Daniella Whyte

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We Shouldn’t Be Applauded for Hurting with Those Who Hurt…That’s Our Human Duty (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 353)


“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is truly heartbreaking to see so many suffering people in the world. While I know that no one person can save everybody, I do think that we are all responsible for at least making the effort to alleviate some of the burdens that other people face. No two burdens are the same because no two people actually carry them or face them in the same why. That’s why we need uniquely collective empathy and compassion. Read more…

Encourage One Another (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 277)


Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Social media is filled with words and photos about self-encouragement. Many talk shows and self-help books largely give advice about the self — how to manage, how to feel empowered, how to be uplifted every day of the week. Why are encouragement and empowerment a crucial part of our culture? Because everyone needs it. Read more…

At Rock Bottom? Remember 3 More Things (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 266)


“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
— Abigail Adams

The mountains are there not to strike fear in our hearts. They’re there for an entirely different reason. The mountains are tests to challenge us. They are invisible and visible forces that pull us and push us to either move forward or stay stuck. The mountains in our lives desire to be climbed. They are the chance we’ve always wanted to prove how strong we can be and how seriously and desperately we want something. Overcoming challenges takes both faith and courage. And those who dare to have both are rarely disappointed. Read more…

3 Ways We Hinder Our Own Growth (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 251)


“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Physical growth is automatic. Personal growth is a choice. Choices are the things we can control. It shapes us into better people, or worse. It helps us improve on our journey, or regress. It gives us freedom to do the things we should, or binds for doing the things we shouldn’t. It is by choice that we choose to grow inwardly, or by default, choose not to grow at all. Growth takes work and making the right choice is equally as hard. Nothing is more powerful than the ability to make the right decision, and at the same time, nothing can be more destructive than making the wrong one. Read more…

3 Brilliant Ways to Waste Your Life (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 237)

3 Brilliant Ways to Waste Your Life

“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we don’t believe in our goals, we will never reach them. If we only wish for things to get better, they will stay the same. If we don’t take action and make progress, we never get to where we want to go. If we don’t work for it hard enough, we’ll never get it. If we don’t learn to ask the right questions, we’ll always end up with the wrong answers or no answers at all. If we aren’t willing to find solutions, there will always be a problem. If we don’t have faith, we’ll be stuck in the same place dreaming about what could have been. Too many of us waste our lives doing all the wrongs things expecting to get to the right places. Read more…

Refined and Defined by Fear (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 213)

Refined and Defined by Fear

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie

Fear works in two ways. It can cause us to be stagnant and do nothing. Or it can make us stronger and set our sights on better things. When we think of fear, we often do so in the negative context of thinking or feeling that someone or something is dangerous or a threat. But sometimes fear is good in that it shows us that while something here is not right, something else over there might be better. Read more…

3 Other Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 166)

3 Other Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around.”
— Richard Carlson

Self sabotage isn’t always obvious. Wanting something or wishing for something and going in the completely opposite direction is quite easy to do. This is because naturally, we resist change. Having a self sabotaging problem is different from having, let’s say, a drinking problem. A drinking problem is a drinking problem — you know what it is and why it is ruining you. But self-sabotage can be one problem or a wide array of problems that we allow to perpetually continue by our thoughts, attitude, and behavior. When we learn to recognize how we are sabotaging ourselves, we are more likely to do something about it.  Read more…

3 More Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 165)

3 More Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.”
— William James

Sometimes, there are legitimate roadblocks and obstacles that seem impossible to cross. Other times, make that many other times, there are roadblocks and obstacles that we place in front of ourselves and we make them seem impossible to cross. It’s very sad — even heartbreaking — how much time we spend and energy we dedicate to destroying ourselves. How much more could we accomplish if we actively stop sabotaging our own possibilities, opportunities, and dreams?

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