Secrets to Life

Secrets to Life articles by Chris Emmanuel.

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If you have one eye on yesterday and one eye on tomorrow, you're going to be cockeyed today. - Anonymous

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“Developing deeper understanding that leads to wisdom means suffering sometimes.” We are all familiar with prejudice; it has many disguises, culture, religion, male/female roles, racism, nationalism, sexuality, etc. Many of us are disgusted by this injustice. As long as there is prejudice we claim we will never be equals. We shout out against judgment.

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“You can live your life as though everything is a miracle, or as though nothing is. One way gives you appreciation and gratitude, the other leaves you constantly searching. The choice is yours.”

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“If you truly want to love someone, learn what love means to them.”

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Suffering is wanting things different when it’s outside of your control - Emmanuel

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“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts - Albert Einstein

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“If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all the mysteries and all knowledge; And if I have faith, so as to move, mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, But do not have love, it profits me nothing. -1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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“As a growing child, sticks and stones will break my bones, and words can also wound me” My mother and father’s Love included “tough love” which was to beat us when we disobeyed. Growing up in my time this was normal. It was the form of punishment in other homes and schools. Even my neighbor could send me home with a lashing. And if you complained when you got home you might get beaten again.

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“Many are the ways to share The Mystery that is me (God) And the greatest of these is Love.” - (Essene Book of Days 1996 by Danann Parry

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Wealth is the result of effective evaluations - Anthony Robbins

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“You are responsible for what you say, and also what do not say.”

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"All emotions require an experience to carry it" - Emmanuel Waiting in an airport for my bags to appear on a carousel, I noticed a woman and her young daughter standing beside me. She was focused pensively on one particular bag as it went around on the merry-go-round. She wasn’t sure if that bag was hers. All the bags seem to look the same. No matter how different you think your bag looks it always appears that every one bought the same bag, black and square looking.

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"There is no remedy for love but to love more" - Thoreau

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It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~ Roy Disney Many years ago before I moved to Belize, I had made a decision to slow down and live my passion. Back then I had a business, worked long hours and hardly had time for myself, or my family. It always seemed that I was behind time on everything. I was always struggling to make choices between my heart and my logic mind.

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Many times a bruised mango has the sweetest flavor- Emmanuel Some pains never really goes away; they are like dull stains on a white shirt. We can’t see them clearly, but we know that they are there. All we can do is keep the white part of the shirt so clean and focus on the shine.

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

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Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. ~Astrid Alauda These days I exercise regularly to keep healthy. What started out, as vanity is now self-preservation as I advance in age. But I remember years ago when I was overweight and out of shape. At the time I was quite busy with my family and career. I did not believe I had the time to exercise.

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“Arrange whatever pieces comes your way”- Virginia Wolf

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“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”- Marcus Aurelius

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“Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape”-Unknown

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