Gratitude + Forgiveness = Grace
Duress impacts relationships in one of two ways, it either tears people apart or strengthens their connection binding them tightly in a common objective. The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are. . . . It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person. It has no hiding place. It’s like the perfume of the flower unseen, but known almost instantly. It is the possession of the successful, and the happy. And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.
The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives. Always question where your loyalties lay, the people you trust will expect it. Your greatest enemies will desire it and those you treasure the most will without fail abuse it. Loyalty inspires boundless hope, and while that may be there is a catch, true loyalty takes years to build and only seconds to destroy.
Genuine forgiveness heals any hurts or wrongs. It strengthens the disheartened soul that has lost its way. It refreshes and renews our hope. It is through forgiveness that we are “born again” and “become like a child.” In this way we regain the precious attitude of a willing mind that is ready to learn all over again. Know that your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You and you alone, can give them. By giving you will receive abundance for your giving. You will receive paychecks of the heart that money cannot replace.
~Dr. Lisa Christiansen
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