walls.

walls.

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

-Jim Rohn

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Ever see a flower growing in an unexpected place?

Even a rusty fence can be home for a delicate vine.

We all have barren places in our lives. Don’t let that emptiness you feel make you hopeless. There is ugliness in life but there is also beauty. They dwell together.

It’s far too easy to become hardened and bitter, and before you know it, you’ve  built a wall of protection around yourself.

Don’t keep the beauty from growing in your life! Let it wrap around the ugliness and diminish its power of negativity, sadness, and hopelessness.

It has that power.

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self-pity

self-pity

Be careful you don’t stay in your pain too long.

Some people do not want to move on.  They may resent the pain and in reaction to it, stay there and sulk.

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Be careful of self-pity.

And misery … it  does like company.

You may find yourself very alone.

Doesn’t the earth teach us that a long, dark night breaks with morning sunlight?

At some point, you have to welcome the light. How about today?

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let freedom ring.

let freedom ring.

freedom

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do the next thing.

do the next thing.

“Have you had the experience of feeling as if you’ve got far too many burdens to bear, far too many people to take care of, far too many things on your list to do? You just can’t possibly do it, and you get in a panic and you just want to sit down and collapse in a pile and feel sorry for yourself.

Well, I’ve felt that way a good many times in my life, and I go back over and over again to an old Saxon legend, which I’m told is carved in an old English parson somewhere by the sea. I don’t know where this is. But this is a poem which was written about that legend. The legend is: ‘Do the next thing.’ “- Elisabeth Elliot

The world is busy and complex.

It’s your choice if you want to get off at the next stop or be swept away in the current.

The simple things in life are often the most profound.

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Slow down.

And just do the next thing.