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Have Fun! Experience the Pleasure of Being Alive

How often do you have fun? If you’re like most adults, it’s probably been a while since you took a step back from the busyness and responsibility of your life and

Have Fun Alive Brad W. Smith photographer, D’Anne Hotchkiss, trust, Love Yourself, Victory Chimes, Maine

This is me, sitting on the deck of the Victory Chimes, with my head buried in my laptop. I was writing, instead of enjoying the fun of sailing.

did something just for the pleasure of it. Maybe you shy away from fun because you think you’re too busy. Maybe your reluctance to have fun stems from the false belief that fun is something that is reserved for children.

Perhaps its time you were reminded that when you have fun, you experience the pleasure of being alive.

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Why Being Vulnerable is the Secret to Richer Relationships

If you’re looking for something more in your relationships with those who are most important to you, perhaps the missing ingredient is unconditional

shirtless white teen boy diving into ocean, Secret to Richer Relationships, Brad W. Smith photographer, LIfeIsHOTBlog

Rich relationships cannot be observed, they can only be experienced. Take the plunge in to vulnerability and allow yourself to be immersed in unconditional love and deeply satisfying relationships.


love. To find this missing ingredient, you must allow yourself to be vulnerable. When you can be vulnerable, you can receive unconditional love.

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The Bridges of Friendship

I think of friendship as the bridge that connects me to other people. Like you, my friendships are as varied as the real bridges we cross – some are expansion bridges that span

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Friends come in all shapes and sizes and together they form a family around us. We stay connected to them through the bridge of friendship.

long distances and expand and contract in degrees of contact over time.

Others are capable of withstanding very heavy loads. Still others are drawbridges that get pulled up, breaking the connection, sometimes for a short period of time while some obstacle to the friendship passes, and sometimes, the drawbridge is never lowered again and the friendship ends.

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