it’s all about perspective…

The autobiography “LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS, How to live a ridiculously good life.” (by Nick Vujicic) was a heart warming and wonderful way to spend a few hours. An easy read, Nick shares his story with many anecdotes (mostly backed up with his dry sense of humour) to get his messages across.

Nick’s ability to use his limited physical form to reach out and connect with others is an inspiration.  Of course, he has experienced a lot of personal challenges and growth along with his spiritual growth to reach this point.

One of my favourite parts is the discussion about ‘Pick A ‘Tude’… choosing attitudes that allow you to rise above difficult circumstances…

1. an attitude of gratitude — what has your challenges lead you to have or experience that you would not have, if you didn’t have those tough times?

2. an attitude of action — use your lessons to help those less fortunate.

3. an attitude of empathy — realise you are not alone, reach out to someone else in need. Use your grief or anger or hurt to help you better understand and ease the pain of someone else.

4. an attitude of forgiveness —medical research has shown that harboring anger and resentment for long periods causes physical and psychological stress that weakens your immune system and breaks down your health. 

When you hold onto old hurts, you only give power and control to those who hurt you but when you forgive, you cut the ties to them. Don’t get hung up on thinking that by forgiving you are doing them a favour, if nothing else, do it for yourself. Through forgiveness, you lighten your load so that you can chase your dreams without being weighed down by baggage from the past.

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“Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth. Happiness comes from giving, not getting.

If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also.

To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.” 

John Templeton

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