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Growing Group Round-Up

The Round up for this month in Growing Group includes several different articles that offer suggestions and tips on how to find happiness in life. They range from lists to improve your Everyday habits to simple suggestions such as listening to upbeat music and singing! There are even scientific studies now that work on ideas of finding ways to advance your ‘authentic self.” Harness the Power of Positive Thinking! The science has advanced a long way since we were introduced over a half a century ago to the “Power of Positive Thinking” from Norman Vincent Peale. But still, Dr. Peale’s remedies are part of the equation. Because once you have begun to adopt a positive attitude, the battle is halfway won! There are steps to organize your life, which should help all of us in a search for a better life, regardless of our quest for happiness! And finding ways to inspire us, to motivate us, and to uplift us is what “The Growing Group’ is all about. For those of us who see that we are on a journey, it brings us to one of the quotes we used last week. David Bowie reminds us that on the journey of life, there are many different waves of emotion and levels of being we experience, and it is all happening at the same time. And like the adventures from Alice in Wonderland, we have to make sense of things when we are coming and going all at the same time! Growing Group Article Round-Up Here is the Round up for the month to help us keep our feet on the ground and our hearts and minds lifted and open to new experiences each week: 10 Practical ways to improve your Happiness Things we need to say to ourselves more often Ways to organize and create new habits for a happier life 10 Simple ways to find Positive Energy and Optimism starting Now Uplifting Notes to ourselves to empower us each day All this along with more inspirational quotes and ideas will help guide you into the month of May as we think about all that we need to do before the summer begins!

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Monday Muse: A Valentine’s Day Lesson in Love & Healing

  Learning to love yourself-This is a prerequisite for all things when talking about love. It is when you can truly love others and help others that you can learn to help and to heal others. In The Growing Group, there are several unexpected Valentine’s to give to yourself this February on Valentine’s Day. And these are ideas and quotes and motivations that will stay with you through the year!   Find Your Virtual Mentor The first is to find your mentors as you read your favorite books. Today is International Book-Giving Day, and a wonderful place to begin is to remember and revisit all of the newly-acquired mentors that you will find when you read the quotes and passages from your favorite authors. The notion of finding a ‘virtual mentor’ is one that can be familiar to all as we have revised our thinking during the pandemic years. So let’s take a moment to find some favorite passages and quotations that were part of the books you’ve read and loved through the years. For my part, Atticus Finch would be one of my virtual mentors for sure! (See the end of this to look for more suggestions of books to help guide you…)   The Metaphors of Love in your life… Looking at some of the metaphors found in The Growing Group magazine, we see they are used to illustrate how to think of your burdens and to bring about a positive mindset. The positive perspective is one of the best Valentine’s presents to receive! Look at “The Weight of Water’ in the metaphor for a glass that is half empty/half full and see how to look at the glass you are holding in a different light.  Looking at the cracks in the bucket in a different light is a helpful metaphor for the realization of how the cracks and leaks can also be of use to all of usl! And seeking the realization of the delights of eating a tangerine, or the benefits of floating in water…all of these are ways to look at ourselves and our lives in a different light! Another way to seek positive affirmation is by learning to handle criticism well.   Author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin advises us  to listen carefully and to learn to ‘enjoy the fun of failure,’ as she describes it! Valentine’s Day Quotes on Love & Motivation… Another way to learn how to see love in a different light is to seek affirmations and to seek love through the ideas that others use to inspire and motivate us. Here are some quotes from our Growing Group magazine that deal with the notion of love in all its different forms. How you learn to love yourself can affect the relationships and the amount and quality of love you ‘bring to the table’ to give to your family and spouse. And it may also be a reflection of the love you can generate and convey to others in your life. In other words, Love is the driving force behind all you do or all you should be doing! And that is the other important message from Valentine’s Day…. Walt Disney’s Inspirational Quotes From Walt Disney, here are some unique quotes to further advance the notion that we need to start within and move outward as we grow and expand our capacity to love… Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Jones’ do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life was brought — sometimes it isn’t much, either.” “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”   Black History Month reveals inspiring quotes on Love & ‘Making the Impossible-Possible!”   In honor of Black History Month, here are some of the most prominent African-American authors and influencers who have helped shape our culture, talking about love and loving yourself and doing the impossible! It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.” Eartha Kitt  “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”– Oprah Winfrey Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”– Muhammad Ali “You are your best thing.”-Toni Morrison “It always seems impossible until its done.”-Nelson Mandela  “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it-“Maya Angelou Recommended Reading to help you on your journey! Books to find your “Virtual Mentor” and to help guide you in your Growing Group journey! THE POWER OF FUN: HOW TO FEEL ALIVE AGAIN-By Catherine Price If you’re not having fun, you’re not fully living… A WORLD WITHOUT EMAIL: REIMAGINING WORK IN AN AGE OF COMMUNICATION OVERLOAD By Cal Newport LAZINESS DOES NOT EXIST-By Devon Price For too many of us, our self-worth has become a function of our productivity. In other words, we only feel good about ourselves by working hard… TRACKING WONDER: RECLAIMING A LIFE OF MEANING AND POSSIBILITY IN A WORLD OBSESSED WITH PRODUCTIVITY-By Jeffrey Davis A refreshing counter-voice to the exhausting narrative hyper-productivity… Mantra: This week I begin with the thoughts of healing and of the power of love in healing. I will look at things I have taken for granted and now see and appreciate more.

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Monday Muse: What does Charity mean to you?

Our theme at 6 Degrees in December is “Giving Back.” Looking at different places where we can give back, we think of the old saying that goes, “Charity begins at home.” Charity is the theme for “The Growing Group” this month. There is a devotion about charity from William Temple, who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury during World War II. He wrote about the true definition of what Christian Charity can mean in your life. With this piece, we look at the things we can do for others as well as that which is needed for our families and for our own survival. And when we think of home, it also means our home town, our home church, and our own household with extended family. “Whatever you Did not Do” from William Temple   “It is Christ who pines when the poor are hungry, it is Christ who is repulsed when strangers are not welcome; it is Christ who suffers when rags fail to keep out the cold, it is Christ who is in anguish in the long-drawn illness, it is Christ who waits behind the prison doors. You come upon one of those who have been broken by the tempests of life, and if you look with eyes of Christian Faith and love, he will life a brow…and you will know that you are standing before the King of kings, Lord of lords. Christ brought to the world a new conception of royalty. He rules by love and not by force. That, as he expressly said, is the difference between his kingdom and the kingdoms of this world. … …”Civilization, as we know it, produces much human refuse. Slum dwellings, long hours of work, underpayment, child labor, lack of education, prostitution-all these evils are responsible for stunting and warping the development of souls. Things are improving, we hope. But unless we are exerting all the strength that Christ gives us in ending these bad conditions, then the responsibility for wasted lives lies at our door, and from the streets….the cry goes up…”Just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” Mantra: This week I will begin by thinking of those who are in need of charity. That includes those close to home and those who are poor and in need throughout the world. And though I know that we cannot relieve all suffering, at this time of holidays and laughter and fun,  I will try to remember to look through the eyes of someone who is the most compassionate and caring.  And I will try to make decisions and rule my life going forward based on charity and love.

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