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An Interview with Wellness Blogger Kacy Maska

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kacy MaskaKacy Maska is a student member of NWI and currently attends Rowan University. She started her wellness journey through a series of unfortunate struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, autoimmune disease, and a knee injury. Through it all, though, she found herself more whole and healthy than ever. She documents her struggles and victories through a blog she created about a year ago called Triumph Holystic Living.

 

We were recently spoke with Kacy about some of her struggles, as well as the reasons behind starting her blog. She told us about what lead her on the path to wellness, and how getting in touch with her physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health helped her in all the other areas of her life.


NWI: What lead you to start your blog Triumph Holystic Living?


KM: I went through a huge transformation in my diet and lifestyle. After experiencing the amazing benefits and improvements in my quality of life, I was compelled to share it with others.


I wanted to provide something that others could look at to be inspired to make changes in their own lives, so that they too could experience the amazing benefits of improving their habits and consequently, their wellness. So ultimately, to help others, share the knowledge given to me, and to provide some tools to assist others so that they too can live healthier and happier lives.


NWI: Why did you choose the name Triumph Holystic Living?


KM: This was something I prayed through often for some time, and it seemed to spark something that everything else that came to me never really expressed. I wanted to have something in the name that was simple and strong enough to be remembered, yet would make an impact. It also needed to speak to what my blog, page, story, and mission are all about—a holistic, natural, and healthy lifestyle, focused and centered on God. This is why I used a ‘y’ in ‘holystic’, because this journey for me has not only been about a physical transformation and becoming healthy, but also a spiritual transformation and becoming holy, both processes that are intimately interconnected and beautifully display restoration and redemption.


I want people to get an idea from the name of what it is like to be pain free after years of chronic suffering, to come off of multiple medications after being chained to them for years, to feel more healthy and confident in the body being dwelled in, to receive the peace and joy found in Scripture. My transformation story is one from tragedy to triumph, and it is found in the process of day-to-day living, a process that I will always accredit to the amazing transforming truths I have learned and applied both from Scripture and from the science of the human body and nutrition/fitness. Therefore, Triumph Holystic Living seemed to describe truly what my story and mission are all about.


NWI: What are your future plans regarding you and your blog?


KM: Once I complete my internship and officially attain my bachelor’s degree, my goal is to become a Certified Wellness Practitioner through NWI. Then my mission for Triumph will be to establish it as a platform which can serve others in multiple ways, helping them reach their wellness goals. I plan on facilitating online health and wellness group challenges, individual coaching, group workouts, personal training, and selling our homemade essential oils products. The goal for my blog is to provide an example of what a healthy lifestyle looks like, the benefits that can come from making changes, and dispel myths which can become barriers that inhibit us from reaching our wellness goals. I want people to know that being healthy isn’t always expensive or rigorous amounts of work, but something we can all achieve.

NWI: What are some of your biggest struggles?


KM: Definitely doubt. Doubt is one of the worst things I face, I think one that we all face. Before I tore my ACL and meniscus, I was one semester and student teaching away from getting my degree for health and physical education, a job that would provide good benefits: a stable salary, health insurance, a pension plan, tenure, etc. But at the time I had neglected many aspects of my wellness and I wasn’t holistically healthy, which I really got a chance to examine. As a mom of a 4-year-old, a full-time college student and coach, I was so used to being on the go that I never recognized the toll my lifestyle was taking on me holistically.

 

When I had to drop out of school for the semester for my surgery and recovery, experience a taste of what it was like to have my child taking care of me and being unable to take care of myself, and then to be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at 25, I realized it was time for a change. The changes I’ve made have greatly improved my quality of life, and I am so passionate about the impact they can make on the lives of others. I felt God tugging at my heart to make a big shift in my plans, to change majors to Health Promotion and Wellness Management, to utilize my gifts, knowledge, and experience to speak to others about how to take charge of their health, and about the ultimate reason why it is important that we do so. However, I struggle with doubt that I will be successful in this career switch, that I have what it takes, that I can help other people, that people will want what I have to offer.

 

I regularly refer myself back to Matthew 6:25-34, and keep moving forward in this mission with all I have, until I either fail or succeed!

 

NWI: What does wellness mean to you?


KM: I think wellness is finding balance and peace; doing your best to holistically stay healthy in all facets of your health. Not only focusing on diet but your physical fitness, intellectual health, relationships, emotions, and spirituality, as NWI's Six Dimensions of Wellness recommends. Wellness is realizing that wellness isn’t a feeling or an emotion, but a state of being able to hold on to what is good and true, even when things don’t feel good or seem like they're worth it.


