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12 Rules for Being Beautifully Human


12 Rules for Being Beautifully Human

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human – in not having to be just happy or just sad – in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”
―C. JoyBell C.

Be present, let go of the past, don’t beat yourself up over what you did yesterday, and don’t try to be perfect.  Just be a beautiful example of being human…

1.  Live one day at a time.

No matter what’s happening, anyone can efficiently fight the battles of just one day.  It’s only when you add the battles of those two abysmal eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated.  Realize that it’s not the experience of today that holds you back and drives you crazy, but the regret and resentment about something that happened yesterday or the fear and dread of what tomorrow might bring.  It’s necessary, therefore, to let yourself live just one day at a time – just today – just right here, right now.

2.  Be OK with not being OK all the time.

Bad things happen every day and to everyone at some point.  The difference is in how people deal with it.  So smile, let others know there is still hope.  Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you.  Those with the strength to succeed in the long run are the ones who lay a firm foundation of growth with the bricks that life has thrown at them.  So don’t be afraid to fall apart for a little while, because when it happens, the situation will open an opportunity for you to grow and rebuild yourself into the brilliant person you are capable of being.

3.  Earn the best days of your life.

Hard times are often blessings in disguise.  Let go and let life strengthen you.  No matter how much it hurts, hold your head up and keep going.  This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a rough day, a bad month, or a crappy year.  Things will unquestionably change – you will not feel this way forever.

Truth be told, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your spirit needs most.  Your past was never a mistake if you learned from it.  So take all the crazy experiences and lessons and place them in a box labeled “Thank You.”  You simply can’t feel real happy unless you’ve felt heartache.  You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail.  You can’t know what it’s like to feel whole until you know what it’s like to feel completely shattered.  And you can’t be rebirthed until you’ve passed on from who you used to be.  (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Adversity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

4.  When your intuition begs you to listen, listen.

There will be a distinct few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something – something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and seems completely crazy to others.  When this happens, sit quietly and listen to your intuition.  Let your instincts take over and ignore everything else.  Ignore what you’re “supposed” to do, ignore the odds, ignore what everyone else wants you to do, and just go for it.

In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.  And you can’t always wait for the perfect time.  Sometimes you must dare to jump.  Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage – just literally twenty seconds of uncomfortable bravery – and I promise you, something great will come of it.

5.  Look within for the answers you seek.

Constantly checking your life against one of society’s prewritten stories of how things “should” be is a phony way of living.  It’s sort of like renting your identity.  Just be you.  You are far more nuanced than anyone else’s narrative you try to fit yourself into, and more complex than society’s story of what “should” be happening.

The problem is that when you think you have to “look” for things in life like love, meaning, and inspiration, the “looking” implies that these things are somehow hiding behind some bushes somewhere, just waiting to be discovered.  So you start asking yourself questions that lead you further and further outside yourself, which is not where the answers you seek live.

In life you have to create your own love, define your own meaning, and harbor your own inspiration.  This process starts on the inside, not somewhere else.  Much of this can be accomplished simply by asking yourself the right questions.  Start with these:

  • “Who am I?”
  • “What do I need?”
  • “How do I function best?”
  • “What do I have to give?”
  • “What’s the next step I can take right now?”

6.  Dare to challenge the status quo.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.  In a world filled with doubt, you must dare to dream.  In a world filled with anger, you must dare to forgive.  In a world filled with hate, you must dare to love.  In a world filled with distrust, you must dare to believe.  And once you do, you will find that power you once thought you lacked.

Never let anyone steal your dreams.  Stay optimistic and focused.  Being positive when negativity surrounds you is not naive, it’s leadership.  Work hard in silence, do what you have to do, and ignore the drama and negativity surrounding you.  Let your success be your noise.  (Read Start: Punch Fear in the Face.)

7.  Work hard when hard work is required.

Beware of quick-fix solutions that simply worsen the problems they promise to solve.  Obviously there’s nothing to be gained from a cure that’s worse than the disease.  And there’s certainly nothing to be gained from a solution that merely masks or delays a problem without addressing its underlying cause.  When there’s a real problem in your life, expect to do some real work.

