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One of the greatest changes that came out of my life from 12 Step recovery was the desire to help another without any other motivation but the desire to help another…today’s quotes are ones that I feel help to further explain this…

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” (Charles De Lint)

“The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?” (Dan Pearce)

 “Be nice to people… maybe it’ll be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread the love anyway. We rise by lifting others.”  (Germany Kent)

“Don’t value your self-worth by others or external things but by appreciating who you are within. And if you must measure your success do it not by what you have gained personally but what you have contributed to a wider benefit.”  (Rasheed Ogunlaru)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes are a direct follow up to yesterday’s article on when we find ourselves playing that “What If” game that often takes us in a complete circle going nowhere in life…

“The trouble with the what-if game was that once you began to play it, you couldn’t just quit whenever you wanted. From one what-if grew another.” (Dean Koontz)

“But that’s the thing with the what-if game – you really never know the answer to that question. And maybe it’s better that way. Because underneath the surface of what-ifs are much worse ones.” (Elizabeth Eullberg)

“For years I played the what-if game. Maybe you’re acquainted with this pastime. The rules are simple: Rule #1: You’re only allowed to think of worst-case scenarios. Rule #2: You can only lose. Rule #3: The more you play, the greater your losses.” (Craig Groeschel)

“Playing the game of ‘what if’ never gets you anywhere except stuck in the past. The lesson in life is to move forward with what the universe hands you. You cannot expect others to know or understand your karma and your personal path. And you must allow them the grace of stepping on theirs, even when that leads them off in a direction that you cannot follow.” (Suzanne Wagner)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes surround those who plant seeds of kindness, hope, love, generosity, and the like, never really knowing if they’re making a difference or not in life…

“The seeds of kindness you plant today will one day bloom in the hearts of all you touch.” (Katrina Mayer)

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love. It will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” (Steve Maraboli)

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Be patient and stay the course.” (Fabienne Frederickson)

“Every thought, word, and action plants seeds in the garden of your life. Are you planting seeds of love, compassion, peace, or those of anger, resentment, and dissatisfaction? Choose wisely and tend your garden well.” (John Bruna)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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In alignment with my entry yesterday, I wanted to follow up with several inspiring quotes on how I tend to see God always moving in such strange and mysterious ways…

“God is making things happen for you. Even when you don’t see it, even when you can’t feel it, even if it’s not evident. God is working on your prayers.” (Unknown)

“One thing I love about God Almighty is that He works in mysterious ways. Sometime He will tell you; “Stand still and I will do all the work for you.” Isn’t He the one that can make all things possible?” (Temitope Owosela)

“The Lord works in mysterious ways. What’s true to one man, a wonder and a marvel, might not seem so to another, as God didn’t intend it for him.” (Katherine Howe)

“God does work in mysterious ways, but when we try to place God in a box, when we try to figure it all out ourselves, and remain in control, we are sure to miss out on knowing that when it happens. (Andrew Arthur Dawson)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes are ones I would think unconditionally loving families would agree with and ones I often wish had emanated fully from my own family…

“The most beautiful thing in this world is to see your parents smiling and knowing that you are the reason behind that smile.” (Unknown)

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” (Matthew Jacobson)

“As a parent, I will always be proud of my children, not because they have achieved something great, but because they simply. are my children.” (Unknown)

“Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” (Gary Smalley)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes center around yesterday’s article that had the subject of anger, something I’ve noticed has increased a lot in this world since the pandemic began. Maybe it was already there growing, or maybe it truly has made it more prevalent, either way, today’s quotes are ones that support how I feel about anger…

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.” (Roy T. Bennett)

“Do not let your anger lead to hatred, as you will hurt yourself more than you would the other.” (Stephen Richards)

 “Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” (Bohdi Sanders)

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” (Chinese Proverb)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes deal with all the money ill-spent during much of my life, on addictions, on people, places, and things, and a lot of time and energy, only to discover a lot of spiritual truths through it all…

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” (Will Rogers)

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.” (Epictetus)

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” (Anna Lappe)

“Once you really accept that spending money doesn’t equal happiness, you have half the battle won.” (Ernest Callenbach)

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.” (Haruki Murakami)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s inspiring quotes surround something that has been a struggle for much of my life and for many others as well, that being with sexuality. The following are quotes I felt resonated in my heart and soul and I hope you may connect with them as well…

“Don’t be afraid. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t ever apologize for your sexuality. Just be you.” (Sonya Deville)

“All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.” (Andreja Pejic)

“Sexuality shouldn’t define anyone. It doesn’t define me. Love should be at the core of what you do” (Jessie J.)

“Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.” (Dorothy Allison)

“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all God’s people and that’s it. And because of that, we’re all equal.” (Andrew Arthur Dawson)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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In light of my impending milestone in my S.L.A.A. program, I searched for inspiring quotes that I felt matched the joy I have in achieving 10 years of sobriety and recovery from an addiction that once controlled me more than I was in control of it…

“Sobriety is not for the faint of heart. We have to want it more than anything we ever have before. And when we have that moment of clarity and truth and commitment, the whole world, in all its crazy beauty, opens up to us.” (Anonymous)

“Sobriety isn’t just about being sober because someone said you need help…It’s about making a decision to have a deeper more profound life. It’s about not running away from fear, but looking it straight in the eye…knowing you will get through it. It’s about knowing you don’t have to walk this road alone and trusting a power and love greater than you. It’s about service and helping people instead of hurting them…including yourself. You are a warrior because you chose to feel every fiber of your being and that takes courage. That is where freedom is!” (Anonymous)

“Sober birthdays are important to me now. They’re not about giving you a thumbs-up for being a good human. You don’t get extra credit for doing your homework, but for me, it’s more of a celebration acknowledging that we are capable of overcoming problems.” (Eminem)

“A mighty wind blew night and day, it stole the oak tree’s leaves away, then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while the other trees fell all around, the weary wind gave up and spoke, how can you still be standing Oak? The oak tree said, I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth, you’ll never touch them, for you see, they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn’t sure of just how much I could endure, but now I’ve found, with thanks to you I’m stronger than I ever knew.” (Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes are ones that I felt really summed up how I feel surrounding uncontrolled anger, something I used to struggle with greatly, and something I saw myself in with Will Smith’s recent Oscar 2022 violent outburst.

“Getting angry in a stressful situation is like trying to clean something with dirt.” (Urbanky Aurel Petru)

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” (Cherie Carter- Scott)

“Never do anything when you’re in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.” (Baltasar Gracian)

“Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” (Ambrose Bierce)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes follow my long entry yesterday about the yearning my heart has for something Greater that this world doesn’t have to offer, and hasn’t had, no matter how hard I’ve ever sought it…

“One moment in the presence of God can change many things. A minute spent in the presence of God is better than any glamour that takes you away from Him.” (Gift Gugu Mona)

“Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.” (Alexander MacLaren)

“Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.” (Sam Storms)

“I yearn for God’s presence. His glorious light infusing my darkened places.” (Nan Jones)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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How do you define yourself in this world? That was the topic of yesterday’s article. Today’s entry are some of the answers others have had to that question that I really found inspiration with…

“Define yourself by what you love.” (Tim Minchin)

“Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you.” (Eckhart Tolle)

“To define yourself is to limit yourself. Without labels you remain the infinite being.” (Deepak Chopra)

“Others do not define you, you define yourself through your words and actions.” (Karen Handel)

“When you start defining yourself, you put yourself in boxes and I don’t want to be trapped in anything because I will always evolve, I will always change. It’s like water. I take on many shapes. Everyone should be that way and not define themselves. I am everything.” (Karrine Steffans)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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With the recent life change that my partner Chris and I almost had in a potential move to Tampa, Florida for a new position for Chris that ended up not happening in the end, I wanted to look for some inspirational quotes that came out of the frustration from it all…

“Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that God has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful – or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.” (Brianna Weist)

“When things don’t work out the way you planned, maybe life has bigger things planned for you. You just don’t know them yet.” (David Cuschieri)

“Be grateful that certain things didn’t work out. Sometimes you don’t even know what you’re being protected from or where you’re being guided to when you’re in the midst of chaos. That’s why you just have to trust that greater things are aligning for you. Let go gracefully.” (Idil Ahmed)

“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes follow in line for the ongoing realizations I continue to make in my 12 Step recovery from my former life of toxic addictions…

When you become a slave to someone or something and are unable to stop without help, when that someone or something takes the brain hostage and the addict has lost the power of choice, it has become a disease.” (Unknown)

“Knowing what I lost and knowing where it led me gives me strength from addiction. Knowing what I have today…my thoughts of getting high vanish. (Tangie B.)

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but human connection.” (Johann Hari)

“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” (Joko Beck)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes are ones I found to help with processing the loss of a close friendship recently…

“You have to accept that some chapters in our lives have to close without closure. There’s no point in losing yourself by trying to fix what’s meant to stay broken.” (Unknown)

“You have to let people go. Everyone who’s in your life are meant to be in your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay til the end.” (Unknown)

“Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.” (Unknown)

“When someone walks out of your life, let them. There’s no use in wasting your time on people that leave you. What you make of yourself and your future is no longer tied to them. Yes, you may miss them. But remember that you weren’t the one that gave up.” (Unknown) 

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes follow up my Grateful Heart Monday entry yesterday that celebrated my 10-year anniversary with my partner Chris…

“Fall in love with someone who sees the wars within you and not only chooses to stay, but chooses to stand by your side and help you fight them.” (Unknown)

“Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.” (Nicholas Sparks)

“Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.” (Carroll Bryant)

“A true relationship is two imperfect people refusing to give up on each other.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes surround yesterday’s article on the animal abuse and cruelty that took place in the recent film, “The Power of the Dog”. I feel very connected to the message of these quotes and pray one day that people will see that animals feel pain just like we do…

“Never believe that animals suffer less than humans. Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.” (Louis J. Camuti)

“Animals have hearts that feel, eyes that see, and families to care for, just like you and me.” (Anthony Douglas William)

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” (Anatole France) 

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes stem from yesterday’s article about an individual who lashed out at me and unleashed their anger during one of my 12 Step leads. The following quotes really helped me to work through that situation a lot.

“When others lash out at you in anger with words or actions, their battle is not with you but themselves.” (Abraham Hicks)

“You never know when someone is in crises. If someone ever lashes out at you in anger, consider where their angers comes from before responding. Often anger is a cover for fear or desperation.” (Dr. Linnaya Graf)

“If you carry around a lot of suppressed or repressed anger, you may lash out at people, blaming or punishing them for something someone else did a long time ago. Because you were unwilling or unable to express how you felt in the past, you may overreact in the present…” (Beverly Engel)

“The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Always remember that you reap what you sow and karma always comes back around. That is the subject for today’s quotes and yesterday’s Daily Reflection.

“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.” (Zig Ziglar)

“If you want kindness, be kind. If you want friends, be friendly. If you want help, be helpful. If you want love, be loving. If you want respect, respect yourself. You will most often get more of the things that matter in life by giving them first than you ever will by trying desperately to get them or asking for them.” (Zero Dean)

“Everything you do, everything you say, every choice you make, sooner or later comes back around.” (Rich Simmonds)

“Remember, what you do now will come back to you in the future. Life has a funny way of making yo deal with what you make others go through.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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How often in life we look outside of ourselves to fill any emptiness we feel within was the subject of yesterday’s article and is the basis for today’s quotes.

“Instead of filling the void in your heart with outside substances, material possessions or the acceptance of others, learn to fill it with rituals of self love.” (Erin Chatters)

“Happiness is your inherent nature. In the hustle and bustle of life, you have forgotten a part of yourself, and looking for it outside. Fill this void with happiness that is sustainable, not transitory, that illuminates your life and that of others, that is life giving and so natural.” (Sanchita Pandey)

“If I was lonely, if I was afraid of being alone, then why abandon myself? Why run to someone else looking to give myself the thing that only I could give? I wanted to escape myself because I felt empty, and the emptiness frightened me. But obviously, I was empty because I was always running out, running away. The only way to fill the emptiness was to remain, to take up residence in myself.” (Norah Vincent)

“We see ourselves as broken, and then set out on a long and frustrating journey, to fill our emptiness. But it is not fixing that we require. It is awakening…” (Alan Cohen)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes continue to stress the importance of having a grateful heart and a life of gratitude…

“Gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” (James E. Faust)

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” (Aesop)

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“If you fail to carry around with you a heart of gratitude for the love you’ve been so freely given, it is easy for you not to love others as you should.” (Paul David Tripp)

“Even in the most peaceful surroundings, the angry heart finds quarrel. Even in the most quarrelsome surroundings, the grateful heart finds peace.” (Doe Zantamata)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes come on the heels of the continued judgments I have received from others, being compared to my past and still labeled as selfish, rather than seeing the selfless side of me and the good I do that I know God sees…

“If we judge others, it is because we are judging something in ourselves of which we are unaware.” (John A. Sanford)

“Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love, and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say, don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep on shining like you do.” (Scott Stable)

“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.” (Doe Zantamata)

“Always remember that you do not need to explain yourself or prove anything to anyone. If they cannot accept you for you, then it is time to move on.” (Cath B Akesson)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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I’ve truly struggled with the amount of long-distance friendships that have fallen to the wayside over the years, often not because of my own efforts to keep them going. Today’s set of quotes are ones I found comfort in surrounding this subject and agree with wholeheartedly…

“Long-distance friendships are like wind to a fire; it puts out the small ones, but inflames the big ones.” (Roger de Rabutin)

“The people who are meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, no matter how far they wander.” (Unknown)

“It is easy to have a sense of connectedness through social media, but long-distance friendships, even close ones, may require more conscious effort to maintain. Seek out opportunities for “friendship renewal” through face-to-face time when possible. Making an effort beyond social media is what keeps a long-distance friendship intact.” (Jeffrey A Hall)

“Distance is just a test of how far friendship can travel.” (Unknown)

“Distance sometimes lets you know who is worth keeping, and who is worth letting go.” (Lana Del Rey)

“I’ve come to see that true friendships meant to endure the test of time and even distance comes down to one thing, both are willing to go the extra mile for each other.” (Andrew Arthur Dawson)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes continue to talk on the subject of male bravado, a trait that men often grow into, especially when they are raised without a father figure or with one who only knew that way to start with.

“Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado, or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political, or other. It consists in deeds and not words.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“As boys without bonds to their fathers grow older and more desperate about their masculinity, they are in danger of forming gangs in which they strut their masculinity for one another, often overdo it, and sometimes turn to displays of fierce, macho bravado, and even violence.” (Frank Pittman)

“The hallmark of insecurity is bravado.” (Brandon Sanderson)

“There are a lot of false pictures of what being a man is all about. What we are NOT talking about is a false-bravado, overly masculine type of man, that when all is said and done is too manly to love, too manly to serve, too manly to care, or too manly to lower himself in humility. But what we are talking about is a man who is willing to be wrung-out for the good of his family, his partner, and his God.” (Matt Chandler)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes surround the subject of death, a topic I wrote about yesterday when it comes to the idea of whether death can be prevented. I found much connection with the following quotes to help in discussing this subject…

“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” (Tecumseh) 

“All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.” (Michael McDowell)

“Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident.” (Henry David Thoreau)

“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” (Haruki Murakami)

“How can you treat death so lightly, she asks. ‘Because it happens,’ he replies. ‘It is inevitable. I do not mourn the falling of a leaf or the breaking of a wave. I do not sorrow for a shooting star as it burns itself up in the atmosphere. So why should I?” (Roger Zelazny)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes center around the subject of quitting/being a quitter, something my mother once accused me of doing/being, and something I’ve worked hard not to do or ever be in my adult life…

“Everything you need to be grate is already inside of you. Stop waiting for someone or something to light your fire, you have the match.” (Darren Hardy)

“I’m not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance.” (Cicely Tyson)

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” (Orebela Gbenga)

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. But never quit.” (Samuel Beckett)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Have you ever spent time with people who talk only about themselves? Today’s quotes surround this subject.

“Self-centered people have only one topic to talk about…THEMSELVES.” (Stef Harder)

“Talk about yourself as much as you like, but do not expect others to listen.” (Mason Cooley)

“People who talk only of themselves think only of themselves.” (Dale Carnegie)

“When you find yourself spending time with friends who do nothing but talk about themselves, maybe it’s time to ask yourself why. Are they a mirror for you? Are you this way? If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that true friends will want to know more about those they spend time with than talk about themselves.” (Andrew Arthur Dawson)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes start out this new year, 2022, with a fresh start, a fresh look, and a fresh attitude towards life…

“Why the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” (Vern McLellan)

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” (Socrates)

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” (Meister Eckhart)

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.” (Sarah Ban Breathnach) 

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes all surround a subject I wrote about in yesterday’s blog entry how none of us are perfect in this world, how we all have our own flaws, imperfections, vulnerabilities, and insecurities. I felt this batch of quotes were quite inspiring on this subject.

“Do you hate it when people make a joke about you, about something you are actually incredibly insecure about and they don’t realize it, but every laugh feels like a stab in your chest, because it hurts so much and brings up memories you’d rather forget. But you can’t say anything, because then people would know your weaknesses. They’d know how insecure you really are. So instead you just laugh it off, and hide the pain you feel inside.” (Anonymous)

“I have insecurities, of course. But I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” (Adele)

“I used to tell myself I had to be perfect and then things would fall into place, but only now do I realize that is far from the case. I am imperfectly perfect, I’m accepting all my flaws. I’m no longer letting my insecurities put my life on pause.” (Monica Carolan)

“Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, ‘This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!’ I’m proud of that.” (Kate Winslet)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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If you’ve ever felt like damaged goods in this world, too far broken, ignored or otherwise, things I spoke about in yesterday’s article, then the following quotes may help!

“You might be broken, but you are not damaged goods. You aren’t any less valuable than those who consider themselves ‘whole’. So please don’t sell yourself short. Don’t let anyone buy you at half price, then return you a week later with more damage than you had before.” (S.T.G.)

“When you’ve become so damaged in life, when someone wants to give you what you truly deserve, you have no idea how to respond to it and often have the tendency to push them away instead.” (Anonymous)

“All of us are a little damaged, but we are not damaged goods. We are just unpolished diamonds.” (Ria)

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken. It is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a lot in this world.” (Anthon St. Maarten)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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Today’s quotes surround more of the spirit of this holiday season and what I believe to be is more about the true nature of Christmas…

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” (Ruth Carter Stapleton)

“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas likes in your heart.” (The Polar Express)

“Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.” (George F. McDougall)

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” (Thomas S. Monson)

“The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own and finding you’ve never known such happiness.” (Toni Sorenson) 

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson