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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (jlh @sail7.com)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Accept Circumstances - Choose Response

Question: My life is not the way am expecting, ... please advise me and pray for me.


Our ability to change our circumstances is often woefully limited. However, each of us has an unlimited capability to choose the attitude with which we respond to those circumstances. We can look for joy in the smallest pleasures of life, while accepting the trials to which we have been subjected.

Accept Circumstances - Choose Response.


Serenity Prayer

Intention versus Expectation (Demand)

Attitude Quotes

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Please Introduce Yourself

To make the experience of this blog somewhat more personal, I invite everyone to introduce yourself by entering a comment below (at www.mind4joy.com in case you are reading this on Facebook or by email).

Please let everyone know why you are here and what you hope to gain from this blog. If you have any special requests - such as for advice, or for healing - please include those also. You are welcome to remain anonymous if you prefer.

I am sure everyone reading this post already knows who I am, but let me set the example by introducing myself...

I am Jonathan Lockwood Huie. I am married, age 66, and retired - except that I spend many hours each day on my inspirational and motivational websites, blogs, and email. I am here to share my commitment to joyful living for all through conscious choice.

Please introduce yourself in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Impossible Decisions

Question: Please help me. [very long description of the geographic, financial, child-rearing, and personal issues of a divorce] Can you help me with any words of wisdom.


I can't help you with any of the specifics of your very difficult and complex situation. What I can do is to suggest ways to approach those decisions.

1. Get away for a few hours to clear your head. Perhaps take a walk in the woods by yourself. Appreciate the beauty of nature. Enjoy the silence. Whenever thoughts of your problems pop into your head, just thank them, release those thoughts, and return to your silent walk.

2. Make a "list of gratitudes." Write down everything that is good in your life - your physical and mental good health, your children's health - keep filling page after page with everything there is to be grateful for.

3. Hold a "release ceremony" for your troubles. Light a candle or small fire. Write each problem or worry on its own piece of paper and feed that trouble to the cleansing fire. Celebrate as each trouble goes up in smoke.

4. Now, take a piece of paper for each troublesome question you need to decide. Divide the paper into two columns. Write the arguments for one possible decision on the left, and the arguments for the other possible decision on the right. Tear the paper into the two columns. Place one of the columns of paper into each hand. Close your eyes and hold your hands out to the side. Breathe. Open your eyes. Make the decision represented by the hand that has raised itself higher than the other.

How does that decision feel? If you feel relieved and pleased by the decision, good, you have made the right decision. If you feel disappointed by the decision your hands made, reverse that decision.

5. Implement your decision and never look back unless a significant new event occurs.

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: How to Make a Decision You Won't Regret

Zero-Based Gratitude

Anger Quotes

Depressed Quotes

Fear Quotes

Feeling Lost Quotes

Hate Quotes

Pain Quotes

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Growth in Spiritual Life and Career

Question: My growth in my spiritual life and career has stalled, and I have not reached where I should be. Please, what should I do?

My Answer:

There is no particular way your life "should be." Relax, and appreciate your life as it is.

Decide what your highest priorities in life are. Give more attention to those, and spend less time on "obligations" that don't further the priorities of your life.

There are lots of my articles on these subjects at

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sunday, June 19, 2011

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