Facing a challenge requires effort, and yet that effort is necessary only for a relatively short time.  Running from the challenge requires ever-increasing effort that has no end.  Truly eliminating the cause of the problem does indeed take more work than quickly fixing the symptoms.  Yet once the difficult work is done to remove the problem, it’s gone for good.  Do the required work to root out each problem at its core, and your efforts will always bring lasting returns.

8.  Appreciate your blessings.

Life is “give and take.” Give thanks and take nothing for granted.  Being happy doesn’t mean you have it all, it means you appreciate it all.  So stop worrying and complaining all the time.  Life is too short.  Instead of focusing on how stressed you are, remember how blessed you are.

You’re blessed more than you likely realize.  You have what many hope for.

The people and things you take for granted today may be the only ones you need tomorrow.  Never be too busy to make time for that which matters most.  Remember the good times, be strong during tough times, love always, laugh often, live honestly, and be thankful for each new day.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.  So be thankful today.  Life isn’t perfect, it’s just pretty darn good.

9.  Use your voice to support the truth.

Don’t hide your thoughts and feelings, especially when you can make a difference.  Be brave.  Speak your truth.  There is no greater sadness than holding on to the honest words you never had the courage to speak.  Say what needs to be said.  Hiding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn’t make you nice, it just makes you a liar.  You have to tell the truth, or eventually someone will tell it for you.  Living a life of honesty creates peace of mind, and peace of mind is priceless.  Period.

Bottom line:  Never be dishonest and never put up with people who are.

10.  Practice kindness with an open mind.

The more you judge, the less you see and love.  Be compassionate and kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  Everyone has a story hidden inside them that is equally as complex as your own; try to understand that people are not always as they seem.  Be patient with them.  Pay attention.

Everyone you meet has something important to teach you that may change your life.  In fact, many of your greatest accomplishments in life will come when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm.  So regardless of what’s going on in your life, be gentle and kind.  Think before you speak and act.  Always remember that the words and actions you choose can only be forgiven, not forgotten.  You were made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity to do so.  No act of your kindness, no matter how tiny, will ever be wasted.

11.  Nurture your important relationships.

Sooner or later, you just want to be around the people who make you smile.  So every chance you get, spend time with those who help you love yourself more.  One true friend in life who understands your tears and troubles is far more valuable than a hundred friends who only show up for your smiles and joys.  Because a true friend accepts who you truly are, and also helps you become who you are capable of being.

Relationships like this require more than just finding the right person, they also require you to be the right person.  So when someone believes in you enough to lift you up, try not to let them down.  Actions often speak much louder than words.  When you care about someone you have to act accordingly.  They will be able to tell how you feel about them simply by the way you treat them over the long-term.  (Read The 5 Love Languages.)

12.  Let life guide you.

Life is often unpredictable.  Some of the greatest moments in your life won’t necessarily be the things you do; they’ll be things that happen to you.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life.  You have to take action, and you will.  But don’t forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change in an instant – for better or worse.

To an extent, the universe has a plan that’s always in motion.  A baby bird flaps its wings and it starts to hail – it’s a scary thought, but it happens and it’s part of life’s cycle.  All these little components of Mother Nature, constantly working – sometimes forcing you to struggle, and sometimes making sure you end up exactly in the right place at the right time.

The floor is yours…

Which of the points above do you intend to work on this year?  What else would you add to the list?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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44 Comments

  • Awesome list Marc. Number 8 especially resonates with me right now. There is some much beauty I have overlooked in my life. I know there is always something positive to be grateful for, especially for everyone reading this, as we all likely have food, shelter and the basic necessities of life. These are gifts that so many take for granted. Because of our context we, we often forget how lucky we are, and how many reasons we have to let our positivity shine.

    I also love number 12, as it’s something I’ve been working on – letting things be. I may have mentioned this before, but this quote from your book is hanging on my wall in my office:

    “It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn. Remember, oftentimes when things are falling apart, they’re actually falling into place.”

  • In the past year I have had my whole life turned upside down. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually devastated. Through the help of a dear friend I have been making my way back. Her help has been incredible. My efforts were helping a bit and then I stumbled across your blog. Several of your articles now reside on my bulletin board and on my refrigerator, and your book sits on my desk. I read and reread lots of what your write daily, and have forwarded your blog posts to as many of my friends (I only have a few) as possible.

