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Resolve to Be Your Own Friend

The kind of person I want to be is a person who is my own best friend. The person who respects my thoughts and soothes my fears.

wide path bound by closely spaced young trees

We are meant to only see so far ahead. We are not meant to see all the way to the end.


The person who says to me, sit down, put your feet up, you’ve done enough for right now, take time to recharge your batteries. The person who forgives me my errors and recognizes my humanness. You made a mistake? It’s okay.

Rather than making resolutions to be better for others, we should resolve only to be better for ourselves. Continue reading


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Is it Time to Open a New Book in Your Life?

Have you noticed how no one asks us to open our hearts and minds to unpleasantness? No one says, go on, embrace the pain of divorce, the grief of  death. Revel in the identity uncertainty and financial

Open a new book in your life, Brad W Smith photographer, LIfeIsHOTBlog, Blank book open on table

insecurity of job loss. No one asks us to speak of how, barring a miracle, a person’s life is ending within weeks. We don’t talk in polite company about the poor decisions that lead to a company closure, the immoral ones that lead to an economic recession, or the dishonest ones that jeopardize our future.

When it comes to bad news, we find ourselves tongue-tied. When forced to speak, we turn to platitudes.

Life doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading


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Honest as Abe Lincoln

I don’t know about you, but when I have to deal with someone who is being intentionally dishonest, it generally makes me angry. My reaction is anger, but what I am feeling is hurt and betrayed. What have I

Honest as Abe Lincoln, Brad W. Smith photographer, cropped upshot of Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln earned the moniker “Honest Abe” through a lifetime of honest actions and words.

done to deserve this dishonesty? Not a single thing. I’d rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.

Abraham Lincoln gave sage advice when he said: “…resolve to be honest at all events…” 

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