NWI: What is one piece of advice for someone who may have a similar story to you or that may be struggling in his or her daily life?


KM: Take small steps and keep moving. That’s really it! Don’t give up when you mess up; failure is built into our DNA. You either win or you learn; you never lose…unless you’ve given up. Praying and studying Scripture is huge for me. When I don’t have the strength to keep going—or when I don’t perceive that I do, God gives me the strength and restores my state of mind. Some people may not want anything to do with God, and prayer/theology may not be for them, but for anyone who does, that’s always the first place to start.

 

Remember that wellness is not something that you can finish, it’s the small ongoing steps you take every day!

 



If you would like to read more on Kacy’s story, or need some inspiration throughout your day, check out her blog Triumph Holystic Living at triumpholystic.wordpress.com. She posts articles on everything from having and dealing with an autoimmune disease to strength training and nutrition. She shows how changing your view on food and exercise, and working on other areas in your life can lead to a more wholesome and fulfilling life. For daily ideas, tips, recipes, and inspiration, follow her social media accounts on Instagram @triumph_holysticliving and Facebook at /triumpholystic

Tags:  faith  inspiration  optimism  overcoming chronic illness  wellness 

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Wellness in 10 - 10 Wellness Habits to Start NOW, if you Haven’t Already

Posted By NWI, Monday, October 5, 2015

This month for your wellness in 10, we’re going to cover some wellness staples that are inspired by a recent article about perseverance toward your goals, even after working toward those goals has become boring.

We all know that we have great intentions when it comes to setting goals, and it’s easy to motivate to work toward them when the idea is fresh, but a few months – or even years – into the grind toward achieving those goals it can be a real chore to find the motivation to get off that couch or pick up that pen or open that book. That’s why we’re going to take an opportunity to reaffirm the goals we’ve set for ourselves, and take some steps to create healthy habits to achieve them. 

We know that it takes around 21 days worth of repetitions to form a habit, so by doing each one of these small tasks every day, you can have turned them into healthy habits by Halloween.

 

1.     Eat Breakfast

Goal: Physical Wellness

Eating breakfast is so important for getting your body ready for the day. If you don’t feed yourself in the morning, you’re expecting your body to work until lunch without any fuel. Of course we’ve all heard this before, but many of us have fallen out of the habit of eating breakfast. Take this opportunity to buy a bag of fruit or a box of oatmeal and try to get back into the swing of a morning meal.

 

2.     Eat Something Green

Goal: Physical Wellness

We know this one, too, right? We know that green vegetables are packed with the nutrients our body needs, but we’ve fallen into the habit of eating what’s convenient rather than eating what’s good. With fall harvests happening all over the country right now, it’s a great time to get into the habit of eating something green every day. 

 

3.     Get Up and Move

Goal: Physical Wellness (bonus: Social Wellness)

That next episode on Netflix can be super tempting, and when the weather cools off, it’s difficult to find the motivation to exercise. Unfortunately bad habits are easier to form than good ones, so be extra vigilant to nip them in the bud before they form. Plan out specific times for activities, and stick to them. If you make a plan to be active with someone else, you’re more likely to follow through, and you get to expand your social wellness at the same time!

  

4.     Stand Up More

Goal: Occupational Wellness

Sitting is the new smoking. We’ve all heard that by now. It’s true, though that prolonged sitting is linked to a variety of health probems, so be sure to stand up and stretch at least, or – even better – take a short walk, to alleviate some of the detrimental effects of sitting. Invite a coworker (or your boss) out for walking breaks and improve your social bonds while you’re helping your heart and liver.

 

5.     Show Gratitude

Goal: Social Wellness (bonus: Occupational Wellness & Physical Wellness)

Not only does showing gratitude help you in the form of ingratiating yourself to others, increasing your social wellness, but it can create a more welcoming and comfortable culture in your workplace, and it can literally boost your physical health. All that from simply saying “thanks!”

  

6.     Practice Mindfulness

Goal: Spiritual Wellness/Emotional Wellness

Many people envision “mindfulness” as meditation, but it can come in many forms. For some people it’s meditation, but for others it’s prayer, yoga, or even just taking some time to organize your thoughts. Regardless of your form of mindfulness, it promises to lower your stress and help you feel more organized, energized, and in control of your situation.

 

7.     Volunteer

Goal: Social Wellness

This may seem like a hard thing to do every day, but when you think about it, it’s really not. Another way to think about this is “help out.” How many times per day do we pass by someone or a situation where we could lend a hand? By adding effort to a problem you’re strengthening your social bonds, alleviating part of someone else’s burden, and making yourself feel good in the process.

