Vol 7, No. 1


"I am grateful for so many things in my life. I start a gratitude journal to daily list several things I’m thankful for each day. I begin today listing happy memories and listing all the people with whom I feel connected. I appreciate myself for being open to new ideas to change my life. I appreciate my awareness, which helps me see how to create goodness in my life."

-- from Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself
by Suzanne Harrill, M.Ed.


This Month's Issue:

Defining Courage

By Jean Maguire


By Vicky Jeter

The Power of Self Care

by Ute Lawrenc


By Rayleen Gilbert


Enlighten Up

Suzanne E. Harrill

For over 25 years, Suzanne has facilitated the growth and awareness of many people through counseling, writing, teaching, and professional speaking. On a personal note, Suzanne has been married since 1966, has three grown daughters, and is a grandmother. She enjoys watercolor painting and creating original stained glass pieces.

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Greetings from the Editor:

New Look for my Homepage

Some of you “old-timers” who have been a part of my network for several years may not know my webmaster, Vidya, created a new look for my homepage recently. Take a look if you have not seen it, www.InnerworksPublishing.com. You will notice that I have a photo of myself with my grandson, Dylan, at the beach. At this stage in my life, I am happy for this photo to introduce me publicly. Notice there are many articles from the past to read. Some of you may want to listen to my voice reading, Affirmations for Inner Healing, found on the homepage to the left. Click here to read or print a copy of these affirmations.

Fortunate Blessings,



Book Review

Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself: 
Cultivating the Garden of Your Mind

By Vicky Jeter

Overview:  This around-the-year daily reader is a gem full of tools designed to support and promote healthy self-esteem, goal-setting and achievement.

When I first met Suzanne Harrill, M. Ed, author of Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself: Cultivating the Garden of Your Mind, I was in her “Acorn to Oak Tree” Workshop on self-esteem.  Through the workshop she was planting the potent seeds that would become this timely and transformative book.  I was just starting out in my adult life, looking for a guidepost by which to weigh and measure my pressing desires against my seemingly limited choices.  I knew I needed something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on just what I needed.  Then Suzanne gave us one of the premises on which this writing is based.  In effect she said: If most of the people in the world can find their way to naturally healthier, higher self-esteem almost all of the challenges life presents us with would become opportunities.  This rang true to me clearly.  I knew right then one piece of what I needed was higher self-esteem.

Readers will find the “Acorn Analogy” in the opening pages of the book. Immediately following it is the insightful forward on by John Randolph Price, on maximizing the value of what “seed thoughts” have to offer us.  Then, there is a basic explanation of self-esteem and how personal self-esteem forms part of the foundation for the quality of our lives, including the “Self-Esteem Awareness Inventory.” The inventory will help readers experience how this applies for them, personally.  Following the inventory, just before the daily readings there is a version of the 12 Steps of AA adapted by Suzanne especially to build self-esteem.  This phenomenally versatile healing tool supports breaking the cycles of habit, addiction and co-dependence, while simultaneously building self awareness, understanding and compassion.  There is a daily reading to address 365 different aspects of life and living, from “Adventure” to “Wise Use of Power,”  each with a companion affirmation at the bottom of the page.  And, Suzanne artfully left the year undesignated, so that both our detail oriented and our feeling selves may take it up again, year after year. 

This is among the most important pocket-sized books I have ever read.  I recommend it to everyone who would enjoy experiencing richer, more complete happiness.


Personal Growth

Defining Courage

By Jean Maguire

As I was sitting in the long, lonely hallway, visuals of empty chairs, sterile clean floors and blank faces enhanced my auditory senses. The sounds were inaudible, yet had the feeling of urgency. Maybe that was the pounding of my heart, the racing of my mind and a quick review of life as I had known it a few months prior. As I waited for the doctor to render his diagnosis, it was difficult not to wonder if this was in anyway similar to judgment day.  When I think of the word judgment, the words that come to mind are punitive. Why would I, my 17 year old daughter or my family be punished?

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February Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself

By Suzanne E. Harrill

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Lao Tzu

Yes I Can!

By Vicky Jeter

 (read the poems)


Personal Growth

The Power of Self Care

by Ute Lawrence

A lot of us have a problem with the wording of Self-Care. To some, it means an act of self-centeredness, being self- serving, in short being a jerk, always looking out for number one. However, what it really means is that in order to be more helpful and compassionate toward others we need to be strong ourselves. When we are flying, we are told that in case of an emergency we need to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first. Self-care is about looking at every aspect of YOU and making step-by-step improvements until you reach your own goals in the areas that need your attention. Self Care is about making choices on how you work best and living by what you treasure. Self-care is about aligning your value system with your internal and external environments.

Buy yourself a journal to start the journey. Write down how you feel, what your concerns are and express your emotions. Take time to write down the areas you want to improve and then keep track of your progress. Be gentle on yourself. Journaling is highly therapeutic and a great discipline.

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By Rayleen Gilbert

The Universe is a constant source of delightful surprises.  

Isn't change interesting?  It is the one sure thing in life and yet something we are so often uncomfortable with.  Grab a cuppa and ponder with me as I share some thoughts on 'change'...  

For starters, this is my favourite quote:

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's ME!". 

Truth is that change is easier to talk about than it is to do. Execution is vital, and willingness is crucial.

All human beings are afraid.  We all feel insecure and afraid and think no one else does.  Therefore we spend so much time trying to be perfect, and living up to supposedly perfect standards, often compounded by standards portrayed in magazines and movies. If we all try and pretend that we are OK then we miss out on connecting with people.   Start by admitting to people when all is not well in your world or that you do need some support.  We then give others permission to do the same, and we become more open and approachable.  

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Enlighten Up   --    Humor

Four-Letter Surgery

The Poor Tailor and the French Restaurant

Locked Car

Mrs. Jones, do you know me?

(read the Humor)


Best Sign Ever Seen in a Grocery Store

Old Year / New Year

 (read the Goodies)



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