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Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude, V21 #21

Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude, V21 #21

Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude by Leslie Sann The antidote for lack is gratitude. Gratitude is a choice, an attitude, an approach towards life. My gratitude for this moment does not depend on what is going on in this moment; it is the moment, regardless of what is...

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Light Be You, V21 #20

Light Be You, V21 #20

Light Be You by Leslie Sann You are the Light at the end of the tunnel. ~ Leslie Sann What if you can't see who you are —because you are it? No matter where you go, there you are. If you are someone who lights up the room, how would you know? Wherever you go, there...

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Asking is Magic, V21 #19

Asking is Magic, V21 #19

Asking is Magic by Leslie Sann It’s in the subtly of life where magic exists. ~Dain Heer The image above is the consequence, to my beautiful finger, of a silly human trick delivered by moi. I was trying out a new mandolin which I had just gifted myself. A mandolin is...

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Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? V21 #18

Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? V21 #18

Are YOU Creating YOUR Life? by Leslie Sann If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ~Maya Angelou How many people do you see creating their lives by design rather than by default? Look at actual people. How many do you see who...

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The Officer and Me, V21, #17

The Officer and Me, V21, #17

The Officer and Me by Leslie Sann What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? ~Jacques Rousseau I had a notable experience with a police officer two weeks ago when I paying my real estate taxes. It was a beautiful late summer day. Cloudless blue skies,...

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Uncreate and Create, V21, #16

Uncreate and Create, V21, #16

Uncreate and Create by Leslie Sann The only thing that is going to change your life is making different choices. ~ Dain Heer At the age of seventeen, I had the good fortune to live in Italy for the summer. Though my family was based in Rome we took may trips to other...

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Samurai Stereo Salesman, V21, #15

Samurai Stereo Salesman, V21, #15

Samurai Stereo Salesman by Leslie Sann I'm not confined to anyone's mind including mine! I'm freeeeeee. tee hee hee In an earlier time of my life I co-owned a high-end audiophile store with my then husband, now wusband. One evening, moments after locking up at...

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Magical Allowance, V21, #14

Magical Allowance, V21, #14

Magical Allowance by Leslie Sann Allowance is a very gentle space filled with kindness no matter what anyone else is choosing. ~ Dain Heer Many years ago I was in a five-day workshop (which if you know me at all would not be a surprise as I love to learn and expand my...

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Lifting Up Beyond Judgments, V21, #13

Lifting Up Beyond Judgments, V21, #13

Lifting Up Beyond Judgments by Leslie Sann I'm going dancin'! Oh What Fun! ... I'm goin' dancin' on Thursday! Just sayin’ — ease and joy and — social dancing is an opportunity for me to lift up beyond the judging mind. My Crazy Brain loves to compare my abilities with...

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For Giving a Lift, V21, #12

For Giving a Lift, V21, #12

For Giving a Lift by Leslie Sann Choosing is my religion. ~ Lisa Pilney We forgive ourselves when we give ourselves a lift. Shifting up out of the misery making mechanism of the mind which is full of right-wrong-good-bad thinking, rules, judgments, putting people and...

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You are the Pearl, V21 #11

You are the Pearl, V21 #11

You are the Pearl by Leslie Sann No Grit. No Pearl. ~ Unknown We have been conditioned to believe life on earth is hard and challenges are bad. Yet, I bet if you look at it more closely, you can see how challenges can propel you to learn and grow and become something...

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Ninety, V21 #10

Ninety, V21 #10

Ninety by Leslie Sann How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? ~ Satchel Paige My mother recently turned 90. No lie. 90. I called her on the day of her birthday and she says to me, “I can’t believe it. I’m 90! How did that happen? How did I get to be...

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The Great Unclasping, V21 #09

The Great Unclasping, V21 #09

The Great Unclasping by Leslie Sann Intention versus method. ~ John-Roger  This is a story about a time when I learned the power of intention in an unexpected way. I'm at my chiropractor who has a wide range of healing modalities and is a gifted practitioner. I am...

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HU-Man, V21 #08

HU-Man, V21 #08

HU-Man by Leslie Sann The flute player puts breath into a flute, and who makes the music? Not the flute. The flute player! ~ Rumi If you are like most people, there are times when you feel like you don't fit in. Perhaps the drive to fit in has controlled you for most...

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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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