INSPIRED LIFESTYLES NEWS October, 2014 Issue #231


  • Promotion of the Month
  • Inspiring Quote for This Issue
  • My Own Best Friend
  • 7 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up
  • Do All Things with Love
  • Do You Remember When . . .
  • A Touch of Humor: Gift from the Sheriff


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“Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.” —- Author Unknown

By Louise L. Hay

The Beloved is teaching me to become my own best friend. I’m not to say anything to myself that I wouldn’t let someone say about my best friend. I’m reminded to acknowledge the things I do well, to speak words that are positive, to hang out with people who uplift me, to engage in activities that are fun and to be grateful for me. I’m enthusiastically given permission to put myself first, to pay attention to what makes me happy and then gently instructed to take action toward owning my happiness.

Self-kindness heals. When I’m kind to myself, I tend to be kind to others. When I’m hurting, Love reminds me to be gentle with myself, just as I’ve been gentle with others. When I make a mistake, I do my best to wrap myself in self-kindness, learn from the situation, make amends if needed and then let myself off the hook. My sense of worthiness grows.

With each new understanding, my relationship with myself deepens. Every time I treat myself gently, telling me that I’m okay, self-compassion takes root. Every time I choose a positive thought instead of falling back on my old negativity, I create a space for change. Love reminds me that I’m worth changing. Becoming my own best friend has helped me see myself in a new light. I’m not only worth changing, I’m worth every happiness. Just ask my best friend!

I’m my own best friend, filled with self-kindness and self-compassion. I treat myself gently as I learn and grow, knowing I’m worthy of every happiness! No matter how much we give love, if we don’t give it to ourselves, nobody can love us enough.

Author Profile: Louise L. Hay is the founder of Hay House founder and best-selling author of inspirational, self-help books including Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life.

By Marc and Angel

We may not always love everything about our lives, but deep down we do love and appreciate the magic of life itself. Some part of us believes that everything and anything is possible.

Sadly, though, we don’t always believe these possibilities are within our reach. But the reality is they are — we all live lives of endless possibility. The problem is we choose to believe otherwise. We choose to believe we are incapable of living our lives the way we want to live them, at our full potential. We choose to accept our reality as others have told us it has to be.

Wake up! We don’t have to do this to ourselves — none of us do. We have a choice. We don’t have to be complacent. We don’t have to fall into line. Why not stir things up a bit and live by better rules?

It’s time to remind yourself of a few key truths — right now and every morning hereafter:

  1. Today can be a good day, but only if you make it so. — Why do we often feel so powerless? Because we convince ourselves that we are. We wait for things to be given to us — entitlements. In life, there are no true entitlements, and the reality is that if you want something then you need to make it happen for yourself. You need to work for it. Whether or not today is a good day doesn’t depend on the weather. It doesn’t depend on your “mood” (that’s also in your control). It doesn’t depend on anyone else. If you want to have a pleasant and wonderful day, then choose to have one. It’s all about your perception and what you allow yourself to believe. (from the “Goals and Success” chapter of our book)
  2. Greatness is a lifestyle, not a result. — We all want to “achieve” greatness”¦. but we need to remember that greatness in not a specific achievement. Greatness is not crossing over the finishing line. It’s the ability to fight the good fight day in and day out. Greatness is strength — the strength to keep pushing and to keep living your life the way you want to live it. Greatness isn’t an end result. It’s a state of being. You don’t win great. You are great every day.
  3. Your life is yours to design. — There are plenty of things in life that are out of our control, but don’t let this fool you into believing that your life as a whole is out of your control. The reality is, the life you are living is almost entirely by your own design. You have made choices along the way that led you down the road you’re currently traveling. Saying that your life is out of your control is a cop-out — it’s what other people want you to believe so that they have an easier time getting you to do what they want you to do.
  4. The fact that you haven’t given up is success in itself. — It may give you little comfort to think about how you’re still waist deep in the struggle, but the truth is that you are one of the strong people with the guts to keep at it. Most people give up before they even begin”¦ but not you. No, you wake up every day and get things done. You crawl inch by inch against the current because you refuse to give up. You refuse to accept failure. You refuse to listen to others when they tell you that you’re not good enough. You’re still in it.
  5. Bullies and energy vampires are not worth worrying about. — The fact is that most people just aren’t that important in our lives. Nevertheless, we sometimes forget this, allowing the wrong people to take up too much space in our daily lives. We meet energy vampires and bullies regularly — especially when you live in a highly populated area or work in a large company. These individuals will try to get to you, will try to influence you and become a part of your life because they find their own life to be mundane. They already poisoned their own lives and now they are looking to poison yours. Don’t let them get to you. (from the “Relationships” chapter of our book)
  6. Good things in life end too soon when they aren’t appreciated. — This isn’t to say that appreciating what you have when you have it comes naturally — our minds tend to consider the possibility that the grass on the other side is greener. But we need to mindfully remind ourselves that life isn’t about doing our best to constantly upgrade things. To live a happy, fulfilling life, we have to learn to appreciate what we have and love those that we have. If you fall in love then do your sincere best to nurture your love. Don’t wait for things to end before you start appreciating them.
  7. Never expect a tomorrow, but be thankful when tomorrow comes. — Think about how many people die every minute of every day and you’ll begin to realize that waking up in the morning is a blessing. We don’t live in a world of perpetual peace, but one laden with bouts of chaos. On top of this, accidents do happen and people get severely injured and die because of them. Getting another day to breathe, to experience life, and to do something meaningful is the greatest gift one can receive. Make today count! (from the “Happiness” chapter of our book)

