Setting the bar: Think it. Believe it. Speak it.

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For years, I attempted to live by Kratos’ quote: Keep your expectations low and you will never be disappointed. However, if it’s true that you are what you think, and that “Words we speak about an experience become the experience,” then we must set the bar for who we are and what we expect. Our minds and our words should be used to attract positive results. OK, at this point I may lose a reader or four. Hear me, though: I know about the cancer diagnosis. I know about (near) fatal accidents, deadly catastrophes, etc. Truth be told: I don’t view the world through rose-colored glasses. But when the bad stuff happens—because it will—let’s turn the script on its head and, rather than fear the worst, expect the best. Where do we begin? With an attitude of gratitude. And an expectation of favor in the midst of life’s storms. Think it. Believe it. Speak it. And watch favor unfold.

Are you ready to set the bar?

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Looking beyond the ickies

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The last three romantic comedies I’ve watched have focused heavily on how true love looks beyond the imperfections and accepts the other at face value, “ickies” and all.  This can be difficult to apply outside of the movies, however, once the rose-colored glasses come off and we’re exposed in all our glory (or otherwise) to the ones we care about (and vice versa).  Although, I happen to be acquainted with a couple who are an inspiring example of the Hollywood love story.  Individually, each entered into the relationship carrying a boat load of baggage.  But they are admittedly self-prescribed saps for the other, choosing to focus on the good in each.  They truly believe their lives are better  simply because they’re together.  And if you ask them their secret, they may just mention never being without their sap-colored glasses.  We should all be so lucky.

In love — and life — how are you at looking beyond the imperfections of others?