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Monday, January 31, 2011

Free yourself by serving the world; serve the world by freeing yourself. ~ Matt Kahn

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Free yourself by serving the world; serve the world by freeing yourself. ~ Matt Kahn


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Matt Kahn And Julie Dittmar

Matt Kahn And Julie Dittmar

America's Most Talked About Spiritual Teachers

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

Throughout all the vivid memories of life, the sweetest ones I can remember seemed to have had a distinct connection with chocolate. As a child, chocolate was a form of currency. My earliest memory of abundance was being the one clinging tightly to a scrumptious bar of chocolate among a sea of friends who were willing to do just about anything for even a sliver of cacao gold. As soon as the wrapper came off, chocolate was like an edible super power that had the ability to interrupt any tantrum or frustrated emotional state. It had the power to deem anything in my focus at the moment, completely irrelevant as long as the chocolate was being passed my way.

Chocolate, as it came and went in its many forms throughout my life, was a symbol of sweetness. No matter what was happening and how important I believed it to be, the chocolate would appear as a reminder that all is inherently well - and that like the chocolate, at my core, this sweetness is actually what I am.

This...

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

To live a life to its fullest can be our greatest fear, or simply our most brilliant triumph. ~ Aaron Kleinerman

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To live a life to its fullest can be our greatest fear, or simply our most brilliant triumph. ~ Aaron Kleinerman


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Aaron Kleinerman

Aaron Kleinerman

The author of Thank God I Turned Within, Aaron is a speaker, educator, counselor, and inspiration for the younger generation of conscious leadership.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

My inspiration, you may ask, where does it lie? Where can I find the inspiration to create absolute brilliance on a daily basis?

It is within observation of my brilliance that the pure opportunity for your own arises.

I like to look upon life as a magical magnificent mirror of truth and awareness. Everything that I, or you, can consciously observe in others, we have the full ability to observe within ourselves. In our daily lives, we often place judgments, fears or even admiration upon the individuals we come across.

Spirit, I like to refer to, is amazing. (Some call it God, or a "Grand Organized Designer," or even Lord, Christ, whatever it may be that in your truth exists as that higher source of ultimate wisdom.) So, spirit gives us so many continual experiences and events on a daily basis that bring us back to this mirror effect. It gives us the continual opportunity in this learning basis of life to turn within and listen to that which the world is trying...

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Susan Smith Jones, PhD

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When you learn to love yourself, and take loving care of yourself, love will come to you in the forms of happiness, success, prosperity, peace, joy, balance and vibrant health. ~ Dr. Susan Smith Jones, Ph. D


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Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Susan is a world renowned author, a motivational speaker, and a leading voice for health and fitness worldwide.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

What a joy to spend this time with you today. I hope what I have to share will inspire, motivate, and empower you to live a vibrantly healthy, balanced life-beginning today.

Each of us faces tremendous challenges every day. As we get up each morning, we may face myriad stressors-getting the kids off to school, driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, presenting a career-making (or career-breaking) report to the boss, balancing the household budget, and so much more. It can seem like there is not enough time in the day to accomplish all you need to do. These are just some of the ways everyday life can get us down. If poorly managed, these challenges can lead to many forms of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Stress is a fact of life, but you can choose not to make it a way of life for you.

Living a stress-free life is not a reasonable goal. The real goal is to learn to deal with stress actively and effectively. Although that's easier for some people than others, stu...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

There is nothing more powerful, beautiful or free than a woman who truly loves herself. ~ Christine Arylo

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There is nothing more powerful, beautiful or free than a woman who truly loves herself. ~ Christine Arylo


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Christine Arylo

Christine Arylo

Christine is a coach, an inspirational speaker and the author of Choosing Me Before We: Every Woman's Guide to Life and Love .

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I believe that each of us wants to be deeply loved, and that without that love, we will never find the happiness we've come here to experience. No matter how much money you make, how beautiful your body or how many accolades you acquire, at the core of who you are, you desire to be deeply loved.

And yet, in our world, how many of us would be willing to stand up and admit to the world this deepest of deep desires? Would you? Of course you might say that you would like a relationship, that your family is important to you, or that you love having love in your life.

But would you peel back the curtain that protects your delicate soul to reveal that inside is the most innocent and pure heart, one who craves to be seen by another so deeply that you could almost feel that person witnessing your soul? Would you show us the holes of loneliness that sometimes surface on that same heart when your soul feels unseen, unheard, un-understood?

I'll show you mine if you show ...

