Saturday, January 16, 2010
Our attitude tells the world what we expect in return. If it's a cheerful, expectant attitude, it says to everyone with whom we come in contact that we expect the best in our dealings with the world. You see, we tend to live up to our expectations. And others give to us, as far as their attitudes are concerned, what we expect. Our attitude is something we can control. We can establish our attitude each morning when we start our day--in fact, we do just that, whether or not we realize it. And the people in our family--all the people in our world--will reflect back to us the attitude we present to them. It is, then, our attitude toward life that determines life's attitude toward us. Cause and effect. Everything we say or do will cause a corresponding effect. If we're cheerful, glad to be experiencing this miracle of life, others will reflect that good cheer back to us. We are the kind of people others enjoy being around.-Earl Nightingale
Have a good night!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Living Life Fully
For many years now I have listened to the stories of people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses as their counselor. From them I have learned how to enjoy the minute particulars of life once again, the grace of a hot cup of coffee, the presence of a friend, the blessing of having a new cake of soap or an hour without pain. Such humble experience is the stuff that many of the very best stories are made of. If we think we have no stories it is because we have not paid enough attention to our lives. Most of us live lives that are far richer and more meaningful than we appreciate.-Rachel Naomi Remen
The passage above speaks of two different concepts, though, one for today and one for tomorrow. First, it tells us of the importance of the little things, the aspects of life that we tend to overlook and/or ignore in our day-to-day lives. We have so much to be thankful for, yet we lose the gratitude when we're not conscious of those things. Have you taken a hot bubble bath lately? Personally, I'm thankful for the water heater that gives me hot water at the turn of a knob, the people who developed the systems of pipes and faucets that make indoor plumbing so easy, the people who have spent time developing bubble bath with nice smells and textures, and finally simply for the time I have that allows me to indulge in a luxury such as that. How many people in the world never have experienced such a thing? More than we'd like to count, that's for sure.
I don't want to have to be terminally ill before I recognize and appreciate all that I have to be thankful for. The hot buttered toast on a cold afternoon, the stereo that plays my favorite music for me, the sunshine in the early morning, the laughter of children, the smiles that people share with me--life is full of "minute particulars," and we have to choose: do we recognize them and give thanks for them, or do we continue to allow them to have no positive effects on our lives at all?
Questions to consider:
What are your favorite "minute particulars" of life? What things give you that small joy that makes you feel great?
How many of the small things that make you feel good can you notice today? Perhaps making a list all day long could help you to see just how many there are.
Have you ever tried to help someone else to notice the small things? Do you take your own advice?
For further thought:
A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is
the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about
the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the
glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a
poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.-Jerry Fleishman
Today is my mothers birthday. She would have been 65 if she was alive. I miss her terribly. I wish I could call her up and talk to her about my struggles and I know she would know just what to say. She was a woman of MUCH wisdom and strength. I love you mommy.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another
human being. We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.-Albert Schweitzer
Have a wonderful day!
Friday, January 08, 2010
I didn't stress over food today. Way to go SELF! Now I'm going to bed. Have a good night everyone! May your sleep be undisturbed as I'm hoping mine will be.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Living Life Fully
What we are talking about is learning to live in the present moment,
in the now. When you aren't distracted by your own negative
thinking, when you don't allow yourself to get lost in moments that
are gone or yet to come, you are left with this moment. This
moment--now--truly is the only moment you have. It is beautiful
and special. Life is simply a series of such moments to be experienced one right after another. If you attend to the moment
you are in and stay connected to your soul and remain happy,
you will find that your heart is filled with positive feelings.-Sydney Banks
Right now. It's the only moment in the history of the world over which we have any sort of control over our thoughts, actions, or feelings. We can't control what happened even thirty seconds ago, and we can't control what's going to happen in ten minutes, but right now we can make decisions that will help to determine what our future's like, and that may make amends for past mistakes or build on past successes and achievements.
A few seconds ago, you decided to read this passage. You read the quotation above, probably, and then started on this passage. Now you're deciding whether to continue or not. Each moment of our life is like this: we decide to initiate or continue actions--or inaction--based on what we think is best for ourselves and others. We may get so caught up in what we're doing that we don't even notice the wonder of this moment--the sounds, the sights, the feelings--and that's a shame. This moment doesn't consist just of what we're doing; it also consist of what we're being, and how we're being it.
"If you attend to the moment you're in. . . ." These are powerful words, and that attention is something that takes practice. This moment is now, and it never shall come again. Feel it, live it, breathe it, and let it be a great contributor to who you are. Sometimes you may lose the moment due to certain tasks that occupy us for extended periods of time, but even then we can be attentive to the tasks, to their contributions to our lives and who we are, and to the fact that we're involved in something that probably will serve other people in necessary ways.
Some of my greatest moments have been those when I've stopped doing whatever I was doing just to be. I stand in silence and listen. I look at everything around me, no matter where I am, and consider how it's a part of who I am. I feel whatever's closest to me. I listen to my breathing. And all this helps to remind me that there's much more to life than what I'm doing at the moment, and much more to me than just the person who's involved in the task.
Questions to consider:
How easy is it for you to notice all that's around you? Can you do it all of the time? Most of the time?
How much do you lose when you don't pay attention to the present moment? Will you ever get it back again?
For further thought:
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star
in our hand. . . and melting like a snowflake.
Let us use it before it is too late.-Marie Beynon Ray
Have a beautiful day! ~Sabrina
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