I recently cleaned out my home office of the many books I had acquired over the years.  We decided to have a Beautifulife Book Nook at our Spas.  Many people are looking for a good read while visiting the Islands.  The bookshelves inspire visitors to grab a book, pass it on or give one back because relaxation and reading go together.

While going through the books that I would donate to the shelves, I found one I was inspired by years ago.  This particular book is called “Anyway” Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World by Kent Keith.  Some of you have most likely read this book, but I find that this is an excellent time to revisit this particular message. 

The idea of the book is that even though the world and things seem crazy, we can still find personal meaning and happiness.  These are called The Paradoxical Commandments.  A paradox is an idea that is contrary to popular opinion.  It might contradict common sense but may still be valid.  

We should all do what we believe to be the right thing.  In a nutshell, this is what freedom is about, finding our own sense of personal meaning and truth without the approval of others.

Although we cannot control many things around us, we have the power over our inner peace and happiness, leading to our best and most beautifulife.

These are the Paradoxical Commandments;

-People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.

-If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Do good anyway.

-If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.  Succeed anyway.

-The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.

-Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.  Be honest and frank anyway.

-The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.  Think big anyway.

-People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.  Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

-What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.  Build anyway.

-People really need help but may attack you if you help them.  Help people anyway.

-Give the world the best you have, and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.  Give the world your best anyway.  

No matter how crazy the world or your own personal life seems, you can turn your attitude, happiness, and true success around pretty quickly.  

All you have to do is to follow some simple suggestions.  Love people, do good, be honest, think big, fight, build, help, and give the world your best!

My affirmation for you this week is:

“I will trust my heart to do the right thing without the validation of others."

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