Years ago it was suggested to me that I keep tabs on myself, to make sure I’m living Right. This was an incredibly valuable suggestion & I put a concerted effort into utilizing it on a daily basis. One of the questions in this personal inventory is… “Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life?” The goal for today: make sure that I am giving, more than I am taking, from others, from the world & from this life! Have a great day everybody!
We live in a very selfish, self-centered world. It’s hard to say that & have it not sound really negative & derogatory, but hear me out. I used to take everything personally. When someone would lie, cheat, steal, insult, offend, etc. etc… I would take it personally & get hurt or angry. Now I try really hard to not take anything personal, because I know that no one is doing anything “TO” me… they are doing it “FOR” themselves. That doesn’t make it right, but it proves that it isn’t personal. The goal for today: know that self-centered fear is the cause of wrong doing… & pray for them rather than taking it personally. Have a great day everybody!
The attitude I take toward something dictates whether it’s right or wrong… & whether it makes me feel good or bad. About 13 years ago, a friend told me that if I wanted to live & be happy, I had to help someone other than myself. I didn’t like the idea & I didn’t want to do it, but I did want to live… so I tried it. I quickly realized that he was right… it immediately made me feel good about myself & that’s why I’m still doing it years later. The goal for today: take a positive attitude toward helping others & it is guaranteed to change your life for the better! Have a great day everybody!
If you are unhappy… you should find someone to help. If you are nervous… you should find someone to help. If you are angry… you should find someone to help. Helping others is ALWAYS at least part of the solution, to any & all problems. Altruism (the unselfish concern for the welfare of others) can NEVER fail to lift your spirits… but the catch is that it has to be truly selfless. If helping someone feels bad, it’s because you did it for the wrong reason. The goal for today: help others find peace & happiness, simply because it’s the Right thing to do! Have a great day everybody!
A genuine apology will never include the other persons mistakes. If I point out your mistakes while attempting to apologize to you, then I’m not really apologizing… I’m trying to clear my own conscience at your expense. It’s like saying… “I feel bad about the way I treated you… but it was really all your fault anyway. Ahhh, now I feel better.” A genuine apology should never include words like “but”… or “however.” And the most important thing to remember is that “I’m sorry” means “I won’t do it again.” The goal for today: learn more about the Art of Life! Have a great day everybody!
“There are 2 ways to enter the final chamber… free or not free; the choice is ours” ~Jean Paul Sartre. We all came into this world with free will… & therefore, how we leave it is up to us. I want to leave this life knowing that I did everything I could to make the world a better place. And I believe that the best way to do that is to give all of the love in my heart, out freely to those around me. The less I think about “getting”… the more freedom I experience. The goal for today: feel the freedom of giving love! Have a great day everybody!
If you really think about this honestly, you will see that the only time we ever get angry, frustrated, sad, or any negative feelings, is when we don’t “GET” what we want. When I’m giving love… I don’t get frustrated. When I’m giving respect… I don’t get angry. When I’m giving compassion… I don’t get sad. But when I don’t “GET” love, respect or compassion… that’s a different story. When I think about what I’m not getting… I get upset; when I think about giving… I get happy. The goal for today: give “FREELY” of myself… & get happy! Have a great day everybody!
I vow to put my absolute best effort into living Right today. I will do my best to have: Purity in my motives… I will do the Right things, for the Right reasons. Honesty in my thoughts… I will tell myself & others the Truth & prove it through my actions. The spirit of Unselfishness… I will be genuinely happy putting your needs ahead of mine. Unconditional Love… I will have no ill will toward anyone, for any reason. The goal for today: live by Purity, Honesty, Selflessness & Love… remembering always, that God doesn’t require perfection… but He does require my best effort! Have a great day everybody!
When I point out your mistakes… you get defensive & we end up in an argument. When I point out my own mistakes… you admit yours & we end up in a compromise. Admitting my own mistakes is called humility… sanity… truth… & wisdom. These qualities always lay a basis for positive, constructive, helpful discussions… that heal damaged human relations. When all we do is point out other peoples mistakes… we destroy relationships, end up alone & can’t figure out why. The goal for today: feel the healing power of humility! Have a great day everybody!
“The best revenge is to be unlike him who perform the injury” ~Marcus Aurelius. If someone wrongs me & I wrong them back, doesn’t that make me just as bad as them? And what’s more, they wronged me in an attempt to upset me… so if I get upset & retaliate, am I not giving them exactly what they want? The fact is that nothing will devastate your enemy more than loving them. Their guilty conscience will either destroy them… or maybe even help them change. The goal for today: retaliate with love! Have a great day everybody!