Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 18 comments

Beauty of Light
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"What you do for yourself – any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself – will affect how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself you're doing for others, and what you do for others, you're doing for yourself." ~ Pema Chödrön

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Steven Aitchison October 31, 2010 at 1:37 am

Hi Lance, I really look forward to getting up on a sunday morning and reading your ‘thought for the day’. Loved this one.
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Naomi Estment October 31, 2010 at 1:48 am

Exquisitely true, Lance…and the pic is breath-taking!! Thank you for sharing this and have a beautiful Sunday 🙂
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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) October 31, 2010 at 6:53 am

I couldn’t agree more…treating yourself well is not selfish, it just prepares you for the service of others.


Suzie Cheel October 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

How wonderful, what a wonderful thought and saying to take to bed with me tonight
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Lori October 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

Perfect! Just PERFECT.
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Steven October 31, 2010 at 8:32 am

The quote really exemplifies the interconnectedness we all share with one another, plus the fact that our actions really matter.

Thanks for sharing!
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Terie October 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

Fantastic!!! I had to quote you on my blog and share with my friends because it really, really spoke to me today. Thank Lance, you are magical!!
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angel Stone October 31, 2010 at 10:31 am

Sure needed to read this today! Thanks, Lance.
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Yum Yucky October 31, 2010 at 10:59 am

Be kind to myself? Yes, yes. I’ll do that. (finally)
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Jody - Fit at 52 October 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

Lance, this pretty much says it all, doesn’t it! If we don’t take care of ourselves & don’t even care enough to do that, how can we be the best we can for others too. Being good to yourself shows those around you that you loving yourself is not selfish but a good thing. A great model for children to see!

So this: What you do for yourself you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself…. YES, this becomes the best thing ever!

Thx Lance & you know I am going to share this one! 🙂
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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker October 31, 2010 at 11:32 am

This is exactly how we work to change the world, one person at a time, startinge with ourselves and extending the ripple effect out to others who do the same. The ripples go on forever. This is how I am working to stop child abuse. Starting with healing myself and sharing those experiences with others who can see that healing is possible. Working together we can change the world. I also look forward to your Sunday Thought For The Day.
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Keith October 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm


Love the photo and love this post. We must love ourselves, and care for ourselves so that we can be equipped to serve others.

Love your Sunday Thought For The Day!

Thank you my friend
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} October 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

HI Lance,
This is just so wonderful and so true. We are all mirror images of each other. This quote so beautifully reinstates our Oneness with each and every soul.
Thank you for this profound thought…
So much love to you my friend,
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Adrenalynn November 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

You just made my Monday 🙂 Thank you Lance!
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Barbara Swafford November 1, 2010 at 2:05 am

Happy Sunday Lance,

Another beautiful quote and photo. I love how the message teaches us karma – be kind to ourselves, and others. The circle of love.
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Kate November 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

For me this was a Monday thought for the day! But beautiful, has certainly put me in the right frame of mind to start the week:)


Natalia November 1, 2010 at 7:50 am

What a beautiful thought and picture! The first sentence speaks volume’s for me. A reminder that I have to take care of myself first! As a wife and a mother that sometimes gets lost on me. But I can tell you the whole house suffers when I don’t take care of myself first! My hubby and son will attest to that! It’s counter intuitive! It feels selfish, but when I’m kind to myself and do what I need to do, there’s so much more of me to give to others! 🙂
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Lynn November 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’m late to reading this – out of town this weekend, but I love the quote. Exactly right – you are doing for yourself when you do for others. My wonderfully generous uncle passed away two weeks ago – I plan to adopt his closing words of prayer that he always used, “Help us be ever mindful of the needs of others.”
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