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Part 6 of Daily Thoughts & Ideas for the Weary Optimist...by Brian Norris

Preface - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Part 6 of a collection 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.

SEPTEMBER

Today's Thought: At some point in our life the benefits derived from the beautiful certainty of familiar love & consistent companionship outweigh the benefits derived from the exhilarating yet brief intensity of new found lust. Keep this in mind when deciding what & who to focus your thoughts and energies on today.

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Today's Thought: Keep it simple. The fewer the steps the better. You can be exceptional at what you do without being overly complicated. Your life can be fun without needless drama. There are times when over thinking is warranted, but this moment probably isn't one of those times.

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Today's Thought: No matter how familiar you are with your "job", keep looking for ways to improve how you do it. You'll find that personal joy often comes in small degrees of improvement. Salvation is in the details, so cherish them.

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Today's Thought: What are you going to say when you get to heaven and you see God and Satan leisurely playing a game of chess, enjoying a freshly poured glass of celestial wine together to celebrate your arrival?

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Today's Thought: In the end, kindness always prevails. It may not seem like it, but when you know that you acted out of pure kindness -- untethered from ulterior motives or expectations of reciprocity -- you feel better, you sleep better, you live better. And it generally annoys the hell out of the person who tried to get to you. That alone, is priceless. :)

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Today's Thought: Listening to half an hour of music produces the same effect of taking 10mg of Valium. A moderate to deep pressure massage decreases anxiety, lowers cortisol levels & improves your ability to get restorative sleep, all without drugs. So....The music is queued. The lights are dimmed. The heated massage table & soft pillow await you. See you soon! :)

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Today's Thought: Career politicians with limited political capital are the last people you should expect to do the right thing. Your cause -- even if it is the fair, sensible, rational position to take -- will die on the vine unless you can guarantee that the elected official gets to keep their job. What price would you pay to keep YOUR job?

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Today's Thought. I was searching for non-violent ways to kill pesky fruit flies and have discovered that a small bottle of raspberry flavored Smirnoff left open does the trick quite nicely. Try this with pesky humans too. I bet it works just as well. :)

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Today's Thought: I believe that the most effective prayers are those spoken quietly, alone and without adornment. Those compelled to holler their elaborate prayers in public likely want people to hear them, not God or his angels.

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Today's Thought: Ye who habitually act all holier than thou likely needs a closet much bigger than most. For this is the only way that Ye can keep all those skeletons hidden.

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Today's Thought: Sometimes, the best response is no response at all. This is a beautifully effective way to piss off the would-be antagonist. :)

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Today's Thought: Make forgiveness a daily part of your regimen. It should be as common as brushing your teeth. Gargle away the bad taste left by the person who did you wrong, floss away the stubborn pieces of resentment that get stuck in the cracks of you daily thoughts, and brush away the fuzzy film that deters you from revealing that otherwise beautiful smile.

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Today's Thought: If we have the power to get whatever we want, doesn't it stand to reason that we want whatever it is that we ultimately get? I doubt the universe cares whether you call it a curse, a blessing, a consequence, karma, justice or luck. Everything we have/get is a response to our decisions, actions & thoughts (or the lack of thereof).

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Today's Thought: Life might break our hearts, but the heart can repair itself. Tragedy might drain us our hope, but we can be refilled. Bad choices and the consquences they bring might strip us of our child-like optimism, but we can find reasons to smile again and see the goodness in one another, however hidden.

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We don't really need to look 18 forever. We have better things to pre-occupy our days than chasing some bottled Fountain of Youth. So don't let marketers, the media or a youth obsessed culture try to convince you otherwise. These bodies are just an illusion anyways.

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Today's Thought: The only person truly obstructing your path -- be it to spiritual or economic bliss, or to physical or mental balance -- is you.

You invest so much energy hunting for people or events to blame for your misfortune or anger. Then you spend more time finding people who agree with you. Finally you spend the last bit of energy you have trying to prove your position. And you wonder why you're so tired & "unlucky"?!

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Today's Thought: Save your sanity for someone who appreciates it, and that someone is not me, not her, and certainly not him. Nope, not them either. So, since no one appreciates the facade anyway, just be yourself. That's much better. Really....it is.

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Today's Thought: One of the easiest ways to feel freer and genuinely happy is to refrain from doing, giving, or saying things, with the expectation of getting or hearing them back.

Be kind because you like being kind, not because you expect people to return kindness. Say I love you because you want them to know it, not because you need them to say it back. Sure, most of us love to hear it back, it's human nature. But if you're driven solely by the need for reciprocation, you'll only end up frustrated and disappointed.

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Today's Thought: Use all the senses you were born with. Let no one or no thing bully you into shutting down your right to feel completely. Embrace the way things feel & the way it feels to be touched. Enjoy the colors, the aromas, the sounds. Be alive to the pleasures & the pains too.

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Today's Thought: Take time to stay grounded and to know what you want/need at this phase in your life. Establish a personal guideline to limit how much energy you're willing to invest in anything or anyone. Doing so protects you from becoming a casualty of someone else's agenda & frees you from playing the role of victim all over again.

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Today's Thought: Stretch several times a day (Especially after sitting on your ass or laying down for awhile). :)

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Today's Thought: Take a day off at least once a month. Even if it means spending the day indulging in simple pleasures like spooning, sleeping, eating, walking the dog, sitting by the pool and sleeping some more. The body needs the rest and the brain needs to practice focusing on things that have little to do with your occupation.

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Today's Thought: Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Just because you should doesn't mean you will. Just because you didn't doesn't make you right. And just because you want to doesn't make you wrong.

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Today's Thought: There's a song for every occasion & every emotion. In almost every genre of music we find the words, the lyrics, the innate power to lift us up, remind of us of our frailty, and hint at our unlimited divinity. So when all else fails, find a song you like and get your personal groove on. I, for one, will never laugh at you! :)

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Today's thought: I have a habit of giving thanks to God for all the good things that happen in my life and to the people around me. I wonder though if we should be equally consistent in thanking God for random destruction & disaster, for pain & failure, for rude people, red lights & bad coffee. Are we ignorant in giving the Creator credit for just the "good" stuff?

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Today's Thought: "Please" and "Thank you" have an amazing ability to consistently bring us closer to the things we want peacefully & pleasurably. Even in stressful moments, these simple words elegantly convey the 2 things almost everyone wants -- a little respect and appreciation.

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