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Black Fear

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27

Play Misty for Me

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Ballerina Misty Copeland talks about becoming the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, and the responsibility she feels to those who didn't have the opportunities she's had.


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Independence Day

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Who's In Your Circle

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Keep Moving

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Keep moving! You may be tired, fired, burnt out and do not feel like it...but keep moving! You may have stacks of bills and be stressed out about how to pay them....but keep moving! You may have drama or trauma in your life, relationships, children, or career....but keep moving. Someone you care deeply about may be ill or declining in health. It is their journey. You are here to love, support and/or accompany them...not to become them, so keep moving!

Life may hand you a set of keys that will not open any doors. Crawl out a window and keep moving! You will get past this moment. You will feel stronger and more hopeful than you are now. Resolve that you can and will do this. Just keep moving! You have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!

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Happy Father's Day

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Who Are You?

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Sounds to me like Rachel Dolezal forces us to come up with a new term
transracial like the system came up with transgender. Could she really
be Black on the inside and Caucasian on the outside? Awesome!
I think my wife is too. It's all about how you see yourself!

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Clixsense, a well know ptc-site where you can earn some extra money each day to spend on whatever you want. Payouts with paypal, paytoo and payza. The interesting thing with this website is that you can earn a lot more then most ptc-sites. They offer paid ads, surveys (almost every day a couple), offers and tasks. Some things are partially region-bounded, like survey's. That means you will always get the survey in your own language. you can easily make more then 10-15+$ each day doing tasks and surveys and referring others. you can have unlimited referrals!

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Surveys:

On clixsense you can do each day couple of survey's. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Sometimes more paid then other times. For a survey you'll get from 0.80$ till more then 4$/survey. Some of them take only 2 minutes to fill in other would take a bit longer. Any how its a very nice way to earn some extra cash. ATM i am making between 1$ and 5$ each day only on completing survey's. You have to check several times/day if you want more survey's so you can do them as soon (and while) they are available. Just make sure you answer the questions for truth so you won't get expeled from this nice moneymaking system. Sign up and start earning!

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Tasks:

Tasks on clixsense are provided by crowdflower. For doing simple tasks online wich computers and programs can't do they pay you a couple cents/task which vary from 1 cents to 35+ cents. The more time you are willing to spend to complete these task, the more you will earn. some people are earning a few $ each day but then there are people earning 15$ each day or more. Some people are telling they no-life on it and are making 500-880$/month only doing these tasks. crowdflower works with levels now days which means you have to be patient the first 2 weeks and wait for test-questions to complete. when you have done 100 test-questions and have an accuracy of 70% you will be able to do your first tasks LEVEL 1. with an accuracy of 80% you reach level 2 and 90% reach level3. Of course the higher your level, the more tasks you can complete. Also every week they give to the one who did the most tasks! number 2-10 will get a money reward as well! Sign up and start earning!

Offers:

Of course you can complete as well dozens of offers which gives you clixcents. Try check it out.

Bonus:

Every day you can earn a bonus of minimum 6% and maximum 16% on the amount of $ you gathered that day. Normal member
will receive 6-8% while upgraded members will earn 14-16%. that means if you earned a little more then 5$ that day you will get a bonus of
almost 1$ extra! Very nice system if you ask me. Clixsense is rewarding its members!


Affiliate:
Clixsense referrals are very much rewarding. you will get 10% of everything they earn and if they upgrade themselves to member you will get if they earned . when they get referrals and they earn money, you will get instead of 2. If they again get referrals and make money you will get another 1$ and so on! I think its a very nice system and very rewarding.


Advertising for direct referrals or purchases: results

On clixsense you can buy credits for advertising your website or referral link. There are 3 options:

- buy credits for ppc (pay per click)

- buy advertising days on clixgrid

- buy sticky ad

results:

- credits: i bought 5000 visitors which given me a few referrals

- i bought 4 times 7 days advertising my website for another ptc-site for 6$ each. So cost price was which has given me

24 referrals!

- I bought 1 sticky ad for 67$. This will give you 1 day of unlimited views by members of clixsense. I made a blog with info on the ptc-siteand put a link to my referral link. After 24 hours I had 61 000 views and I got 66 direct referrals from it. It was a very good result. Much better then on any other ptc-website where you can advertise.

Conclusion: advertising on clixgrid and advertising with a sticky ad give damn good results on clixsense. You should try it if you are in need of alot referrals for your other ptc-websites.

