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July 1

Pride

'Though pride is not a virtue, it is the parent of many virtues.' M. C. Collins

Pride is not necessarily negative. It is sensible to have a balanced pride in sobriety because self-esteem grows from the pride and respect I give myself. Balanced pride helps me with my appearance, grooming, and etiquette. Pride helps me with my communication skills: I work hard at being understood, speaking out clearly, and developing better methods of being understood. Pride stops me from being taken advantage of: It enables me to say no to others while still feeling good about myself. A healthy sense of pride is essential for spiritual growth.

Creator, let me have a realistic appreciation of myself that leads to achievement.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 30

Intuition

Intuition is perception via the unconscious. - Carl Jung

Say Yes to Your Spirit is obviously concerned with spirituality. For years I've always wanted to include in the concept of spirituality the body, mind, and emotions. How we treat our bodies, what we eat, and getting adequate rest are important. Feeding our mind with positive thoughts and stories helps us to continue with an intention of optimism. Our feelings-being able to express appropriately our love, fear, and anger-are all part of living the 'spiritual awakening.' But then there is the unconscious. That part of ourselves is difficult to describe and yet is the seed of our natural and God-given intuition. How is this nurtured? By taking care of all the above and surrounding ourselves with people who are doing the same. Jesus said it: 'Having eyes do you not see?'Our job is to keep our eyes clear.

Today I'm guided by my intuition

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 29

Thought

'I was a free thinker before I knew how to think.' George Bernard Shaw

Everyone is influenced by someone, and so am I. To not be influenced is to remain ignorant.Today I do not hinder my thinking, particularly around spiritual matters, because of pride. I may not like change. I may find it hard to accept attitudes and opinions that differ from my own. I know pride keeps me deaf and often stupid. However, the daily program of a lived spirituality encourages a variety of opinions and attitudes. I can learn from different customs, lifestyles, and religions. I can be helped in my understanding of life by the stranger. I know I do not have all the answers.Today I am prepared to listen.

Sustainer of all religions and philosophies, help me discover You in any differences.

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June 28

World

'All wars are civil wars, because all persons are brothers and sisters. . . . Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which one was born.' Francois Fenelon

The disease of addiction kept me separate, isolated, and alone. I was so busy seeing how I was different from other people that I missed the similarities. I missed the oneness of creation by always placing myself above it, below it, or outside it; and I was the loser. Even my religion kept me separate. By being Christian, I was not a Jew, Muslim or Hindu. As such, I failed to see the similarities of these major philosophies. I also failed to recognize what all religious people have in common: the inclusiveness of Love, Truth and Forgiveness. God is found in the difference and sameness of all people.

Dear God, I am discovering that differences, when understood, become similarities.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 27

Hope

'The hopeful person sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm.' - O. S. Marden

Spirituality involves my attitudes and perceptions, as well as my prayers. It requires awareness of what I need and what I have been given. Spirituality sees beyond any problem into the solution. Hope is a feeling based on a spiritual perception of life that shuns apathy and negativity. Everything can be used for good if it is perceived realistically. I can use destructive experiences, painful moments, and failed relationships to create a new tomorrow. The hope that stems from my ability to change requires understanding what has happened. Because it points to my glorious tomorrows, no aspect of my life should be wasted.

Teach me the secret of success in the problems of life.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 26

Art

'Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning.' Walter Gropius

I have developed, in my recovery, an awareness of the beauty of this world and an appreciation of what people can produce. Sobriety has made art accessible. Today I see beauty in paintings, sculpture, music, literature, and the art of nature. Spirituality is always creative; it is at the center of all that is good, noble, and inspiring.Although I may not be an artist, I appreciate and have a feeling of belonging to the beauty of this world. In a sense, it all happens and takes shape through me. The rediscovery of spirituality has brought the world and the universe into my life.

Give me the desire to re-create Your splendor through my experiences.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 25

Clearing Indignation

(AND IT'S NOT NEARLY AS TAXING AS A BUNCH OF SANCTIMONIOUS HUFFING AND PUFFING.)

