How to Feel Better When Things Get Worse

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by: Heather Macauley Noëll

With all the prayers in the world for peace, why haven’t we accomplished this? What is peace and what will truly perpetuate peace on earth? Let’s begin with what peace is not. True peace is not a lack of conflict. True peace only occurs when we move beyond conflict in our own hearts and minds and can truly feel at peace within ourselves and within our own lives. Is it truly possible we don’t fully understand the technology of prayer?

The most powerful prayer in the world is how you FEEL. If you want to experience peace in the world, you must first learn how to actively feel peaceful throughout the day. You must find peaceful ways out of conflict. If you want to see a harmless, loving world, you must BE HARMLESS in your actions and conversations with yourself and with others.

Many people feel frustrated and helpless, as if their voice and prayers aren’t being heard. But your prayers, in the form of your feelings, are heard. And if your ‘prayers’ are feelings of anger and frustration and helplessness, you will receive more of what you’ve been praying for.

Based on results, isn’t this true? Haven’t you noticed that your feelings keep generating more of the very thing you don’t want to experience? If you’re praying for more money, aren’t you feeling a lack of prosperity or abundance? If you’re praying for love, aren’t you in fact feeling unloved and alone? Have you noticed these issues are then perpetuated, not solved. We cannot heal a world in conflict if we are in conflict within ourselves.

Some people become so disillusioned they become angry that God hasn’t heard their prayers. Could it be that we’re literally ‘praying’ our own experiences into existence every moment of every day and that our prayers are being answered, for positive or negative? If that’s the case, shouldn’t we learn to align ourselves with the power of positive prayer? This program will explain how to reprogram your thinking and give you the tools for having peace as a reality in every moment of your life.

As I’ve explained, the most powerful tool for peace in your life, and in the world, is your ability to feel peace continually, no matter what’s going on in the world around you or in your daily life.

Bus Stopper

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Bob Elliott of the Bob and Ray comedy team tells of an extraordinary ride he took on a bus in New York City:

The driver greeted all the riders by saying, “No smiling, please!”  The passengers, some of them shoppers hefting packages up the steps, looked at the driver in amazement. Then they smiled. Even the sourest-looking people would smile.

As each of new group boarded, the announcement was repeated. “We don’t allow smiling on this bus,” the driver would say. “No smiling while bus in motion, please,” he might add, as the bus got under way.

The reaction to this psychology was infectious. After half a dozen blocks nearly everyone aboard was indeed smiling —even discussing the phenomenon with the passenger in the next seat. All the while they enjoyed the reaction of new riders as they got the same treatment.

When they reached their stops, many passengers exited by the forward door to thank the driver for the experience. They said, “Have a nice day.” Of course everybody says that; it’s kind of cornball to say it. But I really do believe it made everybody’s day.

—Glen Collins in New York Times

Labor Charges

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My feisty 70-year-old neighbor Frances had to call a furnace repairman. After a quick inspection the man put some oil into the motor and handed her a $70 bill for labor. “Labor charges!” Frances exclaimed. “It only took you five minutes.”

The repairman explained that his company had a minimum one-hour charge on every house call. “Well, I want my remaining 55 minutes of labor,” my neighbor responded and she handed him a rake. He spent the next 55 minutes in her back yard cleaning up the fallen leaves.

~Lisa Miller

It’s A Deal!

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At a gardening store, I told the young clerk I needed some potting soil.

“Over there,” she answered, “in 40-pound bags.”

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Pursuing A Dream Isn’t Small

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“It’s no small matter pursuing a dream, but even the greatest dream starts from small matters.”

Manage Money

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“It is not how much money you make; it is how you manage the money you do make.”

-I.S., George, Iowa

Metaphor and Simile

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Metaphor

Definition: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly: figurative language.

Simile

Definition: a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as (as in cheeks like roses)

Examples

Metaphor: “She’s a tiger when she’s angry.”
Simile: “She’s as fierce as a tiger.”

-Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2011)

 

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