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Respect

I show respect by communicating.

Dissenters often build walls to protect their personal point of view. They prevent the flow of communication and potential for understanding and expansion. 

Instead, I acknowledge the validity of another’s opinion, without it diminishing my stance. I believe there is space for more than one position on a topic or circumstance.

When I am available for discussion, I show respect by communicating.

Quirks

I accept my quirks as part of my personality.

Mainstream thinking attempts to mold us into conformity. Many buy the same clothing, watch conventional media, and follow similar fads. When I don’t fit the stereotype, I am tempted to question what I need to change about myself.

Instead, I cherish my unique contributions to my community and our world. As long as I am kind, my views and manners are a valuable part of the whole human web.

When I realize the importance of diversity, I accept my quirks as part of my personality.

Positive

My day is off to a positive start.

It’s common to vent and complain about circumstances that feel unfair. We fall back to feeling fear, anxiety, or uncertainty, often based on messages we received as children.

Instead, we can choose to reframe situations. We can look at our history to see that in fact we are competent. We can believe we are capable of changing previous patterns into positive outcomes.

When I wake with a smile and hopeful anticipation, my day is off to a positive start.

Open

I am open to transforming this moment.

People often blame others for their situation. They give away their power and think they can do nothing to improve what is occurring.

Instead, I recognize that an approach of blame and helplessness is counterproductive. I look beyond the petty day-to-day for a larger place for my Self in my life.

When I own my power and take responsibility, I am open to transforming this moment.

New

I see new opportunities all around me.

So often, we see only what the familiar pattern offers. Fear can limit our view of options and possibilities.

Instead, I look at things from a different perspective. Using courage and creativity, I stretch beyond my farthest boundaries. I place my trust in all that is available.

When I recognize the magnitude of this world, I see new opportunities all around me.

THoughts

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]

I can control my thoughts.

Rumination can lead us into a deep, spiraling hole. We focus on negative thoughts and events, without gaining insight from these experiences.

Instead, I remind myself that these thoughts arise from within me. It’s the process of believing my thoughts, which are only thoughts, that causes me problems.

When I focus on the present moment and utilize all my senses, I can control my thoughts.

Miracles

Today is full of miracles.

Skeptics believe that everything has a scientific or rational explanation for occurring. They tend to analyze and organize events in an orderly manner that strips away any possibility of wondrous events.

Instead, I cherish and honor that which happens, regardless of its cause. The bird will sing, whether I know its name, and can fly thousands of miles to the winter grounds of its ancestors, even when it’s never been there before.

When I step back and observe Life as it happens, I know that today is full of miracles.