It clears the way to extraordinary growth.

When you feel wronged, skip the righteous indignation and go straight to compassion and forgiveness.

Living the Promises ©2013 Jenifer Madson. All rights reserved. Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

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June 24

Today

'Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.' Albert Camus

Much of the gratitude I talk about needs to be centered in what I do with today. I consciously focus on the present, rather than procrastinating for the future. As a sick alcoholic, I either lived in the guilt of yesterday or the fear of tomorrow. I missed the reality of the present. The present moment is all I have. Through this moment, I live, breathe, and have my existence! My understanding of prayer is centered in the present moment because any understanding of relationship and communication, especially with God, must begin from where I am, rather than where I would like to be. Spirituality is the reality of the moment.

Spirit of the universe, thank You for the life I experience in the moment.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 23

Improvement

'Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.' Lee Iacocca

I love to study the lives of artists because I believe that they are always trying to improve the world by their creations. Artists rarely destroy. This knowledge is important for those of us who wish to Say Yes to Your Spirit.We may not be famous, but we are all called to be artists in our particular lives.We can improve the environment, relationships, and international understanding.We can respect animals and express concern toward the poor and homeless. We can make the world a better place. In Alcoholics Anonymous you hear that service is essential for sobriety.We give to receive. Jesus lived the same message. So did Gautama Buddha.Oh yes, and so can we. Let the dance begin.

Each day I seek to improve my life and in doing so improve the world.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 22

Mindfulness

'Mindfulness isn't about focused thinking, introspection, self-analysis, or mindful gymnastics. It's simply about bringing full attention- not thinking-to whatever occurs.' -Saki F. Santorelli

As we sit and practice mindfulness, our minds might wander away hundreds of times. This is normal. Our minds are used to thinking. Meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that it is not important how many times our mind goes away from our breath, but how many times we bring it back. This is the training of our minds: Back to the breath over and over again. Back to our breath as we learn to be present in THIS moment.

Ahhh . . . the peace and joy to be found in THIS moment. This is my practice today.

Wrinkles Don't Hurt: The Joy of Aging Mindfully © 2011 Ruth Fishel. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 21

Freedom

'Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.' - Albert Camus

Humans are not puppets. Sometimes, when I hear people talk about God and prayer, the implication is that we have no choice and that all action is determined by God alone. A moment's reflection should make me hesitate about such a viewpoint. Murder, rape, child abuse, and prejudice do not stem from God, but result from the misuse of God's gift of freedom. As an addict and alcoholic, I know prayers that are not accompanied by actions are mere words. God's love for all people does not obliterate my need to love myself through choice and decision. I experience sobriety and serenity in my life when Divinity is revealed in my choices.

God, help me appreciate my desire to be a winner.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 20

Statistics

'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.' - Benjamin Disraeli

I used to hide behind anything-even statistics. This expanded my ego and kept me sick. Numbers confused issues by making everything complicated. In the field of alcoholism, statistics are important for comparison and research, but they are no substitute for rigorous honesty based on personal experience. Statistics alone cannot stop a person from drinking, but sharing about personal suffering and victory produces identification that can lead to change. As a recovering alcoholic, I need to know the statistics concerning my disease, but I also need to know today's recovery is based upon yesterday's honest sharing.

Let me always see the faces behind the numbers.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 19

Music

'I know the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities all of human genius will never exhaust.' - Igor Stravinsky

There is so much to be gained in life. Just when I think I have exhausted all possibilities, a new insight is perceived; permutations and variations appear in abundance. One example is sobriety. I thought it meant not drinking, but today I see that it affects all areas of my life: how I walk, the hugs I give,my acceptance of others, my willingness to trust and risk, and my optimism for a new day. God is comprehensive for me. God is alive in every religion, sacred writing, and tradition. God is also alive in literature, scripture, and music. Today I hear beyond the symphony into the unfathomable message of God's love for all creation.

