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Dayshift: Start Where You Are (Smashwords Edition)

Dawn's latest book is filled with gems that remind us that personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. By accepting the book's daily invitations to increase our awareness, ...

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Dayshift: Start Where You Are (Amazon Edition)

Dayshift: Start Where You Are (Amazon Edition)

Dawn's latest book is filled with gems that remind us that personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. By accepting the book's daily invitations to increase our awareness, ...

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DayShift: Start Where You Are is filled with gems that remind us that personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. By accepting the book's daily invitations to increase our awareness, we can build powerful habits that create lasting results.

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The local ginger isn’t spicy enough.
– Old Chinese Saying

How often have we missed the gifts right in front of us because we were so focused on greener pastures? We kept our eyes focused on the horizon because we “knew” things were better beyond its unseen edge.

While in a cafe recently, I overheard friends talking, bemoaning the fact that one of their friends just couldn’t see that the man she was living with was good for her. Instead she kept hoping that someone better would come along.

There have been many stories over the centuries about our attraction to what is not available and our rejection of what is right in front of us. Think of Groucho Marx’s comment that he wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have him as a member.

Ah we come back to the key of self-esteem and acceptance. If we don’t accept ourselves we must go on the prowl to find someone to do our work for us. Unfortunately if they accept us – that is a dead giveaway that something is wrong with them…and we must move on and continue the search.

Two summers ago, I got disoriented in the beautiful village of Sarlat in France where the streets seemed like a labyrinth. Finally I asked directions only to find out that I was actually on the street where my B&B was! When I shared it with owner, Roy he pointed out that I was never really lost – I just didn’t know where I was.

Had I taken a few breaths to ease my frustration, I would have seen what was right in front of me – my street. The answers don’t always have to be complicated. And it got me thinking about life and relationships and how we don’t always have time for what is right in front of us. As Joni Mitchell sings in the song Big Yellow Taxi:

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.

Is there a situation or a person that you may be having a hard time seeing or appreciating? Today is a good time to express your gratitude.

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