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ClixSense Strategy for Maximum Earnings (without Referrals)

Clixsense strategy for maximizing your earnings potential.

Yes, referrals will be your best bet for making the most possible with Clisense.  If you are in a position to get an affiliate link out to a few hundred people, small incremental payments will start flooding in daily.  However, most people are not setup for this type of affiliate marketing.

While a ton of referrals will make a big difference in your Clixsense account, it is possible to beat out the rest of the Clixsense competition in PTC, microtask, offer and survey earnings alone.


Clixsense Strategy for Maximizing Earnings.. without Referrals

You can still earn a nice chunk of extra cash by taking part in the many other ClixSense activities.  The key to maximizing your Clixsense earning potential (without referrals) is the surveys, the ClixAddon, and the Daily Checklist bonus.




 

Install the ClixAddon (and keep it active!)

Your ClixSense strategy requires the ClixAddon so you can stay on top of what surveys, tasks and ads are available to you.The Clixsense addon is crucial for your Clixsense strategy, as it lets you know what’s available as it happens.

If you’re not familiar with ClixSense add on (the ClixAddon), find specific details here.

With the 800 people who are logged into Clixsense at any given time competing for the next task, good deals go fast.  They will probably not be there a few hours later.

The ClixAddon tells you what’s happening immediately, in real time, so you can be one of the first ones there and never miss a thing.  The first batch of participants in any of these areas (surveys, offers, PTC ads, tasks) has the best opportunity for earning.  They get more offered to them, and first picked for limited qualification requirements.

Leaving the ClixAddon running for an hour each day also contributes to your Daily Checklist bonus.  But if you see it there all the time and get used to the information it is giving you, you’ll notice how valuable it can be to you.


 

Complete the Daily Checklist bonus EVERYDAY..

The Daily Checklist bonus is the other area you should focus on every day.  This bonus rewards you for staying active on the site and coming back daily.  The percentage paid to you is  based on your entire personal earnings total, not including referral earnings.

The checklist is easy to complete if you’re there trying to earn anyway.  If you plan to earn the checklist bonus daily, you should definitely reconsider the Premium Membership.

After a while, you’ll notice that the more you earn from the site, the bigger this bonus gets. The amount will become too significant to pass up.

Go Premium!

Once you start increasing your personal earnings and completing your daily checklist on a daily basis, you should really consider going for the Premium Membership.  It absolutely is not necessary, but it more than doubles your daily bonuses.

Premium will cost you per year, but is very worth it if you’re active on the site.  That Daily Checklist above is based on your total daily earnings from PTC ad, tasks, offers, surveys and ClixGrid prizes.

With Premium, your bonus doubles, from 7% to 16%, for completed checklists, with no cap or limit on what’s possible.

Use the daily checklist bonus in your ClixSense strategy for maximum earnings.

So, if you have a day on Clixsense, that’s an extra .80 added to your account at the end of the day (compared to .10 for a Standard Member).


Update your profiles for the Clixsense surveys As part of your Clixsense strategy, be sure to update your survey profiles to get qualified for the higher paying surveys.

Clixsense is overly generous with its survey rewards.  If you qualified for each and everyone of these, you’d be set!

But these are not always so easy to qualify for.  What you need to understand is which type of person each survey is targeting by the questions being asked.  If you know what’s behind the survey questions being asked, they are much easier to qualify for.

Check out this list of secrets that the market researchers don’t want you to know, then go update your profile to fit the ‘profile’ they’re looking for.  You’ll qualify more often for the highest-paying surveys.

And sign up for as many of the survey companies attached to ClixSense.  The survey offers will flood in through your ClixAddon and you’ll boost your earnings fast!


ClixSense Strategy Conclusion..

If you follow this strategy, Clixsense can be a serious money-maker for you.  Over time, the longer you stay and remain active, the more money you will make.  Sign up for ClixSense if you haven’t yet.


 

My powerful secret..

While ClixSense is part of my daily earning strategy, there is another site that triples the amount ClixSense brings in.  Find out my #1 source of online income here.

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Faith

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How Finding "Overnight Success" Is like Growing Bamboo

How Finding "Overnight Success" Is like Growing Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the strongest, most versatile plants in the world. It's used for a large number of things, but just like success, it doesn't grow overnight. In fact, bamboo seedlings don't even break ground for at least five years.