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There is nothing more powerful, beautiful or free than a woman who truly loves herself. ~ Christine Arylo
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Christine Arylo
Christine Arylo

Christine is a coach, an inspirational speaker and the author of Choosing Me Before We: Every Woman's Guide to Life and Love .

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I believe that each of us wants to be deeply loved, and that without that love, we will never find the happiness we've come here to experience. No matter how much money you make, how beautiful your body or how many accolades you acquire, at the core of who you are, you desire to be deeply loved.

And yet, in our world, how many of us would be willing to stand up and admit to the world this deepest of deep desires? Would you? Of course you might say that you would like a relationship, that your family is important to you, or that you love having love in your life.

But would you peel back the curtain that protects your delicate soul to reveal that inside is the most innocent and pure heart, one who craves to be seen by another so deeply that you could almost feel that person witnessing your soul? Would you show us the holes of loneliness that sometimes surface on that same heart when your soul feels unseen, unheard, un-understood?

I'll show you mine if you show ...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

~Grace Ho

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Feng Shui is much more than just re-arranging your furniture. Feng Shui is all about shifting your MIND to start inviting more wealth and abundance into your life.


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Grace Ho

Grace Ho

Grace is a bestselling author and a mental Feng Shui expert.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Within you is the power to change your life. ~ Jim Donovan

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Within you is the power to change your life. ~ Jim Donovan


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Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan

Jim is a speaker, a business coach, and the author of Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and This is Your Life: Not A Dress Rehearsal.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

If you've read any of my books, you've read about the "Serenity Prayer." This is a simple prayer, first used by Reinhold Niebuhr around 1934 and later given, by him, to Bill Wilson for use in Alcoholics Anonymous. This simple prayer became one of the "tools" that saved my life more than once when I was in the early days of my recovery and trying to piece my life back to together. I would recite it every day as a way to keep things in perspective and it has been a great help to me since.

There are many times in our life when the Serenity Prayer can help and our current economic situation, with rapidly rising prices, is surely one of them.

Rather than get caught up in worrying or becoming part of the, usually negative, discussion about "how bad things are," you can apply the wise message in this simple prayer, to help you maintain a positive outlook.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I ca...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

A child who is loved and nurtured grows up to become a happy and healthy adult who continues that cycle. ~ Ross Ellis

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A child who is loved and nurtured grows up to become a happy and healthy adult who continues that cycle. ~ Ross Ellis


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Ross Ellis

Ross Ellis

Ross is the founder and CEO of Love Our Children USA, a non-profit working to break the cycle of violence against children.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

Do you use your talents, knowledge and passion to inspire and help others? Begin with gratitude. Reinvent yourself. Everyone can find their passion and do what they want to do. Whether it's helping someone, inspiring people or making a difference in the lives of others, you can do it.

Be grateful for what you have. Not for the material things, but the lessons learned in life, the adversity that made you grow stronger, and the continual falls that brought you to the road of success,

I always dreamt of how I could make a difference but didn't quite get it until I sold my business. It was then that I realized that helping children was my passion. Learning one's purpose can come in many ways. It can often come through watching someone else suffer, your own adversity, a need for reinvention, personal growth, life experiences, motivational seminars or a lifelong passion.

I began by volunteering. This grew into an awareness about how our children are treated and...

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Devotion is the path of love by which the soul returns to its home in Love. ~ Alan L Pritz

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Devotion is the path of love by which the soul returns to its home in Love. ~ Alan L Pritz


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Alan Pritz

Alan Pritz

Alan is a spiritual and meditation teacher, author, musician, life coach, consultant and the founder of LifeALIGNMENT.biz.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

Given 30 seconds to say what is most important in life, it'd be simple give yourself to God.

God gets a mixed review obviously a favorable spin from religious or spiritual types, but still one with vague undertones of uncertainty. The advice I gave sounds good but what does it really mean, why is it important, and how should one go about doing it?

