Constructive Critisim

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I've finally learned the art of constructive criticism. 'Constructive' is the key word here! I was never constructively criticizing myself... I was always drowning in self-pity & remorse over my mistakes. The goal for today, instead of beating myself up for making a mistake, I want to use it as a tool to build a better me! Have a great day everybody!
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Does Everything Happen For A Reason?

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Does Everything Happen For A Reason? Yes, of course it does... but what is the reason? That's the more important question. This is a question that I've asked a thousand times... that I've been asked a thousand times... that I've heard asked a thousand times... & there is an answer! As intelligent beings, I believe that we have gotten really good at over analyzing things & distracting our selves from some really simple, basic, truths (God knows I'm guilty of it). I want to proceed with caution here because analyzation is a vitally important part of life! I'm not suggesting that we stop analyzing! What I am suggesting is that we keep our analysis simple & to the point. Example: Let's say my home is destroyed by a volcano... did…
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Political Spending

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I don't know much about politics & maybe that's why I am a strong believer that we need to simplify our politics! I was recently having a discussion with someone and I said "the government needs to cut spending" and the person I was speaking with said "Oh, it sounds like we've got a Republican on our hands". Again, I don't know a lot about politics so I didn't realize that suggesting some spending cuts made me a Republican. I thought that not spending more than you have was more of a common sense statement than a political statement. I certainly don't want to offend anyone... if, in your opinion, it's ok to be 16 trillion in debt, that's your business and everyone is entitled to their opinions, but the…
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“IF” There Is a God

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About 8 years ago, my life & my problems had piled up on me to the breaking point. I tried everything that I could dream up to fix it & nothing worked. Finally I was told that my problems were being caused by my own defects of character; I was selfish, resentful, dishonest & afraid. Those 4 things were causing me to have trouble with personal relationships, to lose control of my own emotions, to feel miserable, depressed & unhappy... I was full of fear & couldn't be helpful or useful to anyone. Then I had this conversation with a friend that changed my whole way of living & thinking. A friend: Relying on God will solve all of your problems. Me: But I don't believe in God. A friend:…
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Facing Fear

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As a kid, I had a recurring dream... At the end of a long hallway was a landing that went down 3 steps & something was always peeking its head over the top step & in an incredibly eerie voice, it would whisper my name... Jeff... Jeff. I would pull the blankets over my head & hide from it. This went on for years until one day I pulled the blanket off my head, sat up, looked it straight in the eye & said... "What... what the hell do you want" I never had that dream again. The goal for today, face my fears because facing them is the key to overcoming them! Have a great day everybody!
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Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness

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"Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness" My God owes me nothing! He gave me Life... what more could I ask of Him? My Country owes me nothing! She gave me Liberty... what more could I ask of Her? My Heart owes me nothing! It gave me Happiness... what more could I ask of it? The goal for today, ask for less & give more! Have a great day everybody!
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Why?

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The past few years I have been asking myself "Why?" to a number of questions that I previously would have written off as unimportant or unanswerable. For example... I'm terrible with names. Now I can just make up a reason like "I have a bad memory" or I can ask "Why?" & find the Truth. For me the Truth is this... I am bad with names because I'm not listening to you & I'm not listening to you because I'm more concerned with leaving you with a good first impression of me. What I failed to realize is that taking the time to listen to you & actually caring about what you have to say & who you are, would probably have left a much better first impression than waiting…
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Patience, Tolerance, Kindliness & Love

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At one point in my life, I claimed that I was practicing 'tolerance'... then one day someone asked me what I thought the word tolerance meant. My definition of tolerance, at that time, was: The ability to put up with someone or something. The person that I was speaking to suggested that my understanding of the word tolerance might be slightly skewed. So I went home, opened my dictionary & sure enough, the definition in the dictionary was much different than the one in my head. Tolerance: To respect others beliefs, practices, etc. without sharing them. Now that I know the true meaning of tolerance maybe I can practice true tolerance. Imagine what the world might be like if we could be more tolerant of one another. Yesterday my blog…
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Politics & Religion

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God is a fact & religion an opinion. Politics are a fact & parties an opinion. Just want to make that clear first! The best way to insure that this country falls apart is to not talk about God & politics. Someone brought these 2 topics up to me a few years back & I asked them, very politely, to change the subject, & their response was "Grow up!". "The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" ~Thomas Jefferson. This country was founded on the rock solid foundation of "In God We Trust". To not talk about God is like taking a jackhammer to that foundation. "Just…
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Common Defense

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I have this theory that The U.S. Constitution is a principle based instruction manual that absolutely, 100% guarantees success if it's instructions are understood & followed. It starts with understanding... you can't possess something that you don't understand (JWVG). Then comes possession... you can't transmit something that you don't possess. So once I understand something, I can possess it... once I possess something, I can transmit it or teach it to others. Here is an example of a constitutional principle... 'Common Defense'... first I have to understand what it means. Common Defense means that it is the purpose of the U.S. military to defend the American people's freedom. Now, I want to understand this at it's simplest level first. If I go looking for someone to push around, for any…
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