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In 900 AD alchemists were convinced that God had made the world for abundance. It was this belief that led them to try to create gold, they were adamant that it was their God given calling to bring wealth to the masses. Though they didn't create gold, in the end they discovered chemistry, metallurgy and medicine.

Prior to 340 BC people didn't ask 'why' things happened that they couldn't explain, they believed life, whether good or bad, was simply the whim of the gods. The word 'planet' means 'to wander' as people thought the gods simply passed by without much thought. Though Mars was revered, he was anything but interested in the affairs of men.

Ideas have consequences. The meaning we choose to give to a moment changes everything. Is life about love, or is life about hoarding? Does God care, or does God exist?

Darren Hardy shared that his boss changed his entire life for the better after sharing just two words. When asked what those words were, Hardy simply smiled and said they were, 'You're fired.'

Where some would find defeat, he found progress, which is the essence of true happiness. Remember, change is inevitable, but progress is not. Progress happens when we find an empowering meaning behind the events in our lives.

Anthony Robbins relates, 'All pain is from withholding love, you can only feel love when giving love.' But here is the challenge, as Cloe Madanes shared, 'You can't put in 90% and hope 100% comes forth.' We have to be willing to give and give freely at the highest level.

Robbins, whose books can be found at Cleveland's Loganberry Books, has built his life around the principle that the most important thing you can do in life is learn to manage your emotional state.

When we control our emotions, we control our thinking. When we control our thinking, we determine the meaning of every event. When we determine the meaning, we are not consumed by the obstacles in life; we instead see in them a chance to grow. In that state we can freely give and receive love, which is the essence of God.

Tennyson said God is closer than breathing. He understood that life is not a series of haphazard events in an empty universe. Meaning is where we place it when we decide to find the gold in the dirt, when we choose to create magic moments, and when we know God as the source of everything and in turn let love flow like a river out of us as Jesus taught.

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