Daniella Whyte

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We All Face Challenges but Some of Us Are Finding Our Fire: A Message on Perseverance (Soul. Musings. 02/07/17)

Irish poet and novelist Oscar Wilde so accurately said some time ago, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Everyone you meet, whether they admit it or not, is fighting a very difficult battle, striving to overcome a challenge, problem, or hardship. While some of us choose to settle into the struggle and allow it to control us, others of us choose to dig in, deeper and deeper. Read more…

If You Were a Tree You’d Have Roots; Instead You’re a Human with Feet (A Message on Moving On) (Soul. Musings. 01/31/17)

Many times, we settle for where we are and for what we have because we think it is safe. We are ruled by the idea of staying because we are afraid of what it will feel like and actually be like to move into a new environment with new people, new opportunities, and new responsibilities.

We are frightened by the thought of moving on simply because we cannot bear to leave behind the familiar. Sometimes what we know and have can be the best blessing, but at other times, it can be the very things that keep us back from fulfilling our dreams. Read more…

Please, You Don’t Want To Copy Me (Vita. Consilio. 01.22.17)

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We stand in awe of those people who we have labeled “celebrities” or “geniuses” or “gurus” or “moguls” or whatever word we have created to call those who are highly productive and successful. We recognize good work, innovation, and creativity. In a way, it can serve as a healthy motivation for us to step out and fulfill our own dreams. Read more…

You’re Not Everyone’s Cup of Coffee (Soul. Musings. 01/12/17)

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The world is filled with people who are looking for validation and approval of who they are. It’s natural to want to be liked, loved, and valued. As the great Austrian psychologist, Alfred Adler once said, “Genuine human connection is as essential to our existence as air and water.” Read more…

Give Great Effort to Pursuing Good Goals (Vita. Consilio. 01.11.17)

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When I was a child, one of my uncles showed me how to ride a bike. He thought it would be a cool idea to test my skills out on the gravel and dirt roads between his house and my grandmother’s house. I can’t say I was good at it, but it was fun after I got the hang of it.

One of the things he told me about bike riding is that you can’t focus on the obstacles. Every little rock or piece of glass in the road isn’t going to puncture your wheels. You have to stay focused on where you’re going, not what you’re trying to avoid. Read more…

To Hit a Target, You Have To Have a Target to Hit (Vita. Consilio. 01.08.17)

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Imagine that you were given a bow and arrow but not given a target. Where would you aim the arrow? Probably nowhere in particular, just anywhere in the random open space.

And let’s say you did shoot in any direction at random. Why did you shoot in that direction instead of another direction? What was the purpose of aiming left instead of right? Another question could be what is the outcome of aiming there instead of here? Read more…

Incredible, Amazing, Awesome Life (Soul. Musings. 01/06/17)

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In September of 2009, a video titled “Incredible, amazing, awesome Apple” took over the internet. Basically, it was posted to draw attention to Apple’s consistent use of superlatives. Hence the emphasis on “incredible, amazing, awesome”. And even today, Apple leaders and Apple lovers use these types of words to describe their products. Critics of Apple will say it is a tool by which millions of people are tricked into buying Apple products. Whether it is or it isn’t, the fact remains that it works. Read more…

Surf the Waves, Don’t Let the Waves Carry You (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 366)

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“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”
— Alyson Noel

In many respects, it is the habits we form that make us or break us. Success or failure fully depends on what we choose to do or not do in order to move forward. Success is subjectively determined, but it is not a matter of following a formula or heeding to a set routine.

The choices we make determine what kind of life we live. You can be a surfer and ride the waves on your own volition and take yourself where you want to go. Or you can let the waves carry you wherever they want and that’s usually going to be somewhere you wouldn’t go yourself. Read more…

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