“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” — Goethe
Do you ever find yourself saying this? I wish I could do that? I wish that I could go on that trip. I wish I could get a better job. I wish that I could find that perfect whatever.
When you wish, do you think that you can do what you are wishing for or do you think to yourself….fat chance?
Any time you believe that you can accomplish a task, go someplace special, or fulfill that wish, you must prove that belief to yourself by taking the first step. Any action that moves you in the direction of your belief is very important for your overall success.
The end result of your wishes or dreams is down the road. Like any road, you can only see so far ahead. Focus on what is in front of you right now. Begin with one action. Just do something no matter how insignificant that action might seem to you. The fact that you decide to start something, and actually start, has power, grace and magic in it.
It’s like the universe releases all of the needed resources for you at just the perfect time. Without anyone understanding, things seem to fall into place with each subsequent action that you take.
Power…..Beginning something can make you feel that you are in control of your ideas or wishes. There is a sense of power over your destiny.
Grace…..Beginning something can make you feel blessed and fortunate. Be grateful for this feeling.
Magic…..Beginning something opens up a complete world of mysterious and unexplainable events and synchronicities. Coincidences with those who can help you start to happen. You find yourself in the right place at the right time.
I’m not suggestion that by simply starting something that the entire process will be easy peasy. Roadblocks will pop up and detours will need to be taken if you want to succeed. But, with every setback, another first step must be taken through or around whatever is stopping you from attaining your goal.
Go for it! Crank it up! Get’r done! Fire it up! Or as the running shoe folks say “Just Do It”!
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it and watch the magic, grace and power that can only be found in ACTION.
What are you doing?
Note: I found two versions of Goethe’s quote. One included the word “power” and one did not. Whichever is correct is a mute point as both are inspiring, uplifting and just plain good advise. Now………………………………….go do something!
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell
How can life be good when storms are coming?
If you spend time summer camping on the beach, you may witness a weather pattern that is known called a sea-breeze front. As the winds blow in from the ocean, the cooler air over the water meets the warmer air over the land. This forms what is called a convergence zone. If the air is humid and conditions are right, clouds will build up, gathering moist air over land. How strong the breeze is blowing in from the ocean can determine where Mother Nature dumps all that moisture in the form of rain and possible thunder storms.
Usually when people are camping, rain in not one of natures features that you want to experience. Scrambling around and covering up things is not fun.
Recently, I was camping on a sand dune, when my camping neighbor stepped out of his tent and asked me if there were “storms a coming”? I looked at the sky, thought for a moment, and replied that I didn’t think so. Pointing west with my finger, I told him that I thought folks west of us, a little more inland, might get wet. He looked at the sky again, concerned that maybe those storms were building up to rain down on his camping trip. I let him know that I had seen some real gully washers at this campground. But this time I was choosing to think that those rain clouds were not coming here.
His concern got me to thinking about the personal and emotional storms that approach all of us in our daily lives. We all have those times in our lives when we think that storms are coming. We think we see problems coming in our relationships. Or maybe a sneeze or two leads us to thinking that an illness is coming our way. Maybe obstacles to growing and expanding our business appear to be getting larger and larger. That noise in your car that you think is going to cost a lot of money to repair. The list of storms that we think are headed our way can seem huge.
With each approaching storm, we need to focus on what it is that we want to happen, not what we think that storm could bring into our life. It seems that every time I allow myself to dwell on what bad things can be approaching, more bad things show up in an attempt to keep me in that repetitive cycle of thought.
Attitudes towards thought are habits. It’s easy to get over whelmed with one bad thing after another. If we allow ourselves to rise each morning worrying about what bad things are going to happen, we can never see the good that is out there as well. We must make a conscious decision to think about thoughts before thinking them.
It’s not as confusing as it sounds. Just think that whatever appears to be a storm-a-coming could just as well turn the opposite way or dissipate before it gets too close. That relationship that looked stormy could turn out to be crossed wires in a conversation. Those couple of sneezes, just some dust in the air. The financial climate may change, resulting in more business than you ever believed possible. And your mechanic may find that the noise in your car was simply a loose clamp.
If the sky at your beach is half sunny and half cloudy, choose sunny. Life is always brighter in the sunshine. The only thing that makes darkness go away is light.
Did you think today that there were storms-a-coming and life is still good?
PS, By the way….my beach camping neighbor…..he let the storm thoughts go, had a wonderful camping dinner with his family…..and he never felt a drop of rain.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir
We all have problems. No one is immune from them. From birth to death….The infant cries for milk and an elderly person may worry if tomorrow will come. Reaching, striving and working hard at being happy will never remove any of our individual problems. We must accept the fact that everyday life will bring it’s own set of problems into our lives.
Yet, we still think that “if only this was fixed” or “if only that was solved”, we would find happiness.
I think one of the first things we can do to attain happiness is to simply accept those problems situations as things in our lives that just “are”. They are what they are…..issues, hassles, conflicts………problems. They just are. They have no energy of their own. They are fed by our reactions to them.
I’ve found that the more that I push back against them, the more difficult things become. My thoughts become clearer when realize that solving all of my problems will not bring me any more happiness. Only by accepting and allowing things to play out and observing without judgement, can we relax and begin to see all of the other good things in our lives. When we starting noticing those good little bits of happiness we will begin to think less about our problems.
To quote Steve Maraboli:
What tips do you have for finding happiness in a life filled with problems?
Read more from Steve Maraboli. You can find it here. → Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein
The simple enjoyment of a cloud.
I went out for some fresh air today and remembered very quickly that it is still very hot this time of year. The sun is still bearing down even though it’s getting late into summer.
Having only ten minutes or so, I started thinking that it might be too hot and sunny to stand outside.
To my surprise, at the moment of that thought, a small cloud moved in front of the beating sun.
I enjoyed my ten minutes of fresh air with that little cloud sheltering me from the sun.
A small and wonderfully thankful moment.
Did you notice any small thankful moments during your day?
Photo: Big Fluffy Cloud, by Nanimo via Flickr
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” — George Burns
Have you ever noticed that when you are struggling to accomplish something, it’s more enjoyable if it is something that you love to do? Successfully doing something that you dislike never quite ends with complete satisfaction. It’s like….well, I did it………..now what’s next. On the other hand, when you are loving whatever it is that you are doing, the results seem minor compared to the feeling that you get while you are “doing the doing”.
The feeling that you enjoyed the process and are satisfied with the results. Even if those results are not perfect.
What are you doing today that you love to do? And if you fail, do you love it enough to be satisfied with the failure because you enjoyed the process…..the doing?
Today, find something to do that gives you true enjoyment regardless of the results. Don’t worry about being a failure at something you love.
“The greatest achievement is selflessness.” — Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” — Buddha
Have you ever noticed that no matter how down you are feeling, it only takes a good word from one happy person to brighten your day?
That is, if your mind is open to the possibility that you can be happy under your current situation.
And have you ever noticed that even when you are feeling low, if you can make yourself show a little happiness to another human being, you feel a little happier yourself?
Each of us has the capacity to be “a single candle” in this world.
Today, right now, be a light of happiness for someone else. And, keep a watchful eye for others that are sharing their happiness, one candle at a time.