Thank You for Your messengers who give love through music.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 18

Perfection

He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. -Jesus

I'm reminded of a story that is told in recovery circles that says that each time you point a finger at another person, there are three fingers pointing at yourself. Usually I criticize in people what I most dislike in myself. And I've discovered that when you really get to know a person, really understand them, they are usually lovable. When I visit a prison to give a lecture I always leave feeling that 'there but for the grace of God, go I.' None of us are perfect.And yet,metaphysically, when we understand this, we grow closer to perfection. I've always felt that it is my failings that build a bridge to others, not my achievements. Say Yes to Your Spirit helps us keep this awareness and remain humble. - Leo Booth

In the awareness of my failings, I am made whole.

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June 17

Anger

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. - Benjamin Franklin

I used to be so angry. Today I realize that my anger was fed by my personal insecurities that in turn were fed by my alcoholism. I needed a reason to be angry. If I didn't have one, then I would manufacture one. It was a sad life. Today I rarely get angry.Why? Because I seek to live Say Yes to Your Spirit. In the morning, I read an affirmation book. I attend a support group. I'm discovering God in nature. I'm truly aware of those parts of me that require healing. All of these help me accept others. And I'm less angry.

My anger is my responsibility. Occasionally it is appropriate anger.

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June 16

Courage

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. Amelia Earhart

How true this saying is. Whatever peace has been achieved in this world has been created by men and women who have shown great courage. Not only did they risk their lives, but many gave their lives for the cause they championed. Along the way they also suffered ostracism and persecution. But they could do no other.This is the physical reality of Say Yes to Your Spirit. It is the lived-out drama of what it means to dance in God. And the world has changed. Racism, sexism, homophobia, witch burning, slavery, and many more exploitations have shriveled in the world, although they have not been completely obliterated, because great men and women showed courage. Celebrate the power of the heavenly Spirit.

I affirm courage in my life.

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June 15

Obesity

Obesity is really widespread. - Joseph O. Kern II

A funny remark! And true. Say Yes to Your Spirit requires that we look at obesity. If people need healing from alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, and workaholism, then we cannot neglect compulsive eating. I was told that overeating is a primary addiction, meaning that from being little babies, if we cried we were given milk or food. Pain followed by food! Most of us move away from food and embrace alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or sex, but some people spend their lives dealing with food issues.The answer is spiritual: to know that we have the personal power, in cooperation with God, to change our lives. Thousands of people are doing just that on a daily basis. It has been said, 'It's not what you are eating; it's what's eating you!' When we are prepared to look at the pain in our lives, we will also discover the healing.

Today I'm developing a food plan in my life.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 14

Education

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. -Richard Steele Reading allows me to enter into a world that I will never experience personally. I may never go to Iraq, sit in on a meeting with the president, or experience the life and times of Shakespeare, but through reading I am able to experience in my mind all the above and more. Reading helps me to see the future and understand the past. Dancing in God is timeless.Today I understand that my connection to the universe is nourished through education. I can know more than I can ever see or touch by the power of the word. On the matter of Jesus's birth, the apostle John wrote, 'TheWord became flesh and made his dwelling among us.' ( John 1:14) God's creation comes alive through education, and I am gratified. Spiritually I am at peace when I sit before a log fire, book in hand, with a nice glass of milk and a chocolate.

I love and appreciate the gift of literature.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 13

Perseverance

He who limps is still walking. Stanislaw J. Lec

I love this quotation. It is so visual and thought provoking. In my mind I can actually see a person limping up a dusty pathway. Often in writing Say Yes to Your Spirit I've found the need to use metaphors and poetry to paint a picture. In the concept of dancing in God, I can actually see me dancing with God, who happens to look like the traditional pictures of Jesus, and I am gliding along with a smile on my face. Obviously I'm quite a good dancer because Jesus is smiling too! The limp in the quotation signifies the challenges that we allmust face in life. But these challenges rarely stop us in our tracks. Most times we are able to overcome them or learn to live with them. That takes perseverance-a gift that God has given us. Are we using this gift?

