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Have you drank champange and danced on a table? Maybe it's time to do something different.

Let go, have fun, enjoy!

Great quote to start out the new year! Happy New Year.

I'm excited about 2012!

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.- Barbara de Angelis

    So much to think about, I hope you find it interesting.  "Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to suffer, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering.  We tend to look for happiness outside our-self, thinking that if we had the right house, the right car, the right job, and the right friends we would be truly happy. We spend almost all our time adjusting the external world, trying to make it conform to our wishes. Our whole life we have tried to surround our-self with people and things that make us feel comfortable secure, or stimulated, but we still have not found pure and lasting happiness. Even when we succeed in fulfilling our desires, it is not long before our desires change and we want something else.  We may find the house of our dreams, but a few months later we feel that we need a bigger kitchen, an extra bedroom, or larger yard, and we begin t think about moving.  Or perhaps we met the "perfect" partner, fall in love, and move in together.  At the beginning our partner seems to be the most wonderful person in the world, but before long we begin to see faults in him or her. We discover that we are no longer in love, and soon we are looking for someone else to fulfill our desires." "Throughout history human beings have sought to improve their external situation but despite all efforts we are no happier. ... The result of unbridled pursuit of happiness from external sources is that our planet is being destroyed and our lives are becoming more complicated and dissatisfying. It is time we sought happiness from a different source." "Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions. If our mind is pure and peaceful we will be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we can never be truly happy, no matter how hard we try to change our external conditions. We could change our home or our partner countless times, but until we charge our restless, discontented mind we will never find true happiness." I love this part.... "If we have to walk across rough and thorny ground , one way of protecting our feet is to cover the whole ground with leather, but this is not very practical. We can achieve the same result in a much simpler way - by covering our feet.  Similarly, if we wish to protect our-self from suffering we can either try to change the whole world to make it conform to our wishes, or we can change our  mind. Until now we have been trying to change the world, but this clearly has not worked. Now we need to change our mind." And this is only the introduction, I'm only part way through the book, but I'm loving it. It just makes sense. Love & Light, Kim

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