Acknowledge Grace

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It’s been said, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

How often do you recognize grace? The preacher John Bradford was a prisoner in the 1550s and saw a man being led to the gallows for execution. He realized that it could have been him and said, “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.” It was a statement of both compassion and relief, and its sentiment has carried on for centuries. I lived in Ground Zero on 9/11/2001 and had planned on being in the World Trade Center that morning but slept in instead. I think about how things might have been if I made a different decision. I’m empathetic to those who experienced loss and thankful that my family did not have to mourn me. Have you ever skirted misfortune, or been given a great gift without truly deserving it? Either way, be sure to acknowledge grace. If you pass a homeless person on the street, give him a blessing and be thankful that your needs are provided for. If a “lucky break” comes your way, accept it with humility. Life can change in an instant through forces beyond your control — the economy, terrorism, illness, natural disaster, death. It can also transform in incredible ways over night. Recognize mercy when it comes and receive favor with gratitude.

Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!

With Purpose & Power,


Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.

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Get Up And Dance


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Get Up And Dance – As legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham said, “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

Pay The Price For Your Goals


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Pay The Price For Your Goals – As sprinting legend Usain Bolt said, “Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?”

Be Determined To Succeed


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Be Determined To Succeed – As Og Mandino said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Throw Something Back


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Throw Something Back – As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

Choose Who To Be


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Choose Your Character – As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”

Feel The Light


A DOSE OF POWER LIVING®: Feel The Light – As Rabindranath Tagore said, “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”

Watch your Tone


POWER LIVING® TIP: Want to be seen as confident and trusted? Watch your tone. There are various strategies to put your best voice forward.

* Moderate your pace
* Be relaxed and breathe
* Smile through in your voice
* Use a strong yet soft volume
* Tailor your style for the occasion
* Vary your pitch to emphasize points
* Put notes aside and speak from the heart

Beware of sounding angry, condescending, frustrated, impatient, defensive, moody or disrespectful. In order to improve, record yourself speaking – better yet, use video so you can see your facial expressions.

Extra Tip: Read email out loud before you hit send to check the tone and hear how the words sound.

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