Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
When you show up for the people in your life, even though you’re having a hard day, you make a difference.
When you share what you’re dealing with, even though it makes you feel vulnerable, and help other people through your honesty, you make a difference.
When you practice what you preach, you make a difference.
When you honor your needs to create a sense of inner calm and well-being that permeates your interactions with others, you make a difference.
When you cut yourself some slack so you can use your energy to love, create, and inspire, you make a difference.
When you give people the benefit of the doubt, you make a difference.
When you listen fully, instead of waiting to talk, you make a difference.
When you focus more on being kind than being right, you make a difference.
When you find beauty in the world around you and help other people see it, you make a difference.
When you realize that your everyday actions are your greatest legacy, you make a difference.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." ~ William James
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else”
If you are reading this then there is good chance that you agree with me that optimism is pretty awesome. But it is not always easy to adopt a more optimistic attitude and there are roadblocks. So today I’d like to share a few of them that I have bumped into and how I have overcome them.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:
"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result of being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
Monday, August 22, 2011
Don't wait for time to start running out before you feel a sense of urgency to do what you've always wanted to do in life... Don't waste another day waiting... Do what you love now!
Friday, August 19, 2011
is only as long as today.
but those who need the least.
and at our weakest
when life no longer offers a challenge.
It is wiser not to expect
but to hope,
for in expecting you ask for disappointment,
whereas in hoping you invite surprise.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life." ~ Albert Einstein
- It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."
I found this video today on one of my favorite inspirational sites and couldn't resist re-posting it. The article stated that a recent health study determined that there are three primary reasons people can't cope in life:
- They have low self-esteem
- They live in the past
- They don't laugh enough
In my opinion, I think it's partially because people can sometimes take life too seriously. I also read that the same study concluded that we need a minimum of 12 laughs per day just to stay healthy. I totally agree with this and personally, find it to be very true. I try to look for the humor in everything. For me, life without humor is simply miserable! I think it was Charlie Chaplin who said: "A day without a laugh is a wasted day."... I think
Friday, August 12, 2011
Appreciation - The recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
Appreciation is one of the most
highly valued virtues. Yet for some reason, most of us often take for granted what we have, from our jobs, our financial status, our health, our homes, to the people around us - our parents, our spouse,our friends, even our pets.
Today we should all spend some time focusing on appreciation. Giving appreciation for what we hold dear to us, and giving appreciation to what we value in life. We should take a few moments to really think about what our life would be like if we were to lose any of these things or people. Just imagine what you would wish you "could have said" or "should have done" if you woke up tomorrow only to realize that it was all just... gone.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"Saying you're sorry doesn't mean that you think you're wrong; it just means that you value the other person more than your pride."
I cannot count how many times this little piece of wisdom has come in handy for me through the years. Arguing with me was nothing short of a complete nightmare.
I would defend my side of the argument, no matter what it was, until I was blue in the face; just for the sake of proving my point.
Now, when I catch myself getting a little over-heated, six little words pop into my head: "I don't have to be right." Fights can sometimes go on and on because neither person will back down. After a while the topic that caused the fight isn't even in clear sight and yet the fight continues for the mere fact of being right. It becomes so ridiculous. (And exausting!)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
"Life holds no promises as to what will come your way. You must search for your own ideals and work toward reaching them. Life makes no guarantees as to what you’ll have. It just gives you time to make choices and to take chances and to discover whatever secrets that might come your way. If you are
willing to take the opportunities you are given and utilize the abilities you have, you will constantly fill your life with special moments and unforgettable times." ~ Dena DiIaconi
Monday, August 8, 2011
"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path." ~Paublo Coelho
Judgment keeps us from compassion, because we close off to our own heart. We are not able to receive anything that is outside of our point of view, which is always narrow. Learning to receive is the foundation of loving people because it offers them the room to be just as they are. Our best judgments (even when they are correct) imprison us in a world that we think we are improving by our beliefs; in actuality, it cuts us from the world, because it shuts the door to the people we love and shuts us off from being connected to the largeness of how things really are...
Sunday, August 7, 2011
That's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.
There are times when people disappoint you and let you down,but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions,to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.
There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life,and it is up to you to accept them.
Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are, So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I often write about the importance of practicing inner detachment. Inner detachment is one of those practices that is easily misunderstood by many people. It is often mistranslated as indifference, which is the farthest from it's true definition. To help clarify the true meaning of inner detachment I have posted an article by one of my favorite authors, Remez Sasson:
The Importance of Inner Detachment for Success
by Remez Sasson
We are often told that success requires motivation, desire and ambition, but there is another important ingredient, and this is inner detachment.
I hear you now saying, "What has inner detachment to do with success? Isn't detachment a state of indifference? How can one attain success with such a state of mind?"
These are erroneous assumptions! Inner detachment is not indifference! I am not speaking here about asceticism or abstinence. One can lead a normal, ordinary life, and yet display inner emotional and mental detachment.
I want to make it clear. True emotional and mental detachment is not a state of indifference, apathy or lack of energy. One can be
Monday, August 1, 2011
“The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most."
Some people have hardened their hearts or have not been raised with love in their lives growing up. Some of them do learn to accept the love of another at some point in their life but those who lacked this vital element in their early years, have learned to survive without it. Therefore for them, love is most difficult to give and/or receive.
Maybe some people grew up under tough circumstances and view showing love as a weakness rather than the most elemental gift in the human spirit. Maybe that defense is all they've ever known and simply haven't developed the ability altogether. Sometimes people can just be flat out bitter about life's events and choose to be grumpy. And other times it may be that some people are just having a harder time dealing with things in their life than we realize.
In any case, these people can be very challenging to deal with. However, those who are the hardest to love can be the ones who teach us the most about ourselves. They can reveal to us where our boundaries lie, show us where our unconditional love falters, and becomes splintered into conditional love. They can help to reveal our levels of judgement. These people can possibly teach us some of the most important lessons in our life such as patience and compassion.