Good morning great people!
Far too often in life, we need to be reminded that we have the opportunities, in every moment, to be our best selves. Many of us live our lives according to what others may think or say about us and the decisions we make. Remember today that no one can have power over you and your life unless you give it to them.
“Care what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
I’ve been away from spreading this positive wisdom for quite a while (about six months!!!) and, frankly, it shows. If our environment and our lives are a direct reflection of our minds and our inner selves, then mine has been a bit chaotic since I’ve slacked off on finding a good piece of information/inspiration to share with friends and strangers all over the world each day. I’m back to my commitment of sharing some good soul food each day. Hopefully it will be as much of a benefit to you as it is to me.
I was really touched by this proverb while reading a great blog post on http://www.diningwithdana.net . I think this proverb is simply ‘on point’. We all need to tap into our spiritual memory and remember ourselves – our true selves. Know who you are and own who you are so that no one else has the power of ownership over you. When you know yourself, you respect yourself and respect will save the world. :-)
“If you don’t know who you are, anyone can name you. And if anyone can name you, you will answer to anything.” —African proverb
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.” – Gautama Buddha
“All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” – Edwin Markham
When I think of gratitude, universal law, the law of attraction, the Golden Rule or reciprocity I am always drawn to images in my mind of the ocean. The rhythm of the ocean, the flow of the ocean, how the beach continues to give while the ocean takes and then returns back to the beach the same elements it was given, in addition to a little bit more from farther out and deeper within the ocean. If you think about it in that context, then universal law doesn’t seem so mystifying. The beauty of God’s teachings for us is that we can see the lesson all around us, if we take a moment to look. Next time, think about the ocean and how the sea works in conjunction with the moon and the beach on a continuous basis. As long as all three parties are giving, they are getting it back, and then some, in return.
God is real.
“So many people don’t live for today. They are completely consumed with the future, and yet it is how we live today that creates our future. It is what you feel today that matters, because it is the only thing that determines your future. Every day is an opportunity for a new life. Every day you stand at the tipping point of your life. And on any one day you can change the future – through the way you feel. When you tip the balance to good feelings, the force of love will change your life so fast that you will scarcely believe it.” – The Power, Rhonda Byrne
Whenever I read or hear of a great philosophy concerning the power of love and how love conquers all, I always remember that God is love. ;-)
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Be thankful for what you have and declare, I AM THANKFUL! After all, “I Am” are the two words that set your course.
“I used to care what people thought about me until one day I tried to pay my bills with their opinions.” – Anonymous (allegedly)
Student says “I am very discouraged, what should I do?”
Master says “Encourage others”
– Zen proverb
The best way to bring yourself out of a slump is to be of service to others. The best way to get encouragement for yourself is to encourage others. Super simple.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” ― Steve Maraboli, ‘Life, the Truth, and Being Free’
Many of us threaten to turn over new leaves, to be a better person, to make a change in our lives but continue doing and saying and thinking the same things we always have. Like the saying goes, “there’s nothing to it, but to do it!” Will today be the day that you do a new thing? As my grandmother would say, with love, ‘either piss or get off the pot!’ ;-)
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth…” – Isaiah 43:19