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Do You Have Sight or Vision?

Sight is the ability to see things as they are. Vision is the ability to see things as they could be.

Once upon a time there was a shoe salesman who went to Africa to scout the market. Seeing everyone bare-footed, he became discouraged and wired his manufacturer: “There’s no business here. They don’t wear shoes.” The company brought him home. Meanwhile, a competitor who was in the same region sent a message back to his organization. Excitedly he said: “This is an unbelievable opportunity. They all need shoes and no one else is selling here!”

How often do you stay on the track of “what is” rather than to challenge your initial reactions and ask “what might be?” When you only focus on the problems of your life – revenues are down, employee conflicts – you are near-sighted. You allow your vision to be obstructed by what you see now or what you believe based on past experiences.

Success truly begins in your mind. As the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said: “You must see the reaching before you reach the reaching.” 

The question of vision is a very simple one – what do you want in your life?

Be aware of the things that are influencing you. For example, what books do you read? What words do you speak? What thoughts do you think? With whom do you spend the most time? If you’re constantly mixing with people who talk about how lousy life is, these people form the basis of your reality. Be careful about what you allow into your head because these things shape your views and eventually your vision.

These are things I am thinking about today…what do YOU think?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 


Gratitude is the heart’s memory.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
-Melody Beattie


Everynight as I fall asleep I always think of the things I am most grateful for.  Some of my friends keep a journal to list these things-I like to simply recall mine.

Here are 101 things that I am grateful for lately (in no particular order).

God
family
sound of kids laughing
books
bookstores
music
gardenias
freedom
full Moons
bonfires
gothic things
smell of rain
thunderstorms
fresh cut grass
tea
Fairies
beauty
sunsets
Moonrise
gardening
people speaking in accents
graphic design
sidewalk cafes
black eyeliner
Candles (of course!)
Vintage Victorian things
ghost stories
film noir
laughing till you cry
makeup
bare feet
new friends
old friends
hot coffee
dancing
pictures of faraway places
piano
jasmine
good red wine
vintage pin up art
tubing on the river
lavender plants
beer
holidays
parties
summer nights
barbeques
love
dry leaves crunching
hot coffee
unexpected kindness
dreams
forests full of green
vintage shops
big soft sweatshirts
pancakes with nuts
crisp fall nights
spaghetti
mom and dad
perfume
high heels
stars
swimming
palm trees
Pirates
sunshine on my back
warm sand
silly cats
dogs
cool crisp sheets
waves on the shore
tiny babies
smiles
sleeping in
staying up late
hot showers
fresh soap
new places
crackle of a warm fire
birds chirping
fountains splashing
butterflies
Santa Claus
movie nights
chocolate
lullabies
glitter
color
purple sweet tarts
mentors
haunting cello music
summer strawberries
poetry
sealing wax
boating
massages
aromatherapy
swimming
fireworks

What are YOU most thankful for?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,