Start Where You Are - Giveaway

Over the last few days I've been blogging about this book, "Start Where You Are, a Journal for Self-Exploration."

A giveaway for this book will begin now run for a week.  The winner will be shipped a free copy of this book by the publisher. (Blogger, Facebook & Twitter do not endorse this contest) One winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter tool.  The winner will be notified via email.  The winner will provide their shipping address for delivery.

The quote today is:

I'm a great believer in luck & I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

The exercise asks us to list things that I have to work for in one column and how to get them without luck in the second.

Luck is very interesting to me.  As a Pagan person I believe that what we send out returns to us.  So if you're a douche, you'll get douche in return.  Some go a step further and say that it will return times three or that karma will get you.  I'm not one that necessarily goes that deep into it.

Here is what I believe.

If you are a grumpy negative person who complains all the time, generally speaking people are not going to want to be around you, or help you. You'll have fewer friends, fewer pathways for relationship building and therefore be a lonelier person.  On the other hand, if you're a happy positive person, who tries to do nice things for other, helps people when you can and are over all just a pretty good Joe, people will return that to you in kind.

There are natural laws that cannot be changed.  If I have three dollars in my pocket, being nice to the guy next door isn't going to make my 3 dollar turn into 6 dollars.   But, if I am nice to the guy next door, he might offer to cut my grass, or help me get to the store, or maybe trade some of my hen eggs for a bag of flour.  These possibilities wouldn't be there if he thought I was a mean person.  That doesn't mean that I'm a door mat either.  I have people in my life that I will call the Takers.  The Takers always show up with life is good with their hand out.  They want you to give to this cause or that cause.  They always want something.  When you take care of yourself instead of donating to their cause, you're a vile evil human.  They run you down.  That is what Takers do.  Takers are not concerned with your well being.  They do not care if they hurt you, or those you care about in order to get what they want out of life.  This is where the giver has to step back and say, no more.  Know that what you have you have worked for, it wasn't given to you by others,  your sweat and indeed luck helped you be where you are today.

Remember, givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.  - Irma Kurtz

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