    Thank you from those of us that do not know when to put the shovel down from digging a hole for ourselves. I am currently working hard on the first three principles you mention in this post. Hugs.

  • Loved this!
    Shared this!
    Printed this!
    Bought your book!

    Beginning a new year with motivating advice and a positive outlook…priceless. Thank you!

  • #3 I’m having a hard time being grateful for all the “lessons” I’ve had to learn from heartache, let down and pain. I’ve pretty much had my fill of learning lessons and growing through pain. I mean, seriously, enough is enough. It’s beyond time for positive rewards and happy outcomes. Maybe later down the road I’ll be able to feel some gratitude for it making me stronger and wiser, but right now I’m just tired and sick of having to focus on just getting through each day, one day at a time. It’s exhausting.

    #5 What do I need? I need to be able to set goals I can work towards and see tangible progress and results on it that isn’t just me in my head telling myself to be positive, that I can do it, while I only focus on one day at a time. Sorry and I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I need a purpose in my life in order to be happy, and that purpose requires seeing beyond the single day I’m living in. I need people in my life I can talk to and count on and trust, who believe in me and are supportive, who don’t put obstacles in my way and bring me down and fuck with me. I can be my own cheerleader for the rest of my life, and that’s what I’ve been doing up to now, but it’s not by choice and nobody can be happy all the time if that’s all they have. I function best when I have the stimulation of people around me and I’m collaborating and brainstorming creatively. I function best when I’m productively working towards a goal and it’s got momentum and progressively moving forward. Finally ending it being all about me by myself in my own head all the time is my number one New Year’s resolution.

    #4 Haha! Yeah, there have been a few times when I followed instincts so strong it made no sense at all to anyone else in my life, and people thought it was crazy. The magic of that experience was amazing and so many incredible things happened from it. It catapulted my writing to a whole new level, gave me more inspiration than I’ve ever known, and gave me a backbone and made me strong. It taught me to speak my own truth when it needed to be said, regardless of the consequences, and there were a lot of consequences. But they were some of the happiest moments of my life, and I grew more during that time than I ever have. I’d rather learn and grow from these moments than from the hardships, pain and struggle that has occurred in my life more often. For these happy experiences I’ll always be grateful, and because of this, those bad experiences will never make sense to me. They were unnecessary and caused more damage than any good that may have come from the “lessons.”

    #9 This. All of it. Well-said.

    Great list. Thank you.

    Melissa

  • Hi Marc - enjoyed this post. What I’ve done in my work life that has made a difference is to speak the truth where I do work that stands up for the marginalized members of my community.

    I can probably try to do this more in my personal life as well. “Say what needs to be said” is hard work - takes a lot of courage and honesty. “Hiding one’s feelings makes one a liar” is a bold statement and will be a wake-up call for me this year. Thanks.

  • Great advice to start off the new year.
    Thank you so much.

  • #13 - Be okay with being alone. There are times in life when through choice or circumstance you will be or feel completely alone. This sometimes confuses the soul into thinking death is near and can make an individual jump at bad choices just to make the loneliness disappear. Instead, enbrace the times when you are alone. Use it to reflect on your life, and to prepare for the times when soon enough you will again have others in your life.

  • Wow! I Googled for decluttering websites as needed inspiration to get started on cleaning purge. How amazing to fall upon this article which has given me a route map to deal with the heartbreak of my husbands incurable cancer. Since his diagnosis we have decided to just live in the moment & not dwell on what the future may bring, but I am delighted to have found these words of wisdom.

  • I absolutely love your blog. I only stumbled on it about a week ago while I was in bed with pneumonia, surfing the web. I have already linked several of your posts to my FB page and encouraged my cousin Rebekah to sign up for your emails. You’ve already helped me a lot.

  • I feel that 2014 is going to be a big year for me. I turn 50 and my youngest daughter goes off to college. I feel that my current job is killing my spirit. I’ve taken some steps to look for the next lilly pad to hop to but have not found it.

    Now that I’m 49 I know there are down moments, days and weeks. But there doesn’t have to be a down life. That’s not a life worth living and I’m pretty sure we only get to do this once.
    My intuition is telling me to run away. I’m a runner and I’m beginning to think psychologically running meets my urge to run away. Over New Year’s I’ve decided to find a career counselor to help me sort out my professional life.

