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No Need For This

The Gift of No
Worry - May your days be worry-free. If you find yourself worrying about something then fix it. If it is beyond your control, then there is no sense in worrying about it. Ninety percent of what you worry about will never happen, so why worry! Worries are wasted emotions, and remember that circumstances have no emotional component unless you give it to them.

The best advice I have ever read about worry are the words of Jesus in the Bible in Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 25 to 34. If you have never read this you should. Verse 34 summarizes worry: "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."

"I've seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true." Mark Twain

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." Charles F. Kettering

"I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about." Henry Ford



How To Overcome Obstacles In Life
The Gift of
Positive Thinking - May you find the good in all situations, even if you have to look for it - look because it is there. No matter what happens in your life, find the good. Your attitude can be either positive or negative. The choice is up to you. But I can speak from experience, it you choose positive thoughts the your life will be a happier one.

"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands." Richard Bach

"Positive thinking does not mean that there are zero problems, but it means that you can cope and recover more easily, while at the same time you are able to look at a brighter side of any situation." John Franz

"The power of positive thinking is not just in the heads of hippies and therapists, there is actually scientific evidence that proves that thinking positively can impact us for the best." Jennifer N. Smith



Keeping Life On Even Keel
The Gift of
Balance in Your Life - May you find the balance of life, time for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing can end up creating stress; this is something that no one needs in their life. But living a life in balance can provide harmony and peace.

"Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Robert Fulghum

"But you do have choices about how you spend your time. Balancing what you need to do with what you want to do can lead to happiness and success." Stephen Hall

"So to succeed in life at the personal life as well as professional level and even in your social circles, one has to maintain a delicate balance between what your heart says and what your head dictates." Commander VK Jaitly



Use This For Fulfilling Dreams
The Gift of
Goal Setting - May all your dreams turn into goals. Goals will help you accomplish things you may have thought impossible.

"If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings." Susan Polis Schultz

"Having a clear mental image of our goals will point us in the right direction. Having a strong mindset will help us mold our attitudes, behaviors, expectations and actions." John Franz

"Meaningful goals are centered around relationships, personal growth, and are autonomously chosen, meaning we chose the goal because we wanted it, and not because someone thought we should, to please our parents, or to live up to other popular ideas of 'success', such as becoming famous and/ or wealthy. Martin Kaye



Your Gift
I am always reminded of the saying, "the most important things in life aren't things," so when giving gifts I always try to give love, laughter, appreciation for life, things to relieve worry, positive thinking items, things to help bring balance, and goal setting tools.

By
giving such gifts whether they are books, items, or my time, I hope I am influencing a person's life for the better.

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Simply give others a bit of yourself; a thoughtful act, a helpful idea, a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot, a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion. You take something out of your mind, garnished in kindness out of your heart, and put it into the other person's mind and heart."
Charles H. Burr

"However, the thing about giving is that each one of us has something to give and once you realise that you don't need to have a lot of money in order to give, you will be able to transform people's lives."
John Michaels

"I've simply always rejected the whole zero-sum approach, the notion that anytime I give to someone - my time, money, love, whatever - I've lost something. Instead, my experience is that we always benefit from our giving, either now or in the future, and life is brimming with win-win propositions."
Kip Tindell


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