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Be Careful Little Ears What You Listen To

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Do you know that not everyone believes in your dreams? Do you know that either actively or passively there are people whose very presence chips away at your visions and aspirations? Do you know that while you might have started off planning to construct a castle the negative influence of others can scale it down to a dilapidated hut? Do you know that what you hear affects what you see and what you do? Do you know that where you cast your vision verbally affects when and how you implement it? Do you know it...

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Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

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Social media can be equal parts wonderful and worrisome. It introduces one to a much bigger and broader world that exists outside our own. It ushers our target markets right to our fingertips, keeps us abreast on daily happenings and it provides encouragement, inspiration and humour from millions of miles away. On the other hand, social media can foster comparison, it may fan insecurities and feelings of inadequacy individuals already possess and struggle with. Social media really is what you make it. Where you are (mentally, emotionally, etc.) and how you structure your account and...

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Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

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  ‘If it is not going to matter in 5 years do not worry about it for more than 5 minutes.’   I came across this phrase about 29 months ago and fell in love. In the past I had a tendency to worry about things. I define worry as ‘obsessing over a particular situation and considering for an immense amount of time possible outcomes (mostly negative) and how they might affect one. This activity is accompanied by inaction and other symptoms: tense shoulders, tight jaw, getting lost in one’s thoughts, and an inability to live in the present...

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Eenie Meenie Miny Me!

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The invitations are out The firewood is in She's bout to lay down So please come in Come with your needs Come with your wants Make sure you come needy Because she can only do this once   Gather around Make sure you are alert Get ready to take your pound of flesh She knows it will hurt She's braced herself She's ready for the final fall So come one Kindly come all   You can arrive whenever She will never say 'no' As long as she can respond There's still a chance to catch the glow Have a seat Or stand up close Livestream on social media Anything goes   The bonfire will be large It shall be a blaze of glory Cuz she's throwing everything on the...

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Weather Forecast: A Change is Coming 2.0.1.8.

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Sometimes a day does not end well. Sometimes a week is filled with innumerable trials. Sometimes an entire year can be labeled one giant test or one immense challenge. Sometimes you don't have glowing testimonials and amazing accomplishments to post on your social media or share round the dinner table as the clock counts down. Sometimes you are silent while others speak on what a wonderful life changing year it has been. Maybe it was not wonderful for you at all. Or maybe your life simply did not change for the better. Perhaps it even...

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Eyes on the Prize

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  “Ready, Set, Go!!!”   As the gun went off Zara popped up and sprung into action. She could feel the adrenaline coursing through her veins. She had been training for this marathon – changing her eating habits, lifting weights to strengthen her legs and running; boy had she been running! She went for early morning runs, after work runs, lunchtime treadmill sessions at her office gym (when she could fit them in). She had put in so much and had seen her body, strength and even her thinking change. Today was the day and she was off...

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Desperate in the Oasis (part 4)

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“Please Jasmine, just let me explain,” Laurent begged, desperately.   Laurent closed the gap between them and picked up the broken shards from the bowl that had fallen when Jasmine tripped. She stowed them safely under a nearby shrub and came back to where Jasmine was still frozen in place. Then she knelt down and wiped away the congealed porridge on Jasmine’s feet with the hem her robe. She looked up at Jasmine, eyes glistening with tears and pleading for understanding.   “My dearest friend,” she tried again, her voice cracking.   Jasmine sighed a deep sigh and reached down to...

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An Oasis in the Desert (Part 3)

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"'Receive graciously,' he said. 'Give always,' he advised." Jasmine muttered under her breath. Fuming at the thought of Mikhal's parting advice.   She knew none of this was actually his fault, but when emotions overwhelm one it is easiest to become defensive and cast a wide net of blame. Mikhal had been caught in Jasmine’s. After all, he was the one who set her on the path that led to this point. He was the one who encouraged and inspired her to pay the good he had done forward. He was the one who defied the terrible...

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Deserted in the Oasis (Part 2)

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The sun was high in the sky by the time Jasmine regained consciousness. She sat up slowly squinting while she rubbed the sand grains off her face and forearms. She looked around again, dismayed that all her hard work over the last week had been ruined by what was indeed a sandstorm. The temporary shelter she had erected was  scattered everywhere, sand grains had encroached on the space she had meticulously cleared and swept and most importantly that which she had feared had come upon her.   When Jasmine had seen five horses carrying men wearing white robes with...

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A Desert in the Oasis (Part I)

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Once upon a time there lived a young lady who was a nomad. Her name was Jasmine and today was her birthday. It was more significant than any other birthday because Jasmine had reached the “age of maturity” and therefore certain protocols had to be observed. Today was the day she prepared to separate from her entire family. Based on their nomadic culture Jasmine was required to become fully independent no later than two moons after this particular birthday. Over the course of her lifetime her family had relocated every five years, this fifth move...

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