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What do you see in the mirror?

We all know them. People who people blame others or circumstances for the challenges they may face, complaining about everything from their job, to their partner, their family and friends, and anything else they think isn’t as it should be.  And of course we are all guilty of this to varying degrees.

Complaining is so much easier than making a change, or practicing gratitude for that matter. But consider this: much of our life is simply a reflection of our actions and because of that, you can do something to change what displeases you. That starts with your attitude.
Realizing that you create your own reality – both in terms of your actions and your perceptions – can be an empowering and overwhelming insight.

On vacation I am light, free and happy. I feel excitement and enthusiasm in every pore of my being and show it through my smile, my openness, my friendliness. Not surprisingly those around me respond in kind. Then I find myself wondering why I don’t have the same experience at home. The answer is obvious…because I am different at home, focused more on the responsibilities of the every day.

Each of us has control over ourselves and can create a positive impact or a negative one.   Take a look in the mirror to see if your hardships are, in fact, of your own making. Could you make a conscious effort to be nicer, gentler, kinder?
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more compassion, show compassion to others. If you would like to see more smiles around you, smile to those you encounter. Life will give you back what you've given to it. It is not a coincidence – it is a reflection of you.

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