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Day 118

Affirmation:

I am a light in the world.

I am a beacon for someone.

I presence in life is infinitely important.

I do not exist so that I can matter, I matter because I exist.


None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it.   We may feel like bit players in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone.  We’re wrong.  We may feel like we’ve never made a difference in the world.  We have.  Often we don’t know how far our light has shone or whose path we’ve illuminated.  We tend to need to see the product of our efforts before we will believe we’ve created a result.    And most of the time we never know who we’ve helped.  Most of the time, we don’t know how important we are in the world.

You have no way of knowing that the fight you broke up on the playground kept one little kid from turning into a bully.   You don’t realize that the girl you talked to at the doctor’s office left her abusive boyfriend because of something you said.  You’ll never see that the old man you helped yesterday has a new lease on life today because he again believes that people are good.  You don’t know how the dominoes of your good deeds and kind acts have fallen.  What matters is that each of us believe that we make a difference just by being here, that – in more small ways than big –  we matter.  That we are – each and every one of us – a light in the world for someone to travel by.

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Day 87

Affirmation:

I am a garden

I am creation manifest.

I am growing, evolving, transforming and bearing the fruits of love abundantly.

I nourish myself of my harvest and share infinitely with others.


In our most natural state, we are gardens.  We grow strongest in well fertilized soil, are in a constant state of transformation, and our existence is often plagued with pests and weeds, but with mindfulness, and the help of others, we overcome and become productive.  Our perennial crop is love, and when upon harvest we have enough for ourselves and others.

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Day 81

Affirmation:

I am part of a whole.

I am connected to all that is.

I  am proud to be entrusted with the care of this planet and all upon it.

I give of myself to the cause of something other than myself.

I strive daily to be of service in some way.


We could easily go about our days and weeks caring little for anything outside our private worlds and our own needs but we are part of a greater whole, a collective, that has been entrusted not only with the responsibility of caring for each other but also the planet.  We fulfill our sacred obligation when we engage in acts of service.  Our contributing might be thru monetary offerings,  the donation of goods, or volunteerism.   We can also be of service in less obvious ways, such as random acts of kindness, spontaneous gestures of help or support,  or by giving the gift of a few moments of our time.  We can forward emails that support good causes or even initiate one.  Small actions can make big differences, like picking up litter when on a walk.  And if we feel there is nothing else we can do, we can take a few minutes to offer prayer and loving thoughts to those in need.  We need to take care not to get so involved in our own striving and surviving that we forget we have a purpose greater than ourselves.

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In case you missed one, here’s a recap of the first 50 days of affirmations for 2015 …

Day 1     Birthing OurSelves

Day 2     A Used Book or Gently Loved?

Day 3     Love Is Not Blind

Day 4     Infinite Potential

Day 5     Be Here Now

Day 6     Remembering What Matters

Day 7     An Unknown Path

Day 8     Lighten Up!

Day 9     We Already Are

Day 10    PB and J

Day 11    Remembering to Breathe

Day 12    Yielding to Life

Day 13    Just Jump

Day 14    Somewhere Out There

Day 15    Just BE

Day 16    All Miracles Are Created Equal

Day 17    I Am in Perfect Health

Day 18    The Dis-Abling Effects of Fear

Day 19    Creating Tomorrow Today

Day 20    Being Grateful

Day 21    Square Peg? No Problem.

Day 22    The Joyful Inner Child

Day 23    Sacred Journeys

Day 24    Trust the Feeling

Day 25    Half Full? Half Empty? Neither!

Day 26    Every Day a Lifetime

Day 27    Cultivating Self-Worth

Day 28    Go Fly A Kite

Day 29    From a Child’s Example

Day 30    Love Beyond Fear

Day 31    Flowing with Life

Day 32    Addicted to the Drama

Day 33    Help Another, Help Ourselves

Day 34    Shut Off the Inner Critic

Day 35    Finding Purpose in Everything

Day 36    The Presence of Spirit

Day 37    Sharing the Gift of Positive Thoughts

Day 38    Survive and Thrive

Day 39    Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom

Day 40    Valentine’s Week… Putting Love First

Day 41    Valentine’s Week…. Saying I Love You

Day 42    Valentine’s Week… Life on Fire

Day 43    Valentine’s Week… The Care and Feeding of Relationships

Day 44    Valentine’s Week… Creating Romance

Day 45    Valentine’s Day – It’s All About Love

Day 46    The Habit of Duality

Day 47    The Influence of a Good Teacher

Day 48    Rising Above for a Different Perspective

Day 49    Soul Revival

Day 50    A Chance To Start Over

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Day 37

Affirmation:

I share my good thoughts and feelings of others with them.

I uplift the lives of others by offering the gift of my kind words.


To have a positive thought or feeling about another person and not share it with them is like having a gift that’s never given.  Imagine a world where all complimentary thoughts were shared – without fear – even with strangers.  No one can know how somebody’s day might be made better because we overcame our self-consciousness enough to offer a compliment or kind word.  Good thoughts of or about anyone – stranger, friend or family member –  are always more meaningful when shared.

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Day 35

Affirmation:

I live my purpose in every moment, in every activity, and in every facet of my life.


Purpose is often defined as a Higher Calling or spiritual reason for existing.  Many go in search of their purpose but it’s not something we can find.  Purpose finds us.  Our task is to recognize its presence.   It appears in the moment we comfort a friend.  It screams, “Here I am!” when we fall in love, adopt a pet, or plant a garden.   If each person has but one true purpose it would be to appreciate what they are doing every moment they are doing it.  Living in adoration of life and whatever it has us engaged in, that is the Highest Calling.

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Day 33

Affirmation:

I am uplifted in my own life by helping others.

I have no troubles when I am extending my heart to others.

I am grateful for opportunities to help and support those in need.


 

The greatest and quickest way to rise above our own troubles is to put our attention on helping others in need.  Personal problems often shrink in comparison to the troubles of others.   Helping others also promotes a sense of purpose and appreciation, both of which support one’s own shift from a negative state of mind to a positive one. When helping others, our focus is on more positive concepts such as improvement, recovery, and healing.  In short time those positive intentions and hopes will begin spilling over into our lives.  In short, by helping others, we help ourselves.

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Day 20

Affirmation:

I am grateful for every blessing in my life, big or small.

I am grateful for every blessing disguised as a challenge.

I express my gratitude often, both silently and aloud.

I make feeling grateful a habit.


 

Running water and a running car, friends and family, clothes and comfort; a desk, a computer, a light to see by and fingers to type with; the re$ources needed to enjoy life, be safe, eat well and sleep in peace; time, space, soul and heart; love and longing, naysayers and roadblocks, clouds and sun and soil and rain; seed to feed to birds, ears to hear their songs, and a mouth to smile at the loveliness of it all…..

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