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Stop Caring About What Others Think and Set Yourself Free

Recently, a woman wrote to me expressing her dismay that a family member had wrongly obtained confidential financial information about her and then revealed it to

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When you fill your inner life with quiet confidence about who you are and what is important to you, you stop caring about what others think. You set yourself free from their bonds and discover you can life live joyfully.

other family members. It wasn’t information that anyone needed to act on. You might say, it was none of their business. And you’d be right. Continue reading

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Does Your Relationship Need to be Shattered?

A few weeks ago a friend shared with me a statement: “Thank you for breaking my dishes.”

Relationship Shattered, Brad W. Smith, commitment, boundaries

Sometimes it is not until something is well and truly broken do we realize there is a problem.

The story goes that a person had an overnight house guest and in the middle of the night, the host awoke to the sound of dishes being violently broken. He made beeline into his kitchen and witnessed his guest standing in the midst of fine bone china carnage.

The host says to his guest: “Thank you for breaking my dishes!”

I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely certain that ‘thank you’ wouldn’t be among the first 500 or so words that would spring from my lips.

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The Ultimate Key to Your Happiness

“One of the happiest moments ever is when you find

the courage to let go of what you can’t change.”

~Unknown

What’s your happiness quotient? I’m a fan of Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project and her focus on building good habits and a happier life.

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When your happiness feels elusive or distant, look at what you’re holding on to that is blocking you from keeping your happiness close.

Happiness is more than just habits. Happiness begins with some fundamental truths. One of those truths is that to be happy, you must have the courage to let go of what you cannot change.

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