“Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.”
—Helen Keller, American author and educator who was blind and deaf
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To what degree does today’s quote apply to how you live your life?
We’ve all heard over the years that happiness occurs in the present, however I frequently observe most folks still living by the phrase I’ll be happy when….
To what extent is fulfilling your expectations synonymous with happiness?
How often and how much is your satisfaction diminished when things fall short of your hopes and dreams?
What is working and going well in my life? How is your gratitude for these things already a source of happiness?
What am I working for that excites and inspires me?
How are your efforts and progress toward these objectives also a source of happiness?
Where do you find yourself on the mountains of life? When is it time to rest and reflect on your view versus climbing onward?
—Calm App Reflection
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With over a month of 2024 under your belt, how far have you climbed so far?
Are your feet still on the gas pedal with your head down moving forward, or have you slowed your pace to reassess things?
When we exert ourselves, it is expected that our heart rates will increase. Along with our pulse, our rate of breathing also rises to access the energy for the effort.
Considering that both our beating heart and breathing are continuous, lifelong functions, it is interesting to note that there is always a pause — however brief — between them, to have our bodies work optimally.
How often do you stop or slow down to rest and reassess your place in the world?
How and where would doing so help you grow and enjoy many more views along the way?
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving a new one.”
—Dolly Parton, American singer-songwriter and actress
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Take two minutes to complain to yourself about your life.
If you are like most people, this short time interval may only get the ball rolling.
Now that you vocalized these items, capture them on paper or a device of your choice to work on in the coming days.
Unlike the unattended potholed roads we often travel during winter, you get to be your own paving crew to smooth out the roads of life that lead to a better future.
What areas of your life need some resurfacing?
Who are the people, and what resources will be necessary, to create an autobahn of life to get you where you want to go?
“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.”
—Warren Buffett, American businessman, investor, and philanthropist
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What are your favorite vocational and avocational activities?
Take a look at how engaged and happy you are in these moments. Which of these pursuits produce tangible results, and how long does the feeling of satisfaction last?
When we focus solely on the end results of our efforts we often skip over the process of getting there.
It’s as if a helicopter dropped you on the top of a mountain to take in the view without the sense of accomplishment of making the climb.
Where in your life would greater attention to the process make the proceeds of your efforts even more rewarding?
“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.”
—Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist
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Being a grandparent is the best! It offers us a second shot of youthful exuberance that many of us missed as parents — probably due to exhaustion.
Spending time with these little ones, often on the floor, only has one drawback — getting back up!
They say that the best coaching is a good example.
Who wouldn’t benefit from bigger helpings of happiness, curiosity, and the focused tenacity of pursuing our passions?
In what ways could you benefit from some kindergarten coaching from the little ones in your life?
Feel free to share any nuggets of wisdom you have received over the years.
What would be possible if you released the urge to judge and criticize yourself and others?
—Calm App Reflection
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How often do you catch yourself judging and being critical of yourself and others?
When you do notice, what is this inner voice saying?
How much trouble would you be in if these inner thoughts were vocalized and put on an external speaker? What if these criticisms were sent in a text or email and there was no way to take them back?
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to keep some of these messages from being delivered even when we remain silent.
Facial expressions and body language clues give us away, resulting in others judging us in turn.
How would greater openness, kindness, and assuming positive intentions from others improve your world?
What would it look like if everyone made the same effort?
How can and will you take the lead in this area, starting today?
“There’s a time for certain ideas to arrive, and they find a way to express themselves through us.”
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I’m often asked where I find the wide variety of quotes I use for this blog. The short answer is that I am always on the hunt for nuggets of wisdom to reflect upon and share.
The originality of these ideas is important however it is in the filtering through our lives that they become molded into something real and relevant.
On days with only modest feedback, I still find this practice and the roads it helps me travel of vital importance to my own journey.
What ideas are you pondering these days?
How can they be molded and shaped by you to be shared with others in your various communities?
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
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Today’s quote is one of my favorites.
It is all too easy these days to be discouraged by the troubling issues facing the world, given our instant access to current events. If it bleeds it leads has never been more prominent in our society.
There is, however, an abundance of good news out there if we look for it — or better yet, if we create it.
Although we can be overwhelmed and daunted by many challenges, we can also channel our inner Anne Frank as we rise each day to improve our part of this precious world.
Changing up your news feed habits may also be worth a go!
Where are you waiting and holding back on your best efforts to improve the world?
What are some steps you can and will take now and throughout 2024 to make your life and that of others more wonderful?