American Author, Works with Hospice Patients
Shannon L. Alder
American Author, Works with Hospice Patients
You will always feel insignificant if you never do anything to change the world or another person's life, other than your own.
Your dream is to feel good; God?s dream is for you to do good.
When you are standing in the middle of a storm you have two choices: Pray to God that it goes away. Or, start praying to God that he gives you the wisdom to figure out why you're standing in the middle of a storm.
When you let go of control and commit yourself to happiness, it is so easy to offer compassion and forgiveness. This propels you from the past, into the present. People that are negative, spend so much time trying to control situations and blame others for their problems. Committing yourself to staying positive is a daily mantra that states, I have control over how I plan to react, feel, think and believe in the present. No one guides the tone of my life, except me!
When your heart knows the truth, it never forgets.
Words matter, but what matters more than words is forgiveness and compassion.
You can make heaven out of hell, or hell out of heaven. The choice is yours.
You don't give up on people you truly love. Whether they are in your life or stand on the edge of your heart, you want them to be happy. This is the truest kind of love because it gives more than it ever receives.
You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.
Your greatest responsibility in your life is to be the best version of yourself. When you feel for what the soul believes that is who you become.
When you believe you have lost your power and control nothing will ever seem easy or simple.
When you look at the past without God?s eyes, you subject yourself to deception. The past no longer exists and God doesn?t linger there. However, Satan will show you whatever you want to see and believe, so you will be trapped in an emotion that cannot communicate truth, beyond what you want to remember.
When your mind wants to bolt, but your heart hangs on, it is because you don?t know with absolute certainty what the truth is. When you waste so much time on something that you want to believe is true, you begin to overthink things. Eventually, something obvious becomes twisted into something absurd, which keeps us from believing a simpler answer. Over time, you believe your own lies and fantasies to shield yourself from hurt, when following what is logical would have been the quickest way to healing. It is through your own self-imposed delusions that you lose your perspective. The world then becomes different to you when in fact you are different. Why? Because your own ego gets in the way. Everyone wants to feel special. Everyone wants to have faith in others. Everyone wants to believe in fairytales, happy endings and have all bad interactions with others explained. It is easier to sit in denial with your delusions and pray God will intervene, not realizing he has. He gave you commonsense and intuition, but you didn?t like how it made you feel. This is what true mental illness really is: Following your gut instinct through hell because you want to prove you are right, either to yourself or others. You sacrifice choosing to do right, in order to avoid pain. However, you don't realize that you have been in pain for a really long time and believed this was how happiness felt.
Words only reveal half of your heart. Service defines the other half. Character is the combination of the two.
You can never kill the spirit of an artist. They will always rewrite their resurrection and paint an eternal sunset with a blaze of orange that no one has seen before.
You don't have to apologize for loving someone or wanting a life that no longer fits your blueprint. The beginning phase of reclaiming your life always starts with apologizing to yourself, then apologizing to others for wasting their time because of your fear based decisions. The truth is when we eliminate fear we often find the real path we were meant to be on.
You will never accept gratitude as a solution to your problems, until you have reached the last stage of grief--acceptance.
Your heart will always go where your mind wanders.
When you blame others, what you are really saying is what is inside of you can?t be fixed, so you have no control of your own happiness. Therefore, you have made the conscience choice to give focus and fuel to a bad situation that will take you nowhere and give you nothing, but ignorance and pain.
When you lose your ego, you win. It really is that simple.
Whenever you can?t balance what you see with what you believe you have conflict.
Worry does not keep it from raining tomorrow, but it does keep it from being sunny today.
You can not choose your calling. Your calling chooses you.
You don't have to be strong to survive a bad situation; you simply need a plan.
You will never change, unless you are honest with yourself or you are forced to be authentic by someone that was honest with him or herself.