Secrets to Life

Secrets to Life articles by Chris Emmanuel.

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That soothes your soul Time and time I am told It’s the sounds of waves gently rocking Wind through trees talking Shifting sand marks where walking Sparks of lights on morning wakes Sailboats rocks at mooring gates Dancing masts to mark the skies Clouds like snow drifting by Timeless distant sunny haze Clears the mind on cloudy days Liquid life that flows before me Nature nurture touch of glory by Emmanuel

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  “Be in the world, but not of the world.” The other day I put my t-shirt on inside out. I never noticed what I did until much later. I stepped out my door, and wandered down the beach to the coffee shop. Passing locals on the way I exchanged good morning nods. Some smiled and others responded with good morning back to me. Leaving Ruby's after buying my orange juice when someone joked about my shirt, was when I actually became aware that, indeed, I had put my shirt on inside out.

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“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. By Edward Eggleston” Once on a boat trip to Xitapa, Mexico we came upon a flock of pelicans flying in unison as these big birds do. The flock formed a perfect “V” alongside our boat. At the apex of the V the first bird flapped its wings, then the second two behind him and so on down the line of the ten or so birds. The ebb and flow of their wings reminded me of how our economy does the same cycle.

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“Choose thoughts and beliefs that support a positive outcome.”

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“May you always swim in the ocean of abundance while manifesting your own divine destiny. Listen to your friend” Fish swim alone. They might be in a school or in a twosome, but they always swim alone. Many of us are susceptible to change. We do not handle it easily, we go kicking and screaming, fighting against what is always best for us. Our fear of the unknown disrupts into anxiety as we try and know the outcome. We struggle to control that which we cannot-change is inevitable.

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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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