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I’m Not Innocent I Tell Ya’!, V21 #07

I’m Not Innocent I Tell Ya’!, V21 #07

I'm Not Innocent I Tell Ya'! by Leslie Sann You can create, promote, or allow everything in your life. Everything. That's both the good news and the bad news.~ John-Roger  As I was driving back home one afternoon, a giant-sized, beaten-up red truck aggressively gunned...

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Living a Thank You Life, V21 #06

Living a Thank You Life, V21 #06

Living a Thank You Life by Leslie Sann Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise — then you will discover the fullness of your life. ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast "I don’t have to get something to be grateful” a participant in the “Creating a Thank-You...

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Meaning Making Machine, V21, #05

Meaning Making Machine, V21, #05

Meaning Making Machine by Leslie Sann We don't know how things are. We only know how we observe them or how we interpret them to be. We live in a world of interpretations. ~ Rafael Echeverria I was in Santa Monica, CA having lunch outdoors with two friends. One was...

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Truth Has No Againstness, V21, #04

Truth Has No Againstness, V21, #04

Truth Has No Againstness by Leslie Sann Truth has no againstness.~ John Morton Look around the room you are in and make a mental note of everything that is the color green. Don't read further until you have done it. Did you find lots of green? Now, without doing...

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Where You Lead You Will Follow, V21 #03

Where You Lead You Will Follow, V21 #03

Where You Lead You Will Follow by Leslie Sann Man is disturbed not by things, but by his opinion of things. ~ Epictetus What might you say if I told you that nothing has meaning except the meaning we give to it? That we don’t really know how things are, we only know...

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You are Already a Brilliant Creator, V21, #02

You are Already a Brilliant Creator, V21, #02

You are Already a Brilliant Creator by Leslie Sann Creativity is intelligence having fun.~ Albert Einstein You are already brilliant at creating. As human beings we are always creating something. That is our nature. You can learn how to use your creative powers by...

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Begin Anew, V21 #01

Begin Anew, V21 #01

Begin Anew by Leslie Sann Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.~ William Butler Yeats I spend the last several days of the year, through the New Years weekend, focusing on the year that...

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Giving is Receiving, V20, #27

Giving is Receiving, V20, #27

Giving is Receiving by Leslie Sann It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~ Sarah Bernhardt I continue to be touched when people tell me how useful my books are to them. It brings comfort to many as they realize that Life Happens to all of us and even if...

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Counting Sheep, V20, #26

Counting Sheep, V20, #26

Counting Sheep by Leslie Sann Count your blessings instead of sheep.~ Irving Berlin I love counting my blessings. Have you ever heard Bing Crosby sing count your blessings instead of sheep? Click here and give yourself a treat: Bing I share this story in (Chapter 12)...

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Expressing Gratitude, V20, #25

Expressing Gratitude, V20, #25

Expressing Gratitude by Leslie Sann Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ~ William Arthur Ward If you are feeling low down and stressed out why not Lift Up with one of the...

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Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? V20, #24

Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? V20, #24

Making Yourself a Miserable Sandwich? by Leslie Sann JOY: the kind of happiness that doesn't depend on what happens. David Steindl-Rast First a Story: Two men sat down to lunch. The first man opened his lunch box, took out his sandwich and said, “I can’t believe it!...

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What Do You Want? V20, #23

What Do You Want? V20, #23

What Do You Want? by Leslie Sann If you don't know where you are going, any road will do and you probably won't get there. Most of you know that one of the themes throughout my writing is the power tool of moving from victim to victorious. Something to note is that...

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Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! V20, #22

Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! V20, #22

Mrs. Magoo Strikes Again! by Leslie Sann You are here to solve problems from a loving consciousness. ~ John-Roger Where is it? I was cleaning up my kitchen and was unable to locate the organic cotton bag I used to drain yogurt to make whey as my new fun food thing is...

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Insurance for the Journey, V20, #21

Insurance for the Journey, V20, #21

Insurance for the Journey by Leslie Sann Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead. ~ Louisa May Alcott We are sometimes afraid to ask for what we...

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A Story of Grace,  V20, #20

A Story of Grace, V20, #20

A Story of Grace by Leslie Sann Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it. ~ Ramana Maharshi It had been dry here in the Midwest of the United States for quite some time. The trees thirsty, the soil hard and cracked. I had my hammock up...

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Are You Designing Your Life? V20, #19

Are You Designing Your Life? V20, #19

Are You Designing Your Life? by Leslie Sann "Rather than default, live by design." We are entering the third week of the Calm Down Lift Up Together program. We are working on our visions by defining the future we are choosing to grow into. I'm gratified by the...

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A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! V20, #18

A Treasure Map! by Leslie Sann “When our inner vision opens, our horizons expand.” ~ Louise Hays In a recent newsletter I suggested you create a Living Vision. This week I’m encouraging you to make your vision even MORE powerful. Over the next few weeks, begin to look...

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Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined, V20, #17

Different Than What You Imagined by Leslie Sann "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross There is a story about a man who was in an area where the river was about to overflow....

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Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? V20, #16

Do You Have Vision? by Leslie Sann A vision without action is a day dream.  Action without vision is a nightmare. ~ Chinese Proverb Here we are, in the midst of corona chaos and social unrest. Yay! We get to refresh the page and look at the future anew; if we choose....

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Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray, V20, #15

Another Way to Pray by Leslie Sann Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.~ Carl Jung I’d like to suggest an unconventional way to pray, it’s called creating a Living Vision. The definition of pray: (verb) to make a request to a god or...

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By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design, V20, #14

By Your Design by Leslie Sann We are all in this alone together. ~ David Allen 23andMe is a company best known for providing a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. It is based on the foundation that all of us are linked by a shared thread — DNA.  Genetically we...

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Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? V20, #13

Life Happens: Now What? by Leslie Sann Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts. — Mariska Hargitay “The Corona Phenomena” has shaken us out of our complacency, disturbed our comfort...

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May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You, V20, #12

May the Force be with You by Leslie Sann Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. ~ Yoda By the way, I heard they found the guy who started all this Corona Chaos. His name is Ah Choo. Okay I know you are...

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Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure, V20, #11

Care as Important as Cure by Leslie Sann Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.Our children will thank us for it.~ Abdu Sharkawy Recently I attended a professional seminar with the focus on grieving. We were shown a movie, A Good Death, that I found touching as...

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Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home, V20, #10

Go Home by Leslie Sann There is no place like home. ~ Dorothy Most of us are sheltering in place which essentially means staying at home. We are being told to go home. Home is considered a sanctuary —  a place of refuge.      Home to me is a place of peace. I carry it...

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Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity, V20, #09

Building Immunity by Leslie Sann Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good. ~ Marcey Shapiro In Chinese medicine they believe in building up your chi (life force energy) so that it is stronger and more resilient than is the...

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