The times I catch myself limping I remember I am still walking.

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June 11

The 4th Step

THAT'S WHEN THEY BECAME A SOURCE OF VALUABLE INFORMATION INSTEAD OF SHAME.

And the beauty of it was, the more I brought my greatest shortcomings into the light, the less power they had over me, until they eventually lost most of their emotional charge.

Me: 'How will I know if I've done my 4th Step right?' Sponsor: 'Be searching, fearless, and moral. If not, what hasn't been searched will find you, and you'll get to take another run at it.' She couldn't have been more correct. I wasn't ready to look deeply into my past the first time through my 4th Step. Or the second time. The third time was a bit of a charm, because I was finally ready to rid myself of the guilt and remorse that was holding me back from realizing a better version of life.

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June 10

Time

'I would if I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people throw me their wasted hours.' Bernard Berenson

I enjoy sobriety so much that I hate to waste my time. Part of my spiritual program involves a correct use of time. I do not spend time with negative or destructive people. I do not spend time doing things I do not enjoy just to please others. I enjoy life so much that I do not wish to waste any of it. As an alcoholic, I wasted too much time. For most of my life, I was 'out to lunch!' Today I spend time enjoying life, and I spend quality time alone with 'self.' I like conversations withmyself, the thoughts I need to ponder. I also need time to rest in the peace of my day. Time is a precious gift from God that should not be wasted.

God, let me live each day as if it were my last.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 9

Light

I no longer want to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Today I take the time to slow down and examine the source of my difficulties so that I can move on a path with freedom. - Ruth Fishel

When we are in a state of confusion, it is hard to know what trouble is in our lives. It's like being on a narrow path full of twigs, rocks, stumps, and holes on a black starless night. We keep tripping, stumbling and bumping into things. We get sore, cut and black and blue. And then we take another step and it happens over again. It will continue to happen until we shine a light on our path, see what needs to be cleared out and then fill up the potholes. When our actions keep causing us pain, it is time to stop and look within. It is time to shine a light on our character defects and change.

The clearer the path, the easier it is to see the holes in it. - Frank Seymore

Time for Joy ©1998 Ruth Fishel. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 8

Belonging

I knew that if I cut a tree, my arm would bleed. -Alice Walker

Sometimes I hear myself saying that I never met a stranger. What I mean is that once I overcome my fear to talk with you or engage in some way, it's usually a pleasant experience. I'm often in the company of people whom I don't know very well. But once I share my story, my joys, my fears, my hopes, my confusions, I usually find that we can have a conversation.And then a connection is made, especially if I'm willing to listen to their story. Underneath the pomp and circumstance we are all very much the same-all trying to make sense of this thing called life. - Leo Booth

When I am known, I belong.

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June 7

Soul

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. -Frederick Douglass

I love words. With words we can create a picture that often leads us to understanding. I've always believed that the word 'soul' appeals to the poet within each of us. If we agree that the soul is not a body part, then what is it? The soul is that part of us that speaks to our uniqueness, but not just our uniqueness-our divinity. That something that understands God, reflects God, is God . . . and breathes through us. And it cannot be taken away or destroyed or degraded. When we Say Yes to Your Spirit we affirm our soul connection to the world and each other. Soul reflects the universal dance. Wow. I like it!

I nurture my soul with spiritual food.

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June 6

Change

'The foolish and the dead never change their opinion.' - James Russell Lowell

My understanding of spirituality tells me I will change my mind, attitude, and opinions. My understanding of sobriety tells me I will grow in understanding of myself, God, and others. I am not afraid to change my thinking. During my years as an addict, I was fixed and rigid about everything. I saw it as weakness to change my mind. Now I understand I was afraid of change, of not having the answer, of not being in charge. In treatment, I learned to understand spirituality as reality: seeing things as they are, rather than how I want them to be. I accept that life is about change and that truth is a process toward which I evolve.