Let's cut to the chase. Life on earth isn't easy. Even when wealthy or healthy, people may be miserable. With no way to know what'll happen one minute to the next, control and security are illusory. Money, power, fame, sex, etc. promise happiness but inevitably disappoint because they lead nowhere. And more, they distract us from realizing the truth about life:

We are not meant to find lasting happiness on Earth. It isn't home. We're immortal souls temporarily incarnate in bodies and here solely to learn, grow, and awaken spiritually. After spiritual awakening, we graduate from the earthly school of life and return ...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

-Brady Baldwin

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You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give. ~ Winston Churchill


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Brady Baldwin

Brady Baldwin

At 13, Brady started My Own Book, a program that brings top quality new books to less fortunate children, with his older brother Kyle.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

You need to find a need and fill it. Make progress everyday by pointing yourself in the direction you need to go. Set goals. Track results. Make the conscious decision to overcome adversity and set forth with a smile on your face and a will to succeed. The more times you are at bat the better chance you will have at success. Purposefully take advantage of opportunities. Decide you will be the one that makes the effort and grab the brass ring. ...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Strive to be more beautiful everyday! ~Eva Ritvo

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Beauty is a journey not a destination. Strive to be more beautiful everyday by making choices that are good for you inside and out. When you become beautiful, you can create more beauty in the world. ~ Dr. Eva Ritvo


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Eva Ritvo

Eva Ritvo

Dr. Eva is a board-certified psychiatrist, a professor and author, co-author of her most recent book The Beauty Prescription.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I wish I had knew how important exercise was earlier in my life. Since I found a love for tennis, my whole life has improved. I play several times a week, travel to watch matches, have a whole host of tennis friends, am fitter and stronger than I have been in twenty years and I am much happier.

As a psychiatrist practicing for 20 years the single best advice I can give patients is to find a sport you love and make it a regular part of your life. As a brain scientist, I know that not only am I secreting endorphins to lift my mood, I am also secreting BDNF, or brain derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates new brain cell connections so I am actually getting smarter. It makes sense when you think about our ancestors and how our brains are wired. When we were running to catch dinner, we had to remember how to get home so our brains released special chemicals to ensure we would remember our way!

If you think you don't have time to work out, think again. You don't have ti...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Michaela Gagnene

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Michaela Gagne

Michaela is a survivor and a professional speaker for heart health advocacy, as well as a teacher and a former Miss Massachusetts.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us...And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ~ Nelson Mandela

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I believe that there's no greater force in the world than love, and that those who welcome it in to their lives will truly live.

I believe that adults should give themselves permission to be children. Sing, paint, laugh, play, grow...and you will surely be happier and offer more to this world.

I believe that life is not about what could have happened. Life is about what is. Life is about looking through the front windshield while I'm driving, not the rearview mirror.

I believe that dreams are so important, but some may never come true...and that's okay. A disappointment can hold a new sense of purpose and direction. I will never, ever stop dreaming...I just won't stop myself from reshaping those goals into something even greater.

I believe in celebrating the people who have helped shape me into the fighter, giver, dreamer, artist, optimist, survivor, and believer I have become. I will show my love and appreciation to the family and friends who make my life beautiful.

I believe that life is about choices. I can choose to make my life and this world better. I can choose to turn obstacles into opportunities. I can choose to see the potential that surrounds me at every moment.

I believe in making every day special. Special has many definitions. What's yours?...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It is my belief that the most important things in life are the lessons we learn while we are here. ~Nancy Mills

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~ Barack Obama


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Nancy Mills

Nancy Mills

Nancy is the founder of Spirited Woman and the creator of the Spirited Woman Approach to Life.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

It is my belief that the most important things in life are the lessons we learn while we are here. Through our passion, willingness to take risks, the assurance that it is OKAY to fail, along with deep love and heartfelt relationships, we learn the most important lessons in life. A lifetime filled with lessons is your e-ticket ride to living passionately, with a sense of unstoppability, and the deep desire to go for your dreams and chase what you love. If you are not faced with tests throughout your life, there is no way to defend and clarify what you truly believe in. These lessons teach you what is important to you, and you alone. Simply put: They help you define your destiny.

So what have some of my lessons been? First off, to continually learn to "expect the unexpected." Yes, try as I might, I can make plans, but I learned a long time ago that I am simply not in control of the outcome. Rather than being upset about the unexpected, I've learned to embrace it. I learned that...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When things go wrong, don't go with them. ~Robert Schuller

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Tough times don't last, tough people do. ~ Robert Schuller


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Les Brown

Les Brown

Les Brown is an internationally recognized speaker and the author of the highly acclaimed books, Live Your Dreams and It's Not Over Until You Win.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I think, we can all agree, life is getting tough. It seems as if everything around us is collapsing, and crumbling before our very eyes. Many people are uncertain about the future, money, relationships, health, and careers. In fact, we are beginning to question the very nature of life itself.

