“The rising sun blesses my mind with joy. The setting sun blesses my heart with peace.”
—Sri Chinmoy, 20th Century Indian Spiritual Leader
Image from Unsplash by John Towner
Before electricity and the light bulb, our sun and perhaps the occasional fire influenced every aspect of life.
Sunlight was man’s alarm clock to rise and go about the day, to survive and be productive.
When the sun went down, it was time to relinquish our efforts and find safety in our homes with our family. It was time, hopefully, to settle into a peaceful and safe slumber until the sun woke us again.
How has the world — and particularly your life — changed from this simpler time? Consider the fact that we live in a world where the lights never seem to go out, even if its the dim light of your smart phone or the numbers on your alarm clock.
How much additional joy and peace might you experience if you more fully embraced a life guided further by the rising and setting of the sun?
Consider reading Waking up to the Dark – Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, by Clark Strand.
“You need less than you think. Just enjoy the moment now.”
—Brendon Burchard, Author of High Performance Habits
Image from Unsplash by Piotr Usewicz
My trip to Africa last August was an eye-opener. Seeing the beautiful landscapes and fantastic animals was amazing.
An additional highlight was the opportunity to meet others in our group from all over the world, and of course, the people of Africa who live far differently and with far less than we do. Their diverse communities seem to be living more consistently with the idea of “The best things in life are not things.”
In what areas of your world and in what ways would a “less is more” and “Live in the moment” approach be the way to a happier and more fulfilling life?
“With wisdom comes the desire for simplicity.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Personal Development Trainer
In today’s fast-moving world, many people seem to be racing around their lives, looking for more. At the same time, others are slowing down a bit, and being more mindful of how their days are spent.
To which group do you belong?
If you examine your current communities, or even your wondrous memory bank of the things you’ve learned over the years, which individuals rank among the wisest? What did their life stories look like, as they pursued and reached this level of self-actualization?
A very consistent theme I’ve observed is their increased ability to focus, prioritize, eliminate distractions, and keep their worlds as simple as possible.
You are probably aware that the title of my book is The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom. It is my belief that a quote is a condensed and simplified version of a profound thought.
How can you simplify your life, to more fully pursue greater wisdom for yourself?
Consider searching the over 1,600 quotes/nuggets of wisdom on The Quotable Coach website, using the category drop-down box in the right-hand sidebar.
“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”
—Johnathan Lockwood Huie, author of Simply an Inspired Life
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When I was in elementary school, we were required by our teachers to cover our textbooks to protect them from damage and excessive wear.
At the time, many school supply and stationary stores carried colorful cartoon-character or superhero covers to do the job – for a price.
My mom, who was always careful with our family’s money, made her own book covers from brown paper bags from the supermarket. She knew this plain wrapper would do the job just fine – protecting the treasure of valuable information inside.
Where might you be overlooking some of life’s most wonderful gifts due to less than optimal packaging hiding the treasures inside?
“Live Simply, Love Generously, Speak Truthfully, Breathe Deeply, Do Your Best. Leave everything else to the powers above you.”
Life is complicated.
Or is it?
It seems the rules of the game are as long and laborious as the new tax code or other governmental regulations.
Far too often, we find our heads spinning and our spirits crushed by the overwhelming effort to sort through the complexities.
Who doesn’t crave far greater peace of mind, simplicity, and tranquility in our rat-race world?
Consider the five fundamental touch points in today’s quote as guides to inform your daily efforts to lead a far happier and satisfying life.
What would be possible if we all did this, and left the rest to the powers above?
“If you want to be free, learn to live simply.”
In the last few months, I have posted several times regarding minimalism and essentialism, which point to the value and freedom associated with a simple life.
What areas of your world would benefit most by slowing down, paring back, downsizing, or even eliminating completely? Explore this list as possible places to start:
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What one action can and will you take (or stop taking) to gain a bit more freedom in your life?
Consider making this exercise a daily practice and let me know what you discover.
“Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.”
—Debbie Ford, author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
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Take a moment to reflect on your day so far.
How much quietness, peace, serenity, and tranquility have you experienced? On the other hand, how much stress, chaos, multi-tasking, and general noise have you experienced?
If you have plenty of quiet time, you are one of the lucky ones who have time to think and reflect on the important questions life may be asking.
If your life fits more with the second category, you may be unable to hear yourself think.
Find a special location in both your personal and professional worlds to spend just ten minutes per day in quiet reflection, to discover the important answers to the questions life is asking.
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.”
Photo from Flickr by Martin Heigan
Where in your professional or personal life are you leaning too much on the help and support of others? How would you cope and adjust if their support were suddenly withdrawn? Do you have a “Plan B”?
A dual strategy to proactively address such scenarios is to sit more lightly on the branches of others, and of course, exercise your own wings to fly solo when necessary.
Where in your life could you strengthen your capacity, trust your own abilities, and operate more independently?
How could you be a branch to support others, when needed, as they develop their ability to fly on their own?