    Your point on kindness was interesting. We judge people all the time and often on superficial things. As a runner I see heavy people chugging along. Why think “fat person” when I should be thinking “smart person” for getting out and doing something about their lives. Good for them. So for 2014 I’m working on less judgement too.

    You guys are very insightful & I enjoy reading your posts. I wrote down your 5 questions and will be thinking about them today.
    Cheers,
    Andy

  • Oftentimes self-help advice is just too much for me, but this is a beautiful post (as are many of your other posts). Thanks for everything you are giving to the world, Marc and Angel. It is appreciated.

  • Joe, that is so true. Trying to learn your #13. It’s difficult but working on it. Thanks for sharing it.

    Janet

  • Thank you for this. I always appreciate these reminders, especially as I exit my often depression laden holiday season and enter the new chapter of 2014. But number 4 is always a challenge for me as I constantly struggle to balance the importance of letting go of things I’ve lost with my intuition screaming louder each day for me to work hard to regain some of them. I’m sure I’ll figure it out as long as I stop worrying about it. Happy New Year.

  • Number 10 is what I will practice more this year….and also to Practice Silence and to “keep hands off’ of the problems of others .

    When I went through a tough time recently my adult daughter who was in the midst of her own struggles was the one person who just practiced silence, listened and kept ‘hands off’ my problem. With her quiet support I got through and learned so much about the gift of keeping still….even when you see those you love suffering and want to shout all of those ‘you shoulds’ and ‘you coulds’, NOT doing so is the biggest support you can offer…it says, I KNOW you can do this, I know YOU can find the right way for you. The only way we learn to walk is by getting up after each time we fall…..no one can do that for us, we cannot do that for anyone else.

    And I plan on appreciating this year all I’ve been given….and so few of those are ‘things’.

    Love this blog. Keep up the good work!

  • Thank you. I truly needed this today…to read it and to share it. I’m learning that when you love you share. Everyone may not have the same beliefs as you, but you can still practice what you preach and inspire them with how you live. My sister is going through a very hard and emotional time right now and I send her your blog posts. I hope she can see the light and get better. Your posts are always great and have made me change my ways for the better.. thank you.

  • I’m working on #10. I am noticing the judgments as they pop into my head and learning to let them go. I’d add “letting go” as a special point. Sometimes it takes some courage to let go of attachments to ideas that we have held for a long time.

  • Excellent helpful hints for life! Thank-you. In my Yoga class we are discussing many of these same points and styles of thinking. I love when the same or similar messages show up at the same time in our lives. It resonates better with us.

    I ordered your eBooks, and I’m looking forward to reading them on my iPad. Peace, Paul

  • Thank you for that Joe. I’d really love to be okay with being alone all the time. It’s not like I have any choice in the matter. So much of what I do is dependent on the selfish whims and decisions of other people and it’s frustrating, and I’ve pretty much had my fill of self-reflection and being philosophical about it. So at the moment, I don’t think I’ve got anymore “being okay with it” left in me, but I’ll work on being resigned to it and accepting it.

  • I just copied this quote from your post and I’m keeping it front and center:

    “Think before you speak and act. Always remember that the words and actions you choose can only be forgiven, not forgotten. You were made to make a difference, so embrace every opportunity to do so. No act of your kindness, no matter how tiny, will ever be wasted.”

    This jumped right out at me. Thank you.

  • Following your intuition is key. If you believe in spirit guides, they will direct you (”your conscience is your guide”).

    On another note, your book is wonderful. Got it yesterday and it kept me up until the wee hours of this morning… and I’ve still got a long way to go. May 2014 be your best year ever!

  • Well written, I love your article!

    I am working on 1 and 12. I used to do a lot of things, actually forcing myself to do a lot things. When I’m doing nothing I blame myself for being irresponsible and losing self-control. However, I now understand that all my actions come out of many false beliefs. So I started letting go, now I only do what I want and sometimes it simply means doing nothing and let the time pass. Just do one thing at a time and enjoy the current moment in an easy and relaxing state. There is nothing I need to or must accomplish, just to be aware of what is around me and participate is enough.

