Friday, May 12, 2017

How Your Life Develops

 The world throws random experiences at you.

Some are in line with your heritage, some with your surroundings, some with your companionship.

Their common element is that they all come into your life.

What you do with each of them is entirely up to you.

You can appreciate them or fear them.

You can accept them or resent them.

You can justify them or disrespect them.

How you respond is the one factor which will shape them.

Your reaction alone will cause them to continue to interact in random ways.

But your considered thought about them and your choices in how to direct and redirect them will create an intentional life.

Amazing to think that despite the government you grew up with, the neighborhood, the education, the parenting, that all this is simply background.

You can redraw, reshape, give emphasis and texture to any portion that you like.

Your imagination and skill will create different scenarios.

Even the emotional factors can come under your control with the appropriate tools.

So, watch and listen.

Consider, and then create.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, May 1, 2017

Outside Expectations

Right here, right now, you are meeting some kind of expectations.

Some of them may be yours, but a lot of them are not.

All the factors which have gone into how you were raised, your gender, the culture around you and many more, are contributing to what is expected of you.

However, the most important part of that is what you expect and accept about yourself.

As your life takes its shape, it may appear to be going along all right.

Or it may appear to have too many obstacles to survive.

At some point, whether it is good or bad, you may be prompted to think about your life in a different way.

You may wonder how you got to this point.

You may decide it is not fair.

You may decide, even if it is good, you would like it to be more generous.

There are many directions your thought about your life may take.

The important thing is that you are now thinking about your life.

As you consider it, you may begin to seek out some ways in which you could change it.

This is when you could move from outside expectations to the ones coming from within you.

Think about your life.

Ponder it.

And then, go within, and find out what you are really here for.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Most Wonderful Thing

What would you be doing if you could choose the most wonderful thing that you enjoy doing?

What would you create?

How would you engage your mind?

What is in your imagination?

What are the tools that you need?

What is the first tiny step you can take?

Let these questions be the ones you answer every day to create the life you would most enjoy.

Let your heart’s desire guide you.

It is there for a reason.

You exist in the form you do with the ideas you have to express an absolutely unique identity.

This is your vital contribution to society.

You need only take the steps to create your original ideas to bring all the goodness you could ever dream of into your life.

The challenges you face will build your strength, conviction, confidence, and skills.

You will become more than you ever thought you could.

You will be challenged to grow more powerfully than you could ever imagine.

You will live in a different kind of world, the one created by your strength, your individuality, and your capacity to share your powerful and uplifting ideas.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Guard Your Decency

It is important to treat others with decency.

Respecting where others are coming from and their points of view makes conversation possible.

Creating room for lots of good ideas to surface gives you more to work with on a project.

Combining ideas can often create a more effective solution.

It all begins with a practice of respect and decency.

Do not be influenced by an appeal to low emotions when dealing with anyone.

Do not be led to think there are better and worse people.

Guard your decency by treating everyone with the respect you desire.

Your attitude will uplift everyone around you and will attract really strong and positive people onto your team.

When people know that they can safely express their ideas, it makes innovation easier.

It moves society forward as well.

You will be surprised to find yourself in a far more effective place when you guard your decency and practice it consistently.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Who You Listen To

In each person, there is an inner fire which is always fueled by truth, passion, delight, and purpose.

This is the only thing you need to listen to.

The consensus which allows negativity to predominate, or entertainment, or wastes the minds of so many people, is simply not appealing to one who has that inner fire.

It requires that we do not listen to what is around us.

It requires that we listen only to the uplifting purpose that we can each serve.

It requires associations with those of uplifting and passionate commitment.

When your place yourself in this mode of thinking and acting, your life takes on a singular quality of happiness.

Your satisfaction exceeds anything else you have ever done.

Your focus on lifting up your attitude lets you rise to take the steps that are invisible to those who are lost in negativity.

When your course is set on giving, serving, uplifting and including everyone who can possibly benefit from your work, you attain a deep peace and happiness which permeates your life.

Viewing the contributions from people like this makes me feel wonderful.

I love reading about the way Dr. Yunas’ concept of “social business” transformed the lives of so many in Bangladesh and took them out of poverty.

I love the fact that Atlanta, GA, where the founder of Habitat for Humanity lived, has the lowest rate of homelessness.

I love the commitment of the Buddhist monk who built a school to take care of so many abandoned children and orphans in the foothills of the Himalayans.

I love the inspired action from within which has guided so many people to turn their lives around and to help so many others do so as well.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Concept of Yourself

You express your concept of yourself.

Many things have shaped your concept of yourself, but whatever you accept is what you express.

You can change your concept by changing what you accept about yourself.

Old habits of thought can be redirected and replaced and a new concept of yourself will emerge as you practice the new habits.

Reach for concepts of integrity, honesty, unlimited resources and being of value.

Include wealth and health at the same time.

Include happiness and a sense of purpose.

Include satisfaction and service.

Be compassionate and forgiving.

Be purposeful and take action.

Listen within for each step

Be receptive to the guidance which comes from the quote and peace within.

Be alert and watchful and observant and sensitive to what you truly love.

This is your individuality.

You have a right to the abundance and fulness within your expression of your concept of yourself.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

No Confusion in Identity

There is no confusion in your identity.

You know who you are.

Deep within you, there is a place of peace and purpose.

From this quiet sense, comes guidance for your every step.

Your identity determines your place and your purpose.

Your mind is filled with the intelligence of divine assurance.

You have a power to focus and to remain productive toward the goals that you desire most.

Your deep desire to serve in the way that most benefits you and mankind is being fulfilled.

No distraction can take you off that course.

You simply do not move forward during the distractions, but when you conquer them, you find that once again you are in harmony with your highest nature.

Despite what is going on in the news or the insight into temptations on a large national scale, you have a role to play.

Your role is to not get confused, to value the contribution you are making, and to proceed in a balanced way to expand your power to focus and to refocus.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

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