“So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
—Jorge Luis Borges, 20th Century Argentine essayist, poet and translator
Image from Unsplash by Markus Spike
Today’s quote reminds me of Stephen Covey’s habit of being proactive. These days, it has become increasingly easy to have things come our way with little effort. With the click of a few buttons on our phones we can order a meal, get a ride, and have virtually anything delivered in minutes or days.
The caveat here is that we still need to do a bit of searching and actively click a button or two for our flowers to arrive.
Where in your world are you waiting for things to happen with little or no effort on your part? Where would proactively planting your own garden and decorating your soul add more beauty and abundance to your life?
“Powerful indeed is the Empire of Habit.”
—Publilius Syrus, ancient Syrian writer 42 BCE
I wonder if Publilius Syrus was an influence in the creation of Yoda in the Star Wars series. Today’s quote sure sounds like a Yoda-ism!
Take a moment to examine your personal and professional empires. How satisfied, fulfilled, and generally happy are you in regards to what you have built through your daily habits?
How are things looking regarding your health, relationships, career, finances, community engagement, and spiritual pursuits?
If you are falling short of the mark, examine your current habits, which are the key to over 90% of our lives.
Daily microresolutions can help set you on a more successful course. You can learn about microresolutions through the work of Caroline Arnold and her book, Small Move, Big Change.