There are many things that can help lead you to success: your experience, your ideas, and your process. But there is a reason that patience is a virtue. Daniel Dipiazza, the founder of Rich20Something, writes at Entrepreneur about how the appearance of so-called "overnight success" is just like being a bamboo farmer:

Even with perfect care and maintenance, you won't see any progress. You won't even be sure if they're still alive down there. This presents many inexperienced, would-be bamboo farmers with a dilemma: They can't dig up the plants to check on them. But they're so tired of waiting for the plant to sprout, and the suspense is killing them. So what do they do? Well, the successful bamboo farmers wait patiently. Even without seeing signs of growth, they are watering their seeds. Day in, day out. Even when they're discouraged. Even when they're sure that it's futile. Then, after five years of labor and faith in something they can't see, they're rewarded with the miraculous "overnight" growth. By the end of the week, their formally non-existent tree is taller than they are!

Dipiazza's analogy highlights the problem many of us have. We struggle because we don't see our success growing every day and we dig up the seeds to see what went wrong. Once we do that, however, it's all over—those seeds will never have a chance to sprout. You may not be able to see the progress every step of the way, but you need to keep watering your seeds you've planted and stay the course. One day, without warning, they'll spout and that "overnight success" will suddenly be yours. Dipiazza's entire article is worth a read, so check it out at the link below.

Why You Should Ask a Bamboo Farmer What It Takes to Succeed | Entrepreneur

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Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

It doesn't matter if you're an atheist, devout follower of your faith, an agnostic, or anywhere in between—there's wisdom to be learned from the world's religions. Here are some of the most important, universally applicable teachings from sacred texts everyone would benefit from learning.

I'm not a theologian by any means, but comparative religion has been an interest of mine for more than two decades. Reading The World's Wisdom by Philip Novak, The Enlightened Mind compiled by Stephen Mitchell, and other such compilations of the world's religious traditions, the one thing that has struck me most is the common themes running through them all—stories of community, of treating others with respect, and of finding your purpose in life.

Putting aside differing beliefs—about the afterlife, the nature of the divine, and religious rituals—we can all glean life lessons from ancient scriptures. Here are some of the most notable ones from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism (I'm choosing the most "popular" religions here based on the number of people adhering to these faiths and my familiarity with them, but also including other religions like Judaism and Sikhism where I have more information.)

1. The Golden Rule

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

If there's any universal truth or common teaching across various religions, it's probably the golden rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. As TeachingValues.com points out, this tenet is expressed in Christianity, Confuscianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and Zoroastriantism.

The Jewish Talmud, for example, says:

What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.

The Hindu Mahabharata declares:

This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.

And from the Islamic Sunnah:

No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.

In the secular world, this is called empathy, one of the most important skills you can learn both for your career and social life. It's about understanding where the other person is coming from and, even more important, treating their concerns the way you would your own.

2. Work for the Happiness of Others, Especially the Poor and Unfortunate

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

This teaching is similar to the golden rule, but expressly asks us to look out for others less fortunate than us. Studies have found that the most successful people tend to be givers rather than takers, and religions advocate this idea of selflessness and charity.

Buddha's final instructions on "the mission" set before us, for example, is to work for the happiness of others:

Go your ways, oh monks, for the benefit of many, for the happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, benefit and happiness of gods and men.

The Bible also preaches concern for the unfortunate:

If…there is a needy person among you…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman. Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs. For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you: open your hand to the poor and needy…

Albert Einstein went so far as to declare that Judaism isn't really a religion, but a tradition that celebrates the beauty of every single life:

Judaism appears to me to be almost exclusively concerned with the moral attitude in and toward life. […] The essence of the Jewish concept of life seems to me to be the affirmation of life for all creatures. […} There remains, however, something more in the Jewish tradition, so gloriously revealed in certain of the psalms; namely a kind of drunken joy and surprise at the beauty and incomprehensible sublimity of this world, of which man can attain but a faint intimation. It is the feeling from which genuine research draws its intellectual strength, but which also seems to manifest itself in the song of birds…

Caring for the unfortunate is one of the founding tenets of Sikhism, as CNN reports:

"(Founder) Guru Nanak said that if you want to meet God, serve the poor people," Johar says.

Gurdwaras around the world variously incorporate clinics, schools, guest quarters and community centers, which Sikhs say is a sign of the religion's values of service and equality.