In my journey to You, may I have the willingness to change.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 5

Change

'It is the most unhappy people who most fear change.' -Mignon McLaughlin

When I was drinking, I hated change. I hated things not being the same. I feared anything being different. Rarely did I want to go anywhere new. My attitudes were fixed and rigid. I resented any criticism of my behavior. The unexpected was seen as sabotage or a threat. My paranoia was extreme. Today I have decided to let go of the control, the pretense, and the arrogance. I face life as it comes, and today I do not drink. I am responsible for my life, but I cannot control the world. I am learning to relax in the acceptance of my disease. - Leo Booth

May I always discover the courage to change the things I can.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 4

Heroism

He whom prosperity humbles, and adversity strengthens, is the true hero. - Josh Billings

I watched a biography concerning the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. I knew that he had faced great adversity, but when I saw the opposition, prejudice, and violence he endured, I became a greater admirer of what he had achieved. I've had adversity in my life.Today I understand that it is how I respond to it that truly makes the difference as to how I overcome it. Say Yes to Your Spirit involves my response to adversity because I'm not going to get through life without experiencing it. And I'm helped by others, especially by a program that talks about what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. It is from the 'what happened' and my response to it that my personal heroism emerges.

Today I want to be my own hero.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 3

Style

Style is the dress of thoughts. Leo Booth

I was always impressed by the style of Cary Grant. I read somewhere that when he was the young Archie Leach, he saw a man who had great style and began slowly to reinvent himself to become Cary Grant. I used to be a drunk. I used to be prejudiced. I used to be a sexist. Then, with the help of recovery and spirituality, I reinvented myself . . . with style. Style is the outward manifestation of our inner spirituality. A song says that you either have it or you don't. I do not agree. Everyone has style. It is our Say Yes to Your Spirit. All we need to do is develop it. Are you ready?

I embrace a spiritual style.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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June 2

Self-Esteem

Trust yourself. You know more than you think. - Benjamin Spock

Do I trust myself? Sometimes. The days that I do not trust my judgment, when I'm insecure, are when I am off beam: I'm too tired, I've not eaten, I'm stressed, or I'm in a bad mood. Winston Churchill used to call these times 'the day of the black dog.' Fortunately, they are not too often. Why? Well, I'm taking better care of myself. I go to bed early. I eat sensibly. I stay around positive people. Because of these simple life exercises I find I'm in a better mood, more optimistic, happier. And my self-esteem has improved. Then I'm able to trust myself, and I realize what Dr. Benjamin Spock has said: I really do know more than I think I do.

My Say Yes to Your Spirit involves trusting myself.

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June 1

Opportunity

Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be. -Roger von Oech

Years ago I hit upon a definition of spirituality that has worked for me: spirituality is being positive and creative. I think about this definition almost every day, and it has prepared me for opportunities in my life. I am writing this book after having an early breakfast in Los Angeles with Gary Seidler, an old friend. A part of me didn't want to get up and battle the Los Angeles traffic, but I sensed an opportunity to renew our friendship and it has paid off. He strongly encouraged me to write Say Yes to Your Spirit.This is one example of how a friendship has influenced my life. Life is to be lived, not talked about.

Today I create opportunities in my life.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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May 31

Teamwork

Personal wealth has never been important to me. What is important is the team of people I work with. George Davies

'No man is an island,' wrote John Donne. We all need each other. When I was younger I could be a maverick, not sensitive to the needs and concerns of those around me. It wasn't exactly 'my way or the highway,' but it did verge on arrogance and spiritual snobbery. I'm not proud of those years. With recovery came teamwork. I couldn't get sober on my own. I needed a partner. I found God and other sober people. Slowly I found Leo. Teamwork is Say Yes to Your Spirit.The more I seek to live the spiritual life, the more I realize it is based upon a connection to others.

Today I'll dance with anyone!

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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