confident. Not mousy, not cocky. Confident. 
 In Balance!!!
Walk through this life and know that you are precious; you have great value! Not more precious than anyone else, and not less precious than anyone else either.

Life is not about what you accomplish. It is not about how you look or who you're friends with. It is about who you are; you know the "human being," not the "human doing."

When people think too much of themselves 
or too little of themselves, 
it is the same ego problem. 
 Modesty or humility, means that you know who you are, both in your glory and in your simpleness. If you think you're terrible, ugly, shameful, useless, then you have an ego problem. If you think you are better, higher, or more valuable, you have an ego problem. The test here is to understand how very precious you are. And to see how precious other people are too.

I do not want people to sink into despair this holiday season. I want you to understand how loved and lovable you are. You may not see it now, but keep your eyes open and keep your heart open. If you don't feel lovable, are you loving others? Will you let in the love others have for you? Poor is not better than rich, pretty is not better than plain, and no one knows what is really going on in the heart of another. So you have choices. You can choose joy, you can reach out to ask for help, you can reach out to give support, you can wallow in self-pity, you can take one more step, you can find a safe place to rest for a while, you can ask for what you need or... what?

Be kind to others and give yourself the same gift: Be kind to yourself! This is called giving the benefit of the doubt. Do you need ideas about how to do this? Leave comments if you want ideas or if you have ideas to share. You can comment anonymously or email me through my website for privacy.

Blessing of the day: May you see the best in yourself and continue to grow in beautiful ways. May you find gratitude in each day. May you look for and find what is good in yourself and in others.

You can do this!
Aunt Laya

Thanks to and (taliesin) Mary R. Vogt for the photo.
(for more photos by Mary, have a look at my video 
where I used a whole bunch of her photos)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gift for the Holidays?

This is still a good gift for yourself or for giving!

Aunt Laya

Feeling Sorry for Yourself?

Step into the change that you want for yourself.  
Be that which you want to bring into this world.
One man rising for himself becomes the inspiration for another man to change the face of his nation. This isn't about drama, this is about taking one step at a time to realize and become who you can be--whether you do it quietly for yourself or your family, or whether you do it in a big way. It all matters. You matter.  You can be who you are meant to be. One breath at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time. Tears, heart, dissappointments, failures, triumphs.

I hope the following story inspires you as it did me.
(If it's hard to see well on the blog, here's the link:

Aunt Laya