Author Profile: Passionate writers, admirers of the human spirit, and full time students of life, Marc and Angel Chernoff enjoy sharing inspirational advice and practical tips for life on their popular personal development blog, “Marc and Angel Hack Life.” Currently the site contains over 600 articles on happiness, productivity, emotional intelligence, relationships, and general self-improvement.

By Mentor Max

Love is the most important ingredient of life.
Your life echoes emptiness without it.
With it, your life vibrates meaning and warmth.

Love will shine through even in hardship.
You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else,
and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t much matter what else you have.

Treasure the love you receive above everything else.
It will survive long after your wealth and good health have vanished.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

Life in abundance comes only through great love.

(Author Unknown)

Close your eyes…And go back…
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before semiautomatics and crack
Before chronic and indo
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo
Way back…

  • I’m talking about hide and go seek at dusk
  • Sittin’ on the porch, eating hot bread and butter.
  • Eatin’ a super dooper sandwich
  • Red light, Green light, you can go now
  • Chocolate milk, Lunch tickets
  • Penny candy in a brown paper bag
  • Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, Jacks, kickball, dodgeball
  • Mother, May I?
  • Sunflower Seeds, jaw breakers, blowpops, Mary Janes
  • Running through the sprinkler
  • Catchin’ lightening bugs in a jar
  • Playin sling shot and Red Rover
  • When around the corner seemed far away
  • Going downtown seemed like going somewhere
  • Climbing trees
  • Cops and Robbers, cowboys and Indians
  • Sittin on the curb
  • Jumpin down the steps and jumpin on the bed
  • Pillow fights
  • Being tickled to death
  • Runnin’ till you were out of breath
  • Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
  • Being tired from playin’
  • What about the girl that had the big bubbly handwriting
  • Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake
  • When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school, was for gym
  • When nobody owned a purebred dog
  • When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus
  • When you’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
  • When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done
  • When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking and for free, every time
  • When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box
  • When Gramma made you a shirt from the bag that Sunny Boy came in
  • When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it
  • When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents
  • When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and did!
  • When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Sometimes we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
  • Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much bigger threat!
  • Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo”
  • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “do over!”
  • Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in “Monopoly.”
  • Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
  • It wasn’t odd to have two or three “best” friends
  • Being old, referred to anyone over 20
  • Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot
  • Nobody was prettier than Mom
  • Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better
  • It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the “big people” rides at the amusement park
  • Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true
  • Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute ads for action figures
  • No shopping trip was complete, unless a new toy was brought home
  • “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense
  • Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
  • War was a card game
  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon
  • Hockey cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED! Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their “grown up” life!


“Hello, is this the Sheriff’s Office?”

“Yes. What can I do for you?”

“I’m calling to report ’bout my neighbor Virgil Smith. He’s hidin’ marijuana inside his firewood! Don’t quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but he’s hidin’ it there.”

“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”

The next day, the Sheriff’s Deputies descend on Virgil’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave.

Shortly, the phone rings at Virgil’s house.

“Hey, Virgil! This here’s Floyd. Did the Sheriff come?”


“Did they chop your firewood?”


“Happy Birthday, buddy!”

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