Recently, I discovered a great author, Lucinda Bassett. She wrote two wonderful books ("Life Without Limits" and "From Panic to Power") and I specially like the following paragraph:

"It is time to reclaim your power. You must learn to appreciate yourself, right now, exactly as you are, even though there are things you would like to change. You must begin to believe in yourself and know that you are incredible and full of potential. It all begins with attitude and what you say when you talk to yourself. Don't give your power away. Don't let a negative attitude or negative thinking, yours or someone else's keep you from living a fun, full, contented life. Begin now to change the person you are to the person you know you have the potential to become."

I like to read books that inspire me, that make me feel good, that motivate me to achieve my goals and dreams and to become a better person; books with positive messages. I also like to collect inspirational thoughts. There's too much negativity in this world and if we read or hear too many negative things, it will definitely affect us; it will affect our psyche, our outlook on life. We are all in many ways fascinated with doom and gloom, with bad news, with the darker side of humankind; but we have to be careful. If we only see the bad in the world, the bad in people, the bad in every situation, we will start believing that there's nothing good to live for - and that is WRONG. This world is a beautiful place, there are many wonderful people out there and many beautiful things! It is up to us whether we want to live in happiness or in misery - we have the power to choose. It is up to us whether we want to live in heaven or live in hell. We have to learn to think positive and to always look for the best in everything. Our minds are powerful; we have the power to create our own reality and live a happy and rewarding life.

Other favorite authors are: Leo Buscaglia, Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, J. Donald Walters, Bernie Siegel, Iyanla Vanzant, H. Jackson Brown, Marianne Williamson, Peace Pilgrim, Les Brown, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jim Dreaver, Deepak Choprah, Susan Polis Schutz, Joshua Loth Liebman, Gerald Jampolsky, Diane Cirincione, The Dalai Lama, Susan L. Taylor. They all have been great teachers to me. But there are so many great people out there, so many great writers, it's hard to pick the best. If you look you'll find the right books for you. You can take the advice or leave it, just follow your heart. Trust yourself always, you have all the answers within you, but we all need some guidance sometimes. Find ways to motivate yourself and to make yourself happy. Ultimately, you have the power to control your life and to help yourself.

"It is your life; so make sure you are doing what is best for you.  Keep in mind that this may mean that you have to say NO to other people, as well as to certain commitments that you have already made. It is better to stay true to yourself than continue on a path that doesn't resonate with you but that may be pleasing to others. Your first obligation is to yourself."

(A friend from work gave me this, I hope you like it as much as I do...)

Remember, you have the power to choose what you want to do with your life. You have the power to make your life happy!

"Happiness is a habit ... learn to cultivate it!"

"The beauty of the world surrounds us always, but we have to keep our eyes open to see it."

"With great power comes great responsibility..."

"Nothing can hurt you unless you give it the power to do so."

You Can Make a Difference in Your World

It's not how much you accomplish in life
that really counts,
but how much you give to others.
It's not how high you build your dreams
that makes a difference,
but how high your faith can climb.
It's not how many goals you reach,
but how many lives you touch.
It's not who you know that matters,
but who you are inside.

Believe in the impossible,
hold tight to the incredible
and live each day to its fullest potential.
You can make a difference in your world...

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

(I highly recommend Lucinda Bassett's book "Life Without Limits" - 2001 Copyright by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. A great place to buy new or used books at great prices is "". You can also try "".)

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