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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (jlh @sail7.com)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Is It True That There is Virtue In Avoiding Battles?

Question: Jonathan. Do you personally believe in the quote below? I do not.. I think it's tantamount to giving up without a fight. Some battles and problems which we do not clear today, will follow us wherever we go or might one day come back to us. If we choose to run away today without fighting them, there is a strong possibility of us thinking back in the future of 'what ifs'. But if we fight and give our best and still lose the battle, at the very least, we'll know in the future we tried.

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles,
but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
- Norman Vincent Peale

My Answer:

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

There are battles well worth fighting, and there are other battles far better walked away from. The great challenge is to distinguish one from the other.

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

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Two Books by Personal Friends

Two of my personal friends have published books that you may find interesting.

Betsey Williams' father and my father were best friends in Northford Connecticut where I was born, so I have known Betsey for - gulp - over 60 years.

As a teenager, Betsey lost her mother to a car wreck. In later life, Betsey has cheerfully endured catastrophic health issues.

Betsey's book Oh, Mommie, Where Are You? is a very personal memoir and a testament to Betsey's personal relationship with Jesus. Betsey bears witness to the accessibility of Jesus in this life, and to the reality of life after death.

If you believe in a personal relationship with Jesus - or are open to believing - take a look at this book, and see if you are interested. Go to Amazon, and click to look inside Oh, Mommie, Where Are You?.

My personal friend Laura Shannon holds a view toward life that is very similar to my own, so I am naturally drawn to her book Be Happy Now.

Be Happy Now contains 62 lessons for living a joyful life that will seem familiar to readers of my own books and my Daily Inspiration messages.

Lesson #6: What you focus on affects your level of happiness or misery.

Lesson #8: Life won't always be what you think it should be. Accept it anyway.

Lesson #10: You can't enjoy life if you are wishing you were someone else.

Lesson #13: Be aware of how you talk about yourself. Words can either be empowering or victimizing.

Visit Amazon and click to look inside Be Happy Now.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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How to Find a Partner in Life

Question: I am separated. I don't want to be alone forever. I need partner in life. Please help.

My Answer:

Remember that you don't "need" a life partner - although you may strongly prefer one.

Participate in many fun social activities that include people of both genders - but are not dating related. You will have a good time, no longer be lonely, and are more likely to find that one special person that way than through dating connections.

When you are relaxed and having fun, you are more attractive to others - as well as being happier - than when you have a single-minded focus on your "need" for a life partner.

There are a few more ideas at www.how-to-self.com/move-on-let-go

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