January 14, 2013

Soul Food Monday! - An Inspirational Link Up! #16

Man is the soul that uses the body as an instrument of self-expression.
Hola Readers! Hope this morning everyone is having a great rise along with a BIG appetite for life where ever in the world you may find yourself today. A life filled with excitement and prosperity!   Acknowledging first that we are more than just a body is a good start to healthy wholeness.  Let's take time to feed the soul.  We feed our bodies with healthy foods to get enough energy and nutrients for optimal growth and development.  We feed and stimulate the mind with books, movies, plays and games for personal and creative development.  The same principal applies to feeding the soul.  It is just as important to feed the body as it is to feed the soul!  After all, the soul is the core of who we are!  It is who we are.  My own experiences of honoring my soul has helped me make this connection with my very soul.  And my life is so much richer in so many ways I could not have even imagined.  This is why I refuse to believe that we are just here to work, eat, sleep and die.  Yes, these are inevitable experiences we live as human beings, but we are spiritual beings as well.  So join me every Monday with a different food for the soul.

This week's feed continues with...Making Decisions

The Seven Decisions consist of seven affirmation readings for each day of the week.  The author, Andy Andrew, came up with these decisions while being homeless after losing both his parents at the tender age of 19.  These seven decisions eventually shaped his book The Traveler's Gift later in life.  I believe these seven decisions to be an enriching source of food for the soul as well as a great spiritual growth tool.  Thereby I've decided to incorporate them in my Soul Food Monday Inspirational Link-Up until all seven have been shared. 

Decision 5
The Joyful Decision
Today, I will Choose to be Happy.

Beginning this very moment, I am a happy person, for I now truly understand the concept of happiness.  Few others before me have been able to grasp the truth of the physical law that enables one to live happily every day.  I know now that happiness is not an emotional phantom floating in and out of my life.  Happiness is a choice.  Happiness is the end result of certain thoughts and activities, which actually bring about a chemical reaction in my body.  This reaction results in a euphoria, which, while elusive to some, is totally under my control.

Today I will choose to be happy.  I will greet each day with laughter.  Within moments of awakening, I will laugh for seven seconds.  After even such a small period of time, excitement has begun to flow through my bloodstream.  I feel different.  I am different!  I am enthusiastic about the day.  I am alert to its possibilities.  I am happy!  Laughter is an outward expression of enthusiasm and I know that enthusiasm is the fuel that moves the world.  I laugh throughout the day.  I laugh while I am alone and I laugh in conversation with others.  People are drawn to me because I have laughter in my heart.  The world belongs to the enthusiastic for people will follow them anywhere!

Today I will choose to be happy.  I will smile at every person I meet.  My smile has become my calling card.  It is, after all, the most potent weapon I possess.  My smile has the strength to forge bonds, break ice and calm storms.  I will use my smile constantly.  Because of my smile, the people with whom I come in contact on a daily basis will choose to further my causes and follow my leadership.  I will always smile first.  Tat particular display of a good attitude will tell others what I expect in return.  My smile is the key to my emotional make up.  A wise man once said "I do not sing because I am happy, I am happy because I sing!" When I choose to smile, I become the master of my emotions.  Discouragement, despair, frustration and fear will always wither when confronted by my smile.  The power f who I am is displayed when I smile.

Today I will choose to be happy.  I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.  In the past, I have found discouragement in particular situations, until I compared the condition of my life to others less fortunate.  Just as a fresh breeze cleans smoke from the air, so does a grateful spirit remove the cloud of despair.  It is impossible for the seeds of depression to take root in a thankful heart.  My God has bestowed upon me many gifts and for these I will remember to be grateful.  Too many times I have offered up the prayers of a beggar, always asking for more and forgetting my thanks.  I do not wish to be seen as a greedy child, unappreciative and disrespectful.  I am grateful for sight and sound and breath.  If ever in my life there is a pouring out of blessings beyond that, then I will be grateful for the miracle of abundance.

I will greet each day with laughter.  I will smile at every person I meet.  I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

Wishing everyone a magical Monday and a week full of love, laughter and excitement!

Please keep coming back for more Soul Food Monday!
Where you can feed your soul and start your week with a great and positive outlook!
And ultimately brighten someone else's week by sharing your inspiration!

What is your inspiration this week?
Follow your heart! Grab the button, link-up and share! 


  1. I am thankful that I have a cheerful personality. I can't imaging a day without laughter...It's important not to take ourselves too serious.


    1. Hola Paula!
      I totally agree! Thanks for stopping by and linking up! I appreciate YOU!

      ~SimplyyMayra :)

  2. I love it that singing makes you happy and not the other way around. Sometimes it's hard to remember that lesson in life.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

    1. Hola Sarah!
      Yes, I never really looked at it that way, but it makes sense. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~SimplyyMayra :)

  3. I absolutely love this post. My inspiration this week is my husband! He works so hard for us:)

    1. Hola Meghan!
      It is so sweet of you to stop by, you just put a smile on my face. Your hubby is lucky to have you! Thanks for visiting :)



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