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Friday, September 14, 2007

Joy Is My Compass

"Pick out a treat," I offered 4-year-old Kate at the candy display.
Quickly she grabbed a packet of M&M's with one hand and a Milky Way with the other. "You can have only one," I told her.
"Eenie, meenie, miney, moe," she counted, finally landing on the M&M's.
"Okay, we get the M&M's," I confirmed.
Immediately, Kate threw the M&M's back in the bin and clutched the Milky Way bar. "I want this one."
Within our hearts, each of us knows what we really want. While our mind and emotions may go through all manner of drama and machinations, when we are confronted with the reality of choice, our heart will speak. Sometimes it is only when we receive what we do not want that we
recognize what we do want.
When confronted with a difficult decision, flip a coin and imagine that you will be committed to the alternative the spin lands on. Then notice your gut reaction to the result. If you feel delighted, that is your path. If you are disappointed, go with the other alternative. Joy is the best compass.
Moral stories can improve your moral values.
--Alan Cohen

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