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Making one person smile can change the world…maybe not the whole world, but their world.

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Noun: Ilk  (ILK) Definition: Sort, kind. Sample sentence: The hole beneath the stairs of the cabin’s porch allows in squirrels, chipmunks, skunks and other creatures of that ilk.

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The goal should not be to be better than the other person, but to be better than your previous self.

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Adjective: Sprightly  (SPRYTE-lee) Definition: 1. Marked by a cheerful lightness and vivacity (as of movement or manner): spirited. 2. Having a distinctively piquant taste. Sample sentence: Uncle Jack, a sprightly man in his early 80’s, was an avid storyteller, and we all listened with rapt attention as he regaled us with his newest tale.

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Noun: Compunction  (kum-PUNK-shun) Definition: 1. Anxiety arising from awareness of guilt. 2. Distress of mind over an anticipated action or result. 3. A twinge of misgiving: scruple. Sample sentence: A dilgent editor, Michelle feels no compunction about deleting words and phrases from even the most beautifully written paragraph for the sake of space or clarity.

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Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.

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Noun: Thanatology  (than-uh-TAH-luh-jee) Definition: The description or study of the phenomena of death and of the psychological mechanisms for coping with them. Sample sentence: A good text on thanatology is Elizabeth Kulber-Ross’s  “On Death and Dying” which outlines the five stages of grief.

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Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who don’t give up. The best things come to those who just believe.

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Adjective: Chatoyant  (shuh-TOY-unt) Definition: Having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light. Sample sentence: One of my favorite chatoyant gemstones is the star sapphire.

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Everyone makes mistakes in their life, but it doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t make them bad, it makes them human.

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