“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

butterfly“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

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10 Life Lessons From a Navy Seal

navy sealThis inspiring piece has been circulating on the web recently and I wanted to share it with you:

10 Life Lessons From a Navy Seal

Please take the time to read it! It is primarily about overcoming many of the obstacles that life throws at us. Failures make us stronger. If you can motivate yourself into dealing with life’s hardships, you will be better suited to assist others with making this world a better place.

 

Photo credit: Lifebuzz.com (The University of Texas at Austin, Marsha Miller)

 

Life Experiences, Not Things, Make You Happier

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In case you were wondering what to spend your tax return on, you may want to avoid the mall and look into a fulfilling experience instead! Researchers have discovered, unsurprisingly, that people tend to spend their money on material goods, assuming that goods are of higher “value.” In reality, our long-term happiness depends more on experiences than on our possessions, which typically only deliver instant gratification. Consider purchasing a vacation package, trying a new activity for the first time, or even spending that money volunteering or taking a fun class.

Check out the article and video here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/03/life-experiences-happier-material-things_n_5072591.html

You have value.

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I saw this recently and wanted to share it:

“A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you — but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.

You are special — don’t ever forget it.”

-Author unknown