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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandbox.
These are the things I learned. Save everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and sing and dance and play and
work every day some.
Take a nap in the afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up, and nobody really knows why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice — and even the little seed in the plastic cup — they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The golden rule and love and basic sanitation.
Ecology and politics and sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then laid down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations always to put things back where we found them and
cleaned up our own messes.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
by Robert Fulghum
Great to be back and see so many have you have been posting so many awesome updates. I have been putting some new material on myself recently with some awesome quotes and stories, I hope you all enjoyed those.
To let you all know, recently I have been attending a small forum in Birmingham. This forum is a small group of like-minded people who share ideas on a weekly basis with each other, and come up with strategies that we can take away to maintain a better outlook on life and relationships.
We discussed something during last night’s meeting which I want to share with you today. Last night’s session was very powerful and I really want to share it with all my readers and followers.
I am sure that we can all agree that there is something that always steals our happiness and self-esteem, and it is called worry! Worrying about things that may or may not ever happen, worrying about things that we really shouldn’t be;
To be blunt, worrying is a negative thought – thoughts being an area we really stripped to pieces. As at the end of the day, it is only a thought! This can come into our heads totally uninvited and it can leave our heads as easily as it arrived. I think Winston Churchill quoted the real issue with worry “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”.
I know for sure that I have for many years allowed these thoughts to come into my head, and allowed them to control my happiness and behave in ways that maybe I shouldn’t have. I actually think that I worried about something almost every day – to be honest I am sure I still do!
So from this day, after digesting what we discussed last night, I have taken these 2 valuable lessons away with me that I think will change my life for the better, and make all my relationships flourish.
Lesson 1: 3 Minute breathing
This was something we all did last night. We sat in a relaxed position and we focused on our breathing, concentrating on the inhale and then the exhale. This calmed our heart rate and relaxed our bodies, we thought about our muscles, which ones were tense and allowed our bodies to relax them for us naturally. This we did for 3 minutes, thinking of nothing but the inhale and the exhale. In just 3 minutes you would be amazed at how you feel. It is a short type of mediation really but it gives us amazing results. If this technique is done properly, when we begin to worry about something, we can remove all negative thoughts. When you recognise you are beginning to worry, go to a quiet place and try this 3 minute breathing technique, I know it will work for you too.
Lesson 2: Focus on the ‘Here and now’
This is the hardest as we do this every day. This alone will take alot of practice and a good understanding, but if this is mastered I believe this can make us very happy and prevent us all from worrying. I remember reading Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’ last year and this book is all about living in the now the present moment. Not thinking about the past, the recent events or what is likely to happen. It is living in the now! Thinking about only the here and now is very comforting, it gives us peace and break from whatever troubles we all have to deal with. I read that this technique alone can change our lives forever. If we live in the present we are not being ignorant to reality we are just breaking it down and living our life as it is right now.
To be quite frank, I actually wish my life away myself all the time. Roll on my holiday. Roll on pay-day. Roll on the weekend. Roll on this evening so I can watch Game of Thrones (Which I LOVE by the way Ha!). We are always wishing and wondering into the future and feeling emotions that our past has created. I am going to work so hard on this going forward, this is something I am focused to achieve and hope you can too.
To finish off – thank you to all my new followers and thank you to those of you who support me and engage with me regular. You are wonderful people.
Keep following. Keep winning.
Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner,
And someone saw my grin,
When he smiled I realized,
I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
Then realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine,
Could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
Don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
And get the world infected.
Anonymous giving and acts of kindness can lead the giver to a very lonely place in the universe. Like the Lone Ranger or some other disguised hero, we do kind things all the time and so often the people on the receiving end don’t see it or don’t recognize it.
Living a life of altruism, in its most ideal form, means setting the ego aside and not doing what we do for credit. Usually, I have no problem with this at all. But there are those days, perhaps when I’m feeling a little weak or drained, where I find myself feeling lonely with it all, feeling like I’m giving, giving, giving, to a world that is in super receiving mode and asleep to what’s being done for them. I get a little discouraged.
Even idealized heroes had their inner circle of friends who knew who they really were and what their life was all about. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. Batman had Robin and his butler, Alfred. You get the picture. Being truly altruistic means we do what we do without expectation for credit or recognition. Otherwise, it’s not truly altruistic. But at some point, we have to be good receivers to continue to be effective givers.
I remember shortly after my first child was born that my wife and I reached a point where we were really struggling to make ends meet. We both had jobs but the pay was very meager. We were both doing work that we loved doing and we were really caught up in the magic of being new parents. But a financial reality burst our bubble one day.We had nothing left in savings, and bills that were due, some overdue, could not be met.
We talked with other people about our dire circumstances. We got a lot of sympathy but we were still feeling a lot of stress and not coming up with any solutions. And then it happened. I opened the front door one morning and found a plain white envelope tucked inside the screen door. Inside the envelope was $100 dollars. I felt this tremendous sense of energy swell up within me, surrounding me like a great, warm comforter. Some kind soul anonymously gave what felt like an awful lot of money to me then. They obviously didn’t want credit for their generosity and to this day I’ve never known for certain who it was.
In those days, that $100 would have just about paid for a month’s rent. And even though it wasn’t enough to make good on all of our bills, receiving the money gave us such a sense of relief and humbleness to be blessed by some great kindness of a friend who wanted no credit from us whatsoever. We made it through that dark time, not so much from the money we’d been given, but by realizing how powerful an act of anonymous generosity can be.
I’ve paid that act of kindness forward over and over many times. And even being the veteran giver that I consider myself to be, my mind still swings like a pendulum between the extremes of totally selfless giving and the need to receive something in return occasionally. Despite the back and forth energy of the momentum that is created, my sense is that I am ever moving forward through a world that often feels thankless and uncaring. I am constantly aware that there have probably been countless occasions when I have been the receiver of many acts of kindness from others who may have been aware of what they were doing even though I was asleep to their gift.
I am committed to being more awake to what’s going on around me and to showing my gratitude whenever possible for any act of kindness given, even if it’s as small a thing as someone holding open a door for me. Living a life of kindness is like breathing: for every breath out, there has to be a breath back in. That isn’t about ego. It’s about staying alive and being fully human. Now, let’s get back to it. Hi, ho, Silver, away!
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