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What Is Real Success?

What Is Real Success?
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to  appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have  succeeded.  [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Are You Feeling Alone During the Holiday Season

Feeling Alone During the Holiday Season
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year for many of us.  Filled with joy, laughter, great food, and the company of loved one's, the Christmas season keeps us busy three fold with festivities.  It's a beautiful time of year when you have people around you to share the love.
However, not everyone has this pleasure - to be around family, friends, or loved ones.  Whether you are a soldier away at war, have experienced a death of a partner or child, made a recent move to another part of the country, or remember the dark Christmas pasts with drunk gatherings and abuse, sometimes celebrating the holiday season with joy can be extremely difficult; and, feeling alone may result.
What's important to remember is that there is a somber sort of energy around this time of year that seems to be more magnified than other times.  Perhaps it's the recognition of the collective consciousness.  Also, even when you're around family, somehow…

Your Children Are Not Your Children

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.  You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.  You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; for even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable."  ~Khalil Gibran