    I also believe life is unfolding when you let go and surrender, instead of controlling everything. As a habit I write down every day what happens to me externally, things that I cannot control but comes to me. I let my life guide me like you mentioned in 12. Sometimes these are happy things but also unhappy incidents. I just write them down and at the end of the year I have a collection that is worth looking back at. Once in a while looking back at what life offered to me, will make me see that all is things happening is ultimately helping me in growing. Even with things that seems to be very bad and painful.

    Many blessings to you!

  • I really learn so much from all your posts, but I especially enjoyed this on. Number 5 first and then number 1 are what I will practice this year, slowly. Because I have learned that tackling one issue at a time gives you more concentration and focus to achieve it.

    I hope 2014 its a year of success for everyone here. Thank you.

  • abdallah salum massoud
    January 2nd, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    With the right mindset, we all have the opportunity to be beautiful humans.

  • Number four really spoke to me. I am in the middle of a huge transition in my life and many people around me are doubting my decisions. I’ve been letting their negativity rub off on me, which is so unnecessary. Thank you for voicing what I’ve been thinking; I needed to hear that. I wrote about the topic on my blog today as well.

  • Thanks :-)

  • Happy New Year to you.

    Melissa Webster made some pretty important statements that I agree with.

    I think #12, let life guide me is something I will try to work on. I need to work on others as well, but sometimes life seems to get in the way of living.

    Thank you again, and all the other’s comments. Each of us has a story, a need, a pain, a joy. It is appreciating to read your comment’s.

  • Like so many others here I am going through a rough time and have been working hard on number 1. I love number 2 also because I think sometimes we feel like we can’t fall apart, when we really do need to, for awhile. It is not healthy to try to shut out your bad feelings and it’s good to get them out. Crying is also a wonderful kind of medicine. Thanks for all your great posts…I can’t wait to read them and get inspired!

  • If only more people would read this post the world would be a much nicer place. I am working on #8 especially. I have been quite blessed in my life, and I don’t always appreciate what I have, but rather wistfully waste time yearning for what I don’t. I have so many fantastic things right in front of me, but I take them for granted too much.

  • So amazing, every point is so true to become a better person. I think the intuition one is where I need to improve. Following your gut reaction is hard to pinpoint at times. Great post, love it!

  • Number 8 has been the lesson the year! I have had one of the most challenging years of my life because I did not see how blessed I truly was until some of those blessings were gone. I thought I was grateful, I was even happy most of the time with the way things were, but I always wanted something different. I thought the grass was greener on the other side. As a result, I’ve spent the last 10 months on a roller coaster ride that just now seems to be slowing down.

    I battle regret and sadness over so many losses. I battle negativity about my current situation. I battle myself and sometimes those around me trying to help. I don’t want to take what I have now for granted like I did in the past, because like your blog says, tomorrow I may be saying the same thing about today. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until its gone. I am trying to make this the lesson that I don’t have to relearn. I am hoping this is a lesson to fuel my future endeavors, that it IS happening for a reason, is temporary, a blessing in disguise, so that I can do what I’m meant to do. I may have never had the passion for the things I took for granted if I had not seen their value to me through their loss.

    Your blog has been so helpful to me through this difficult journey.

  • Great list. Thank you….I think the one that speaks to me the most is to follow my intuition and listen to that still small voice within. I had already decided that this year I was going to take my writing to a deeper level and follow it where it leads and that idea is reinforced by what my spirit is telling me. Thanks again and may your 2014 be amazing! ~Kathy

  • Thank you. Your posts always make an impact on me. Listening to my intuition is what am going to work on.

    PS: I always read your posts out loud for whoever is in the room.

  • Thanks. My youngest daughter posted this on my FB and I am so grateful for her doing so. My family had a bad time during Xmas. I don know how to solve our relationship problems but just getting us together around the table did soften our situation. I don know if it will solve our family problems, but hopefully we will be able to let go of the angst as you mention. This will help me to accept each of my children and husband as they are, and try not to solve everyone’s problems. God bless, have blessed 2014.

  • Mellisa Webster, I hear you. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. No, the reality is that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you hurt and resentful. But what I’ve learned from all my pilgrimage in the valley of heartache is that it’s better not to fuel your struggles with focus and attempts to understand them - to get lessons we suppose to learn out of them. Instead, loosen up the grip a bit. I know that sometimes it seems like we’re holding up to a tree while a wild river is raging around us, but if can just let go of fear and let go that tree then the current will bring us to the shore. A new one, unknown, full of possibilities. But until you let go, that cannot happen. The thing that helped the most to me to let go was to literally refocus my mind - whenever I started thinking of my unfortunate situation, I immediately started naming colours I saw in my surroundings or tried to solve sodoku :) I know it sounds silly, but for me it worked as it put my brain on something ‘immediate, tangible’. Good luck!