 

8.     Learn Something New

Goal: Intellectual Wellness

This is another one that seems big, but doesn’t have to be.  You don’t have to learn the laws of theoretical physics one day and the history of the English Empire the next. By seeking out something small every day, however – like a new vocabulary word or a random fact, we’re teaching ourselves that learning isn’t something that has a start and stop, but instead is part of our daily lives.

 

9.     Expand Your Real-Life Social Network

Goal: Social Wellness

This goal of meeting new people can be done a variety of ways. Many of us are creatures of habit, though, who fall into a routine of going to work, going home, an then repeating the process five days per week. Try pushing out of your normal comfort zone by saying hi to a new coworker or joining a local club. You’ll expand your social circle and potentially learn something in the process.

 

10. Track your progress

Goal: ANY & ALL

One important step that many of us skip, or have never done in the first place, is to track your progress toward the goal. By breaking your overarching goal into do-able steps, and then tracking your progress on the steps, you’re able to see real progress even on a day-to-day basis. If you’re seeing progress, you’re more likely to stick with the project and see the goal all the way through.

 

 

So there’s your October Wellness in 10. These habits may be things you’re doing already, but be sure to share them with your friends and family who aren’t. Small steps like these could add up to a big impact for them. What do you think? What are some habits you’ve created for yourself to achieve your wellness goals? 

Tags:  Fitness  Inspiration  Nutrition  Wellness  wellness In 10  Worksite Wellness 

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Inspiration: May 3-9 is Be Kind to Animals Week!

Posted By NWI, Friday, May 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sponsored by the American Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (www.americanhumane.org, www.cfhs.ca), May 3-9 is our reminder week to always be kind to animals. Below are a few quotes on the beauty, wisdom and care of animals. As if we needed additional reasons to celebrate, a team of researchers from Azabu University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Japan found a spike in oxytocin (a chemical that makes us feel good) occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other's eyes—explaining why our bond is so tight. The research was published in April of 2015 in the journal Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6232/333).

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -Mahatma Gandhi

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. -Mary Bly

A dog wags its tail with its heart. -Martin Buxbaum

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway. - Mary Kay Ash

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. -George Eliot

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. -W. C. Fields

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings

If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. -Martin Delany 

Tags:  Animals  Emotional  Inspiration  Intellectual  Kindness  May 2015  Social 

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April Inspiration: The Joy of Laughter

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

April is National Humor Month sponsored by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor at www.aath.org.

 

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston

Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ~Author Unknown

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb


I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth." ~Quincy Jones

A man isn't poor if he can still laugh. ~Raymond Hitchcock

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. ~Ken Kesey


If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. ~Proverb


Tags:  April 2015  Emotional  Inspiration  Laughter  Social  Spiritual 

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Inspiration: It is All About Vision!

Posted By NWI, Monday, March 2, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February is Save Your Vision Month, sponsored by the American Optometric Association at www.aoa.org and Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month, sponsored by Prevent Blindness America at www.preventblindness.org. The following are some quotes to celebrate our physical and mental abilities to “see.”

 Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.     -Jonathan Swift

 Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.     -Mary Ritter Beard

 Empathy is about standing in someone else's shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.    -Daniel H. Pink

 Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.     -Octavia E. Butler

 Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You're not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you're at peace with yourself. Learning life's lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.    -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.    -Tim Burton

 Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can't go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else's success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.    -Kevin Bacon

 Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.    -Abraham Joshua Heschel

Tags:  Emotional  Inspiration  Intellectual  March 2015  Social  Vision 

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Inspiration: Quotes to inspire gentle interactions with those around us

Posted By NWI, Monday, February 2, 2015
Updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015

It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone. ― Hermann Hesse,  Siddhartha

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [Matthew 7:1-2] 

  You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.― Shannon L. Alder

 Even god doesn't propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I? ― Dale Carnegie

 When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself. ― Earl Nightingale

 When we make judgments we're inevitably acting on limited knowledge, isn't it best to ask if we seek to understand, or simply let them be? ― Jay Woodman

 All of us sport an invisible sign around our necks -- “AS IS.” It means, take me as I am. I may not become what you want me to be. And I’m far, far from perfect. But I have some great qualities, too, as well as my share of faults. You will have to take me “AS IS” and I’ll take you that way, too.  ― Steve Goodier

 In letting God sit in judgment they judge themselves; in glorifying God they glorify themselves. ― Friedrich Nietzsche,  The Anti-Christ

