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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back

Arthur Rubinstein.

 

Not long ago I stumbled across the Mark and Angel Hack Life blog and I am really glad I did. They offer some terrific insights. I especially liked todays since they subscribe to the view that you should look closly at what may be stealing happiness from your life and then when you find it, run! Well maybe not run but if you can recognize it when you see it you can work to avoid it. Like I said the other day if you want to get out of the rut then climb out just don’t keep walking in it. Here is an edited version of what they published today you can get the full article at http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/14/15-reasons-to-run-for-your-life/.

15 Reasons to Run for Your Life.

Don’t walk away from these situations, RUN!  Life is too precious not to. Start running from…

People who keep hurting you. – Stop wondering why people keep hurting you.  Ask yourself, “Why am I continuously allowing this to happen?”  Speak up.  Stand up for yourself.

Procrastination. – Sometimes we ask questions not to seek answers but to affirm something our soul knows already.  You’re not doing yourself a favor by merely hearing the same answer from people over and over again.  It is accepting the truth, making a conscious change and finally moving on to other things that is your answer.  Give your soul a chance to explore the life you are meant to live.

Impatience. – The principle part of faith is patience.  When we walk by faith there will be times when we hear and see nothing, and are tempted to aggravate a situation in the best effort to make things happen faster.  A faithful mind requires a patient will.  Things will not always seem to move fast enough in your life, but they are usually moving as fast as they should be.

Superficial stereotyping. – If you judge others by their skin color, their body size, and their outer beauty, you will miss EVERYTHING about who they really are.

Materialism. – No matter where life takes you, big cities or small towns, you will inevitably come across small minds – people who think they’re better than you – people who think that material possessions, dressing a certain way, driving a fancy car, etc. makes you a worthwhile human being.  But material things don’t matter.  What matters is having strength of character, integrity, and a sense of self-worth.

Rushed relationships. – Don’t rush into any kind of relationship.  Work on yourself.  Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself.  Do this first and you will soon you will get the attention of the right people, and gradually attract them into your life.

The reckless expectation of perfection. – Don’t berate others for not being perfect.  Admire them for not being fake.  Even though you probably sometimes get confused, you don’t really want your friends and lovers to be perfect.  What you do want is people you can trust, who treat you right – people you can act silly with, who love being around you as much as you love being around them.

People who only tell you what you want to hear. – It’s so easy to believe someone when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear.  But you have to watch what they do too.  Actions speak louder than words – actions speak the whole truth.

People who continuously overlook your worth. – You are not a back-up plan.  You are worth more than someone’s second choice.  Never settle for second best.  Always look out for number one.  Because you can’t expect to be someone else’s priority if you aren’t your own.

Situations that force you to be someone you’re not. – In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, the toughest battle you’ll ever have to fight is the battle to be yourself.  And as you’re fighting back, not everyone will like you.  Sometimes people will call you names because you’re “different.”  But that’s okay.  The things that make you different are the things that make YOU.

A long-term situation or routine that you hate. – It’s better to be a failure at something you love than to succeed at doing something you hate.  Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.  The best thing you can do in life is follow your intuition.  Take risks.  Don’t just make the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen.  If you do, nothing will ever happen.

The easy-street mentality. – Most great things must be earned.  There is no elevator to success; you must take the stairs.  So forget how you feel and remember what you deserve.  Right NOW is always the best time to break out of your shell and show the world who you really are and what you’re really made of.

Self-doubt. – When you become your own best friend, life gets easier.  There is nothing to hold you back except you.  Rest in the knowledge that you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone’s heart but your own.

Negativity. – Sometimes life sucks.  Sometimes life is so stressful that all you want to do is cry.  But sometimes life is beautiful.  Sometimes you just have to stay positive, and push through the hard times.  Why?  Because life is worth it.  The good times are worth it.  You are worth it.

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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive

Howard Thurman

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Lefkowitz was a very pious old man, who had lived his life according to the Commandments, never asking anything, always giving to others. Finally, wanting to have something for himself, and to experience the other side of life, he began to pray to God.

“Lord”, he said, “All my life I have tried to be good, to follow all your Laws and Commandments, and to always help others, never asking anything for myself when I have prayed to you.  Now that I am old, I am finally asking for something for myself. All that I want is to win the Lottery, so I can have a comfortable old age.”

For year after year, he repeated this prayer, and nothing would happen.  Finally, in despair, he again prayed to God, saying  “Why have you abandoned me?  Is this all I am to have in life?  All I have ever asked you for is to just once to win the Lottery. What have I done wrong that you punish me this way?”

And an aggravated voice boomed down from the heavens, saying, in exasperation,   “Lefkowitz, BUY A TICKET ALREADY!!!”

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Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

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An old Jewish man and a young Jewish man are traveling on the train. The young man asks: “Excuse me, what time is it?” The old man does not answer.

“Excuse me, sir, what time is it?”

The old man keeps silent.

“Sir, I’m asking you what time is it. Why don’t you answer?!”

The old man says: “Son, the next stop is the last on this route. I don’t know you, so you must be a stranger. If I answer you now, I’ll have to invite you to my home. You’re handsome, and I have a beautiful daughter. You will both fall in love and you will want to get married. So tell me, why would I need a son-in-law who can’t even afford a watch?”

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“I think a really funny joke would be for NASA to send up rockets and push a bunch of planets out of alignment. Then they could sit back and laugh when everyone realizes that their horoscopes aren’t coming true.”

Eric Presbrey

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She said:

The other day at work I ran into my friend Cindy. We chatted over lunch and she dropped a bombshell on me. “Bill” she said, “Tom and I are going to get a divorce”.

I was stunned. “Why? What happened, you two seem to be so happy together!”

“Well” she said, “ever since we got married, my husband has tried to change me. He got me to stop drinking and smoking. He got me to give up meat and eat the right foods. He taught me how to enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music. He even taught me how to invest in the stock market.”

“So,” I said, “you’re a little bitter because he spent so much time trying to change you?”

“Not at all,” she replied. “I’m not bitter. Now that I’m so improved, he just isn’t good enough for me.”

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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself

Harvey Fierstein

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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