Sunday, December 13, 2009
Living Life Fully
Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does
not depend on what we have, but on what we are.-Henry Van Dyke
This is a basic premise of happiness, a principle that we see repeated over and over again, and one that we most definitely should continue to remind ourselves. Happiness is, indeed, an inside job. We cannot make ourselves truly happy with anything that we own or possess, but only through a deep and abiding knowledge and love of ourselves, our world, and our place in it. We can be happy only by making our thoughts happy, for our thoughts are what guide us through life and bring more of life to us.
During our time here on this planet, we will become something. Actually, each day that we live we become something and someone new. That person we are inside determines what we do, what we give, and whom we help and how we help them, and that comes only from inside. Who we are inside determines our character, helps or hinders us from finding peace, pushes us forward or pulls us back, and keeps us on a sane and healthy road or leads us down unhealthy and destructive paths.
Our inside lives lead us to make decisions on every aspect of living, and those decisions lead inevitably to results with which we must live. None of our possessions can help us to make such decisions, and while our friends can give advice, the final decision always is our own. And it always will come from the person we've become, the person we've made ourselves into based on our previous decisions.
Develop your character and become the person you truly want to be, and you'll find that happiness results as a by-product. Search for happiness by building your stock of possessions or by trying to find it in outside sources, and you will find that happiness simply is not there; you may get momentary satisfaction on a surface level, but deep happiness will evade you.
Questions to consider:
How does the momentary satisfaction of getting something nice make us think that it's "happiness"?
In what ways can we develop our happiness?
Why do so many people find happiness to be something that's difficult to achieve, when it's there inside us all the time?
For further thought:
Happiness is not a possession to be prized,
it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.-Daphne DuMaurier
I hope you ALL is having a wonderful day!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Living Life Fully
The secret of success is this: there's no secret of success.-Elbert Hubbard
The most important message of all concerning success is that since each one of us will define success and determine success based on our individual wants, needs, and callings, there simply can be no secret that encompasses everyone. There are certain principles that one can follow to achieve great numbers of sales or high grades in school or even healthy relationships, but the idea of success is such a unique idea for each of us that there's no way that there can be a secret of success that will work for everyone.
And that's not a negative thing to say. Our uniqueness is one of our greatest assets; our individuality is one of the things that's most worthy of celebrating in this life of ours. So why should we imagine that there can be one path to success, one secret that applies to everyone?
If I want to be successful, then I must follow my heart. But following my heart may keep me earning much less money than following my logic would--but are my accomplishments any less valuable because of that? I can be successful on my own terms, following my own muses, but not following any secret that's been passed on from someone else.
Perhaps the point that Elbert may be trying to make, in different words, is that "there's no set of rules that will guarantee success." Or perhaps he's saying that everything that we need to succeed in the world is already before us and within us, and that it isn't any secret at all.
No matter how we read his words, though, it's important to keep in mind that the only true success is the success that comes from us following our hearts, our consciences, and our passions. Such success will be the most gratifying of all, and the most long-lasting.
Questions to consider:
How many people try to sell us their secrets to success? What kinds of success do they usually promise?
Why do so many people feel that there has to be a "secret" that can make us successful?
How do you define success in your life?
For further thought:
People succeed because they believe,
not only that they can and will succeed,
but also that success is worth the price they pay for it.-Tom Hopkins
Friday, December 11, 2009
I've been struggling the past few days with emotional eating. It feels like I'm losing my spark. I'm NOT going out without a fight though. I'm also struggling with gaining and losing the same few pounds. Last week, I was 32 pounds lighter and now I'm 3 pounds heavier. This has been going on for a while now and I'm tired of it. It's time for this to stop. I don't want to fail. Thanks for listening!
Have a great day!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I'm going to focus on ALL the good I'm doing because if I allow this one thing to define my success, it'll do ME more harm than good. This week I'd burned over 2900 calories by the end of Wednesday night. On Tuesday, I burned 1374 calories that day alone so yeah, I'm doing really well. SELF! Don't get me wrong, I will NOT let this become an excuse to eat just because I can. I will let my body be the judge and NOT my mind. Some might even think I'm making excuses but that's NOT the case. I'm learning that it's NOT one thing in particular that will "fix" me, (so to speak)it is everything working together as a whole. I will win this battle with Obesity, ONE day, ONE step, and ONE pound at a time! I CAN and WILL do it!!!
I'm going to keep making good choices because I know in the end, it ALL, will come together.
Have a Sparkling Day All!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Someone shared this on one of my teams and I wanted to share it with you ALL.
When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
and forget all about being healthy and thin.
So What! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself, "You've done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."
It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And learn too late when the damage is done,
that the race wasn't over...they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
but facing each challenge will help you grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink, refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it....But don't you quit!
- Author Unknown
Have a great night everyone!
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