And, as Zeeshan Rasool shared with me, Islamic prophets also emphasize the importance of being a beacon for others (and turning the other cheek, as Jesus exemplified):

"Be like the flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it." - Imam Ali ibn

3. Focus on the Present

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

As much as religions preach about the afterlife, they also emphasize making the most of the time we have available now (and isn't that the point of all our productivity hacks?).

Buddhism's emphasis on mindfulness and meditation might be the most prominent examples, but other religions also encourage us to savor the moment and sharpen our awareness.

Tyler Lear, a former theology student, notes, for example, that Hinduism is hinged on your "rightful stage" or life priority at the time:

In Vedic Hinduism (there are significant aspects in modern versions of Hinduism and Indian culture in general, but it's not as hard-and-fast as it's represented in the Vedas), there are four life stages: student, householder, retiree, renouncer. [...] These stages do not necessarily have to all be completed in a lifetime; in fact, it could take several lifetimes to work through a single stage, depending on the person. When one was acting within one's rightful stage (i.e. a householder doing their best to raise their family, work hard, and earn lots of money or a renouncer praying and meditating, having as little to do with other humans as possible), then one is actively contributing to the cosmic order. In other words, if you do what you're supposed to do according to your stage (among other things, like caste, etc.), you're helping hold the universe together.

Bottom line: Everyone's at a different place in life, with different priorities, and that's a good thing.

The Hindu Svetesvatara Upanishad recommends the "quiet retreat of Yoga":

Find a quiet retreat for the practice of Yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smoldering fires, and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation.

And Jesus told his followers:

Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

In other words, worrying is a pretty useless pasttime. The only things you'll actually regret on your deathbed are things like not expressing your feelings and sacrificing family time for work.

4. Aim for Achievements, Not Money

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

More money doesn't always mean more happiness—an idea most religions are happy to point out. Stop running after material things, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism agree.

Imam Ali ibn abi Talib says:

"The parable of this world is like your shadow - If you stop, it stands still. If you chase it, it distances itself from you."

Money can also distract you from the bigger picture, as Jesus said:

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."


That's not to say we have to cast off all material possessions. Buddhism teaches the joy of not being in debt and finding your career path. Still, the things that make us happiest in life are not things we can add up with a calculator.

5. Interact with the Community

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

Religious practice forces you out of your shell (if you're the type, like me, to have a social shell). That's a good thing, because shared religious beliefs or not, we all depend on each other to not just survive but also thrive.

A Jewish rabbi, through Tyler Lear, pointed out that community is the defining trait of Judaism:

There are many different ways to be Jewish, including atheist Jews, but the people are really what bring everything together. They share a common history and (in most ways) a common culture. [Side note: this is one of the biggest issues with people converting to Judaism; if you have to convert, you weren't part of the community to begin with, which makes sharing in that common background far harder.]

Bottom line: Life is about the people you're with, a sense of community with those around you; nothing else matters nearly as much.

Other religions also emphasize this. Islam's five daily prayer practices, for example, bring followers together throughout the day, as do other religion's formal, regular services. My favorite part of Catholic mass has always been that "peace be with you" shaking of hands with the strangers in your pew—-I bestow peace on you, you bestow it on me, and at least in that moment everything is right with the world. Being an active participant in the community might not come naturally to many of us, but at the very least, religion reminds us that we are not alone.

6. Take Responsibility for Your Actions

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

"What goes around, comes around." Most religions have their own interpretation of karma and warn followers that your choices and actions have consequences.

Karma yoga is perhaps the central teaching from Hinduism's Bhagavad Gita. It's not the action itself that matters, but the quality of mind behind your actions that bind you. Act for the sake of acting, without desire for the rewards (Getting started is everything.):

If one identifies with one's actions, desiring certain results, one is bound to that action-pattern and doomed to rebirth. However, if one acts earnestly but without attachment to results, performing every action as an offering to God, knowing that God alone is the only Actor, one proceeds on the path to liberation.

The core doctrine of Buddhism also teaches in the Eightfold Path that:

All beings are the owners of their deeds (karma), the heirs of their deeds; their deeds are the womb from which they sprang…Whatever deeds they do—good or evil—of such they will be the heirs.

