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What Magnifies Your Spirit?

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What lifts you?
What thoughts leave a smile that lingers?
What people make you light up when you see them?
What experiences pull you up?
What do you look forward to?
What makes you feel good, not just in the moment but afterward as well?
What makes you glow? What energizes you?
What memories warm you long after the moment is gone?
What thoughts and beliefs sustain you when you walk the valley?
What brings contentment deep, deep into your soul?
What soothes your spirit, calms the beasts within?

I journal faithfully and I enjoy recording the things that magnify my spirit, that lift me up, the good things and good people that drift around in the back reaches of my mind at the end of the day. I collect them, remember them, record them, honor them, nourish them, seek them out, and actively create the conditions that will allow them to flourish. It is a network, a collection of memories and beliefs and knowings that form a strong foundation for a “bulwark never failing” against the storms of life.

Closing quote:

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” – Stephen R. Covey

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

 

Living the Question

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I’ve spent my life looking for answers; burning curiosity about what makes things work the way they do, why the world is the way it is, what makes people tick. I thought if I asked enough questions and listened to enough folks’ life stories all that info would somehow eventually coalesce into one grand, unified theory of life that made sense of everything.

Well, no regrets, but it never happened. I still ask questions constantly but I’m also much more comfortable “Living the Question” which to me means living life much more in the moment, allowing the answers to unfold before me, becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and the realization that much of the “control” we think we exercise is illusionary.

Closing Quotes:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926

“Peace of Mind is My Only Goal; Love is Letting Go of Fear, Forgiveness offers me all that I would want.” – A Course in Miracles

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

 

How Could I Not?

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The Parable of the Brothers:

Two brothers were raised in a home headed by a violent alcoholic father. One brother grew up to be an abusive drinker, the other a solid, loving family man. When asked how they came to live the lives they led, they both gave the same answer: “Given who my father was, how could I not?”

We are much more the product of our choices than our circumstances.

We are much more the product of our choices than our circumstances.

We are much more the product of our choices than our circumstances.

Closing Quotes:

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962

“Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it’s up to him and only him to decide which he wants to be.” – Ayn Rand, 1905-1982

“Life is a sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1913-1960

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

 

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