Saturday, November 13, 2010 | By: Reenie

Be That Change

Today's guest post is from my sweet friend Jacqueline from Jacqueline's Cat House. Jacqueline has shared a few valuable life lessons, I hope you like them as much as I did. Without further ado, here goes:

A Few Life Lessons That Might Change Your Day...or Might Not...

1. Acceptance and Forgiveness are two of the most important concepts we will ever truly need to master; through these two things, which must be applied to ourselves before we can truly relate it to others, we open our hearts to happiness and love.

Beautiful Jacqueline (right-most) with Parents and Friend, Harry
2. Treat people the way we want to be treated, especially when it means we are the "bigger" person...Of course, there is a certain point no one should be allowed to cross, but in general, if we approach others with kindness, even when they are not using kindness with us, we walk away with dignity and more respect for ourselves for being true to ourselves and not the whims of others.

3. Smile as much as we can, even if it is sometimes forced; it will bring smiles back to us from others and possibly make someone else feel better as well.

4. We have to FEEL our feelings, the good and the bad, and work through them, face them and release them = there is no other way to be free from their silent or not so silent "hold" over our lives...If it hurts (a thought, a memory, a relationship), find a way to let it go and embrace the relief it brings your soul.

5. Life is what we make it and most of our life is determined by our perspective on any given day; that's why it is important to train ourselves to look for the good in every issue we face=the glass should always be viewed as "half full" because being grateful, especially for the little things, allows us to feel joy in the moment...There is a positive in every negative or difficult situation, just waiting to be discovered; if we look long and hard at the painful issues in our lives, we can always find one positive thing that was covered from view by the sorrow of the situation...This can shift our perception, allowing us to realize and embrace the simple truth that the only thing we really have control over in life is our reaction to it.

Life is not easy for the most lucky of us; every one has a cross to bear, a sorrow that runs deep and heavy on their soul, a grief that will never truly heal...Time is a great source of comfort for what ails us, physically and emotionally, but we have to have open hearts and minds to allow love and happiness to enter our lives...So often, pain and suffering in one part of our lives can make us "shut down" in other areas because pain IS anger/anger IS pain and we would rather not feel that way, so we shut down and try to protect ourselves, which in reality, only hurts us more...So let's try to be brave and face our fears in order to let them go since life is too short to hold on to the bad stuff=Love is ALWAYS the answer...I hope we will all be able to find even the smallest joy in what our days bring us.

Reenie's Note: 
If you would like to say 'hi', Jacqueline writes here; and I recommend you check out this, this and this post- there is a guaranteed overload of cute and furry! Don't tell me later that I did not warn you :D! 

We are almost coming to an end with the Guest Post Series for reaching my 100th post. Thank you everyone for being a part of it. There is however just one more and I urge you to stay tuned for the next weekend, because it will be from someone very very special to me. You have been granted exactly ONE guess, now have a guess- READY STEADY SHOOT! Meanwhile- have a great weekend, my lovelies :)
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