In these uneasy times, even as a world-renown motivator, my advice is simply: When things go wrong, don't go with them. Have you watched the news lately? It's quite depressing isn't it? With all of this mess going on around us, you have to monitor your mind and mouth. I'm not oblivious to shocking headlines and a poor economy, but I can't consume myself with it; because, whatever you focus on the longest becomes the strongest.

Everyone has one friend who calls with nothing but bad news. I have to talk to people who see opportunities in the eye of the storm. Not the person who advises me to put my money under a mattress, or recommends taking self-defense classes because crime rat...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Happiness, Health, Love and Prosperity...Four basic life rules I live by, in this order. ~ Keith St. Onge

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Happiness, Health, Love and Prosperity...Four basic life rules I live by, in this order. ~ Keith St. Onge


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Keith St. Onge

Keith St. Onge

Keith is a world champion water skier and the owner of the World Barefoot Center.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

From the beginning of life we are meant to be happy and joyous. It is all too easy tobe bogged down by negative experiences or life challenges, but every day, we can choose our responses to our circumstances. On the journey of life, I've learned to choose happy, joyful and positive thoughts during challenging times or in situations that are trying to bring me down.

Good old-fashioned work ethics can bring you far in life. I heard a great quote the other day from my neighbor, "Some people are lucky-- but the harder I work the luckier I get!" Sometimes people come up to me and say, "Keith, barefoot waterskiing comes so easy to you! You're so lucky you're talented on the water!" I remind them that it doesn't come from luck—it comes from years and years of hard work and practice. What they're seeing is the end result that looks effortless and easy, but it came from more than 20 years of ups and downs-- and endless practice sessions on the water. Good work...

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The most profound spiritual truth is that which we discover and share... as creators, a profound expression of being is through business. ~ Lynn Scheu

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The most profound spiritual truth is that which we discover and share... as creators, a profound expression of being is through business. ~ Lynn Scheurell


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Lynn Scheurell

Lynn Scheurell

Known as the Creative Catalyst, Lynn works with soul-driven entrepreneurs to strengthen their inner and outer systems to create fast business results.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

The things I know for sure at this point are deceptively simple in mere words, but they are as follows:

As you evolve, your world evolves - it all starts with your own development. Grow with every challenge to give you the opportunity for transformative healing. Align with what feels right; your spirit knows more than your conscious mind. Trust and let it grow you to match the infinite consciousness of your being.

You are creating your reality; own what you've created so far to give yourself the permission and the power to create your new future. Be conscious in every aspect of living including your discoveries and your commitments. When you are present, there is no such thing as default outcomes. Know that where you are now is not a predictor of where you will be - it's just where you are right now.

Follow your own wisdom and know what you know - take action accordingly. It might fly in the face of external circumstances, situations, relationsh...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

~Sue Atkins



Sue Atkins

Sue Atkins

Sue is a parenting coach and the author of Raising Happy Children for Dummies.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

For me, there's more to life than money.

For me, it's all about people and relationships and in particular it's about the relationships we have within our own families - with our kids, our partners, and our own parents.

Family life is the most important aspect of our true well-being - and so is the really important job of bringing up happy, confident, well-balanced adults - today's children - but tomorrow's future.

For all children and for most adults, family life is the most important thing in life.

It gives meaning to our lives - as it's a place of safety, security, support, laughter, and a feeling of belonging.

You only have to ask yourself - who was there to pick you up from a late night party, give you a bit of ";;extra";; money when you'd run out, or sorted things out when you got into trouble or made mistakes?

Or who was there to get you over a broken heart, a messy divorce, or...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

~Marci Shimoff

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The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, nineteenth-century Indian saint


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Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff

Marci is an international transformational leader, the co-author of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and the author of Happy for No Reason.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

I was 41 years old, stretched out on a lounge chair by my pool and reflecting on my life. I had achieved all that I thought I needed to be happy.

You see when I was a child, I imagined there were five main things that ensured a happy life: a successful career that helped people, a loving husband, a comfortable home, a great body, and a wonderful circle of friends. After years of study, hard work, and a few "lucky breaks," I finally had them all. (Okay, so my body didn't quite look like Halle Berry's—four out of five isn't bad!) You think I'd have been on the top of the world.

But surprisingly I wasn't. I felt an emptiness inside that the outer successes of life couldn't fill. I was also afraid that if I lost any of those things, I might be miserable. Sadly, I knew I wasn't alone in feeling this way.

While happiness is the one thing that we all truly want, so few people really experience the deep and lasting fulfillment that feeds our soul. Our F...

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