  • #4 really rang true for me. I read it more than once. Great list!

  • I am working hard on #5 and #6. I am blessed to have found your blog through a twitter post. I have truly been through hell this past week. It seems strange to others however social media has literally saved my life. I have received so many terrific tweets that led me to so many wonderful people. I am reconnecting back to the person that I used to be. I have already shared this one and it will be re-read daily.

  • This is absolutely wonderful.

    So much of what is written is either what I’ve gone through or am working through. Life is not easy at times, but it does have a way of unwrapping itself like a present. You’re not aware of the gift inside of all the wrapping and box, but when it finally reveals itself you are amazed!

    It’s not pretty at times, people disappoint you, betray you, gossip about you, abandon you, mistreat you, but you must remember we are all works in progress. People who behave in such a manner are most times working through their own insecurities, feeling there’s not enough to go around or are truly unhappy and cannot wish happiness for others.

    You must learn to have a sense of being alright with yourself and being your own best friend. We come into this world alone and leave alone. We all want to be needed, but once you can make peace and enjoy your own company you will not rely solely on the company of others, but will see it as a bonus when they enter your life :)

  • @Todd: I am so happy to hear you’re in a much better place and we were able to play apart in that transition. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Acknowledge all the hard work you’ve done; it’s remarkable. You’re choosing to live a better life. Keep up the great work!

    @Bina: You’re awesome! Thanks for making me smile! =)

    @Melissa Webster: Do your best to live in the NOW and make it beautiful. Someday all the pieces will come together. Unimaginably good things will transpire in your life, even if everything doesn’t turn out exactly the way you had anticipated. And you will look back at the times that have passed, smile, and ask yourself, “How did I get through all of that?”

    Your next bullet #5 is all about being present yet again. It’s not just about accomplishing a particular goal, but the journey you take along the way. You’ll never reach the destination without taking and appreciating the daily steps. As Danielle Laporte says, “You’re not chasing the goal itself, you’re actually chasing a feeling.” In her book, The Desire Map, she suggests defining how you want to feel instead of just setting goals. Might be something you would benefit from.

    @Sharon Wright: I am glad we could shine some light on your situation. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    @Connie: Look at that, something positive came out of the pneumonia. =) Welcome to the community; we hope you’re feeling better.

    @Andy: Sounds like you’re starting 2014 off on the right foot, finding opportunities and taking action. I am looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for you.

    @Yanling: I completely agree with you. As we kick off a new beginning Marc and I always reminisce about the lessons we’ve learned over the last 365 days and recognize how far we’ve come.

    @Luca: Great advice and insight. Thank you!

    @All: AS per usual, you continue to inspire us and bring about insight we would have never thought about. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the love and support. What a way to start off the year!

  • Marc I am using this blog as my life line. I have been through the darkest period of my life. I am still reeling from the shock of it all. Reading this is helping me to heal. I am giving myself permission to take it one day at a time. I am working on #5 and #8.

    Thanks so much for caring! I am thankful for one thing. If it had not been for my pain, I would have never found Marc and Angel Hack Life! Counting my blessings.

  • One more beautiful article… I have been a constant reader of this blog for many years now. Your articles always get a smile on my face and help me think about how beautiful life is.

  • I love this article and many others I’ve read previously; keep it up.

  • I think “Hiding one’s feelings makes one a liar” is a bold statement. There are so many situations in which this is necessary to keep the peace, keep a job, etc…Better would be to keep one’s boundaries in place but at times it is simply not possible, not realistic to be completely honest about one’s feelings …. therein lies the difficulty.

  • You sum up the whole meaning and purpose of life in one article,. Wonderful I believe intuition is guidance from a higher divine source of intelligence, and that we should always follow our intuition. Who wants a normal life. Follow your heart and what you think is the right thing to do.

  • Wow! This is seriously one of the best posts I’ve ever read.
    Thank you & following :)

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