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Would it surprise you to learn that optimism is not a synonym for positivity, nor an opposite of negativity?  Optimism transcends both.  The etymology of optimism is from the Latin, optimum, meaning that the present moment is in an optimum state.  Being optimistic ultimately means that an individual expects the best possible outcome from any situation. Such a person's mindset and heart-set responds to whatever arises in the moment—uplifting or challenging—knowing that within it is a grace, an opportunity for their soul's evolutionary progress.  Have you caught it yet?

My life is an adventure in surrender; a journey of the Sacred Yes!

Love, peace and joy are the guideposts on my path!

Optimal health and absolute wholeness are my divine birthright fully expressed!

My relationships are joint participations in the good of God!

Infinite possibilities within me express as all needs met!

Gratefully I live these words of truth! So be it! Amen!

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In the Bible the word “father” appears 1,484 times. As a father filling what is considered the world’s “most powerful position,” President Obama’s statement that being a father to Sasha and Malia is the most important job he has underscores the profound, sacred responsibility and loving heart-set of fathering.

Spiritual fathering goes beyond its biological definition to include those who provide, protect, coach, teach, mentor, inspire through example—to name a few. Perhaps no one said it more perfectly as did Jesus in John 15:9: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” I invite all those in the role of fathering to contemplate his words.

The powerful, paternal presence of God supports and inspires me!

The sacred presence of Spirit expresses in through and as me!

New ideas flow through me! Insights unfold within me!

My relations form around the power of my loving heart!

The source and substance of my supply is limitless!

God is great and I am grateful! And so it is! Amen!

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Those who have a deep spiritual practice can’t help counting all the contents of life as a blessing. Sometimes a particular appearance in our body of affairs seems to contradict any semblance to being our ‘highest destiny’ – at least by our personal sense of ego. We want to push the experience away and feel for it anything but gratitude. We want to escape our present moment experience so we go shopping, turn on the TV, call a friend – anything to avoid the unpleasant. Life as a teacher can sometimes be sharp, uncomfortable, awkwardly embarrassing to the ego’s concept of itself. Life is equally tender, encouraging, unconditionally loving, and exhibits a great sense of humor.

I am an indispensable being of boundless potential! Dynamic by design!

New horizons of infinite possibility greet me everyday!

Habits of health and wholeness support my body and my mind!

The beauty of my soul is activated and expresses right now!

Today I embrace the brilliance, the bounty and the joy of my life!

In all things I am grateful! And so it is! Amen!

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Where do we find the courage to remain present in the face of the unknown, the unpredictable, the uncontrollable—to this thing called Life? Courage is not the absence or denial of fear; it is facing fear and surrendering to the gifts it offers: to change when change is needed, to embrace the unknown in spite of our fears and insecurities. We can actually begin to welcome such opportunities to become better acquainted with ourselves.

I am a divine idea bursting into expression! Whole, complete and perfect!

Today I joyfully exercise my right to shine!

Vibrations of greatness and enthusiasm under gird my life!

Thoughts of health and wholeness revitalize my body temple!

I am a creative, innovative and elevated expression of God!

Abundance blesses every aspect of my life!

I am grateful! And so it is! Amen!

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When we give our unconditional commitment to wake up, come what may, it gives us a taste of genuine freedom of living now—right here, right now, on the spot where we now stand. Heaven is happening right where we are, right in the midst of challenges as well as joys and we accept both as lights on our path.

Today I expand my perception, change my direction and set myself free!

I am the embodiment of God sourced energy. Whole, complete and perfect!

Abundance is always trending and never ending as my life! I thrive!

Bursts of enthusiasm and blasts of God’s love propel me! I soar!

Everything is working together for my good! I can feel it in my bones!

Gratefully I live these words of truth! And so it is! Amen!