GotQuestions.org interprets karma for Christians—essentially, you reap what you sow:

The Bible talks a lot about reaping and sowing. Job 4:8 says, "As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it."Psalm 126:5 says, "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." [...] In each of these instances, as well as all the other references to reaping and sowing, the act of receiving the rewards of your actions takes place in this life, not in some future life. It is a present-day activity, and the references make it clear that the fruit you reap will be commensurate with the actions you have performed. In addition, the sowing you perform in this life will affect your reward or punishment in the afterlife.

7. Know Yourself (Make Up Your Own Mind)

Seven Important Lessons from World Religions Everyone Should Know

Many people associate religion with indoctrination, but if you study the texts from the world's major religions, they actually advocate looking within yourself to make up your own mind—and maybe find your spiritual core within yourself.

My favorite Zen story is this:

A monk asked Seon Master Un-mun, "What is Buddha?"

The master replied, "Dried shit on a stick."

And also:

If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

Even though religions have very structured practices, self-reflection Is strongly encouraged.

John Calvin's Christian writings in Institutes proclaims:

Nearly all wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists in two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves (Institutes, 1.1.1).

Calvin argued that one could not truly know God without knowing oneself and that one couldn't truly know oneself without knowing God. Calvin acknowledged the obvious dilemma in saying, "which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern."

And Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib advises:

"One who often thinks and reflects develops his foresight and vision."

Stay curious and keep questioning—but also don't discount the wisdom of the ages.



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The Tortoise and the Hare

One of Aesop’s Fables
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Tortoise and the Hare, by Arthur Rackham

Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.

“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”

Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”

The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.

“Slowly does it every time!” he said.

 

 

Confucius
"It does not matter how slowly you go
as long as you do not stop."

What keeps you going or makes you stop?



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Peace for All

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Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind

How to attain mental peace

Peace of mind is the most sought after 'commodity' in human life. It appears that most of us are in a state of perpetual restlessness. On analyzing the causes of this restlessness, I have ventured to find for myself ten solutions that need to be followed religiously if we are serious about achieving perfect peace of mind.

1. Do not interfere in others' business

Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others' affairs

We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic, and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction.

This kind of attitude on our part denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God, for God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because they are prompted to do so by the Divine within them. There is God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own business and you will have your peace.

2. Forget and forgive

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often nurture ill feeling inside our heart for the person who insults or harms us. We forget that the insult or injury was done to us once but by nourishing the grievance we go on excavating the wound forever. Therefore it is essential that we cultivate the art of forgiving and forgetting.

Believe in the justice of God and the doctrine of Karma. Let Him judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forget, forgive, and march on.

3. Do not crave for recognition

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motive. They may praise you today because you are rich and have power but no sooner you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and start criticizing you.

Moreover, no one is perfect. Then why do you value the words of praise of another mortal like you? Why do you crave for recognition? Believe in yourself. People's praises do not last long. Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the rest to God.

4. Do not be jealous

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know you work harder than your colleagues in the office but they get promotions, you do not. You started a business several years ago but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. Should you be jealous? No, remember everybody's life is shaped by his previous Karma that has now become his destiny. If you are destined to be rich, not all the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere, but will only give you restlessness.

5. Change yourself according to the environment

If you try to change the environment single handedly, the chances are you may fail. Instead, change yourself to suit the environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has remained unfriendly for you, will mysteriously appear to be congenial and harmonious.

6. Endure what cannot be cured

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations and accidents that are beyond our control. We must learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, "God will it so, so be it". God's logic is beyond our comprehension. Believe it and you will gain in patience, in inner strength, in will power.

7. Do not bite more than you can chew

This maxim should be always remembered. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable to carry out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Spend your free time on prayers, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind, which make you restless. Fewer the thoughts, greater is the peace of mind.

8. Meditate regularly

Meditation makes the mind thoughtless. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour every day, you will tend to become calm during the remaining twenty-three and a half hours. Your mind will not be disturbed as much as before. This will increase your efficiency and you will turn out more work in less time.

9. Never leave the mind vacant

An empty mind is devil's workshop. All evil deeds start in the mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. You must decide what you value more - money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even if you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God's name (japa).

10. Do not procrastinate and never regret

Do not waste time in wondering "should I or shouldn't I?" Days, weeks, months and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Always remember God has His own plan too. Value your time and do things. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can rectify your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET! Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the will of God. You do not have the power to alter the course of God's will. Why cry?

May God help you remain at peace
With yourself and the world
Om shanti shanti shanti






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