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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: 13 Simple Secrets to Success
By Patricia Sprague
05/01/07


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13 Simple Secrets to Success

KISS THE SUNRISE…
Wake up each morning with love for a fresh, new day! If possible, watch the sun rise and immerse your senses in the beauty and the magnificence of it all.

THANK GOD YOU ARE ALIVE…
No matter what is going on in your life, thankfulness will change your perspective. Today is a clean slate! Today is a blank page ready to be filled with beautiful memories!

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS…
What? I don’t have time for that…well, if you don’t take time to listen to the birds,will you really hear what people are saying?

LOOK UP AT THE SKY…
The key to being positive is to keep looking up! The heavens declare the glory of God!

HEAR THE SOFT WIND BLOW…
Ahhh …that takes discipline! The soft wind is compared to quietness, inner peace, meditation, prayer and the Holy Spirit speaking.

WATCH A FLOWER GROW…
It is absolutely amazing to watch a seed sprout and then day by day, watch it mature into a flower or plant! There are multitudes of lessons that can be applied to your life when you simply watch and observe.

HUG THE SUNSET…
Wow! Sunsets are beautiful…doesn’t it seem like God is giving you a huge hug when you see one? The day is winding down now…you think I have to do this and now this and… STOP! Give yourself a hug. You deserve it!

SAY HELLO TO THE MOON…
That’s silly! Yup, it is! Laughter is the best medicine. You talk to yourself, so you might as well talk to the moon too! Laugh, giggle and chuckle at life!

COUNT THE STARS…
That’s impossible, it sure is! But nothing is impossible with God! He has all the stars counted! The hairs of your head are all counted! Wow! You can count on God!

SING YOUR FAVORITE TUNE…
Music soothes the soul! Good, instrumental music does wonders to a tired body and mind. Singing keeps your spirit and soul smiling!

ENJOY THE NIGHT…
Take a relaxing bath, drink some herbal tea, read a good book, watch an old movie, write a letter, start a hobby, call an old friend, or date your spouse

BE STILL AND KNOW GOD…
That is difficult in this fast –paced, drive-thru world. SLOW DOWN! Read the Bible one word at a time! Desire to know God, not just to know about Him. A quiet time of devotion and prayer is an essential part of each day.

ALWAYS DO WHAT’S RIGHT…
When you know God, you want to do what’s right! You may fail, but the desire and the want to is there! Do what is right in God’s eyes, not the world’s view. Excellent character and integrity is the light that this world needs to see.

Success is not measured in what you own or what you drive or what kind of house you live in; success is measured each and every day on your attitude and your relationship with God and with people. Success is living each day with a focused purpose. I believe if you practice these 13 simple secrets, you will find that you will be very successful!


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Jennifer Wetter05/03/07
Creative, the title certainly got my attention.
Jan Ackerson 05/04/07
Good job with the casual, conversational tone.

Be careful of overuse of exclamation points. It's almost always better to choose strong nouns and verbs--it's the difference between telling your reader what emotion to feel, and actually eliciting that emotion in them.

I'm guilty of not following most of those 13 points, and I'm sure my life would be far more relaxed if I did. Thank you.
Donna Emery05/07/07
Very nice job! I especially enjoyed the image of hugging a sunset. This is very nice.