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Life is Beautiful…Love It!

Too often we find more reasons to hate our life than to love it. And you know what? Life hates us back. Here are 77 reasons to love your life. Pick one or add your own!:

love your life for everything you already have

love your life for what you are yet to receive

love your life for all your certainties

love your life for the friends you have

love your life for the wonderful journeys you had

love your life for the friends you will get

love your life for all the bad advice you didn’t follow

love your life for your beautiful memories

love your life for the ones you love

love your life for the ones you forgot, as they are still to enrich your life

love your life for the work you do, as this is your gift to the others love your life for the jokes you still wait to hear

love your life for the beautiful travels you are still to make

love your life for everything you are not sure about, as it will still challenge your being

love your life for all the beautiful sunrises you remember

love your life for all the fantastic sunsets you still recall

love your life for tomorrow’s sunrise

love your life for yesterday sunset

love your life for the gifts you are yet to receive

love your life for the health you have

love your life for all the beauty you can spot around you

love your life for the ugliness around you, as it serves you to contrast the beauty you are ignoring

love your life for the riddles you haven’t yet solved

love your life for all your unanswered questions

love your life for all your victories

love your live for all the good advice you followed

love your life for all your lost battles, as they are your precious lessons

love your life for your enemies, as they are there to give birth to your forgiveness

love your life for all the small things in your life

love your life for all the ambitious goals you’ve set

love your life for all the answers you got so far

love your life for the smiles you get every day

love your life for the smiles you give every day

love your life for your energetic mornings

love your life for your romantic evenings

love your life for the life rediscovered through the eyes of your children

love your life for the smell of the rain

love your life for the gifts you still have to make

love your life for all the games you haven’t yet played

love your life for the next first snow

love your life for all the great ideas you had today

love your life for all the great ideas you will have tomorrow

love your life for tomorrow’s surprises

love your life for today’s gifts

love your life for all your fulfilled dreams

love your life for yesterday’s memories, they are there to enlight you

love your life for all the nice words you haven’t yet said to your loved ones

love your life for all the nice words you heard from your loved ones

love your life for all the nice people you haven’t yet met

love your life for all your mistakes, so you can have plenty of time to make up for them

love your life for all the adventures you haven’t yet had

love your life for all the words you haven’t yet read

love your life for all the words you haven’t yet written

love your life for all the unborn challenges you still have to face

love your life for all the stories you haven’t yet heard, written or imagined

love your life for the person who’s looking at you from the mirror every morning

love your life for the nurturing family you already have

love your life for all you have to share with others

love your life for all you’ve lost in your journey, as it will only make room for something even bigger

love your life for the feeling of your heart overflowing with love

love your life for all your unfulfilled dreams as you will have plenty of time to make them true

love your life for all the opportunities that are waiting for you just around the corner

love your life for the personal freedom you conquered

love your life for everything you created so far

love your life for the beauty of every spring

love your life for the energy of every summer

love your life for the emotions of every fall

love your life for the cold beauty of every winter

love your life for all the beauty inside you, waiting yet to be discovered

love your life for all the fantastic colors that are shaping your world every day

love your life for all the wonderful music you’ve heard so far

love your life for all the people you have met so far, they are your precious universe

love your life for wind that caresses your face every day

love your life for the all the unexpected changes of your plans

love your life for all the fights you avoided

love your life for all the crossroads you meet every day, they are there to offer you the best path you can chose

love your life for every single second, as this is all you have, only this infinite second

Feel free to take this list and use it as a guide for loving your precious life!

Add a comment December 18, 2010

Are Values and Morals Declining?

The answer to the “moral decline of America” question will always illicit an array of arguments. Some people will point out American progress over the last 50 years and wholeheartedly claim that America is on the rise. Likewise, some people will point to America’s problems over the last 50 years and vehemently claim that it is falling from grace. Wherever you come down on this issue, the fact is that you most likely have an opinion on whether or not America is in moral decline. Sadly, I believe it is.

Everyday on our streets, in our schools, and at our workplaces we see people breaking the law, cheating the system, and living without any moral compass, and we dwell on tiffs between the likes of Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump. The divorce rate is climbing; adultery is on the rise; there are few stable marriages in Hollywood; and our politicians are not far off the list of statistics.

