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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Self-acceptance Quotes

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain

The curious paradox is that qwhen I accept myself just as I am then I can change.  - Carl Rogers

If you begin to understand qwhat you are qwithout trying to change it, then what you are undegoes a transformation.

The first step toward change is awareness.  The second step is acceptance.  - Nathaniel Brandon

Stop hating yourself for everything you are not. Start loving yourself for everything you are.

To be beautiful means to be yourself.  You don't need to be accepted by others: You need to accept yourself.

Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.  - Lisa M. Hayes

No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance. - Robert Holden

When people are not accepting toward themselves they are often obsessed with acceptance by others.  - Nathaniel Brandon

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
― Lao Tzu

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” 
― Gautama Buddha

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”
― E.E. Cummings

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” 
― C.G. Jung

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” 
― Dalai Lama XIV

“It's not worth our while to let our imperfections disturb us always.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” 
― BrenĂ© Brown   

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.” 
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” 
― BrenĂ© Brown

“At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.” 
― Albert Camus

"Self-acceptance means living the life you choose to live without worrying what others think about you. It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks about you. What matters is what you think about yourself. Life is about choices—your life choices, not someone else’s choice about how you should live.” 
― Sadiqua Hamdan, Happy Am I. Holy Am I. Healthy Am I.

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” 
― Max EhrmannDesiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

“There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be. You are too young to know this. You are still becoming. Not being.” 
― John FowlesThe Magus

“What is freedom? It consists in two things: to know each his own limitations and accept them – that is the same thing as to know oneself, and accept oneself as one is, without fear, or envy, or distaste; and to recognise and accept the conditions under which one lives, also without fear or envy, or distaste. When you do this, you shall be free.” 
― Ann BridgeIllyrian Spring

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The Importance of Letting Go of What We Can't Change

Dr. Phil Quotes

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Identify the filters through which you see the world.

When you make changes in your life, make sure you're moving toward the things you want and not just away from the things you don't.

Sometimes, you have to let the past be the past.

Don’t look past what you need when it’s right in front of you.

There's a point at which you have to decide: Do you want to turn the page in the book or close the book?

People need to have compassion and to help others as opposed to judging them.

You have to figure out what is important to you and then set up your world to ensure that your priorities are met.
The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself.

The difference between a goal and a dream is a timeline.

Parents: You've got to stay alert for obstacles and keep those you love on course.

Children have the unique ability to figure out why everything is their fault.

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There's a difference between blame and responsibility. Blame implies intent...
To be responsible, you only have to have taken - or failed to take - necessary action.

 Without a positive support group, sobriety can be daunting. Learn how you can avoid relapsing.

Children have the unique ability to figure out why everything is their fault.

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Rethinking Positive Thinking


Dare to Dream of Falling Short

Gabriele Oettingen Turns Her Mind to Motivation in ‘Rethinking Positive Thinking’

DEC. 22, 2014 

Credit Patricia Wall/The New York Times



Ever hear the joke about the guy who dreams of winning the lottery?
After years of desperate fantasizing, he cries out for God’s help. Down from heaven comes God’s advice: 
“Would you buy a ticket already?!”

Clearly, this starry-eyed dreamer is, like so many of us, a believer in old-fashioned positive thinking: Find your dream, wish for it, and success will be yours.

Not quite, according to Gabriele Oettingen, a psychology professor at New York University and the University of Hamburg, who uses this joke to illustrate the limitations of the power of positive thinking. 

In her smart, lucid book, “Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation,” Dr. Oettingen critically re-examines positive thinking and give readers a more nuanced — and useful — understanding of motivation based on solid empirical evidence.

Conventional wisdom has it that dreams are supposed to excite us and inspire us to act.

Putting this to the test, Dr. Oettingen recruits a group of undergraduate college students and randomly assigns them to two groups. 

1. She instructs the first group to fantasize that the coming week will be a knockout: good grades, great parties and the like. 