 As your consciousness, refinement and pureness of heart expands you will become less judgmental, less corrective, less reactive, less black-and-white, less critical, less apt to blame and less tormented by others and their faults and views. ― Bryant McGill,  Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

The sad reality is, it's not just the people I go to school with that are doing it. It's their parents too. Their noses are all turned up at me, like because of my diagnosis; I'm an alien to them. I'm not like their son or daughter so that means I'm not worthy of respect. ― Melyssa Winchester,  Count On Me

 The more judgmental a person is the sadder they are. ― David W. Earle

Tags:  Emotional  February 2015  Inspiration  Kindness  Social  Spiritual 

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January Inspiration: Quotes from "The Gifts of Imperfection" that Celebrate Emotional, Spiritual, and Social Wellness

Posted By NWI, Monday, January 5, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014

In The Gifts of Imperfection, author Brené Brown talks about shame, authenticity, and belonging. The following are quotes from the book. 

 

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.

Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.

Healthy striving is self-focused: "How can I improve?" Perfectionism is other-focused: "What will they think?

Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites.

We're a nation hungry for more joy: Because we're starving from a lack of gratitude.

Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.

Shame works like the zoom lens on a camera. When we are feeling shame, the camera is zoomed in tight and all we see is our flawed selves, alone and struggling.

The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button.

When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.

One of the greatest barriers to connection is the cultural importance we place on "going it alone." Somehow we've come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we're very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It's as if we've divided the world into "those who offer help" and "those who need help." The truth is that we are both.

Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.

The opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression.

 

 

Brown, B. (2010). The gifts of imperfection: Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are. Center City, Minn: Hazelden.

 

Tags:  Emotional  Inspiration  January 2015  Social 

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December Inspiration: Quotes to Help Us Overcome Adversity

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There is no education like adversity.
-Benjamin Disraeli 

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. 
-John Churton Collins

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
-Ralph Blum

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
-Isaac Asimov

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
-Henry David Thoreau

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
-Jonathan Kozol

All sunshine makes the desert.
-Arabian Proverb

Adversity is the mother of progress.
-Mahatma Gandhi

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.
-Horace

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
-Charles Caleb Colton

Obstacles are great incentives.
-Jules Michelet

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.
-Albert Careb

There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.
-J. H. Vincent

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand. 
-E. E. Hale

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.
-Proverb

Tags:  Adversity  December 2014  Emotional  Inspiration  Intellectual  Spiritual 

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Inspiration: Kindness Leads to Wellness!

Posted By NWI, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014

November 13 is World Kindness Day. For more information you can visit Waves of Kindness at www.wavesofkindness.org.

The following quotes are meant to inspire our kindness and our social and spiritual wellness.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -Tenzin Gyatso

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. -Robert Brault

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. -Jesse Jackson

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. -Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. -Author Unknown

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. -JoAnn C. Jones, Guideposts, January 1996

Don't be yourself — be someone a little nicer. -Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson

Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. -Author Unknown

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. -Henry Boye

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. -Author Unknown

Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity stop you from being generous. -Author Unknown

In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more. -Author Unknown

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. -Epictetus

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. -Amelia Earhart

As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart — but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. -The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can. -Andrew Iskander

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. -Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. -Thomas Fuller

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. -Booker T. Washington

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. -Nelson Henderson

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. -Karl Reiland

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. -William Penn

If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach. -Willie Davis

Tags:  Inspiration  Kindness  November 2014  Social  Spiritual 

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An Exercise in Inspiration

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

While the Inspiration entry in Wellness News You Can Use generally offers quotes and thoughts from other people to inspire us, this month we are going to embark on an inspiration exercise.

Take a moment to read and answer the questions below. Then start with just one phrase a week as a way to work toward a more inspired life. 

 

Have you loved enough? Who could you show more love toward?

 

What do you love doing that you aren’t doing? How can you get more of that into your day, week, month, and year?

 

What person or type of person would you choose as a life companion? Do you give those qualities to the world around you?

 

Where do you want to live? 

 

What do you want to accomplish? And most importantly, why — what’s your motivation? 

 

What do you want to be remembered by? Write it down. “This is the person who _______________.”

 

What adventures do you want to have? List the first three that come to mind.

 

If you had to add something to humanity, what would your contribution be? 

 

Who inspired you today? If you are coming up blank…stop and notice the small things. People do incredible things every day!

 

What is the most creative thing you can do? When was the last time you did it?

 

What does your body need in order to function at its best? Or when was the last time you felt physically strong and capable? What made you feel that way?

 

What are you proud of so far? Who are you proud of? When was the last time you told them? 

Tags:  Emotional  Inspiration  Intellectual  October 2014  Spiritual 

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