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Happy Tuesday Everyone :)

I had the most lovely weekend!  Posts and pictures to follow, but what you need to know is that my time with one of my very best friends was wonderful and honestly could not have gone any better.  She reminded me who I am and where I come from and she challenged me in new and important ways.  We really shared our hearts with each other and we both really needed that.

I'm so glad to have had time to spend with her!  In honor of Heather's animal love, here are a few giraffes to share my sentiment!

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On a separate note, I have recently been reflecting on people's strengths and weaknesses and how we can be stronger together or we can tear each other down.  I think what most tend to forget, is that about 75% of that is a choice.  We can choose to work with those around us to make circumstances better, and we can choose to torture the people in our immediate path because they did something to upset us, whether or intentional or not.  

I guess I realized that I rarely choose to punish those around me, but if I do, I feel the difference.  There is tension and gut wrenching agony associated with guilt.  However, I often times feel alone in that.  So many get pleasure out of antagonizing and picking at those they care about, and that breaks my heart.  How can you teach those around you to show their emotions in a healthy way?  How can I tell them to express their frustrations instead of constantly taking them out on others?  

People have been telling me recently that they wish they were "as nice as me."  Well, as flattering as that is to me, and as happy as it makes me that I am perceived as nice as I attempt to be, I believe the statement is hard to swallow.  Everyone has within them the power to be nice, it is just a matter of exercising it.  

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  1. I think you are an inspiration for me to be nicer and more positive. You do such a great job lifting me up =)

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