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Sway Or Swayed


“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”

– Nelson Mandela


I am a great fan of people watching. It fascinates me when someone I know exhibits different behaviors depending on who they are with. I have observed this more than a few times and find it interesting enough to question my own behavior since I subscribe to the idea that we are all mirrors of each other. In stepping back and observing my relationship with God, family, friends and strangers, I saw little difference in my behavior when I am around others. I know in the past I was more self-aware of my words and actions when around some family members and I thought this was quite interesting and am not sure what it means. Part of me believes that it goes back to childhood experiences and our family dynamic where we were expected to quietly exist. We all have pasts and sometimes it is best to just move on and let the experiences be what they were – just experiences. While it is perplexing, I chose not to dwell on it but instead filed it away as one of the mysteries of life that I remain open to understanding more fully one day. In the meantime, I will just be unapologetically me.


Dear Angels, when we do a self-inventory of our behavior, I think it is important to be brutally honest so we can learn and grow going forward. How important is it to keep focusing on unpleasant experiences from the past or can we get to a place of acceptance and not have to keep reliving those times?


Dear Ones, as you allow your experiences to be a learning ground for you to discover who you truly are you will find that no one experience defines you. When you are in school you will most likely have some tests that you do worse on than others. That lower score mixes in with all the other scores and becomes a part of the overall average grade, correct? Look at your experiences in life this way also. There are going to be times when the experiences take you to a less than ideal feeling. Those experiences mix in with all the other ones throughout your life. If you dwell on the ones that weren’t pleasant and beat yourself up for those experiences, you are discounting all the mountaintop blessings of life. It all comes down to balance. In a world of contrast there will be times when you stumble or get shoved. The important thing is how did you keep your balance? If you fell on your butt, did you stay down or did you get back up and file that experience away to remember you are resilient and strong? Don’t fear the pain and the hard knocks. Life is a circle of diverse experiences that bring happiness, sadness, hard knocks and soft landings. Learn to sway with the wind and pull on your faith and belief that everything is working in alignment with the Divine plan for your life. Instead of seeing your struggles as failures, see them as rockets propelling you into a higher elevation where you have the best view possible of your life. Find a strong limb on that mountaintop and perch there enjoying the peace and tranquility that can only come through letting go of the rough times and enjoying the sunshine moments. And don’t forget to smile.


Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.


Today, I promise to do more swaying and less stumbling. I will put my focus where it will benefit me the most – the joyful moments of life.


Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com


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