Recently, I heard about a shooting of a high school boy. The victim was shot by another high schooler who was upset this boy was checking out his girlfriend. After arguing and fighting in front of dozens of cheering onlookers, the teenage killer pulled out a gun and shot the other boy. The Union Station shooting truly forced me to face the reality of what path our country is headed down and how casual our youngsters will resort to violence. There’s no doubt that this aggressive behavior is being reinforced by the shameless media and entertainment industry that constantly barrage us with these images.

As most of you know, I am a staunch defender of free speech and I believe censorship in most forms is a bad idea. I agree with Mark Twain when he said, “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” I also believe that the American audience will eventually wise up and stop buying what the media is currently selling. At some point, the American audience will tire of the endless killings shown in action movies, the casual sex portrayed in sitcoms, and the downright shameful behavior seen in tabloids and magazines. But until we stop talking about these silly stories and watching these shameful shows, the media and the networks will continue to give them to us.

Although it is probably time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enforce stricter laws, I think it would be vastly more effective to have the people boycott than the politicians legislate. Currently America is one of the most hated country in the world. Sadly, with every passing day, we become one of the most disrespected country in the world. We are seen overseas as a rich, pompous, egotistical, wasteful, shameful, and sinful society. We are accused of embracing a double standard that allows us to do one thing, while saying another. Examples of this include  polluting the environment more than any other country, yet refusing to join international programs to save the planet and expecting the rest of the world to abide by international laws but getting immunity from the International Criminal Court. The United States is surrounded by legal issues revolving around same-sex marriages which are further complicated by the nation’s federal system of government.

We are living in a time that we must deal with child sexual abuse in the priesthood and in society at large as well as kidnapping. Our children are our future and we must protect them. Unfortunately, there are no simplistic solutions to getting rid of pedophiles. We must deal with the painful truth that sexual abuse of children is a crime that not only occurs in the priesthood, but most of the time is committed in our own families.

Obviously there are many more examples of Americans living a double standard and each of us must admit our role in perpetuating this. Whether we’re talking about the media, the environment, the war, or local crime, it is all the same — we must stop the moral decline of America if we wish to avoid the fate of other past empires.

Add a comment December 13, 2010

Show Agape Love to All

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:5

 You have probably heard the term “agape love,” but may not be real clear on what it means. What is agape love? How is it any different from the dozens of other ways we use the word love?

First, let’s understand what it is not. It is not romantic love, because people of all faiths (and no faiths) experience romantic love. Secondly, it is not brotherly love, where you have a natural chemistry with another person. Terrorists and members of the mafia experience brotherly love. There’s certainly nothing uniquely Christian about that!

Agape love is unconditional love. It is a choice we make to love another person whether they love us back or not. It means that you choose to love someone even if he is your enemy! Agape love is not based on emotion at all. In fact, it may be contrary to our every emotion. It is an act of the will.

Agape love presents a real challenge for people, even Christians. It is tough to live out because it’s hard to love someone who doesn’t respond to you in the way you would desire. And all of us are going to have certain individuals—even within the body of Christ—that we have to struggle to love. And yet, God’s word is very clear: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. Now, you couldn’t find a more clear command about what we’re called to do as followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus “agape loves” us and commands us to “agape love” others.

Add a comment December 5, 2010

Be Positive in All You Do!

I was reading an article in a  magazine when I came across an article by Wally Amos, of Uncle Wally’s Muffins. In it he writes, “Many folks throughout the years have commented to me that being famous makes it easy for me to have a positive attitude. I explain that I am famous because of my positive attitude.” Here’s the question: What’s your attitude like today? Is it helping you or hurting you as you go after what you want in life? Is it positive or negative?

Help me out here. Do you believe the following statements are true? :

Companies are always looking for individuals with negative attitudes to employ.

You will make far more income throughout your lifetime with a negative attitude than with a positive one.

Successful people like to be around negative people.

Teams thrive with negative team members.

I’m sure someone out there is saying, “It’s hard to be positive in such a negative world?” Why? Because you believe it is. What if you could teach yourself to look at things differently? What if you could teach yourself to believe that hard does not mean impossible, hard does not mean can’t be done. That hard is just a word and that words have no power until you believe they do.  Be part of the solution, not part of what’s wrong. Look for the opportunities, not the obstacles.  Be someone with a positive attitude not someone who is thinking about having a positive attitude.

Add a comment December 2, 2010

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