2. Students in the second group are asked to record all their thoughts and daydreams about the coming week, good and bad.

Strikingly, the students who were told to think positively felt far less energized and accomplished than those who were instructed to have a neutral fantasy. 

Blind optimism, it turns out, does not motivate people; instead, as Dr. Oettingen shows in a series of clever experiments

it creates a sense of relaxation complacency. 

It is as if in dreaming or fantasizing about something we want, our minds are tricked into believing we have attained the desired goal.

There appears to be a physiological basis for this effect: Studies show that just fantasizing about a wish lowers blood pressure, while thinking of that same wish — and considering not getting it — raises blood pressure. 

It may feel better to daydream, but it leaves you less energized and less prepared for action.

Thinking she could get people to act on their wishes by confronting them immediately with the real obstacles that stood in their way, Dr. Oettingen and her colleagues developed a technique called mental contrasting.
In one study, she taught a group of third graders a mental-contrast exercise: 

1 They were told to imagine a candy prize they would receive if they finished a language assignment, and 
2 then to imagine several of their own behaviors that could prevent them from winning. 
 The students who did the mental contrast outperformed those who just dreamed.
So much for the relentless “you can do it” attitude that pervades our culture. 

Apparently, being mindful not just of your dreams, but also of the real barriers that you or the world place in their way, is a far more effective way of achieving your goals.
It seems like an obvious and deceptively simple concept, yet according to the author, only one in six people spontaneously thinks this way when asked what accomplishment is foremost in his or her mind.

Of course, people can spend years in psychotherapy exploring the reasons they have failed to succeed, too often with little to show for their efforts. 

But insight, as most mental health professionals know, is rarely sufficient to change behavior, and Dr. Oettingen says such therapy is probably unnecessary for many people.

Instead, she offers a simpler and faster alternative, an extension of her empirically validated mental contrasting exercise. She calls it:

  WOOP — “wish, outcome, obstacle, plan.”

According to preliminary data the author presents, mental contrasting can lead to better eating habits, an improved exercise regimen and greater control over alcohol consumption, among other benefits. 

Dr. Oettingen has even developed free app for your smartphone, called, appropriately, WOOP.

Dr. Richard A. Friedman is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

A version of this review appears in print on December 23, 2014, on page D5 of the New York edition with the headline: Dare to Dream of Falling Short. 




 I've said over and over again, 


Yes, there are good days and bad days 

Taking care of yourself is your #1 priority.

Pushing yourself is not an option.

Because of the disease you may have had to retire from your job and make changes in your lifestyle.

But it doesn't mean life is over. You are still a valuable asset to society. 

It's really important to keep the mind active and growing just as much as the physical body

Let's face it....

Woody Allen said "How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans". 

No one ever PLANNED to have MS. 

It's all about changing our perspective, life isn't over. 

There are still things we can be doing:


  • If you want to get trained in another job contact your local Department of Rehabilitation.
  • If you want to explore learning another language, contact your local community college.
  • Write a blog
  • Become a mentor of whatever is your expertise
  • Explore drawing or painting. 
  • Check out MS World
  • Get active in an organization that is near to your heart, i.e., answering phones

The point is you can still make a contribution and be of value in some capacity

You have many gifts to share with the world. 

This is just another chapter in your life. You have options. Use your imagination.

The key thing is not allowing yourself to go into isolation, because one of the symptoms of MS is DEPRESSION.

Start making a list of things you want to do with your life. It doesn't cost money to dream. 

It's free to imagine and fantasize, when any voice enters your head that says "you can't do that" or "we can't afford it" say to the voice, "Thank you for sharing, but right now we are having fun". 

MS has put obstacles in our way. 

We may not be able to do things the way we used to, but where there is a will there is a way. 

Focus on what you are able to do, not on what you've lost.

Keep reminding yourself that many things are still possible. 
Without hope and a dream life is bleak. 

Stay Empowered,

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