Monthly Archives: November 2011

Silent nobility

“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”

~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer

T. Carlyle / E. Hader, pinxit ; phot. u. verl....

Thomas Carlyle

In nature we see a plethora of beauty – plants with colorful flowers; magnificent trees; green pastures; desert cactus; and whispering willows. Yet, we don’t really give much thought to how they actually got there as much as we do enjoying their infinite exquisiteness and allure. Can you think of anything you can do to better the world around you? How about enriching someone’s life with your kindness, generosity, and time. Maybe you are inspiring people with your artistic talents by painting the world around you with your colorful words and/or vivid images. In your life, you must do your best to initiate the same effect as nature’s beauty has on us so that others can enjoy the fruits of your secret nourishment. Are you making the world a better place to live in through your silent work?

You are where you decide you want to be

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright.

George Bernard Shaw

There are always many ways to look at your current situation in life and wonder how it is you arrived there. You can blame your parents, your friends, your surroundings, your lack of good luck, etc. but when it comes right down to it, you really only have yourself to blame. Many people who had nothing in life have accomplished greats things and conversely, those who were born into wealth and excellent conditions have done very little with their lives. So, it all comes down to what you are willing to do no matter the condition and situation you’re in. If you look for ways to improve your situation in life then you will surely get to a better place. If you choose to feel sorry for yourself and not take responsibility for where you are in life, then you will remain in a state of limbo. You need to make something of yourself by choosing to be somebody who can accomplish wonderful things no matter how big or small. Once you decide WHO you want to be in life, not WHAT you want to be, then you’ll surely find circumstances you can be happy with.

Forgetting to forget

“We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.”

~ Joan Didion

Joan Didion

How many times have you forgotten to do something very important that you thought you would never forget? Like the time when you should of called your best friend to comfort them after a tragedy. Or when you didn’t say “I love you” to someone special and then never saw them again. There are lots of things we forget to say or do in our daily grind, so you should record them either on an electronic mobile device or deep in your mind. Then you won’t be caught off guard when someone you know needs to hear the sound of your voice and comforting words. Remembering to do the things you thought you could never forget can have significant meaning to those close to you. Is there someone you should be contacting today?

Forgetting all the wrongs

“To be WRONGED is nothing unless you continue… to REMEMBER it”

~ Confucius 

Confucius, illustrated in Myths & Legends of C...

We’ve all been wronged before to some extent. No matter how badly you’ve been hurt by someone, there is only one real method of erasing it from your life – forgetting about it. If you allow it to fester in your mind and eat away at the part of you that is strong and good, then you will become diseased by it and it will erode away at your soul. If something is bothering you about what somebody did or said to you and it is somehow destroying your life, then stop thinking about it. If whatever they did to you hasn’t hurt you physically, then don’t let that action get the better of you. If you want to move forward with your life and grow bolder from the experience, then forgive them and you’ll be able to go about your life all the wiser and emotionally stronger. Now that’s something you never want to forget.

Say nothing and hear everything

“Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.”

~ Spanish Proverb

visions

Vision of Silence

This is a very powerful statement if you really stop to ponder it. How many of us can remain silent for the sake of not saying something that is better than the silence itself. In silence, we can find inner peace, listen to our soul, hear all the things around us, and most of all we can rest our mind. When was the last time you said nothing while in the presence of others or even when alone? Try listening to yourself today and everyday for at least 15 minutes and see yourself transform into something lovely. While in this meditative state, listen carefully to your mind and soul for an awe inspiring message that could lead you to somewhere beautiful in your life. I can’t hear you and it’s a good thing. Shhh…stop now and listen to yourself. 

Happily-ever-after forever

“It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.”

~ Margaret Bonnano

Be Happy

Living a happy life requires a daily devotion to it. This means going to bed with the hope of a better tomorrow and acting on having a better day as you go through the motions of your daily routine. It also means waking up with joy for the chance to live another day that can make your world better and the world around you better. Life is a gift, so we must make the choice to live it with happiness, hope, health and harmony. As you live your happy life, be sure and tell all those around you how happy you are and you will soon see their happiness shine back at you. This is something that lasts forever if you give your happy attitude away for free to everyone. Being high on happiness is the best kind of high for all of us. Remember, happiness is only real when shared.

Emotions in motion

“The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.”

~ (1904-1990) American Journalist

Marya Mannes

Controlling one’s emotions is so important to one’s character and for so many reasons. People judge us very critically based on how we react to certain actions, verbal statements and/or in-actions. If you want to be considered intelligent by your peers and to strangers that you’re in control of yourself in all situations, then all you have to do is not overreact emotionally. To accomplish this, I have found that it is best to think “big picture” so that you always have a clear perspective of the situation. This gives you some control. It’s also a good idea to count to 10 before you react to something. By doing this, you’ll most likely find that by the time you reach number 1, you will have cooled down enough to handle the matter without so much emotion attached to it. Try it next time and see what happens. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, all is OK now.

Turning the worst thing into the best

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

“The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.”

~ Will Rogers

Think back in your life and try to remember the worst thing that ever happened to you. As you reflect on it today, can you say that is was the worst things in your life or did it turn out to be one of the best things? When something catastrophic occurs in our life, it typically remains a very ugly memory for a period of time. As time works on healing your scars from that incident, life sometimes works on turning that incident into something that makes our life better in some way. If time or life hasn’t worked out the pain or memories from that worst moment in your life yet, then give it some time and it just might turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to you.