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(I love referring to Australia as “Oz.” Gives it sort of a magical quality. Distant land and all. Over 7000 miles away from Los Angeles and a few more from my home in Laguna Beach, just south of L.A. ) For the first two days I was in Australia I’d made arrangements to spend some…

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By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. Being a former shy person I can empathize with anyone who has inhibitions about expressing themselves in public—especially singing. When asked, many people would admit to singing in the shower, but few would claim the courage to sing in front of anyone else. Most people would say they’re afraid of…

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“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” —Leo Buscaglia “I think it’s important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.” —Paula Cole There are some rosebushes in our side yard and unless you go around…

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“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”—Brian Tracy “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”—Walt Disney When my now adult daughters Nicole and…

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“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” ― Paulo Coelho “There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.” —Andre Gide Psychologist Abraham Maslow presented his concept of a hierarchy of needs in 1943 and it has since become a…

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“Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you.” —LL Cool J “In many ways, history is marked as ‘before’ and ‘after’ Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.” —Jesse Jackson As noted in the quote by Jesse Jackson, Rosa…

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ―Albert Einstein “There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”  —Richard Bach…

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“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.”—Alexander Graham Bell“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but…

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“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” —Nora Roberts “Children see magic because they look…

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“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” —Nora Roberts “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” —Maya Angelo Asking for what you want is actually very…

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