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Pay it Forward Friday with Author Mary Banos

Pay it Forward Friday with

Author Mary Banos

and her LOVELY book

“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement”

Uplifting One LIFE at a Time     Regardless of your past, regardless of your obstacles, and regardless of what other people think–you can create your own path, and reach your goals and dreams in life. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You have power over your future and where you are going in your life.

     By encouraging yourself, choosing where to place your focus, you can change your life and the lives of those around you. By empowering yourself, you can then empower other people around you. When you accomplish dreams, you will feel empowered. People in your life can feel empowered by watching you reach those dreams. You and those around you can encourage each other. Around you day to day are people who you can encourage.

     Simply listening to someone who needs a person to hear them can lighten their day. To encourage someone is to nurture their hearts and spirits.

     How many people around you could feel inspired just by you noticing them, and taking a moment to uplift them? Take a moment to look around. You can make a difference.

     The opportunities are there. Do you see them?

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Excerpt from 

“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement”

by Author Mary Banos

     Singer Vivian Green said “Life is not about waiting for storms to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” (1)  It is not as much what happens in our lives which determines the person who we become as much as it is the ways in which we respond to those experiences and situations.  We are defined by how we respond to situations in our lives, what kind of person we will be, what kind of successes and failures we will have, and if we will have the strength to endure those hurdles and appreciate the happiness which comes from them.  It is in how we handle the aspects of life which exhibits our character, ethics, and morals. We determine the person which we will be and what we will do in our lives. Many people use negative experiences in life as excuses for bad choices and behaviors. Yes, those experiences affect us and to an extent shape us. However we have the power to decide in which direction those experiences will lead us. Life will bring storms. Will you allow the storms to beat you down? To make you live in fear? Or can you be strengthened by them and enjoy a dance in the rain? Can you arise above the clouds?

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1857

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1857 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said,What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.  And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” 

     I would ask that you to stop and think about this for a few minutes. Read that quote again slowly, and then stop and think about the meaning behind the words. Think about the power in that statement. Where does it state that we can find power? It shows that the power is WITHIN US. In each of us is the ability to take the power from within and accomplish things in life. Your goals, dreams, hopes, and successes can become a reality. We are influenced by family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, experiences, and so much more. However we CHOOSE how those influences will affect us.

     At any moment, things can happen, words can be said, and experiences happen which affect us in either positive or negative ways. Every day we go out into the world not knowing what will come our way. We have limited control over things that others will say and do which may affect our lives.  One way we can have ‘some control’ in that area is to choose to spend time around positive people and to limit our time around negative people. However obstacles can still happen.  Sometimes words, actions, or situations will bring us to feelings such as hurt, sadness, anger, disappointment, fear, worry, etc.

How much will we CHOOSE to dwell on those negative feelings?

How much will we CHOOSE to allow those emotions to hold us back and drag us down?

Will we make the CHOICE to overcome? 

To heal? 

To become stronger?

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Bio of Author Mary Banos

Mary     My childhood was plagued with depression, and times of feeling suicidal. During my early adult years, I learned to receive encouragement from other people in my life, and to be able to empower myself. This included becoming able to verbalize my feelings, to acquire the ability to communicate with others about my childhood, and to receive assistance in obtaining inner healing.

     It then became my lifelong passion to encourage other people.  Over the years I have been fortunate to be able to encourage and help many individuals, partly through my work in higher education, as well as previously being a foster parent.  It has been an amazing journey of watching people to become empowered in their lives, to overcome adversities of life, and to reach their own personal lifelong goals and dreams.

    I am now taking that to another level, through my book and motivational speaking. It is my desire to encourage and inspire as many people around the world as possible, one life at a time. This is my number one lifelong passion.  Once I am able to do this full time, it will be the accomplishment of my ultimate dream in life.

     Outside of my full time employment, attending school, and promoting my book and speaking, I enjoy time with friends and daughters.  I believe that the expression, “Stop and smell the roses” represents 2 main points:

1) Stop and take the time to cherish those who are in your life who are dear to you, and be sure to express to them how greatly they are appreciated.

2) Stop and take the time to appreciate the positive aspects of your life. 

I live my life this way.  Life is more about our perspective and what happens in us more than what happens to us.

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“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement” 

by Author Mary Banos 
 http://amzn.com/0615773303

Uplifting One LIFE at a Time

2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    October 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  2. Anonymous

    This is an amazing book and I encourage everyone to read it! Blessings, Pamela

    October 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

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