“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is” ~Albert Camus. A conversation I once had with a friend:
Him: Does God want you to feel that way?
Him: Then maybe you should stop.
I try to live my life based on the simple question: If there is a God, would He want me to do what I’m about to do? I’ve come to the rock solid conclusion that there is NEVER a good time to do the opposite of what God would want me to do… even if there is no God. The goal for today: put my best effort into doing what I know in my heart is Right! Have a great day everybody!
My approach to life used to be “Look out for #1”… but that never brought me any real happiness. The strange thing about selfishness is that it NEVER makes us feel satisfied or fulfilled… even when we get what we “think” we want. You could gain the whole world through looking out for #1, but it will NEVER make you feel the way that looking out for others will. One of the great paradoxes of this life is that unselfishness is the ONLY way to get what we really need. The goal for today: achieve true happiness, peace & freedom by putting the needs of others ahead of your own! Have a great day everybody!
Everything is easy in hindsight… but what about insight & foresight? We can all look back & clearly see what we should have done instead, but the real key to life is to look back on past mistakes specifically to avoid making the same mistakes here in the present (insight)… knowing that if I take the opposite action, I will get the opposite outcome moving forward (foresight). Example: in the past I was selfish & it made me unhappy; so if I live unselfishly today, happiness will be the guaranteed outcome. The goal for today: learn from the past… so I can live Right in the present… & enjoy a future full of happiness! Have a great day everybody!
It’s not what happens to us that dictates the course of our lives… it’s how we cope with it that matters. We all experience things in life that we wish never happened. Some cope with these experiences well & they get through them. Others (like me – lol) don’t cope so well & life comes undone. I think one of the biggest mistakes we make is that we try to address what happened to us, rather than why we couldn’t cope properly. Life is going to mistreat you at some point & the ONLY thing that will truly matter is how you react to it. The goal for today: stop asking the world to act right (because it’s not going to)… and learn how to properly cope with problems instead! Have a great day everybody!
“But the wise family will admire him for what he is trying to be, rather than for what he is trying to get” ~Anon. I really love this quote! It stands as a constant reminder that admiration shouldn’t be based on physical, material wealth; it should be based on true moral prosperity & spiritual growth. I finally realize that moral bankruptcy is much worse than financial ruin. I’m more concerned with being unselfish, than being rich. The goal for today: always remember that the size of your heart is infinitely more important than the size of your bank account! Have a great day everybody!
“I’m not hurting anybody but myself” was one of my favorite things to say when I wasn’t living Right… but now I know better. Everything we do affects other people… good, bad, or otherwise. I used to avoid family & close friends when I was a screw up because I thought I was sparing them from having to deal with my screw ups. But then it dawned on me that avoiding my loved ones was hurting them too. And more importantly… now I see how my positive actions can have a profound affect on those around me as well. The goal for today: do the best I can, be a part of life, be humble enough to ask for help & selfless enough to give it! We are all in this together! Have a great day everybody!
“Love of money is the root of all evil”… & damn do we love it! However, I have learned that everything in life has 2 unhealthy extremes… left & right. I have come to hate money & that also has caused me quite a bit of grief. It is important that we try to find balance in all of our ways; the middle ground… the happy medium. I don’t want to love money… it’s not worthy of that; but I don’t want to hate it either… it is a necessary part of our everyday lives. The goal for today: as far as money goes… earn it, respect it & prioritize it properly… beneath God, people & country! Have a great day everybody!