Secrets to Life

Secrets to Life articles by Chris Emmanuel.

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by Seleni Perez - My mom has an old recycled box and in it she holds treasured, pictures, notes, documents and letters that hold her best kept memories stored. More than once I have asked her to have me keep it or at least one thing from it. However, she would only allow my sister and me to go through the box and once in a while she will go over it and revisit the stories these collections would hold.

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Have you ever said something you wish you could take back, but it was too late by the time you thought of it? As I talk to many youths and people both young and old, I am amazed how they choose to express themselves in ways that can be hurtful to others. Countless of times we have had the urge to express our point of view or say how we feel, but we do so without considering possible consequences. We do not think before we act, or in this case talk!

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We are very fortunate to live in a nation that enables us to freedom of expression. However, many times we are not wise enough when we exercise our rights. A message can be sent across but the way we do impacts the way the receiver reacts. They will either appreciate it or they will withdraw and get angry.

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In life we have our highs and lows with good times that bring us great memories and bad times that teach us how to become better people. All our lives we dedicate ourselves to improving our paths or as how we may refer to it “improve our luck”. But, the truth is that on either scenario people will always have something to say. I was once told that every mind is its own island, and this is true because people will always have something to say, which is nothing we can control. Yet one thing we can control is our thoughts and intentions.

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Today, it is very common to hear people say that you only live once or as to how it is abbreviated with style “YOLO”. Many times, we use this as an excuse to do as we please and get away with it.  As a matter of fact, the term is not untrue,  life is short, but does that mean it omits us from the consequences.

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Chop wood, wash clothes, eat cherries - Zen 

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By Christopher Emmanuel Highest good is like water. Because water excels in benefiting the myriad (world) creatures without contending with them and settles where none would like to be, it comes close to the way.- VIII-Tao Te Ching

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By Christopher Emmanuel

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There is always something to be rescued when you live close to nature. Coming home from a trip abroad, I found a big cockroach in the center of my living room floor. Upside down, kicking, attempting to get right side up. In the past, I would have just squished this misunderstood crawler. But now filled with respect for life, I pause to watch my thoughts. Is he no less than the dragonfly, or birds I rescue that are sometimes trapped in my studio? It is so easy to kill certain creatures, especially ones we don’t understand. Deep down I know it has a purpose like all existence.

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Real freedom starts with knowing your ability to change continually -Emmanuel I am watching a dragon fly. He’s trapped in my studio because he can’t see the way out. He continuously slams into by big window facing the street, and then he attempts to pass through the cover of my florescent lights on the ceiling.

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When challenging situations occur in your life, instead of reacting negatively, start to imagine the possibilities - Emmanuel

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By Chris Emmanuel

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 By Christopher EmmanuelYou will find me near the shoreWith a book in my hand Nothing to doRead I might but I will stare out at seaNothing to doA bird might fly byMaybe a butterfly tooBut there is nothing to doAnd if I do nothing rightGod might smile at and me saying

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By Christopher EmmanuelWe create our world with the ingredients we put into it, so take care with your recipe- Greg Phillips 

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By Christopher Emmanuel The better you are at listening, the more people will want to tell you.There is knowledge all around us in every one and every thing we do in this life. Each person is experiencing life different and when we can listen to what they have to say we learn new knowledge.

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By Christopher Emmanuel Free your mind and the world will follow

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By Christopher Emmanuel

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By Christopher Emmanuel

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By Christopher Emmanuel How many times a day do you feel like you need to eat? Are you constantly craving food all day long? If you are feeling hungry every moment you might be experiencing physiological emotional stress in your life. There are hundreds of reasons why people overeat. Your appetite can be affected by many emotions such as boredom, depression, happiness, loneliness, or even by medications.

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