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More Thoughts of the Day...by Brian Norris

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Part 10. A continuation of thoughts and ideas for the weary optimist, written by Brian Norris. These reflect on a variety of topics including, kindness, passion, life, our connection to God and his creations, relationships, being happy, taking action, the value of touch, love, and dealing with negative events and people.

Many of them will be included in Brian's next book. If you would like to reserve a copy, email Brian and he will add you to the waiting list.

MAY

Today's Thought: When in doubt about a decision that intrigues you, sleep on it for a day. If you still can't come up with an earth shattering reason not to do it (embarrassment, minor setbacks, & fear don't count as earth shattering) – go for it!

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Today's Thought: If you're going to be addicted to anything it may as well be to being kind (to yourself and to the people you meet). Just be kind, be it a warm smile, a sincere compliment, a genuine hug, handshake or kiss of gratitude. A few will question your motives. Others, scared to death of you. Still, Kindness is an addiction I can live with.

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Today's Thought: I believe that our thoughts & intentions can physically affect the world around us. The problem arises in matters of competing prayers (i.e. we can't all win the lottery & that perfect someone is already spoken for).

But what if we ALL pray for the oil spill to just "disappear" or for every tank, missile, and weapon to just stop working at the same time? Think about it collectively. What's the worst that can happen!?

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Today's Thought: In life, one of anything is generally more than enough. This is especially true of margaritas, Krispy Kremes, full time jobs, root canals, audits, a$$holes, scratch off lottery tickets and the number of lovers in your life at any given time! :)

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Today's Thought: Rather that waiting for the day you can retire so that you can do what you really love, seriously look for ways to do what you really love now. Even if it's only part-time or as a hobby or volunteer basis at first. With all the uncertainty tucked into the crevices of every "tomorrow", today may very be the only real shot you ever have of "going for it."

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Today's Thought: Say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said. It's not fair to you or your body to keep it bottled up inside, percolating beneath the painted surface; causing your muscles and the rest of you to live in a constant state of pain.

So speak it. Write it. Or get to a gym or massage therapist to work it out. Give yourself permission to set the words & memory(ies) free and then move forward.

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Today's Thought: If your personal energy is a limited currency then be mindful of how you spend it. Be careful not to waste your energy on actions, thoughts and intentions that are ultimately wasteful and unhealthy. Negativity can become a very expensive investment & the return just isn't worth it.

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Today's Thought: Life really is quite remarkable... if only you allow it to be.

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Today's Thought: If you want to delve further into a person's true nature present them with a scenario that includes 100 positive outcomes and 3 negative outcomes. Simply observe which outcomes the person instantly obsesses over.

Do they automatically assume the 100 positives were flukes? Do they instantly assume the 3 negatives were accurate without looking at the circumstances? Life isn't always rosy and hunky dory. But it sure the heck need not be gray & negative all the time either!

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Today's Thought: Sometimes it's best to let people come to the conclusion that's right for them; a conclusion they're prepared to handle emotionally and mentally at this moment in time.

We evolve differently because we experience life differently. Some people accept everything they’re told as gospel. Their brains find comfort in following the flock even when the warning signs say they shouldn’t.

If you choose to pursue knowledge, to try new things, to seek a path that leads to enlightenment, accept that you may have to travel alone.

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Today's Thought: You deserve to be happy. If you can only be happy by putting others down, or by putting yourself into a constant state of intoxication or drug dependency then you also deserve to be shot (or at least are in need of a good therapist). Have a nice day!

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Today's Thought: Envious people are truly unattractive. Envious people reek of bitterness, anger and misery. Envy poisons every cell in their body. And still, they wonder why they're unhappy, alone, unhealthy and unmotivated. Yuck!

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Today's Thought: We are perfect beings who make imperfect decisions. It's a fact of life; a key to the bond between every human being. It's also why I try not to judge people, presume guilt, or shame others without knowing the full story first hand. People who claim perfection are generally crucified anyway.

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Today's Thought: Forgiveness is the ultimate revenge! What can your adversary or would-be hater do to affect your condition when they are drowned in your forgiveness?!

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Today's Thought: Kindness – the kind where you expect nothing in return, the kind that is not motivated by an attempt to buy forgiveness or redemption – is the most beautiful thing in the world. :)

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Today's Thought: People don't change. Options, motives and consequences do.

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Today's Thought: Whenever you come across that person with really bad energy; the one who feels they have a right to dump on you & anyone in the general vicinity, don't succumb to the desire to shove them off a balcony.

Instead, smile & walk away, content with the knowledge that you're not married to them.

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Today's Thought: Mother Nature keeps warning us that something big is brewing! Are you ready for a radical shift in how you live and how you think? Are you taking the extra step to you treasure the few moments of normalcy you may have left??? Or will you be the frog in the boiling water too preoccupied to notice the water getting hotter and hotter?

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Today's Thought: Beware of cute innocent-looking dogs who like to prance around with little regard for where or who or what they land on. This advice applies to people too; so be mindful of who you let your guard down around. "Cute" & trust seldom go hand in hand.

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Today's Thought: If you're not rocking the boat then you're probably sinking and don't even know it.

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Today's Thought: Your back is a canvas. As my hands move across it, your muscles reveal your story, laying out your secrets, your unresolved issues, your highs and your lows. Although it may be scary to know that you are an open book, your secrets are always safe with me. Whatever you do, just keep breathing.

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Today's Thought: When people anger you they control you. Find a way to vent without taking it out on others or letting it affect your judgment or perspective. No one is worth stripping you of your self control... so practice letting go.

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Today's Thought: The long walk together through the forest this morning ... sitting here watching my wife sleep peacefully, her head resting on my lap... I thank the universe for the chance to escape work for a few days and just be with her. While careers & a strong work ethic matter, those quiet moments together with the person you cherish are what matter most of all.

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Today's Thought: If you insist on living a life devoid of humor or find yourself unable to be anything other than politically correct do us all a favor and just stay home.

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Today's Thought: "What you do" and "who you are" are not the same thing. Listen to yourself & hear what you say at the beginning of a sentence to justify an action or belief. When you start using roles to legitimatize your behavior there is a problem.

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Today's thought: They're your memories. It's your past. You have the right to rewrite your trauma and edit your experiences in any way you choose. So blot out the bullies. Confront or erase the abusers. Say the words you should have said the first time.

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Today's Thought: Whenever you decide to take a trip into your past, be certain that you have a way to get back to the present, keep your journey short, don't bring back any unwanted hitchhikers or outdated souvenirs, & be sure to pack plenty of forgiveness.

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Today's Thought: The universe blesses those who keep their appointments. :)

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Today's Thought: Despite my gift of gab, I most value my ability to keep quiet long enough to hear, feel and see what's really being said. In silent dialog, the body & spirit reveals its truth. I find that listening takes us to places where words fear to tread - a place of healing, forgiveness and rebirth.

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