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?
“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.
“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.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Mark Twain
So true is Mr. Twain’s statement. It really is a case of mind over matter as we get older. The older I get the more I don’t mind the way the way things turn out. I’m developing an awareness towards how I react to things. Things that used to upset me simply don’t matter anymore. The importance of events and outcomes is not as strong as it was when I was twenty, thirty, forty, or even fifty years old.
If you are looking in a mirror and seeing stress and anxiety staring back at you, lighten up!
Don’t place so much importance on life’s everyday mishaps and short-comings. Develop an awareness of how you feel when things aren’t quite right in your world. Ask yourself if it’s all that important in the grand scheme of things.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” — Joseph Campbell
Years ago, I launched The Selfless Advantage. Things were going well. I posted dozens of inspiring quotes, hoping to give someone a lift to their day. At it’s core, The Selfless Advantage’s main idea was that “Your Basket Must Be Emptied Before It Can Be Filled”. One needs to give away good things, without expecting anything in return. When you try to live life with a spirit of giving and by not expecting anything in return, unexpected good things seem to show up at just the right time.
So, I’m just living life, thinking positive and then it happened. Through a combination of human error and a momentary breakdown of technology, all was lost. The quotes, the ideas, the thoughts, the inspiration. All forever scattered across the universe.
Talk about dumping over the basket! What would I do now? Looking at an empty domain name and ideas still in my head, there was only one thing that would make sense. It was time to start down a new path.
A fresh install of WordPress and I’ve started over. And just as I restart this blog, it seems ironic to me that one of the first quotes I come across was this particular quote from Joseph Campbell.
Perhaps the old Selfless Advantage wasn’t the right “skin” for me. Maybe it was time to get rid of those thoughts (empty out my basket) and ready myself for new ones. Ready myself for a new life. Ready my basket for refilling!
Life is forever changing. Are you ready for change? Your cannot hold any good thing too close for very long.
Remember that to have more to give, you must empty that basket of goodness before it can filled again.